A Day in the Life of the ACH Food Company Intern- Matt Zaruba

My name is Matt Zaruba. I’m a going to be a senior at DePaul University and I’m pursuing a degree in marketing with a concentration in sale leadership and I am also minoring in management. This summer I’m interning at a company called ACH Food Companies, Inc. ACH Food is a consumer packaged goods company and is a child company of Associated British Foods Inc. (ABF). ACH Food has many brands under its name, brands such as; Mazola Cooking Oil, Fleischmann’s yeast, Weber Grill seasonings, and many more. ACH Food Companies, Inc is located in Oakbrook Terrace, IL and is located in the Parkview Plaza.

Here is Matt's desk!

Here is Matt’s desk!

I will be working in the marketing department and will be assuming the duties of an assistant brand manager for the various brands and products that ACH Food produces. My day to day activities vary on most days but there are some routine duties I fulfill every day. On a typical day I will come into the office and will pull data from Information Resources Inc. (IRI) and analyze it. When analyzing the data I’m looking for trends or information that will help tell the story of a product in the market; whether it be showing growth in a specific region or seeing where there is a pricing sensitivity to the market. But like most jobs, there are various other activities that I’m engaged in at a work. For example one day I attended a focus group study in Chicago to see how well our commercials conveyed the message of our product. Other days I help the assistant brand managers with working on creative free standing inserts (FSI) and packaging for some of the new products that will be launching soon.  I also have been engaged in several sales meetings as well as segmentation and advertising meetings.

ACH Food Companies, Inc. is a relatively big company with 500-1000 employees working in the various locations throughout North America. There are corporate buildings in Illinois, Tennessee, Iowa and Mexico. ACH Food packages consumer goods for sale to business retailers and they also manufacture some of the brands that they own such as Mazola cooking oils. The main manufacturing plant for ACH Food is in Ankeny, Iowa.

Here is a focus group from Chicago!

Here is a focus group from Chicago!

So far working at ACH Food has been an amazing experience. I was nervous to start working in such a large office but I was give good direction and help by my co-workers. I was surprised the amount of responsibility and trust that my superiors and co-workers have given me and I have learned a lot of vital lessons from that. Working in as an assistant brand manager has helped point me in the direction of where I want to take my future career. I am learning a lot of professional skills from my co-workers and how to deal with clients and other professionals with troubling situations. I have also gained a lot of knowledge on the field of marketing in many ways ranging from advertising, sales, category management, packaging and many more.

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