My week with NWF

Work experience student Grace spends a week with NWF

Last week Natures Way Foods (NWF) was delighted to welcome A-level student Grace on site for a week’s work experience. Grace joined our fast-paced Category & Innovation team who set her an ambitious challenge of creating a new fresh salad product – in one week! Here’s Grace’s account of a week at NWF.

Grace with her product idea“I chose to complete my work experience at NWF as I’d like to study nutrition after my A-levels, so it seemed a really good fit. After having my induction on the Monday, I went to meet the Category & Innovation team. They set me the task of creating a fresh salad for a retailer, and to give my rationale for my choices, including retail price, ingredients and packaging.

“To pull together my initial ideas I started doing some research. This including going into supermarkets with the team, looking at social media sites like Instagram and spending a day with NWF’s chefs looking at food trends.

“Having decided on my product, I set about bringing it to life. I worked with the Supply Chain team to see how they could source the ingredients, the Operations team to see how they could make my product and the Finance team to find out how much my product would cost. We even studied the nutritional values of everything in my salad to make sure it was healthy.

“At the end of the week I had to present to the team and explain why I’d made my choices. It was a great feeling to see my idea as a final product. The feedback was really positive, especially the taste-testing!

Overall my experience working with NWF has been fantastic. I have learnt so much about a large, successful company and how all the departments work together to design, create and market a product before it gets to the shop floor.

Grace Work experience student

"The team at Nature's Way have been so supportive. My week with them has re-assured me that I am making the right decision to study Nutrition and Food Science at University. Saying thank you, just doesn't seem enough!"

 Grace with some of the Category & Innovation team

NWF has an active work experience programme, including placement opportunities for college and university students. We also work closely with local schools and colleges to engage students in the journey food makes from the field to their fork.