Students at the LaunchPad event at Glenbervie

Source: Macphie

Students at the LaunchPad event at Glenbervie

Ingredient manufacturer Macphie has hosted the Institute of Food Science and Technology’s annual Student LaunchPad event for budding young food scientists.

Students from Caledonian University, Robert Gordon University and Abertay University were introduced to graduate careers in the food and drink industry by members of the Macphie team at the firm’s Glenbervie factory in Aberdeenshire.

Among the presenters at the event was 26-year-old Jamie McDonald, an Abertay University graduate who secured an innovation role at Macphie last year following a three-month placement at the business.

McDonald shared his experiences in food science including reviewing the fat, salt and sugar content in products and perfecting recipes while ensuring products maintain a taste profile.

“It was great to see Jamie sharing the many wonderful skills he has picked up during his new role at Macphie and how his placement helped him on this journey,” said Dr Jon Wilkin, senior lecturer in new product development at Abertay University.

“It was clear that Jamie’s experiences and success he has already achieved in this ever-growing industry resonated with students at the event who I’m sure will be inspired to follow in his footsteps.”

Other Student LaunchPad speakers included Macphie open innovation manager Paul McKnight, and two of the firm’s employee experience team, Jayne Dutch and Victoria Goodyear, who discussed their career path journeys and what the company looks for in employees.

Students joined the speakers for lunch and had the chance to ask questions before being given a tour of the Glenbervie factory and its development facilities.

Macphie technical director Mark Duncan said it was a ‘real delight’ to help inspire and develop careers and provide practical support for the next generation.

“At Macphie, providing opportunities to school pupils and students is something that we pride ourselves on and being able to host this fantastic event is a real feather in our caps, showcasing our passion to teach and encourage.”