If you’re a fan of the BBC television programme “Dragons’ Den” then you probably remember Ross Mendham and Barenaked Foods. The entrepreneur from Norfolk first appeared on the show in 2013, pitching for a £60k investment in his gluten-free noodle business, when things took an emotional turn. Asked about his family, Ross was overwhelmed as he recalled his wife Kelly’s most recent miscarriage and had to leave the den. However, he gathered himself, re-emerged from the famous lift and faced the formidable “Dragons” once more. That was when Peter Jones surprised everybody by offering Ross the investment he needed. The prolific investor immediately saw the clever business idea and the genuine passion of the man behind it.
Three years later and Ross is back in the news – last week saw him interviewed on BBC Radio Norfolk and Look East; featured in the Eastern Daily Press and Radio Times; an appearance on the BBC Breakfast sofa and finally on Sunday, an interview with presenter Richard Osman, for the “Dragons’ Den: Pitches to Riches” follow-up programme.
Ross revealed that with the ongoing support from Peter Jones, Barenaked Foods has now moved from selling a few hundred to 800,000 packs of noodles per week and the business is well on the way to being worth £2 million. His products are on sale in three major UK supermarkets as well as health shops and specialist online stores. Better still, he and Kelly welcomed a baby boy to their family in 2014!
We’re delighted to have been working with Barenaked Foods since 2012, allowing us to experience just a small part of the business’ journey as it has evolved. We’re also very proud of local boy Ross for all his hard work and incredible inspiration!
Catch up or watch again: “Dragons’ Den: Pitches to Riches” (via BBC iPlayer)