Product Business of the Year 2015: Meet the finalists
With tangible revenues to match their very real products, we've got six great product-based companies to choose from. Who made our shortlist?
The category for the makers who have brought something tangible to life. Our Product Business of the Year might not be a manufacturer itself, but it will have been behind the creation of something consumers or B2B customers alike are buying in their droves.
Be it food or cosmetics, toys, gadgets, furniture, clothing, or something cooked up in a lab, there are thousands of wonderful companies in the UK making things the world enjoys.
But more than the quality of the product, we’re looking for evidence of sales and our six finalists all demonstrate that in spades.
The guilt-free popcorn business which offers flavours such as sweet and salty to peanut butter and almond. Gluten-free, vegetarian-friendly and less than 130 calories; the popcorn product is stocked in over 10,000 retailers and is the official snack of London Fashion Week.
A natural, vegan skincare business founded by Apprentice contestant Susan Ma with Lord Alan Sugar as partner. The brand’s products, which are all made in Britain and are cruelty-free, have created a multi-million turnover company.
The market-leading retail brand in the UK selling Nespresso-compatible coffee pods. Offering “great coffee at a reasonable price”, the start-up can now be found in Tesco, Ocado, Whole Foods, Amazon, Selfridges and Booths.
Manufactures bikes for children aged two to 14 including first pedal bikes, balance bikes, hybrid, road and track bikes which use a lightweight but strong aluminium frame, making it easier to propel, balance and stop. The bikes sell to 700 retailers in the UK and Europe.
A premium organic, natural fruit drinks brand which makes a 10% donation to charity for every bottle or can sold. “Bringing superfruits to the masses”, the start-up retails in 15 supermarkets across the UK and has partnerships with over 300 schools and universities.
Health and beauty brand which looks to create demand for under-utilised natural products sourced directly from small producers in rural Africa; starting with the baobab fruit. The founders have used used the fruit – which has 50% fibre, more calcium than milk, and six times the vitamin C of an orange – to make powders and raw energy bars.