We’ve recently appointed James Bennett to the Cobell team in the role of Trainee Sales Executive here at The Juice House.
The 26-year-old, who was born and bred in Exeter, previously worked in Asset Recovery and Insolvency at Ashfords LLP, a large regional law firm.
He said: “I dealt with a lot of Civil Litigation matters – a far cry from working with fruit juice! Now I am working hard to learn all about the industry.
“My role at Cobell involves looking after customers who manufacture products for all types of food and beverages, from ice-cream and sorbets to cider, beer, cocktails and spirits, to jams and condiments to fitness drinks and supplements to name a few.
“I look after a large number of existing customers, but also receive a lot of enquiries from new customers looking to develop ideas and create new products, or use our material to replace ingredients in their existing products.
“My time working in Law was sandwiched between working in a chalet in the Austrian ski resort of St Anton and working as a Foreign Language Teacher in Thailand, then travelling around South East Asia and Australasia.
“In Thailand, I taught seven and eight-year-olds English, maths and science with no teaching qualification other than a certificate obtained from an online TEFL course. It was difficult at first to keep 26 Thai children disciplined, especially with the language barrier, but I grew to love it and enjoyed experiencing the different culture. I’ve also worked in hospitality as a waiter and a barman. All of these roles have given me good social and customer service skills, which are vital for my job here at Cobell.”
James studied at West Exe Technology College and Exeter College before reading Law at the University of Exeter.
In his spare time, James is a keen amateur photographer and loves to be outdoors and to travel, so he can shoot landscape photography.
“I was just pipped to the winning post in the Guardian’s May Travel Photo Competition and the camera company, Canon, recently featured me on their social media, which I was pretty happy with!”