I can’t believe it’s already been a little over two weeks since two-thirds of us packed our bags and moved to Chicago. Time is really flying by in our exciting second rotations. After having my first rotation in R&D Cost-Out, I am now becoming acclimated to my new position as a Product Developer in the Shared Development Pool. This means I have the opportunity to work on products across all of our business units—from coffee to Jell-O to Kraft Macaroni & Cheese.
Speaking of Mac & Cheese that is what I have been tasked with for the remainder of the next four weeks! Exciting stuff. It’s crazy to think that I am working on one of our most beloved items; one that I (and I’m sure many of you reading this) have grown up eating since childhood. Since beginning this project, I’ve quickly learned that process cheese is much more complex than I ever imagined. Mac & Cheese is one of the most technically challenging products in the Kraft Heinz portfolio. I have a lot to learn, but I’m up for the challenge.
I spent the majority of my time this past week in the pilot plant, assisting in the process of creating Mac & Cheese from scratch. From measuring ingredients to operating the machinery for both the cheese powder and pasta, I got hands-on experience in every step of the process. This culminated in a team tasting to discuss the preferences and differences of each formula, meaning free Mac & Cheese on the job!
In addition to work, I’ve been enjoying being back in my hometown. Since a majority of the cohort has never been to Chicago before, it has been fun to begin showing them around the city. This new adventure is just beginning and I look forward to seeing where it takes me.