|Welcome to the Summer Newsletter!
Summer has arrived in the South West of the country and whilst I was listening to reports of the home counties needing their central heating on, we, along with much of the west of the country, were bathed in warm sunshine. How nice for a change!
With summer comes the shows and Nantwich International Cheese Show is just around the corner. Many of us will meet up at the event and I hope that all of you that are going, will also come along to the Annual Dinner on the evening before the cheese awards. We have lots of bookings already and it will be a much bigger event this year. More on that below.
The arrival of summer also means that subscriptions are due for renewal and if you pay by Direct Debit you will have already received notification that the debit will be taken on 1st July. Details of how to renew by other methods are given below.
This week also sees the BFBi's BevExpo 2016 in Manchester, so do go along if you are able. Other news in this issue includes future events and also an exciting new post graduate dairy course at University College Cork. Read on!
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Society Annual Dinner 2016
Details for this event are going out in the post any time soon but you don't need to wait to book and indeed some 70 or so people have already booked. We have tables of 10 so why not book a table for your company or guests? At £40 per person it is extremely good value, thanks to our sponsors. Click HERE for the booking form.
We have an afternoon seminar with top speakers, trade stands and networking time. Scott Wotherspoon, CEO of the a2 Milk Company (UK) Ltd will be speaking on Innovation in the Dairy Industry. Scott has a history of senior roles and is now CEO of the a2Milk, UK and China.
Dr Judith Bryans, Chief Executive of Dairy UK is well known throughout the industry and there is no better person to talk on the Future of UK Dairy. Our third speaker will talk on the subject of marketing, but the details are yet to be finalised.
The dinner will be starting with a drinks reception at 7.00 pm and our after dinner speaker this year is Søren Jensen, Vice-President of Arla Foods amba. Søren is President of the Danish Association of Dairy Leaders and Managers and the chairman of Maelkeritidende.
Our dinner wouldn't be complete without the celebration of the graduation of the Eden students and we shall be awarding the prizes sponsored by TetraPak. We shall also be presenting Honorary Membership to one of our long-standing members.
We are grateful to our sponsors for this event, Alectia, Grundfoss, Holchem and ILS.
UCC launches new Post-graduate Certificate in Dairying
The first new post-graduate level course in Dairy Technology for many years has recently been launched by University College Cork and Teagasc. Its full title is the Post-graduate Certificate in Dairy Technology and Innovation and it is a part-time, blended learning course mixing on-line and block release modules. Course leader Prof Paul McSweeney said "This course is highly innovative, industry-focused and is aimed to support the further education and training needs of people at work in the dairy industry". Modules include milk production and quality, dairy chemistry, trends and dynamics across dairy markets, dairy processing technology, dairy microbiology and business processes across the supply chain. For full details go to https://www.ucc.ie/en/fitu/courses/pgcert/
Pictured at the launch of the new PGC in Dairy Technology and Innovation are Prof Paul McSweeney (Academic Director), Dr Seamus O'Mahoney, UCC, SDT President Dr John Tuohy and Dr Mark Fenelon of Teagasc.
We are now in the process of organising our Autumn Symposium on Food Safety and our Spring Conference for 2017, which will be held at University College Cork. Further details soon!