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

Entrepreneurs

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

Meat disruptors montage

From plant-based burgers to lab-grown meatballs: 15 startups disrupting the global meat industry

13 Apr 2018 | By Julia Glotz

From plant-based burgers and lab-grown meatballs to insect protein and cutting-edge alternative feeds, the meat industry is facing disruption like never before. Here is our pick of 15 exciting startups worth having on your radar

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Black Farmer's Wilfred Emmanuel-Jones launches incubator for food startups

05 Apr 2018 | By Julia Glotz

The Hatchery is looking for ‘raw, mission-driven entrepreneurs’ who want to work collaboratively

Jeremy Garlick

Launch support: innovations need nurturing

28 Mar 2018 | By Jeremy Garlick

Even if you have a brilliant product, your chance of success will be greater if you put in place the right package of mark…

Hugh Duffle of Sandows

My food & drink job: Hugh Duffie, co-founder, Sandows

27 Mar 2018

Developing products that drive positive change is part of what makes a career in food & drink so rewarding, says Hugh

Paul Lindley of Ella's Kitchen

Paul Lindley to head up Child Obesity Taskforce in London

26 Mar 2018 | By Ian Quinn

Earlier this month, The Grocer revealed Lindley was stepping down as chair of Ella’s Kitchen

Charlie Hoare

Charlie Hoare, Tapped Birch Water, on manhole covers and sap

22 Mar 2018

‘My first job? Cleaning cars – I would cycle around the local villages with a bucket and sponge’

Treasure Truck

Meat box delivery firm Field & Flower joins Treasure Truck

21 Mar 2018 | By Kevin White

The Treasure Truck, launched in the UK last December, is described by Amazon as a “unique and fun-filled way” to shop for new or trending local items

Paul Lindley

Ella's Kitchen founder Paul Lindley to leave the company

15 Mar 2018 | By Marianne Calnan

His first book, Little Wins: The Huge Power of Thinking Like a Toddler, was published in April last year

Young woman sitting at a desk at work

Apprentices are the new interns, there's no dark art to it

14 Mar 2018 | By Camilla Barnard

Rude Health has taken on its first ever apprentice. Camilla Barnard explains why

Mimica Touch expiry label on a milk bottle

Arla trials ‘bumpy’ new food expiry label in a bid to slash food waste

14 Mar 2018 | By Julia Glotz

The dairy co-op has teamed up with foodtech startup Mimica to test a use-by label that turns bumpy when food goes off

Food picture phone technology

Rising foodtech enterprises must be connected

08 Mar 2018

Foodtech is a hugely exciting and dynamic sector – and it’s attracting more and more investment

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Kraft Heinz hunts for organic and 'authentic' brands with startup incubator programme

08 Mar 2018 | By Julia Glotz

The fmcg giant has launched Springboard, a new platform to nurture and support fast-growing disruptor brands 

Wheyhey new packaging

Tesco picks 14 brands for 2018 incubator programme Subscription

08 Mar 2018 | By Daniel Selwood

Wheyhey, Grenade and Deliciously Ella are among the suppliers to have been accepted into Tesco’s 2018 incubator initiative

Stevie Grieves_Lovely Fodder

My food & drink job: Stevie Grieves, digital coordinator, Lovely Fodder

07 Mar 2018

Stevie talks about why she chose a career in food & drink - and why working for a startup is so exciting

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