EXPERTS IN TASTE
Our team have decades of experience as chefs, product developers and food consultants. We have developed food & drink products for global brands, retailer private labels and successful start-up businesses, winning many awards for our creations. We bring a tremendous wealth of experience to our work from almost every sector of the food industry.
We keep a keen eye on UK and global food innovation trends, whilst having the confidence to focus on the ones that have longevity. Our vast experience of presenting to industry buyers, journalists and consumers means we offer valuable insights in to what the market is looking for, and how best to sell-in your new products.
OUR TEAM OF FOOD CONSULTANTS UNDERSTAND
THAT TASTE IS ONE OF THE MOST IMPORTANT PURCHASE DRIVERS WHEN IT COMES TO PEOPLE'S CHOICES OF FOOD AND DRINK. SO OUR GOAL IS TO DEVELOP PRODUCTS THAT TASTE OUTSTANDING AND PUT YOUR BRAND AHEAD OF THE COMPETITION.
OUR FOUNDERS, BRANDT & MICAH, HAVE REGULARLY FEATURED IN THE PRESS AS TASTE EXPERTS AND HAVE BOTH HELD PRESTIGIOUS POSITIONS FOR PREMIUM, GLOBAL BRANDS. THEY HAVE CREATED A STRONG NETWORK OF FOOD CONSULTANTS, SUPPLIERS, MANUFACTURERS AND INDUSTRY PROFESSIONALS TO HELP THEM DELIVER AWARD-WINNING RESULTS, TIME AND TIME AGAIN.
Brandt Maybury, Co-Founder & Managing Director
Brandt has had a successful career as a chef and food consultant in almost every area of the food industry - both savoury and sweet - from gastropubs and Michelin star restaurants, to 5 star hotels and French ski resorts. He has worked as a development chef for several large companies developing a wide range of products for famous brands and private label ranges. Brandt has also gained valuable production experience over the years, project managing his own factory trials and launching products from concept through to launch. He has won several awards for his creations.
Brandt held the position of Taste Specialist at Green & Black's for 5 years, developing new product ranges and recipes whilst serving as 'face of the brand' in all media comms and PR activation. He is a regular judge for several food awards, including the Great Taste Awards, World Food Innovation Awards, Academy of Chocolate, and Soil Association's BOOM awards.
Brandt has lived in France and Turkey, and regularly visits Italy to continue his discovery of food and find fresh inspiration. He holds a WSET Level 2 in wine and is looking forward to progressing to Level 3 in the near future.
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Micah Carr-Hill, Co-Founder & Development Director
Micah is a food consultant and product developer to the food & drink industry with twenty years’ experience, specialising in premium products using his highly attuned tasting skills.
As Head of Taste at Green & Black’s chocolate he developed all products since 1999 to 2013. His new product development saw the brand grow from approximately £2m to £55m. He also currently serves as Master Blender for Cawston Press, the premium soft drinks company.
He has regularly appeared in national and international print and broadcast media, including live television in Canada and The Martha Stewart Show in the US. He also part-authored and edited Green & Black’s second recipe book, Ultimate.
Whilst he is a food scientist by qualification he has always worked as part of a marketing team. He also cut his teeth in the wine industry where he learnt how to taste, gaining a WSET diploma. This, importantly, means that he is able to communicate easily cross-functionally, taking ideas from the marketeers, developing them into taste-driven products and being able to commercialise them in a factory setting, with the associated technical aspects.
He is incredibly good at discerning taste and flavour, a talent that can be surprisingly rare in the food and drink industry. He can quickly, confidently and objectively assess the taste of a product and make decisions on any further changes.