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Discover the 6 winners of investment funding and a place on ground-breaking business accelerator programme

Discover the 6 winners of investment funding and a place on ground-breaking business accelerator programme

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It’s a World 1st. Never before has an investment competition been ran alongside a trade show with the funding decision being made at the trade show:

Introducing Our 6 Winners…

Six new food and drink entrepreneurs have won a coveted place on a ground breaking business mentoring programme, run by the experts at The Grocery Accelerator. Hundreds of exciting businesses applied for the chance to secure a £60k investment, and to turn their emerging businesses into industry success stories – with the winners unveiled today.

The selection process has been rigorous – with each business being put through their paces. They pitched before investors, and then other producers, in a thrilling Dragons Den-style battle at Speciality & Fine Food Fair 2015. The chosen six will now be part of the unique six month accelerator scheme, which aims to grow their brand within the food and drink sector.

Stars of the future are…

Taking the Pea

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A delicious, quirky, range of savoury pea flavoured snacks, which are high in fibre. Available in four flavours – Sweet Chilli Salsa, Cheesy Peasy & Onion, Smoked Ham and Wacky Wasabi. The company – TLP Snacks Ltd – was founded by Mike Gallagher and Sharmain Davis.

Naturelly Jelly Juice

Naturelly

A fun treat for health conscious parents, with active children aged two and above. A fruity, all natural jelly, in easy to squeeze pouches for little hands. Vegetarian and Coeliac Society Approved, and school compliant – the range is available in three flavours. The company behind the brand is Healthier Brands Ltd – the brainchild of Dean Dempsey.

Saltrite

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A 100% salt substitute – completely all natural ingredients and virtually sodium free. High in natural potassium – with all the flavour of regular salt. Saltrite was founded by Richard Scotney, of R S Flavour Ingredients Ltd.

JimJams

Jim Jams

Founded by Kevin and Kellie Bath, JimJams provides a range of healthier spreads, without compromising on taste. Their award winning range includes gluten free chocolate spreads, with no added sugar, and reduced sugar, high fruit content, preserves. The chocolate spreads have 83% less sugar than others on the market – and the preserves have 35% less sugar.

Equinox Kombucha

Equinox

A unique and refreshing drink – fermented tea, flavoured using herbal infusions and fruit juices. Currently available in four flavours – Original, Raspberry & Elderflower, Wild Berry, and Ginger. Equinox Kombucha is produced by Flower of Life Ltd, which was founded by Chris Peters, Robert Charles and Daphnie Charest.

Polar Pops

Polar Pops

Polar Pops are unique, handcrafted, ice lollies made from fresh fruit and vegetables. Healthy and delicious, they are 100% natural and have no added sugar. The founders of Polar Pops are entrepreneurs Susie D’Andrea and Emily Fletcher.

How to Make it Big

Founded by industry experts Paddy Willis, Simon Lacey and Rob Ward, The Grocery Accelerator programme combines all the core components that determine how to make it big in the food and drink market. By providing practical experience, commercial insight, inspirational meetings with successful business people and crucial one-to-one mentoring – the winners will be given all of the tools that they need – to make their brand really big.

Paddy Willis, for The Grocery Accelerator, said: “The standard of applications was incredibly high. It was a challenging and exciting process, whittling them down to our final six. We believe each of our winners has the potential to become a serious contender in the food and drink industry – and they all bring something different to market. We look forward to guiding, and encouraging them, as they take their next step towards growing their business into a nationally recognised brand.” 

The Grocery Accelerator Team:

Paddy Willis is co-founder of Plum Baby, the world’s first premium baby food in the ambient sector. He now runs the Bathtub 2 Boardroom incubator scheme for early stage start-ups, in London.

Simon Lacey – founder of Idea to Shelf Ltd, a consultancy specialising in helping SME food and drinks businesses with great ideas, to grow and prosper, has an outstanding track record of bringing brands to market.

Rob Ward – Creator of one of the largest fruit businesses in the UK, he is renowned for his practical and comprehensive understanding of the food market, and how to create and grow businesses in this sector.

There are also four associate partners – Andrew King, a classically trained FMCG specialist, who is also a non-executive director at Moma Foods; Entrepreneur John Stapleton, co-founder of New Covent Garden Soup Company Ltd and Little Dish; Entrepreneur Emma Macdonald, founder of The Bay Tree Food Co Ltd, and Simon Taylor, whose 15-year career at Heinz included a period as Chief Financial Officer Asia. 

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Testimonials:

Clara Vaisse
Clara VaisseSibberi Ltd
"Launching your own business means that you bump into a new question every 15 minutes - the Grocery Accelerator team has all the answers! They have been a real catalyst for Sibberi’s growth. We were really impressed by how hands on the team is."
Anna & Eve
Anna & EveArctic Power Ltd
“The people behind Grocery Accelerator are enthusiastic professionals who have your back throughout every step of the entrepreneurial journey.”
Nick Brake
Nick BrakeRutland Charcuterie Co. Ltd
“Being involved with the Grocery Accelerator is an amazing experience. Being a Grocery Accelerator winner however takes it all to another level – it will undoubtedly be the most important factor in the success of our business.”
Hilary Marsh
Hilary MarshGenius Drinks Ltd
“It’s wonderful suddenly having a team of experienced, intelligent, passionate people who are totally on your side.”
James Dawson
James Dawsont plus drinks Ltd
"Grocery Accelerator has been instrumental in helping us understand the FMCG market and enable us to accelerate our growth in a way we simply couldn't have done alone."
Davina Steel
Davina SteelMannaVida Ltd
"From workshops to mentoring... even holding our hands in crucial meetings... Grocery Accelerator has already taught us more than we could have imagined."
Angus Oliphant
Angus OliphantMiniscoff (Food for Children)
"A great looking glass into the food & drink industry - the challenges, the pitfalls and the possibilities too..."
Morag Pavich
Morag PavichMo's Cookie Dough
"I learned more in three days than I have in a year running my business. Within 1 week of attending, I had secured a meeting with a Waitrose buyer – something which I had not imagined possible before..."

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