Our Story

2014

AMELIA DISCOVERS BEANS

Amelia, founder of Bold Bean Co, started her life hating beans. She thought they were dull and tasteless. That is, until one fateful hangover in Spain, staring into an empty fridge for ANYTHING to eat, forced her hand. A jar of heirloom butter beans was all she had. So she spooned one straight from the jar. Her opinion changed on the spot. She found herself closing her eyes, totally immersing herself in that moment. Tasting a truly delicious, melt-in-the-mouth bean.Turns out Amelia’s issue was never with beans as a food group - it was with the uninspiring tins, perpetually lingering at the back of the cupboard. From that moment on Amelia was hooked.

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2017

THE OBSESSION GROWS

After graduating, Amelia joins a food sustainability start-up working with chefs and restaurants every day. She is inspired by the creative ways chefs are using beans at the CENTRE of the plate. And after four years of working and learning about the true power of beans, a little legume appreciation turns into a full blown OBSESSION. 

Amelia finds herself talking and thinking more and more about BEANS. She discovers they are one of the most sustainable and healthiest food groups on the planet. Packed with protein and fibre, an amazing alternative to meat that isn’t ultra-processed. Amelia realised BEANS CAN CHANGE THE WORLD.

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2020

THE IDEA IS PLANTED

But there was a problem. The world still saw beans the way she used to. A war-time staple, a side-dish, a commodity sold by pasta manufacturers, not bean specialists. Frustrated and on furlough, Amelia decides to do something about it.

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2021

BOLD BEAN CO IS BORN

Amelia creates Bold Bean Co after searching high and low for the tastiest bean varieties, cooked and seasoned to perfection like PROPER CHEFS do. The mission is to make the world OBSESSED with beans by giving them the BEST of beans. And from the get-go, Amelia uses instagram to bounce ideas off our BEAN CHAMPS to help nail the branding.

Bold Bean Co launches with Queen Butter Beans, Queen Chickpeas, Organic White Beans and Organic Chickpeas. It’s not long before we get our first listing in Planet Organic and 5 Great Taste Awards.

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2022

WE GO NATIONAL

Waitrose joins the leguminati listing Queen Butter Beans, Queen Chickpeas, Organic White Beans and Organic Chickpeas. Amelia is still talking about the true POWER of beans, but this time on BBC Radio 4.

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2023

THINGS HEAT UP!

Our range grows as we launch our Queen Red Bean, Queen Black Bean AND Queen Carlin Pea; the UK’s first British-grown bean. We become B CORP certified, launch a best-selling cookbook and run a salad collaboration with The Salad Project. Sainsbury’s, M&S, Booths AND Ocado join the leguminati. We win the Grocer’s Start-up of the Year award and Great Taste Awards, bringing our total to 8. It was a big year…

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2024

THE STORY CONTINUES

Queen Carlin Pea launches into Waitrose stores - making it the FIRST British-grown jarred bean to be sold nationally, and is featured on Channel 4’s Sunday Brunch. More bean obsessives join the team!

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THE TEAM BEHIND THE BEAN


Along the way, Amelia found a group of very talented people who were just as obsessed with beans. We’re now a group of nine with a big old dream: TO MAKE A WORLD FULL OF LEGUME LOVERS.

Amelia

Role — CEO
Fave recipe — Tomato & Gochuchang Chickpeas
Fave Chef — Yottam Ottolenghi

ED

Role — COO
Fave recipe — Butter Bean Carbonara

Fave Chef — Samir Nosrat.

HANNAH

Role — Content Manager
Fave recipe — Butter beans, charred artichokes + ricotta with salsa verde
Fave Chef — Ottolenghi

rosa

Role — NPD Manager
Fave Recipe — Chickpea Orrechiette with Stracciatella
Fave Chef — Max La Manna

ANDY

Role — Head of Grocery + Independent Sales
Fave recipe — Creamy Spinach + Chorizo Butter Beans
Fave Chef — Rick Stein

MARTHA

Role — Brand Manager

Favourite Recipe — Carlin Pea Saag with Mango-Chutney Glazed Halloumi

Fave Chef — Anna Jones

Lucy

Role — Operations Exec
Fave recipe — Roasted Figs, Black Beans + Burrata
Fave Chef — Jeremy Lee

Jess

Role — Community + Content Exec
Fave recipe — Tomato + Chickpea Orecchiette
Fave Chef — Jamie Oliver

Charlie

Role — Independent Sales
Fave recipe — Creamy spinach + chorizo butter beans
Fave Chef — Julius Roberts