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Taste Makers
11 Bell Yard Mews
175 Bermondsey Street
London
SE1 3TN

AWARD-WINNING

FOOD AND BEVERAGE INNOVATION

ABOUT US

meet the tastemakers

Lucy Ede and Lucy Thomas met at innocent drinks where they played key roles in the now famous little drinks company. Following innocent they went on to work independently for some of the most revered brands in British food and hospitality. 2016 saw the two Lucy’s join forces to create Tastemakers, an independently run innovation consultancy based in the exciting and diverse food capital of London.

LUCY THOMAS

Lucy Thomas gained a BSc in Food Science at Reading University. Lucy’s career was grounded in the rigour of Unilever before joining the entrepreneurial spirited innocent drinks. Over 8 years at innocent saw Lucy develop many innocent products and ranges. Now a Ballymaloe trained chef, Lucy combines culinary skills with scientific principles to develop award winning products for a wide range of start ups and existing brands.

Career

Unilever (3 years)
innocent drinks (8 years)
graze.com (1 year)
Le Cordon Bleu (1 year)
Innovation consultant (5 years)

Lucy Ede gained a BA in Home Economics at South Bank University.  Lucy spent the early part of her career at Marks and Spencer as a Food Selector, working across a number of categories including ready meals and soft drinks. She took a brave leap into the entrepreneurial world when she joined innocent drinks as Head of Innovation. She was instrumental in growing the product range from the very start of innocent’s journey. Lucy then went on to work with a number of innovative hospitality brands, demonstrating her passion for food and ability to run large development projects.

Career

Marks and Spencer - Product selector (4 years)
innocent drinks - Head of innovation (12 years)
Lucy Ede Consulting Ltd - innovation consultant (5 years)

LUCY ede

LUCY EDE

Lucy Ede gained a BA in Home Economics at South Bank University.  Lucy spent the early part of her career at Marks and Spencer as a Food Selector, working across a number of categories including ready meals and soft drinks. She took a brave leap into the entrepreneurial world when she joined innocent drinks as Head of Innovation. She was instrumental in growing the product range from the very start of innocent’s journey. Lucy then went on to work with a number of innovative hospitality brands, demonstrating her passion for food and ability to run large development projects.

Career

Marks and Spencer - Product selector (4 years)
innocent drinks - Head of innovation (12 years)
Lucy Ede Consulting Ltd - innovation consultant (5 years)

SERVICES

WHAT WE DO

Research & Innovation

We’re on the front foot when it comes to food trends across the globe. We can help you with your innovation strategy and inspire your teams.

bespoke food trips

ideation workshops

food trends

competitor intelligence

strategy development

New product Development

Launching a new product or restaurant concept can be daunting, we can work with you to develop a commercially sound product that your consumers will love. Our development kitchens are also available for hire.

recipe & menu development

ingredient sourcing

costing & product optimisation

nutrition

label information

shelf life

consumer testing

PACKAGING SELECTION

project management

Delivery & Launch

We’ll work with you to find the right supply chain through our network of manufacturers and ingredient suppliers, to ensure a successful launch.

factory selection

factory scale up

problem solving

trial management

factory launch

We are an award-winning company in Food and beverage innovation

Clients

our work

No 1 Kombucha

Tim Lennox, Managing Director

Well I know its been said by many before, but finding ‘the two Lucy’s’ was simply a breath of fresh air! Their ‘can do’ attitude mixed with a deep routed knowledge in how to create amazing products enabled us to block out the elephant in the room - that no one had any idea about making kombucha on an industrial scale! Fast forward a few weeks, or should I say months, and after a huge amount of hard work and dedication we finally got there – No.1 Kombucha was born.

INNOCENT DRINKS

Richard Reed - founder

"When it comes to the recipe for innocent's success, the two Lucy's don't just know it, they invented it and then bottled it, literally.  If you are looking for someone to take on a NPD project there really is no one better than the two Lucy’s."

UNilever

Shannon Lennon-Smith - Foods Innovation Manager

"The two Lucy's wealth of experience of the food industry and understanding of trends, made them the perfect duo to crack our difficult brief. Their energy and passion will transform the way you work"

Proper Corn

Emma Love- Head of Product

"Lucy & Lucy supported us at a major crossroad of the PROPER journey and I can’t speak highly of them enough. Their passion for food and pragmatic approach delivers great tasting results quickly, and their positivity is simply infectious. Most importantly however, they represent your brand as if it was their own, which gave me complete faith in the work they were doing for us. Thank you!"

REBEL KITCHEN

Tamara Arbib - founder

"Lucy T has been the making of Rebel Kitchen. I wouldn't have gotten Rebel Kitchen off the ground without her. She is invaluable. She is a team player with excellent attitude, ready to roll her sleeves up and help wherever needed. She delivered excellent work and is knowledgable in areas not even in her speciality. She is such an incredible sounding board that I ran all my major decisions past her. I wholeheartedly recommend Lucy. She has a permanent space at our Rebel Kitchen table."

THE FAT DUCK

Tony Baker - Managing Director

"The time Lucy E spent with us proved to be very productive, she has a natural flair and understanding of food. Her commitment and professionalism showed at all times, matched with an excitement and inquisitiveness that proved to be invaluable when given a number of projects within our experimental kitchen. She simply loves food."

THE COLLECTIVE

Fiona Cramp - Director

"Lucy E supported me on a fast track development project where we launched a range of drinks within 6 months! Her knowledge and expertise in both ingredients and recipe development were a testament to her. She had a great manner, fitted into our team really well, and was a pleasure to work with. I wouldn’t hesitate to engage her again.”

Wahaca

Mark Selby & Thomasina Miers - founders

"We worked with Lucy E for over a year and couldn¹t praise her focus, taste and professionalism more.  She helps shape ideas and makes them into reality and ensures that the end product is as creative as the original concept. She¹s also great fun to work with which is essential in a start up phase. You¹ll be lucky to have her.”

Ottolenghi

Noam Bar - co-founder

"Lucy T has supported us in Ottolenghi through the development of our new fast food concept - Sesame. She has brilliant judgement of flavours, a keen sense of what the market wants, great technical knowledge, excellent connections in the industry, and, above all, she is an absolute pleasure to work with!”

Plenish Cleanse

Kara Rosen - Founder & Managing Director

"Lucy T is the bees knees with a wealth of knowledge and experience in NPD. Along with being an absolute blast to work with, Lucy has a great commercially-driven penchant for innovation.”

Duppy Share

Jess Swinfen - co founder, Westbourne Drinks Company

"We worked with Lucy T to create a contemporary golden rum to challenge the traditional rum category. Lucy led us through a process of training up our taste buds, mapping the existing rums on the market and identifying the profile of our target blend. Lucy’s technical skills and experience as well as her ability to translate those to others, enabled us to really take ownership of our product development process and create an exceptional liquid that fulfilled our brief.”

Sweetpea pantry

Philippa Askam & Tanya Mitchell - Founders

"Lucy T was a brilliant help with so many aspects of Sweetpea Pantry. From her adjustments to our recipes to her contacts in manufacturing, we gained an enormous amount from her experience and found working with her so easy and enjoyable. She'll be the first one we call for our next stage of product development - looking forward to it already!”

Deliciously Ella

Ella Mills, Founder

Working with Taste Makers was absolutely fantastic for us. They were incredibly insightful and had a fantastic knowledge of the industry, which was so helpful for getting us started. Both the Lucy’s are so easy to work with and we couldn’t recommend them more highly

SOHO HOUSE

Nick Jones, Founder

We loved working with Lucy E.  She delivered some great projects during her time at Soho House and I would highly recommend her.  She is super professional and also really good fun to work with

TAPPED

Paul Lederer, Founder

Lucy and Lucy have a passion for natural healthy products that ensured we delivered a range of drinks relevant to our target customer. Lucy worked with us at TAPPED right from concept to first production and we are delighted with the end results. Furthermore we turned to Tastemakers again more recently for NPD and we are extremely pleased with the Elderflower Birch Water we launched in summer 2017.

INDIE SNACKS

Dafna Bonas, Founder

Tastemakers are like no other - working with them is a pleasure and a privilege.  Lucy Ede has been at my side since the earliest days of the Indie Bay journey and was instrumental in taking my earliest ideas and turning them into delicious, commercially viable reality.

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