Examples of some of the many career opportunities with food companies in development and research, science and safety as well as marketing, HR and finance.

"The job is so varied there isn't a typical day"
Clare Dodd - Senior Development Technologist, Müller Dairy

Careers: Taste Success – A Future in Food

'Taste Success – A Future in Food' is our industry-led campaign to attract new talent to UK food and drink manufacturing.

What is Taste Success - A Future in Food?

'Taste Success – A Future in Food' is our industry-led Award winning campaign to attract new talent to UK food and drink manufacturing.

Taste Success logo

The campaign engages with young people via various channels to bust the myths about food and drink manufacturing and raise awareness of the good career prospects in the sector has to offer.

The campaign also engages with a number of stakeholder groups including teachers, parents and careers advisors to make them aware of the opportunities in our sector.

Key objectives of the campaign are:

  • Engaging the 13-19 year old age group in the potential of our industry as a career of first choice
  • Changing the image of the food and drink manufacturing sector from being outdated to a sector that is identified as being at the cutting edge of science, technology and engineering
  • Seizing the opportunity to raise the profile of the food and drink manufacturing industry through public relations campaigns, event participation, speaking engagements and digital engagement.
  • Working in collaboration with key stakeholders such as Improve and IFST.

Visit the Taste Success website

Why are we doing this?

The food and drink sector is the UK's largest manufacturing sector, accounting for 16% of the UK's total manufacturing sector, employing up to 400,000 people directly in the UK, and as many as 1.2 million in related food services.

However, current figures show that the industry suffers from a number of skills gaps, namely in science, technology and engineering related roles and that by 2020 we will need 170,300 (1) new recruits to meet growing demand. More than 41,000 of these roles will be in managerial positions and other professional occupations (24%).

Our industry needs talented and bright people that will not only nurture our industry's heritage but will be responsible for driving innovation and future successes.

Taste Success – A Future in Food aspires to engage with young people and show them that food and drink manufacturing can offer a rewarding career with lots of exciting opportunities, as well as play a pivotal role in ensuring that there is a skilled and suitably qualified workforce in the ever competitive and highly developed UK food sector.

Big Bang Fair 2014

On 13th-16th March 2014, the Taste Success will be joined by FDF members Coca-Cola Enterprises, Mars Chocolate, Mondelez International, Nestlé and PepsiCo UK on our industry stand at the Big Bang Fair (Birmingham, NEC).

Find out more about our stand and planned activities this year at the Big Bang Fair.

Taste Success digital campaign

The digital output of the Taste Success campaign, targets 16-18 year olds specifically who have choosen science subjects for A level.

Our online output aims to inspire young people to consider careers in the food and drink manufacturing sector, an industry with a wealth of opportunities.

Have a look at what we have put together:

  • YouTube videos - Watch our fun fictional 'Mad about Food' videos themed around food science and engineering – including our Award Winning Chilli Baby videos on FDFTasteSuccess YouTube channel.
  • Facebook - Visit our Facebook page and try out our 'sexy food' app. Vote for the sexiest food, nominate foods for your friends and learn about the science behind the food.
  • Join us on Twitter - ask us a question @FDFTasteSuccess and tell us what you think. You can also follow our tweets using the hashtag #tastesuccess
  • MunchBot app - based on some of the robotic solutions used by food and drink manufacturers to increase production and efficiency, with the MunchBot robot you need to grab as many food items as possible off a moving conveyor belt within 30 seconds - but avoid the tricks on the way which will steal points. Download for free from iTunes

Other activities

  • www.notgoingtouni.co.uk – Taste Success has a profile on this leading UK website dedicated to helping school and college leavers make informed decisions about their future by showing the opportunities that exist outside of traditional university such as apprenticeships, sponsored degrees, distance learning and jobs. Our profile includes real-life case studies from across the food and drink sector and information on career prospects and opportunities.

Women into STEM pledge

We are supporting the 'Your Life' campaign and have created our own FDF pledge to attract women into STEM careers in our industry. Our pledge is supported by our member companies.

Find out more about our women into STEM pledge

Get involved

If you'd like further information about how to get involved with Taste Success – A Future in Food, then do please get in touch:

Email: tastesuccess@fdf.org.uk
Tel: 020 7420 7140

Taste Success on Twitter: @FDFTasteSuccess.

More Information

IVCA Awards winner 2013

(1) Data taken from Working Futures 4 Datasets (WIER and Cambridge Econometrics, published by UKCES, 2011). This figure incorporates both jobs created by growth and those created by 'replacement demand'.


Last reviewed: 28 Oct 2014