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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​Coronavirus: Challenger brands warn of further sales slump amid social distancing rules

Challenger brands are bracing for a further retail sales slump as social distancing rules implemented in supermarkets have focused shoppers on well-known brands

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Nimble SMEs are showing their worth, but not all of them will survive

It’s one thing for a supplier to pivot from, say, in-store to online. An evolution from on-trade to off-trade is something else entirely


Support, don’t sacrifice, UK food & drink startups in these unprecedented times

Entrepreneurial, nimble brands can move quickly and have stock to keep shelves full in any supermarket within days

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SMEs welcome government loan scheme revamp but warn of unanswered issues

Food & drink SMEs have welcomed the revamp to the government emergency loan scheme, but warned there remain issues to be ironed out

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Can food & drink startups survive the coronavirus crisis?

SMEs are slipping through the cracks in aid packages as avenues close. What can they do?

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Jim Cregan Big Interview: how Jimmy’s is keeping chins up

After 10 years, Jim Cregan’s iced coffee brand has revamped, but plans for a cola and its on-trade debut are on hold. For now

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Southern Co-op to take part in Dragons’ Den-style event for local producers

The event gives local food and drink producers a chance to pitch to Southern Co-op and gain listings in stores

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Time for entrepreneurs to address founder mental wellbeing

It’s time that we, the entrepreneurs, re-frame what our businesses truly need from us, says Chris Green of Young Foodies

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Easy money and exploitation: should grocery brands explore multi-level marketing?

As more food and drink companies start to use the model, others warn it’s exploitative. What’s the truth?

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Life as a challenger brand is anything but easy. Just ask Savsé

Challenger brands are all the rage right now - but they need more help

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Are the supermarkets doing enough to support startups?

Startups are providing 59% of growth, yet 81% feel they lack the support their growth deserves. Do they have a point?


Sign up to support challenger brands - for all of food and drink’s benefit

A huge 81% of startup and scaleup brands feel unsupported by the industry – and that limits their growth, says Young Foodies co-founder Chris Green

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Brain Füd forced to change slogan after Red Bull legal threat

Red Bull objected to part of the energy drink’s on-pack slogan ‘No Monsters. No Bull’


Eating insects is healthy. Can a Welsh duo make it cool?

Vexo brings to mind hip brands like Beyond Meat and Impossible Burger

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Huel teaches important lessons about failure and the value of trial and error

The university of life has provided Huel founder Julian Hearn with a number of lessons

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Startups rejoice: true innovation in food & drink is finally starting to pay

The received wisdom that used to deter startups from aiming high is no longer relevant, says startup coach Fleur Emery


Sainsbury’s calls brands to pitch for Taste of the Future bay space

Sainsbury’s launched Taste of the Future at the end of June as the latest phase in its Future Brands programme

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Bread & Jam Festival to run food and drink ‘speed dating’ pitch event

An eight-strong panel of investors will invite food and drink SMEs to a round-robin of 10-minute face-to-face meetings

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Tesco incubator scheme champions gut health and seltzer trends

The grocery giant has announced the nine small fmcg businesses that will take part in its 2019 development programme

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Whole Foods to host product pitch day for startups

Attendees for the day will be shortlisted from brands that post an image of their product on Instagram