Richard Wilkinson, Doisy & Dam
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I'm one of the two co-founders of Doisy & Dam, the superfood chocolate brand. I'm responsible for making sure we bring to market the most innovative, interesting and delicious chocolate products available in the UK. I look after all things financial as well as managing the production and operational side of the chocolate.

Richard will be joining our panel on "The power of awards and certification" in the Shoptalk room on Friday.  Get your tickets here

Tara Sundramoorthi
Helenor Rogers, TrooFoods Ltd
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After 25 years working in FMCG brand marketing for brands like Quality Street, Smarties, PG Tips, Lipton and Arm & Hammer, I set up TrooFoods with my husband Mike late in 2015. We’re both passionate foodies and had been seeking out an exciting new food business idea.

After all those years working for other companies and building brands it felt right to try to do this for ourselves. With Troo we felt like we’d hit the right opportunity and so we would do our best to make it happen. Troo’s values mirror those of our own - authenticity, simplicity, being straightforward and good in every way we can. We want to make a difference in many ways – for our consumers, our suppliers, our customers, our family and ourselves.

TrooFoods' purpose is to help people with their gut health, scientifically proven to be essential for both physical and mental health and wellbeing. We do this by creating delicious prebiotic-packed food and by helping people understand more about the importance of gut-healthy eating through lots of different communication channels. As well as making people healthy and happy, we want to play our part in caring for our planet too. We have made a commitment to be as plastic-free as we can - this includes being the first granola in plastic-free packaging.

We’ve come a long way, but still have miles to go! We love being part of something with such huge potential and look forward to sharing this with you

Helenor will be joining our Courier Panel on "Packaging" in the Shoptalk room on Friday.  Get your tickets here

 

Tara Sundramoorthi
Peter Oden, Belazu
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My career started by beating a random chap in a pub at table football who then asked me to help launch Innocent drinks across Ireland and make it Ireland's No1 juice brand.

After that, I helped launch Monster Energy across EMEA taking it from nearly nothing to €250m in sales in 3 years. Now I am focused on helping people cook the best possible meals by growing Belazu's market share in supermarkets and our B2B foodservice business.

Peter will be joining our panel on "How to access and approach buyers" in the Shoptalk room on Thursday.  Get your tickets here

 

 

Tara Sundramoorthi
Angus Oliphant, Miniscoff
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Angus is a brand development and food product entrepreneur in premium, organic and children's food sectors.

Since 2000 he has been founder and MD of multi award winning Miniscoff Organic Children's Food.

Angus will be joining our panel on "What's your plan b?" in the Shoptalk room on Friday.  Get your tickets here

 

 

Tara Sundramoorthi
Ben Jackson, Capsicana Ltd
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Ben is the Founder and Managing Director of Capsicana Ltd. Capsicana is an up and coming challenger brand leading the quality innovation in the Latin American segment of the world foods category.

Ben will be joining our panel on "Crowdfunding" in the Shoptalk room on Friday.  Get your tickets here

 

 

Tara Sundramoorthi
Jamie McCloskey, LOVE CORN
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Jamie is founder of LOVE CORN the UK's first Premium Roasted Corn brand. His delicious crunchy corn kernels are packed with flavour and made with love.

Vegan, sugar and gluten free LOVE CORN is the perfect savoury snack. LOVE CORN is available across 2,000 stores nationally.

Jamie will be joining our panel on "Non-retail routes to market" in the Shoptalk room on Friday.  Get your tickets here

Tara Sundramoorthi
Sarah Hilleary, B-Tempted Cakes
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Sarah Hilleary is the Founder & Chief Temptation Officer of B-Tempted Cakes, specialising in luxurious Free-From baked goods.

Unsatisfied with the gluten free cake market, Sarah decided to tackle the problem herself, leaving her job in the City and taking her passion for baking to create gluten free creations at home. Since then, she has turned her baking hobby into an award-winning cake company, winning multiple golds in the Great Taste Awards and sold in prestigious stores including Harrods, Selfridges, Whole Foods Market, Harvey Nichols, and Fortnum & Mason. In 2017 Sarah entered the Dragons’ Den in which she walked away with an offer of investment from Dragon Tej Lalvani, to support the company’s inevitable growth.

Baking from its fully dedicated Gluten Free and SALSA-accredited site in Leytonstone, East London, B-Tempted Cakes is run by a devoted team of innovative bakers led by Sarah. With its popularity growing, the innovation has not stopped. The company’s new Vegan & Gluten Free muffins and cupcakes are set to be launched in the coming months, positioning the company to be one of the most influential and sought-after brands in the Free-From market.

Sarah will be joining our panel on "How to produce yourself- building a factory" in the Shoptalk room on Friday.  Get your tickets here

Tara Sundramoorthi
Nila Holden, Nila Holden Ltd.
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Over the past 5 years, I have grown my iced biscuit brand, which I started from home, from my kitchen table to being stocked in premium Food Halls such as Harrods, Fortnum & Mason & Selfridges, and also farm shops, deli's and gift stores up and down the country.

I've been commissioned by Disney to make biscuits and cakes for their publications, made biscuits for two royal families and I also regularly make biscuits for some of the UK's leading corporate brands such as Benefit Cosmetics, Virgin Atlantic & Thomson Tui. I now also support Food & Drink Entrepreneurs to launch or scale their businesses via the Food Entrepreneur Academy which I set up this year.

Nila will be chairing our panel on "How to produce yourself- building a factory" in the Shoptalk room on Friday.  Get your tickets here

Tara Sundramoorthi
Oliver Dickinson, WOW Food & Drinks
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Serial entrepreneur, Oliver Dickinson, 27, is the founder of health drinks brand, WOW. 

Oliver’s entrepreneurial career started at 16 when he founded a guerrilla marketing agency, employing 12 people by the age of 17. After graduating from university, Oliver launched a SaaS product and exited the business three years later at the age of 23 to pursue his true passion, food and drink. 

In 2015 WOW became the first company to gain EU wide FSA approval to make chia seed based drinks. Oliver launched the brand simultaneously in to the UK, Germany and Austria, with France and Scandinavia following less than 12 months later. He has since diversified WOW’s portfolio of products to a total of 4 ranges (with more to come) which are now stocked in over 6,000 stores in six countries across Europe. 

Whilst the WOW team has worked hard and enjoyed exciting growth, Oliver does not hide the battle scars and openly admits to having already ade every mistake in the book along the way. From drinks blowing up in investors' cars to branding blunders and production mayhem, Oliver ow enjoys sharing his experiences so that others can avoid making similar mistakes and concentrate on adding value and gaining velocity.

Oliver will be joining our panel on "How to find a manufacturer" in the Shoptalk room on Thursday.  Get your tickets here

Tara Sundramoorthi
Cesar Roden, Ice Kitchen
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After studying at a culinary school he worked as a chef in a gastropub before founding Ice Kitchen in 2012, with the help of his aunt, Nadia.

Since then his Gourmet Ice Lolly business has expanded year on year and won many awards and been featured in many publications including The Times, Observer, and Evening Standard and on UK national TV. His Ice Lolly recipe book has been translated into 15 languages. For more information visit www.icekitchen.co.uk

Cesar will be joining our panel on "How to seedfund your business" in the Shoptalk room on Thursday.  Get your tickets here

Tara Sundramoorthi
Olivia Wollenberg, Livia's Kitchen
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Olivia founded Livia’s Kitchen in 2014. LK specialises in creating sweet treats with nutritional twists. She started the company by launching superfood crumbles exclusively in Selfridges. The company was born out of her own recently diagnosed food intolerances which prevented her from being able to eat her favourite treats like cupcakes and chocolate.

Olivia then started the popular Livia's Kitchen recipe blog, and began to generate a strong social following on Instagram. Soon after came the launch of her first cookbook, Naturally Sweet and Indulgent Treats which is available to buy on Amazon. Following from this, Olivia launched popular product ranges: Raw Millionaire Bites in 2016 and Biccy Boms in 2017, and most recently Nugglets which launched March 2018.

The two former ranges are available to buy on the Livia's Kitchen website and in major retailers including: Sainsbury’s, Tesco, Boots, WHSmith travel stores, Selfridges, Planet Organic, Waitrose and Whole Foods Market. Nugglets are available in Whole Foods Market, Tesco, Planet Organic, Boots, and the Livia's Kitchen website. Nugglets will soon be available across more retailers.

Olivia will be joining our panel on "Branding and telling your story" in the Shoptalk room on Thursday. Get your tickets here

Tara Sundramoorthi
Kerstin Rodgers, Msmarmitelover.com
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My 'internet' name is msmarmitelover. I'm the pioneer of supper clubs in the UK, starting in January 2009. Since then hundreds of supper clubs have started up in the UK. I've written 4 best selling books, am a social media influencer and award winning blogger and photographer. I'm one of the first new wave of plant based chefs in this country. I gain inspiration from travelling the world.

Kerstin will be joining our Press Panel on "How to work with the media" in the Shoptalk room on Thursday.  Get your tickets here.

Tara Sundramoorthi
Fox, Pukka Herbs
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Fox founded an advertising agency in the 90’s before exit in 2006. Then founded a brand and strategic consultancy focused on challenger brands.

He joined Pukka as Creative Director in late 2012 and since the start of 2015 took global responsibility for marketing across the tea and supplements portfolios as well as all NPD and communications for the brand.

Fox has a degree in English and Philosophy, and Postgraduate in Leadership. He has a love of tea, music and cricket – pretty much in that order.

Fox will be joining our panel on "Branding and telling your story" in the Shoptalk room on Thursday.  Get your tickets here

Tara Sundramoorthi
Andrew Hunt, Aduna
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Andrew started his career in advertising before a radical life change took him to The Gambia, where he won a UN World Business & Development Award for his work with small-scale producers.

In 2012 he co-founded Aduna, an Africa-inspired health food brand, which brings global consumers the vitality of Africa's natural ingredients, while creating sustainable incomes for rural households.

In 2015 Aduna was shortlisted for three Guardian Sustainable Business Awards, was a finalist in Virgin’s Pitch to the Rich competition and won the UKBAA Social Impact Investment of the Year Award and two Great Taste Golds.

Andrew believes passionately in the power of business to make a positive impact in the world. He holds an MBA (distinction) from Saïd Business School, University of Oxford.

Andrew will be joining our panel on "Crowdfunding" in the Shoptalk room on Friday.  Get your tickets here

Tara Sundramoorthi
David Moore, Chief Chocolate Officer
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Co-Founder of Chief Nation (Marketing), Chief Wine Officer (VIP Networking) & Chief Chocolate Officer (Premium Retail).

Background in investment banking and technology prior to starting the above based on a love of wine and chocolate.

David will be joining our panel on "The good and bad of white labelling" in the Shoptalk room on Friday.  Get your tickets here

Tara Sundramoorthi
Andrew Walker, Tea Rex
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Andrew designed and built TEA REX and its innovative products from scratch. His 10 years of marketing and management provide exactly the right knowledge and mind-set to create, launch and build a challenger brand.

Andrew excels in making ideas happen; from launching and establishing Virgin Casino as the leading player in the US, to branding Scratch Meals; a VC-backed £6m+ business with its innovative food products in 750+ stores and supermarkets in the UK. Andrew is highly creative and energetic, with a sleeves rolled up mentality that has enabled him to lead and energise teams to turn ‘what if’ conversations into ‘how and when’ reality.

Andrew will be joining our panel on "How to access and approach buyers" in the Shoptalk room on Thursday.  Get your tickets here

Tara Sundramoorthi
Tom Mercer, MOMA Foods
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Tom Mercer is the Founder of MOMA Foods, a London based breakfast food brand. Frustrated with the lack of quality breakfast on the market Tom decided to leave his job in the City and do something about it. MOMA was a genuine grass roots start up – the first kitchen was under a railway arch in South London and the first retail outlet was a stall (made from a converted filing cabinet) in Waterloo station. MOMA is now the fastest growing porridge brand in the UK, and the #1 bircher muesli brand, supplying the grocers, travel, and food service sectors, and is pushing into new export markets.

MOMA has been a fascinating journey since it started in 2006 – working across chilled and ambient, several project ranges, and 7 manufacturers. Building a strong, authentic, and dynamic brand alongside this has been key. Tom has worked in all areas of the business and his main focus now is looking at innovation within the MOMA brand.

Tom is from a farming family in Staffordshire, read Natural Sciences at Cambridge, and prior to MOMA worked as a management consultant for Bain & Co. In his personal life Tom is a proud husband and dad.

Tom will be joining our panel on "Branding and telling your story" in the Shoptalk room on Thursday.  Get your tickets here

Tara Sundramoorthi
Max Dubiel, Redemption Roasters
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In April last year we launched a specialty coffee roasting and barista academy at HMYOI Aylesbury. Our brand is called Redemption Roasters (www.redemptionroasters.com). At Aylesbury we teach young offenders coffee skills and aim to place them with our wholesale customers or in one of our shops upon release.

Ex-offenders are 50% less likely to reoffend if they have a job on release. Therefore and as as part of our mission to help young offenders successfully reintegrate into society, we train them in professional roasting and competition-level barista skills. Together we roast specialty coffee in small batches for our wholesale and retail customers, and run a café for the prison community and visitors. On release, we also help our now ex-offenders find work using our coffee industry contacts.

Max will part of our panel on "Crowdfunding" in the Shoptalk room on Friday.  Get your tickets here

Tara Sundramoorthi
Amy Lewin, Courier
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Amy Lewin is features editor at Courier, the bi-monthly print magazine about startups and modern working life. Amy has reported on a wide range of F&B sectors, from new supermarket brands to the street food and casual dining scenes.

Amy will be chairing the Courier Panel on "Packaging" on Friday.  Get your tickets here

Tara Sundramoorthi