Meet Ruby in New Product Development
July 25th 2016
Hi my names Ruby and I work in New Product Development. I have always had a passion for food, while in high school I spent my spare time working in a variety of food outlets from food vans at the Royal Welsh Show to award winning restaurants. I’ve been lucky to have work experience with Steven Terry at The Hardwick and at The Lake Country House in Llangammach.
I graduated from Sheffield Hallam University with a first class degree in BSc Food and Nutrition. After graduating I secured a job in Panesar Foods which increased my knowledge of the ambient sauce industry. When I learnt about Beacon Foods I was intrigued to find out more as I wanted to work with fresh, premium ingredients in an innovative and driven company. I enjoy being innovative with food, and trying out new flavours. An added bonus was being able to move back to the beautiful Welsh countryside.
In my spare time I enjoy cooking and baking, where I like to get creative. I also like visiting food festivals and markets to see what else is happening in the industry. I recently went to Grillstock festival in Bristol to seek out what was happening in the BBQ trend and see which stalls were attracting the most attention.
The great thing about working in NPD is you are always kept on your toes, each day is completely different and we get to see our recipes and ideas come to life in the factory. In NPD we work on innovative, on trend recipes to meet customer briefs. Ensuring we meet their high standards and can then take the products to launch.
By working closely with the factory on trials and launches we are able to fully understand factory capabilities and create recipes that will be of the highest quality when scaled up. This includes working closely with suppliers to get the best ingredients for our customers. If we ever have a few minutes spare we catch up the latest food trends and come up with blue sky innovation ideas.
I enjoy NPD because of the exciting new products and ideas which are created here at Beacon Foods. The taste panels allow me to increase my understanding of the products we offer here at Beacon Foods as I have only been here a few months. I cannot wait to see what we can create next!