Bedminster Down School

The Fruit Machine “The Apprentice Challenge”

As part of the 2018 Bristol Food Connections Festival, 6 BDS pupils from Year 10 have the exciting opportunity to take part in an ‘Apprentice’-style task that celebrates the history of the Bristol Fruit Market. BDS pupils are competing against three other schools.

 

Day 3

The team arrived bright and breezy for 7am at Bristol Fruit Market to buy the stock for their stall tomorrow. David Foster, Director of leading supplier The French Garden, described the team as “professional, polite but vicious” when it came to driving a hard bargain and haggling for produce.

 Also present were BBC Radio Bristol interviewing the team. The team did brilliantly in a high pressure situation and are beginning to add the finishing touches to their stall “Merry Berry” which will running at the Harbourside Market tomorrow from 12:30-1:30.

 

   

 

Day 3 Part 2 

After some intense haggling and buying their fruit the BDS team returned to school and began preparation of their Strawberry sorbet and the “Pick ’n’ Mix” Fruit salad. Not only that but decoration for the “Merry Berry” stall needed to be made including banners, signs and decorations.

 

Day 2:

As part of the 2018 Bristol Food Connections Festival, 6 BDS pupils from Year 10 have the exciting opportunity to take part in an ‘Apprentice’-style task that celebrates the history of the Bristol Fruit Market. BDS pupils are competing against three other schools.

 

After being briefed by the business professionals the team returned to BDS and began planning and preparing for the challenge ahead. They have a few days to organise before returning to the fruit-market to buy and haggle for their produce before preparing to sell it the Harbourside market the following day.

 

They’re already showing good team-working skills but they are also starting to get an idea on how big the challenge ahead of them is.

 

The team were also joined by a film crew who filmed their work and interviewed them.

Day 1:

The team attended “The Boardroom” and met the judges.

Leading the judging team is Nick Matthews Director of Bristol Wholesale https://www.totalproducelocal.co.uk/depot/bristol-wholesale/

Food writer, presenter & stylist Genvieve Taylor http://genevievetaylor.co.uk/

Rich Gundry, Director of marketing company Wonderland whose clients include Heinz & Superdry: https://www.wonderlandcomms.com

Ali Biggs owner of a successful Bristol Greengrocer: https://www.goodsixty.co.uk/retailers/bristol/67-gloucester-road-fruiterers

 

The teams have been set a challenge which will involve visiting the Bristol Fruit Market to haggle with stallholders (very early in the morning) and buy a selection of fruit and/or vegetables . They will then decide whether to resell or process their produce it into something tasty, before selling them at the Harbourside Market the following day - Thursday 14th June. They will be judged on their overall strategy, pre-task planning, operations, profit generated, as well as marketing, branding and sales approach, general organisation, and their ability to work as a team. Afterwards the team were given a tour of the Fruit market.

More updates to follow.

For more information:

https://www.bristolfoodconnections.com/

  

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