Imaginative Teaching Resources & Inspirational Career Ideas from the Chilled Food Industry

Your interest in science could take you into the chilled food industry as a food scientist or technologist. You’ll use your knowledge to develop new foods, design methods of keeping them looking and tasting their best whilst not using additives, and assuring they are safe to eat. Your hard work and enthusiasm, coupled with a flexible approach, will open up opportunities, just like it has for these colleagues currently in the industry.

  • Group Technical Support – Ella Connolly

    Ella is Group Technical Support at chilled food manufacturer Samworth Brothers. A love of travel and meeting people, and a curiosity to understand food production brought Ella to Samworth. A little while ago she talked to us about her Group Auditor Role, her route into chilled, and why it’s so good.      

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  • Laboratory Manager – Heather Cooper

    Heather is Laboratory Manager at Greencore’s Kiveton site. She is proof of the exciting career opportunities offered by chilled food production. After 30 years in the business she still loves her work.  

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  • Head of Innovation – Dan Garland

    Dan is Head of Innovation at Hain Daniels. His career path has equipped him with the skills required to meet his new horizon scanning brief.  

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  • Laboratory Manager & Company Microbiologist – Nicola Wilson

    Nicola is General Manager Westward Laboratories, Samworth Brothers. The company produces chilled and ambient products and employs more than 8,000 people in sites in Leicester, Cornwall and the North West. She is Company Microbiologist for Samworth Brothers Group, working across all sites and responsible for the food safety of all products. [.]   Click on […]

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  • Technical Manager – Sue Evans

    Sue took a BA in Consumer Studies and was inspired by the course’s food topics which included Food Science and New Product Development. On graduating she joined Hain Daniels as a Quality Assurance Technician. Her role has changed with the evolution of the business and she became Technical Manager for the New Covent Garden Soup […]

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  • Group Technical Director – Helen Sisson

    Helen works for Greencore a multinational company that supplies chilled food to supermarkets including Marks & Spencer, Tesco and Sainsbury’s. With a company turnover in excess of a £1bn her role comes with massive responsibility, but her career path began much earlier, in a small, family run dairy business. Helen’s Career Path includes her working […]

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  • Group Technical Director – Mark Shippey

    A conversation with a family friend in packaging technology set Mark on his career path. And he’s now Group Technical Director for Samworth Brothers, one of the UK’s largest chilled food manufacturers. He has overall responsibility for food safety and quality across all the company’s sites, in a job he describes as: “never boring”. Mark’s […]

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  • Technical Executive – Greg Hunn

    Science ‘A’ levels and a degree in Biological Sciences started Greg on his path to Technical Executive for Greencore. He says that, even after 25 years in the industry, he is still learning new things, meeting interesting people and making friends. Greg’s Career Path includes him working as a Microbiologist, in Product Development, Process Development, Quality Assurance […]

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  • Technical Director – Simon Knight

    Simon always enjoyed the technical side of food, rather than lab work. His degree in Food Science from the University of Nottingham set him up for a career which has taken him around the UK and abroad. He now works for Florette UK + Ireland Ltd, a major supplier of vegetables and fresh ready-to-use salad. Simon’s […]

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  • Technical Executive – Martin Ford

    Greencore‘s Martin Ford has a Food Science MSc from Leeds University. He has also worked for Northern Foods and Morrisons. He advises hard work and learning to get on with all your colleagues as the key to success in the industry. Martin’s Career Path includes him working in New Product Development, as a Process Manager, Quality Assurance Manager, Technical […]

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  • Microbiologist – Fiona Brookes

    A degree in Agricultural Sciences may not be an obvious route into chilled food but as Company Microbiologist for 2 Sisters Food Group Fiona says she still draws on many of the knowledge gained at university. Her wealth of experience comes from a role that has evolved with the company. Fiona’s Career Path includes her […]

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  • Subject Matter Expert for Protein – Chris Roddis

    Chris’ role takes him across three continents for Greencore, as he focusses on management of the company’s supply chain for meat and substances derived from meat. His career started in brewing after gaining a BSc in malting and brewing. His current role is, he says “challenging, problem solving, stimulating and rewarding.” The Career Path for […]

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  • Head of Technical – Richard Barrett

    Natures Way Food Ltd is a leading supplier of fresh produce and Richard’s main responsibility is to manage food safety and compliance. His introduction to the industry came through his Environmental Health Officer father and his career path is taking him to where he aspires to be – a Technical Director. Richard’s Career Path includes him […]

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