Former Asda boss finds a new role with Spoon Guru start-up
ANDY CLARKE, the former Asda boss, has taken his first director’s job since stepping down last year after two decades with the Walmart-owned grocer.
The ex-supermarket boss is becoming non-executive chairman of Spoon Guru, a small technology start-up which allows consumers to search retailers’ produce according to their specific dietary needs.
Mr Clarke said that since leaving Asda he was working on building a “portfolio career” and “Spoon Guru was a great business to start with”.
The London-based technology business was set up two years ago by Markus Stripf after his wife developed food allergies. Since then the business has partnered with Tesco, with the supermarket implementing Spoon Guru’s search tools into its online groceries site.
Mr Stripf said that the company was about to raise new investment after recently launching in the US, and it now had its sights on Australasia.
Mr Clarke said that he was introduced to Tim Allen and Simon Oregan, Spoon Guru’s co-founders, after discussing a mutual friend’s severe nut allergy. Around 64pc of the world’s population exclude some type of food from their diet for a variety of reasons, according to the company.
“I’ve spent my career looking at ways to simplify how people shop and for someone who has spent their life in the food industry this is a great way to explore that”, said the retail veteran. “Spoon Guru is at an exciting stage of growth and it’s a great opportunity to play a supporting role.”