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A Summer of Success

This month I am feeling especially virtuous. Having completed another half ironman race last week, I feel fully justified to take it easy and mess around on the paddleboard and the mountain bike for the rest of the summer. The longer evenings are ideal for family and sports and with…

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The Grocery Insider Podcast – Latest Episodes

Since launching The Grocery Insider Podcast in January we have now released 6 episodes. We were super excited when we found out we had over a 1000 listeners after two episodes and are continuing to see the numbers rise after each episode goes live. Episodes so far have included: Packaging…

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Meat Eaters 2.0

According to national data, the vegan trend quadrupled between 2012 and 2017. Waterstones have 2,058 books with titles that include the word vegan as of Jan 2019, compared to 994 in August 2018. As for grocery, in 2018 the UK launched the most vegan products onto supermarket shelves than any…

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We featured in The Grocer!

We have been mentioned in The Grocer this week in a feature all about energy drinks. “And Hamish Renton, managing director of consultancy HRA Global, stresses that the brand [Cocoa Cola’s Coke Energy] will need to take on ‘several very well established, authentic brands targeting both the sports and the…

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Things Are About To Get Oat Of Control

In November last year, London Hackney Coffee Company ran out of Oatly. Dwindling supplies of the milk alternative in our capital was news enough for Sky.  Milk alternatives within the food and drink industry are under attack, notably some nut milk’s lack of nuts and wealth of environmental damage, but…

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Nootropics – Beyond The Hype

The buzz around Nootropics or ‘smart substances’ shows no sign of stopping and in simple terms it’s easy to see why. Nootropics are essentially a new category of supplements aimed at improving creativity, memory, and cognitive ability. It’s a disruptive category and it has a really simple appeal: the idea is…

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We featured in The Grocer!

‘In terms of image, spread have more work to do. While positive associations are growing – Kantar says shoppers deliver on taste – they are still seen as less natural than butter. Hamish Renton, MD of consultancy HRA Global, says this has been their downfall. “Spreads and margarines have struggled…

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Hello world!

Example h2 Sat at a table with enough food to last over an hour’s dining, and a laptop or recording device opposite, the idea of the Korean phenomenon Mukbang is for celebrities to connect with their fans by sharing a meal via live stream. Stripped of cultural dogma and social…

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Food Scoop: Hamish Renton interview with the Free From Expo

Hamish shares his contemporary view on the free-from industry. “The free-from market has been consistently growing at a rate of 20-30% year on year for a number of years now, and I don’t see any sign of the market declining. What’s interesting is that as sales continue to improve and…

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"Better" , Hamish shares his verdict on the IFE trade show

“Better”. That was my verdict on the IFE trade show in Excel this year. Two years ago, in the aftermath of the Brexit vote, it felt like a show that was down at heel, with a lot of the international brands staying away. This year the show was bigger and…

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Culture Club Revisited

OK let’s get this out of the way upfront – I have set up a ‘Fermentation Station’ in the office. I brew Kombucha and Kefir in the office pretty successfully, with the odd mishap. Whilst most of the team are somewhere between supportive and agnostic towards this, but it has…

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From Climate Change to Yoga Bunnies – Easter 2019 in an Eggshell

Brits eat more chocolate per head than almost anywhere on earth, with the average consumer eating 8kg of chocolate per year. At the time of writing, almost a quarter of the population having already consumed an entire Easter egg, and 50% having eaten at least an Easter themed chocolate treat,…

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