This week has seen another successful Speciality and Fine Food Fair go by – bigger and better than ever!
This year, we had our largest pavilion ever with 48 of our suppliers joining us to display their wonderful products, both ambient and chilled – and many for the first time. A further 46 of our suppliers were also exhibiting at the show elsewhere.
It was clear from our own pavilion as well as throughout the fair, particularly in the discovery zone, that brands within the speciality sector are increasingly becoming health focussed. Whether it’s made from a trending health food or clearly branded as gluten-free or vegan, these types of products are continuing to pop up more and more.
The recent spotlight on sugar goes hand in hand with the demand for healthier food and drink products, but particularly drinks. Phrooti and the range of low sugar, real-fruit infused spring water was on our pavilion this year launching a new design and packaging. Jerome, founder of Phrooti, was also the winner of our Young Food and Drink Entrepreneur of the Year Award back in 2015.
Since it began five years ago, the final of our Young Entrepreneur competition has always been held at the Speciality and Fine Food Fair and this year was no different!
This year, Chloë Stewart of nibs etc. was announced as the winner of our Young Food and Drink Entrepreneur of the Year Award.
The final was held at the show in the Food for Thought area where the three finalists: Maciek Kacprzyk of Get Wonky, Elly Blackwell of Froconut and Chloë presented their products and business plans to packed out audience of foodies, retailers and producers.
Interestingly, all three finalists and in fact the majority of all applicants this year, have set up businesses for health food products. Not only were the health benefits key USP’s, but also the environmental and ethical impact of their products had been considered highly.
The winner, Chloë, set up nibs etc. out of a passion for food and fighting waste. The range includes three breakfast and snack food items made from juice pulp: Juice Pulp Granola, Pulp-Banana Loaf and her legendary Pulp Crackers.
She says: “I am so overwhelmed by the positive response and enthusiasm with which my business concept has been met, let alone the win! I’m incredibly grateful to have been shortlisted along with so many exciting new brands and eventually voted as winner. I’m probably most looking forward to being able to sit down with my new mentor, Paul, to bounce ideas, learn, grow and make moves. I have big plans for the next year including hoping to revamp nibs etc. pulp products’ branding and packaging, grow a team of 3-5 and be saving more juice pulp than ever. Now, with the help of Cotswold Fayre, these hopes might actually soon become a reality!”
Congratulations to Chloë, another well-deserved and inspiring young entrepreneur and our first ever female winner – watch this space!