Its difficult to believe that I have been at Willowbrook for almost 2 months now…as the saying goes…’time flies when you are having fun…’ Most days are varied; I can be working in the office, in the kitchen or even running errands in the factory! I feel as though I am learning a lot about what goes on behind the scenes, through industry analysis and research into up and coming trends. I have learnt about the process which occurs when developing a new product starting from the initial concept, right up to the product launch. I attend sales meetings every Tuesday so I am always kept in the loop as to what is going on with everyone in the sales and NPD department and as such feel as though I can offer more help and insight into everyday situations now I have finally found my feet. I have prepared kitchen samples, experienced factory trials, tasting panels, cooking validations and was even responsible for making the samples submitted to the Irish Quality Food Awards. Over the past month, I have visited every area of the factory… and can now successfully navigate without getting lost! I have learnt all about the products we offer…and it is safe to say I can never look at salad in the same way ever again!