Fraser Doherty, now 24, set up SuperJam at 14, using his Gran's jam
recipes. After selling his produce at farmers' markets and to
delicatessens, he developed a method of producing jam 100% from fruit.
After setting up production, creating a brand and perfecting his recipes,
Fraser became the youngest ever supplier to a major supermarket chain
when Waitrose launched the range in March 2007. SuperJam now supplies
over 2,000 supermarkets around the world (incl. Tesco, Asda Wal-Mart,
Morrisons, Sainsbury's, Waitrose) in countries including Australia, Russia,
Denmark, Finland and Ireland.
SuperJam is exhibited in the National Museum of Scotland as an 'Iconic
Scottish Brand', alongside Irn Bru, Tunnock's and Baxters and Fraser was
named 'Global Student Entrepreneur of The Year', the first ever winner
from outside North America, one of over twenty awards that the company
has received. Gordon Brown, the UK Prime Minister, commended Fraser
over dinner at Downing Street, after hearing about his amazing story.
In August 2010, Fraser launched The SuperJam Cookbook, sharing his jammaking
secrets with the world. In April 2011, he launched SuperBusiness;
a book about his story and everything he has learned. Both books have
since become best sellers, on sale at Waterstones, WHSmith and in
The company invests in running 'SuperJam Tea Parties' for elderly people
who live alone, in care homes or in sheltered housing. SuperJam has hosted
over 125 events across the UK, with live music, dancing and, of course,
scones and SuperJam. Up to 600 guests attend each of these events and
they are growing in popularity every month.
Fraser has also been `Entrepreneur in Residence' at London Metropolitan
University since 2010, delivering lectures and speeches on entrepreneurship.