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Gareth Hobbs

Managing Director of Visionary Food Solutions

Having worked in the industry for over 15 years, Gareth has a wealth of knowledge of taking product to market from previous roles listing big brands, private label and more recently supporting early stage brands to enter a channel or market place. Gareth is MD of the pioneering company, Visionary Food Solutions, a team of Food and Drink specialists who work with brands needing commercial support to accelerate their business. The team is highly experienced, and works with businesses of any size whether you are at an early stage founder at the beginning of your journey or a multi-national with a desire to accelerate a channel entry or brand growth! The company lists it’s strengths in Foodservice, grocery, and supporting brands looking to enter the UK market. Gareth heads up the team of 8 working with brands mentoring them through their challenges,  to deliver strategy creation, channel entry planning, business development or just as a sounding board across multiple category businesses. Gareth has an interest in product innovation and in particular the trend to move to healthier lifestyle choices. To keep on top of this he reads global trend reports and visits shows around the world to see the innovation first hand.

In terms of lifestyle, Gareth would call himself a flexitarian. A foodie at heart, Gareth switched from a predominantly meat based diet to a plant based diet last year and enjoys the challenge of creating amazing simple dishes that allows the whole family to eat a plant based diet. Outside of this Gareth is also a co-founder of Bearhug, a sports supports business that’s focuses on bamboo as a core ingredient to this sustainable business and natural vegan soap brand Berg Jansen.

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