Colworth - Our Center of CraftsmanshipWorking in a joint venture across two large multinational companies we have the great privilege of being able to locate our people in either a PepsiCo or Unilever office. In the UK we have two offices. A Research and Development centre in Bedfordshire and a Marketing office in Surrey.
Colworth is the Bedfordshire office and is located in the picturesque village of Sharnbrook, within the grounds of a Grade II listed stately house. The house and its grounds are steeped in history stretching back more than 2,000 years. There is even an onsite museum, housing the history of Colworth House and Unilever.
Colworth is where you will find our Global R&D, Packaging and Supply Chain totalling around 25 Pepsi Lipton team members. The facilities here include laboratories and a Pilot Plant where new formulations are developed and trialled with the additional support of state of the art analytical facilities.
Colworth is now a Science Park and plays host to more than 650 Unilever employees together with many third party companies including British Gas, Cambridge University and Cranfield University. We have an on-site gymnasium, a site restaurant and a large conference building which can host more than 200 people. We also have fantastic sports facilities to include a golf course, cricket pitch and squash & tennis courts to name but a few.
Welcome to our new Tea Enthusiasts
We are all passionate about growing the tea category. Why not take some time to get to know the friendly faces that recently joined our JV “Can do Teams”. Click on one of the smiley faces below to get the full story
I would like to introduce you to Lauren Williams who will be joining the Pepsi Lipton Quality Team at Colworth on 21st January 2019.
Lauren graduated in 2011 with a BSc in Equine Science (1st Class) and has loved horses for as long as she can remember. Since graduating she has been working in the Quality Department for a pet nutrition company of Mars Inc. She enjoys working in a laboratory environment and is always keen to learn new skills.
Outside of work most of Lauren’s time is taken up caring for her 4 ponies, 1 of which she has owned since I she was 12yrs old-and luckily never outgrew! She used to compete regularly in show jumping but most of her time is now spent training her little rescue Dartmoor ponies. Aside from horses, Lauren enjoys spending time with her family, going to the cinema and hiking-including occasionally up a mountain or glacier.
I am very pleased to announce that Louise Vercoe has been appointed Global Finance Analyst as part of the Controllers team.
Since 2000, Louise has been working for Unilever in a number of roles across the business varying from category finance, controlling finance and CD finance. Her most recent role in Unilever was as Customer Reporting Accountant, within the Order to Cash team, where she was responsible for communicating key metrics and deliverables to the MCO while also implementing process improvements.
Louise will start her new role on 3rd January.
Please join me in congratulating Louise on her new role with the JV.
Janis Schepers Announcement
Our General Manager Marc joined PepsiCo in 2004 and held a number of senior leadership positions within the company before his appointment as Senior Vice President and General Manager of Pepsi Lipton in February 2016.
In this role Marc has global responsibility for this joint venture between Unilever and PepsiCo operating in roughly 120 countries worldwide. Prior to his current assignment, Marc was Senior Vice President for PepsiCo’s Global Nutrition Group, running multi-billion dollar brands such as Tropicana, Quaker and Naked.
Prior to GNG, Marc was the Vice President & General Manager, Russia Foods, where he led the transformation of the snacks portfolio to match changing consumer trends. He began his PepsiCo career in the Benelux region where he led the beverages business. Before joining PepsiCo, Marc worked at Proctor & Gamble and MetrixLab.
Marc earned his Business Economics Masters degree at Erasmus University in Rotterdam in the Netherlands with parts of his studies completed in Oxford, England and Milan, Italy.