The Food and Drink Business

Articles, news and analysis on UK and European growth companies operating in the food and drink sectors.


Deals of the Week August 1 to August 5 – a Growth Business round-up

Deals this week include an alternative to palm oil, a social app which connects people based on shared interests and a mystery activity subscription service


Celebrating Entrepreneurs – Devan Hughes, CEO of Buymie

Devan Hughes, CEO and co-founder of Buymie, discusses setting up a homegrown business and how setbacks taught him scalable solutions


Huib van Bockel, founder Tenzing – ‘My wife became my first investor’

Huib van Bockel quit his high-profile job as head of marketing for Red Bull to create his own natural energy drink, Tenzing. Four years on and Tenzing is expected to hit £6m in turnover this year. His advice for any start-up is to keep it do-it-yourself for as long as possible


How I’ve grown my business – Mike Turner, co-founder Bird & Blend

Bird & Blend has disrupted the staid tea-drinking market selling its offbeat teas both online and through seven shops nationwide. It has taken a similarly innovative approach to growing its business


Food waste app Too Good To Go gets another £5m from existing investors

Company aims to have 50m users by the end of 2020.


Married couple behind Grenade bars win entrepreneur of the year

Husband and wife join list that includes breakthrough start-ups BrewDog and Cambridge Satchel Co


Why recipe box firm Gousto is coming to eat supermarkets’ lunch

Timo Boldt, CEO of online recipe box firm Gousto talks artificial intelligence, vertical integration and cutting down on plastics.

Growth Planning

Diary of a scale-up: Vegbred

In this video diary, Kelly Barfoot explains the growth plans for her plant-based bread company Vegbred as she looks to scale.

Growth Planning

Fish and chip restaurant plans UK franchise expansion

90 year-old brand is targeting seaside and town and city locations across the UK.


Entrepreneur interview: Simon Bunn and Kris Gumbrell, co-founders of Brewhouse & Kitchen

Co-founders of Brewhouse & Kitchen, Simon Bunn and Kriss Gumbrell have successfully scaled up their craft beer centred pub business over the last five years.

Mergers & Acquisitions

Yo! Sushi acquires Waitrose sushi supplier

Acquiring London-based Taiko Foods will lead to growth at both companies, Yo! Sushi says.

PR and Marketing Strategy

How to create a restaurant concept that will be a success with millennials

A survey recently found that millennials are generally pickier about the restaurants they choose to eat at and how they make decisions about where to eat. With that in mind, we take a look at how you can make a restaurant that resonates with millennials.