Movers & Shakers: Muntons malt firm bids farewell to Keith after 50 years’ service

Keith Riches, Muntons.

Keith Riches, Muntons. - Credit: Archant

Keith Riches has retired from Stowmarket-based malt firm Muntons after 50 years’ continuous service.

Keith joined in April 1967 as a quality control laboratory analyst on a starting salary of £4 10/- per week, or £4.50 in today’s money.

During the course of his career he progressed to his current position as quality control laboratory team leader in the busy laboratory, where thousands of samples are tested each year.

“People say that this is a real achievement but to me there was just no reason to leave. The time has flown past, particularly the last couple of years, and whilst I am looking forward to retirement I will miss the job,” he said.

“One thing I won’t miss is the bicycle journey to work and back every day – particularly when it’s pouring down.”

Manufacturing and sustainability director Nigel Davies said: “Keith’s achievement is remarkable. He has amassed a wealth of knowledge and experience that he has been able to use to guide our analytical performance to a high level.

“His cycling to work is well known and in my estimation Keith has in his 50 years ridden the equivalent of around four times around the world just coming to and from work. We wish him a very long, happy and enjoyable retirement.”

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