Digital Domination: E-Commerce & Online Sales

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.

Business Modelling For The Modern Food Entrepreneur

Marissa Leaf - Hubbub, Laura Riches - Naked Wines, Tom Stancliffe - We Are Tribe

11:00 - 11:45

Take a fresh look at your product business and hear how revolutionary business models are disrupting the industry by heading straight to their consumers through online subscriptions, their own high street outlets and mass customisation as a point of difference.

SaturdayTara Sundramoorthi
Project Coffee: Wake Up & Smell The Innovation

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.

SundayTara Sundramoorthi
Looking Ahead: the Next Steps for Scaling a Food Startup that Succeeds

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. 

SundayTara Sundramoorthi
Ka-Ching! Seed Funding For Your Food Business

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.

SundayTara Sundramoorthi
Project Craft Beer: World Domination One Pint At A Time

Logan Plant - Beavertown, Rob Wilson - Toast Ale, James Rylance - The Redchurch Brewery

12:00 - 12:45

With over 1300 breweries, the UK has more craft beer brands per capita than any country in the world. How can new and aspiring brewers stand out in what is fast becoming a saturated market? We hear from three disruptive beerpreneurs who are shaking up the craft beer landscape.

SaturdayTara Sundramoorthi
Read All About It: What Makes News For Your Brand

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.

SundayTara Sundramoorthi
It's All About the Money, Money, Money: Routes to Securing Investment

Richard Wilkinson - Doisy & Dam, Andrew Allen - Snaffling Pig, Andrew Bell - Boomf

13:00 - 13:45

What would your business do with £50,000? What about a cool £300,000? Hear the stories of three brands that raised angel funds to scale their food business. Learn about your brand assets, how to accurately valuate and how to leverage your position during tough negotiations.

SaturdayTara Sundramoorthi
Survival Past the Startup Stage: Achieving Consistent Growth & NPD

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?

SundayTara Sundramoorthi
Taking On the Anti-Sugar Movement: Are You In or Out?

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.

SundayTara Sundramoorthi
Project Health & Wellness: It's Good For You

Alexandra Dudley - Punch Foods, Adam Solimon - Charbrew, Oliver Bolton - What A Melon

15:00 - 15:45

Learn about the burgeoning Millennial hunger for health and wellness and how you can make your mark in this fast-growing, dynamic sector. Hear from superfood gurus about leading a nutritional revolution with a crowd of loyal brand ambassadors in your wake.

Come Fly With Me: Lucrative Routes to Market

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.

The Future Of Food

Barry Honeycombe - Plantalicious, Tom Webster - GrowUp Urban Farms, Sarah Tulej - Forum for the Future

16:00 - 16:45

In this revelatory panel discussion, we hear from forward-thinking food brands with a mission: to shake up the landscape of food and drink as we know it. This discussion is ideal for ambitious industry pioneers looking to go that extra step further with their innovation.