Business Growth Blog

Welcome to our Business Growth Blog; here, Jane will be sharing with you industry insights, thoughts on the ever-evolving food and drinks sector, journeys of her clients and insights into business growth and strategy.

Friday Takeaway – 11 December 2015

  * Fast Company reports on how to grow a health brand with integrity – Hint Water. * Daily Telegraph profiles John Joyce who inspires carers elsewhere with his cookery SOS. * Financial Times takes a fond look at our premium seafoods: lobster, oyster and crab. * Plant-based food is booming according to The Vegan […]

Friday Takeaway – 4 December 2015

  * Food Manufacture marvels at Dr Oetker’s edible jumper.   * Pulse reports more than two thirds of GP would support a sugar tax.   * Propel Info News reports on the virtual reality Christmas on offer at TGI Fridays.   * Big Hospitality calls in the experts to advise on dressing your restaurant […]

Business with a heart

  It’s perhaps fitting that I use the month of December to talk about a topic not normally associated with business, one that looks beyond making a profit. Andrew Thornton is a serial entrepreneur who runs, among other interests, a Budgens supermarket in Belsize Park. Nothing special about that except that this shop is run […]

Friday Takeaway – 20 November 2015

  First genetically modified salmon cleared to enter human food chain reports the Telegraph.   Daily Mail previews the future food series Tomorrow’s Food which starts next week.   The Drum announces Urban Outfitters move into pizzerias.   Harrods mince pies top Which? own brand report according to BakeryInfo   The scores are in – 2015 Christmas ads leaderboard by Creative Review. […]

How to guide on developing added-value vegetable products

  The sales rise in pre-prepared fresh food continues and suppliers operating in the sector need to be innovative in order to enthuse grocery buyers and consumers. But what consumer trends are buyers looking out for and how do you price your products effectively to make them appeal? You can find these questions answered and […]

Friday Takeaway – 13 November 2015

    Artisan coffee stores head up Horizon’s one to watch list. Single menu restaurants are on the rise in London says Big Hospitality. Eater gives insights into US menu trends for 2016. Trish Deseine, the Northern Irish foodie famous in France, is interviewed by the Belfast Telegraph. Tea-lightful! BBC reports on the lonely couple served a cuppa by coppers after dialling […]

Friday Takeaway – 6 November 2015

  Lower retail prices wipe £397m in value from produce sales this year reports Produce Business. Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall tackles the secrets of food waste on TV. Millennials are most likely to chose a chain when dining out says Eat Out magazine. Fantastic Storify tribute to the #Marguerite100 cookalong on Wednesday. Congratulations to all the winners of the Quality Food Awards 2015.

The Rise of FreeFrom

November hails the arrival of the awards season and in less than a fortnight the winners of the FreeFrom Eating Out Awards will be known. Pizza Express and Crowne Plaza are jostling for a coveted trophy alongside independents like Bizzie Lizzie’s fish and chip shop and Aroma Café in Lyme Regis. Announcing the shortlist last month FreeFrom […]

Friday Takeaway – 30 October 2015

BBC reports Aldi the latest discounter to turn their attention to online Business Insider samples “drinkable supermeal” Ambronite Food Production Daily covers the problems with food packaging design today. The government calls for more food local labelling from producers says Supply Management. Here’s a re-post of Wednesday’s blog about UK pumpkin growers. Happy Halloween!

Campaigners battle the currents of fish depletion

  Nearly a third of the world’s commercial fisheries have collapsed according to the World Wildlife Fund giving rise to a number of global campaigns to save our fishes’ future. And it’s not only the fish that are suffering. Those involved in the industry are subject to many human rights abuses according to claims by Greenpeace. The NGO […]

Service with a smile

  If I told you one of the best companies I rate for customer service is in telecoms, I think you’d probably laugh. Telecoms and customer service are not normally regarded as happy bedfellows. Among Which magazine’s 2015 list of worst companies for customer service, BT and Talk Talk are only just eclipsed by NPower and Scottish […]

Putting the passion into pumpkin

  Search Halloween recipes on the internet and you’re never far away from the signature pumpkin soup. I don’t mind a pumpkin soup – it’s a great canvas for all sorts of spicy additions – but are we going to move beyond this from a food point of view? My own thoughts are echoed in […]

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