Professor Ralph Early

Professor Ralph Early BA (Open), MSc, MPhil, CSci, FRSB, FIFST, FInst.M, FHEA.

Professor of Food Industry and Head of Department of Food Science and Agri-Food Supply Chain Management 

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Tel: +44 (0)1952 815365
Fax: +44 (0)1952 814783
Twitter: @ProfRalphEarly
Academic Department: Food Science and Agri-food Supply Chain Management
Building: Regional Food Academy
Office: RFA 106
Research profile: ORCID

Teaching Duties

  • Food policy and ethics.
  • Bioethics.
  • Food security and sustainable food production.
  • Food processing and preservation.
  • Risk and crisis management.
  • Product recall.

Research Interests

Scholarly/research interests

  • Food ethics.
  • Bioethics.
  • Philosophy of food.
  • Food policy.
  • Food security and sustainability.
  • Artisan and traditional food.

Professional Memberships

Module Leader

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  • Early, R. (2015) Will the new British Government encourage graduates into our food industry? Meat Management May
  • Early, R. (2015) Food Technology Engineering: a short course for schools at Harper Adams University. Food Management Today 3,3
  • Early, R. (2015) Is it time for Big Food to rethink its relationship with consumers? Food Management Today 3,4
  • Early, R. (2015) Are you working for a psychopath? Food Management Today 3.3
  • Early, R. (2015) Is health the new black that will motivate food business reinvention? Food Management Today 3,2
  • Early, R. (2015) The obesity epidemic: A cause for change in some food businesses? Food Management Today 3,1
  • Early, R. (2015) Price slump raises issues of ethics and food security. Farmers Weekly 163, 22
  • Early, R. (2014) Ambition and ego bring business benefits and risks. Food Management Today 2,6
  • Early, R. (2014) Don’t get stung by food hygiene failure. BBKA News August
  • Early, R. (2014) Eco-innovation and agro-ecology: a necessary future. Food Management Today 2,5
  • Early, R. (2014) Global climate change and the end of business as usual. Food Management Today 2,4
  • Early, R. (2014) The UK’s educational system: failing to meet food industry needs. Food Management Today 2,3
  • Early, R. (2014) Is food in Britain too cheap? Food Management Today 2,2
  • Early, R. (2014) The rise of the ethical consumer: ignore it at your peril! Food Management Today 2,1
  • Heasman, M. and Early, R. (2014) Social justice as fairness in the global food system. In, Garwood, S., Croeser, S. and Yakinthuu, C. Eds. Lessons of social change in the global economy: voices from the field. Lanham MD: Lexington Books.
  • Early, R. (2013) Television could do better when it comes to food education. Food Management Today 1,4
  • Early, R. (2013) Education: an essential ingredient for food business survival. Food Management Today 1,3
  • Early, R. (2013) The global food supply system needs redesigning: human survival depends on it! Food Management Today 1,2
  • Early, R. (2013) Now that the horse has bolted, is it time to simplify our food chain? Food Management Today 1,1
  • Early, R. (2013) Harper Adams University: helping to increase the number of graduates entering the food industry Food Science and Technology Journal 27,3
  • Early, R. (2013) Should UK food export be a Government priority in a food insecure world? Food Management Today 1,5
  • Early, R. (2011) Dairy products and milk-based food ingredients. In, Baines, D. and Seal, R. (eds). Natural food additives, ingredients and flavourings. Cambridge: Woodhead.
  • Early, R. (2009) Pathogen control in primary production: Crop foods. In, Blackburn, C. and McClure, P. (eds) Second edition. Foodborne Pathogens: hazards, risk analysis and control. Cambridge: Woodhead.
  • Sinclair, L.A., Lock, A.L., Early, R. and Bauman, D.E. (2007) Effects of trans-10, cis-12 conjugated linoleic acid on ovine milk fat synthesis and cheese properties. Journal of Dairy Science 90:3326-3335
  • Early, R. (2005) Good Agricultural Practice and HACCP in fruit and vegetable cultivation. In, Jongen, W. (Ed.) Improving the safety of fruit and vegetables. Cambridge: Woodhead.
  • Early, R. (2004) Good Agricultural Practice and HACCP systems in the management of pesticides and veterinary residues on the farm. In, Watson, D. (Ed.) Pesticides, veterinary and other chemical residues. Cambridge: Woodhead.
  • Early, R. and Donaldson, R.J. (2004) Essential food hygiene for the food industry. Second edition. London: The Royal Society of Health.
  • Early, R. (2003) Food ethics. In, Caballero, B., Trugo, L. and Finglas, P. (Eds.) Encyclopedia of food sciences and nutrition. London: Academic Press.
  • Early, R. (2002) Use of HACCP systems in fruit and vegetable production and post-harvest pre-treatment. In, Jongen, W. (Ed.). Fruit and vegetable processing. Cambridge: Woodhead.
  • Early, R. (2002) Food ethics: a decision making tool for the food industry? International Journal of Food Science and Technology. 37, 339-349
  • Early, R. (2002) Agricultural and food ethics: keys to enlightened practice in agriculture and the provision of food? Journal of the Royal Agricultural Society 126

Additional Information

Project income generated since 2005: Approximately £4.373 million for projects relating to food technology, professional course development, knowledge transfer and sustainable food technologies.


  • Professor of Food Industry, Harper Adams University, 2014.
  • Head of Department - Department of Food Science and Agri-Food Supply Chain Management, 2011.
  • Principal Lecturer in Food Science and Moral Philosophy, Harper Adams University College, 2007.
  • Senior Lecturer in Food Science and Moral Philosophy, Harper Adams University College, 2004.
  • Senior Lecturer in Food Science, Harper Adams University College, 1996.
  • Senior Lecturer in Food Science, University of Plymouth, 1993-96.
  • Quality and Food Safety Consultant, 1992-93.
  • Quality Standards Manager, Dairy Crest Ltd, 1989-92.
  • Development Manager Industrial Products, Dairy Crest Ltd, 1987-89.
  • Various positions in food product development, Milk Marketing Board/Dairy Crest Ltd, 1980-87.
  • QC Technician, Cadbury Ltd., 1978-80.
  • Production Supervisor, J & P Langman (Organic Yogurt Producer), 1977-78.
  • Farm worker, 1973-74.
  • Experience in food industry: food production, product & process development, quality assurance, quality management systems (ISO9001), and food safety management (HACCP).

Other Roles

  • Director, West Midlands Regional Food Academy.
  • Member, Advisory Editorial Board, British Food Journal.
  • External Examiner, Sheffield Hallam University (2009-1013).
  • Member, Telford and Wrekin Business Board.
  • Board of Governors, Harper Adams University (2005-2013).
  • External Adviser, Jordan's & Ryvita Company Sustainability Governance Committee (2014-2016).
  • Council Member, Food Ethics Council (2015-present).
  • Food Sector Champion for Telford and the Wrekin (2015-present).

Tel: +44 (0)1952 815365
Fax: +44 (0)1952 814783
Twitter: @ProfRalphEarly
Academic Department: Food Science and Agri-food Supply Chain Management
Building: Regional Food Academy
Office: RFA 106
Research profile: ORCID

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