I recently attended the Food and Drink Expo at the NEC in Birmingham. It was a great chance to meet up with clients old and new, as well as look into some of the trends, new ideas, and inspirations that lie ahead in 2016 and beyond.
Key trends were highlighted with a strong emergence of ‘protein’ products, along with the continued NPD in snacking; the development of popcorn products, for example. There was also an abundance of new companies on show, all with the ambition of growing and developing their business. All wanting to take advantage of the networking capabilities the show offers, whether, it's the chance to meet prospects from the multiples, or establish relationships the vast number of independents who attend
Industry events provide an opportunity to sit and listen to seminars and Q&A’s that are held, these help me further develop my market insights and knowledge. A seminar that particularly caught my attention was ‘Building (and Selling) a Food Business. The industry experts included people who have helped food businesses grow, develop and eventually sell their business. People of note were: Paul Herman, CEO of BlueBox Corporate Finance Stuart Wilson, Group Partner of Shirlaws Group Liz Claydon, UK Head of Consumer markets and Partner, KPMG From a detailed and interesting 45 minutes discussion, here are some of the key insights and advice that I took from the panel of experts: