About Valentine Tomin

Valentine is a much sought-after strategic creative thinker. He founded The Finer Detail, a marketing led creative agency over 30 years ago. Valentine cut his teeth developing creative solutions for clients across a variety of sectors. As he says, once you take out the confidentiality issues, the learnings and insights gained will travel…and experience turns into expertise. Over the last 15 years his agency has specialised in the retail sector. Valentine has helped major brands such as WD-40, Asda and Costa Coffee and the private label manufacturers that supply them such as Adelie Foods, Oscar Mayer and Senoble. One of Valentine’s driving passions is the private label food industry, and his mission is to help clients move their price-based retailer relationship to the more valuable partnership space. Valentine lives with his family in a spectacular setting on the banks of the River Great Ouse in Bedfordshire.

Is Process Driven Innovation Marketing’s missing link?

“What is marketing?” a question posed to me and an audience of business owners attending a seminar in 1986.  Twelve people each delivered a completely different answer.  This fed the lecturer’s premise that marketing was a catchall term for a loose array of business development activities. Once upon a time… Long before the Internet and [...]

By |2018-07-25T08:53:03+00:00June 24th, 2018|Food Innovation|0 Comments

YES! Private label food manufacturers can develop stronger, more profitable relationships with supermarkets

YES! Private label food manufacturers can develop stronger, more profitable relationships with supermarkets … Here’s How. When you’ve worked with private label food manufacturers for more than 15 years, you get a pretty good understanding of how the industry works.  During that time there have been many conversations with countless senior executives around the challenges [...]

By |2019-01-09T11:34:47+00:00March 11th, 2018|Food Innovation, Food Manufacturing|0 Comments

Private Label Food Manufacturer – Is price your only differentiator?

Is operational excellence a hidden curse? Is private label food manufacturing’s focus on operational excellence stifling the industry and the retailers it serves? Most seem happy with the status quo, producing a generic product based on the major supermarkets requirements. The genesis of private label lies in the food retailers' desire to get revenue from [...]

By |2019-01-09T11:56:14+00:00September 22nd, 2017|Food Innovation|0 Comments

Private Label Food Manufacturers – Sell the sizzle, Not the sausage

Private Label Food Manufacturers - Sell the sizzle, not the sausage Greg Wallace of Master Chef fame recently hosted ‘Inside the Factory’, a TV program looking at UK food production. The factory looked sparkling clean; the employees donned in crisp white overalls and blue hair nets. At one point Greg introduces one of the cooking [...]

By |2017-06-23T16:11:15+00:00March 27th, 2017|Food Innovation|0 Comments