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BSc (Hons) Sustainable Food Production (Fresh Produce)

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Explore consumer demand, food security, provenance, ethical trade and how the fresh produce sector is adapting to meet demand. Study Sustainable Food Production (Fresh Produce) at ARU in Writtle.

If you’re concerned about the environment and food security – and want to be help businesses to operate sustainably – our course is for you.

The world’s population is predicted to rise to 9 billion by 2050, with around two-thirds of people living in urban areas. This presents challenges in terms of production systems, food quality, and reduction of food waste.

As a student at ARU in Writtle you’ll look at the nutritional benefits of fruit and vegetables, the ethical and business environments around fresh produce, and sustainable ways to meet demand for food.

You’ll gain hands-on experience of the industry, with opportunities to work or liaise with academics and peers in the Netherlands, Finland and South East Asia, visit commercial enterprises in the UK and Europe, and develop your own professional network. All our students take part in a series of commissioned projects, and hear from guest speakers. In Year 3, there’s also the option to join a short study tour.

As a graduate, you’ll be ready to use your skills in UK-based enterprises or those that operate on an international scale.

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Join a course in Writtle and:

  • study on a beautiful campus in the Essex countryside
  • learn from experienced tutors, who'll provide encouragement and feedback
  • make full use of facilities including extensive library and IT resources
  • access support, should you need it, with study skills, careers advice, health and wellbeing, and more
  • enjoy social spaces including a restaurant, coffee shop and recreation centre.


The food and beverage industry is currently the largest manufacturing sector in the UK, contributing an estimated £28 billion to the economy every year. It employs around 400,000 people in 6,800 businesses.

Innovation – to meet changing consumer needs and behaviour alongside environmental and ethical concerns – are essential to deliver growth in trade.

As a BSc (Hons) Sustainable Food Production (Fresh Produce) graduate, you'll be ready to enter management trainee roles, bringing an essential understanding of global value chains.

Job opportunities include:

  • support to technical managers
  • junior buyer roles
  • food quality and planning
  • fresh produce traders
  • business start-up.

Graduation doesn't have to be the end of your time with us. You might decide to at ARU and study for a Masters, such as our MBA Agribusiness.

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