Ingredients continue to play an essential role in the consumer purchasing decision making, as customer demand for healthy and sustainable products shows no signs of abating. Ingredients provide manufacturers with a wealth of opportunities to deliver on the important consumer trends, ensure longevity of the brand and provide that all important competitive edge.
The latest latest podcast by Food Matters Liveby Food Matters Live looks at ingredients careers, why it is an integral part of the supply chain and the challenges and opportunities for anyone working in or looking to join the sector. Tayab Haq, Business Development Manager at Brenntag Food & Nutrition in the UK, joins the panel of contributors to discuss whether career in ingredients can be the perfect route to a rewarding role in food and nutrition.
Tayab is a Food Technologist with 18 years manufacturing experience. He has worked in NPD roles across a diverse range of categories for major UK food manufacturers; sandwiches, desserts, ready meals, herbs & spices, sauces and soups. Inspired to go into the food industry after a family friend got him tickets for an open day at an ice cream factory, he now enjoys helping manufacturers with technical and formulation advice on ingredients in his current role with Brenntag Food & Nutrition.
In the podcast Tayab offers his view on why the industry is such an exciting area to work in, discusses the changes upcoming with regards to ingredients legislation, and introduces the “Enjoyability with Employability” concept for the industry to continue to attract new talent. On the question of the key skills required to success in the role, Tay says: “From my experience I find these to be a sound technical knowledge, an eye for what works commercially, an ability to relate to the pressures of delivering product and service to customers. Fast paced, innovative, relevant, adaptable, with passion for creating exciting, nutritious, healthy products - all are the key attributes. Career in ingredients offers a fantastic opportunity to make a true impact on people wellbeing“.