Mark Shayler – Founder at Ape

Time & Place

Thursday, 3 October 2019

10:00 - 10:50 in:

Leaders' Lectures

TITLE: Why building a business that does good is the only option

Mark will talk about how enterprise makes things better, how it is actually a superpower. How food and drink are the best places to innovate right now and how building a business that does good is the only option. This isn’t just good for your customers. It is also a business that does the founder good too. Understanding performance anxiety, wellbeing and mental health are crucial to the success of any business. If you aren’t strong your business won’t be. So how can challenger brands build better businesses? How can they scale “good”? And how can move closer to the consumer who is increasingly belief-driven.

Speakers

Mark Shayler

Ape

Mark Shayler

Ape 

Mark helps big companies think like small ones and small companies think like big ones. He works on innovation of products, services and business models; he works on sustainability and company purpose; and he coaches businesses and individuals. He has worked for Nike, Coca-Cola, Unilever, Hotpoint, Samsung, John Lewis, Fenwick, Teapigs, Bacardi, Diageo, Mars, Thorntons, 3M, Amazon, Panasonic and hundreds of funky little businesses like Propercorn, Teapigs, Hiut Denim, and Ugly Drinks. He is a Founding Partner of the Do Lectures and author of the book Do Disrupt. His new book Do Present is due out in 2020.

Monika Linton – Founder of Brindisa

Time & Place

Thursday, 3 October 2019

11:00 - 11:50 in:

Leaders' Lectures

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Speakers

Monika Linton

Brindisa

Monika Linton

Brindisa 

Monika Linton is the Founder of Brindisa Ltd and Co-Founder of Brindisa Kitchens. The name comes from the Spanish word, “brindis”, the act of raising your glass.

Monika founded Brindisa in 1988, to import and distribute fine Spanish food. Within a decade, Brindisa was firmly established as the source of high-quality Spanish foods amongst chefs and specialist retailers nationwide. Monika’s aim has always been to champion smaller producers from all over Spain and showcase their craft, thirty-one years later, the business sources many hundreds of Spanish products.

In 1996, Monika was fundamental in the change and regeneration of Borough Market. Brindisa was based on the edge of the market, in those days a declining wholesale fruit and veg outlet, and Monika had the idea of opening the Brindisa warehouse at weekends for selling directly to the public. In this Brindisa was soon joined by NYD and Turnips and these sales became the seed of what is now the thriving retail market.

It was always Monika’s dream to open a restaurant to showcase Brindisa’s range of foods. In 2004 she co-founded Brindisa Kitchens, opening a tapas restaurant in Borough Market. Since then she has opened a further 4 restaurants in London.

Monika’s book, “Brindisa, The True Food of Spain” is enormously informative about the food culture of Spain and is also a story-book that brings to life many of the people and places that she has encountered since 1988. It was published by Harper Collins in 2016.

Website: https://brindisa.com

Heather Mills – Founder of Vbites

Time & Place

Thursday, 3 October 2019

12:00 - 12:50 in:

Leaders' Lectures

Title: ITS NOT WHAT YOU THINK

  • The story of growing an ethical international vegan food company – highs and lows
  • The rise of veganism and plant based diet – is it a fad and what are the opportunities
  • What I look for when I invest plant based businesses through VBites Ventures

 

 

Speakers

Heather Mills

VBites Foods

Heather Mills

VBites Foods  

Heather Mills is the founder of the plant based ethical Vegan food company VBites. She has encountered an unusual life of extraordinary circumstances. A woman that has an inert ability to defy and conquer anything that falls in her path.

In 1993 Heather suffered the loss of her left leg below the knee due to an accident. To save her amputated leg from constant infection she went on a plant-based diet. Heather created the pioneering International Plant Based ethical Vegan food company, VBites, which exports to 24 countries, offers 130 plant-based products and has won 80 awards.

Website: https://www.vbites.com/

Michael Brehme – Founder of Clipper Teas

Time & Place

Thursday, 3 October 2019

15:00 - 15:50 in:

Leaders' Lectures

TITLE: From 1 chest of tea to 40 countries – the Clipper story

  • How I founded a multi-million pound business with £50.
  • How your point of difference is fundamental to your success
  • How I nearly lost everything when the banks pulled out and was saved by a loyal customer

Speakers

Michael Brehme

Clipper Tea

Michael Brehme

Clipper Tea 

I provide Non-Executive Director support and independent consultancy to food and beverage businesses. Co-founder and Managing Director of Clipper Teas, a leading international challenger tea and coffee brand. Clipper’s approach is an effective example of creating difference in an established U.K. and International sector, building a highly successful consumer brand without external investment and ultimate business sale.

Website: https://www.clipper-teas.com/

Chris Dee, Director of Food & Home - Harrods

Time & Place

Thursday, 3 October 2019

16:00 - 16:50 in:

Leaders' Lectures

TITLE: The Future of Luxury and Super Premium Food (Interview)

  • Department store foodhalls – vanity listings?
  • Retailing based on experience not just efficiency
  • Luxury and super-premium foods category
  • Gifting or consuming?
  • What Harrods wants from brands and own label suppliers
  • Appealing to an international consumer as a British food brand

Speakers

Chris Dee

Harrods

Chris Dee

Harrods 

Currently Director of Food and Home at Harrods, Chris is leading the restoration of the iconic food halls as well as developing Europe’s largest interiors retail space and a complete transformation of how Harrods sell Technology. Chris is a consummate retailer and specialist in the consumer space and has 30 years’ experience of running multiple food and drink retail businesses, both in bricks and mortar and online. He’s worked at all levels with both buying and marketing teams on transformation approaches to product development, sourcing and brand building. Chris has an entrepreneur’s mindset and can offer insights and coaching for business leaders in the early/mid stages of their development or where legacy businesses need a more agile approach.

Website: https://www.harrods.com/en-gb

Hugh Thomas, CEO and Co-Founder - Ugly Brands Inc

Time & Place

Thursday, 3 October 2019

17:00 - 17:50 in:

Leaders' Lectures

TITLE: Taking Ugly across the Pond – Lessons from the first year in the USA

Find out about:

  • Lessons learned building a British drinks brand in the USA
  • Life as a founder (and Brit) moving to New York City
  • Keeping brand consistency and tone of voice across multiple timezones
  • Building global culture and working practice across countries
  • What does the future look like for Ugly?

Speakers

Hugh Thomas

Ugly Brands

Hugh Thomas

Ugly Brands 

Hugh Thomas is the CEO and Co-Founder of Ugly Drinks. Now based in New York (USA), Hugh works as Global CEO for Ugly and leads the brand‚ on growth into the US market. Ugly was founded around Hugh’s kitchen table in the UK in 2016, by Hugh and his best friend, Co-Founder, Joe Benn, who both became frustrated at the lack of sugar and sweetener free beverage options on shelf. Ugly wanted to tell The Ugly Truth and take on the big soda companies that had been saying the same thing for too long.

Today Ugly is in over 4500+ stores in the UK including Tesco and Sainsbury’s and having launched in mid-2018, 1500+ stores in the USA with a global direct to consumer business shipping orders from London to San Francisco. Hugh started his career as a brand manager at Heinz Tomato Ketchup before joining Vita Coco as UK marketing lead and meeting his co-founder, Joe. To find out more, visit uglydrinks.com or follow Hugh at @uglyhugh on Twitter and Instagram.

Website: https://uglydrinks.com/

Sophie Maxwell – Pearlfisher

Time & Place

Friday, 4 October 2019
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Leaders' Lectures

How do you build the brands of tomorrow?

“Humanity will change more in the next 20 years than in the past 300” – an amazing prediction that presents a clear opportunity for the brands of the future to be truly innovative by understanding the changing needs of their consumers and the world in which they will live.

Pearlfisher Global Futures Director, Sophie Maxwell, will delve into the key cultural shifts that are defining how our food and drink is changing, and others – from ‘Re-wilding’; how brands are re-introducing a connection to nature, to ‘Re-locality’: how we are re-embracing local cultures, in a push back against the globalisation of brands.

She will discuss how these new cultural, category and consumer shifts are altering the way we live, both now and in the future, and the opportunity they present for brands to create new products and services for the changes they will bring. She will share a future model of how Pearlfisher approaches brand building in order to create visionary, committed and purpose-driven brands.

Speakers

Sophie Maxwell

Pearlfisher

Mark Murphy – Tesco Incubator Programme

Time & Place

Friday, 4 October 2019
10:00 - 10:50

Leaders' Lectures

TITLE: Tesco Incubator Programme: Helping young innovative brands reach their potential

  • How we select small entrepreneurial brands that have the potential to offer something different and exciting to customers
  • How Tesco supports challenger brands
  • What opportunities there are for small entrepreneurial brands at Tesco and how to engage with us

Speakers

Mark Murphy

The Tesco Incubator program

Angus Thirlwell – Founder of Hotel Chocolat

Time & Place

Friday, 4 October 2019
11:00 - 11:50

Leaders' Lectures

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Speakers

Angus Thirlwell

Hotel Chocolat

Ruth Anslow – Cofounder HISBE Food

Time & Place

Friday, 4 October 2019
12:00 - 12:50

Leaders' Lectures

Title: Transforming food retail, for good

  • Why the future of food is local, ethics-led and sustainable
  • What it takes to create a successful mission driven supermarket
  • How to engage shoppers to make choices for a better world

Speakers

Ruth Anslow

HISBE Food

Pitch To Win: The Ultimate Elevator Pitch – turning 3 minutes into £30K

Time & Place

Friday, 4 October 2019
14:00 - 14:50

Leaders' Lectures

Hear from the 6 shortlisted brands in a Dragon’s Den style pitching session, where they will each deliver a three minute pitch to win a grand prize worth £30,000 in sales, branding and legal support as well as a free stand at Speciality & Fine Food Fair, a private meeting with a Sainsbury’s buyer and a free annual pass to all Bread & Jam events for a year.

Check out details of the panel below.

Panel

Milena Lazarevska – Head of Future Brands, Sainsbury’s

Pippa Murray – Founder, Pip & Nut

Sunna Van Kampen – Founder, LVK

Adam Arnold – Founder, Brandality

Philippa Sturt – Partner, Joelson

Applications are open and close on 23rd September. If you would like to apply, please click here. You must have a ticket to apply and you must be the founder of a food and drink brand. For terms and conditions click here.

 

 

 

Sarah Lynn – Founder of Sweets in the city

Time & Place

Friday, 4 October 2019
15:00 - 15:50

Leaders' Lectures

From ‘You’re Hired’ to Winning Over Buyers

2017 Apprentice Winner Sarah Lynn talks about her rollercoaster journey in confectionery and being in business with Lord Sugar. She will include the key good and bad parts of the last two years, including winning, juggling motherhood and work, losing a huge account in the first year, the challenges in confec generally and the exciting NPD journey for the new range.

Speakers

Sarah Lynn

Sweets in the City