Mark Green and Sean Mason, co-founders of the Two Farmers crisp company joined the Herefordshire Conservative Business Breakfast Forum at the Harewood End Inn as guest speakers.
Mark told the group he was a second generation farmer, born and bred in Herefordshire and passionate about potatoes. For many years he had dreamt about making high quality crisps.
Being a good friend of Sean’s, a fellow farmer and potato merchant, the two hatched the idea of starting their own venture in a pub one evening. They knew they had the right location, the farm, factory and renewable energy; but they needed the correct machinery, locally sourced flavours and packaging.
They launched the brand at a trade fair in September 2018 - without any crisps! They had designed a compostable crisp bag, placed Hereford acorns inside - and told customers to go away and plant the bag. It proved to be a great success and many left details to get in touch once the product was available.
Now the brand offers four flavours incorporating brine salt from Droitwich, Worcestershire, vinegar made from their own cider, Herefordshire Hop cheese and Herefordshire beef.
Mark said they launched the product just as the Blue Planet series went live and the compostable packaging took off.
Sean explained how they had just exported to Singapore and the crisps were proving to be a great success in that part of the world. They had recently launched a large “sharing tin” which can be recycled or re-used - and plans were in place to extend the flavour range to six or seven by next year.
Anthea McIntyre MEP, Chairman of HCBF later commented: “Two Farmers Crisps is a great success. It is a brilliant product and we were very fortunate to have them exhibit at the Herefordshire Showcase which we staged in Brussels last February."
Anthony Snell commented in his vote of thanks: "It is wonderful to see how loyal and passionate Mark and Sean are about Herefordshire. What a great use of environmental packaging and to develop this initiative here in this county is amazing”.