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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

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Sainsbury's to introduce incubator bay for small suppliers

The move appears to be the next phase of Sainsbury’s Future Brands initiative

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How is Brexit impacting food and drink startups?

Brexit is proving a costly and damaging exercise for many small businesses, but the entrepreneurial spirit prevails

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Direct hit: how to make direct-to-consumer selling pay

D2C businesses are all the rage among consumers, startups and established brands alike. But do the numbers stack up?

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Sustainable confectioner Doisy & Dam secures £750k cash boost

The brand will use the funding to drive further NPD and PoS marketing

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Your business idea isn't ready until you've taken the plunge

‘I’ve got lots of ideas, but I don’t know which one to do’ is something I’ve heard from more than one aspiring startup

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Former Typhoo sales director to support small brands with export agency

Exporting is Great will offer support to challenger brands amid Brexit uncertainty

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Female-founded businesses are being let down by investors

The investor community has some catching up to do on gender diversity, says Kerstin Robinson, co-founder of Nix & Kix

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Pollen & Grace reach out for £350k amid new listings

Pollen & Grace has launched the funding drive ahead of new regional listings, which will see it expand into 55 Tesco and 50 Co-op stores in May

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Propercorn founders back £300k boost for Nice canned wine

“Nice is quality wine that has mass market appeal and is 100% recyclable, which made it a no-brainer to Sainsbury’s.” said development manager for Future Brands Tom Elliot

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Hands-off launches like RXBar reflect increasing hunger for ‘independent’ brands

Acting like a nascent business allows big companies to create the impression they’re keeping pace with innovation

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Time for a break: how a holiday can be a business milestone

If you can leave for more than a week without causing the business stress, then you are out of the startup phase

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Gato & Co secures £200k cash boost after rejecting Dragons

Seven new investors have backed the pudding supplier in the new funding round

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Healthier crisps startup Corners lands Sainsbury’s listing

The brand this week rolled out four heat-popped SKUs via Sainsbury’s Future Brands initiative

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The Vevolution’s here: how the vegan movement is honing its business skills

As Beyond Burger finally launches into Tesco and vegan festivals hit the mainstream, the business appeal of plant-based is growing

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

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

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Alana Spencer and Alan Sugar launch Cakepreneurs

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

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Challenger brands must act now to avoid a talent shortage

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

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Tuk Tuk Chai ditches dragon's investment for crowdfunding

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

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AB InBev unveils fund for startups tackling sustainability

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