If you bought a car and then realised it had thirty percent less horsepower than an older version but was being sold as though it were the same model, wouldn’t you be annoyed? That’s essentially what’s happening when you buy mass-produced food today. Did you know the nutrients of mass-market tomatoes (which, for all intents […]Read more "Stop consuming food, invest in it"
Food is at the foundation of all life, yet instead of being nurtured and cherished, it’s impersonally extracted, processed, packaged and traded. People have forgotten the importance of food in creating bonds between each other and our environment. It’s time to rewire every aspect of the food cycle: 1 how we grow, 2 how we […]Read more "New roots: how social enterprises are disrupting the food system"
A few months ago, my friend Michael and I co-founded Snact. That’s a portmanteau word for Snack and Act. What’s the ethos behind it? Making healthy snacks to tackle environmental and social challenges. It won’t come as a surprise that our current food system is wasteful. Globally, the figure is staggering: roughly one third of […]Read more "Snactivism"
About 15 million tonnes of the food we grow in the UK ends up in landfill and anaerobic digestors, or – less often – being converted into animal feed. It was this uncomfortable truth that prompted my friend Michael Minch-Dixon and me to co-found Snact last year, turning some of that surplus into healthy fruit jerky snacks – or ‘snacts’. In our […]Read more "Lessons from a food waste entrepreneur"
It’s been about nine months since Michael and I decided to embark on the Snact journey. Nine months is also the time it takes to have a child, and interestingly quite a few parallels can be drawn between starting a business and the traditional ups and downs of parenting. The obvious similarities When you’re starting […]Read more "Guess what I made in 9 months… (Part 3 of the Snack Stories)"
“The only real stumbling block is fear of failure. In cooking you’ve got to have a what-the-hell attitude.” Julia Child Yesterday was Snact‘s baptism of fire: we had our first stab at making snacks in a commercial kitchen on a larger scale. It wasn’t a raging success but it was the first of many snack-making […]Read more "Bake & Roll – The Snack Stories Continued"
I’ve mentioned previously that I’m starting a business with a friend to reduce food waste. We’re going to make snacks from fruit (or veg, but starting with fruit) that would otherwise be thrown away. Since my last update, we’ve started experimenting with the concept and “getting our hands dirty” so to speak. An initial run […]Read more "The Fruit Snack Adventures"