|Welcome to the August Newsletter
We have had a very busy few weeks here with subscription renewals, the annual dinner and Nantwich International Cheese Awards all packed into a short space. However, renewals are on-going and thank you to those of you who were so prompt in sending in your subscriptions. However, there are about 80 members who have yet to pay their subscriptions so if you are one of these please click on the website and go to Renew Now. If you want to pay by card it is really easy; just click "Pay by Card/PayPal" and follow the instructions. If you have forgotten your username or password just email me and I can re-set or remind you.
Well, what an Annual Dinner and symposium!
You weren't there? Well, you missed an absolute treat.
Over 100 members and guests attended the fourth Annual Dinner of the Society and around 60 attended the afternoon symposium. Sponsorship from Alectia, Grundfos, Holchem and ILS made this event possible, enabling us to keep ticket prices down and to invite the graduating Eden students to attend at no cost to themselves.
Presentations in the afternoon are all available on the website in the members' section (for which you will need your username and password). Our excellent speakers were Scott Wotherspoon of the A2 Milk Company, who told us about a real alternative for those consumers who are currently switching away from cows' milk because of perceived allergies or intolerance, as well as Nick Hayward of Alectia, who described the work of the company and how to manage projects successfully. Peter Crouch, of Liquid Design Studios, described successful marketing strategies and the new Cows and Co company working cooperatively with farmer, manufacturer and marketing company, and our final speaker was Dr Judith Bryans of DairyUK who gave us her thoughts on the future of the UK dairy industry.
At the evening dinner, we awarded Honorary Membership to Nigel White for his work for the British Cheese Industry. Nigel retired last year from his role as Secretary to the British Cheese Board and Stilton Cheese Makers Association, a title which does not do his work justice. We are proud to have Nigel as an Honorary Member.
Nigel White receiving his Certificate of Honorary Membership from President, Dr John Tuohy.
We also awarded the student awards with Peter Clarke receiving the prize for the top Student Project on the Eden FdSc. Keith Goodby of Tetra Pak presented Peter with a special edition of the Dairy Processing Handbook.
Sarah Hinchliffe, Sarah Roberts and Joe Wainwright were jointly awarded the prize for the student (s) contributing the most to the work of the Society. The three have attended many events and it is impossible to award it to one without the others! All three were awarded Tetra Pak Dairy Processing Handbooks.
Left to right, President, Dr John Tuohy, Sarah Roberts, Joe Wainwright, Keith Goodby of Tetra Pak and Sarah Hinchliffe.
We are grateful to Tetra Pak for their continued support for these awards.
Our after dinner speaker this year, was Soeren Jensen of Arla Foods, Denmark, who talked to us about our "Passion for Dairy" and we were delighted to welcome him and his wife Lisbet to our evening.
Links to all of the presentations from the day can be found by clicking here.
Society of Dairy Technology/International Cheese Awards Student of the Year Winner
The inaugural award of the SDT/ICA student of the year was made at the Trade lunch of the Nantwich International Cheese Awards. Winner Chris Hay of Arla Foods, Tuxford and Tebbutt, attended the lunch and was presented with his award by our President Dr John Tuohy. He won a perpetual trophy and was presented with a copy of The Technology of Cheesemaking, one of our Technical Series of books.
Chris's project looked at humidity control and its role in maturing blue Stilton and it is true to say that he was grinning from ear to ear throughout the lunch! I will avoid using the "cheesy grin" cliché !
We had a lot of interest at the Nantwich Show and my thanks go to Council members Chris Askew and Andrew Wilbey, who, along with President Sean Tuohy, helped me staff the stand. We have gained several new members from the show and hope that these new members enjoy reading their first newsletter.
The Society's stand at Nantwich International Cheese Awards, manned by Chris Askew and Sean Tuohy helping Soren Jensen. Photograph taken by Andrew Wilbey.
Autumn Symposium and AGM - advanced notice
The Autumn Symposium will this year be held on November 9th at The University of Nottingham's Sutton Bonington campus. This will continue the theme of Food Safety with aspects including Product Recall processes and Phage as food safety tools being addressed. More details will follow soon.