My Food Job is The Grocer’s online series profiling young people aged 25 and under in the UK food & drink industry. We want to shine a light on the fantastic talent coming through the ranks – and inspire others to consider a career in this exciting industry. Want to put yourself or a colleague forward? Please contact our online content assistant Maddie Maynard

Ben Theobald

My food & drink job: Ben Theobald, Chupa Chups product manager, Perfetti Van Melle

Ben talks us through his current role and his dreams for a zero-waste ‘retail empire’

jayne loughlin edrington beam suntory

My food & drink job: Jayne Loughlin, category development graduate, Edrington-Beam Suntory

Jayne tells us about her role at EBS, the benefits of graduate schemes – and her favourite cocktail

regan howard nisa

My food & drink job: Regan Howard, campaign & media partnerships manager, Nisa

Regan moved into a marketing role at Nisa after starting her career in local radio

Mimi Proudlock

My food & drink job: Mimi Proudlock, marketing manager, Press London

Mimi loves helping people adopt healthier lifestyles through her work at drinks brand Press

Jack Taylor Boost drinks

My food & drink job: Jack Taylor, trade marketing executive, Boost Drinks

A university project developing products for Greggs gave Jack the food and drink bug

jamie cashmore taylors of harrogate

My food & drink job: Jamie Cashmore, green coffee technician, Taylors of Harrogate

Alongside his role at Taylors, lifelong food lover Jamie is training to become a coffee Q Grader

evie morrice livia's

My food & drink job: Evie Morrice, head of product, Livia's

Evie gives an insight into life at Livia’s, where candidates bring cake to their interview

lydia owens pip & nut

My food & drink job: Lydia Owens, commercial executive, Pip & Nut

Keen actor Lydia explains how a job at Covent Garden’s 26 Grains sparked her interest in food

lucy crump general mills

My food & drink job: Lucy Crump, key account manager, General Mills

Former General Mills receptionist Lucy tells us how she worked her way up to her current role

David Walker

My food & drink job: David Walker, retail development manager, Heineken

David tells us why resilience and adaptability are key to success in the industry

julia masselos feedr

My food & drink job: Julia Masselos, marketing & design executive, Feedr

Julia tells us what it’s like working in the ‘multidimensional yet intensely personal’ world of food

will gray premier foods

My food & drink job: Will Gray, online technician, Premier Foods

Will tells us how Premier’s apprenticeship scheme helped him to secure a role he loves

emma lucas nichols plc

My food & drink job: Emma Lucas, customer marketing executive, Nichols

Emma’s advice? Follow industry experts, ask lots of questions and read The Grocer!

lara squire westons

My food & drink job: Lara Squire, off-trade and international customer marketing manager, Westons

Lara tells us how her experience of Italian drinking culture and linguistics has helped her to progress at Westons

wilf marriott islands chocolate

My food & drink job: Wilf Marriott, managing director, Islands Chocolate

Wilf talks chocolate, transparency and learning on the job

matt norton visionary food solutions this one

My food & drink job: Matt Norton, business development executive, Visionary Food Solutions

Matt explains why ‘every day’s a school day’ when working in the food & drink industry

josh gooding musclefood

My food & drink job: Josh Gooding, NPD project manager, Musclefood

Josh says his passions for both food and boxing inspire him to create nutritional and great-tasting products

paris baker lo bros kombucha

My food & drink job: Paris Baker, national sales executive, Lo Bros

Even on the most manic days, it doesn’t feel like work if you love what you do, says Paris

heather byres school of wok

My food & drink job: Heather Byres, chef tutor, School of Wok

Heather talks us through her role as a cookery tutor and tells us what makes a happy kitchen

johnny durant nomad foods

My food & drink job: Johnny Durant, assistant product development manager, Nomad Foods

Product developer Johnny explains why his role is a ‘perfect marriage’ of his passions for food and science



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