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Manchester High School for Girls


Manchester High School for Girls hope to inspire a new generation of food developers by welcoming industry expert Mr Paul Dempsey from The Co-operative Food to School on 12th October.

Paul talked to students in the GCSE Food and Nutrition lesson about the trade and the long journey of a product from conception to supermarket shelves.

Food product development is a growing industry as more and more supermarkets and food suppliers widen their product ranges to cater for consumers’ needs for broader variety, convenience and value for money.

Mr Dempsey, Senior Product Development Manager at The Co-operative Food said: “It was great to see so many young people taking an active interest in food development. I suspect it was a surprise for the girls to realise how many different steps there are to get a new product on the shelves; from the inspiration trips in foodie cities through to packaging design and production in factories.”

He added: “Manchester High has great facilities for Food Technology, sowing the seeds of a love of food and, hopefully, the food industry itself. Food product development is a huge growth area and we need more qualified people to work in this innovative industry. I hope that the girls have been inspired by what they have learned today!”

Mrs Bell, teacher of Food Technology at Manchester High, said: “This was a really useful and informative presentation and we were delighted to have an expert from such an established brand as The Co-operative with us today. It was great for the girls to be able to see the stages of product development as they are similar to those they go through when completing their Controlled Assessment.”

She concluded: “We have very talented, creative girls here at Manchester High and I can see the potential in some of them building very successful careers within the food industry.”