The Blue Plaster Podcast by Young Foodies sets out to be the voice of young F&B businesses in the UK. Using a blend of industry news, feature interviews, brand spotlights and maybe the occasional ranty moment, we’re looking to provide a positive, energetic but always realistic view on the life of food entrepreneurs and those people bonkers/brave enough to join them on the journey.
Finance and Fundraising with Cheesies and YF Funding
In this episode Thea and Andy are joined by Craig Jones, co-founder and MD at Cheesies, alongside Chris Gale from YF Funding to talk about Finance and Fundraising.
As all brands know, a crucial element to the success of any new business is the ability and capacity to raise funds. But sometimes it can be tricky to know where to start.
That is why we asked Craig to talk through Cheesies’ route to fundraising, how the brand approached the mission and why they chose Corporate Venture Capitals (CVC) as their preferred investor diving into the way CVCs can differ from other investor types.
Chris Gale from YF Funding then takes us on a deep dive into the landscape of investors, important considerations, and popular routes to funding for many challenger brands.
Are you considering applying for funding but are unsure on how to navigate this wide and varied landscape? Listen in to hear the experiences of both brand and expert to get you moving in the right direction.
Natasha's Law with GS1 UK
In this episode Thea and Andy are joined by the CEO of GS1 UK, Anne Godfrey to unravel the uncertainty behind the new legislation, breaking down what this law will mean to the food and drink sector and how businesses can be prepared for it.
A recent survey commissioned by GS1 UK revealed that 8 in 10 businesses did not feel prepared for the new legislation and that 4 in 10 employees across the industry had never even heard of it.
Do you sit in one of these statistics? Tune in to educate yourself on what this might mean to you, your business or as a consumer.
All things Fundraising with Scott Simpkin, Seedrs F&B Expert
In this episode, join Thea and Andy as they talk all things Fundraising with Seedrs very own Scott Simpkin, the expert on F&B raising.
A crucial element to the success of any new brand or business is the ability and capacity to raise funds, without a financial backing a business cannot succeed. Scott offers his advice to those looking to raise, the options that are available and the impact that the new "Covid" world is having on this industry.
Get the inside scoop from a man who knows his stuff.
HFSS with GS1 UK and Snackzilla
In this episode YF co-founder Thea and Andy are joined by Dan Sands from GS1 UK and Marieke Syed the founder of Snackzilla.
We talk all things HFSS (sadly they did not come up with an easier acronym to say.) Looking at the back story behind the introduction of this policy, how it has been received in the industry and what the biggest points of contention have been. This policy is one of the hottest topics in the industry right now and it is affecting businesses of all sizes. It is important that everyone is educated on what this is going to mean for them.
So, what actually is HFSS? Take a listen and find out.
After a rather long hiatus, we are very pleased to be back with a brand new season of the Blue Plaster Podcast starring our very own Thea Alexander and Andy Allen.
For our first episode back, we couldn’t help but address the elephant in the room, that is Covid-19. We take a look back over this last year, the good and the bad times and how our industry has changed, quite frankly for the better. Despite the obstacles in it’s past, this industry has flourished, brands have gone down avenues they never would have without the push and volatility Covid-19 provided us all.
But as we leave Covid-19 and a world full of lockdown (hopefully) behind us, we begin looking at the year that stands before us and the excitement and positivity this brings for everyone in the space.
This is the start of the latest series where Andy & Thea pause and reflect on the industry today ahead of a back to back line-up for the rest of the season.
Blue Plaster from Home - Life Beyond Covid-19
In our latest 'from-home' episode, Thea and Andy begin to look forward and theorise about the world after Covid, reflecting on the scenarios at play for challenger brands.
Young Foodies is the leading voice of challenger food & drink brands in the UK. With a blend of industry news, feature interviews, brand spotlights and maybe the occasional ranty moment, we’re looking to provide a positive, energetic (but always realistic) view on the life of challenger food businesses and those who are bonkers/brave enough to join them on the journey.
It’s a great podcast for anyone interested in food and drink start ups. Really interesting discussion this week!