We caught up with Tiff Warren our Recipe Development Manager to see what she’s been up to…
I’ve been working at Yeo Valley since 2003 and over the last 12 years quite a lot has happened! I’ve worked with most of the grocery retailers, developed and tested new products and been involved in some fantastic projects. It’s fair to say that there’s never a dull moment in my role as Recipe Development Manager and no two days are ever the same. An ‘average’ day could start with writing or amending recipes, organising taste panels, calculating nutritional information or heading to the dairies to arrange product trials. I’m also constantly looking at what else is out on the market and reading up on product reviews – yes we do listen to our customers !! Occasionally I’m even allowed out to talk to customers at events like the Royal Bath & West show.
One of the key aspects of my role is liaising with suppliers on raw material availability & suitability. As a business we always try to buy British but procuring the right quantities of organic fruit is often difficult in the UK, especially the more exotic varieties! Whilst it’s always nice to be able to use British fruits like Rhubarb, Blackcurrant or Damson there is always an air of excitement as we wait for an order of Papaya to gently meander across from India or a batch of ‘Gilli’ Black Cherries to make their way from the mountains of Turkey. Whether from Britain or further afield, where possible our fruit comes from small scale or family farms.
Working on our Limited Editions always keeps me on my toes as I have to find new and interesting flavour combinations that are worthy of our famed Limited Edition status. Two of my particular favourites have been our Apple Flapjack which was one of the first yogurts to contain oats and our Lemon & Poppy seed on account of the technical challenge converting an idea taking inspiration from baking recipes into an organic yogurt!
When I’m out of the office and finished with my parental taxi driver duties I spend my time exercising, cooking and repointing our house – whilst this might sound like an arduous task I find it really relaxing and fingers crossed the house will look fantastic in spite of my lack of building experience!