Staff Directory

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

Professor of Food Industry

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

Governor Profile

Ralph is an elected Staff member of the Board. He is a specialist in Food Science and Moral Philosophy and maintains scholarly interests in food quality, safety and food ethics. Before entering academia he gained extensive experience in the food industry in production, product development and quality management, latterly working with at senior management level with one of the UK's largest food businesses. He leads the University College's developments in food, particularly with regard to the development of undergraduate and postgraduate specialist food courses and in work with regional and local food businesses. He acts as a technical adviser to Heart of England Fine Foods and brings industry and the University together on matters of common interest through the operation of the Food Manufacturing Forum.

Academic Department: Food Science and Agri-food Supply Chain Management

Tel: +44 (0)1952 815365

Fax: +44 (0)1952 814783

Twitter: @ProfRalphEarly

Office: RFA 106 Regional Food Academy

Research profile: ORCID


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Other publications

  • 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).

You can contact Professor Ralph Early if you would like to discuss any of the following course modules: