Girl power yet to reach food manufacturing

By Rod Addy

- Last updated on GMT

Related tags: Food and drink

Further work is needed to attract women to food science, according to Helen Munday, director, scientific and regulatory affairs, Coca-Cola northwest Europe.

Commenting on comparative 2008 and 2009 Labour Market Intelligence data indicating that the proportion of women in food and drink manufacturing had decreased to 25% in most areas, Munday said: "Women will be much more represented at the higher levels than they ever have been, but you have to make sure you give provision to facilitate it."

She said enticing women into the industry had to start at school. "Science in schools is still not as appealing to women. The problem with science is if you haven't got the fundamental understanding, you can't pick it up in the job."

Munday acknowledged many women's desire to bear children interfered with demanding roles. "Manufacturing is more challenging for women. It's harder to build in more flexible hours. But I believe things will even out. Women are not necessarily the main care givers now."

Munday joined Coca-Cola at the beginning of this year, having moved on from her post of director of food science and safety at the Food and Drink Federation.

Related topics: People & Skills, Drinks

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