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2018 predictions

What will 2018 bring for the world of grocery? Subscription

01 Jan 2018 Updated: 04 Jan 2018 | By Richard Pendleton

We asked 18 industry movers and shakers to look back on an often turbulent 2017 – and to gaze into their crystal balls

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Erbology wins €100k PepsiCo Nutrition Greenhouse grant

14 Dec 2017 | By Daniel Selwood

The London brand saw off competition from fellow startups across western Europe

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Barilla scouts for carb disruptors with Blu1877 venture capital fund

07 Dec 2017 | By Julia Glotz

The iconic Italian pasta maker is looking to invest in startups that work with alternative grains and legumes as well as those tackling food waste, obesity and sustainability challenges

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Foodservice supply chains are ripe for disruption

06 Dec 2017 | By Jason Gibb

A new breed of tech startups is working to disrupt sourcing for the foodservice sector - and it’s about to make a big impact in the UK, says food growth consultant Jason Gibb

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Collaboration between startups and corporates is great – but the 'human fit' has to be right

04 Dec 2017 | By Alessio D'Antino

A growing number of big companies are looking to form partnerships with entrepreneurs. But significant hurdles to collaboration remain, says Alessio D’Antino of Crowdfooding

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Dining experience startups awarded £200,000 by John Lewis Subscription

30 Nov 2017 | By Emma Weinbren

The startups will now begin integrating with the John Lewis and Waitrose businesses

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Ethical soft drink startup Dash Water secures £250k to expand Subscription

28 Nov 2017 | By Daniel Selwood

The brand has secured the interest of “select people” – most notably Brad Berman and John Ayton

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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

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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.

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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…

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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

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