From mealworms and buffalo worms to crickets and grasshoppers, insects have become something of a food trend in the UK, with many now enjoying them as the tasty and sustainable food source they are.
Eat Grub is one of the successful businesses helping to bring edible insects to the masses, selling snacks such as sweet chilli and lime crunchy roasted crickets and cricket-powered energy bars. Rhik Samadder met up with its co-founders, Shami Radia and Neil Whippey, to find out how they are growing their insect snacks business with Facebook
When you’re arguably the most remote chocolate producer in Europe, it pays to have a strong online presence. In the quiet winter months, when tourism drops, Cocoa Mountain can still connect with customers far and wide
At the edge of the world, everyone disappears in the winter. The tourists leave the glacially cold lochs, pristine beaches, and the cloud-scraping mountains to the brave few who live there all year round. It’s an odd place to open a luxury chocolate shop: the most north-westerly point of the British mainland, under a sky so untouched by city lights that you can see the Milky Way. But chocolatiers Paul Maden and James Findlay wanted a challenge, and in Balnakeil Craft Village – between the village of Durness and the wild splendour of Cape Wrath – they created one for themselves.
As remote as their chocolate haven is, at least 40% of Cocoa Mountain’s customer base is from outside of the UK, by virtue of the fact that these are the tourists who visit the beautiful north Highlands. “People will walk in and say: ‘You’re famous in Italy!’ Or they’ll say they’ve come all the way from New York to visit. I think visiting us is quite special. Then they all go back home to wherever they are, whether it’s America or Germany or Australia, and for us Facebook is the only way we can keep in touch with those people.”