Product Development - Undergraduate Placement
Competitive Salary + Benefits


The Role and Team

This role offers a great opportunity for an enthusiastic and innovative degree level student   with a   real passion for food who is looking for an exciting and challenging placement   in Food Product Development, as an initial step towards a career in food innovation .

Our Product & Systems Development team are responsible for identifying and delivering new product innovations that create competitive advantage , support long-term sustainable growth and make a real difference . Working closely with our Development chefs and technologists, you will have the opportunity to be involved in many different aspects of food development including idea generation, concept development, producing samples , product presentations, concept testing , benchmarking and supporting production trials. This will include agile development and testing of new concepts for numerous market sectors , which may include  hospitals , care homes , nurseries, foodservice and for customers in their own homes through Wiltshire Farm Foods.

This gives you a real opportunity to make your mark at apetito through customer focused innovation.

Who We Are

apetito is the UK’s leading supplier of food to the health and social care sectors. Servicing over 400 hospitals, 450 care homes and thousands more through our work with Local Authorities, we produce delicious, nutritious and sustainable meals for people at home or in care. Through our food we look to ‘make a real difference’ to all our customers, up and down the country.

Our Values

Established in 1958, as a family-owned business, our values sit at the very heart of what we do. We are proud to be a business that ‘makes a real difference’, committed to producing ‘great food to be proud of’. We have developed a range of products designed to ‘enhance health and well-being’ for all our customers. We are proud supporters of British food and farming and focus on using the best ‘ethical and sustainably’ sourced produce.

We are driven by a ‘passion for service’, dedicated to feeding some of the UK’s most vulnerable people, offering healthy and delicious meals to customers across the UK.

Ethical & Sustainable

As a business which operates within food manufacturing, we believe we have an obligation to make a positive contribution on society. With over 300 products in our range, we ensure our produce is ethically and sustainably sourced, working only with suppliers who share our commitment to making a positive impact.

We’re a proud member of the Ethical Trade Initiative (ETI), a leading alliance of companies, trade unions and NGOs, that promote respect for workers rights globally. All our new suppliers now operate under the ETI’s guidelines.

We are also a member of The UK’s Plastics Pact, an initiative looking to transform the plastic packaging industry in the UK. As part of the initiative, we have committed, along with other ambitious targets, to eliminate unnecessary single-use plastic completely by 2025.

We have also made a commitment to our employees – we’re recognised as an accredited Living Wage employer by the Living Wage Foundation. Joining an elite group of FTSE 100 companies and public sector organisations.

Giving Back

Here at apetito, we take our duty to give back to our local communities and chosen charities very seriously. In 2018, we raised over £30,000 for Alzheimer’s Support and Alzheimer’s Society alone, thanks to the incredible efforts of our employees and charity committee. We also support our communities through the apetito Staff Foundation, which gives financial support to the chosen charitable causes of our staff and their children. Since 2005, we’ve raised over £200,000 for these charities.

Full details of our Undergraduate Placement Programme can be found on our careers pages at Placements at apetito


  • Idea generation
  • Sourcing raw materials for new concepts
  • Agile development
  • Concept development
  • Producing research samples
  • Presentations  to colleagues and customers
  • Providing support to the Development team
  • Co-ordinating projects



You will be studying towards a degree in a Food based subject  such as Food science,, Food innovation or Food & Nutrition

You will be in your second year of study (or later ) with the expectation that you will receive a 2:1 or above and are looking to complete a 1 year placement .


Personal Qualities:


  • Passionate about food
  • Innovative
  • Determined to make a positive impact
  • Practical ‘hands-on’ approach and ‘can-do attitude’
  • Good communication skills
  • Good problem-solving skills
  • Excellent sensory skills
  • Team player



  • Location

    Wiltshire-Trowbridge, UK

  • Contract


  • Closing date

    25th November 2019

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