My partner and I are big film fans and spend a lot of our time going to the cinema or watching movies at home, with the amount of popcorn we consume it doesn't take long to become bored of the limited variety that is on the market, this lead us to making our own and discovering the world of gourmet popcorn which is huge in the USA. After months of making it for us I thought that if we liked it, friends and family loved it, then maybe there is market for it here in Scotland. I booked a market stall at Loch Lomond shores Farmers market, (a market we still attend today) we sold out, picked up a few stockists and the rest is history!
What’s the best piece of business advice you could give?
Perseverance, we have had some really tough moments over the last year, many of which made me want to give up, but working through the problems one by one and not giving up, even when there is no light at the end of tunnel, is key to any business.
Where would you like to see your business in 5 years time?
Selling our popcorn throughout the UK and exporting, there are lots of opportunities on the horizon and with such a versatile product I think the company is too young to force it down any particular path just yet, for now we will keep growing, developing the brand and see where wind takes us
If you could only produce one of your popcorn flavours, what would it be & why?
Easy! It would have to be the Isle of Skye Sea Salt Caramel flavour! This was our first collaboration with another Scottish company, I absolutely love the product and it really helped get us noticed at a very early stage, securing some key listings that I don't think we would have got without the collaboration. (They have since gone on to collaborate with Arbikie Highland Estate to make a quirky Gin & Tonic flavour popcorn too)
You can invite one person (living or dead) to your last meal – Who would it be and why? …and what’s on the menu?
My dinner guest would be my Bamp (Granddad or Papa as he would be called in Scotland or England). It would be so nice to see him so he could see what myself and my dad have gone on to do, both living in Scotland running food companies that people love. (Daman's dad is the owner of Summer Harvest Oils)On the menu would be an omelette, and he'd be cooking! Nobody can beat his omelettes. I guess it's a Welsh thing?