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Formerly, Thea was the operations and strategy director at Propercorn, helping to grow the business from 5 people to 50, and from just a couple of pallets of product to 3 million bags per month across 10 countries. She applies her business acumen as well as her background in investment banking to her current leadership role. Thea was named ‘Top New Talent’ by The Grocer in 2017.

Chris started his career at Ella’s Kitchen before moving to Metcalfe’s popcorn where he was tasked to gear them up for growth. He also held a pivotal operational role at Life Health Foods. 

Inspired by their own experiences in young food brands, Thea and Chris set up Young Foodies to help other challengers thrive more easily and give them a voice. They share an unwavering passion for transparency, commitment to fair competition and an inclusive approach to fostering a contribution culture within the community. They are determined to give power to the innovators and set a fair and level playing field for them to grow in. 

Young Foodies helps make small brands mighty. Launched in May 2017, Young Foodies Limited has grown rapidly to become the largest community of the UK’s fastest growing FMCG brands, providing members with expert knowledge, grassroots experience and first class industry resource to level the playing field for ambitious challenger brands.

The network boasts a community of over 250 thriving businesses where brand owners are expertly nurtured to boost growth and performance, solving everyday challenges, such as outsourced logistics, talent acquisition, learning and development, and fundraising. Collectively, Young Foodies represents brands worth more than £100m turnover and an average YoY growth of 70%.


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