Tune in each week for inspiring interviews with amazing food entrepreneurs, food startup founders and food industry experts. Learn from the successes and struggles of your peers and get practical resources to grow your business.
Did you know that only 7% of honey consumed in the UK is from British bees? It's a crazy stat and Hive & Keeper are on a mission to change it. They're a social enterprise that aim to support British beekeepers, pay them a fair price and bring a diverse range of great tasting products to honey lovers across the country. Tune in to learn some fascinating facts about honey, bees, beekeeping and building a social enterprise.
Many food startups have humble beginnings – a pub, a garage, perhaps a spare room. Today's guest is no different. Paul Hargreaves started Cotswold Fayre in his spare bedroom 20 years ago. Now, they are one of the most established wholesalers of speciality food in the UK. Learn how the industry has changed over the years, the 3 P's of doing good and how Cotswold Fayre are helping food producers with two of the biggest problems in business.
Ugly are a soft drinks brand creating a Positive Rebellion. Their soft drinks are free from sugar and contain nothing artificial. They're taking the drinks industry by storm and dedicated to uncovering Ugly Truths in the world. From tackling health and obesity to ending gender inequality, Ugly are on a mission to do good both here in the UK and further afield. Tune in to learn how co-founders Hugh and Joe turned an idea into a big reality and how you can too.
The issue with single use plastic has hit the headlines in a major way. A million plastic bottles are bought around the world every minute and the number will jump another 20% by 2021. One startup taking on this huge pollution problem is Eco for Life. They've created a water bottle that looks and works like plastic but is actually made 100% from plants. Tune in to find out where the idea came from, how they've made it a reality and how they're a step in the right direction when it comes to cleaning up our plastic problem.
Kath Austin is on a mission to rid the world of clingfilm with her ethical and sustainable cotton and beeswax wraps. What started as a humble kitchen table project selling on Etsy has morphed into a full-fledged "proper" social enterprise. Listen to Kath's entrepreneur story and how she and her growing team are making a real impact.
Is the goal of your food business to get onto the supermarket shelves? This interview with Cru Kafe co-founder, Colin Pyle, may make you reconsider. They've spent years building a brilliant, ethical coffee brand by selling direct to consumers via eCommerce. Their product is now perfect and they're scaling up by going into mainstream retail. Learn how the Cru Kafe team built their business to 2 million in revenue and how they're going to get their next millions. We've also got an amazing resource of the week that's guaranteed to make your business profitable, instantly. This is a must listen episode!
The food supply chain is complex and opaque. The team at COLLECTIVfood are revolutionising the industry with an online market place which connects farmers and restaurants. They're passionate about transparency, traceability and ethical business practices. The end result is better quality food for diners and consumers everywhere.
It may sound a little strange but there's a huge opportunity for food businesses to think and act like tech businesses. In this solo episode we talk through six ways to embrace the tech mindset when working on your physical, packaged product business. From working systematically to building automated, repeatable processes, this episode is jam packed with tools and resources to help you streamline your operations so you can focus on creating amazing products, doing good and making an impact.
Deepak and Emilie from Oddbox are classic bootstrapping entrepreneurs. They launched Oddbox, a wonky fruit and veg box scheme, in a small corner of South West London in 2016. Since then they've grown their supply chain, team and delivery area in a slow and methodical way.
Hear stories about their early experiences and the "what are we doing?" moments and how their mission of being a zero waste social enterprise helped them power through.
Eat Grub produce a range of healthy, sustainable protein bars made with insects along side a range of flavoured insect snacks. They were one of the first to enter the UK market with insect products and have recently expanded further afield to Finland. In addition to hearing their fascinating food startup story, we also talk tech in this episode. Hear how Neil's interest in blockchain technology collided with the mundane world of barcodes and how they're looking at leveraging this tech to track their growing international sales.