My Food Job is The Grocer’s new 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 managing editor Julia Glotz

My Food Job

Anna Frost, operations manager at Doisy and Dam

My food & drink job: Anna Frost, operations manager, Doisy & Dam

As operations manager of a fast-growing startup, Anna is required to keep lots of plates spinning at the same time.

Hugh Duffle of Sandows

My food & drink job: Hugh Duffie, co-founder, Sandows

Developing products that drive positive change is part of what makes a career in food & drink so rewarding, says Hugh

Stevie Grieves_Lovely Fodder

My food & drink job: Stevie Grieves, digital coordinator, Lovely Fodder

Stevie talks about why she chose a career in food & drink - and why working for a startup is so exciting

Samantha Lai, commercial officer at FareShare

My food & drink job: Samantha Lai, FareShare

One of the best things about working for FareShare is knowing you are making a real difference to people’s lives, says Samantha

Zack Nathan, founder of Ape Snacks

My food & drink job: Zack Nathan, founder, Ape Snacks

A stint at university in America was the spark that got Zack thinking about healthy, natural snacks. Now he runs his own snacks business and thrives on working in an industry that can make an impact on the lives of millions of people

Leyla Page_Longmead Herbs

My food & drink job: Leyla Page, Langmead Herbs

Unless they come from an agricultural background or have industry experience, people often have little concept of the sheer variety of roles there are within food, says Leyla, who is on an MDS management training course and currently doing a placement with Langmead Herbs

Sam Smitheringale, process engineer at Quorn

My food & drink job: Sam Smitheringale, process engineer, Quorn Foods

Chemical engineering grad Sam talks about why he loves working for a fast-growing company like Quorn - and the crucial role of process engineering in food & drink production

James Barwick_Wyke Farms

My food & drink job: James Barwick, renewable energy tech manager, Wyke Farms

In his role at Wyke Farms, James is right at the heart of driving sustainable change and ensuring the dairy supplier meets its 100% Green agenda

Lucy Cottrell, junior brand manager at Crabbie's

My food & drink job: Lucy Cottrell, brand manager, Crabbie's

The drinks industry is highly competitive. Crabbie’s Lucy Cottrell explains how to get your foot in the door - and why having a strong contacts book and an appetite for networking are so important

Zoe Simons, development chef at Waitrose_web

My food & drink job: Zoe Simons, innovation development chef, Waitrose

 The former Masterchef the Professionals candidate has decided to pursue a career in grocery 

Bob Giles at Lindum

My food & drink job: Bob Giles, business dev manager, Lindum

Working in food manufacturing is far more varied and interesting than many people realise, says Bob, who dreams of running his own specialist food company one day

Carla Mendoza_a graduate engineer at Mars

My food & drink job: Carla Mendoza, technical lead, Mars

Working in food means having the opportunity to influence how products are made that touch millions of lives, says Carla, who works as a technical lead at Mars

Tom Williams of Burtons Biscuits in front of a Maryland Cookies banner

My food & drink job: Tom Williams, procurement assistant, Burtons Biscuits Co

Want to work in food & drink? Start by taking an interest in the commodity markets, says Tom who works in procurement at Burtons Biscuits Company

Meg Forrest, process technologist at Farne Salmon

My food & drink job: Meg Forrest, technologist, Farne Salmon

A hands-on approach and a passion for food are key ingredients for a successful food career, says Meg

Isabel Hardisty, graduate engineer at Pladis

My food & drink job: Isabel Hardisty, graduate engineer, Pladis

There’s nothing as exciting as seeing a product you’ve worked on in supermarkets across the country, says Isabel

Steph Holton, specification technologist at Dalehead Foods

My food & drink job: Dalehead Foods spec technologist Steph Holton

A teacher who used to work in the food industry opened Steph’s eyes to the career opportunities in food & drink. Now she’s dreaming of running her own food business one day

Erin Connolly, Mackle Snacks

My food & drink job: Erin Connolly, NPD technician, Mackle Snacks

Many people think it’s quick and easy to get a product from concept to shelf. Not so, says Erin Connolly who works in the NPD department of Mackle Snacks - the process is much more involved than most realise

Annabelle May_Greenvale

My food & drink job: Greenvale technical graduate Annabelle May

Since entering the world of fresh produce, Annabelle has been pleasantly surprised by how varied the industry is. She even got to spend five months on sunny Jersey as part of a placement with The Jersey Royal Company

Alexis Poole_Spoon Guru

My food & drink job: Alexis Poole, nutrition manager, Spoon Guru

Alexis shares why she’s passionate about the foodtech industry - and why she believes it offers fantastic opportunities for young people looking to make a positive impact on people’s lives

Marisol Saona_brand manager at Tesco

My food & drink job: Marisol Saona, Tesco

Ambient brand manager Marisol reveals how she tackled some tough questions in her interview for the Tesco marketing graduate scheme - and why she’d love to launch an own-label Aji Amarillo one day

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