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Chris Budd alumni issue 1

Where are our students now? – Chris Budd

Each month we’ll look at past students and give you some information about what they’re doing in the food industry.

This month starts with Chris Budd. Chris was with us for six years – he studied his Level 3 National Diploma here, and then went on to study his Foundation Degree and graduated with a 2:1 in his BSc (Hons) Food Technology. Chris made the most of his time in College, and took a year’s paid work placement in industry to gain further experience.

Here’s his experience:

Where-are-our-students-now-Chris-Budd“I studied at Reaseheath College for 6 years in total, beginning with a National Diploma in Food Manufacturing and Nutrition, and leaving with a BSc Hons Food Industry with Management.

During my time at Reaseheath, I gained valuable experience working in creameries, working with retail and own label products, including frozen and ambient.

I also gained additional qualifications such as Level 3 Food Safety and Level Auditing and Inspection Skills, which have helped my C.V. standout when I was looking for employment.

Reaseheath College, in conjunction with Harper Adams University College, are well recognised within the food industry and are known to deliver high quality courses as well as graduates that are prepared for employment.

When I left Reaseheath, I was actively seeking employment, and it didn’t take too long before I was offered interviews.

I successfully landed a job within the Samworth Brothers Group in Melton Mowbray, Leicestershire, as a Process Development Technologist at Kettleby Foods.

In my role, I support all departments in the concept, trialling and launching of high quality ready-meal’s for retail.

Working in the FMCG (Fast Moving Consumer Goods) arena has its challenges, and my role offers great variation, from attending customer panels, to managing factory trials, to visiting suppliers.

I believe that I had the best preparation I could have from Reaseheath, and I am confident that the skills and knowledge gained has set me up for a long and prosperous career in the food industry.”

Chris will shortly be moving to a new job with greater responsibilities, working as a New Product Development manager for the Covent Garden Soup Company.

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Food Trials

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The commercial team have been busy with trials and development work over December and January, working with industry partners and associates to develop innovative products and techniques.

December trials

Jenny Newell reports: “December trials included concentrating waste material using the evaporator and spray dryer making it in to a food ingredient. This would be of use to the company concerned as it provides profit from what was previously a waste material, as well as reducing the cost of waste product being disposed of.

A second trial in December involved producing reduced fat cheese. A customer has been using our facilities and staff support to carry out a trial on blue cheese in the food innovation rooms.

January food trial – AMT Ltd

Advanced Microwave Technologies Ltd (AMT Ltd) are global leaders in the use of microwaves to heat and condition liquids, suspensions and semi solids.

AMT Ltd has developed a unique method of delivering microwave energy into flowing liquids, suspensions and semi-solids on a continuous basis.   This technology uses conventional magnetrons, but is innovative because of:

1) the increased penetration of the microwave energy

2) the industrial scale of the process (continuous processing at up to 4 tonnes per hour)  

Termed ‘Microwave Volumetric Heating’ (MVH), it is associated with significant technical, practical and economic advantages. Early adopters of the technology have come from within the UK food and drink sector.

In January AMT Ltd undertook a 3 day trial at Reaseheath utilising the  APV UHT plant to test the technology for the first time on milk.Derek Allen (Senior Technologist) project managed the trial to a very high standard of delivery and the customer acknowledged his expertise and dairy industry knowledge together with the team in the Food Centre.

Dr Sue Gordon, Technical Marketing Manager, AMT Ltd commented:  “We have really, really enjoyed our time working with you, and we have covered a lot of ground in a few days.  Please also pass on our thanks to all at Reaseheath who have helped make this happen; we do appreciate the time and effort that was put in to make everything run so smoothly.”

AMT are now actively looking to engage with Reaseheath on future trial work and student placements.