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Tetra Pak highlights the need to improve diversity in Food and Beverage manufacturing to tackle some of the most pressing issues facing the sector
Tetra Pak identifies an opportunity for more women to join the F&B manufacturing industry, to bring more diversity and help drive transformational change. A huge variety of skill sets required to boost innovation in the food packaging industry, ranging from mechanical and automation engineering to microbiology and food science.
According to the World Economic Forum’s Gender Gap report, women make up only a third of roles in the manufacturing sector, dropping to just 21 per cent at a senior executive level.
“Manufacturing industries have not always been the most attractive career choice for women, owing to the stereotypes and legacies of this heavily male-dominated sector. But now there is a brilliant opportunity for more diversity and for female innovators to help protect our global food supply chains for generations to come,” states Laurence Mott, Executive VP, Development and Engineering at Tetra Pak.
Marie Sandin, Vice President Engineering and Plant Automation at Tetra Pak, says: “Our global food systems are facing many challenges – in terms of climate change, food safety and hygiene and distribution. We can make a difference in all of these areas, but our impact will be far more effective if we involve more women in the movement. The Covid-19 pandemic has shone a light on critical environmental issues as well as the importance of food safety and availability and we need all hands on deck to address these evolving challenges.”
Tetra Pak supports International Women in Engineering Day (INWED), June 23, an international initiative celebrating the work and achievements of female engineers.