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Farm students launch British food business

June 4, 2019 by  
Filed under News & Business

Two young farmers who sold cheese to pay their way through university have turned their venture into a fully fledged food business.

John Davies and Hannah Kinston began selling cheese at county shows, food festivals and through farm shops, as a way of financing their studies. Now they’re taking the venture up a gear launching a regional, speciality food wholesaler – called the British Food Box.

Based in Leicestershire, the company started trading on 1 May, initially focusing on top-quality British cheeses. The entrepreneurial couple are now promising to “give blood, sweat and tears” to ensure their planned expansion is a success.

Hannah, 21, completed her veterinary medicine degree at Nottingham University this spring. John, 22, will join her full-time in the business when he graduates from his agri-business degree at Harper Adams University in 2020.

Hannah said: “We’re turning what started off as a weekend job, which we’ve have fitted between our university studies and working on our respective family farms, into something we believe has the potential to grow into a significant business.

“People seem to really like the idea that we are young people trying to make our own way in the world and so have been keen to support us. As young farmers we also know what it takes to produce quality food – hard work, knowledge and passion.”

The enterprise will involve selling cheeses at food festivals and shows, running a pop-up farm shop and delivering to customers in a range of box types. “Hence the name the British Food Box – it really does do what it says on the tin,” says Hannah.

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