Red’s Hot Women internship: THE FOODIE EXPERIENCE

02-03-10 Celtic Manor, Wales – Waitrose Managers’ Conference

Posted in Uncategorized by Katie Bryson on March 3, 2010

After an early morning coffee-fuelled trip down the M4, we crossed the spectacular Severn Bridge into Wales and on to Celtic Manor. A bit different from the school run!

Today’s mission – to help the Development Team promote their successes and VERY exciting immininent launches at the annual Waitrose Managers’ Conference. Shhhhhhh it’s TOP SECRET!!!!

I was helping out on the essential Waitrose stall – celebrating its first year since launch. It was a proper party – balloons, cake and essential Waitrose nibbles of course! It was really interesting getting feedback from all the Branch Managers on how the range is going down with customers in their stores.

It’s clear that people were a bit sceptical of how it would perform when it first launched – but one year on and it’s flying off the shelves and customers have taken it to their hearts. I know it’s converted me as a mum who shops on a budget but doesn’t want to skimp on quality.

Walking around the impressive array of stalls I really got a sense of the innovative work that the Development Team are involved in. It’s more than my life’s worth to spill the beans on some of these awesome projects…BUT you will be dazzled when it’s finally revealed!

I’ve had some great chats with the staff today – I’m trying to find out as much as possible about their back-stories to see what paths they’ve taken to get where they are in the industry.

I’m still adjusting to being constantly surrounded by food. You really have to pace yourself! Today’s highlights were a deliciously moist macaroon, blueberry iced dessert made from sheep’s milk that’s ridiculously healthy (yes really) and a plate full of delicious curries from Waitrose’s new Menu From range. Yum, yum, YUM!

REALLY need to go for a run tomorrow!!!


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  1. Jenny Gibbons said, on March 3, 2010 at 6:58 pm

    Hello my gorgeous foodie friend and blogster par excellence, sounds like you are having a blast in Sunny Wales! It has been fantastic reading your blog and hearing about your internship so far – it sounds like an incredible insight into what the experts at Waitrose get up to and how exciting to be privy to all their secret plans for the future! (Don’t suppose one is to open a store in Brussels??!!)

    Just wanted to say hope you keep enjoying this week and can’t wait to catch up soon and hear more!

    Love Jen xxx

  2. Clare Youell said, on March 4, 2010 at 2:17 pm

    It sounds amazing Katie, you have done so well to get this. What a great experience.

    But sheep’s milk??? ha!

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