Bingham & Jones
Innovations in Food
We are Food, Drink & Branding professionals who are world leading in terms of innovation and concept advancement. We develop and work on products for retail, foodservice & are able to provide everything from concept to launch. We have an incredible network of resource at our fingertips that we can open to our customers.
Innovation is the key driver to everything that we do. Yet in a world where tradition is valued more highly than change, it is fundamental to make sure that the innovation that we present can be at a level that the consumer can understand". Jonny Bingham and David Jones are two Chefs that have a wealth of culinary experience. Both come from Michelin backgrounds, both have run, owned and worked at critically acclaimed establishments and both have successfully transferred these skills into Product Development sphere. With a raft of products and dishes on the shelves of major retailers, their recipe dish knowledge is exceptional and second to none.The two boys have worked for separate blue chip suppliers of Supermarkets and throughout their career have had wins and losses against each other. However a twist of fate saw them working together on a project and it soon became clear that they were not only on the same page, but also that they were each others better side. This meant that any idea that one had would be augmented by the other and the final result was of something that was infinitely better than it’s origin.This symbiosis and collective understanding of the process has brought them both together as Bingham & Jones and this is a powerful force for any food business.
When we first embarked upon this journey, we set out our stall at the University of Nottingham. There we forged our business and our reputation. We have developed many products for many companies and we are judges at the Grocer Own Label Food and Drink Awards and the Grocer New Product Awards as well as being featured on Channel 4's Food Unwrapped. We now operate from 2 destinations, Our North-west kitchen near Preston and our East Midland Kitchen near Nottingham. We also write trend and insight pieces for major players within the food industry.
We will discuss with you and agree upon your precise requirements & deadlines and deliver the brief to you within the timescales that are set. If we can deliver your brief under time, we would look at reducing the costs. A skeptical view of this may suggest that at no time would anyone receive a discount, however we believe that if we can provide extra value, that would stand us in good stead for the future. We don’t see the point in wasting your budget and our time.
What we offer is more effective because there would be a team of professionals with great experience within Food manufacturing and Food Service working on your behalf. We can offer category insight, a real understanding of the market that you are in and link it to current and future trends depending on your requirements.
We also work with Ingredients companies to bring to life the functionality of new ingredients. So often new products are sent to retailers, manufacturers and brands that offer real strides within their field, but without the culinary backbone behind them, they get put to one side. We can help you put together an exploitation plan to gain traction within the market and we will create physical product to show the benefits.
We also offer a creative ideation package that would seek to engage with the key decision makers within your company structure and build a 1-2 day program. Through various stimuli we aim to conceptualise opportunities and focus the direction of your time, resource and effort for the future.
Bingham & Jones can help develop new products with your current NPD teams. With all of their experience and front line Restaurant calibre, they can create products that will truly inspire you. Sometimes being so close to the coalface can be blinding. They can step back and look at it objectively for you.
New Brief They can work with or without your teams at their Innovation Centre to interpret new briefs as they arrive.
Blue Sky development is the future of your business. Bingham & Jones can identify opportunities and build a range around them, to keep you ahead of the rest.
Existing Product They can look at your existing product portfolio and make improvements before your competitors do. Their strength is to look at your current factory kit and utilise it in a different way. This is innovation.
Bingham & Jones have a wide and ranging experience of working in the food service and restaurant sector. They have attained accolades and helped others to do the same. They have owned many Restaurants, Bars & Hotels and worked with Industry leading professionals. They have worked with chains and individual establishments and can provide the following;
Accolade attainment assistance.
Sous-vide cooking systems.
Bar and restaurant product procurement.
Menu presentation, design and delivery.
Restaurant / service training.
Chef / total cooking system training (including CPU).
Advertising / marketing.
Kitchen design and feasibility.
Turn key project management.
Pop-up Restaurant project management.
So often Ingredients companies send out their products to retailers, manufacturers and development teams hoping that they would test the functionality in their upcoming development. The reality is that the Chef or Technologist is too busy to test the ingredient and it gets left to gather dust.
We can help you put together an exploitation plan and turn it into physical product that we would be happy to present with you. That way the NPD teams can see the value of the ingredient for themselves and see it working within their capabilities.
The Perfect Partnership. Since 2014, Bingham & Jones have been working with companies to build strong brands which have driven high market share. Using the same key principles as our ‘Food Innovations’ section of the company, ‘Branding’ apply a brand development process that delivers great results. The key to our process is in-depth, up-front research that we use to assess internal and external perspectives coupled with the ability to deliver creative and unique brand concepts. Specialists in small brand start ups and brand refresh, the fusion in company ethos help us deliver successful results for our clients.
Based in our East Midlands creative studio, we have a mix of communications professionals that work closely with clients offering wide-ranging expertise - including graphic design, web design, illustration, packaging design, social media marketing, web and print liaison. A typical brand engagement is a true team effort where our team collaborates closely with yours to discern your organisation’s true strengths and present them to the marketplace. We are a group of highly trained and experienced professionals that offer expertise without the overheads.
meet the team
Senior Development Chef
Branding Studio Manager
Branding Graphic Designer
Throughout our time in Development and working as Restaurant Consultants, we have formed relationships and bonds with some great companies and world leaders in their fields. These are a selection of those.
We briefed B&J on a very specific project, with extremely tight deadlines . B&J were very flexible in their approach to fit our business and quickly learnt our product portfolio and most importantly our process capabilities.
The range they developed for us was outstanding in its creativity, and delivered far beyond our expectations and in turn exactly what we needed ready for a customer presentation. David facilitated the presentation, talking with passion and culinary expertise which was an essential asset attributing to the success of this project.
We are looking forward to seeing the products B&J created in our kitchen, in store early 2017.
Philippe P Leroy - Director of Product Development at Humdinger
Bingham & Jones have worked with Terbeke for the last 2 years. We have found that the quality of their development is second to none and the extent of their network within the UK is also very impressive. They have developed for both the UK and European markets and we will continue our relationship moving forward.
Christophe Bolsius - Commercial Director, Ter Beke Group
I had the pleasure of working with David Jones on a project that I was endorsing. I was very impressed with his passion, culinary skill and knowledge of current and classic trends. David is a true communicator and he really worked hard with us to ensure the project and product was succesfully delivered. not only is he a fine chef, but a real innovator with a great sense of commercial reality. David would be an asset to any food organisation.
Aiden Byrne - Manchester House & The Church Green
I worked with Jonny for two years at Saladworks part of the Samworth Brothers Group. Jonny is a very passionate and skilled development chef whose culinary knowledge and ability to develop excellent products was impressive. He was a very popular member of the team who inspired is fellow colleagues and customers alike. His work was efficient and cost effective. He would be a great asset within any company.
Richard Hawksley - Executive Chef at Beak and Johnston
An eggs is not just an egg with these guys. Always ensuring we are challenging, developing and have our foodie chefs hat on. They have integrated into the business with new product development, retailer presentations, inspiring new recipes and photography....all with unfiltered feedback!
Simon Wilson - Innovation Manager, Noble Foods
Bingham and Jones are friends of Food Spark. Working in the front line they bring food trends to life with creative and practical innovation across foodservice and retail.
Alan Totten - Publisher, Food Spark and MCA, William Reed
I had the rare pleasure of working with Bingham & Jones on Naturya, developing products and building a greater understanding of the superfoods category. They completely immersed themselves in the superfoods category and celebrated the products tastes, colours and attributes from a chefs perspective. This hadn’t been done before anywhere else in the world. The food demonstrations in Waitrose, Sainsbury, Tesco and Esselunga were pivotal in getting the products ranged in those customers. Highly knowledgeable, hugely engaging, great personalities.
Ben Purcell - CEO, Naturya & Super Nutrients