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
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
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
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
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
What are the next big trends in insect protein? Continue reading It’s bugging me, what will be the big trends in insect protein?
First were the three wise men, then the three musketeers, then those three dulcet tenors thought they had threesomes covered. They had clearly not foreseen my plan to put together a secret tasting panel comprising of three of the most polished palettes in the business. Continue reading The Secret Tasting Panel #2
We’re in the early blows of a food tech revolution. Here are the top 10 food tech trends we’ll see over the next 12 months… Continue reading The big 10 trends in Food Tech
Your Mum and your best mate tell you your product is amazing, but you want to know THE TRUTH.
Does it really cut the mustard? Continue reading The Secret Tasting Panel
Food and drink founders are forever coming up with new products. Some are genius and some inexcusably stupid. Here we celebrate the daft ones. Continue reading Top 7 food and drink disasters