On Friday 12th September the Project Eden trainee dairy technologists were treated to not just any guest speaker, but an Marks & Spencer guest speaker…product developer, Barbara Ross. Barbara is currently in charge of product development for the party food, cooked meats, deli and antipasti ranges at Marks & Spencer and has worked for the retailer for 8 years.
Barbara started by talking about the stage gate process for taking new product concepts through to launch onto the shelves and then gave the students an insight into innovation trends within the dairy sector. It was a really inspiring talk which highlighted the level of work involved in launching successful new products in a hugely competitive market.
Barbara spent the remainder of the day in the bakery working with our very own bakery and patisserie lecturer Andy Dale – who delivered a personal master class on macaroons. Barbara had specifically asked to work with Andy to discover the secret of making the perfect macaroon. A macaroon is a sweet meringue based confection made with egg white, icing sugar and ground almonds.
Let’s hope she got some good ideas to take back to Head Office!!
For more information about Barbara Ross, why not take a look at this article from The Independent.