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Meet the Founder of The Great British Porridge Co, Jacqueline Barleycorn

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The Great British Porridge Co: say goodbye to bland and boring porridge!

Jacqueline Barleycorn is the proud creator of The Great British Porridge Co, an instant porridge brand with no added sugar and 100% natural ingredients. 

In delicious flavours like Strawberry + Peanut Butter and Classic Chocolate, they're packed full of fruits, nuts and seeds – the energising and nutritious superfoods you need to start your day.

If you want to hear more about why Jacqueline started the brand, and what makes their porridge different, check out the interview below... 

What inspired you to create the Great British Porridge Co? 

I love eating good, nutritious food made with real ingredients, but when I’m short on time, that’s when I often run into problems and end up eating spoonfuls of nut butter. So I decided to create an instant porridge that was not only packed full of great ingredients, it had to taste amazing too!

What makes The Great British Porridge Co stand out?

Our ingredients list. We are proud of what’s in our porridge, no flavourings or weird things, just real, nutritious ingredients we’ve all actually heard of. That’s why they are in large print on the back of our packs, nothing to hide, just lots to shout about.

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What are you most proud of with the business, and what goes on behind the scenes?

I'm most proud of our time in the BBC Dragons Den, where all five Dragons were fighting over investing in us. I still can’t believe we did the show, just an incredible experience.

What goes on behind the scenes? Where do I start?! We are different from most other companies in that we make the porridge ourselves, in-house. This gives us more control and continuity which in turn gives our customer more confidence in what they are buying.

What is the best thing about starting your own brand?

The pure excitement of “What next” and the absolute thrill and pride of seeing something your started making started making for you family in your kitchen being sold all over the world and every day we get wonderful reviews and testimonials for very happy porridge eating customers.

Who inspires you in the food & drink startup world?

I have to say my business partners Matt and Hayley who also run the our sister brand, The Protein Ball Co. Without them, The Great British Porridge Co certainly wouldn’t be where it is now. I'm very aware that having the initial idea is the easy part of running a business..!

What's next for The Great British Porridge Co? 

Lots and lots of very exciting new flavours. Plus, we do have a couple of ideas up our sleeve...

The Great British Porridge Co Strawberry and Peanut Butter

If you're in need of more delicious yet healthy and natural breakfast ideas, check out our Quick Breakfast Ideas guest blog, featuring yummy products like Moma's Barista Edition Oat Milk and TrueStart's smooth and ethically sourced coffee.

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