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Food and Nutrition student sets up eco-friendly granola brand


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Jodie McGregor, a 2nd year Food & Nutrition undergraduate has recently launched her own eco-friendly granola business, Perfect Provender Ltd, with the support of Teesside Launchpad.

The low sugar, gluten-free brand, which was created by Jodie after she spotted a gap in the market for a healthy granola product, is sold in 100% recyclable packaging which aligns with her 'no plastic' ethos.

Jodie, who also runs a personal training business, has recently moved into a dedicated kitchen at Launchpad to run her business where she will continue to get support from our team of experts.

“Launchpad has been incredibly valuable to me, not only from the professional support on all aspects of starting a business but having a team of people who believe in me and my business idea has been amazing. I can’t wait for what the future brings for me working with Launchpad.”

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