Top ten tips for starting a food business

Oonagh Monahan, published author and Founder of Alpha Omega Consultants, shares her top ten tips for starting your own food business.

Having mentored almost 300 startup food businesses over the past ten years, over time, it became very apparent to me that they all had more or less the same concerns – Who do I talk to? What about registration? What are the legal implications? Is my kitchen at home suitable? Can I get funding anywhere? Who will buy my foods? Where should I sell them? How can I source packaging? What has to go on a label, and so on.


Stephanie Seege, Founder of Nordchocolate-owned brand kAAKAO talks about her work to push for a change in the EU legislation so that she can call her date-sweetened cocoa bars 'chocolate'.

Tech-entrepreneur, InnovateUK Women in Innovation winner and Cranfield University Agrifood PhD student Siobhan Gardiner shares an insight into her start-up journey, and looks forward to the road ahead.

Andy Morling, the Head of the FSA’s National Food Crime Unit (NFCU), has been in post since March 2015. In his first few months he has been focusing on refining the function of the NFCU to maximise its ability to identify and mitigate food crime threats to consumers. Here he responds to questions about the activities of the new unit.

Susan Jebb OBE, Professor of Diet & Population Health in the Nuffield Department of Primary Care Health Sciences at the University of Oxford, responds to questions on the impact of salt in the diet on health. Professor Jebb is Chair the DH Public Health Responsibility Deal Food Network which develops voluntary agreements with industry to improve the food environment.

Professor Judith Buttriss, Director General of the British Nutrition Foundation, responds to questions on the role of sugars in diet and health.

Dave Baines, IFST representative on the MChemA committee, and Jane McLauchlin, RSC Registration Officer for the MChemA, comment on the likely impact of the changes recommended in the Elliott Review on the ability of the Public Analyst Scientific Services to deliver an effective food safety service.

Martha Collison, quarter finalist in the BBC’s Great British Bake Off at the age of 17, is an A-level student in Year 13 studying Food Technology, Maths and Chemistry. She spoke to Melanie Brown about the Bake Off and her plans for the future.

Melanie Brown caught up with Dr Mehmood Khan, Executive Vice President & Chief Scientific Officer of PepsiCo Global R&D, who was the guest speaker at Campden BRI Day on 11th June. Dr Khan, who trained as a physician, joined PepsiCo in 2007 with a remit to fundamentally change the innovation process. His lecture described how this has been achieved by centralising control of R&D, recruiting outside the food and beverage sector, increasing the diversity of the senior management in terms of gender and ethnic background, increasing investment in R&D and looking to the crossover between disciplines for innovation. Investment in technology platforms rather than products has led to an accelerated growth rate.

Professor Diána Bánáti outlines the role of ILSI Europe in facilitating co-operation to address interlinked nutrition and food safety issues


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