Fresh Banter

Fresh Banter is a carefully curated group of like-minded people from the food business that come together for regular events and lunches, as well as our Mastermind. As a member of Fresh Banter, you’ll enjoy all the benefits of coming together to learn from each other’s experience and sharing your insights and expertise to help others make their business and our industry a success.


Fresh Banter

But it’s more than just our events, we’ll also encourage you to make meaningful new connections, and we’ll help you think of new and better ways to do the things you do – all in a fun, relaxed, and truly inclusive environment.


Fresh Banter Bite-Sized Lunches

Our fun and relaxed lunches are held three times a year, each featuring a short talk on a topic dictated by our members’ needs and interests. Our speakers will encourage you to see and do things differently and apply that in your business right away.  You’ll be introduced to refreshing perspectives; you’ll get to meet some interesting new faces, leave with some valuable connections and get a taste of what you can achieve in our Mastermind sessions.


Dates for our next bite-sized fresh banter lunches are:





“Fresh Banter – where conversation flows from experience, insight and friendship.
No problem too big or mundane to tackle and walk through – whether it’s a life crisis or the appropriate way to dip egg soldiers. Come in jaded and emerge refreshed!” – Sam Duong (CEO MING FOODS LTD)


In addition to our lunches, we hold one or two online networking sessions a year so you can enjoy the Fresh Banter experience without having to travel.


The Fresh Banter Mastermind

For a deeper dive into the Fresh Banter experience, we’ve created the Fresh Banter Mastermind. Once a month over the course of a year, we’ll spend a day together at a specially selected venue where carefully curated speakers will speak on the issues you want to hear about. 

We bring together food industry leaders in a unique and powerful way so you can enjoy all the benefits of a mastermind group: synergy, support, accountability, the opportunity to see things differently and a genuine understanding of the challenges of working in senior positions. 


Here’s what you can expect…

We’ll start the day with a powerful roundtable session where members will each have an opportunity to update the Mastermind on the progress they’re making in their business.


Then,  you’ll hear from our specialist speaker, and together, you’ll discuss how you can apply the ideas in your respective companies. Over lunch, we’ll come back to any problems highlighted in your morning roundtable session, and the group will suggest solutions based on real-life experience.


After lunch, you’ll leave bursting with fresh ideas, ready to do it all over again next month.   


New for 2022, to make taking part easier for you, we’ll run some of our Mastermind sessions on Zoom. You’ll be sent a delicious breakfast, lunch and snacks, and we’ll follow our powerful process as I’ve outlined above.


The Fresh Banter Mastermind is an active group of like-minded, focused and ambitious individuals that provides a creative, diverse, non-judgemental place to be heard and to listen.


It will become a catalyst for your personal and business growth, and at the same time, it’s a place to have fun, relax and forge long-lasting friendships. 


We shape the Mastermind to suit our member’s needs and issues, and as the mastermind thrives on commitment and continuity, we ask our members to commit to the group for 12 transformational months.


Your membership of our unique group, which is unprecedented in the food industry, will give you deeply rewarding access to an active group of like-minded, focused and ambitious individuals and a creative, diverse, non-judgemental place to be heard and to listen. It will become a catalyst for your personal and business growth, and at the same time, a place to have fun, relax and forge long-lasting friendships. 


But that’s enough from me; I’ll let the experience of our members do the talking…


Hear from our members

Fresh Banter. What can I say? You go along thinking it’s going to be helpful to build your network, and you come away with a set of close friends who understand you, the natural ups and the downs of your business cycle, and who, by default of that deeper understanding, can offer meaningful support, advice and guidance. The Fresh Banter effect on my business and personal life has been positively profound. – Darren Foley (Founder | FLY Brand & Design Consultancy | Co-Founder Plymouth Design Forum CIC | Non-Executive Director at Soda Folk).


Fresh Banter is the best networking group for the food industry full stop! Jane Milton’s little black book is the best in the business. I am constantly delighted with the variety and quality of the guest speakers, up to date and relevant food topics for discussion, and field trips to some of the most prestigious and interesting food companies throughout the UK. You never know who Jane is going to put in front of the Fresh Banter group and what you might learn on the way. On top of all that, the relationships built within the group have proved to be long lasting and valuable from both a personal and professional viewpoint, whether you are talking to long-established familiar brands or exciting new food entrepreneurs. – Matt Raynor (Chairman at Raynor Foods Ltd).



We’d love to see you around the table.

If you would like to join the mailing list for Fresh Banter events, are specifically interested in the Lunches or to be considered for Membership of our Mastermind, please click here and tell us what your interest is, and we will be in touch. here.




Jane Milton

Food industry expert Jane Milton has been in the business for more than 30 years and has the inside track on all things food!

In her podcast, Jane takes you behind the scenes of the food business and introduces you to her incredible network of producers, entrepreneurs and
consultants she works with. She shares inspiring stories and experiences with you to help you to build a stronger, healthier, better version of your own business.

Let Me Introduce You with Jane Milton

Jane Milton
Let Me Introduce You To Francis Gimblett, author of the Gimblett's Guide to The Best of British Cheese, and Co-Owner of Taste of the Vine, an Interactive Food and Drink Events Business. ,
byJane Milton

Let Me Introduce You to Francis Gimblett, Author of Gimblett’s Guide to the Best of British Cheeses, and co Owner of Taste of the Vine, an interactive food and drink event company.

Francis and I met in Spring 2021 when I joined one of his monthly Friday evening meet the cheesemaker tasting sessions. I learned so much and loved meeting the cheesemakers. I told other people and very quickly was joined on screen by 10-12 friends each month ….

My copy of Francis book , Gimblett’s Guide to the Best of British Cheeses has become very well thumbed and through it i have tracked down cheesemakers around the UK and even found a cheesemaking course in Tottenham, London inspired by him.

He is a great story teller so i know you will enjoy hearing about :

  • his journey in food and drink
  • people who have inspired or encouraged him
  • his French mother’s cooking and how that added to his food journey
  • how he has for many years, resisted repitition and always desired change, t learn or to reinvent things BUT
  • how possibly now after almost 2 years of constant change, he my just be happy for a little more predictability for a while
  • we talk about work life balance and partnering in business with his wife
  • about the importance of understanding your P&L and planning for your business right from Day 1
  • we also get a hint or two about his next taste adventure….

I cannot wait

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