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Mike's Story

Hello I'm Mike Duckworth - allergic to peanuts, but tree nut butter obsessed.
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Whilst at University in Australia in 2013, I had my first taste of nut butter. It was, without hyperbole, a total revelation - super delicious, easy to eat with everything, and good for you too. With an International Business Management degree behind me, and after lots of experimenting, questioning & travelling, I started Nutcessity after my role as a team leader with the voluntary charity Raleigh Tanzania, in August 2016, and whilst working for The Better Food Company in Clifton, Bristol.

The premise was simple - I wanted to create a beautifully packaged range of nut butters that were suitable for me (and my peanut allergy) but also different to those already on the market, in flavour & texture. Given my recent work experience I was also definite in wanting them to be organic certified and free from palm oil. I had my first shop sale in April 2017, hoorah!

The business has grown slowly but surely since then; now proud to work with over 400 shops in the UK & Ireland, including the likes of Darts Farm, Jarrold Food Hall, Jolly Nice Farm Shop and Eversfield Organic.

There are now 8 flavours in the range, all being free from palm oil & unrefined sugar, as well as being peanut-free and gluten-free. All products are packed in plastic-free packaging. We're trying to make products that appeal to a wide range of people (like you!) - good for those with dietary restrictions, good for weekend breakfasts, good for gifts, and great for those looking for new & delicious interesting pantry products.

I now live in Wookey Hole, Somerset with my beautiful partner Lucie, of Bath Culture House. We work in Ubley, nr. Blagdon Lake, 6-days a week. You can usually find me at my laptop, on the phone, playing cricket, at a market or event, eating nut butter, or getting busy in the kitchen. Or eating nut butter (did I mention that)?

You can contact me via the form here, by emailing mike@nutcessity.co.uk or by whatsapping/calling 07813388851.

Besos! x

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Read about a what I do in ‘a day of the lifehere…

Listen to my podcast interview by Deb from The Natural Healthcare Network here

See what Consomme Magazine names as their ‘Five Nut Butters to go Nutty for’ here

Read Medium’s article on ‘The Bare Nutcessity of Lifehere

Read my article on ‘Perspectivehere…

Read my tip within ‘48 Experts Name Their Best Tips to Reduce Plastic Waste TODAYhere

Help me raise £3,510 in aid of FRANK Water here

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