September trade shows
It’s been a busy few weeks for our sales and feedstock teams, exhibiting at three trade shows between Cologne and Birmingham, and covering both sides of our business: growing our supply chain to bring more coffee in, and growing our retailer base to sell Coffee Logs.
spoga+gafa in Cologne, Germany represented Coffee Logs’ first venture into the European market. From 2-4 September George, Matt, Xavier and Richard, our distributor for the Netherlands, spent the days talking Coffee Logs with garden retail buyers from all over Europe, and the evenings enjoying the sights of beautiful city of Cologne.
Last September we exhibited at both Glee Birmingham, the UK’s biggest garden trade event, and RWM the resource and waste management show, and this year we were lucky enough to be able to repeat the experience. So last week we made our way to the National Exhibition Centre (NEC) for the second year in a row.
Thanks to winning the GIMA Innovators Seed Corn Fund at Glee 2017, we were able to avail of a bigger stand at this year’s Glee. On Day 1 our colleague Matt managed to chat to BBC’s Garden Rescue presenter Charlie Dimmock, and later was interviewed by Agents of Field, award-winning garden and food bloggers (watch the interview here) and over the course of the three days we met with many buyers from the UK’s garden retail sector.
A few halls down, courtesy of Innovate UK, one of our key supporters, we had a stand in the Innovation City zone at RWM. Our supply chain team was kept super busy at our stand, and whenever we got a minute we went to see some fascinating talks – like innovative new recycling systems tackling the problem of plastic waste, and Costa’s coffee cup returns scheme. On Thursday our national supply chain manager Julia spoke to a packed theatre about our own coffee recycling and biofuels manufacturing processes.
It was a great pleasure to network with existing and potential coffee collection partners, and it was heartening to see how many people were enthused by what we at bio-bean are trying to do. We came away with many exciting prospects for the business – huge thanks to everyone who came to see us!
We’re taking a little break from the road and focusing on Coffee Logs production ahead of what’s anticipated to be a very busy autumn and winter season. To stay updated on bio-bean on the road and at home, follow us on Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn or Instagram.