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Director, Ashurst Execs
CEO & Founder , Forward Food.Tech Ltd
Head of New Business, Dark Horses
CEO, Taylor & Hart
Owner, MD & Technology Evangelist, Innov8ions Ltd
Partner, Biff's Kitchen
Managing Director, Edesia Consulting Ltd
Founder & Chief Bandit, Little Bandits
Founder, Push Chocolate
Founder & CEO, Vieve Protein Water
Founder, Mash Paddle Brewing
Founder, Mother Root
CEO & Founder, GIBIE
Founder, Vive Foods Ltd
Angel Investor, Saga Squared
YF Funding, YF Funding
Founder, Cheetah Conversions
Founder & CEO, The Happiness Planner
Our original speaker, Justine Moldenhauer, can no longer join us, so our Food Ambassador, Andy Allen has stepped in! He will also be joined by Pratik Sampat, CEO at ihorizon, who will be speaking about Government support available.
Enjoy a chance to meet…
Andy started his career in food when a side project, Snaffling Pig, went from kitchen table to nationally listed brand via a successful appearance on Dragons' Den. After leaving Snaffling Pig he decided sell his stake and to focus on plant based brands - he's currently partner and commercial director of Biff's Kitchen, which has gone from street food to be available in restaurants across the country via some major foodservice listings, in addition to their own outlets which includes a partnership with Brewdog. Aside from Biff's Andy is a NED, advisor and investor to a number of brands including OGGS and Olly's Olives. Andy will be talking about securing funding on lock-down.
This dinner is perfect for…
Startup founders and management level at startups working for UK based FMCG brands. This dinner is not open to service providers / advisors (unless a TableCrowd partner).
If you'd like to join but don't fall neatly within the above categories, please email us at email@example.com to discuss whether this is the right dinner for you. Also feel free to check out our other dinners as another might match you perfectly!
The dinner conversation will be…
✓ The impact of social distancing
✓ The funding landscape
✓ Expectations for the future, 2020 and 2021.
Who is Andy Allen?
Andy is an experienced food entrepreneur. After running an advertising agency, a food side project, Snaffling Pig, rapidly became an obsession and led to a complete change of career. The Snaffling Pig grew to a widely distributed brand with a successful appearance on Dragons' Den. Now with focus on plant based products, Andy is partner of leading vegan 'junk' brand Biff's Kitchen, NED for Olly's Olives and Spare Snacks, and an investor and advisor for OGGS and Humble Acre. He also sits on the executive committee of Arena, The Hospitality Network, and presents the Young Foodies 'Blue Plaster Podcast'.
How it works
Due to COVID-19, this is a virtual dinner. You can dial in from your laptop or phone. Joining details will be circulated to attendees on the day. It is FREE to join but we will be limiting the number of guests at each dinner to ensure the experience works for all. So, we ask for the same respect you would have at a face to face event - turn up on time, don't leave until after the Q&A and tell us if you are no longer able to attend.
A fully hosted experience with knowledgeable speaker and curated group of guests. There will be the usual introductions, talk from our speaker and then a hosted Q&A. Bring your own glass of wine, mint tea or Horlicks!
If you book a place and then can't make it, please make sure you tell us so someone else can take your place!
Andy is an experienced food entrepreneur who's had a more eventful journey than most. After running an advertising agency, a food side project rapidly became an obsession and led to a complete change of career. That side project was Snaffling Pig, which grew to a widely distributed brand via to a successful appearance on Dragons' Den.
After leaving Snaffling Pig, Andy decided to focus on plant based products. He's currently partner of leading vegan 'junk' brand Biff's Kitchen, NED for Olly's Olives and Spare Snacks, and an investor and advisor for OGGS and Humble Acre. He also sits on the executive committee of Arena, The Hospitality Network, and presents the Young Foodies 'Blue Plaster Podcast'.
In Andy’s role at Snaffling Pig, that straddled CMO and Creative Director, he led all creative output for the brand from scratch, creating a brand that breathed life into what was a forgotten category. Andy or the team won awards such as Winner Virgin Foodpreneur 2017, Thames Valley Game Changer 2017, #55 in StartUp100s, Top 10 in Food, Awarded 9 Great Taste Awards and the winner of Buckinghamshire's Best New Business 2016.
One of the TableCrowd hosting team will be on hand to help you get set up to take part virtually - you can join early if you need a hand! They will then run the event as close as possible to our face to face format - with a few adaptions (no seat move needed!)
All the joining details will be sent to you on the day.
Our Food and Drink Ambassador is Andy Allen an experienced food entrepreneur with a focus on plant based products.
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