Andrew Allen, Snaffling Pig

Co-Owner and Chief Mischief Maker

Andrew’s Snaffling Pig Co. are makers of pretty damn awesome, flavoured pork crackling. They’re on a mission to celebrate the noble porker and to take a traditional snack into places it has never trotted before. This years turnover reached £800,000 and they now selling in Selfridges and Ocado. The business started with a bet between mates but turnover is now expected to pass the £1m mark.  

Speaking At:

It's all about the Money, Money, Money. Routes to Securing Investment.

Shoptalk - Saturday 12th November 

 

Tamara Arbib, Rebel Kitchen

Co-founder

Rebel Kitchen is here to set the record straight on health. It’s putting bold taste, big ethics, no preaching first. And it’s starting with coconuts. 

This straightforward approach led Tamara and her husband Ben to build a brand of coconut products that now sell nationwide and in over 20 countries worldwide (where the brand is having considerable success in the US). Since 2014 Rebel Kitchen has expanded its product range to include kids’ and adult flavoured coconut mylk drinks, coconut water and coconut yogurts. This year turnover will top £3 million.

Prior to co-founding Rebel Kitchen, Tamara and Ben set up the A Team Foundation with the aim of raising awareness of bigger global issues like food sustainability and farming, along with the benefits of home-cooking for families.

Speaking At:

Keeping it Real: Creating an Authentic Voice in Health & Wellness

Leaders' Lectures - Saturday 12th November

 

Philip Banfield, Venturefield

Founder & CEO

Philip is the Founder and CEO of VentureField, a Boutique Business Consultancy & Advisory Firm. Their focus is on Go2Market Strategy & Execution For New Ventures in Food, Drink, Health & Beauty. Philip is passionate about driving commercial performance through strategic business planning & a desire for excellence combined with a clear customer focus.

Specialising in breaking into market with new products & developing commercial strategies; He has successfully launched several new brands, including Up&Go, Rebel Kitchen, CafePod, bPay by Barclays through Go2Market strategies that have gained significant National Retail Listings.

Speaking At:

Supermarket Sweep: When One Multiple Isn't Enough

Growth Labs - Sunday 13th November
 

Camilla Barnard, Rude Health

Co-Founder & Marketing Director

Camilla co-founded Rude Health in 2005 with her husband with the goal of making the best muesli in the world. In 2014 the company turned over £3.2 million. In 2016 they opened the Rude Health Cafe in London. Camilla turned this kitchen table start-up into a trend-setting business whose products are stocked by the world’s biggest supermarket chains. Rather than selling out to one of the big guys, Camilla and her husband have ensured that Rude Health remains a family-run business prioritising quality and ethics.     

Speaking At:

Taking on the Anti-Sugar Movement: Are You In Or Out?

Shoptalk - Sunday 13th November

Adrian Beale, Buckley & Beale 

Co-Director 

Adrian is the co-director and owner of Buckley & Beale food importers, distributors, and wholesalers. At Buckley & Beale Adrian imports and distributes a wide range of British, Irish and American foods, and they supply all 4 London dept stores, M&S, Ocado, Lakeland, to name a few, as well as small independents. Buckley & Beale has developed an extensive network of suppliers and contacts, enabling them to deliver bespoke or custom products or ranges, and offer private label when required.

Speaking At:

Behind the Scenes of the Speciality and Artisan Food Industry

Leaders' Lectures - Sunday 13th November 

 

 

Andrew Bell, Boomf

Chief Edible Officer

Andrew co-founded Boomf, which makes personalised marshmallows, in 2014 with James Middleton. Andrew led the company to new fund raising that values the company at £10 million: the company now turns over £2.5 million a year. Andrew is the Chief Edible Officer at Boomf and through his leadership the company is expected to see sales grow dramatically over the next few years with turnover expected to reach £18 million. Last year Boomf was internationally popular selling in over 140 countries
 

Speaking At:

It's all about the Money, Money, Money. Routes to Securing Investment.

Shoptalk - Saturday 12th November

Will Bowler, Popchips

Managing Director

One of several successful alumni of Innocent Drinks, where he headed sales and strategy, Will took charge of Popchips in 2011. It’s the perfect challenger brand story as he has taken on crisp behemoths like Walkers, using agility and guile to outmanoeuvre them. In just the last year Will has grown Popchips sales by 50% and launched their first major TV advertising campaign at a cost of over £1 million.

 

Speaking At:

Bounding Over the Valley of Death: Survival Past the Startup Stage

Shoptalk - Sunday 13th November 

 

Ben Branson, Seedlip

Founder

After 10 years marketing brands such as Absolut, Glenmorangie, Heineken, Veuve Clicquot, and Freixene Ben spotted an opportunity - no one makes a high-end distilled drink that is non-alcoholic. And so the category defining Seedlip was borne, with customers going wild at it’s launch in Selfridges, Fortnum and Mason and Berry Bros. It’s also now found at top restaurants such as the Fat Duck, Claridges and the Savoy: receiving top praise from michelin star chefs like Gordon Ramsay and Heston Blumenthal. This year international food conglomerate Diageo took a stake in the business.

Speaking At:

Creating New Categories For the Retail Shelf

Shoptalk - Saturday 12th November

 

Marcus Carter, Artisan Food Club

Founder

Marcus' dream for many years was to help small independent food companies have a voice in the industry. To achieve this, he created the Artisan Food Club, a distribution company focused on helping producers who are just starting out break into the industry. Marcus began his career working in the agricultural sector before joining his family business Patchwork Pate, where he worked on both national and international sales.

 

Speaking At:

Understanding How To Sell Your Food Product: Managing Your Sales Pipeline

Startup Studios - Saturday 12th November

 

 

Alexandra Dudley, Punch Foods

Founder

Alexandra came up with the idea of Punch Foods during her student days as an art student. She was frustrated by the lack of genuinely healthy snacks that were additives and sugar free - thus punch foods was started. She sold her art school paintings to finance Punch Foods and set about making her own range of artisan see mixes in her kitchen at home. Punch Foods now sell in Planet Organic and health food stores throughout the UK. All her products are 100% Organic, Gluten & Dairy free, and suitable for Vegans.

speaking At:

Project Health & Wellness: It’s Good For You

Shoptalk - Saturday 12th November 

Hugh Duffie, Sandows Cold Brew

Co-Founder

In 2013 Hugh co-founded Sandows with Luke Suddards and pioneered the bottled cold brew movement in the UK. Sandows is now stocked in M&S, Whole Foods, Selfridges, Fortnum & Mason, Harvey Nichols, Sourced Market and 60+ independent cafes, delis, bars and restaurants across the UK. In February 2015 the pair raised investment through Crowdcube and were hugely successful raising £125,000 in just over 48 hours. They now have a production brewery in Hackney Wick. In 2014 the pair were winner of the Young British Foodies Coffee Category.

 

Speaking at:


Project Coffee: wake up and smell the innovation

Shoptalk - Sunday 13th November 

 

Patrick Drake, HelloFresh

Co-Founder & Head Chef

From the world’s most powerful investment bank to the world’s most respected restaurants Patrick’s journey has been anything but conventional. As London’s corporate conveyor belt lost its allure Patrick swapped his banker’s shirt and tie for chef’s white in the kitchens of the Cuckoo Club in Mayfair and the Fat Duck in Bray.

He then combined his business and cooking skills to co-found HelloFresh, the cook-from-scratch delivery service. It’s success is nothing short of phenomenal - they have 250,000 regular subscribers, serve 7 million meals a month in 9 countries across 3 continents, in 2015 they generated $300 million in revenue and at the last round of funding HelloFresh was valued at £1.8billion.

I remember so vividly the challenges we faced when we delivered our first HelloFresh boxes from my living room. It’s such a pleasure to speak at Bread & Butter to give everyone some insight (and hopefully some practical advice) on how to navigate the choppy start-up waters.

Speaking At: 

Building a Unicorn Business: the next Netflix for Food

Leaders' Lectures - Saturday 12th November

Dana Elemara, Arganic 

Founder 

 

Speaking At:

Ka-Ching! Seed Funding For Your Food Business

Shoptalk - Sunday 13th November

 

 

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Cat Gazzoli, Piccolo

Founder

Piccolo launched in 2016 after sourcing the very best ingredients, developing the tastiest recipes and creating a truly beautiful brand. Within a matter of months the 100% organic Mediterranean inspired baby food pouches hit the shelves in Waitrose stores across the UK as well as Whole Foods Market and Planet Organic.

Cat is the Former CEO of Slow Food UK. In launching Piccolo, Cat was backed by an impressive list of investors including food campaigner Prue Leith, ex-Pizza Express CEO Mark Angela and ex-Duchy Originals CEO Andrew Baker, Piccolo is on a mission to provide retailers and parents an alternative baby food.

Speaking At:

Sales strategies once all the low-hanging fruit has been plucked
Taking on the anti-sugar movement: are you in or out?

Come Fly With Me: lucrative routes to market

Shoptalk - Sunday 13th November

 

Peter Grainger, CafePod

Co-Founder

Peter co-founded CafePod in 2011 to produce coffee capsules for the Nespresso Machine who’s patent expired that year. CafePod grew rapidly and within 3 years could be found in Waitrose, and Tesco and online through Ocado and Amazon. In 2014 they secured a lucrative listing with Tesco which saw them place in 650 stores and increase their turnover to £4 million.

speaking At:

Project Coffee: wake up and smell the innovation

Shoptalk - Sunday 13th September

Karen Green, The Food Mentor

Founder

Karen is a Business Mentor and Consultant specialising in the food industry. She works by focussing on identifying the key power drivers and strengths in your company and then enables you to build a business strategy that delivers profitable sales growth.   Karen has over 20 years of working with or for with major retailers and therefore has a unique insight into how to consistently deliver good results through strong category management, negotiation and creative solutions. 

Speaking At:

How to Win Retailers Over With Your Category Strategy

Growth Labs - Sunday 13th November 

Jack Hart, Pearlfisher

Strategy Business Director

Jack is Strategy Business Director at branding and design agency, Pearlfisher, where he applies challenger brand thinking to build strong brands and define future directions for clients. He has been voted one of Computer Arts Magazine’s Unsung Heroes, a behind-the-scenes star of the design industry who works tirelessly to ensure the successful application of Pearlfisher's expertise - Futures, Strategy and Design - in realising value for brands and the design industry alike. 

 

speaking At:

How to Stand Out in a World Full of Challengers

Leaders' Lectures - Sunday 13th November 

Andrew Hunt, Aduna

Co-Founder & Managing Director 

Andrew worked as a strategy and managing consultant for consumer brand companies such as Pfizer and Heinz before co-founding Aduna in 2011. Aduna wowed the superfoods market through its African-inspired health and beauty brand with social goals in Africa. The products are found in Selfridges, Wholefoods Market, Planet Organic and Holland & Barrett.

Aduna’s social mission has also proven financially successful - in its first year a volunteer powered program wowed retailers and made their baobab product the best selling superfood in London saving the company £250,000. In between all his entrepreneurial endeavours Andrew has managed to learn to speak Wolof, the local language of The Gambia and Senegal.
 

Speaking At:

Creating New Categories For the Retail Shelf

Shoptalk - Saturday 12th November

 

Stephen Jones, Unleashed

Director

Based in Bristol, Stephen heads up Unleashed Software in the UK, spending his time advising businesses when, why and how best to adopt software tools. With a background in small business finance, publishing and technology, he is now making it his mission to unlock potential in growing food & beverage brands across the globe.

Stephen is a self described beer enthusiast and foodie

Speaking At:

Using Technology to Grow Your Food Business: Inventory Management

Growth Labs - Saturday 12th November