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BioPak, Plastics and Food Service Disposables with Gary Smith

Gary Smith and his business partner Richard Fine set out to reduce the impact of single-use plastics in 2006 and in the space of only a decade, led BioPak to become a leading supplier of foodservice disposables.

Now, as a serial entrepreneur with an accumulated 30 years of experience in packaging, logistics and information technology, Gary guides the award-winning company as its CEO, towards a sustainable and zero-waste future.


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Food Systems Innovation with Sarah Nolet

Sarah Nolet is an internationally recognised food systems innovation expert, the CEO and Founder of AgThentic – a global food and agriculture strategy firm – and co-founder of Tenacious Ventures – Australia’s first dedicated agri-food tech VC firm.

Sarah has been instrumental in building the early stage AgTech ecosystem in Australia by advising entities of all shapes and sizes – governments, universities, startups and more – to develop and implement forward-looking initiatives in food system innovation.


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Specialty Coffee and Wolff Coffee Roasters with Penny Wolff


Penny Wolff is the Co-owner of three distinct retail coffee brands – Dandelion & Driftwood, Queen of Pops, and Big Bad Wolff – and a roastery – Wolff Coffee Roasters – of which she is the CEO and operates in a Non-Executive capacity.

With a strong background in education, Penny brings a creative touch to the craft and sheds a unique perspective on the industry. She’s very spiritual and has a mantra “to act with intention, integrity and persistence”.


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Three Generations of Taylors Wines with Mitchell Taylor

Managing Director of Taylors Wines, Mitchell Taylor, follows in the footsteps of his father, Bill Taylor and grandfather before him, Bill Taylor Snr – but his career began with a large stockbroking firm in London in the mid 80s.

His passion for wine led him back to Australia, where he worked across all facets of the family business – from export and finance director to winemaker. Over 30 years later, he now oversees all aspects of the business. 

Mitchell has degrees in Commerce and Science and is deeply involved with key industry associations, including as a Director of Wine Australia and The Drinks Association and founding and current director of Australia’s First Families of Wine (AFFW). 

One of the first major companies to transition to the screw cap, Taylors has continued to hold its strong international reputation as a highly-regarded Australian wine company.


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Blackbird Ventures and The Future of Food with Samantha Wong

Samantha Wong is a partner at Blackbird Ventures, a technology venture capital fund with $1B in funds under management. Blackbird was an early investor in Australia’s startup successes: Canva, Zoox and CultureAmp.

More recently, the fund invested in Fable Food Co. – Founder, Michael Fox, was on the show back at Episode 106.

Prior to joining Blackbird, Sam was a startup founder, product manager with multinational e-commerce startup, SurfStitch.com and a corporate lawyer with Minter Ellison.


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Stagekings Makes Furniture with Jeremy Fleming

Jeremy Fleming is the Managing Director of Stagekings – the company behind the sets of events like the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games, Ninja Warrior and Ultra Music Festival.

Navigating the company through this very difficult time, Jeremy saw an opportunity for Stagekings to manufacture WFH office furniture and thrive over 2020.

After reemploying his staff and another 70 more, the company has built the IsoKing range and donated over $50k to Support Act – a music industry crisis relief charity.


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Knight Frank Luxury Investment Index with Andrew Shirley

Combined with its New York-based affiliate, London-founded Knight Frank is one of the world’s largest global residential and commercial property consultancies.

Andrew Shirley is a senior member of their International Residential Research team and Head of Rural Research – which provides insight into farmland values and agricultural trends.

He’s also the editor of The Wealth Report – the firm’s annual thought-leadership publication for its Ultra High Net Worth (UHNW) clients and their advisors.


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Animal Feed and ProAgni with Lachlan Campbell

Lachlan Campbell, the Co-Founder and CEO of ProAgni – an antibiotic-free animal feed supplement company – opens conversation on the economics of animal food and what he’s doing to make a difference in the industry.

Lachlan grew up on the family sheep farm in Australia and has decades of experience in livestock production and farm management – as a specialist consultant, advising hundreds of family farming businesses on planning and long-term sustainability.


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Ovolo Hotels with Girish Jhunjhnuwala

Girish Jhunjhnuwala is the founder of Ovolo Hotels – an international hotel group with eleven designer properties across Australia, Hong Kong, and soon, Bali.

Drawing on insights gained in the watch business, prior to Ovolo and as a regular hotel guest, Girish has steered away from the traditional ‘cookie cutter’ approach (with each property having its own story, design, and touch) and demonstrates his desire for a seamless and all-inclusive experience across key customer touch points.


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Banking to Baskin-Robbins with Ben Flintoff

Long before his current role as General Manager of Baskin-Robbins, Ben Flintoff worked in small business lending with a major Australian bank and further developed his finance career with a private bank in London, establishing a strong analytical foundation that led him to a holiday resort company in Canada, winery in Queensland and cafe and catering business in Brisbane. 

Ben’s passion for food and guest satisfaction ring through as he leads his team to create unforgettable memories through ice cream.


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