Sunday, 14 January 2018


A product being made by the North East’s reigning company of the year could help provide the solution to the growing problem of disposable coffee cups. Omega Plastics - which has sites at Blyth , Washington and Hartlepool - is working with inventor Andrew Brooks on the pokito collapsible cup, which allows owners to adjust their cup to the size of their drink and collapse it for easy storage and portability. Mr Brooks raised more than £100,000 through crowdfunding to bring his concept to production and has since been working with Omega, which last year won the top prize at the North East Business Awards. He said: “It’s astonishing to think that if you stacked all of the paper cups that are thrown away each day on top of each other, they would be seven times taller than Mount Everest. Pokito will cost you £15 and is available in a range of colours. 

How To Sell A T-Shirt for £1,500

A hypebeast is described as someone who follows a trend to be cool or in style. A hypebeast can invest money into brands which can in turn make them money when they sell it on for higher prices. Watch the following clip to see how some of the most successful hypebeasts can sell a t-shirt for up to £1,500. Do you have what it takes?

The Million Dollar Sock Entreprenuer

Back in 2016, the 21-year-old told his dad, Mark, that he wanted them to start a business when he graduated from high school, but he wasn't sure what kind. Eventually, they settled on an idea. "John had worn crazy and colourful socks his whole life, so it was something he loved and he suggested we should sell socks," says Mark. A year on, they say they've made $1.4m (£1.03m) in revenue, raised $30,000 for charity, and shipped socks to customers including Canada's Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and former US President, George HW Bush. The online store has around 1,400 different kinds of socks, featuring everything from cats and dogs to barbeques to Donald Trump. Each order is shipped the same day with a pack of sweets and a hand-written 'thank you' note, and John will deliver them himself if you live nearby. In just over a year, the pair have shipped over 30,000 orders. They donate 5% of all profits to the Special Olympics. "Down's syndrome never holds me back," says John.

Sunday, 7 January 2018

Fuze Tea

Coca-Cola European Partners has announced it is bringing its premium iced tea brand Fuze Tea to the UK. The drink, which will launch simultaneously across Western Europe and Central and Eastern Europe, is already established in 40 markets. Fuze Tea is a fusion of fruit flavours, botanicals, tea extracts and other ingredients. Blends include Black Tea Peach with a touch of hibiscus and Green Tea Mango with a hint of chamomile. Fuze Tea is also low in calories – between 14 and 19 calories per 10cl depending on the flavour, and sweetened with stevia.The launch will be supported by a £4m marketing campaign across TV, print, digital and social media and in-store sampling to target millennials, which CCEP said is the largest ice tea consumer group. The drink is exempt from the sugar tax & continues the trend of manufacturers moving away from sugar. 

Drink Law Changes

Waitrose is to ban the sale of high-caffeine energy drinks to children aged under 16. The supermarket said customers buying drinks containing more than 150mg of caffeine per litre would be asked to prove their age from 5 March. It follows concerns over the impact of sugar and caffeine on children. The British Soft Drinks Association said energy drinks had been "deemed safe" by regulators but that they were not marketed or promoted to under-16s. Fans of Irn Bru have started stockpiling the soft drink ahead of a planned change in recipe. Makers of the fizzy favourite are changing the formula of the product to cut the sugar content by almost half. It is part of a sugar-reduction programme by AG Barr before the government levy on sugary drinks comes into effect in 2018.Calls to make people pay more to use disposable coffee cups - a plan already being considered in Wales - have been taken up by a committee of MPs.  They want UK ministers to impose a 25p "latte levy" per cup, on top of the coffee price, to fund better recycling and reprocessing systems. The UK throws away 2.5bn coffee cups each year, the committee was told.

Easter Egg Hunt

Reese’s Pieces lovers, rejoice: There is now a Reese’s version of a Creme Egg, and despite it only being January, we’re so ready for Easter. Brand new to the UK, Reese’s eggs are filled with Reese’s peanut butter and come covered in a chocolate egg shell. For anyone wanting to try a peanut butter egg, they’re currently selling for 50p & only in Tesco. Cadbury is launching a limited supply of white chocolate Creme Eggs. If that wasn’t exciting enough, if you find one, you could win up to £2,000. The chances of finding one, however, are slim - there are thought to be only 371 in total. What’s more, they’ll look just like normal Creme Eggs.  However, if you find one of the white eggs, not only will you have a delicious and rare treat on your hands but you could also win a financial prize. Any white egg will win you at least £100, 34 eggs are worth £1,000 and one egg could win you an impressive £2,000. The top prize egg will be in a branch of Co-op somewhere in the UK. Shoppers have claimed supermarket workers are unwrapping Cadbury Creme Eggs and putting them back on the shelves in pursuit of a rare chocolate Easter egg worth £2,000.

Friday, 15 December 2017

Huit Denim

When most people think about the global fashion industry it is safe to say that a sleepy town in far west Wales does not immediately spring to mind. Yet Cardigan, on Wales' Irish Sea coast, has for the past five years been home to a high-end jeans-maker - the Hiut Denim Company. Beloved by a growing number of fashionistas from New York to Paris, and London to Melbourne, Hiut ships its expensive jeans around the world. As orders arrive via its website, Hiut's workforce of just 15 people gets to work hand-cutting and sewing the trousers from giant rolls of indigo-coloured denim that the company imports from Turkey and Japan. Despite only making around 120 pairs of jeans a week, founder and owner David Hieatt has big ambitions to expand. Now exporting 25% of its jeans, it takes Hiut about one hour and 10 minutes to make one pair, compared with 11 minutes at a highly mechanised jeans industry giant. And rather than staff doing just one part of the manufacturing process, such as sewing on the pockets, each machinist at Hiut makes a pair of jeans from start to finish.