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Food and drink must do more to welcome young black people into the industry

Time and again black founders find it impossible to break into the industry, says Sam Akinluyi, founder of not-for-profit retail innovation accelerator Add Psalt


What does winning a talent award mean for the next gen of grocery up-and-comers?

This year, The Grocer is rebranding its highly respected Top New Talent awards as the Next Gen Awards


How corporates and startups can get the best of both worlds

Larger and smaller operations must actively work to understand each other, says Jeremy Garlick, partner at Insight Traction


10 challenger brands that smashed their crowdfunding targets this year

The coronavirus pandemic left many strapped for cash, but these small, punchy grocery brands still managed to raise millions to fund ambitious expansion and innovation

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It’s a golden age for challenger brands with small budgets to reach consumers

Even without expensive awareness campaigns, brands can influence potential customers with precise, accurate and relevant proximity marketing, says Matt Lee, MD at Capture

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Challenger brand data startup Elm secures seed funding

The company will use the funding to build out its engineering team and further develop its product

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The Grocer’s Dairymen Podcast: Ciaran Dawson, Oppo Brothers

On this episode of The Grocer’s Dairymen Podcast we had a chat with Ciaran Dawson from ice cream brand Oppo Brothers about how he managed to set up a new DTC ice cream delivery service during lockdown

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Startups have a rare opportunity to snap up Christmas TV airtime for cheap

Rather than having a digital-first approach, these brands have a chance to develop ideas that work across online and offline channels, says Josh Clarricoats, managing partner at Hell Yeah

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Five tips to help SMEs recharge during lockdown

For the past nine months many founders have been operating on sheer adrenaline, and they’re starting to burn out

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Guide for SMEs: outsourcing your internal supply chain department

With Covid-19 causing major disruption and uncertainty in the grocery market, SMEs are increasingly looking to outsourcing as a way of managing overheads and reducing risk

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On the Frontline with Oppo ice cream co-founder Charlie Thuillier

When lockdown started Thuillier decided to kick off a charity ice cream delivery service. Here he tells us why he did it and how he pulled it off.

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How small food and drink suppliers are taking a nice slice of the Amazon pie

An Amazon listing is no piece of cake – sellers must contend with complex options and increased costs. So how are small fmcg brands making it work?

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Guide for SMEs: what should you do if your brand gets delisted?

Coronavirus has sparked dramatic changes to what’s on shelf in the supermarkets. Here’s what to do if you think delisting is on the cards for your brand

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Guide for SMEs: How to nail your CBILS application in eight steps

We spoke to Atom bank to provide a step-by-step guide to nail your CBILS application

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Black Lives Matter: black founders open up about race in the food & drink industry

Black food and drink founders talk to The Grocer about the struggles faced in their entrepreneurial journeys due to their skin colour

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Guide for SMEs: how to pivot your business model

To find out how to pivot we spoke to Faversham’s Macknade food hall, which introduced its first delivery service while in lockdown to keep the tills ringing

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How brands are setting up DTC operations in a jiffy

Since the lockdown, brands have been establishing DTC sites in double-quick time. How are they getting off the ground so quickly?

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Guide for SMEs: Five small brands on coping with the coronavirus pandemic

The coronavirus pandemic has made being at the head of a fast-growing food & drink SME more challenging than ever. But these five brands have proven it is possible to cope

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As consumers retreat to old favourites, will coronavirus be the death of challenger brands?

Startups desperately need support – from consumers and supermarkets – to survive

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Seven food and drink challenger brands ramping up online delivery during lockdown

These small businesses are getting creative as they boost their online offers