Food Product Development

THIS™ Ready Meals Development

In Summer 2022, I developed the first range of three Plant Based Ready Meals for THIS for September launch into TESCO.

THIS has the mission to force animals into retirement. Their extensive range of meat alternative products, which are aimed at meat lovers, are high in protein and fibre, contain no antibiotics or nitrates and uses packaging with minimal plastic.

THIS was founded three years ago in 2019 by Andy Shovel and Pete Sharman and has grown to a projected forecast of £20m in 2022.

Ready Meals is an important new category for THIS to be able to showcase their products in convenient complete Plant Based meals with innovation, great taste and vibrant colour.

Food product development

Whole wheat spaghetti with Plant Based meatballs in a rich tomato herb and sundried tomato sauce topped with grilled red peppers and parsley.

Plant-based ready meal development

Creamy kale and olive oil mash with Plant Based Sausages in a rich onion and Balsamic gravy.

Vegan food product development

Fragrant rice with Plant Based chicken in an indulgent Thai coconut green curry sauce with aubergines and green beans.

Marks & Spencer Fish Product Development

In 2015 I developed a range of four fish products and re-developed a range of 17 chilled sauces for M&S which launched in October. The Salmon Joint was featured in the M&S Autumn TV commercial, Adventures in Autumn and the Blackstick Blue Cheese Sauce won the Q Award for Chilled Sauces.

M&S Fish

Salmon Joint stuffed with Mascapone, Roasted Garlic and Lemon

Food Product Development, Salmon Joint

Salmon Joint stuffed with Mascapone, Roasted Garlic and Lemon featured in the Adventures in Autumn TV Advert:

Lemon Sole Fillets stuffed with Lilliput Caper and Dill Butter

Food Product Development, Lemon Sole fillets

Hake with Harissa and Roquito Peppers

Hake fillets

Lightly Smoked Mackerel Fillets in a Heather Honey and Wholegrain Mustard Marinade

Mackerel fillets

M&S Chilled Sauces

Prosecco, Blackstick Blue Cheese, Wildflower Honey & Mustard and Green Herb

New sauces
Quality Food and Drink Awards 2015
Blackstick Blue Cheese Sauce, part of the new chilled range of sauces at Marks & Spencer,
won a Q Award at the Quality Food and Drink Awards 2015.

M&S Fish Sauces

Mornay, Watercress, Hollandaise and Parsley

Fish sauces

M&S Gravies

Lamb, Chicken, Onion, Beef and Game


M&S Meat Sauces

Peppercorn, Bearnaise, Diane and White Wine & Mushroom

Meat sauces