University student walks the supply chain

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Every year and in conjunction with the Royal Welsh Agriculture Society, our customer Waitrose sponsors a student. With a more proactive approach to raising awareness of the opportunity, Waitrose received a higher number of quality applicants this year. Aberystwyth student Emyr Wyn Owen was successful in his application and spent some time in June learning more about the Waitrose livestock supply chains. Time spent with us saw him visit a pig farm and the Linton and Bury processing facilities.

Rachel Farquhar, Technical BQP took Emyr onto a pig farm, the very best way to highlight the uniqueness of the supply chain. Following this, Emyr also visited Linton and Bury where he was impressed with the quality of products and the care and attention taken in producing them. In addition to factory tours, Emyr had the opportunity to taste some products at Linton, something he thoroughly enjoyed!

With a beef and sheep background, Emyr took a keen interest in the Bury site and the work currently being done on the Waitrose lamb supply chain. He also commented that “the passion of the employees at the plant in producing high quality products for Waitrose was good to see…”. He was impressed with the work we are doing at a community level and also with Harper Adams Agricultural College through Scholarship and Placement students and the Fresh Start Pig Academy – all initiatives which he felt offered great opportunity for young people interested in the agricultural and food supply chain.

Rounding off his visit with us was a visit to a local Waitrose branch, demonstrating to Emyr the entire supply chain from farm to Waitrose shelf.

Pictured from left to right in the Linton Taste Panel Rom: Emyr Wyn Owen, Sarah Baker Harper Adams Placement Student and Tom Sherriff NPD Technologist