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Ellie Phoebe Brown of Kinda Co at Bread & Jam festival

Vegan cheese startup scores £25k from investors including Vita Coco's Giles Brook

18 Oct 2018 | By Julia Glotz

Ellie Phoebe Brown of Kinda Co was unanimously chosen as the winner by a group of investors including Giles Brook oof a Dragons’ Den-style pitching session at this year’s Bread & Jam festival

alana spencer

Alana Spencer and Alan Sugar launch Cakepreneurs

06 Sep 2018 | By Daniel Selwood

The business is aimed at “budding business-minded bakers”

team recruitment meeting

Challenger brands must act now to avoid a talent shortage

22 Aug 2018 | By Thea Alexander

Challenger brands are buzzing but there’s a potential talent shortage looming, warns Thea Alexander of Young Foodies

Tuk Tuk Chai

Tuk Tuk Chai ditches dragon's investment for crowdfunding

17 Aug 2018 | By Henry Saker-Clark

The chilled drink manufacturer appeared on Dragon’s Den but confirmed after filming it decided to walk away from the deal in favour of a £150k cash injection from the crowd

Budweiser Tractor

AB InBev unveils fund for startups tackling sustainability Subscription

05 Aug 2018 | By Daniel Woolfson

Successful applicants will be announced in September during the UN’s climate week

Jason Gibb_founder of Bread and Jam festival

There has never been a better time to start a food business

02 Aug 2018 | By Jason Gibb

Changing consumer habits are fuelling demand for disruptor brands, says Bread & Jam festival founder Jason Gibb

Marks and Spencer M&S Sparks on an ipad

M&S's retail tech venture shows it's serious about being digital-first

25 Jul 2018 | By Miya Knights

M&S is ramping up investment into its digital operations Marks & Spencer has just announced

Amelia Harvey

Amelia Harvey on collaboration and The Collective

22 Jul 2018 | By Megan Tatum

The self-styled ‘quasi-entrepreneur’ on building a £32m business from scratch

Alexandra Burke Slimfast campaign

How thinking like a startup can help revive old fmcg brands

21 Jun 2018 | By Neil Davidson

Many brand managers of conglomerate-owned brands are overly protective of their brands, says Neil Davidson of HeyHuman

Sweets in the City

Apprentice winner's Sweets in the City makes official debut

15 Jun 2018 | By Daniel Selwood

It offers gifting lines via Harrods, Selfridges, Kingdom of Sweets and online

Giles Brook

Vita Coco CEO Giles Brook invests in snack startup Bepps Subscription

08 Jun 2018 | By Henry Saker-Clark

The new “partnership” makes Brook the largest investor at the company

Woman listening to a man conversation discussion office team work

Listening skills are food startups' most powerful weapon

06 Jun 2018 | By Camilla Barnard

’We were the consumer asking for something that wasn’t there,’ says Rude Health’s Camilla Barnard.

MIA chocolate

Chocolate startup MIA reaches out to crowd for £100k investment Subscription

01 Jun 2018 | By Henry Saker-Clark

Bean-to-bar chocolate startup MIA has reached out to the crowd to raise £100k in investment

tesco

Smaller Tesco suppliers can survive the upcoming 'tsunami'

01 Jun 2018 | By Ian Quinn

It’s too soon to say whether this is going to be a ‘cull’ of suppliers, but it’s certainly a wake-up call

squirrel sisters

Squirrel Sisters and Create a Crisp reach to crowd for funds Subscription

25 May 2018 | By Henry Saker-Clark

A pair of London snacking companies have reached out to the crowd for increased investment ahead of new supermarket listings

Heather Mills

11 incubator schemes looking for the next big thing in food and drink

21 May 2018 | By Megan Tatum

With a record number of entrepreneurs now looking to build their own business in the sector a growing number of programs are offering access to expert advice, space and cash. 

Mallow and Marsh

Sainsbury's to help incubate startups with new scheme

18 May 2018 | By Adam Leyland

Sainsbury’s wants startups to help differentiate its offer from rivals

Incubators

Incubator schemes: growing startup talent Subscription

18 May 2018 | By Megan Tatum

More and more programmes are offering a mix of investment, mentoring, exposure and physical space

Brewdog

BrewDog, Sushi Daily & Fever-Tree bosses make Times Rich List

18 May 2018 | By Marianne Calnan

BrewDog co-owners James Watt and Martin Dickie were valued at £262m and £228m

Pippa Murray

Pip & Nut secures £1m from angels to fund growth plans Subscription

27 Apr 2018 | By Alec Mattinson

The new investment will fund a renewed marketing push and significant NPD

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