Wine Delivery, Tech and Good Pair Days with Banjo Harris Plane

Two-time Australian Sommelier of the Year, and Founder of national industry conference, GROW Assembly, Banjo Harris Plane joins the program as the Founder of Good Pair Days – a wine delivery business, with a subscription box that tailors to customer tastes.

Vogue called it ‘the Netflix of wine’.

Prior to Good Pair Days, Banjo founded a European fine-wine importing business and for five years, was the General Manager of the internationally renowned restaurant, Attica.


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Setting An Example with Rebecca Gibbs and Andy El-Bayeh

Rebecca Gibbs and Andy El-Bayeh are co-founders of Example – one of the most reputable Australian PR companies across the food, drink, entertainment and lifestyle industries.

In their words, Example helps brands to ‘start – and own – the conversation.’

We look at the logic behind some of the design features of Example House, their collaborative workspace, how they foster that community, establish team dynamics, manage brands and more.

There’s even a story about Prince…


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Roasted By Bureaux with Tim Williams

Tim Williams is the Founder of Bureaux Collective — Australia’s first shared coffee roasting workspace.

Over a 20-year career, Tim has developed and led renowned specialty coffee brands like Square Mile Coffee Roasters (London) and Intelligentsia Coffee and Tea (Los Angeles) across three continents, focusing on building quality-driven coffee sourcing, roasting, and retailing operations.

Today, Tim lives in Melbourne and divides his time between running Bureaux Collective, the World AeroPress Championship and directing a charity in Rwanda.


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Distill Ventures and Liquid Investments with Frank Lampen

Seedlip and Starward Whiskey are two of the companies Frank Lampen has scaled through his business, Distill Ventures. The six year old beverage accelerator has invested in another eight brands, globally – at various stages of development.

Prior to working with startups, Frank held operational roles across the hospitality, music and media industries and consequently draws on incredible and wide bodies of knowledge.

Soon after starting the interview, James’ microphone cut out, so we’ve used our backup to share this insightful conversation. Enjoy.


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Capi, Capital and Sustainable Business with Pitzy Folk

With over 40 years of hospitality under his belt, Pitzy Folk has steered the ship of many successful businesses. 

As co-founder of Australian beverage brand, CAPI, Pitzy has built a career for himself and now invests in a number of cosmetic, fashion and tech companies – including Yume.

Food and drink obsessed, creative-minded and heavily invested in sustainability, Pitzy’s infectious spirit of generosity and fearlessness really shines through.


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Unilever Food Solutions with Yezdi Daruwalla

Unilever Food Solutions is one of the world’s leading food service manufacturers and suppliers, operating in more than 75 countries with market leading brands including Hellmann’s, Continental, Streets, Lipton, T2 and Ben & Jerry’s.

Managing Director, Yezdi Daruwalla oversees the Australian and New Zealand operations of the company and has been with the business for 29 years. He’s a trained chef and has worked with hospitality groups in India, Switzerland, Australia and Ireland.


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The Coffee Club with John Lazarou

John Lazarou went from being a hairdresser 1989, to joining two forwarding-thinking business minds the following year, in operating a small cafe in Brisbane.

That same venue over the next 30 years, evolved into one of the most notable franchises in the coffee industry – now, with 400 venues across 9 countries.

John joins the program as a Director of that brand – The Coffee Club – and its holding company, Minor DKL Food Group.


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AgTech and Soil Science with Dr Darren Hughes

Dr Darren Hughes met with 120 different investors during the first investment round of his AgTech company, Laconik. Since then, the total raise has pushed through AUD$1 million and has the support of venture capitalists and government.

Prior to Laconik, Darren held technical and management roles over a 20 year career as an agronomist.

He shares a tough story about his first industry job in the US, comes from a 4th generation family farm and aims to ‘explore ways to feed the world through science’.


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Happy Eggs with John O’Hara

There aren’t many Australians unfamiliar with the smiley-faced eggs that Sunny Queen are known for.

Managing Director, John O’Hara joined the team over 17 years ago and has seen it grow from a one-channel, one product business, to the multi-faceted company he leads, turning over $350 million and employing 140 people.

With a $40 million food service factory and $800k omelette-only robotics line, Sunny Queen were also recognised by Canstar Blue as the No.1 Australian egg brand for consumer satisfaction.


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Exiting Impos and Developing Doshii with Sean O’Meara

Twenty minutes before recording, Sean O’Meara’s first company, Impos, was acquired by Jonas Software –  but his attention remained resolute.

In true tech founder form, Sean started his journey in a garage but his recent company, Doshii, as been backed by Reinventure (Westpac) and Coca-Cola Amatil and aims to change how Point of Sale (POS) systems connect venues to the apps around them.

Sean is a big believer in conceptual design, testing and failing to learn as quickly as possible to solve problems.


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