Start-ups and suppliers: Food entrepreneur Andrew Allen gives an insight into winning relationships

By Berenice, Wednesday 5 June 2019

We're thrilled to announce that entrepreneur Andrew Allen, who is partner of leading vegan 'junk' food brand Biff's Kitchen, is to join the line-up of speakers set to inspire guests at the Arena Summer Event on Friday 19 July 2019. An event designed to explore how brands and businesses stay ahead of the game and remain relevant, innovative and exciting, Andrew will bring a fresh perspective from the world of start-up brands.

It's never been more exciting in the start-up and scale up F&B space and there's an incredibly dynamic and exciting industry driving innovation and trends at an unprecedented rate. But success is far from guaranteed and small teams are pushing to the very limit to breakthrough into the mainstream.

In his session entitled, Small But Mighty: The World of Start Up Brands (And How To Work With Them), Andrew will give a little insight into the highs and lows of life at these emerging brands and suggest how to get the most out of working with them.

About Andrew Allen
After a career in advertising, Andrew claims he 'fell into food' through a side project. That side project was the pork crackling brand Snaffling Pig, which he co-founded in 2014.  The business went from kitchen table to national supermarket and on-trade listings via a successful appearance on Dragons' Den and was crowned Virgin Foodprenuer winner in 2017.

After leaving Snaffling Pig, Andrew has become an investor and advisor to a number of food start-ups, including 'wonky' crisp brand Spare Snacks, Olly's Olives and Oggs - the world's first commercially scalable aquafaba brand. He's also partner of leading vegan 'junk' food brand Biff's Kitchen, which is now squarely focused on the foodservice market and operates out of Boxpark, Shoreditch. Andrew co-hosts the Blue Plaster Podcast, which focuses on the lives of young F&B businesses.

Taking place at the iconic Grade II listed building 30 Euston Square, a venue managed by Searcys, the speaker programme also includes Martin Williams, CEO, Rare Restaurants and Matt Thomas, MD, Searcys.

Why attend?

  • Learn what drives different businesses – from established brands to start-ups – and new approaches to staying ahead during challenging times
  • Understand how you can work with different organisations for mutual success
  • Gain insight into the next trends, opportunities and challenges the industry is facing and how to apply this knowledge in your own business
  • Interact with over 150 hospitality and foodservice professionals in the spirit of building long-term, mutually beneficial relationships
  • View the guest list prior to the event and take advantage of the opportunity to request introductions
  • Experience the splendour of 30 Euston Square and enjoy a delicious three-course lunch with wine, created by the talented hospitality team

Tickets to the event are available now. Click here for more information and to buy tickets online or contact Lorraine Wood by email or on 07803 853 618.