Changing the Pitching Paradigm

One of the mysteries of the food and drink retail business is how to get your product in front of the buyer right? Over the years I’ve spent 10’s of thousands of pounds attending trade shows and passively waiting/hoping a decent buyer would walk past my stand. Even then I still had to resort to subterfuge to speak to the Waitrose buyer (but that is … Continue reading Changing the Pitching Paradigm

The Secret Tasting Panel #5

I recently met a food producer who spent 4 years, took multiple trips to Asia and used over 40 recipe iterations to perfect her product. Whilst most of us don’t go to such lengths (well I didn’t anyway…), getting an honest appraisal of what is good about our product and what you can improve upon is vital. And that is why I asked the Boffin (a … Continue reading The Secret Tasting Panel #5

Top trends in the war on food waste

We chuck four million tonnes of edible food in the UK each year. But it’s not just in the home that we see wanton wastage – a third of all food produced is thrown away at some point in the production and supply chain. Not only is this unsustainable it’s also happening under the noses of a billion hungry mouths. Fortunately we are a resourceful … Continue reading Top trends in the war on food waste

The Secret Tasting Panel #4

They say that one person’s ambrosia is another person’s arsenic, and in our latest round of product tasting our Secret Panel plays to this tune. One product in particular received a 1 out of 10 for taste but also a 10 out of 10. Same product different expert. Given their different backgrounds it’s no surprise that our Boffin, Buyer and Businessman* have different perspectives. But … Continue reading The Secret Tasting Panel #4

UK vs USA battle of the insect bars

We’ve already seen that the insect protein craze has wings and will soon find its way into everything from burgers to bonbons. In the UK the trailblazer is cricket flour snack bar Crobar, whilst in the USA Exo Protein has the investors swarming. These humble snack bars may help save the planet but do they taste any good? I posed this question to three influential … Continue reading UK vs USA battle of the insect bars