Portrait Swetlana Miller
A good mood
makes life better...
…and croissants tastier! Swetlana Miller knows what she's talking about, because she's been with Moin right from the beginning. A friend had told her about the organic bakery - at that time a company with just six employees - and after her interview with Mr. Mattke, Swetlana started immediately. "The part where our warm bakery stands today was our whole area back then," Swetlana remembers. "We used to stack each sheet of puff pastry by hand." Since then, a lot has changed: "Now we have so much space and so many machines. We still do a lot of work by hand, but all the equipment makes it way easier," says Swetlana, pleased with the relief provided by today's technology. As the assistant to production management, Swetlana knows every step in the making of our baked goods by heart and can correct processes very quickly if necessary. "We are here to make good food," she says and recalls the production of a very large quantity of vegan croissants, which made her think: "Mama Mia, so many people buy our croissants!" That makes you feel proud and happy, too.
When the native Russian says: "Quality comes first", she's not only talking about good knowledge of the raw materials and technical processes, but also about the right work attitude. After all these years, Swetlana knows very well how much people's attitudes affect the final result. "Bread tastes better when baked with love." This may sound kitschy, but it has been proven to be true again and again. We work with living, raw materials that clearly react to their environment. That's why Swetlana places such great importance on the joy at work - and, of course, the same applies at home.
She likes to decorate her house and enjoys her yoga classes where she gets to concentrate on herself. "It trains your ability to focus and makes you feel full of zest." She also loves being out in nature. "Back in Siberia, my sisters and me used to play a lot in the snow. Today, I'm always happy when I see how beautiful my garden is," she says, adding: "I'm just so grateful to be alive. We should appreciate every single minute." These words come from the heart. Swetlana has three sons, one of whom was hospitalized for a long time after a serious car accident. Such events hit you hard and demand a lot of strength and patience. But even then - or especially then - it helps if you manage to keep your smile and your optimism. Swetlana is convinced that "a good mood makes life better". It is exactly this conviction and her cheerful, open-hearted nature which, in addition to her many years of experience, enriches the Moin team so much.
But Swetlana also sees how she has developed through her time at Moin. "I used to just buy anything. Today I am much better informed and pay attention to labels such as organic, regional and fair trade. And I like to pass on what I've learnt. My children now also ask questions like 'What's in it?' or 'Is this organic?' - I think that's great!"
Swetlana doesn't have a long list of plans for the future; but she intends to keep on shining, to stay true to herself and to have as much fun as possible. And when the time is right, she would like to teach her grandchildren how to plant a vegetable garden - a perfect activity to pass on her great appreciation for life.