My Food Job is The Grocer’s online series profiling young people aged under 30 in the UK food & drink industry. We want to shine a light on the fantastic talent coming through the ranks – and inspire others to consider a career in this exciting industry. Want to put yourself or a colleague forward? Please contact our digital & social assistant Charles Wright


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’

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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’

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 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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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’


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’


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

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

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


My food & drink job: Phoebe Williams, research scientist, Xampla

‘It’s really rewarding to understand why some products are so difficult to put on the market and to develop solutions to overcome those barriers’


My food & drink job: Grace Thompson, assistant brand manager, Squeaky Bean

Grace’s role sees her as ’guardian of the brand’ for plant-based challenger Squeaky Bean

Leo Taylor, CEO and co-founder of Yum Bug

My food & drink job: Leo Taylor, CEO, Yum Bug

’If you don’t know what you want to do within the food industry I’d suggest mapping out things you’ve enjoyed in the past and try to really get to the bottom of why you enjoyed them’

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My food & drink job: Jo Jo Anastasiou, food and drink tester, The Good Housekeeping Institute

‘A couple of years ago I hadn’t considered that food and drinks tester was a real job title and now it’s what I do!’

Madeleine Slade HUX Health

My food & drink job: Madeleine Slade, community manager, Hux Health

‘There’s so many different roles out there, some I never even considered would exist. It’s a really fun industry to be a part of, just be willing to get stuck in!’

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My food & drink job: Lejla Damon, shopper marketing brand manager, Kellogg’s

‘Working with brands which were in my household growing up as a child has been an amazing experience’

Neel Shah Tesco

My food & drink job: Neel Shah, development chef, Tesco

Development chef Neel dreams of having his own restaurant facing an open tropical beach

Paige Wyatt Nestle

My food & drink job: Paige Wyatt, shopper activation manager, Nestlé

’Inclusion and belonging in the workplace are really important to me as I have a visual impairment. To support creating an accessible working environment, I volunteer as a member of NestAbility, one of Nestlé UK&I’s inclusion and belonging colleague networks’ 

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My food & drink job: Beth Alexander, monitor farm programme manager, Quality Meat Scotland

‘Be bold, ask the questions and see where it can take you. Don’t underestimate yourself – age is just a number’

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My food & drink job: Ania Gancarz, food guardian, Abel & Cole

 A language barrier didn’t stop Ania from applying to her role fighting food waste

Margaux Jacquot Mr Organic

My food & drink job: Margaux Jacquot, junior national account manager, Mr Organic

Margaux discusses her role at Mr Organic, ensuring consumers can easily find the best Italian products in their local stores

Tia Benaim, CCEP

My food & drink job: Tia Benaim, logistics apprentice, Coca-Cola Europacific Partners

For National Apprecticeship Week, Tia gives insight on her logistics role with Coca-Cola



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