Did you know our team includes two Accredited Practising Dietitians? Meet Jade our R&D dietitian and the incredible brains and creativity behind our delicious frozen dessert and yoghurt flavours. We sat down with Jade to see what her role involves, how she comes up with flavours and what her favourite creation is!
- You are a qualified dietitian – is this the type of role you always imagined yourself in? If not, what had you initially planned to do with your degree?
My aim was to be a dietitian however I never really saw myself in the traditional role of dietitian that is in the public or private health service sector. I wanted to be able to be creative but overall, I wanted my love of food to be contagious; to help others find a love of food!
- Why did you become a dietitian in the first place?
I wanted to be involved with food and to go to university, so I researched what university degrees were available that involved the study of food. Voila, I enrolled in a Nutrition and Dietetics degree at the University of Sydney. At the time, they offered a double degree of the above combined with Exercise and Sports Science. I enrolled in both as I loved being active and previously had completed a Certificate III in Fitness. I was a bit nervous though as although I loved being active, I’m not really a ‘sporty’ person and thought I would be having to play sports during study breaks, with all these sporty people! Yes, most of fellow students were sporty but I couldn’t have spent 5 years with a better bunch. By the way, I’m still not sporty.
- What does your role at Luz Almond Involve?
Every day, week and month is different. When I first started with Luz Almond in February 2014 it was in the start-up stage of a business; I literally was making almond milk! I could go for quite a while about what my role at Luz Almond has involved but primarily I look after product development, understanding and applying food regulation and coordinating the development of labels.
- How did you come up with all those delicious flavours for the Frozen Dessert and Yoghurt?
Awww, thank you. Prior to recipe development, I always start with market research into consumer preferences and trends, as ultimately it is customers whom I want to love the product. Once I have a shortlist of potential flavours, that’s when the R&D really begins and there are many trial recipes before the final recipe for each flavour is decided. My goal for the end product is for it to be loved by customers and have that something extra special that surpasses customers’ expectations; enabling their love of food to reach new heights.
- If you had to pick one product from the Luz Almond range, which would be your favourite?
Easy. Cacao Fudge Frozen Dessert. It still surprises me however rich and creamy it is! Mmmm…chocolate.