Linden Foods recently hosted BSc Honours Degree Agricultural technology students from Queen’s University Belfast for their annual visit. The students visited the factory as part of Agri-Food Business Marketing and Management module whereby they learn about the supply chain and how it works, and then are put into groups of four which develop a new food product. The groups then compete by cooking the product and presenting it to representatives from Linden Foods, Marks and Spencer and Greenmount.
The students were shown round the kill floor and each stage was explained along with its significance to agriculture and what cuts are targeted to which consumer market. In addition they were shown around the boning hall, outlining some key aspects of supermarket requirements, such as the significance of carcass weight and how it affects steak size for packaging.
The students then had time for a discussion with Supply Chain Manager Keith Williamson and Lamb Buyer Gary Foster. This allowed the students to explore topics such as weekly throughput to the future of the industry post Brexit.