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Mentor Walk: Working with Supermarkets

  • Sourced Market 68 Wigmore Street London, England, W1U 2SD United Kingdom (map)

Kickstart your week with a foodpreneur morning walk from Sourced Market to Whole Foods.

This mentor walk is all about working with supermarkets, as we wander through the city with 3 of our favourite industry icons in tow. If you're a food and drink founder, join us on this 45 minute morning walk through Regents Park and chat about multiples before going about your day.

What's a Mentor Walk?

Our mentor walks are a great way to hang out with experienced, successful food and drink entrepreneurs and experts and learn the tricks of the trade first hand. You will get 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 2nd July, outside Sourced Market in Wigmore Street (W1U 2SD).

End: 09:00am 2nd July, outside Whole Foods Market, Camden (NW1 7PN).

Our Mentors

Tom Elliott – Tom is a former Buyer, ex-Strategy & ex-Consultant. Most recently, he joined the newly created Future Brands team at Sainsbury’s to spearhead the growth of new & distinctive brands across food and drink. Prior to this, he led Sainsbury’s expansion into Hong Kong & Singapore, the first time in its 149-year history. 

Jacqui Rhodes- Jacqui recently joined the newly created Future Brands team at Sainsbury’s, alongside Tom Elliot (also on the walk). In her previous role, Jacqui led a change programme optimising commercial space within Sainsbury’s. This included the integration of Argos; partnerships with Sushi Daily, Sushi Gourmet, Crussh and Zizzi; and the launch of exclusive brands such as Godiva. Prior to joining Sainsbury’s Jacqui worked as a Strategy consultant advising Private Equity clients.

Chris Whittaker - Chris runs CW Consultancy, where he works with entrepreneurs and brand owners to develop their commercial strategy and prepare their pitches for major retailers. Previously, Chris spent almost a decade working for Waitrose, during which time he has been a buyer for Dairy, Milk Alternatives, Chilled Juice, Superfoods and Canned Goods. He's worked with a number of startup brands to bring them into their first listing in a major multiple retailer, including Savse, Plenish, Naturya, Simplee Aloe & Sibberi.

Claire Brumby - Claire is a mentor, consultant and speaker. She runs the The Food Guide helping entrepreneurs by providing advice, strategy, mentoring and consultancy using first-hand knowledge, real experience and battle scars gained through founding her own multi award winning premium snacking brand Scrubbys Vegetable Crisps.

Earlier Event: 11 June
Mentor Walk: how to Increase Sales
Later Event: 4 July
July Social