Digital Domination: E-Commerce & Online Sales
Project Coffee: Wake Up & Smell The Innovation
James Ransome - The Spicery, Colin Pyle - CRU Kafe
10:00 - 10:45
Hear from food brands who have successfully harnessed e-commerce platforms, generating over £2m in sales from the likes of e-commerce giants NotOnTheHighStreet and Amazon. Learn about dropshipping and automated fulfilment, the hidden costs and how to access mammoth sized consumer communities.
Looking Ahead: the Next Steps for Scaling a Food Startup that Succeeds
Hugh Duffie - Sandows Cold Brew Coffee, Peter Grainger - CafePod, Matthew Robley-Seimonsma -PruFrock
11:00 - 11:45
With turnover in the region of £8 billion per annum and steady growth of 13% year on year, coffee is a commodity that’s here to stay. As consumer expectations rise, we discuss the newest approaches to business in this notoriously saturated sector and how new coffee brands can make their mark.
Ka-Ching! Seed Funding For Your Food Business
Nick Kilby - Teapigs, Mark Salter - For Aisha, Emma Macdonald - The Bay Tree
12:00 - 12:45
Hear how three founders grew their businesses beyond the startup stage and their different approaches to scaling. They'll discuss the pros and cons of outsourcing, how to keep control of your business and achieve organic growth, and what to do to keep your overheads under control.
Read All About It: What Makes News For Your Brand
Dana Elemara - Arganic, Craig Jones - Elderbrook, Duncan O'Brien - Dalston Cola
13:00 - 13:45
In this session, we explore whether you should fund organically or raise investment to seed fund your business. And if you raise money, when is the right time, what kind of financing is available and how much equity should you give away. Hear from three successful fundraisers about how two of them secured investment without selling out and the other funded organically.
Survival Past the Startup Stage: Achieving Consistent Growth & NPD
Helen Best-Shaw - Fuss Free Flavours, Julia Rich - Delicious Magazine
14:00 - 14:45
In this media panel discussion, we hear from consumer, blog and trade press about what it takes to get featured and how to keep your brand in the limelight. Gather insights from one of the most popular trade publications for speciality fine food, London’s largest independent food and drink magazine and the bloggosphere.
Taking On the Anti-Sugar Movement: Are You In or Out?
Will Bowler - PopChips, Adam Pritchard - Pomegreat, Joe Benn - Ugly Drinks
15:00 - 15:45
Hear from three food brands about what to do after you’ve worked through your hit list of farm shops and delis, engaged on social media and followed up on all your trade show leads. Surviving the first 18 months is only the beginning, so how do you achieve consistent growth and innovation, after your novelty has worn off?
Come Fly With Me: Lucrative Routes to Market
Camilla Barnard - Rude Health, Mike Stevens - Peppersmith
16:00 - 16:45
Is chocolate the new cigarette? The anti-sugar movement has taken the country by storm, with science on its side and an army of advocates. Paradoxically, we have also become a nation of overeaters, addicted to indulgence. Hear from three brands on their anti-sugar take, from those pioneering low sugar alternatives to those who have gone full circle, with sugary goodness a central tenet to their USP.
Joe Kinch - Joe's Tea Company, Chris Ormrod - Ministry of Cake, Sanjay Sood-Smith - Tuk-In Foods
17:00 - 17:45
With airlines and trains taking on a newfound interest in independent brands and our booming cafe culture, we hear how lucrative these opportunities can be for new UK brands, the kind of margins you can expect and how to tackle the twists and turns successfully.