And Britain’s Next Top Supplier is…

We have a winner! I’m very pleased to announce that Hannah Rhodes of Hiver Beers has been crowned queen bee of the competition.

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Hiver is a delicious craft beer brewed with urban and rural honey. With a background in microbreweries, Hannah knows a thing or two about creating a tasty tipple. With Hiver, she chose to tone down the hops and used an organic specialty malt to make the honey flavours shine. The beer itself is long matured and unpasteurised. Continue reading

Britain’s Next #TopSupplier: The shortlist

I’m blogging with some very exciting news this morning from Ocado HQ.

We’ve received 400 applications for Britain’s Next #TopSupplier and last Thursday we invited the cream of the crop to meet our Senior Buying Team here in Hatfield. We hosted almost fifty small businesses, giving each one the opportunity to pitch their product to our experts and be in with the chance to win a 6 month exclusive listing at Ocado and a £10,000 marketing support package.

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Two of the entries at the office

After some intense debate and a run through a rigorous scoring system, our Senior Buying Team have whittled down the list to just five small businesses, who will now get the chance to pitch their product to retail legend Sir Stuart Rose, Michelin-starred Chef Tom Kerridge, Director of Marketing and Grocery Retail Lawrence Hene, and Rose Price, our Head of Buying.

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Britain’s Next Top Supplier entrant: Tom from Annings Cider

Today’s our speed dating event for our Britain’s Next Top Supplier Competition! I’ve been chatting with one of our shortlisted hopefuls, Tom from Annings Cider, to find out why he thinks his product should be in your shopping. Read on…

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Guest post: Tom Kerridge on Britain’s Next Top Supplier

You’ve only got to Sunday until the deadline for applications to Ocado’s Britain’s Next Top Supplier competition! Tom Kerridge, Michelin-starred chef and one of our judges, told us what he’ll be looking for in the winner and gave some words of wisdom to prepare entrants for the pitch.

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Britain’s Next Top Supplier entrant: Hannah from Jensen Gin

We’ve been catching up with hopeful entrants in our Britain’s Next Top Supplier competition – our search for the next big thing in the world of small producers. The winner will be stocked at ocado.com, so give us your feedback in the comments!

Here’s what Hannah had to say…

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Britain’s Next Top Supplier profile: Marcus from Nutshot

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I’ve been kicking back with the lovely Marcus from Nutshot, finding out about his entry for our Britain’s Next Top Supplier competition. Read on to find out more…

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Britain’s Next Top Supplier 2014

Britain's Next Top Supplier judges Tom Kerridge and  Sir Stuart Rose At Ocado we believe in nurturing British suppliers, so we’ve made it our mission to source the UK’s very best small producers. We love discovering exciting new products for our customers to enjoy and over the years we’ve supported hundreds of new, up-and-coming brands like Yorkshire Provender, G’nosh, Muddy Boots, Higgidy and What on Earth.

Now, with the backing of retail legend Sir Stuart Rose and chef Tom Kerridge, we’ve launched ‘Britain’s Next Top Supplier’, a nationwide search to find the next big thing in food and drink.

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