The Food Business

#18 In pursuit of instant coffee

Coffee is having a great time. The UK has embraced cafe culture, and the coffee shop market continues to shock even the most optimistic of forecasters by growing significantly in value. Yet, instant coffee – controversial as it is – still dominates the sector.  Instant is the largest coffee category accounting for around 70% of...

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#17 Understanding social media: how Livia’s Kitchen conquered Instagram

Social media matters. Engaging with consumers on social platforms is essential, and should be treated like a long-term relationship. For food and drink businesses, Instagram is a popular choice in reaching fans. This episode, The Food Business speaks with Olivia Wollenberg, founder of Livia’s Kitchen, which has over 127,000 Instagram followers, about her Instagram success....

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#16 The growth of craft beer

The small brewers relief scheme, introduced by Gordon Brown in 2002, has led to a boom in UK breweries. The number of breweries in the UK has now broken through the 2,000 barrier for the first time since the 1930s. We speak with Cocksure Brewery in Bristol about their journey from start-up to being a...

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#15 The rise of the vegan

There’s an increasing demand for plant-based products. Amidst the sudden vegan and anti-meat type movements, supermarkets are launching new meat-free products and ranges, and flexitarians and vegans are enjoying more choice. We spoke with Paul Brown, the founder of BOL Foods, which produce veg pots, salad jars, super soups, and their newly launched dinner boxes,...

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#14 Turkey farming: a vote for Christmas

It’s Christmas, and there isn’t a more Christmassy job than being a turkey farmer. 10 million turkeys are killed in the UK during this festive period, more than half of the overall number of turkeys killed every year. The Food Business visits Copas Traditional Turkeys, a family business based in Cookham, Berkshire, where they rear...

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#13 Fighting food crime

Horsegate shook the industry to its core when news broke in early 2013. Five years on, and we look at what actually happened, what went wrong in the handling of the scandal, and the lessons that have been learnt. But we’re not out of the woods. Today the UK faces different issues. We find out...

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#12 Success with Seaweed

According to a new report by Allied Market Research the global seaweed market was worth £3.2bn in 2017, and this is expected to grow to £7bn by 2024. Currently China dominates the seaweed market –  the country produces 50 percent of the global seaweed production according to The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United...

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#11 How to break into the China market

China is a booming market with a growing appetite for all things British. But for UK companies looking to do business in China, it comes with a headache of procedures and regulations. Future trading conditions with the EU remain unclear. We find out if it’s time UK-made food and drink companies consider the opportunities in...

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#10 Success at the fair

More than 200 new food producers set up at Speciality and Fine Food Fair every September vying for attention from UK retailers. We look at some of the biggest trends in food and drink and show how that’s shaping innovation in the industry. GUESTS The Foraging Fox Ooh La La Confectionery O’Donnell’s Moonshine Squbes Growers...

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#9 The future of food to go

What does it take to make it in the competitive “food to go” sector? With growth of 6.2% per annum forecast until 2022 analysts predict massive growth and therefore opportunity in this £17.4bn segment of the food industry. At this year’s Speciality & Fine Food Fair, The Food Business hosted a panel discussion for the...

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From Reby Media, we bring you The Food Business. If you’re in the industry, or just super interested in all-things foodie, then this is right up your alley. Our informative and entertaining fortnightly episodes will keep you in the know.

We’re a British-focused show, bringing you the best stories from the industry featuring authentic, and sometimes candid interviews. You’ll hear personal stories about big successes, failures, and lessons learnt from industry heavyweights and successful startups. We’ll be investigating the biggest trends, developments in technology and food science.

Experienced journalist, editor, and host to The Brewers Lectures, Rhian Owen, co-hosts The Food Business alongside producer and journalist Bernadette Ballantyne.