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Baxters selects Milne's High soupremo


By Lorna Thompson


THE heat was on for Milne's High School teams this week in the final of Baxters' Soup Challenge.

The school has been involved in a long-running collaboration with nearby food giant Baxters in a competition which tasks pupils to come up with a new soup product – right from creating a recipe through to marketing.

This year, the second-year pupils at Milne's were given a brief by Baxters to create a healthy, tasty and sellable vegan soup, working mainly in teams of four.

This year the school's "Soupcide Squad" – Hannah Robertson, Tommy Ireland, Mathew McLuckie and Emma Geddes – reigned supreme, creating a Mexican Fiesta Soup with Guacamole.

Milne's High School Baxters Soup Challenge winners. Tommy Ireland and Matthew McLuckie (centre), Hannah Robertson (centre right), Emma Geddes (centre left). Louise Shepherd, of NPD Technology, beside Sandy Young, of Baxters HR, Graeme Morrison, of supply chain development, and Rachel Gothard, HR business partner.
Milne's High School Baxters Soup Challenge winners. Tommy Ireland and Matthew McLuckie (centre), Hannah Robertson (centre right), Emma Geddes (centre left). Louise Shepherd, of NPD Technology, beside Sandy Young, of Baxters HR, Graeme Morrison, of supply chain development, and Rachel Gothard, HR business partner.

The challenge incorporated various departments within the school, including home economics, art, science and business.

The pupils created recipes and produced samples in home economics, worked on their label designs using graphics in art, food-tested their soups in science classes, and even came up with advertising jingles. They also had to consider food safety and label regulations. The pupils costed out production and marketing for their soups in business classes.

The teams were whittled down to four finalists who presented their soups for final judging – the Taste Test – on Tuesday this week at Baxters Highland Village Lecture Theatre.

The four teams delivered presentations to the judging panel and an audience of parents and staff.

Pupils Hannah Robertson, Tommy Ireland, Mathew McLuckie, Emma Geddes, Findley McQueen, Beth Jenkins, Joshua Ward, Kyle Davies, Andile Mdluli, Kian Doherty, Sarah Little, Gemma Beange, Stephen Woodhouse, Jack Reid, Madeline McWilliam, Maisy Marshall and Ronan Winchester all took part in the final.

The victorious soup creators will see their product for sale in a real-world sense at Baxters.



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