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Kathy Merrett: Programme Leader and Lecturer in Food

Each month we will focus on a different person, showing how their career has developed from their education choices to their current job.

Kathy_DSC4553 This month we look at the route Kathy Merrett, our Programme Leader and lecturer, took in her studies and career.

In Kathy’s own words:

“Studied a BSc (Hons) in Nutrition at Kings College, London and then spent over 20 years in the food industry in a variety of roles including Nutritionist for Good Housekeeping Magazine, New Product Developer for Birds Eye Wall’s, Buyer for major retailers including Somerfield and Morrison’s  and Marketing Manager for Hazlewood Foods. Started my own business in  2002, helping small food businesses with marketing advice and how to get listed in retailers, and then after the recession of 2007 decided to go into teaching …and haven’t looked back!”


Reaseheath veg

Introduction to Seasonal Foods

Reaseheath veg

There are lots of good reasons why we should eat more local and seasonal food.  The superb Eat the Seasons website gives the following reasons:

  • to reduce the energy (and associated CO2 emissions) needed to grow and transport the food we eat
  • to avoid paying a premium for food that is scarcer or has travelled a long way
  • to support the local economy
  • to reconnect with nature’s cycles and the passing of time

but, most importantly, because…

  • seasonal food is fresher and so tends to be tastier and more nutritious.

It also can make good commercial sense, as there is a growing demand from better educated consumers for seasonal food.

Bill Pearson, who’s a member of our Training Development department, has agreed to write a series of articles about what’s in season and he’ll also give links to seasonal recipes.   In his spare time Bill writes a blog on Good Food Shops and is keen on promoting the use of Social Networking to SMEs in the Food Industry.


Bill Pearson

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.