It’s been an exciting few weeks for the businesses taking part in Virgin Foodpreneur 2017 together with intu.

They’ve pitched to a panel of judges, then taken part in a weeklong pop-up at intu stores across the country, making friends and winning customers along the way. Now it’s time for us to announce the finalists that will be pitching to judges Levi Roots, Alice Living, Paul Lindley and Jim Cregan, in hope of winning six weeks of prime retail space at an intu centre. Drum roll please…

Tuk Tuk Chain - Foodpreneur Semi-finalist

Rupesh & Alexandra Thomas - Tuk Tuk Chai

Tuk Tuk Chai is a drinks brand creating tea, but not as you know it. Their spicy take on the everyday cuppa is inspired by travels though India, and the challenge of finding proper chai in the UK. Rupesh and Alexandra traded at intu Metrocentre, based in Gateshead, Tyne and Wear, where they made awesome connections and went over their sales targets by 50% every day.

Jamie McCloskey – Love Corn

Love Corn - Foodpreneur Reveal

Love Corn are on a mission to make roasted corn your favourite snack. High fibre, vegan, gluten and sugar-free, they’re also pretty delicious. Jamie traded in intu Lakeside in Essex, where they got really valuable feedback on their price point and sold literally thousands of packs of roasted corn.

James Cadbury – Love Cocoa

Love Cocoa

Inspired by his great-great-great grandfather, who set up Cadbury chocolate nearly 200 years ago, Love Cocoa create quality handmade chocolate with a contemporary twist. James sold his product at intu Derby, collaborating with other businesses and already seeing sales from customers met at the centre.

Nick Coleman & Andy Allen – Snaffling Pig


Snaffling Pig - Foodpreneur Finalist

Snaffling Pig is reinventing the humble pork scratching, with a host of exciting flavours and use of high-quality pork crackling. Full of flavour and already collaborating with big brands such as Colman’s Mustard, these are not the pork scratchings you’re used to. Nick and Andy traded at intu Derby, where they sold to a different audience than they’re used to and made some brilliant splashes on social.

Good luck to all the finalists – they’ll be pitching to the judges on Tuesday 25th July. Watch their pitches live at the Virgin StartUp Facebook page


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