SNAC Cast is dedicated to all things snacks, from career conversations with leading industry professionals to insights on how the snack industry is adapting to meet consumers’ ever-changing demands. New episodes will feature the snack industry’s top executives as we learn about their journeys and the challenges they’ve overcome along the way, as well as their perspectives on how to work together to make positive changes.
Learn more about SNAC International’s WinS initiative here.
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Check out the latest episodes:
What the 2020 Election Means for the Snack Industry
Guest: Michael Torrey, Principal & Founder, Michael Torrey Associates and SNAC Legislative Consultant
In this episode, Joanie Spencer, Director of Content and Partner at Avant Food Media, visits with SNAC’s Senior Legislative Consultant Michael Torrey. Torrey brings unique insights from his 15 years representing SNAC and prior experience as a senior official at the U.S. Department of Agriculture and staffer in the U.S Senate. Torrey discusses the outcome of the election, the importance of the Georgia Senate runoff races, and what a Biden Administration means for the snack industry.
Profit with Purpose: Making a Difference One Bag at a Time
Guest: Rob Sarlls, President & CEO, Wyandot Snacks and SNAC International Chairman
In this episode, Joanie Spencer, Director of Content and Partner at Avant Food Media, visits with Rob Sarlls, who has spent his career at Wyandot cultivating a cohesive company culture, inspiring change, and harnessing business as a force for good. Sarlls discusses focusing on better-for-you snacks, applying to become a Certified B Corporation, providing COVID-19 relief for employees, and benefitting from SNAC International membership.
Challenging Stereotypes: Paving the Way for Greater Diversity in Supply Chain
Guest: Laura Maxwell, SVP of Supply Chain, PepsiCo Foods North America
In this episode, Editor of Baking & Snack magazine, Joanie Spencer meets with Laura Maxwell, who graduated with a degree in industrial engineering when statistics were not in her favor (one in 14 graduates was a woman). Maxwell shares personal stories that propelled her to success, the need to fight implicit bias in STEM education and career gender stereotypes.
Keeping an Open Mind: Taking Opportunities as They Come
Guest: Lisa Stern, SVP of Sales & Marketing, LifeSpice Ingredients
In this episode, Editor of Baking & Snack magazine, Joanie Spencer meets with Lisa Stern who walks listeners through her diverse career journey. Stern, a self-proclaimed “doer”, capitalizes on every opportunity to grow professionally, including: landing a corporate job while bartending, teaching herself new skills during down time at her first job and chairing food-related committees at her children’s school.
Paving the Way Forward: Reimagining Salty Snacks
Guest: Kristy Lewis, Founder & CEO, Quinn Snacks
In this episode, Editor of Baking & Snack magazine, Joanie Spencer meets with Kristy Lewis who discusses the creation of Quinn Snacks, a consistent disrupter in the salty snack category. With her “first to market” mindset, Lewis reinvented microwaveable popcorn using simple ingredients and paper packaging, all while raising three children.
Know Your Value, Prove Yourself, Learn from Others
Guest: Cindy Kuester, Director of Sales, Snak King
In this episode, Editor of Baking & Snack magazine, Joanie Spencer meets with Cindy Kuester, Co-Chair of the Wins (Women in Snacks) Steering Committee, who opens up about the evolving landscape for female professionals, the duty companies have to compromise and allow flexibility for working moms, and the lasting impact of her many mentors.
Driving Innovation: Leveraging Diversity in the Snack Industry
Guest: Nadia Taylor, Co-Founder and Director, tna Solutions
In this episode, Editor of Baking & Snack magazine, Joanie Spencer meets with Nadia Taylor who discusses coping with being the only woman in 90% of meetings, encouraging other women to join the industry, sponsoring SNAC’s WinS initiative,and leading with her values as an entrepreneur.
Committing to Change: Implementing WinS in the Workplace
Guest: Dan Sifer, SVP of Supply Chain and Contract Manufacturing, Herr Foods Inc.
In this episode, Editor of Baking & Snack magazine, Joanie Spencer, and Dan Sifer, Co-Chair of the WinS (Women in Snacks) Steering Committee, discuss prioritizing change in the snack industry, building a majority female team and evolving employment opportunities for food companies.
Perseverance and Perspective: Jackson’s Lasting Impact
Guest: Megan Reamer, Co-Founder & CEO, Jackson’s Honest
In this episode, Editor of Baking & Snack magazine, Joanie Spencer meets with Megan Reamer, devoted mother, snack company co-founder & CEO, Shark Tank winner and SNAC International Board Member to discuss the creation of Jackson’s Honest. This coconut oil based chip brand was born from desperate attempts to design the perfect diet for Reamer’s eldest son, Jackson, who battled a rare autoimmune disease that went undiagnosed for 12 years.
Why WinS? Overcoming Fear and Taking Initiative to Succeed
Guest: Elizabeth Avery, President & CEO, SNAC International
In this episode, editor of Baking & Snack magazine, Joanie Spencer, talks with Elizabeth Avery about creating WinS (Women in Snacks), increasing the pipeline of women prepared for executive roles, fighting implicit bias and taking risks to succeed.