Do you think you could acquire a taste for working in the chocolate industry?
Mondelez International the US giant behind Cadbury, Milka and Oreo recruits tasters twice a year.
Only those with the most discerning palates need apply. The screening process involves tasting and smelling progressively more similar chocolate samples to see if you can distinguish between them.
“We provide training in the vocabulary. For instance, samples might be smoky, sweet or creamy and textures crumbly or fast melting. It’s a serious job if a sample fails the panel test, it might have to go back to our developers, which can be expensive, or not make it to market.’
Angela Coleshill, competitiveness director from the Food and Drinks Federation, says: ‘Food tasting and sensory technology are among the many fascinating careers in the industry. “The sector needs 130,000 new people in the next decade, especially those with an interest in science, technology engineering and maths.”