Alan Todd is an advocate of using retail trends and forecasts to ensure that S.A. Brain & Co’s menu cycles are right on point, and his attention to detail has led to the development of innovative dishes that deliver true value for money to customers.
He has helped the brewery firm deploy robust back-of-house systems that provide added accountability and clarity in areas such as reporting, monitoring and ingredient management as part of his ambition to make the foodservice operation fully digital.
And he has been at the helm of the team as it has launched a first-of-its-kind kitchen facility to nurture and develop chef talent and create career pathways within the food industry.
Based at the site of the Old Brewery in Cardiff, the Skills Hub and Creative Kitchen (SHACK) is a venue for equipment trials and training on food-specific creations, menu launches and essential kitchen techniques.
Alan says such a resource is vital given Brains’ attempt to grow the business organically.
“We have been investing in people – we are a family business and we are growing our own staff. We are taking people on in a lot of different ways and nurturing them. The family has put a lot of money behind this,” he explains.
Company: S.A. Brain & Co
Address: Dragon Brewery, Pacific Road, Cardiff, CF24 5HJ
Tel: 029 2040 2060