Mark Palmer, Pret a Manger

Group Marketing Director

As head of marketing at Pret, Mark is responsible for their strategy across the UK, US, France and Asia where sales topped £676 million in 2015. Prior to working at Pret, Mark transformed Green & Black’s from a niche organic chocolate into a international brand, increasing annual sales from £4 to £40 million.

He is also a food founder in his own right having co-created Cawston Press. He now advises Cawston Press on brand strategy, marketing and innovation. Mark is also a non-exec director at Union Hand Roasted Coffee, voted best artisan roaster in 2015, and has been praised as Marketer of the Year by the Marketing Society.

Speaking at:

Breaking Bread with Mark Palmer: Giving Customers What They Want

Leaders' Lectures - Sunday, 13th November

Logan Plant, Beavertown

Co-Founder

Logan was inspired by the craft brewing scene in America and set up Beavertown in the kitchen of Duke’s Brew & Que in Hackney. When they first started in 2011 they could produce 1150 pints per brew by 2014 they were producing over 10,000 pints per brew in Tottenham Hale. In 2015 Beavertown Brewery was awarded Supreme Champion Brewer and Uk Brewer of the Year Awards in the International Beer Challenge. Beavertown’s mission is driven by its passion for big flavours, character and quality.

Speaking At:

Project Craft Beer: world domination one pint at a time

Shoptalk - Saturday 12th November

Colin Pyle, Cru Kafe

Co-Founder

Colin co-founded Cru Kafe with John Quilter and Bodil Blain in 2013 and their coffee pods are now stocked in Harrods, Whole Foods, Partridges, Jamie Oliver’s Recipease and Ocado. Cru Kafe has expanded internationally to the UAE, Kuwait, Ireland and Norway. Cru Kafe was born out of a desire to have great coffee at home made with high altitude Arabica coffee. Cru Kafe recently raised £1.25m in funding to grow the business.

 

Speaking At:

Digital Domination: E-Commerce & Online Sales

Shoptalk - Sunday 13th November

 

James Ransome, The Spicery

Founder

James started The Spicery in 2005, with £5000 of his savings, after being inspired by the Spice Market in Marrakesh. He now employs over 20 staff and has more than 120,000 customers around the world. In 2014 he achieved over £1 million in turnover and Observer Food Monthly awarded him runner up for Best Independent Retailer. James started selling high quality spices at farmers market but soon began to measure them out into recipe kits. The business grew and top restaurants in the UK such as the Fat Duck, Rick Stein and Ottolenghi counted themselves as customers - he now employs over 20 staff and has more than 120,000 customers around the world. 

speaking At:

Digital Domination: E-Commerce & Online Sales

Shoptalk - Sunday 13th November

Laura Riches, Naked Wines

Marketing Director

Laura is the Marketing Director of Naked Wines, which saw sales top £100 million this year growing from £53 million in 2014. Last year Majestic Wines bought the company for £70 million. Laura joined Naked Wines in March 2016 but prior to this she worked at Harrods as a graduate trainee where amongst other highlights she sold £80k pianos to oligarchs and helped organise the annual pet fashion show! It was here her passion for "retail theatre" and storytelling was born. Laura then worked as as a Management Consultant at Javelin Group where she advised major retailers such as Selfridges and M&S on multichannel strategy.

 

Speaking At:

Business Modelling for the Modern Food Entrepreneur

Shoptalk - Saturday 12th November

Kara rosen, Plenish

Founder

Since its launch in 2012, Plenish, an organic range of cold-pressed juices, has seen exceptional success and has expanded its offering to include a range of high protein Nut M*lks and Probiotic Waters achieving an average growth of 300% per year. The brand has become the 4th biggest juice brand available on Ocado and has been voted one of Britain’s coolest brands two years in a row. Plenish products are also available at Waitrose, Ocado and Whole Foods.

Prior to launching Plenish Founder Kara Rosen had a high flying career in New York working across a range of exciting roles with several top magazines such as Conde Nast Traveller.

 

Speaking At:

Brand Identity

Shoptalk - Saturday 12th November

 

Mark Salter, For Aisha

Founder

Mark spotted a gap in the market for high quality Halal Baby Food as many Muslim children are raised on high lactose vegetarian diets. For Aisha successfully launched its range of Halal Baby Food last year which has been hugely popular and one year on the company is turning over £80,000 per month and is expected to reach £1 million turnover by 2017. The products can be found in Asda, Tesco, Morrisons, Boots and Wholefoods Market. Due to the wide variety of spices and herbs For Aisha appeals to Muslims and Non Muslims alike.

 

Speaking At:

The trouble with starting a food business that succeeds

Shoptalk - Sunday 13th November

 

 

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Craig Sams, Green & Black's

Craig co-founded organic chocolate brand Green & Black’s in 1991 with his wife after a trip to Belize. He guided the company through complex supply situations in Central America and eventually reached a turnover of £30-50 million before selling to Cadbury in 2005.

Prior to Green & Black’s Craig predicted the rise of organic food trends in the UK and started a macrobiotic restaurant and natural food store, which would later become Whole Earth Foods. Craig also prioritised the use of the Fairtrade mark, which was key selling point for Green & Blacks. More recently Craig has been Chairman of the Soil Association and is also a director of Duchy Originals and Slow Food UK.

Rebecca Saunders, notonthehighstreet.com

Head of Stationery, Weddings & Christmas | Food & Drink | Baby & Child

Rebecca is an experienced Head of Buying & Merchandising with background in E-commerce, Strategy & Finance. Rebecca has wide ranging experience across retailers from luxury to general merchandise in the US and UK for both online and multi-channel businesses. Her responsibilities at NotOnTheHighStreet include strategy, product range,new business generation, online trading, merchandising, production and navigation across Baby & Child, Food & Drink, Experiences, Stationery & Parties, Weddings and Christmas. She has an MBA from Columbia Business School

 

Speaking At:

How to Prepare Yourself for Selling on NotOnTheHighStreet.com

Startup Studios - Saturday 12th November

Geeta Sidhu, Nosh Detox

Founder

Geeta is the multi-award winning entrepreneur behind Nosh Detox, which offers bespoke health packages and solutions to achieve optimal well-being. Over the past 8 years the company has grown remarkably and has a turnover of £2 million per year: enjoyed by celebrities such as Gwyneth Paltrow, Georgia Jagger and Poppy Delevingne. Geeta recently expanded the business to the US and opened an office in Texas. Prior to starting Nosh Detox, Geeta spent over a decade working as a corporate lawyer before giving it all up when her son became ill.

 

Speaking At:

From Bankrupt to Global Wellness Success: Meet Geeta and Nosh Detox

Leaders' Lectures- Sunday 13th November 

 

Richard Wilkinson, Doisy & Dam

Co-Founder

Richard and school friend Ed discovered they had a shared passion for chocolate. So together they dreamed up a brand of intense dark chocolate with delicious combinations of superfoods. In 2013, armed with £11,000 in savings, their dream became a reality and Doisy & Dam was born.

A round of crowdfunding followed and in 2015 they were turning over £250,000. Their bars are now available in Whole Foods, Planet Organic, Ocado and in delis across the country.

 

Speaking At:

It’s all about the money, money money

Shoptalk - Saturday 12th November

Adam Soliman, Charbrew

Founder

Adam had the flash of inspiration for Charbrew when he realised Britain was awash with boring tea. He was frustrated by the variety of teas on offer and started Charbrew which now supplies 20 major retailers in the UK including Tesco, Sainsbury’s, Booths, Holland & Barrett and Spar. Charbrew achieved a turnover of £500,000 in 2014 and now has expanded into North America where the products are available in over 600 stores. Initially Charbrew specialised in fruit and herbal teas but has since expanded into ice teas.

 

Speaking At:

Project Health: It's Good for You

Shoptalk - Saturday 12th November

 

John Stapleton, Little Dish

Founder

John is an entrepreneur and business leader, with over 25 years experience in creating and building consumer brands in the FMCG sector in both the UK and the USA. A founder of three start-ups, John co-founded the New Covent Garden Soup Co Ltd in 1987, which pioneered and established the fresh soup category in the UK. In 1998 he moved to San Francisco, where he co-founded Glencoe Inc., bringing the fresh soup concept to the United States. In 2005, John co-founded Little Dish which supplies fresh, natural foods for children over 1 year. Little Dish, which created and established the toddler chilled food category, can be found in all national UK High Street retailers and is the dominant brand in chilled toddler food.

Speaking At:

How to make your first million

Leaders' Lectures - Saturday 12th November

 

Mike Stevens, Peppersmith

Co-Founder

After working at Innocent for nearly a decade, Mike co-founded Peppersmith in 2009 with a plan to shake up the confectionery industry with better made products that taste good and do you good.
 

Speaking At:

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

Shoptalk - Sunday 13th November 

 

Tessa Stuart, Flying Off the Shelf

Author

Tessa specialises in food and drink customer research and shopper “stalking”, watching and interviewing shoppers as they make their food selections. Her clients include established household name brands like Innocent Drinks, Unilever, Dole, Rude Health, MOMA! Foods, Daylesford, Itsu Restaurants, Leon Restaurants, and newer start-ups like G’Nosh Dips, Claudi & Fin, Cuckoo, and Jimmys Iced Coffee. She is the author of the Amazon best-seller Packed: The Food Entrepreneur’s Guide – How To Get Noticed and How To Get Bought, and Flying Off the Shelves: The Food Entrepreneur’s Guide To Selling.

Speaking At:

Flying off the shelf

Growth Labs - Saturday 12th November

Hugh Thomas, Ugly Drinks

Co-Founder

Young-gun Hugh cut his teeth marketing and branding for Heinz and Vita Coco. After learning the tricks of the trade he went from gamekeeper to poacher to take on the big established brands in the beverage market. His proposition is Ugly, a range of 100% natural, fruit-infused sparkling waters with nothing to hide. It is riding the anti-sugar wave and launched into Selfridges in early 2016 with a pop.

 

Speaking At:

Breaking Bread with Hugh Thomas

Leaders' Lectures - Saturday 12th November

 

Sarah Tulej, Forum For The Forum

Senior Sustainability Advisor

Sarah is a Senior Advisor at Forum For The Future – an international non-profit working in partnership with business, government and others, to accelerate progress towards a sustainable future. Forum runs a global network of around 130 organisations – supporting them to be more resilient and profitable through sustainability.  Sarah is a sustainability specialist with expertise in futures thinking, strategy and innovation – and works with sustainability leaders including Unilever, M&S, Pret, Ella’s Kitchen, Pukka Herbs and Diageo to name a few.  Sarah is very excited to see a new wave of purpose-driven food brands entering the market, with sustainability at their core.

Speaking At:

The Future of Food

Shoptalk - Saturday 12th November

 

Julie Waddell, Moorish

Founder

In 2012 Julie decided to make smoked humous for her young family: the resulting product was a resounding success and launched to Waitrose within a year. She now supplies Wholefoods, Ocado, Fortnum & Mason, British Airways, Booths and Budgens with her Moorish dips.

Turnover is increasing by 70% a year and she was named a DEFRA Food Star in 2015. Waitrose Kitchen magazine also recognised her as a ‘Very Important Producer. Moorish was named as the ‘Most Disruptive Food Brand 2015’ in the Real Business Awards.

 

Speaking At:

How To Find a Co-packer

Start-up Studio - Saturday 12th November

 

 

Tom Webster, GrowUp Urban Farms

Co-Founder

In 2013 GrowUp raised £15,000 in a Kickstarter campaign and built the GrowUp Box to be a demonstration farm to educate people about urban aquaponics and to act as a prototype for future farms and systems. The company’s main project is Unit 84 – the UK’s first aquaponic, vertical urban farm. Based inside an industrial warehouse in Beckton, the farm uses aquaculture (farming fish) and hydroponics (growing plants in a nutrient solution without soil) in a recirculating system. 6,000 square feet of growing space will produce more than 20,000 kg of sustainable salads and herbs (enough for 200,000 salad bags) and 4,000 kg of fish each year.

 

Speaking At:

The Future of Food

Shoptalk - Saturday 13th November 

 

Olivia Wollenberg, Livia's Kitchen

Founder

Neuroscientist turned entrepreneur. Livia's Kitchen is pioneering the healthy dessert and sweet treat industry and the Livia’s Kitchen debut cookbook is coming out on 5th May 2016 and is available to pre-order now on Amazon. Her new product range includes her Raw Millionaire Bites which are sold in Selfridges, Planet Organic, Wholefoods, Harvey Nichols. In under eight weeks of trading she sold over 18,000 tubs. Though food products are the core focus for Livia’s Kitchen they have also built a hugely successful blog with over 300,000 hits a month, host monthly Cream-Free Cream Teas and quarterly baking course and have a strong social media presence with over 80,000 followers on Instagram.

speaking At:

Gaining 100,000 Instagram Followers: Growing a Business with Social Media

Leaders' Lectures - Sunday 13th November
 

Lucy Wright, Cuckoo Foods

Co-Founder

Straight out of University Lucy co-founded Cuckoo with a mission to shake up the way we eat breakfast. Her answer was to create five innovative flavour combinations for on-the-go Bircher muesli that were ideal for busy people.

After just 3 years of trading Cuckoo products can be found in Selfridges, Tesco, Ocado, Waitrose and at hundreds of independents across the country.

Speaking At:

Chatting up the big cheese: how to pitch to a retailer

Growth Labs - Sunday 13th September 

 

Martyn Garrod & Kelly Mackenzie, White Bear Studios

Creative Partners

Martyn and Kelly believe there is a strong correlation between foodies and designers, both are passionate about what they do, the ingredients that they use and are fanatical about the benefits of what they produce! As Creative Partners at White Bear Studios they help brands communicate their brand identity. Getting to the heart of a brand and understanding people is key to how they work. They are led by brand values and they create an authentic brand language that tells the truth in compelling ways.

Speaking At:

Creating a Knockout Brand Identity

Startup Studios - Saturday 12th November

 

Yeshen Venema, Yesh & Tash 

Founder & Director 

Yeshen runs the agency Yesh&Tash creating beautiful websites, animations and short films. He is also a photographer who specialises in products and still life. Yeshen helps people realise their business build their e-commerce platforms to sell their products or service. He has been called the design community’s ‘favourite photographer’ by Katie Treggiden.

Speaking At:

FoodPorn: Instagram & Food Photography Masterclass

Startup Studios - Sunday 13th November

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Willem Sonderland van zeewierimporteur SeaMore Foods met een bordje zeewier
Foto Marco Okhuizen

Willem Sodderland, Seamore

Founder

Willem Sodderland is a serial entrepreneur who likes to start revolutions. In 2005, he launched international word of mouth marketing agency Buzzer that helped spark the shift from traditional advertising to social media and storytelling. He’s now using that expertise in creating the next revolution: Seamore aims to create the future of food by turning seaweed into a daily food. By positioning the sea veggies as tasty, healthy and sustainable alternatives to the foods we already love. The first two products, I sea pasta and I sea bacon, are rapidly creating fans from Amsterdam to Adelaide.

peaking At:

New Categories for the Retail Shelf

Shoptalk - Saturday 12th November