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60-second interview

“I’m very philosophical and spiritual”

Sam Benjamin began his career as a trainee chef at Addo Food Group’s Riverside Bakery before being promoted to retail account manager. Now brand manager of the Too Good To Be… range of gluten-free sweet and savoury pastry products, formerly known as No.G, his potential in the industry saw him scoop the Rising Star accolade at the 2016 Food and Drink Federation Awards.

Posted 6 February 2017

“Hopefully health claims will be banned and the marketeers banished from the industry”

In 2011, Andrew Tickle couldn’t decide what to do with a grass field. With little crop growing experience and very limited knowledge of specialist products, he stumbled upon aronia berries and his business Tickleberries was born. The first grower in England to establish a commercial aronia berry plantation, here, he explains why the banks are the ones to watch post Brexit.

Posted 7 December 2016

“I truly love my job”

Jobien Laurijssen, sustainability manager at SVZ, explains why companies that have embedded sustainability deeply into their commercial strategies will be the ones to succeed.

Posted 27 September 2016

“Share the load when you’re struggling, but never give up”

We speak to Duncan Goose, founder and managing director of life changing bottled water brand One Water, which is celebrating raising over £14 million for water projects; providing clean, safe water to over three million people in the world’s poorest communities.

Posted 16 August 2016

Stuart Simm

Saica Pack’s national development centre manager Stuart Simm talks paper, design and the great outdoors

Posted 17 June 2016

Robert F Byrne

Robert F Byrne, VP and GM, forecasting solutions, E2open, predicts more new and exciting tastes will become available over the next 12 months as flavours and cuisines spread globally

Posted 13 May 2016

Richard Thorpe

From beer testing to cheese tasting, Richard Thorpe, market development director at Ornua Ingredients UK, takes our 60-second interview challenge and explains why food to go businesses are the ones to watch this year.

Posted 12 April 2016

Dr Debbie Parker

Dr Debbie Parker leads the Marketing Sciences Sensory Unit in Kent, UK. One of only eight female beer sommeliers in the country, here, she discusses tea, toilet rolls and traceability.

Posted 15 March 2016

Jenny Morris

Head of The Institute of Food Safety Integrity & Protection (TiFSiP), Jenny Morris, tells us more about the new membership organisation she heads up and managing food safety for the London 2012 Olympic Games…

Posted 12 February 2016

Mariane Hodgkinson

Food & Drink Technology gets to know Campden BRI’s new hygiene specialist, Mariane Hodgkinson, who will be responsible for providing advice and support on good hygienic practice, cross contamination, cleaning and disinfection and allergen management.

Posted 14 January 2016

“A typical day provides an opportunity to make a difference”

Manufacturers must find ways to reduce waste and fine tune production efficiency, whilst retaining product quality and a focus on consumer safety, in order to maintain competitiveness and profitability, says Martyn Gill, general manager – EMEA at InfinityQS.

Posted 16 November 2015