Enter the UK: For international food businesses

Time & Date

Wednesday 02 October 2019

Starting 09:00 at:

central London
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Ending 18:00

Are you an international brand looking to break into the UK market?

The UK grocery market is worth over $240B. Are you ready to export your products to this fast moving, sophisticated market but unsure of how to navigate its nuances?

Here’s a few reasons why you need to take advantage of this fantastic opportunity:

  • Population 65 million – High proportion of affluent, sophisticated consumers hungry for new trends and flavours
  • Reliable and efficient supply chain – be available nationwide in a flash
  • Few trade barriers

Join us at this groundbreaking session, specifically for non-UK brands looking to go global. Session highlights include:

  • Profiling key national retailers, their customer demographics and how to access them
  • How importers and local distributors work and which ones would suit your business
  • Local labelling, compliance rules and regulations and how to navigate these cost effectively
  • Visits to major retailers and fine food halls, with tours alongside local industry experts
  • Interactive panel discussions with local F&B entrepreneurs

The bootcamp is timetabled the day before the the Bread & Jam Festival, the must-attend event of the year for F&B brands in the UK, held on 3-4 October 2019 in London. Attend both sessions and immerse yourself in the market, gaining the in-depth knowledge you need to make your brand stand out in the UK.

At Bread & Jam, over 1000 brands, investors, industry icons and experts gather to celebrate cutting edge innovation and industry disruption, alongside opportunities to pitch for venture funding and national listings with key supermarket retailers. If you’re an international brand looking to scale, these events are not to be missed.


Workshop 1: The UK Speciality Food Landscape

  • Who the major players are and what opportunities they each offer.
  • Margin and accreditation expectations.
  • Supply chain and logistics.
  • Market size and trends.

Workshop 2: The UK Supermarket Landscape

  • Who the major players are and what opportunities they each offer.
  • Margin and accreditation expectations.
  • Supply chain and logistics.
  • How to access buyers and what to say to them.
  • Case studies of other foreign brands who have succeeded.
  • Extent of local infrastructure (marketing support/sales) needed.

Workshop 3: Compliance and Labelling

  • UK labelling regulations.
  • Barcodes.
  • Health claims.
  • Shelf life.
  • Packaging regulations and trends.

Workshop 4: Importing

  • Importation process.
  • Fees and duties.
  • Logistic partners for fresh, ambient and frozen.
  • How to find local co-manufacturers/co-packers.
  • Working with distributors.
  • The impact of ‘Brexit’.

Site Visit 1: Speciality Retailer

  • Visit to ‘beacon’ retailer to look at the range and opportunities for foreign brands.

Site Visit 2: Multiple Retailer

  • Visit to one of the ‘big four’ supermarkets to look at the range and opportunities for foreign brands.

Panel: Q&A session with a panel of experienced UK food and drink entrepreneurs

  • Interactive Q&A with 3 brand owners who work with speciality retailers and supermarkets in the UK.
  • Opportunity to connect with fellow entrepreneurs who are part of the UK’s collaborative f&b scene.


“It’s an awesome experience, giving us exposure to buyers it would take years to engage with. We’ll be coming back to Bread & Jam in 2019 because there really is no other event like it. We’ve consistently had the biggest ROI on this over and above any other trade show or event.” Rosh, Humble Warrior

“Such a beneficial event for anyone starting a food business. Top speakers and networking opportunities. We will 100% attending again this year.” Laura, Hullabaloo

“Bread & Jam Festival was by far the best industry event attended. The speakers and workshops cover every angle of industry—supply chain, sales, PR, funding, you name it!” Sydney, The Lil Pops

100% of attendees say they are more confident after attending & 100% said that they think their chances of success are better.

To purchase tickets for the Bootcamp in US Dollars, please go to Eventbrite here.
To purchase tickets for the Bootcamp in Euros, please go to Eventbrite here.