Ilse Van Staden, co-owner of Ke Nako Biltong

Ilse Van Staden, co-owner of Ke Nako Biltong

WHAT IS YOUR CURRENT ROLE? I am currently the butcher at Ballylagan Organic Farm Shop. I also own and operate Ke Nako Biltong with my wife Alanagh.   BRIEFLY OUTLINE YOUR HISTORY Started working in the food industry as a waiter while I was a student. My first job as... View Article

Claire Hale, marketing executive at Dale Farm

Claire Hale, marketing executive at Dale Farm

BRIEFLY OUTLINE YOUR EMPLOYMENT HISTORY While studying Marketing at Ulster University, Jordanstown, I worked with Dale Farm as a placement student where I supported the marketing team across a variety of projects and day-to-day tasks. It was a fantastic learning experience and introduction to the industry. After graduating with honours... View Article

Richard Gittus, relationship manager at Groceryaid

Richard Gittus, relationship manager at Groceryaid

BRIEFLY OUTLINE YOUR EMPLOYMENT HISTORY TO DATE My career started in 2004 when I joined Virgin Megastore, eventually progressing to store manager. I first entered the grocery trade in 2009 with Unilever as a national account manager and, following a couple of promotions, led a team of national account managers... View Article

Peter Barrett, Managing Director, Buchas Dog

Peter Barrett, Managing Director, Buchas Dog

WHAT IS YOUR CURRENT ROLE? I’ve just launched a new small drinks company so I’m pretty much every role going in the company at the moment. The company is called The Bucha’s Dog, Craft Tonic Brews, and makes a fermented tea drink, known as kombucha. BRIEFLY OUTLINE YOUR EMPLOYMENT HISTORY... View Article

Emily McCorkell, owner of Lo & Slo, Derry

Emily McCorkell, owner of Lo & Slo, Derry

HOW DID YOU GET STARTED? I launched Lo & Slo in 2018 at the Slow Food Festival in Derry with two sauces, Sweet & Smoky Barbecue Sauce and Sweet & Spicy Vinegar Mop. I had been active on social media and blogging prior to launching.  WHAT ARE THE BEST/WORST PARTS... View Article

Alice McIlhagger, Owner, Brambleberry Jams

Alice McIlhagger, Owner, Brambleberry Jams

WHAT IS YOUR CURRENT ROLE? I am the founder and owner of the Northern Ireland artisan food brand Brambleberry Jams, making my own recipe sauces, jams and chutney. BRIEFLY OUTLINE YOUR EMPLOYMENT HISTORY TO DATE I was a geography teacher and then a DoE town planner before starting my own... View Article

Mervyn Kennedy, Kennedy Bacon

Mervyn Kennedy, Kennedy Bacon

WHAT IS YOUR CURRENT ROLE? I am currently the owner of Kennedy Bacon in Omagh, as well as a full-time farmer. BRIEFLY OUTLINE YOUR EMPLOYMENT HISTORY TO DATE I was born into a farming family and that has always been my main occupation. I had a factory producing dry cured... View Article

Gareth McAnlis, Fresh food Development Manager at Henderson Wholesale

Gareth McAnlis, Fresh food Development Manager at Henderson Wholesale

WHAT IS YOUR CURRENT ROLE? As fresh food sales continue to grow, and the way it is consumed continues to change in Northern Ireland, my role is to ensure own-brand products and local supplier partnerships are continuing to meet demand and continuing to be innovative and improved.  BRIEFLY OUTLINE YOUR... View Article

Conor Toland, marketing manager for Henderson Retail

Conor Toland, marketing manager for Henderson Retail

BRIEFLY OUTLINE YOUR BACKGROUND After graduating from University of Ulster in 2012, my first full-time job was working as an events assistant for Belfast City Marathon. This was a fantastic first rung on the employment ladder – working for Northern Ireland’s largest participatory sporting event was a great way for... View Article

Simon Layton, head of region for M&S Northern Ireland

Simon Layton, head of region for M&S Northern Ireland

WHAT IS YOUR BACKGROUND? I started in retail at 16, working for Boots, and loved the interaction with real people – especially as I worked on the photo counter, processing customers’ memories. I joined M&S through the Business Placement Programme in 2003, as part of my university studies, and found... View Article