THE OPPO STORY
We’re two brothers (Harry & Charlie) on a mission to change the way people eat by creating amazingly tasty foods that don’t compromise on health. It all started in Brazil when we decided to break a record for the longest distance travelled by kite power on land. The buggies we used had no brakes and we had about two hours of kite experience between us.
It was like learning to swim by crossing the channel. We often had to drag our buggies over 30 miles through mangrove swamps, and subsequently ran out of food. This meant foraging for wild fruit and coconuts along the Brazilian coastline.
These tasted amazing and were nutritious too. That was the lightbulb moment. Why couldn’t all food be like that? What if you could indulge in sweet treats, without having loads of sugar and nasty additives?
1,000km later, we made it!
On our return, Charlie immediately got into the kitchen and didn’t leave it for two years (except to sleep on Harry’s sofa). The goal? Healthy ice cream. In other words, temptation you never need to resist.
Charlie swapped his job for the kitchen...permanently.
Following many ‘head in hands’ moments, the recipe was ready. Made from fresh meadow-grazed cow’s milk, stevia leaf, wild harvested virgin coconut oil and with a fraction of the calories and sugar found in regular ice cream. Health and indulgence had collided. Oppo-sites had attracted.
Oppo was ready to bring #GoodTemptation to the nation. We launched into 117 Waitrose stores.
On Seedrs, Oppo became the fastest food and drink company to reach target through crowdfunding. The Guardian named us their start-up of the year, and we launched into Holland & Barrett. Charlie even went to Milan with the Prime Minister to showcase the best of British innovation!
140,000 people tasted Oppo including tennis champion Andy Murray, who invested in our ice cream dream. We won our first Great Taste Award proving that health and taste now officially existed in one sweet spot.
We created a new flavour – Colombian Chocolate and Hazelnut. We launched into Ireland and The Netherlands. On the home turf, we arrived in Sainsbury’s and ASDA.
Denmark, Germany, Belgium, Serbia, Finland and Luxembourg joined the Oppo family. We won two more Great Taste Awards and launched a new ice cream flavour Raspberry Nipple, in support of breast cancer awareness charity CoppaFeel!
2018 saw our biggest innovation yet with the launch of Oppo cheesecakes. In three indulgent flavours, Madagascan Vanilla, Sicilian Lemon and Raspberry.
With each new product release and country we launch into our mission is the same, to create #GoodTemptation and change the way people eat for the better. Head over to our Instagram for more exciting launches coming in 2019.