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.

Summerdown Mint: reviving a forgotten British herb

  When I wanted to bring something different but essentially British as a gift on my recent business trip to Australia, there was one brand that sprung to mind immediately – Summerdown Mint. Their story is a fascinating one. The company was started by Sir Michael Colman, of mustard fame, who set out reviving an […]

Clean food and unhealthy obsessions

Orthorexia is not officially recognised as a clinical diagnosis but it is a term frequently cropping up in the media. It refers to an unhealthy obsession with healthy food, and was coined by US doctor Steve Bratman who found some of his patients’ pursuit of a healthy lifestyle was making them nutritionally ill. Clean eating […]

Friday Takeaway – 9 October 2015

  Chalkboard goes silly for seaweed chips. Cardiff opens vegan and vegetarian café inspired to bring street food to the city says Wales Online. Wasabi, houmous and poblano top lists of most popular burger ingredients in the US according to Fast Casual. Produce Business reports added value veg outperforms wholehead veg. It’s nearly time – here is Foodism’s guide on where […]

Friday Takeaway – 2 October 2015

  Retail Week outlines what shopkeepers need to know about the changes introduced to the Consumer Rights Act. (subscriber only) Banana flour, kefir, maple water – Marie Claire blog predicts the superfoods of 2016. Convenience food sector grows by five per cent in the past year says The Daily Telegraph. Whole Foods Market plans to shed 1,500 jobs but […]

Sweet inspirations: LICKALIX

  When life partners Karis and Dominic Gesua decided to jack in their day jobs to start their business their original plan had been around “glamping” – posh camping. But then an article on frozen margaritas changed all that. Karis, a self-confessed foodie who loves to replicate food images she sees on Pinterest and Instagram, […]

The Future of Food to 2025

I was a guest at the City Food Lecture on 16th February to hear Christophe Jouan, Chief Executive of the Future Foundation , share his thoughts on what he believed would be The Future of Food to 2025. Here are some of his thought provoking highlights : • HERE TO STAY Indulgence Food is both […]

Friday Takeaway – 28 August 2015

  Innovation and international markets could create 14,000 jobs in Scottish food sector according to Bank of Scotland survey in Business Quarterly Street food influence high on major food chain menus in Horizon’s latest Menu Trends survey. Daily Telegraph whets our appetites reviewing this year’s Good Food Guide. What is 7cm tall and best eaten with your hands? […]

Switzerland Global Enterprise

  Ahead of my talk to Swiss food exporters for SG Impluse on 15 Septemberis an interview about the current food trends in the UK. The Aldi and Lidl impact, the rise in healthier food and private label products are just some of the areas I’ll be focusing on next month.

Friday takeaway – 21 August 2015

  Heard of chipshakes? The Daily Mail profiles the deep fried creations of Mister Eaters Chip Shop. Food Navigator reports futurologists calling for brands to engage more with customers. A text book example of this must be Pret with its vegetarian poll wooing #plantbased fans and campaigners Meat Free Monday alike. The coeliac community robustly defends NHS spending on gluten-free foods on prescription. Here’s my […]

Helping coeliac patients go gluten-free

British Baker carried an interesting response from Coeliac UK this week to a Daily Mail article accusing the NHS of spending millions on “gluten-free junk food” on prescription to sufferers of coeliac disease. Coeliac UK explained the NHS prescriptions mainly pay for key staples such as bread and flour. I support Coeliac UK’s position. While more gluten free food is […]

Speaking at Brunel University

It was a pleasure to be asked to speak on behalf of the food industry about innovation and trends at Place West London, at Brunel University. The event was attended by around 200 business owners, food and design experts and academics involved in commercial businesses. It was also an opportunity to pass on a new […]

Friday Takeaway – 14 August 2015

  * Cracking news for breakfast egg sales this week reports the Daily Telegraph. Is it due to the popularity of high protein diets? * Over in the dairy aisle Morrison’s announcement again raises questions over milk supply and demand, highlighting the issue to consumers. * City AM ponders on how London became so in love with posh burgers. […]

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