Consultancy & Mentoring

With a wide range of retail experience, The Seasoned Grocer can make a positive difference to your business. Our consultancy plans will help you make informed decisions and bring your product to market.

Artisan Food Producers

Seasoned Grocer - Banana Scoops

"Stuart has been a tremendous help when setting up my new food brand."

Jess Salamanca, Founder
Banana Scoops

"Stuart has been a tremendous help when setting up my new food brand."

Jess Salamanca, Founder
Banana Scoops
Seasoned Grocer - Gower Cottage Brownies

Working with Stuart has been a game changer over the years, introducing us to markets we never dreamed we could gain access to.

Kate Jenkins
Gower Cottage Browies

Working with Stuart has been a game changer over the years, introducing us to markets we never dreamed we could gain access to.

Kate Jenkins
Gower Cottage Browies
Seasoned Grocer - Radnor Preserves

Stuart is a brilliant mentor and hugely knowledgable about the world of food - his advice is highly recommended.

Joanna Morgan
Radnor Preserves

Stuart is a brilliant mentor and hugely knowledgable about the world of food - his advice is highly recommended.

Joanna Morgan
Radnor Preserves
Seasoned Grocer - Dunnet Bay Distillers

Stuart has been a great support to the development of our business. With his help we were able to develop a recipe for Partridges Chelsea Flower Gin, which has been successful over the past 2 years.

Martin Murray
Dunnet Bay Distillers

Stuart has been a great support to the development of our business. With his help we were able to develop a recipe for Partridges Chelsea Flower Gin, which has been successful over the past 2 years.

Martin Murray
Dunnet Bay Distillers
Seasoned Grocer - Lismore Food Company

Stuart has been a hugely significant figure in the growth of our company. He has a wonderful ability to listen carefully and offer key direction, and in areas that one may not have considered.

Ken Madden
Lismore Food Company

Stuart has been a hugely significant figure in the growth of our company. He has a wonderful ability to listen carefully and offer key direction, and in areas that one may not have considered.

Ken Madden
Lismore Food Company
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The team at The Season Grocer understand how challenging it is for the new start-up producer. So, in addition to our Artisan Food Producer course, we also tailor one-to-one support and mentoring plans that give the producer confidence to take their ideas to a commercial level.

Our Seasoned Grocer, Stuart Gates, will take an in-depth look at your product, processes and business to evaluate how you can make the most of what you make.

To learn more, please contact us so that we can learn more about your business and discuss the best plan to take you to the next stage.

Services

Product Development
Process Development
Range Development
Packaging & Artwork

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The Artisan Food Producer’s Course

Retailers

Seasoned Grocer - Partridges

"If anybody understands the speciality retail market, it is Stuart. He has project managed special events and promotions for us as well as developing product ranges for our own label programme."

John Shepherd
Partridges

"If anybody understands the speciality retail market, it is Stuart. He has project managed special events and promotions for us as well as developing product ranges for our own label programme."

John Shepherd
Partridges

Our Seasoned Grocer, Stuart Gates, has in-depth knowledge about retailing and serving food with many, many, years of experience (some say too many!) in different sectors together with an in-depth knowledge about food ranges, shop layout and how to increase sales.

Stuart was responsible for food sales and range development in his roles at the iconic food retailers; Harrods, Fortnum & Mason and Daylesford Organic. In addition, he has strong experience to assist with food service offers including menu costings and implementation.

As a food retail consultant Stuart has undertaken range planning and product development projects for specialist food shops such as Partridges of Sloane Square. With his extensive links to speciality fine food producers, The Seasoned Grocer plays a vital link between the producer and retailer

He is a former Chair of the Guild of Fine Food and an active judge with The Shop of the Year contest, where his skill and knowledge are appreciated by entrants and winners alike.

Services

Range Planning
Product Development
Working with producers
Managing Change

Event Planning

Seasoned Grocer - Event Management

The team at The Seasoned Grocer have been involved with many successful event projects, including supporting brands in prestige stores and event spaces across London and the UK.

With experience of project managing the build of shops, shopfitting in the UK and overseas, we are the ideal business partner for product launches and national promotions and in-store tastings.

Services

Choosing the right events
Preparing for an event
Event fixtures and set-up
Product Tastings
Event follow-up