Thoughts from category: the history of innocent

day one


Here's a picture from that famous day at Jazz On The Green in August 1998 involving two bins, one labeled yes and one labeled no. It could have gone one of two ways at that point, luckily it went the yes way.

free learning

We know that people sometimes stop by our blog for some business inspiration and an insight into our entrepreneurial world. Well that and trying to win a stack of great CDs by finishing a random sentence.

Anway we thought we'd share some stuff with you that will save you a good few quid on going to expensive conferences. First up is our Rich (above) giving a bit of background on innocent. You may notice that he's got himself a bit out of sync in the video. This happens every now and again especially in Monday morning staff meetings, a good slap on the back normally sorts it out though.

Then the nice people at Thoughtful have been very, well thoughtful and posted up some webcasts from an thought provoking recent conference on business and sustainabilty. It includes some interesting thoughts from our friend Russell (a connoisseur of interesting things) talking about Wattson's and stuff.

Last but not least is another great set of webcasts from Little Big Voice organised by our friends at howies in the summer. Russell turns up again here (he's good at talking) along with our very own Dan.

a royal visit

We had a special visitor at Fruit Towers yesterday. Prince Andrew came in to see what we do, and he had a good old wander round the place, talking to people, learning the art of making a proper smoothie and politely declining to wear a large woolly hat. Here are some pictures from the visit:

Little hats, by royal appointment.

Lucy puts on her best "I'm 2 feet away from an actual prince" face.

"And this is a tree."

Jess puts the stare on HRH.

"...and then I dropped the crown and my mum grounded me for three weeks."

jim demetriou - a tribute


We don't have time to talk about the people in masks and capes, but we do want to let you know a little more about the man who isn't wearing a mask or a cape.

His name is Jim Demetriou and he was one of the first people to ever sell our drinks, via his company JD Foods. When we started out, Jim was pretty much the first wholesaler to sell our drinks, shipping them in his nicely refrigerated vans, and delivering them to all sorts of delis and cafes and foodie places all over London and sometimes further afield.

Indeed, this author remembers the regular Friday afternoon drive to visit Jim in Tottenham, where we'd settle that week's accounts (which involved Jim giving us a few quid) and talk about the weekend and other important things.

Without good people like Jim we wouldn't have got our business off the ground, so we were honoured when he popped into Fruit Towers this week, for the first time ever. It seemed like the circle was complete; like when the ghost of Yoda turns up by the campfire at the end of Return of the Jedi. A special moment. Thank you Jim.

But where did the moustache go?

and the winner is...

What with all of this hullaballoo about hamburgers, we've forgotten to post the winners of the birthday competition. We were given a friendly reminder today by Millie, who said "It's all kicked off a bit with the McDonalds debate hasn't it? Cor blimey - what a mess! Anyway … I'm totally indifferent to the whole debate, I'm more interested in knowing who's won the 'We are 8' competition"

So are we Millie. So we'll tell you...


We asked you to tell us the best fact you know about the number eight, with the best fact winning an assortment of eighth birthday tat goodies.

We've chosen our favourite fact and it was this:

You can chop a big lump of cheese into a maximum of 93 bits with 8 straight cuts.

Nice fact from Amy. Only problem is that Amy didn't leave a URL or email address with her comment, so Amy, if you're out there, get in touch with us at [blog at innocentdrinks co uk] and we'll send you your stuff.