Summer listening – 6 food-related podcasts!

There are plenty of pods related to the food industry. We have picked six cherries from the podcast cake, all of which offer interesting, thought-provoking and entertaining content. How about brand building in the food industry, chocolate from a social anthropological perspective, food safety, new technology to prevent food waste, future trends and much more.

10 July 2020 •

We have select­ed six pod­casts that show the breadth of con­tent avail­able when it comes to food and the food indus­try. Whether you are inter­est­ed in – build­ing a brand, gain­ing deep­er insights into new tech­nol­o­gy devel­op­ment, hear­ing inspi­ra­tional entre­pre­neurs or just being amazed by the pos­si­bil­i­ties of the future – you’ll find it here. Happy listening!

Food Marketing Nerds

Food Marketing Nerds is a pod­cast in inter­view form. Each week there is a new episode with a new excit­ing guest. Everything that has to do with food and mar­ket­ing is addressed – from brand build­ing, how to grow a start­up, the pow­er of sto­ry­telling – to get­ting engaged fol­low­ers in social media and much more.

Typical episode

Meet Pete Truby, founder of the choco­late brand Salazon and with exten­sive expe­ri­ence in start-ups and entre­pre­neur­ship in the American food industry.

Truby talks about the advan­tages and draw­backs of receiv­ing cap­i­tal from investors, his love-hate rela­tion­ship to the food indus­try and why it’s not enough to have a fan­tas­tic prod­uct when every­thing can be copied and imi­tat­ed. Therefore, brand build­ing is equal­ly impor­tant as the prod­uct itself.

Link to the episode here!


Well-tem­pered* is a pod­cast that high­lights women in the choco­late indus­try. We get to meet dif­fer­ent types of aca­d­e­mics and writ­ers who work and research on choco­late, and entre­pre­neurs who talk about their prod­ucts and chal­lenges in the industry.

Typical episode

If you want to know more about choco­late from a his­tor­i­cal, polit­i­cal and glob­al per­spec­tive, lis­ten to the episode with social anthro­pol­o­gist Carla D. Martin. 

In this episode, we hear a per­son­al reflec­tion on choco­late and what made Martin go out into the world and con­duct field stud­ies in Africa, Latin America and Europe.

When Martin is not lec­tur­ing at Harvard University, she works to iden­ti­fy and devel­op high-qual­i­ty cocoa and choco­late, focus­ing on ethics and qual­i­ty assur­ance in the sup­ply chain.

Martin describes a choco­late indus­try built in silos where dif­fer­ent play­ers do not get valu­able exchanges with oth­ers in the indus­try. This is some­thing Martin is try­ing to change through the non-prof­it orga­ni­za­tion Fine Cacao and Chocolate Institute (FCCI) which she is also the founder of.

Link to the episode here!

Food Safety Matters

Food Safety Matters is a pod­cast that revolves around safe­ty in the food indus­try. In each episode, we get to lis­ten to insights, expe­ri­ences and thoughts from experts in the field of food safety.

Typical episode

In one episode we get to meet Dr Marta Hugas, Head of Research at the European Food Safety Authority (Efsa).

Hugas talks about, among oth­er things, future invest­ments in food safe­ty, sus­tain­abil­i­ty and envi­ron­men­tal issues, such as the EU’s work on risk assess­ment of new foods and the goal of achiev­ing cli­mate neu­tral­i­ty. The inter­dis­ci­pli­nary work with exper­tise from dif­fer­ent angles is described as the way for­ward to meet these challenges.

Another impor­tant issue that is high­light­ed is com­mu­ni­cat­ing research and data to the pub­lic in an appre­hen­si­ble way.

Link to the episode here!

Nordic Food Tech

In Nordic Food Tech you get to lis­ten to inter­est­ing con­ver­sa­tions about tech­nol­o­gy, inno­va­tion and future chal­lenges in the food indus­try. It can be about insects, soft­ware to pre­vent food waste, how tech­nol­o­gy can have a pos­i­tive impact on sus­tain­abil­i­ty work, and much more that you can’t miss.

Typical episode

Peter Jorgensen, part­ner at Maersk Growth, talks about invest­ments for a bet­ter future.

Maersk Growth is a so-called ven­ture com­pa­ny that invests in small com­pa­nies with future poten­tial. Maersk Growth is part of the Danish trans­port and ship­ping com­pa­ny Maersk.

Jorgensen talks about find­ing and sup­port­ing star­tups that address food waste and that work to stream­line sup­ply chains. We also hear about Maersk’s invest­ments in future solu­tions, where con­cepts such as data, struc­ture and trans­paren­cy are key factors.

Link to the episode here!

Future Food

Relevant guests from dif­fer­ent parts of the food indus­try are fea­tured in this future-pod. New tech­nol­o­gy and new foods will enter the food scene and cre­ate new con­di­tions and pos­si­bil­i­ties. How will we eat in 2050? How will pro­duc­tion change and what will con­sumers eat­ing habits look like?

Typical section

Jack Bobo, founder of the con­sult­ing firm Futurity, takes us into the future. What will the food indus­try look like in 2050?

What trends will die out and which will per­sist? Will we still count calo­ries and talk about dif­fer­ent diets, or will changes in envi­ron­ment, cul­ture and behav­iour auto­mat­i­cal­ly make us health­i­er and more relaxed about what we consume?

And should live­stock breed­ers and meat pro­duc­ers be con­cerned about new sources of pro­tein such as plant-based and arti­fi­cial meat?

Link to the episode here!

Food Navigator

Food Navigator is a new­ly launched pod – only three episodes are avail­able at the time of writ­ing (July 2020). It remains to be seen what this effort will result in, but it seems promis­ing. We have already heard inter­est­ing thoughts on sug­ar reduc­tion in the episode Sugar refor­mu­la­tion part 1: Why reduc­ing by stealth is key. We are wait­ing with antic­i­pa­tion for part 2!

In the mean­time, you can read our chron­i­cle Stop brag­ging – reduce sug­ar by stealth! which is root­ed in Part 1.

Happy listening!

We hope you find some­thing inter­est­ing and thought-pro­vok­ing to lis­ten to – or read. We will be repub­lish­ing arti­cles on our social chan­nels for a few weeks. Follow us on Facebook and LinkedIn! With that invi­ta­tion, we wish all our read­ers and fol­low­ers an enjoy­able summer.

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