13th July 2017
Founder: Hannah McCollum
Entrepreneur Hannah McCollum has moved her growing hummus business out of the home and into the great outdoors, and she will spend the summer selling ChicP at events and festivals across the country – as well as her usual retailers.
ChicP was founded towards the end of 2015 as a colourful and healthy solution to the enormous problem of food waste in the UK. Hannah converted the statistic that 1/3 of all food produced in the UK is never eaten into a sustainable business model that promised to change these numbers. Her sweet and savoury hummus flavours are all made from surplus vegetables and so each pot is packed with a whole lot of goodness – for the customer and the environment.
The quirky hummus pots are already widely stocked in stores such as Whole Foods, Selfridges and Fortnum & Mason but the business is growing exponentially to include office catering and hospitality. ChicP is evolving at both ends of the supply chain and Hannah hopes to continue to source her produce from local markets and farms while adding big-name retailers to her checklist by the end of the year.
All this dedication is accompanied by a healthy dose of positive energy which is taking Hannah around the UK festival circuit, including to Glastonbury, and to Wimbledon – as she herself put it, “tennis and hummus in the sun, what more could you want?”
Hannah’s advice for budding entrepreneurs remains “things take time – so it’s worth getting it right the first time”. Hannah talks brightly about the future and currently has an intern with a view to employing someone towards the end of the year if everything keeps stepping up.