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Kate Flynn

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Kate Flynn - Compostable Packaging Is HOT


“Meeting the needs of the consumer and meeting the needs of the environment sometimes is tricky.” – Kate Flynn This week on the Gooder Podcast, I had the pleasure of talking with Kate Flynn, the founder and CEO of Sun & Swell Foods. We discuss the history of Sun & Swell Foods – one of the first food and snacking brands leading the way in the use of composable packaging. We also learn about the evolvement of sustainable packaging and Kate’s leadership in driving this hot topic. Along the way, we learn the amazing journey of a passionate leader in creating a more inclusive, accessible and affordable real food products for all consumers. Fast becoming the leader and go to source for  In this episode we learn: About the history and inspiration of Sun & Swell Foods.Sun & Swell’s brand transition from a traditional CPG brand to a direct-to-consumer brand. Kate’s journey from being a consultant in a firm focused on retail and consumer products to having a CPG brand herself. The evolvement of compostable packaging technology.  How to create accessibility, affordability for mainstream consumers in the healthy food category. The advice she finds herself consistently giving entrepreneurs who have family members or loved ones as their business partners. About Kate Flynn: In 2017, Kate Flynn, and her husband and co-founder, Bryan Flynn, launched their natural food company, Sun & Swell Foods. Their mission is to make healthy and sustainable eating more accessible with their collection of sustainably-packaged, organic, plant-based pantry staples and snacks. Sun & Swell is the first food company in the US to offer a wide array of healthy foods in compostable, plastic-free packaging. With a background in business economics and nutrition and a penchant for creating her own healthy snacks, Kate brings a unique set of skills to Sun & Swell Foods.  Early on, she pursued her academic career at UC Santa Barbara and graduated with a Master of Business Administration (MBA) from Harvard Business School. Kate’s professional career included a consulting role as a brand strategist in the retail and consumer products space, where she focused on brand and growth strategy for various leading CPG brands. After spending nearly ten years in the consumer products world, she was looking to do something more purposeful and fulfilling that would positively impact the world. In 2017, Kate took a leap of faith to follow her real passion for health and wellness to start Sun & Swell Foods with Bryan.  Leading up to this, Kate had switched to a more natural lifestyle, including eating only ‘whole foods.’ She realized that eating a whole food diet made her feel better, both physically and mentally, and realized that she wanted to keep eating this way. However, when she looked around for packaged foods to accommodate this new way of eating, she realized there were no options available. Most packaged foods are made with artificial ingredients and loaded with added sugars, preservatives, and flavors. This realization sparked an idea, and Sun & Swell Foods was born. When sourcing ingredients, Kate and her team buy organic ingredients as close to the source and farm as possible, seeking out small family farms. Sun & Swell is a Certified B-Corporation and a member of 1% for the Planet, donating 1% of the revenue to environmental non-profits addressing two areas the founders are deeply passionate about: regenerative farming and ocean health.  When not running the company’s day-to-day, Kate loves frequenting Santa Barbara’s local farmers’ markets and beaches and spending time with her husband and newborn daughter, Leila. Kate is also a Certified Culinary Nutrition Expert. Guests Social Media Links:LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/kate-flynn-15187726/Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/kateflynn1/?hl=enFacebook: https://www.facebook.com/sunandswellfoods/Website: https://sunandswellfoods.com/ Show Resources: Certified B Corporations are a new kind of business that balances purpose and profit. They are legally required to consider the impact of their decisions on their workers, customers, suppliers, community and the environment. This is a community of leaders, driving a global movement of people using business as a force for good. Earth Day is an annual event on April 22 to demonstrate support for environmental protection. First held on April 22, 1970, it now includes a wide range of events coordinated globally by EarthDay.org including 1 billion people in more than 193 countries.Kurt Salmon was a global management and strategy consulting firm formed by the merger of Ineum Consulting and Kurt Salmon Associates in January 2011. Accenture plc is an Irish-domiciled multinational company that provides consulting and processing services. A Fortune Global 500 company, it reported revenues of $44.33 billion in 2020 and had 537,000 employees. In 2015, the company had about 150,000 employees in India, 48,000 in the US, and 50,000 in the Philippines. Clif Bar & Company is an American company that produces energy foods and drinks. The company's flagship product, CLIF Bar, was created by Gary Erickson and Lisa Thomas. The company is based in Emeryville, California, and is privately held. Trader Joe's is a German-owned chain of grocery stores in the United States headquartered in Monrovia, California. By 2015, it was a competitor in "fresh format" grocery stores in the United States. By November 2019, Trader Joe's had over 503 stores nationwide in 42 states and Washington, D.C. For over 50 years, ECOS’ mission has been to protect the health & wellness of people, pets, & the planet with sustainable & affordable cleaning products. Walmart Inc. is an American multinational retail corporation that operates a chain of hypermarkets, discount department stores, and grocery stores from the United States, headquartered in Bentonville, Arkansas. Costco Wholesale Corporation is an American multinational corporation which operates a chain of membership-only big-box retail stores. As of 2020, Costco was the fifth largest retailer in the world and the world's largest retailer of choice and prime beef, organic foods, rotisserie chicken, and wine as of 2016. The Kroger Company, or simply Kroger, is an American retail company founded by Bernard Kroger in 1883 in Cincinnati, Ohio. It is the United States' largest supermarket by revenue, and the second-largest general retailer.The United States Food and Drug Administration is a federal agency of the Department of Health and Human Services. In 2009, Tory Burch launched the Tory Burch Foundation to advance women's empowerment and entrepreneurship in the United States by providing access to capital, education and digital resources, as well as a Fellowship program. Tea Drops are organic whole leaf tea shaped into fun drops that melt into finely ground plant fibre. Peloton Interactive, Inc. is an American exercise equipment and media company based in New York City. It was founded in 2012 by John Foley and launched with help from a Kickstarter funding campaign in 2013. Episode Sponsor - Retail Voodoo:A creative marketing firm specializing in growing, fixing and reinventing brands in the food, beverage, wellness and fitness industry. If your natural brand is in need of positioning, package design or marketing activation, we’re here to help. You can find more information at www.retail-voodoo.com Key Takeaways:0:00 Intro3:47 Kate shares a little bit of history about her brand Sun and Swell Foods, what’s it’s all about and why it exists 6:00 Kate talks about her experience in transitioning from being a consultant in a firm focused on retail and consumer products to having a CPG brand herself 10:50 Kate talks about the process f how her brand is evolving from a traditional CPG brand to a DTC type of thing and the impact this has 14:10 Kate also talks about where she is in the process to have a Whole Foods kind of standard of product ingredients which is accessible and affordable18:07 Kate also talks about the process that they use so that they can be able to lower their prices for their products so as to make them accessible to all people  20:00 Kate talks about the importance of understanding what the goal of your business is before making any huge decisions on what you want to lead with 21:54 Kate also advices other businesses owners the importance of picking the niche that they want to be known for and being really good at it24:31Kate talks about why as a brand you need to know what you are leading with and how you are messaging that to your consumers 26:49 Kate talks about her leadership in the waste reduction, compostable packaging alternatives, how it starting to show up in the market and the impact it has and how she’s advising others 32:05 Kate talks about compostable packaging and if it would work on products that have a long shelf life of even up to four years 35:09 Kate talks about her experience in having her husband as a business partner and how they are managing their business and personal lives 38:01Kate shares her advice to entrepreneurs who have family members as their business partners on how they can manage everything and be successful 39:57 Kate talks about the importance of finding a reason to have a break from work for a few hours so as to avoid burnouts 41:07 Kate talks about the importance of having a mentor and also mentoring others behind you and why you should be in a network full of all kind of entrepreneurs 43:33 Kate shares what she feels is an amazing fact about their industry that most people didn’t know and would be amazed to know 44:55 Kate talks about other women leaders that she admires and would love to elevate in this podcast 46:11 Kate talks about the brands and trends that she has her eyes on and why 47:02 Kate shares some tips that she uses to keep herself sane and centered these days 


24 May 2021

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Consulting to Entrepreneurship with Kate Flynn, CEO and Co-founder of Sun & Swell Foods

Career Memos withSarina

I’m sitting down with Kate Flynn, a dear friend of mine and the co-founder and CEO of Sun & Swell Foods. Kate has an interesting story not typical of most CEOs of delicious, organic food companies like hers. She kicked off her career in auditing and consulting before hitting burnout and dropping everything to become a bootstrapped entrepreneur in the retail and wellness world. Kate gets super candid in this interview, and we cover everything from pivoting career paths,  to imposter syndrome and doing what you love. Did you enjoy today’s episode? Leave us a rating and review! Learn more about Sarina here: https://withsarina.com/about Sun & Swell Foods You Are a Badass by Jen Sincero The Universe Has Your Back by Gabrielle Bernstein The Job Seeker Lab withSarina - Enrollment Is Now Open! Sarina’s Free Networking & Job Search Tracker


20 Jan 2021

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S1 E24 Kate Flynn - Sun and Swell

Small Biz Gone Viral

October 13, 2020 After changing her diet resulted in solving her asthma, Kate Flynn quit her job and founded the healthy snack company Sun and Swell Foods. Kate tells her story about the move to entrepreneurship from a traditionally conservative career in the risk adverse and lucrative industry of management consulting. The past few years had seen big wins for Sun and Swell with new partnerships in food service and on big business tech campuses, both of which were hit hard (read: nearly eliminated). Kate shares the adjustments her company is making, including a move into selling their primary ingredients to consumers, along with other pivots designed to outlast the pandemic.  Guest Unsponsor: Roho Goods. Grant's Unsponsor: Tia Lupita Foods. October 9, 2020 Worldwide total COVID deaths: >1,069,000. USA total deaths: >217,000. World's COVID deaths in the USA: 20.65%. Total active world cases: >8.08 million. Total active USA cases 2.59 million. World's active COVID cases in the USA: >32%. New US cases per day: 46,960. USA total cases: 7.85 million. % of Americans who have had COVID: 2.3%. USA National Unemployment: 7.9%. Initial unemployment claims filed last week: 849,000. Dow Jones Industrial Average: 28,587


13 Oct 2020

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How to Scale Without Focusing on Profits w/ CEO Kate Flynn

Conscious Profits Unfiltered with Sebastian Naum

CEO of Sun & Swell Foods, Kate Flynn, shares the importance and challenges of leading and building a business that is profitable but is not focused on profits.  Show Notes in order of appearance: Kate talks about being a mom soon and “micro hell yea moments” Appreciating small achievements in the business journey A personal diet shift giving birth to a business Major brand differentiators: certified B corporation, vegan, compostable, local and other  Building a business that’s profitable but not focused on profits What is a Certified B Corporation Valuing vendor relationships over pricing Creating healthy habits in your business  1% for the planet Pioneering compostable packing in the CPG industry Challenges of compostable packaging If you can’t grow and profit you can’t help the good causes Purchasing decisions for Gen Z and current consumers Doing something for consumers vs for yourself or your own employees Getting all stakeholders behind one mission Adapting to Covid 19 and pivoting CPG sales and distribution strategy Innovating during challenging times Building a strong brand connecting with consumers during difficult times Working with a spouse or family member.  Work relationship vs personal relationship Conscious leadership, profits and bigger purpose Connect with Kate Flynn and Sun & Swell Foods. Sun & Swell on Instagram. Connect with Sebastian on Instagram or visit SebastianNaum.com


22 Jul 2020

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Episode 155 - Kate Flynn (The Winter Passing)

Just an Insight Podcast

This week on the Just an Insight Podcast we are joined by vocalist and organ player in the Winter Passing, Kate Flynn. During the conversation we talk about Kate's pop music sensibilities, how she has dealt with her own anxieties and being drawn to women in punk from an early age helped shape her in the music industry. The Winter Passing's new album 'New Ways of Living' is out now on Big Scary Monsters. To keep up to date with everything the band is doing visit: Facebook - acebook.com/TheWinterPassing/Twitter - @winterpassingyoInstagram - @thewinterpassingYou can also listen to our episode with Kate's brother Rob here:https://justaninsight.com/2019/01/07/episode-83-rob-flynn-the-winter-passing/Remember you can support the show by going to our patreon at:https://www.patreon.com/justaninsightpodcast

1hr 29mins

20 Jul 2020

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Sun & Swell Foods - Kate Flynn on finding food freedom and making healthy snacks more accessible for everyone.

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Guest Kate Flynn of Sun & Swell Foods https://sunandswellfoods.com/ Kate started Sun & Swell Foods with her husband Bryan in 2016 on a mission to make healthy snacks more accessible. Their creation of clean and simple plant based snacks has grown from being a local favorite to distribution at hundreds of venues in the US like Barre3. WeWork, Alfred coffee and many more. In this conversation we cover everything from Kate’s corporate journey after graduating Harvard business school to the struggles she faced with food growing up which was the real catalyst for Sun & Swell. I sat down with the Founder& CEO Kate Flynn to learn more about the first part of her journey. Theme Music Rising All Along by David Segall www.davidsegall.com Feedback? email: prakash@togethersb.com


4 Jul 2019

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New Years Resolution Leads To Starting A Company w/ Kate Flynn of Sun & Swell


IN THIS EPISODE WE TALK ABOUT: The idea for Sun & Swell came from Kate’s experience healing her relationship with food, trying the Whole30 and aligned with their desire to live in a certain city Product testing at local triathlon Took about nine months to bring product to market Kate’s healing, eye-opening journey eating whole foods Need for Whole30 approved marathon-training gel alternatives First began ideating around a training gel alternative but it evolved into snack foods as a whole Kate has a background in retail strategy Kates ideas about herself have grown and shifted with her company Realizing she can hire people to fill in what is not her strength Self-funded the company but are considering investors to help get over the hurdle of scale Plans to be a national brand focused on building a good business, treat their employees well and do good for the world Many consumers don’t have a grasp on how food cost, quality and are correlated Kate & Bryan strengths compliment each other well but they schedule in time to intentionally not work and spend time together in other ways Insights into the difficulties of production, considered a co-manufacturer but is happy to have figured out a way to continue making their healthy snacks in-house Kate turns to barre3 and surfing to disconnect and energize herself Launching compostable packaging soon Inspired by her mother’s baking, her father’s business side & Sadie Lincoln of Barre3 RESOURCES Contrapreneur Secret Facebook Group SunandSwellFoods.com use code Contrapreneur20 for 20% off your first healthy snack food order Consider supporting us through our Patreon. This is our first week having a Patreon… we will never forget our first supporters! Thank you. Contrapreneur Newsletter Contrapreneur is on instagram! SarahDanu.com Whole30


7 Mar 2019

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190 – Taking Chances as You Start and Grow a Business with Kate Flynn of Sun and Swell Foods

Gift Biz Unwrapped

Kate Flynn is the founder and CEO of Sun and Swell Foods, a healthy snack food company based in Santa Barbara, California.Kate started her company two years ago with her husband, Bryan, after realizing that most packaged snack foods in stores are loaded with added sugars and preservatives.Her mission is to create on-the-go snack foods that are made with only the highest quality, whole food ingredients, so people don’t have to compromise their health when eating on-the-go.Business Building InsightsBelieve in yourself. You’re the one responsible for your success.Hold yourself accountable to the goals and promises you make to yourself.If something doesn’t work, look for another way to achieve the same result.Positive feedback keeps us going.Your product is not for everybody. That doesn’t mean it’s a bad product. It just means it’s not for them.It’s surprising what can happen when you say “yes” to things.Take a moment, pause, and celebrate your progress.Resources MentionedCheck out Jen Sincero’s full line of books on Amazon. In particular, Kate is referencing the one on How to Stop Doubting Your Greatness and Start Living an Awesome Life.Contact LinksWebsiteFacebookInstagramLinkedInGift Biz ResourcesJoin our FREE Gift Biz Breeze Facebook CommunitySign up for my FREE MASTERCLASS – How to Turn Your Hobby into a BusinessLearn to make money doing what you love. You’re a gifter, baker, crafter, or maker … and you’re stuck in a day job. You’d love to turn your one-of-a-kind jewelry or heavenly chocolate into a profitable business, but you have no idea where to start. How the heck do people turn their creative business dreams into reality?Learn the ONE thing that will take you from ‘hobbyist’ to ‘pro’ in no timeDiscover the 5 crucial steps to give your business a solid foundation and set you up for massive growthFind out how to be 2 steps ahead in your business so that your customer starts chasing you!It’s time to get out of your rut and dive into your future headfirst! Stop wondering about your next steps — instead, pour yourself something delicious, sit down, and let me show you how to turn your hobby into a money-making business.If you found value in this podcast, make sure to subscribe and leave a review in Apple Podcasts or Google Podcasts. That helps us spread the word to more makers just like you. Thanks! Sue


26 Nov 2018

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Activating Ascension | Dr. Kate Flynn

The TruthSeekah Podcast

In this episode of The TruthSeekah Podcast TruthSeekah speaks with Dr.Kate Flynn about some of the ideas brought forth in her book activating ascension. We discuss some of her ideas on number activation sequences and third eye clearing. Many of the ideas brought forth in her book Activating Ascension (The Ultimate Guide for Navigating a New Life) are designed to help the practitioner tap into their higher self and thin the veil between their reality and eternity. In these higher states of consciousness we are able to receive vision about our life's goal and access the things that we desire to bring forth. There are also meditations and tools in the book that make it more interactive and you can actually track your progress as you work through the texts and practices. In the interview Dr.Kate Flynn speaks about releasing trauma and negative attachments and beliefs that are no longer serving us. Many people are still living their life dealing with trauma from something that happened to them as a child even now into their adult lives. This trauma and negativity can affect our relationships with family, friends and even our careers. Activating Ascension gives practical and spiritual ways for us to cut the ties with the mistakes and memories of the past that many of us relive daily. SOCIAL CONNECT WITH TRUTHSEEKAH ON SOCIAL MEDIA iTunes - Facebook - YouTube - Twitter - Email - SUPPORT THE SHOW BECOME A MEMBER via PATREON AND GET REWARDS!!! We do not exist without the help of our Patrons! Running a professional podcast is very costly and has many monthly fees. If you enjoy the content please consider coming on board as a partner at any level. You enable me to continue to bring you content and you get tons of Patreon Only Rewards on the Patreon page. 👽Help Keep The TruthSeekah Podcast On The Air!👽 ⭐️ Become A Patron And Support TruthSeekah 📚 Get Access To The School of the Mystics Thursdays @7pm cen 💿 TruthSeekahs Full Discography & Unreleased Music 👉 http://www.Patreon.com/TruthSeekah Download This Episode On iTunes - https://goo.gl/1q5Uft Download On Android - https://goo.gl/kgRVzm 👍Facebook https://www.facebook.com/TruthSeekah 🐦Twitter https://twitter.com/TruthSeekah 🔴Reddit https://www.reddit.com/r/TruthSeekah/ 📷Instagram http://www.Instagram.com/TruthSeekah 💬Join Our Discord Chat https://discord.gg/y3jcQch 👕 SHIRTS https://goo.gl/ZaWxsD 🌕OFFICIAL http://www.TruthSeekah.com 🅿DONATE VIA PAYPAL http://www.Paypal.me/TruthSeekah http://www.TruthSeekah.com/Donate 📖Get Your FREE Audio Book! http://www.Audibletrial.com/TruthSeekah 📧 Send Mail To TruthSeekah P.O. Box 333 Creola Al, 36525 USA Click Here To Get Your FREE Book

1hr 41mins

6 Aug 2018

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EP.1 Kate Flynn (The Winter Passing)

Culture Fear

Hey! Episode 1 of Culture Fear, thanks so much for stopping by.I talk to Kate Flynn, who plays in The Winter Passing, about her weekend, growing up in a small town, the influences and inspirations behind the music she makes and a whole lot more.Find us at @culturefear in all the usual places.Peace See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

1hr 17mins

9 Oct 2017