Verity Clifton works as our Applications Technologist. A Food Technology Graduate from Manchester Metropolitan University, she was previously with Tate & Lyle plc working with starch, proteins, hydrocolloids and fibres and has also had experience working with Campden BRI.
At Thew Arnott Verity’s role is to support the sales team, creating finished product samples, and devising innovative ways to showcase products. She also provides processing assistance to the team, acting as a bridge between the technical and sales departments. It’s an interesting role so we interviewed Verity to find out more as well as to get her view on what’s happening in today’s fast-moving food industry.
How did you get to where you are today?
With a lot of self-assessment, as I initially thought I would go into pharmacology development or pharmacy and possibly enter the military, but decided it wasn’t the right choice for me. I went into food technology at Manchester Metropolitan University, while there I completed a placement year with Campden BRI and was able to move between departments. After graduating I spent 4 ½ years with Tate & Lyle in their specialty food ingredients team.
What does a typical day look like for you?
Typically, I will be keeping contact with our customers, relaying information and suggesting the right raw materials for their purpose. I am often in the applications kitchen running pilot samples or producing training programmes. During the evening I am usually training down at my local rock climbing centre as I try to keep an active lifestyle.
What have been the highlights of Thew Arnott’s history, in your opinion?
The move from being traders to being manufacturers, and the opening of the Deeside site
Give us a positive prediction for the food industry over the next 12 months.
We are seeing increased consumer desire to learn more about what is in food. If the correct information is provided to the public, this could be a help for the food industry. By having a better understanding of what is in food, consumers will be able to make more informed choices.
Which people/organisations or companies are the ones to watch right now?
Any mainstream companies with a strong brand loyalty who are stepping into the free-from and dietary restricted alternatives will be the ones to watch, especially restaurants.
If you weren’t in your current position, what else might you be doing?
Either teaching or in a research position in new technologies
Tell us something about yourself that few people know.
I have lived in over 15 houses, throughout 5 countries over my life time. This was due to my father’s job in the military, moving every 2 to 3 years became the norm for us, so we often don’t stay in the same house for long.