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Bread & Jam Mentor Walk: Working With Supermarkets

  • Institute of Directors 116 Pall Mall London, England, SW1Y 4AE United Kingdom (map)

Kickstart your week with a foodpreneur morning walk from The Institute of Directors in Piccadilly to Fortnum & Masons.

Join three industry experts and a dozen fellow entrepreneurs on this morning mentor walk that will kickstart your working week. On this walk we will be focusing on the challenges around getting your product onto the shelves of multiple retailers. So if you are a food and drink founder with aspirations of supplying the supermarkets join us on this 60 minute morning stroll through Green Park and learn from some of the industry's leading lights.

What's a Mentor Walk?

We've had some of our most inspiring and insightful discussions whilst taking a brisk stroll with friends and colleagues - the informal, relaxed vibe often leads to much more creative conversation than intense, face-to-face meetings. And so this is what we aim to achieve with our Mentor Walks - they are your opportunity to informally chat to experienced industry experts as you stroll through London with a group of fellow entrepreneurs on the same journey as you. Each walk focuses on a different aspect of building and growing a food and drink business, and it's a great way to start the week.

Time & Place

Start: 08:00am 5th August, outside The Institute of Directors, Pall Mall (SW1Y 5ED).

End: 09:00am 5th August, outside Fortnum & Mason (W1A 1ER).

Our Mentors

Rebecca Williams, Sainsbury's - Rebecca has been at Sainsbury’s for the last 3 and half years, working across several categories – most recently in pet care. As part of Future Brands, she is now responsible for managing and sourcing brands for our ‘Taste of the Future’ trial bay, which will launch in a couple of weeks. This is an exciting opportunity for innovative and unique brands to trial their products in stores, gaining insight into Sainsbury’s and the opportunity of a permanent listing.

Fergus Chamberlain, Founder, Gran Luchito - Fergus started life as a buyer at Sainsbury’s, moving into a role as the National Account Manager at Little Dish and then 7 years ago he founded Gran Luchito with the aim of bringing Mexican food to the masses. Gran Luchito is stocked in Waitrose, Sainsbury’s, Tesco, Ocado, Booths and Whole Foods.

Andrew Walker, Founder, TEA REX - Andrew invented and built TEA REX and its unique fruit and root infusions from scratch. With 5 Great Taste awards TEA REX is listed on Amazon, Ocado, Not on the High Street and currently part of the 1st ‘Taste of the Future’ Sainsbury's trial bay (which Rebecca , above, is running - so he can give you the producer’s perspective).