This episode features a panel discussion I hosted a couple of months ago for the VegFestUK Summerfest Online event for the Trade Day’s manufacturers and suppliers section.
It features several renowned entrepreneurs in the food, fashion and beauty sectors.
Among the topics they discuss include:
• How lockdown impacted them
• What they had to do to survive
• What’s selling and why
• The impact of lockdown on the development of new products
• How the COVID-19 situation impacted their relationships with wholesalers, distributors and retailers
• What staff issues have come up and how they’re handling them
• What they need – from governments, retailers and customers to survive or thrive, especially with so much uncertainty and the possibility of further lockdowns
• And more
Watch the video:
ADRIAN LING, managing director of Plamil, the UK’s oldest vegan company (Adrian’s father Arthur was vegan in 1927!) which makes chocolate and other dairy-free items (yes, Adrian is the vegan Willy Wonka!)
TAMMY FRY of Fry’s Family Foods, international plant-based meat brand which has been operating more than 20 years.
RIMI AND MANAV THAPAR of LoveRaw, a healthy vegan snack bar company. Rimi turned down a deal on Dragon’s Den (UK equivalent to Shark Tank) to wait for a more suitable investor
JOE HILL of One Planet Pizza, a fast-growing frozen vegan pizza brand and the first of its kind in the UK.
LAURA WAY, founder of vegan watch company Votch, which creates unisex styles popular with both men and women.
SUE HARRISON of Mahi Naturals, which provides skincare, haircare and organic beauty products sourced from around the world.
VegFestUK is the largest provider of vegan events in the UK. Visit the VegFestUK website for details of upcoming events.
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Katrina Fox is an award-winning vegan journalist, publisher, speaker, PR consultant and media trainer who teaches vegan business owners, entrepreneurs and change makers how to get free publicity by sharing their stories. Katrina was a regular contributor to Forbes for a year, writing about vegan and plant-based business. She is the founder and editor-in-chief of Vegan Business Media, the host of Vegan Business Talk podcast, and the author of Vegan Ventures: Start and Grow an Ethical Business. Katrina is also the creator of Vegans in the Limelight: Online PR course for Vegan Business Owners and Entrepreneurs. For more information and to hire Katrina, email her at katrina [at] veganbusinessmedia [dotcom]