Jasper Beese

Jasper Beese

Purchasing Director at Essential Trading

With almost 30 years of experience in the health food sector, Jasper is currently Purchasing director at Essential Trading Co-operative overseeing 6000+ products including grocery, chilled, own label and commodities. Jasper’s main roles include negotiating with new suppliers and spotting trends in retail, as well as sourcing organic, local, and vegan alternatives for the independent sector and maintaining relationships with the company’s suppliers.

Link for Essential Trading is www.essential-trading.coop

12:00pm - 12:45pm

Vegan Meat session

A panel of experts in the vegan meat sector will discuss their own brands and highlight their unique selling points and uses in various vegan recipes.

Plant-Based Chefs Corner full timetable

1:00pm - 1:45pm

Distributor session

Whether you’re already working with a distributor or you’re keen to find one, this session is a must. Get up close and personal with some of the UK’s leading distributors, who will share what they’re looking for when considering taking on a brand, as well as what’s involved in working with a distributor.

Vegan Business Support full timetable

3:00pm - 3:45pm

Vegan Food Trends - What's Hot?

What are the hottest vegan foot products on the market right now and how to identify them? Join a panel of experts to find out.

Independent Retailers Lounge full timetable