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Enjoy dinner drinks and a chance to meet…
Mark Palmer is co-founder of award-winning Cawston Press soft drinks. Cawston Press creates drinks that aim to conjure up nostalgic tastes of summers past. Mark invested in the original Cawston Vale apple juice business in 1999 and recently the team turned to equity crowdfunding in 2018, raising £1.1m. Alongside Cawston Press, Mark is also the co-founder of LA Brewery, a micro-brewery based in Suffolk that make non alcoholic fermented drinks. With nearly 25 years’ experience working in the food and drinks industry, including Green & Black's and Pret A Manger, Mark will be sharing all on how to compete against the FMCG giants when developing and growing a premium food or drinks brand.
This dinner is perfect for…
Startup founders and CEOs in the FMCG sector and those specifically working for a food or drinks brand.
If you'd like to join but don't fall neatly within the above categories, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org to discuss whether this is the right dinner for you. Also feel free to check out our other dinners as another might match you perfectly!
The dinner conversation will be…
If you are currently looking to learn how to take on bigger FMCG competitors without a huge marketing budget, this is the perfect opportunity to hear from a seasoned entrepreneur with a wealth of relevant experience. Mark will be sharing all on:
✓ David v Goliath - how to compete against the FMCG industry giants.
✓ Key tips for developing and growing a premium food or drinks brand.
✓ Marketing your brand on low-to-no budget.
✓ The importance of team and how to find the right talent for your business.
Expect to leave with ideas and inspiration for your own business, as well as the opportunity to speak to others facing similar industry challenges and opportunities as you informally over dinner.
Who is Mark Palmer?
Mark Palmer is the co-Founder of Cawston Press soft drinks and LA Brewery and the Chairman of Union Hand-Roasted Coffee. Mark was previously the Marketing Director of Green & Black's and Pret A Manger. He now also consults for a number of small emerging food and drink brands and private equity clients and also undertakes speaking engagements on the subjects of entrepreneurial business culture and marketing.
You get a private dining experience with a knowledgeable speaker, 2 course dinner with wine or 2 soft drinks plus highly curated and relevant crowd. This is a dinner, not a dropin event, so we ask that guests turn up on time and don’t leave until after the Q&A.
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Mark Palmer is the co-Founder of Cawston Press soft drinks and LA Brewery Kombucha and the Chairman of Union Hand-Roasted Coffee. Mark was previously the Marketing Director of Green & Black's and Pret A Manger. He now also consults for a number of small emerging food and drink brands and private equity clients and also undertakes speaking engagements on the subjects of entrepreneurial business culture and marketing.
Having invested in the original Cawston Vale apple juice business in 1999, Mark worked with original shareholders Stephen Unwin and Simon Dunn to create the new Cawston Press soft drinks brand. Today Cawston Press make a range of delicious range of still and sparkling soft drinks made from pressed fruit with no added sugar, sweeteners or preservatives.
Alongside also being the co-founder of LA Brewery, Mark is the chairman of Union Hand-Roasted Coffee, voted best artisan roaster and most ethical brand at the European coffee awards 2015 & 2016, having been involved with the business as a consultant and non-exec director since 2007.
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