Food & Beverage Product Developer

Processing and Manufacturing

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It's fascinating to learn how the whole world is connected in some way or another. Making one product requires different ingredients that are grown and manufactured in different parts of the world.

Jaskiran Pelia, Cargill
Food & Beverage Product Developer

In A Nutshell

I use my knowledge of food science to create or improve products- focusing on taste, texture, and appearance. 

I transition small-scale, experimental foods to products that can be created or manufactured on a large scale. 

I organize sensory tests to make sure the public will enjoy the foods we’re creating.

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Potential Salary Range

$30,000 - 75,000 Annually

Which provinces would this job be in?

Alberta AB
Alberta
British Columbia BC
British Columbia
Manitoba MB
Manitoba
New Brunswick NB
New Brunswick
Newfoundland & Labrador NL
Newfoundland & Labrador
Nova Scotia NS
Nova Scotia
Ontario ON
Ontario
Prince Edward Island PEI
Prince Edward Island
Quebec QC
Quebec
Saskwatchewan SK
Saskwatchewan

Most of my work is done in a food lab. It’s a very scientific environment, which is my favourite place to experiment with food. 

Workplace

Indoor

Job Requirements & Duties

  • Design processes to test foods for flavour, texture, smell, appearance, and more
  • Find new ways to preserve food and improve the manufacturing process
  • Figure out any issues with a food and find ways to fix them
  • Work with quality assurance teams to make sure foods are up to standard
  • Discuss findings with company management
  • Keep an eye on the market and production process in order to notice new opportunities 

Education & Training

  • A university degree in food science is necessary for this career.  
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Job Outlook

    The outlook for potential food and beverage product developers is excellent. There will be lots of new jobs to be filled by skilled, experienced food scientists.

Related School Subjects

Science
Health Education
Career Education

What words come to mind when thinking about this career?

Food Experimenting Chemistry Science

Important Skills

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Adaptability

Food development takes a lot of science and trial and error, so being able to adapt to a changing plan is very important. 

Creativity & Innovation

Coming up with new food products takes some out-of-the-box thinking, and making already existing products more exciting is innovation at its finest! 

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Research

Research is involved every step of the way when developing food - from market research to sensory research to taste testing.

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Detail-Oriented

I focus on every single detail when trying new foods. Every texture that’s slightly off, or colour that’s a bit unusual, needs to be addressed if a food is to be successful and marketable.  

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The Best Things About This Job Are…

Pays Well
Work Changes Daily
Problem Solving
Continuous Learning