Interview with David Benzaquen, consultant and investor for plant-based food companies

Interview with David Benzaquen, consultant and investor for plant-based food companies

By
Arman Anatürk
January 22, 2021

Today's guest at The Secret Sauce is David Benzaquen, consultant and investor for plant-based food companies.

Bio:

David Benzaquen is one of the world’s leading experts in the plant-based food industry, and the founder of Mission Plant, a holding company which aims to advance the plant-based foods industry with stratetgc investments and consulting services.

Prior to founding Mission Plant, David spent nearly a decade leading a corporate strategy consulting firm for plant-based consumer products and founded one of the first plant-based seafood companies. David invests in, and advises, early-stage, plant-based, FMCG businesses. He and his companies have been profiled in The New York Times, USA Today, Los Angeles Times, Fast Company, Wired, Inc, CNN and more.

Discussion

  • A chance discussion at a college career fair that led David towards plant-based
  • Why a career in non-profits wasn't to his taste
  • The talk that inspired him to launch his own business
  • What 10 years of plant-based looks like and how its changed
  • Davids tactics of acquiring clients at the early days of his agency
  • Starting, growing and struggling with Ocean Hugger Foods - the plant-based seafood company
  • Moonshot Snacks: David's latest venture giving companies insights into the plant-based industry
  • The companies David invested into and why - from plant-bacon to D2C dog food
  • Hot takes: Mushrooms vs Algae, GMO's, Clean labelling, Future Trends & more

Mentioned in the podcast:

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Today's guest at The Secret Sauce is David Benzaquen, consultant and investor for plant-based food companies.

Bio:

David Benzaquen is one of the world’s leading experts in the plant-based food industry, and the founder of Mission Plant, a holding company which aims to advance the plant-based foods industry with stratetgc investments and consulting services.

Prior to founding Mission Plant, David spent nearly a decade leading a corporate strategy consulting firm for plant-based consumer products and founded one of the first plant-based seafood companies. David invests in, and advises, early-stage, plant-based, FMCG businesses. He and his companies have been profiled in The New York Times, USA Today, Los Angeles Times, Fast Company, Wired, Inc, CNN and more.

Discussion

  • A chance discussion at a college career fair that led David towards plant-based
  • Why a career in non-profits wasn't to his taste
  • The talk that inspired him to launch his own business
  • What 10 years of plant-based looks like and how its changed
  • Davids tactics of acquiring clients at the early days of his agency
  • Starting, growing and struggling with Ocean Hugger Foods - the plant-based seafood company
  • Moonshot Snacks: David's latest venture giving companies insights into the plant-based industry
  • The companies David invested into and why - from plant-bacon to D2C dog food
  • Hot takes: Mushrooms vs Algae, GMO's, Clean labelling, Future Trends & more

Mentioned in the podcast:

The Secret Sauce by FoodHack

In a fast changing industry, it's good to know how to get ahead. The Secret Sauce is a business podcast where host, Arman Anaturk, co-founder of FoodHack, speaks with disruptive entrepreneurs and innovators from across the food industry to learn more about the businesses they’ve built.

Today's guest at The Secret Sauce is David Benzaquen, consultant and investor for plant-based food companies.

Bio:

David Benzaquen is one of the world’s leading experts in the plant-based food industry, and the founder of Mission Plant, a holding company which aims to advance the plant-based foods industry with stratetgc investments and consulting services.

Prior to founding Mission Plant, David spent nearly a decade leading a corporate strategy consulting firm for plant-based consumer products and founded one of the first plant-based seafood companies. David invests in, and advises, early-stage, plant-based, FMCG businesses. He and his companies have been profiled in The New York Times, USA Today, Los Angeles Times, Fast Company, Wired, Inc, CNN and more.

Discussion

  • A chance discussion at a college career fair that led David towards plant-based
  • Why a career in non-profits wasn't to his taste
  • The talk that inspired him to launch his own business
  • What 10 years of plant-based looks like and how its changed
  • Davids tactics of acquiring clients at the early days of his agency
  • Starting, growing and struggling with Ocean Hugger Foods - the plant-based seafood company
  • Moonshot Snacks: David's latest venture giving companies insights into the plant-based industry
  • The companies David invested into and why - from plant-bacon to D2C dog food
  • Hot takes: Mushrooms vs Algae, GMO's, Clean labelling, Future Trends & more

Mentioned in the podcast:

The Secret Sauce by FoodHack

In a fast changing industry, it's good to know how to get ahead. The Secret Sauce is a business podcast where host, Arman Anaturk, co-founder of FoodHack, speaks with disruptive entrepreneurs and innovators from across the food industry to learn more about the businesses they’ve built.

Today's guest at The Secret Sauce is David Benzaquen, consultant and investor for plant-based food companies.

Bio:

David Benzaquen is one of the world’s leading experts in the plant-based food industry, and the founder of Mission Plant, a holding company which aims to advance the plant-based foods industry with stratetgc investments and consulting services.

Prior to founding Mission Plant, David spent nearly a decade leading a corporate strategy consulting firm for plant-based consumer products and founded one of the first plant-based seafood companies. David invests in, and advises, early-stage, plant-based, FMCG businesses. He and his companies have been profiled in The New York Times, USA Today, Los Angeles Times, Fast Company, Wired, Inc, CNN and more.

Discussion

  • A chance discussion at a college career fair that led David towards plant-based
  • Why a career in non-profits wasn't to his taste
  • The talk that inspired him to launch his own business
  • What 10 years of plant-based looks like and how its changed
  • Davids tactics of acquiring clients at the early days of his agency
  • Starting, growing and struggling with Ocean Hugger Foods - the plant-based seafood company
  • Moonshot Snacks: David's latest venture giving companies insights into the plant-based industry
  • The companies David invested into and why - from plant-bacon to D2C dog food
  • Hot takes: Mushrooms vs Algae, GMO's, Clean labelling, Future Trends & more

Mentioned in the podcast:

The Secret Sauce by FoodHack

In a fast changing industry, it's good to know how to get ahead. The Secret Sauce is a business podcast where host, Arman Anaturk, co-founder of FoodHack, speaks with disruptive entrepreneurs and innovators from across the food industry to learn more about the businesses they’ve built.

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