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CPG & CBD University Podcast
19 minutes | Jan 21, 2022
Episode 111 - Catching up With Cardinal Bay Distribution
We first introduced you to Cardinal Bay Distribution on Episode 40. Cardinal Bay Distribution is one of the original distribution partners of Global Widget, beginning with our first-ever product, Hemp Bombs® CBD Capsules. Over the past five years, they have expanded their partnership to include additional brands from Global Widget and now have added additional Hemp-derived cannabinoid products. Hear about how they stay on top of industry trends, the process for adding new products and the feedback they receive from retailers and consumers. For details, visit www.cardinal-bay.com.
13 minutes | Jan 14, 2022
Episode 110 - First Quarter Trade Shows
Trade shows in the CBD and health and wellness industry are coming back. Vice President of Sales Vince Gillen and Director of Strategic Accounts Tracy Lane break down the trade shows on the calendar for the first quarter of 2022. Learn about Convenience Distributors Association (CDA) Marketplace, ASD Market Week and ECRM specialty shows coming up. Hear what retailers and distributors can expect to see from Global Widget, including our newest Hemp-derived cannabinoid products and in-house health and wellness brands.
13 minutes | Jan 7, 2022
Episode 109 – Gummy Central®: Trending Functional Ingredients
15 minutes | Dec 31, 2021
Episode 108 - 2022 Hemp Headlines 2 Watch
After a busy 2021 in the Hemp industry, what are some of the headlines you should be on the watch for in 2022? Kristen Nichols, editor of Hemp Industry Daily, joins our podcast for some 2022 predictions in the Hemp industry. After taking a look back at the big headlines from the past year, we look ahead and discuss if this is the year the FDA finally acts on CBD, emerging state legislation regarding Hemp-derived products and additional stories that could be making headlines in 2022.
16 minutes | Dec 24, 2021
Episode 107 - 2021: Awards, New Brands, New Products
We’re wrapping up 2021 with Business Development Manager, Mac Norton, Quality Manager, Nelson Rodriguez and Sr. Content Manager, Charlie O’Brien. Take a look back at our year of crafting and manufacturing award-winning CBD and health and wellness products and launching new brands. Hear about our Hemp Bombs products honored for great taste and quality and learn more about our newest brands from 2021 as we reflect on the past year and even offer some New Year’s resolutions for 2022.
13 minutes | Dec 16, 2021
Episode 106 - Kight on Cannabis 2022 Predictions
Hemp industry advocate and attorney Rod Kight offers his 2022 predictions for the Hemp industry. After a busy 2021 saw the emergence of Delta-8 THC products along with changes to state legislation around the country, what could we see emerge in 2022? Kight offers his predictions for FDA regulation, other cannabinoid products and what the Hemp industry may look like outside of the U.S. For more news from Kight, visit his website at www.cannabusiness.law.
13 minutes | Dec 10, 2021
Episode 105 - Hemp-Derived Cannabinoids
Over the past year, hemp-derived cannabinoids have been a staple in headlines across the CBD industry. Hot topics such as Delta-8, Delta-9, CBN and CBG have joined CBD as common cannabinoids making their way into gummies, oils and other consumer products. Vice President of Sales, Vince Gillen, details the trends in the convenience industry when it comes to hemp-derived cannabinoids and what retailers should know about emerging trends heading into 2022.
19 minutes | Dec 3, 2021
Episode 104 - Be Forever Well With Tony Little
America’s Personal Trainer®, Tony Little, joins Global Widget co-founder Kevin Collins to discuss the launch of Forever Well Nutrition. Forever Well™ products are designed for people who embrace the research behind a healthy lifestyle and want to take an active role in their longevity, beginning with their daily self-care routines. Hear about the selection of wellness gummies available at launch and how functional ingredients play a key role in the quality, taste and texture of the gummies. See the full product list at www.beforeverwell.com and on Amazon and follow Forever Well Nutrition on social media: Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ForeverWellNutrition Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/be_forever_well/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/foreverwell_n
12 minutes | Nov 26, 2021
Episode 103 - Gelling with Gelatin or Pectin
Gelatin and pectin are the two gelling agents used when cooking gummies. Global Widget Senior Formulation Specialist Sara Brown and Innovation Manager Ashley Huber discuss the differences in gummies when using either one. We discuss why manufacturers may choose one over the other. Plus, we discuss what functional ingredients work well with either and the use of plant-based pectin in vegan gummies.
14 minutes | Nov 19, 2021
Episode 102 - Give the Gift of Greater Relaxation (promo code in podcast)
We’re decking the halls for our annual holiday gift guide episode! VP of Marketing, Gina Bongiovanni, discusses our holiday promotions and the perks you’ll get if you sign up for our email newsletters at Hemp Bombs, Nature’s Script and Mystic Labs. There’s a CBD and health and wellness product for everyone on your list, including our award-winning CBD gummies and additional award-winning products. Plus, hear about some of our newest products to try out to get over that holiday stress.
18 minutes | Nov 12, 2021
Episode 101 - Headlines with Hemp Industry Daily
Kristen Nichols, editor of Hemp Industry Daily, returns to our podcast with a recap of MJBizCon. This year, MJBizCon celebrated its 10th anniversary, welcoming visitors back for an in-person event at the Las Vegas Convention Center, showcasing over 250,000 square feet of exhibits, forums and speakers. Also, Nichols catches you up on the latest headlines in the industry, including changes in Delta-8 THC legality, CBD changes in California and what we’re watching as we wrap up 2021.
14 minutes | Nov 5, 2021
Episode 100 - From CBD to CPG: The Gold Standard for 100 Episodes
The CPG and CBD University Podcast, formerly known as the CBD University Podcast, turns 100! It’s our 100th episode and PR Manager/podcast host Joe Agostinelli takes you on a retrospective of the first 100 episodes. Hear how it all began in November 2019, on Episode 1 and how we got to where we are today. We’ll look back at our special guests, including Florida’s Commissioner of Agriculture and Consumer Services, Nikki Fried, and Florida’s Director of Cannabis, Holly Bell, and hear from our more frequent guests, including industry advocate and attorney Rod Kight and the members of our in-house formulation, sales and marketing, quality and compliance teams.
15 minutes | Oct 29, 2021
Episode 99 - 2021 Trade Show Roundup
Earlier this year, industry trade shows returned and our team at Global Widget was back on the road. VP of Sales Vince Gillen recaps a condensed trade show season with the latest news and trends from retailers and distributors. Gillen discusses the launch of new brands Mystic Labs, hyper brain iQ and Forever Well Nutrition and meeting with distributors and retailers at Tobacco Plus Expo, ASD Market Week, CDBX and NACS. Plus, Gillen has advice for retailers for the busy holiday shopping season ahead.
12 minutes | Oct 22, 2021
Episode 98 - Gummy Central®: Cooking with Nootropics
Nootropics are making their way into more food and beverages as consumers look for ways to improve their focus. Global Widget Quality Manager Nelson Rodriguez joins Technical Services Manager Michael Diaz to discuss this emerging trend. You’ll hear about our newest in-house brand, hyper brain iQ, featuring gummies and capsules. Hear about the most popular nootropic ingredients, such as caffeine, ashwagandha, taurine, L-Theanine, ginseng extract and several vitamins. Finally, hear how nootropics are a hit in the gaming community.
17 minutes | Oct 15, 2021
Episode 97 - Five Years of Hemp Bombs
Five years ago, our CBD brand Hemp Bombs® was born. It started with a two-pack of CBD Capsules. Through the years, it has grown to be the category captain in convenience and an award-winning brand to consumers online and in more than 25,000 retail locations. Hemp Bombs now offers CBD Gummies, Capsules, Oils, Topicals and more. Vice President of Sales Vince Gillen and Payroll Specialist Daisy Figueroa have been with the company since nearly the beginning. They share their memories from the early days, how the company has expanded into what it is today and what their favorite CBD products have been along the way.
13 minutes | Oct 8, 2021
Episode 96 - Everything Regulatory in Hemp and CBD
Rod Kight, industry advocate and attorney, has the latest headlines from the regulatory scene in the hemp industry. Hear the latest on Delta-8 products and recent warning letters from the FDA and CDC. Plus, learn about more state regulations regarding CBD products, including the latest out of California. Finally, as we head into 2022, what does a lack of federal regulation mean for the thousands of companies in the industry? Looking for the latest regulatory news? Visit Kight on Cannabis at https://cannabusiness.law/.
12 minutes | Oct 1, 2021
Episode 95 - Triverity Labs
Wendi Young is the president of Triverity Labs, which has labs in Belfast, Northern Ireland and Loveland, Colorado. They provide services which allow CBD manufacturers to receive cannabinoid analyses, test reports and consultancy to help them attain their necessary compliance. She discusses the challenges facing manufacturers in the industry, how the regulations in the U.S. and the European Union are similar and different and how data integrity and consistent results can help drive product development.
10 minutes | Sep 24, 2021
Episode 94 - Shaping the Minds of Tomorrow
Earlier this year, Global Widget launched its brand-new internship program with its first class of interns joining the CBD and CPG manufacturer for the summer of 2021. Enrique Porras, Vice President of Operations, joins interns Cara Duong (University of South Florida), Ellen Miranda (University of Tampa), Nathan Plumb (University of South Florida) and Muhammad Nauman (University of South Florida) to discuss the new program, share stories of their summer and offer advice for those seeking employment and experience in the CBD, health and wellness industries.
17 minutes | Sep 17, 2021
Episode 93 - Cannabis and CBD in the U.K.
Marc Burbidge is the Co-founder, CEO & Innovation Director at B3 Labs, a white label CBD manufacturer in the U.K. Burbidge sheds light on the cannabis and CBD industry in the U.K. and how it differs from the industry in the U.S. Hear why Burbidge founded B3 Labs in 2019 and learn some of the stringent compliance measures companies in the U.K. need to take and how B3 Labs became the first CBD manufacturer to hold BRCGS Certification in the U.K.
11 minutes | Sep 10, 2021
Episode 92 - Gummy Central®: Formulating Award-Winning Gummies
As part of our Gummy Central® series of podcast episodes, Quality Control Manager Nelson Rodriguez joins formulator Sara Brown to take you behind the scenes. Each one of the 8 million gummies we manufacture every day starts with our in-house formulation department coming up with the perfect formula to achieve that award-winning and best-tasting gummy every time. We take you through the process, what goes in to formulating gummies and some of the new and trending flavors, plus we talk about our newest award-winning gummies, Hemp Bombs Botanical Blend CBD Gummies!
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