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Another month has come and gone and the Society has been busy again. In this newsletter we have a report on the Annual Dinner and our student awards, our first Invitational Dairy Lecture given by Dr Kieren Kilcawley of Teagasc, Nantwich International Cheese Awards and some preliminary details of our Autumn Symposium on November 11th in Yorkshire.
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Annual Dinner 2015
Thirty nine members and guests attended this year's Annual Dinner at Reaseheath College on 27th July and were treated to an informative and thought provoking talk by Nigel White, who until recently was the Secretary of the Stilton Cheese Makers Association and the British Cheese Board. Some of the data that Nigel surprised us with are reproduced on our website and it makes interesting reading.
At the dinner we presented the student awards to the graduating Eden students. The Society presents an award for the top student project and this year, Kyle Allington, of Arla Foods won the award. He was also proud to tell me the following day, that he has been selected to study in Denmark for the Honours degree in Dairy Technology. The award for the student contributing the most to the work of the Society was awarded to Joshua Bough of Muller-Wiseman, although, sadly, he was unable to make the dinner.
Keith Goodby of Tetra-Pak presented a Tetra Pak Handbook to Kyle Allington for the best student project on the final year of the Eden Foundation Degree.
Our thanks go to our sponsors of the event, SealedAir and Grundfoss, in making this event a success.
Invitational Cheese Lecture 2015
This year, we started a new initiative to coincide with the Dinner and Nantwich show and on the afternoon of 27th July, 30 members enjoyed a most interesting presentation on the Chemistry of Cheese Flavour by Dr Kieren Kilcawley of Teagasc Research Centre, Moorepark. Dr Kilcawley discussed aspects of the microbiology and chemistry of flavour and explained how flavour compounds are detected and identified. The full presentation is available on the members area of the website as normal.
This is set to become an annual event.
We had a successful show and many members came along to visit us. We also welcomed some new members and we hope that they will enjoy being part of our Society.
However, Nantwich isn't all about cheese and two Council members, Nick Edwards of Holchem (left) and Richard Sheard won trophies....in the wine section!
The Autumn Symposium is our next full event, to be held on November 11th at Askham Bryan College, near York. The food safety theme is being continued this year, with Dr John Holah speaking on Maximum Residual Levels, Dr Phil Vosey on E. coli and Dr Ken Burgess on food safety issues as well as other speakers to be confirmed. Full details will be sent out soon. Trade stand bookings are welcomed; contact email@example.com for details.