Get The Scoop With Smirk's Podcast

Get The Scoop With Smirk's Podcast

The Bulk Ingredient Network for the Natural Food Industry It’s our mission to help you navigate the world of high-quality bulk food ingredients, so you can produce and market products you are passionate about. This podcast is where we share everything we know about bulk ingredients. You’ll hear a wide range of industry feature stories, commodity market news, and expert insights into bulk nuts, seeds & grains, coconut products, dried fruits and much more. Each episode will include Smirk’s own Industry Market Report one of the resources our current clients depend on. It's the latest natural foods industry news compiled by Smirk’s commodity buying experts. You will know the key takeaways for the bulk items your company relies on. We’ll also will go deep into specific ingredients with our product category experts sharing origin info, applications, specs, and new product innovation ideas. We’ll even touch on cosmetic and pet food industry ingredients. You’ll hear the natural products industry stories of our growers direct from their locales around the world. There are amazing people in these communities and our relationships make it possible to source the best ingredients for you. You can count on us to provide boots on the ground information from our grower and processor relationships that you won’t find anywhere else in the industry. So hit the button where you listen to your favorite podcasts and subscribe to the show.


June 14, 2024 31 mins

In episode 12 of "Get the Scoop with Smirks," hosts Zach Schwint and Garrett McBride dive into the evolving landscape of the pet food industry. Fresh from their debut at the Pet Food Forum in Kansas City, they discuss current trends, ingredient innovations, and future directions for the industry. They also highlight the various bulk ingredients Smirks offers for p...

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The Smirk’s team is breaking down Expo West, the largest natural and organic products trade show in the US. It happens every March in Anaheim and this year Smirk’s had 11 people attending to see what’s new and connect with some of the 65,000 people who attend. 

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Host Nick Erker shares the captivating history and origins of vanilla. Discover the incredible journey of this aromatic spice from its discovery in Mexico, its commercial production in ...

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Elisa Lewis and Donny Edson are talking with Gino Hartounian of Mixed Nuts Inc. They are diving into the world of pumpkin seeds. What started as a simple partnership with Smirk's, exploring mixed nuts and sunflower seeds, took an unexpected turn. Gino's connection with Smirk's led to the discovery of a hidden gem: pumpkin see...

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Elisa Louis and Donny Edson are talking with Tom Merrow, the owner of Onset Worldwide. His career in the food industry was kickstarted by an opportunistic meeting during his stint as a freight forwarder in Boston. Tom quickly evolved a curiosity for the import-export dynamics into a thriving business, Onset Worldwide. 

Alongside his wife Sarah, Tom has managed to establish Onset as a recognizable name in t...

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Today’s episode is hosted by Jason Stroud and Garrett McBride. A growing part of Smirk’s business is in the natural and organic soap and cosmetic industry. Just like the with the natural foods business, they supply organic and natural ingredients to this market segment as well. 

To highlight the industry, they’ve invited Fred and Roxy Johnson, co-owners of the Soap Creek company based in Utah. They’ve been...

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Many snack brands face a familiar problem: the need to create trail mix products that truly resonate with consumers and offer something different. With so many options out there, it can be challenging to differentiate yourself from the competition and capture the attention of your target audience.

Here’s what you’ll learn about the snack market: 

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Nick starts today’s episode reminding us that June 26 is National Coconut Day which inspired this topic. 

National Coconut Day started in 2019 thanks to our friends at the Coconut Coalition of the Americas. The recognition is well deserved too. Coconut is an incredibly versatile and diverse crop. We’re going to focus on the origins, and the major product categories. 

In this episode Nick and D...

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Nick is starting the show today talking about Expo West. It’s the largest natural products expo and this year it was in Anaheim in March. Over 65,000 people attended, and 3000 companies were there to see what’s new in natural foods. 

Donny shares his insights and felt like it was a perfect size. It was well attended but not so large you couldn’t meet people and see the exhibits. The vibe was encouraging, a...

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Today Elisa Louis is hosting the podcast. She’s the VP of marketing and the Dried Fruit Specialist at Smirk’s. She is joined by Jaime Modonese from NXTDRIED based in Peru and Colin Garner, the VP of Global Accounts. 

Hear how the Smirk’s team got to know the NXTDRIED team. Being a dried fruit fanatic made her interested in the products and that’s when she knew it was time to learn more about this amazing c...

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Welcome to Get the Scoop with Smirk’s! We’re glad you’re here. 

Today’s episode covers some fun history about Smirk’s. You’ll hear everything from one of their first products (chocolate covered sunflower seeds!) how they moved from putting retail products into mini marts to the bulk ingredient company they are today. 

As you might expect there’s lots of talk about food, and not just the bulk i...

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