Our first deep dive week was in Glenview, a suburb of Chicago. This is where one of the research and development centers for the company is located. There is also an R&D facility outside Pittsburgh.
As a chemical engineer by training, I was very excited to see the technical side of the company, and what is in the innovation pipeline. We had the opportunity to hear from leaders in quality, consumer relations, packaging, breakthrough innovation, and many other functions. It is clear that the company cares a lot about this program because of all the leaders they brought in to meet with us.
I came into this week very much wanting to work in R&D and left with even more interest in this group. The activities we participated in were amazing and highly interactive. We toured the pilot plant facilities, tried new formulations of products, learned how to create Crystal Light, prototyped beverages, and even used the test kitchens to make our lunch from Kraft Heinz recipes! (see picture) We worked on two challenging case studies (one packaging based, one product based) that simulated real issues. It was a great learning experience. I cannot wait to have a part in creating food that will be enjoyed by countless people across the nation and even the world.
The Kraft Heinz culture is very unique and everyone I have met is working toward the vision: To Be the Best Food Company, Growing a Better World. One of the core values of our company is innovation, and several leaders who presented to us expressed their excitement about accelerating innovation. There is a very bright future for Kraft Heinz, both from a product portfolio and talent perspective.
Next week is the deep dive into finance, which will undoubtedly come with difficult case studies, but I am very much looking forward to it.