The Inside Scoop - Operations

Manazer Salam is a Dairy Operative at our largest Production site in Blagdon, Somerset. We talked to him about what it's like working for Yeo Valley, and being a key worker during the pandemic.

What’s your role at Yeo Valley?

I am a Dairy Operative, Runner, Packer, Company Driver and a representative in the Joint Consultation Committee (also been a Health and Safety rep).

How long have you worked here?

On 2nd January it will be 20 years.

What do you enjoy about working here?

I like the shift pattern as it allows 4 days on 4 days off. If I book 4 days holiday, I can be away 12 days, which is really nice. I really enjoy working with numerous different nationalities and cultures as the staff at Yeo Valley are from a range of backgrounds. I like the team work and working with others to achieve a goal.

What has been your experience of being a key worker during the pandemic?

I have helped to keep the company going and moving forward. I’ve enjoyed being able to provide essential food for the public and keeping the nation fed. I have felt like I’ve done my bit to help the country during the pandemic.

What makes Yeo Valley different to anywhere you’ve worked before?

The shift pattern has changed from 8 to 12 hours; and in response to this, a prayer and faith room has been provided for staff. This has been really important for me to practice my faith and shows that the company cares about it’s staff. Work perks are tastier than anywhere before!

If you were a Yeo Valley yogurt flavour, which one would you be and why?

Mango and Passion Fruit! Mango is the national fruit of my country – Pakistan – and the best mangos come from Pakistan. And passion fruit has, like me, passion in it.