A little about what we do
We can create an artisan café designed specifically for you. We work with the best local supply base to deliver you the right offer for your business.
We can set up your food hall, farm shop and delicatessen. We can also review and advise you on your existing retail operations.
Appetite Me are specialists in introducing new retail ranges into shops and food halls, covering all categories, ranging from fresh and ambient foods, beverages and wine.
We specialise in working with local and regional suppliers, enhancing product ranges and profit margins for your business.
We can produce reports and analysis for new and existing ventures, helping you make informed decisions for the future of your business.
We work with you or your representatives to bring you the best design options. Our aim at Appetite Me is to attract an increased footfall into your shop, building a great reputation for your business and increasing your profits.
Take a look at some of our projects
From the Blog
Appetite Me is very pleased to announce that we have been shortlisted for Best Rural Professional Services Business in the 2017 Rural Business Awards. Created by an entrepreneurial duo of countryside-based business women, Jemma Clifford and Anna Price, and backed by the CLA and Amazon, the RBAs are the only UK-wide programme dedicated to showcasing […]
What are the main issues to be considered when planning a diversification project? Reuse of existing buildings The vacant buildings on a farm or estate can often be a great asset. However, not all buildings are suitable for conversion. They need to be of sound construction, their form, bulk, and general design should be in keeping […]
There is no better time to get into rural retailing. Rural retail has exploded accross the UK in recent years, aided by an increasingly food-savvy and environmentally aware public, and also farmers and land owners looking to diversify and reconnect with the consumer. ‘Local’ has become the loudest buzz word around food. According to market […]
For centuries, much of the UK’s countryside has been dominated by large estates, managing farms, forestry, vast areas of landscape, and countless rural businesses and villages. Today, private and publicly-owned rural estates still manage a significant land area, providing a huge range of goods and services, supporting communities and generating employment. It is therefore vital […]
What is an own brand? An own brand is an product packaged and marketed under the brand name of a particular retailer, rather than that of the manufacturer. Why do businesses offer own brand products? Own brands help to stimulate competition and innovation between retailers, for example, by providing an additional dimension on which retailers […]
What our clients say
Working with Appetite Me is always a pleasure, their consultants are very attentive to our client’s needs and they deliver effective results, they are our strategic food and drink partners to the Garden Centre industry.- Keith McIntyre, Managing Director – First Franchise and Pop up Shops
“Appetite Me project managed Hillier’s new and innovative retail food and drink offer in all our centres, delivering strong sales and high margins on this category for us, we are pleased with the professional approach and dedication to our business and look forward to working with Appetite Me further developing food and drink for our centres ”- Chris Francis , Managing Director – Hillier’s Garden centre group
Rob Tate project-managed the creation of our Elveden Courtyard shopping, food hall and restaurant complex in 2006 and more recently assisted in 2013 with our takeover of Tastes of Anglia trading. Rob is a highly driven professional and was instrumental in the development of these areas of our business.- Michael Douglas, Elveden Estate Director
I had the pleasure of working with Robert for approximately twelve months from January 2013 when he joined the Board of Tastes of Anglia. His contribution to the organisation during that period was outstanding. His contacts, negotiation skills and ability to lead a team enabled us to position the trading arm of the business for takeover, ensuring a sustainable future for the membership organisation. Robert is passionate about local foods and is comfortable working in isolation or in a group environment.- Robert Gunn, Chairman – Tastes of Anglia
Robert sourced and space-planned all of the dairy, freezer, deli, fresh produce, and various ‘food to go’ areas for our flagship food hall in Birmingham. The project was delivered on time and to the detailed brief agreed. We would highly recommend Robert to future clients. He knows his onions, so to speak!- Carlo Gilardenghi, Senior Project leader, World of Food – House of Fraser
We have known Rob for years now and are pleased he agreed to work on our new wine shop project. Rob and his team have designed our new shop, ranged products from our own farm and local Suffolk suppliers. The shop looks superb and we are looking forward to generating lots of sales and interest. They are a real fun, creative, and driven team. Thanks for all your help!- Nick Thomson, Owner – Lavenham Brook Farm Estate
Appetite Me was recommended to our company, subsequently we appreciated the value in their services to carry out a feasibility study into the rolling out of a chain of farm shops within a well known garden centre group. Unfortunately, after many hours work we decided not to go ahead with the project and appreciated Roberts input to help us conclude our findings.- Tom McMurray, CEO – Boardwalk Investment Company
The Taste of Anglia board of directors invited Robert as an interim consulting resource. We set Robert the mammoth task to assess the business needs going forward. Liaising with the chairman, Robert Gunn and myself, Richard Jones, the finance director of Taste of Anglia. After all aspects of the business were analysed, an agreed decision was to offer the business for sale. Robert recommended the best suitable purchasers for our business. We delegated Robert as project leader, transferring the business over successfully to Elveden Farms LTD.- Richard Jones, Finance Director – Pilot Fish Partnership
We commissioned Appetite Me to set up the Huge Sauce company, a subsidiary company of the Cheese Cellar located in central London.- Jonnie Archer, Director – Cheese Cellar
The business was built from the ground up by these guys. The business is still thriving from the fantastic foundation models inputted by Rob and Graham not so many years ago! Without the hard work and knowledge put in by you, huge sauce would not be what it is today.
Appetite Me have helped us with our first landmark food hall, set up in the Royal Borough of Tonbridge. Appetite Me added 22 new suppliers, many from the Kent region, adding in excess of 2000 new product lines! These ranged from specialist ambient goods, wines, fresh fruit, vegetables and bakery products. Rob and his team are a dedicated bunch and we are pleased to have commissioned them for this project.- Mark Wotton, Commercial Director – Notcutts Garden Centre Group
Robert has advised us for a few number of years now, opening our new deli with some great fresh foods and local cheeses, as well as ranging the shop with some great kitchen cupboard lines. Advising on menus, suppliers, costings and margins and training staff in our restaurants , making a significant positive impact on food standards, turnover and profit. Walkers would highly recommend his services for any existing new & existing venture .- Graham Bodle, Owner – Walkers Garden Nursery Group