Welcome to The Grocer’s entrepreneurs hub. Here you’ll find the best of our coverage on the UK’s thriving food startup scene as well as tips and advice for entrepreneurs and early-stage fmcg brands. Discover plenty of free resources as well as a selection of our premium articles for Gold and Platinum members


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James McMaster is new CEO of ‘complete food’ brand Huel

16 Nov 2017 | By Carina Perkins

Before leaving Life Health Foods in August, McMaster oversaw the launch of Up&Go in the UK and development of Nutri-Brex

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Let's hear it for the olderpreneurs

15 Nov 2017 | By Max Gowland

I am in my early 60s and I find myself in a growing band of brothers dubbed the ‘olderpreneurs’, says Prime Fifty founder Max Gowland

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Lidl seeks closer links with startups by partnering with German retail tech hub Video

13 Nov 2017 | By Julia Glotz

Retailtech Hub is based in Munich and supports startups through an accelerator programme

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Don't underestimate the value of repeating a good idea

10 Nov 2017 | By Camilla Barnard

Last month we held the Rude Health Porridge Championships – our annual cook-off competition – for the fifth time…

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Piccolo babyfood secures DSG £500k to fuel Far East growth Subscription

10 Nov 2017 | By Edward Devlin

DSG Consumer Partners has invested £500,000 to support Piccolo’s growth ambitions in the UK and expansion outside Europe

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Frankie Fox, The Foraging Fox, on chickens and truffles

09 Nov 2017 | By Megan Tatum

‘My worst job interview? Sat on a prosthetic egg-shaped stool and asked what my star sign was’

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Field & Flower secures £825k after trimming back valuation Subscription

06 Nov 2017 | By Alec Mattinson

Field & Flower reduced its valuation to secure the crowdfunding cash


WooHa to expand US exports thanks to £700k funding Subscription

30 Oct 2017 | By Edward Devlin

Scottish start-up WooHa Brewing Company is eyeing further exports in the US after securing £700,000 from an SME fund.


Startup boom in food & grocery shows no sign of slowing down

27 Oct 2017 | By Julia Glotz

“The golden age of the startup is already over.” That was the provocative message of a piece published by Tech Crunch this week

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Low-calorie ice cream sensation Halo Top is coming to the UK

25 Oct 2017 | By Julia Glotz

The cult brand, which has dented sales of Häagen-Dazs and Ben & Jerry’s in the US, is slated for a January launch, The Grocer can reveal

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International issues: tackling exports as a small food brand

13 Oct 2017 | By Camilla Barnard

I’m sure there’s a business aphorism about the value of seeing challenges or problems as opportunities, says Camilla Barnard of Rude Health

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Chris Dee switches to 'brand incubator' role with Manílife

13 Oct 2017 | By Edward Devlin

Peanut butter startup Manílife expected to be first of many startups Dee helps…


The three startups fighting it out for a Waitrose partnership Subscription

21 Sep 2017 | By Megan Tatum

A recipe app and ‘Paypal for delivery’ were among the finalists of the John Lewis accelerator programme


Big food brand to startup: what to expect when taking the leap

21 Sep 2017 | By Theadora Alexander

Be prepared for a bit of a culture shock, says Thea Alexander of startup community Young Foodies. And expect to use gut feel over insight.

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Upmarket halal ready meals launched by North London startup Subscription

20 Sep 2017 | By Daniel Selwood

Shazia Saleem has teamed up with former Tesco development chef Lucas Floris to produce the Oh My Good Nosh range

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We need to do much more to support food challenger brands

15 Sep 2017 | By Jason Gibb

This is a great time to be a food startup - but far too many still fail because they lack support in core business areas like financing, HR and pitching, says Jason Gibb, founder of Bread & Jam

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Startups and corporates to 'work side by side' by 2025, predicts Unilever report

14 Sep 2017 | By Julia Glotz

Over the next five years, partnerships with startups will become business critical, says a new report from Unilever Foundry

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Whey Box secures £250k growth funds to tap protein boom Subscription

14 Sep 2017 | By Edward Devlin

The business started trading a year ago to tap booming demand in the sports nutrition market

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FoodCloud CEO Iseult Ward on how to redistribute a million meals per month

13 Sep 2017 | By Megan Tatum

FoodCloud’s Iseult Ward is on the path to redistribute a million meals per month


Hiver launches £350k crowdfunding push to finance expansion Subscription

12 Sep 2017 | By Daniel Woolfson

It is offering 8% of its equity via the campaign to finance the expansion of its HQ team and an annual brand push



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