Simon Wright – Business Profile

Summary

For the last 27 years Simon has worked closely with brand-holders, retailers, certifying bodies, NGOs and government. His extensive knowledge of sustainable food and drink, his wide network of contacts and his close relationship with key players adds value to the activities of his clients.

 

Background

Simon began his career working for major food manufacturers such as United Biscuits, Nestle and Unilever, followed by nine years as Technical Director at Whole Earth Foods where he was responsible for their extensive New Product Development programme. During this time he helped to create the Green & Black’s range of organic and Fairtrade chocolate. Simon left Whole Earth to set up his own business, specialising in the development and marketing of sustainable food and drink. Over the last 22 years Simon has worked successfully as a consultant in the UK, Europe, the USA and Australia.

 

Expertise

Notable projects include:

  • Brands Helping to develop the Enjoy (Organic), Divine and Liberation (Fairtrade) and Free & Easy (free-from) product ranges
  • Private Label Currently part of the team supplying own-label chocolate to five of the UK’s multiple retailers
  • Retail Running The Organic Partnership, a best-practice group of 25 organic suppliers to Sainsbury’s, and helping to develop the Sainsbury’s SO organic own-label range
  • Communications Editing three books on organic and Fairtrade processing and marketing, writing for trade and consumer magazines, appearing on TV and radio and organising and chairing conferences for the FDIN (Food and Drink Innovation Network), Natural Products Europe and Food Ingredients Europe
  • Trade Bodies Forming and Chairing the Gluten Free Industries Association in association with the Food & Drink Federation
  • Training Writing and delivering training programmes to colleagues at Sainsbury’s, Planet Organic, As Nature Intended and Greater London Enterprise on sustainable food
  • Government Drafting the first UK Compendium of Organic Standards, producing the first version of the Defra organic website and serving as a full member of UKROFS (United Kingdom Register of Organic Food Standards)
  • NGO’s Current Chair of the Certification and Oversight Committee of the Fairtrade Foundation, current member of the Soil Association Standards Board. Worked with FLO (Fairtrade Labelling Organisation) to draft standards for processed foods

 

Qualifications

  • Bsc (Hons) Food Science & Nutrition, Oxford Brookes University (1986)
  • Food Technology HND, Manchester Polytechnic (1980)
  • Member of the Guild Of Food Writers
  • Member of the Institute of Food Science and Technology
  • Supporter of Slow Food UK
  • Chair of Judging Panel, The Quality Food Awards
  • Judge, Food Matters Free-From Awards
  • Member of The Academy of Chocolate
  • Member of the Pool of Expert Advisers to the European Commission on organic production