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About me

I'm Tessa Stuart and I'm fascinated by how food businesses start, grow and prosper.

I've worked with challenger brands and one-man bands. I've written two-tip filled books of advice for food businesses, of which the first has been a best-seller on Amazon since its launch, and the second title released in April 2015.

I regularly speak at conferences for food entrepreneurs and start-ups on how to get your branding right on pack, and your food product consistently noticed by customers.

When I'm not in the aisles, I'm either cooking, eating, reading, walking in the sunlight or rowing up and down the Thames.

Why do I focus on in-store product research?

I know what I’m like in focus groups, and I know that most others are the same: we all try to project a much better version of ourselves, or say what we think wants to be heard. 

Here's a look at the type of in-store product research I do.

Unfortunately, that isn’t very helpful for the food and drinks companies that rely on our input – especially small, unique companies that need real customer insight to help them compete with the big boys.

I’ve been researching products and brands for years, and I know there’s no better way to get to the heart of a customer’s experience with a brand than to approach them as they’re making purchasing decisions. 

Then when I ask customers what they chose, they can point to the real triggers – brand, packaging, price, flavours, environment, ease of preparation, and so on.

So I observe and interview them in the aisle at Tesco, Sainsburys or Waitrose, or by the sandwiches at Boots, or as they’re checking out the produce at Daylesford or buying their lunch in Itsu. 

I help food and drinks products fly off the shelves

If you’ve got a product that isn’t selling as well as you expected, my in-store approach will get us to the nub of the problem in super-speedy time.

I’ll help you identify where your product is going wrong and what needs to be changed – changes that could be as simple as a slight tweak to the packaging, a few edits to the product description, or a slight revision of the price (up as well as down).

And that gives you increased sales, more supermarket listings and better profits.

I offer two main services to suit your needs and budget

1) On-the-phone consulting: You're quite new to the food and drinks market and you'd like advice on a specific aspect of your business - packaging problems, identifying your target market, or building your brand. Find out more.

2) In-store research: You're an established brand with products on the shelves, but you want to test out new ideas, have more impact on the shelves or find out why sales of an existing product are flatlining. Find out more.

See some testimonials from happy clients.

For anything related to consulting or researching, get in touch!