My food & drink job: Micol Mottura, category & shopper intern, Peperami

‘I would encourage sending open applications to food and drink businesses that you find interesting, even if there are no current positions available’


My Alternative CV: Ecotone UK’s Gareth Cooke on sustainability, Culture Beat and the village pub

’Grocery needs a more authentic approach from retailers to supporting ethical and sustainable brands and products’

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My food & drink job: Hollie Watson, product development assistant manager, Domino’s Pizza

’I got offered my first food product development work experience through a lady I used to swim with! Work experience helps you get your foot in the door’

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In trend-setting LA, purpose-led small brands are hot stuff

If LA continues to push the boundaries of a shopper’s experience and demands, the UK retailer landscape still has a way to go

James Dare

My Alternative CV: The Salad Project’s James Dare on mirrors, Football Manager and Macklemore

’I don’t believe in interviewing as a process. I’d rather show them what I can do than tell them’

Daria Bashkatova, Senior Marketing Innovation Manager

My food & drink job: Daria Bashkatova, senior marketing innovation manager, This

’My family come from a real mixed bag of places including Russia, Kazakhstan and Israel, among others. While questions of faith, politics or geography were often at odds, food was always a common language’

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My Alternative CV: Ellers Farm Distillery’s Jamie Baggott on Butlins, Black Sabbath and vodka

’I think grocery retail has become really sterile and uninspiring. Cleanliness, availability, display and customer service standards today wouldn’t have been acceptable in the 80s and 90s’

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My food & drink job: Eloise Bristow, head of marketing, Moving Mountains

’Fmcg isn’t a glamorous industry. One day I could be flipping burgers at a festival, the next staring at spreadsheets’

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Do you understand your ‘shopper’? Let’s take a closer look

Let’s take a closer look at ‘the shopper’ and then score your understanding once more

Connie Doak, CleanCo

My Alternative CV: CleanCo’s Connie Doak on jockeys, Bali and being red in the face

’There’s still a lot of barriers in the way in terms of how we activate in store. I think we should rip up all the rules and just start from scratch’

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My food & drink job: Megan Stretton, commercial leadership graduate trainee, Pilgrim’s UK

‘Interviews are a two-way process – not only is the company looking to see if you will fit in well, but you can also decide if the company meets your needs’

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The challenges and rewards of remote working as a startup

There have been many changes since I founded Caleño, a range of tropical non-alcoholic spirits created to bring a Latina fiesta vibe, in 2019

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My Alternative CV: Biscuiteers’ Harriet Hastings on floods, swimming and Blondie

’I run a hand-iced biscuit gifting company. A more personalised and stylish alternative to flowers and chocolates’ 


My food & drink job: Rosa Hernández, NPD manager, Bold Bean

‘As soon as I heard that there was a degree which combined food and science, I knew this was going to lead me to my dream job’

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How crowdfunding is breaking down barriers for startups

Not only is it a way to raise funding, but also to raise awareness and build an impassioned community of investors who want to talk about your company


My Alternative CV: Sam’s Larder’s Sam Harrison on saunas, pinot noir and Come On Eileen

‘I think people think owning restaurants and food stores is very glamorous – in truth it’s often very far from that’ 


My food & drink job: Lucy Wilkins, commercial executive, Ginsters

A graduate scheme led Lucy to the career in food she always dreamt of

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My Alternative CV: Jump Ship Brewing’s Sonja Mitchell on tearooms, sailing and Meryl Streep

’I saw Oasis playing at a small gig in Bouremouth and fell in love with the mosh pit, and Liam Gallagher’

Dulcie Howman at NOMO

My food & drink job: Dulcie Howman, marketing assistant, Zertus

Dulcie is kicking off her marketing career by working with Nomo, a free-from chocolate brand

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Do you push or pull? A lesson in sales from the Wolf of Wall Street

What would you do if Jordan Belfort asked you to sell him a pen?



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