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Yesterday Paul Salt the drive-time DJ for BBC Radio Merseyside called and asked …. ‘has the 20% increase in Freddo bars been caused by Brexit ‘

I told him Brexit is just a convenient excuse for companies to deflect criticism of their own decisions.

Commodity prices have gone up and so Mondelez has increased some product prices ….. when they reduced the size of the Toblerone and kept the price the same people did not like that either.

Listen to what I said here …

It raised some interesting themes, though – a few months back Dispatches were concerned food industry was making things bigger and making us fat, , but there are just as many people complaining about things getting smaller – chocolate, desserts, multipacks of crisps, biscuits.

Do we want prices held and maybe a slice or two taken off a product or would we pay more? The UK consumer still spends less on average per person on food as a % of total income that most other EU countries. Was it not a desire to keep prices low from retailers that contributed to horsemeat finding its way into the food chain being sold as beef?

Would it do us any harm if they did make bars of chocolate and biscuits smaller?

Paul Salt also said what can consumers do if they are not happy? My response was that social media has certainly given them a far stronger voice and a place to protest and for smart businesses to respond.

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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. ,
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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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