29 January 2019, 09:01 AM
  • The founder of craft peanut butter company, ManíLife, talks about inspiration, the importance of a strong team, and the weirdest thing he's ever eaten
5 Minutes With: Stuart Macdonald, ManíLife

WHAT WOULD YOU BE DOING IF YOU WEREN’T IN THE FOOD INDUSTRY?
I’d be setting up a Tom’s model for bikes, where for every bike you buy, a similar one is donated to someone in Africa. I’ve just got back from a trip there and was very aware of the need as I sped past thousands of people in my wee car!

WHAT WAS YOUR FIRST JOB?
I was a bartender at Slug & Lettuce in Wimbledon for all of about 15 minutes. I’d lied about my age (I was 15) and felt so guilty at the prospect of getting them into trouble that I owned up

WHAT INSPIRES YOU?
Overcoming struggles and making people happy

WHAT’S THE WORST JOB YOU’VE DONE?
As much as I learned and as great as the people I worked with were, working in Audit was pretty sh*t!

WHAT’S YOUR FAVOURITE PART OF THE JOB?
Working with inspirational people each week and realising the team and I could all be working in jobs we don’t like but the choices we’ve made have led us to work we love

AND YOUR LEAST FAVOURITE?
The incapability to switch off

HOW ABOUT THE FOOD INDUSTRY?
Super supportive network with a very relatable, tangible product so anyone/everyone can input

TEA OR COFFEE?
Coffee… to a perhaps concerning degree

WHAT WOULD BE YOUR LAST SUPPER?
Asado (BBQ) on a roof terrace in Argentina with all my friends and family

WHAT’S YOUR MOTTO?
Happiness comes from overcoming struggle so don’t give up

WHAT’S THE WEIRDEST THING YOU’VE EVER EATEN?
Pig’s ears are pretty unusual

WHAT’S YOUR FAVOURITE BOOK?
Man’s Search for Meaning by Viktor Frankl

SWEET OR SAVOURY?
Savoury