FH INSPIRES: Sunday 10.00 - 10.45
from kitchen to shelf: Get your product out there
We’re so excited to welcome these three entrepreneurs to our FH Discusses stage where they'll be talking about the trials and tribulations of bringing their product to market.
Pippa Murray founded Pip & Nut off the back of one great love and one profound hate: peanut butter and energy gels. As a marathon runner, Pip did not like gels and energy bars routinely swallowed by runners both in training and on race day. Discovering that her all time favourite peanut butter did in fact have amazing nutritional value, she founded a brand that celebrates all things nutty while offering a nutritional energy kick. Turns out, EVERYONE loves peanut butter and her huge success is as much down to her beautifully natural and utterly delicious product as it is to her wonderful charm and personality.
Joe Benn, the Co-founder of drinks start-up Ugly Drinks. Ugly think you’re sweet enough already and have created a range of 100% natural fruit infused sparkling waters with no sugar, no sweetener, no calories and no artificial ingredients. Previous to launching Ugly, Joe was the first employee at Vita Coco Coconut Water in the UK where he spent 4 years and left as Head of Impulse Sales. Before that he was a European Food Scout.
In 2011 Charlie Thuillier and his brother Harry broke the unofficial world record for the longest distance travelled by kite - 1000km along the North East coast of Brazil. They ran out of food so lost 8kg in 2 weeks. This led them to find local superfoods to eat, which tasted fantastic whilst being incredibly healthy.
Returning home Charlie moved onto his brother’s sofa and quit his job to make the most indulgent food healthy. Just like he had found in Brazil. Oppo was born. It took a painstaking 25 months of research, four start-up grants and just £1.05 left in the bank account before he made the impossible possible, creating the world’s healthiest dairy ice cream, and Europe’s first (and only) ice cream which can legally be called ‘healthy’. Harry joined formally and Oppo ice cream launched October 2014. Now stocked in 1600 sites across the UK including Waitrose, Wholefoods, Ocado, Budgens, Holland & Barrett and Co-Op; key awards include: Great Taste Award, Guardian UK ‘Start Up of the Year', Innovation of the Year, World’s fastest FMCG company to reach target on crowdfunding, Finalist in ‘Best New Business and Brand’ at World Food Innovation Award