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Gráinne Allen

Director of Food & Innovation

McDonald's UK & Ireland

Gráinne has been described as “one of the top 10 food product developers in the country”. With 30 years in the food industry, Gráinne has a unique level of experience across a broad spectrum, which all chilled, frozen, produce, and ambient foods including gifting and has run many multi-million pound product strategies in retail, manufacturing, food service and brand.
Gráinne’s work is firmly based on her unparalleled breadth and depth of knowledge in all aspects of the Food Industry particularly in the fields of innovation, strategy, best practice, and change management for business such as Marks and Spencer, Sainsbury’s and Whitbread.
Gráinne is Visiting Professor at the University of Ulster Business School where she is determined to encourage and support the young people who will be the innovators of tomorrow. As Director of Food and Innovation at McDonald’s, Gráinne is leading innovation and product direction across a number of strategic projects and categories.