Sixty final year degree students from CAFRE’s Loughry Campus took part in an enterprise challenge to develop a new, tasty food product, writes Dominic Gallagher, Loughry Campus, College of Agriculture, Food and Rural Enterprise (CAFRE).
The student groups were given five weeks to research, design, manufacture and package their product and present a business case to a panel of industrialists, which included Mr Alistair White (of Multi-Packaging Solutions) and Mr Johnny Finch (of Solo Retailing).
The judges were very impressed with the creativity and commercial knowledge of all the students. After much deliberation the winner was chosen - a premium chocolate orange dairy ice-cream, branded as “The Freezin’ Cow”. All products were subsequently sold at a very successful Christmas Fair run by the students at Loughry.
Increasingly, the modern day work-place requires graduates to be able to demonstrate their professionalism and commitment to developing and enhancing their own skills set. Developing technical and commercial skills is an essential part of the education programmes at Loughry Campus.
The practical, professional and transferable skills developed across all courses from National Diploma to Honours Degree level, coupled with close industry links have made Loughry students very employable. Why not find out more about the range of full-time and part-time courses Loughry Campus has to offer at www.cafre.ac.uk.