CPG & CBD University Podcast

CPG & CBD University Podcast

The CPG & CBD University Podcast, produced by Global Widget, LLC, is intended for audiences who are interested in learning more about CBD, health and wellness products. Each podcast episode will examine the burgeoning industry, including the latest news and trends, information around the sourcing, manufacturing, testing and distribution of CBD, health and wellness products, and any new product details from Global Widget’s in-house and private label brands.

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November 26, 2021 12 min

Gelatin and pectin are the two gelling agents used when cooking gummies. Global Widget Senior Formulation Specialist Sara Brown and Innovation Manager Ashley Huber discuss the differences in gummies when using either one. We discuss why manufacturers may choose one over the other. Plus, we discuss what functional ingredients work well with either and the use of plant-based pectin in vegan gummies.

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We’re decking the halls for our annual holiday gift guide episode! VP of Marketing, Gina Bongiovanni, discusses our holiday promotions and the perks you’ll get if you sign up for our email newsletters at Hemp Bombs, Nature’s Script and Mystic Labs. There’s a CBD and health and wellness product for everyone on your list, including our award-winning CBD gummies and additional award-winning products. Plus, hear about some of our newes...

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Kristen Nichols, editor of Hemp Industry Daily, returns to our podcast with a recap of MJBizCon. This year, MJBizCon celebrated its 10th anniversary, welcoming visitors back for an in-person event at the Las Vegas Convention Center, showcasing over 250,000 square feet of exhibits, forums and speakers. Also, Nichols catches you up on the latest headlines in the industry, including changes in Delta-8 THC legality, CBD changes in Cali...

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The CPG and CBD University Podcast, formerly known as the CBD University Podcast, turns 100! It’s our 100th episode and PR Manager/podcast host Joe Agostinelli takes you on a retrospective of the first 100 episodes. Hear how it all began in November 2019, on Episode 1 and how we got to where we are today. We’ll look back at our special guests, including Florida’s Commissioner of Agriculture and Consumer Services, Nikki Fried, and F...

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October 29, 2021 15 min

Earlier this year, industry trade shows returned and our team at Global Widget was back on the road. VP of Sales Vince Gillen recaps a condensed trade show season with the latest news and trends from retailers and distributors. Gillen discusses the launch of new brands Mystic Labs, hyper brain iQ and Forever Well Nutrition and meeting with distributors and retailers at Tobacco Plus Expo, ASD Market Week, CDBX and NACS. Plus, Gillen...

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Nootropics are making their way into more food and beverages as consumers look for ways to improve their focus. Global Widget Quality Manager Nelson Rodriguez joins Technical Services Manager Michael Diaz to discuss this emerging trend. You’ll hear about our newest in-house brand, hyper brain iQ, featuring gummies and capsules. Hear about the most popular nootropic ingredients, such as caffeine, ashwagandha, taurine, L-Theanine, gi...

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October 15, 2021 17 min

Five years ago, our CBD brand Hemp Bombs® was born. It started with a two-pack of CBD Capsules. Through the years, it has grown to be the category captain in convenience and an award-winning brand to consumers online and in more than 25,000 retail locations. Hemp Bombs now offers CBD Gummies, Capsules, Oils, Topicals and more. Vice President of Sales Vince Gillen and Payroll Specialist Daisy Figueroa have been with the company sinc...

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Rod Kight, industry advocate and attorney, has the latest headlines from the regulatory scene in the hemp industry. Hear the latest on Delta-8 products and recent warning letters from the FDA and CDC. Plus, learn about more state regulations regarding CBD products, including the latest out of California. Finally, as we head into 2022, what does a lack of federal regulation mean for the thousands of companies in the industry?

 

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October 1, 2021 12 min

Wendi Young is the president of Triverity Labs, which has labs in Belfast, Northern Ireland and Loveland, Colorado. They provide services which allow CBD manufacturers to receive cannabinoid analyses, test reports and consultancy to help them attain their necessary compliance. She discusses the challenges facing manufacturers in the industry, how the regulations in the U.S. and the European Union are similar and different and how d...

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September 24, 2021 10 min

Earlier this year, Global Widget launched its brand-new internship program with its first class of interns joining the CBD and CPG manufacturer for the summer of 2021. Enrique Porras, Vice President of Operations, joins interns Cara Duong (University of South Florida), Ellen Miranda (University of Tampa), Nathan Plumb (University of South Florida) and Muhammad Nauman (University of South Florida) to discuss the new program, share ...

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September 17, 2021 16 min

Marc Burbidge is the Co-founder, CEO & Innovation Director at B3 Labs, a white label CBD manufacturer in the U.K. Burbidge sheds light on the cannabis and CBD industry in the U.K. and how it differs from the industry in the U.S. Hear why Burbidge founded B3 Labs in 2019 and learn some of the stringent compliance measures companies in the U.K. need to take and how B3 Labs became the first CBD manufacturer to hold BRCGS Certifica...

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As part of our Gummy Central® series of podcast episodes, Quality Control Manager Nelson Rodriguez joins formulator Sara Brown to take you behind the scenes. Each one of the 8 million gummies we manufacture every day starts with our in-house formulation department coming up with the perfect formula to achieve that award-winning and best-tasting gummy every time. We take you through the process, what goes in to formulating gummies a...

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CBN is a minor cannabinoid found in the same Hemp plant that brings you CBD. It is best known as the cannabinoid created when THC ages, but is non-intoxicating. Rich Barnes is the founder of Slumber CBN, a company using Hemp-derived CBN to manufacture and distribute CBN oils, soft gels, gummies and topicals to accommodate different lifestyles, situations and sleep needs. Barnes discusses the emerging trend of CBN in products, why h...

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In part one of our two-part series of CBD as an ingredient, Connor Skelly of the Brightfield Group discussed their report looking at the shift of CBD as an industry to CBD as an ingredient. Global Widget formulator Michael Diaz and Business Development Manager Mac Norton continue the discussion in part two by looking at how our in-house brands and private-label partners use CBD as an ingredient in products with trending functional...

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In a recent report by the Brightfield Group, the CBD industry is put under the microscope and the question is posed, is CBD an industry or an ingredient? In Part 1 of our podcast series, Brightfield Group Marketing Director Connor Skelly breaks down the report and looks at how companies are using CBD more as an ingredient in products with other functional ingredients. The use of functional ingredients, such as melatonin, L-Theanin...

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Scott Hawksworth is the co-founder and managing editor of The CBD Guide. In February, he launched The CBD Guide Podcast. Hawksworth details why he turned to CBD and what led him to creating The CBD Guide and using his platforms to educate consumers about the benefits of CBD. In a recent episode of The CBD Guide Podcast, Hawksworth discussed the growth of Hemp Bombs with Global Widget Vice President of Sales, Vince Gillen. We disc...

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Kristen Nichols, editor at Hemp Industry Daily, joins us to update listeners on the latest headlines in the hemp industry. We discuss the boom in popularity of Delta-8 products during 2021, including what led to its massive growth, and if the trend here to stay. Also, consolidation news in the CBD industry as mergers and acquisitions continues to be a big story in CBD, will this continue?  Finally, we talk about CBD as an ingredie...

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Michael Patterson is the CEO of US Cannabis Pharmaceutical Research and Development and just wrapped up the first season of THE CANNABIS REPORT with Michael Patterson podcast. On this episode, Patterson discusses the recently completed Hemp Leaders Summit in Fort Lauderdale, where he moderated a session featuring Chief Agricultural Negotiator for the USDA, Gregg Doud, and Under Secretary of Agriculture for Trade and Foreign Agricul...

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Global Widget values feedback from its consumers, retailers and distributors of its in-house CBD, health and wellness brands, along with its private label partners. Director of Communications Joe Brown and Wholesale Marketing Manager Susan Bishop discuss our latest survey from almost 1,300 customers. Hear how we utilize data to help maximize sell through for retailers and craft new formulations of customer favorites to answer custo...

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As a leading manufacturer and distributor of CBD, health and wellness products, Global Widget creates confidence and credibility among its customers, retailers, distributors and private label partners through its commitment to compliance. Recently, Global Widget added the U.S. Hemp Authority® Certification (USHA) to its list of certifications. Quality Assurance/Quality Control Director Frances Capo discusses the company’s continued...

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