Colman's

Packing baby foods, Colman’s 1969-1977

Most of my work was packing but when we were doing the triple packs where we had to fill up little bags we were swapped round every half an hour. There were three levels on the floor – the top level was where the baby food was made, the second level dealt with the food […]

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Quality Control and Analysis, Colman’s 1985-95

Sarah began work in Colman’s Quality Control, trained in many areas and worked across various departments including baby-food, mustard and soft drinks. She describes the many changes at the company. I first started working at Colman’s on a temporary basis in May 1985 when I was 20. Someone had broken their ankle and I was […]

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Research and development, Reckitt and Colman 1974-1998

Ken Warman chose to work as a chemical engineer in the food industry and became a Head of Process Research before being approached to run the Colman Research & Development department in 1974. When I left school at age 16, the Youth Employment Office found me a position with HJ Heinz at Harlesden as a […]

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Statistics and early computers, Colman’s 1970-80s

Michael Rymer learned computer and people skills on the job. He was one of a team introducing computerised systems to Colman’s, but was made redundant when successful implementation of the project meant that his team’s skills were no longer needed. I left school at 15 knowing I wanted to work in an office. I applied […]

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