Founder Q&A: ManiLife & Sauce Shop

About the event

Join us for some lively discussion about the highs and lows of making it in the food business world.

At these talks, the UK's top food founders will be sharing their stories about how they built their food businesses, and some of the valuable lessons they learned along the way.

This is an open session where we encourage participants to get involved, ask questions and apply ideas to their own projects and businesses.

Please note that this is an in-person event hosted at Mission Kitchen.

For this Q&A, we will are lucky enough to be hearing from Stu Macdonald, founder of ManiLife, and Pam & James Digva, thefounders of Sauce Shop.

ManiLife was born after a life changing trip to Argentina, when Stu learned the art of making peanut butter and sourcing top quality peanuts. After experimenting with recipes and flavours using just a tiny blender, Stu gathered friends and family to make 4000 jars together in a rugby club kitchen. From makeshift kitchens to market stalls, ManiLife can now be found in the major supermarkets and is the peanut butter of choice for bakeries, recipe boxes and top chefs.

Sauce Shop similarly started life in a home kitchen, cooking on the weekends, and selling at stalls. In 2014, Pam & James came to the realisation that the sauces they were buying weren't doing their food justice. So they sought out to produce the best sauces possible, winning a Great Taste Award in the process. This helped launch them into the supermarkets, and now Sauce Shop are a team of 34 food lovers producing thousands of bottles of sauce on a weekly basis from their facility in Nottingham.