Vendor Spotlight: Sip ‘O’ Snack

Vendor Spotlight: Sip ‘O’ Snack

Developed by an enthusiastic team of students from St Helen’s School, Sip ‘O’ Snack is a durable, stylish and practical water bottle with a distinctive screw-off snack container. Made with BPA-free, lead-free plastic, Sip ‘O’ Snack aims to lessen the impact on the environment by encouraging bottle reuse. The bottles also enable the use only one product for both food and drink, which will greatly reduce the use of disposable food and drink packaging.

‘We are Orenda, the company behind the vibrant and practical Sip ‘O’ Snack bottles! The word Orenda refers to the force present in all humans which enables us to accomplish things. Aiming to embody this idea, we are an enthusiastic team from St Helen’s School in Northwood devoted to providing a product that adds both practicality and fun to everyday life.

After hours of brainstorming, scribbling wildly on whiteboards and enthusiastically spurting out ideas, the Orenda team had finally been rendered speechless. In silence, each member stared at inanimate objects in the room. And then, it came. Whilst looking at a lone water bottle, our idea began to form. “How about a water bottle with a screwable snack container at the bottom?”. A few more hours of development and research later, the Sip ‘O’ Snack was formed. In fact, we were so keen on the concept of screw-ability, our bottles were once going to be called ‘skru’. Our advisor quickly…advised against it.

However, we quickly realised that the concept had scope beyond the initial product and we began developing ideas for a new and improved Sip ‘O’ Snack model. After rejecting many models, we went through a lengthy process of finding the most effective price for the quality of the bottle. We finally settled on the vibrant bottles that we could not be prouder to present to you today!’ The Orenda Team

With each purchase from their innovative range results in a donation to Young Enterprise which provides millions of young people around the UK with opportunities, platforms and skills.


Vendor Spotlight: Cafedirect

Vendor Spotlight: Cafédirect

Born following the coffee crisis in 1989 when an international coffee agreement which had fixed global prices according to the cost of production, collapsed.  Middlemen swooped in to buy the coffee and the lives of millions of smallholder farmers around the world were in jeopardy as they were left with no choice, but to sell their harvests at rock bottom prices.

In response, three coffee growing communities from Peru, Costa Rica and Mexico each shipped a single container of coffee, loaned on trust, to the UK. The beans were roasted and sold through church halls, charity shops and at a range of local events where it grew into a demanded product. And thus Cafédirect was created.

Presently Cafédirect invests up to 50% of its profits into the Cafédirect Producers’ Foundation, a UK charity that is run by farmers, for farmers, taking leadership and developing innovative solutions to the challenges they face. This reciprocal, direct relationship enables them to provide great tasting, high quality and continually improving drinks. 

‘Great coffee is a combination of many things – the land, the customs we inherit, the climate and the market. Fair prices have transformed not only my community but our coffee too. Try it – I’m sure you’ll agree.’ Guillermo Aguilar, Coffee grower, COCLA, Peru.