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Mentor Walk: Distribution & Sales

  • Outside of Nude Coffee Roasters, 25 Hanbury Street London, E1 6QR United Kingdom (map)

Kickstart your week with a foodpreneur morning walk from Brick Lane to Smithfields Market.

Our third mentor walk is all about distribution and sales, as we wander through the city with five of our favourite industry icons in tow. If you're a food and drink founder, join us on this 60 minute morning walk through the city and chat about how to grow your business before going about your day.

What's a Mentor Walk?

Our mentor walks are a great way to hang out with experienced, successful food and drink entrepreneurs and get to know how they brought their visions to life. We thought it would be fun to walk through London whilst chatting to a few industry greats and fellow foodies at the same time. Each walk focuses on a different aspect of food and drink entrepreneurship and you will be joined by five industry leaders.

Time & Place

Start: 08:00am 10th July outside of Nude Coffee Roasters, 25 Hanbury St, London E1 6QR

End: 09:00am 10th July (the walk is only 30 minutes) at Smithfields Market

Our Mentors

Suzie Walker, Co-Founder, Primal Pantry @PrimalPantryUK

In the summer of 2013 Suzie Walker was looking for some healthy snacks for her two-year-old daughter, but was struggling to find on-the-go snacks that weren’t full of carbohydrate or sugar, She tried out some recipes at home, blending dates with nuts and coconut - Suzie’s daughter loved them and so Primal Pantry was born. They now have a turnover of £3m, with their paleo bars being sold in 26 countries, as well as all major UK supermarkets and on Ocado.

Chris Whittaker, former Buyer at Waitrose

Chris spent almost a decade working for Waitrose, during which time he was buyer for Dairy & Milk Alts, Chilled Juice, Superfoods and most recently Canned Goods. He's worked with a number of startup brands to bring them into their first listing in a major multiple, including Plenish, Savse, Naturya, Simplee Aloe & Sibberi. Chris is passionate about helping exciting brands develop their commercial strategy and prepare their pitches.

Lucy Wright, Co-Founder, Cuckoo Foods, Founder, Ananas Consulting @lucy_ananas

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. Cuckoo products were found in Selfridges, Tesco, Ocado, and Waitrose. Most recently she founded Ananas that focuses on growing sales channels for FMCG food brands.

Liz Schofield, Head of Sales, Well&Truly @lizschofield

Always a passionate foodie, Liz has worked as a food critic in Moscow, more recently learning the tricks of the trade at both large and small FMCG companies including Higgidy, All About Food and Mondelez in both commercial and category roles. Liz joined Well&Truly at the beginning of 2017, a brand that believes that less is moreish with their gluten free, all natural snacks and are now in over 1,600 stores around the UK including Tesco and Booths.

Marcus Carter, Founder, founder Artisan Food Club @ArtisanFoodClub

Marcus' dream for many years was to help small independent food companies have a voice in the industry. To achieve this, he created the Artisan Food Club, a distribution company focused on helping producers who are just starting out break into the industry. Marcus began his career working in the agricultural sector before joining his family business Patchwork Pate, where he worked on both national and international sales.

Tara Mei, Founder, Kitchen Table Projects, Bread & Jam @kitchtablepro

Tara has worked with over 500 food and drink brands, supporting them through business bootcamps (with M&S), speed mentoring sessions, networking nights and retail pop-ups (in Old Street and Oxford Circus) with her retail incubator the Kitchen Table Projects. She was recently awarded the prestigious accolade of Top New Talent by the Grocer magazine.

More mentors will be added in the run up to the walk. Spaces are limited, so book early to secure your spot.

Earlier Event: June 22
June Social
Later Event: July 20
July Social