Arrived Heathrow 12.30pm.
At check-in I am told my bag of Godminster Goodies is 2 kgs overweight and so remove 2x 1kg from my suitcase and put in my hand baggage –BA employee immediately goes “Wow, Godminster Vintage, the Best…I used to work on the deli counter at Waitrose in a North London store and it was one of our best sellers. My favourite too!”
Arrive Copenhagen 5.30pm local time by Niels from BPI and we go into central Copenhagen for a small drive around and then Tuborg beer and funky pizzas (mine had shredded beef and green pepper). Copenhagen reminds me of a bigger Amsterdam (where we found our cheese at the Saturday Nordmarket).
On to BPI headquarters (Holmgarden) and offered the CEO flat for the duration of my stay.
Friday 1st February
8.30am rendez vous in the Company Meeting room at Holmgarden and introduced to Henricht
Over coffee and ……cheese (Danish national cheese), I am talked through the meteoric rise of BPI since 2003, and then I am introduced to the various teams in their departments.
10am. Leave with Niels for Coop headquarters.
Arrive 10.30am, set up and start sampling to Head Office employees with very good feedback. Helena, their chief cheese buyer returns 5 times to check it tastes OK! CEO sneaks a peek too!
1.30pm, pack up, say our goodbyes and head into town, for tasting at Irma store.
Tasting went particularly well with Niels and I selling 90 truckles on behalf of the store in 3 hours.
Out for a delicious fish bouillabaisse followed by an early one, although managed to watch the Welsh beat Les Bleus at rugby in the Stade de France.
8.45am coffee followed by another small sight-seeing trip up and around Copenhagen, including the Royal Palace.
10.30am. Set up at Magasin du Nord (a bit like Selfridges) and sell on the store’s behalf. Again, remarkable success with very similar results to the day before.
1.30pm. Meet Ole Handsen (CEO od BPI) who takes me to a very Danish restaurant for lunch. Mine is a chicken and leek dish (probably BPI chicken!) and Ole has a sort of fried steak tartare which looked incredible, accompanied by various aqua vite toasts!
4pm – return to the airport a little worse for wear!