Premier Foods: Careers case study

During her time at University, Louise Eaton combined her curiosity of science with her passion for food and completed her degree in Food Science. After completing her placement year at Premier Foods, it really opened her eyes to how dynamic food and drink manufacturing is.

Louise Eaton, Food Scientist

Louise Eaton - Premier FoodsI have always been fascinated by where food comes from, how it is processed into the foods and how it arrives on supermarket shelves.

My job is so diverse - part of my time is spent managing the new product development process, and part being creative with the development of new products. I work cross functionally with different teams including marketing, operations, regulatory and the sensory team, to take products from concept to launch. Seeing products I've helped to develop on supermarket shelves really gives me a sense of achievement.

Since starting my career, I've certainly seen my day-to-day skills develop. I've become more organised and have developed a great eye for detail. My communications skills have vastly improved as I'm constantly liaising with different people in the business. I also have a much greater understanding of the technical processes involved in food production.

My advice to anyone considering a career in food and drink manufacturing is to get as much experience as possible. I've had the opportunity to visit a number of factories which has helped me to understand more about the industry and haven't looked back since.

Did you know?

In a day, the Premier Foods Factory in Worksop, Nottingham can produce enough OXO cubes which when placed end to end can stretch from London to Cardiff!

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Last reviewed: 03 Mar 2014