Carol Ford, a renowned expert in the fresh food industry, has recently been honoured with a position as a board director at 'Produced in Kent', a prominent trade body.
Ford's journey in the industry began as a retail buyer for Sainsbury’s, followed by various roles in marketing and commercial management at companies like Fyffes, Congelow Organic Produce, and The Greenery.
Over the past decade, Ford has established an extensive network in Kent's growing industry. She has served as a director on the Kent and Medway Economic Partnership (KMEP), Kent Business Advisory Board (KBAB), and South East Local Economic Partnership (SELEP). In 2021, she shifted her focus entirely to consultancy services for the food sector in Kent.
Produced in Kent has collaborated with Ford on several projects, notably the Kent Gleaning Collective. This one-year initiative aims to assist local farmers in redistributing surplus fresh produce to charities and food banks. Ford continues to play an advisory role in this project.
Ford expressed her enthusiasm for Kent's dynamic and modern food sector, which ranges from small incubator projects to multi-million pound food and drink businesses. She highlighted the sector's significance in supporting the economy, health, culture, and identity. Ford is committed to enhancing the work of Produced in Kent in championing the food and drink industry in the region.
Floortje Hoette, CEO of Produced in Kent, praised Ford for her extensive knowledge and positive approach towards the sector's opportunities. Ford's expertise is expected to be crucial for the success of several new projects planned by Produced in Kent.
In addition to her new role, Ford continues to advise Kent County Council on food-related matters and chairs the Fresh Food Production/Horticulture Task Force. She is also a member of the steering group for the Kent Food Partnership, a regional collaboration focused on food and drink initiatives.