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    Tuesday, 28 March 2017

    Ocado on the Hunt for Britain’s Next Top Supplier

    British online supermarket Ocado, which differentiates itself from its rivals by having no physical stores and instead serving customers exclusively online, is launching its third annual competition to find ‘Britain’s Next Top Supplier’.

    Described by the company as “a nationwide search to find the next big thing in food and drink”, the competition is looking to find new or small retail-ready suppliers not currently stocked by any major supermarket.

    Entries must be submitted by March 17th. From there, shortlisted entrants will be invited to deliver a ‘Dragon’s Den’ style pitch in front of an expert panel of judges. This panel will then decide upon the eventual winner.

    Stuart Rose, Ocado Chairman and a judge of previous years’ competitions, says, “Britain’s Next Top Supplier aims to uncover the latest and greatest food or drink innovations the country has to offer. There are some truly fantastic producers in the UK and this competition could change their lives overnight, as winning would give even the smallest business the opportunity to distribute their products to Ocado customers across the nation.”

    The Ocado website details some of the qualities the judges are looking for:
    • A good quality product or range with lots of flavour.
    • A product or range with the potential for wide appeal.
    • A passionate, commercially aware supplier who will work with Ocado to make their product succeed.
    • A product or range that will bring something special to Ocado.
    • Unusual, hard-to-find or downright quirky products will catch the judges’ eye.
    • Retail ready packaging: accreditation (for example SALSA or BRC) is needed to ensure the product has passed safety checks to be delivered to customers.

    The competition winner will be rewarded with a listing for their winning product/range of products at Ocado for six months, with an option to extend, along with a£20,000 marketing support package.

    Those wishing to apply for the completion should fill out an online application.

    Sam Bonson

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