In a bid to encourage more girls into STEM careers, Evesham-based fresh produce supplier Kanes Foods opened its doors to students from Rugby High School.
Kanes Foods welcomed the six pupils, aged 14, to its state-of-the-art factory based in Little Middleton to support them with their project for designing an environmentally friendly factory.
The pupils were given a tour of the facilities by one of Kanes Foods’ production managers, Miran Gardoon, who demonstrated the technologies utilised on site, providing inspiration for their assignment.
Juliet Fletcher, psychics teacher at Rugby High School at Rugby High School, said: “The time spent at Kanes Foods was a fantastic opportunity for the students to understand the processes and logistics of how the technology in the factory works. We were able to witness the entirety of the production line process, from the input of the raw materials to the packaging of the end product, ready to go into distribution.
“We thoroughly enjoyed the day and were fascinated by the steps that are taken to produce the salad through an environmentally friendly process.”
The students were guided through the procedures and were given access to the aqua bio plant rooms, which remove impurities from the water that is used to clean the salads.
Andy Swarbrick, HR director at Kanes Foods, said: “As a company, we feel it’s very important to encourage more females into the world of science, technology and engineering. At present, a large amount of insight is missing because of the ratio between males and females in the industry, so it’s important for us to be advocates of encouraging more females into taking an interest in the field.
“It was brilliant to see how engaged and engrossed the students were, and we hope that the learnings taken away from the day will benefit them in their current and future projects.”
Kanes Foods, located in Middle Littleton, has been the leading supplier of prepared fresh produce including salads, vegetables and stir-fries in the UK for almost 30 years.
The company has a strong sense of community, working closely with local schools to promote the many opportunities there are in choosing a career in the food industry.