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We welcome any ideas that members may have for events for the coming year. Also any comments that members have on current events would be greatly appreciated.

quiz night 2015

The Irish Centre in Milton Keynes was the annual setting for the BSF Annual Quiz night. The evening was well organised and presented by Mal Nally and his assistant Mike. 

This year was the 13th year and again the evening was a close contest with The BOFS team winning. They were pushed all the way by Gras Managerie who finished second.

The winners were the BOFS team of Katrina Barker, David Anthony, Danny & Sue Feakin and Marcel Aarts. Gras Managerie was led by Richard Clark, Janet Clark, Sally Hart and Steve Hart.

There were a few teams dropped out at the last minute but this didn’t take away from a great evening had by all. The traditional chip shop dinner was enjoyed half way through the night and hopefully we can see you all again next year.


visit to muntons

Women in Flavour and Fragrance Companies UK (WFFC) organised a visit to Muntons in Stowmarket on 8th October. The WFFC kindly invited BSF members to attend and a number came along. The hosts from Muntons, Gary Lancaster and Jonathan Pritchard, gave a PowerPoint presentation at the start of the tour covering the market for malt extract, the important position that Muntons holds in the market and an overview of the manufacturing process. One could not fail to be impressed by the efficiencies that Muntons has built into their processes giving them the ability to manufacture 80,000 tonnes of product per annum from locally sourced barley at Stowmarket. Even more impressive is the carbon saving sustainable systems that they have adopted reducing the carbon footprint in both the supply chain and in the manufacturing process.

The visitors were divided into small groups and taken around the production process followed by a visit to the Centre of Excellence, a purpose built facility undertaking product development and innovation of malt and malted ingredients and retail products.  Of greatest interest to the flavour people present was the tasting of the range of malt extracts and their use to flavour a range of food products. Malt extracts can significantly influence the character of food products at surprisingly low levels of application making them richer and more succulent. The most popular part of the visit for some of the more alcoholically inclined visitors (no names mentioned) was the visit to the pilot brewery.

The BSF would like to thank the WFFC, especially Charlotte Catignani, for organising the visit and Gary Lancaster, Jonathan Pritchard and the other staff of Muntons for giving the visitors a most interesting and entertaining day and for providing a substantial buffet lunch.    

golf day 2015

This year it was decided to join forces with other societies in the Perfumery and Essential Oils Industry so this was actually the inaugural BSF, BSP and BEOA joint golf day. 21 golfers from the respective societies with 13 of those playing being from the BSF although there were quite a few present who were members of at least 2 of the societies The outright winner was Keith Clarke of Orkla Foods who has attended every BSF Golf Day since the start! It was a pleasure to present him with the trophy and the photo below leaves no doubt about how happy he was with the result.

Prizes were generously donated by the following companies (in alphabetical order):
F D Copeland
F&F Projects
Fragrance Oils
Orkla Foods
Phoenix Aromas
The Wheatsheaf Thornbury

After much discussion it was decided that future events will continue on a joint basis and Graham Bott of Azelis has volunteered to organize 2016 on behalf of the BSP.
Danny Hodrien

golf day 2015
(Photo: Hawkstone Park. Inset: outright winner Kieth Clarke)

amsterdam 2015

A total of 176 people from 79 companies and academic institutions attended the 7th Table Talk exhibition held on the 5 March at the Barbizon Palace Hotel in Amsterdam. This is an event where flavourists meet the suppliers of raw materials used in the formulation of flavourings and it serves as a stimulus for new ideas and the creation of new flavours. Feedback was very positive and of those returning feedback forms to the organisers reported that they would attend the next exhibition and every respondent said that they had evaluated ingredients that they felt would be useful in their flavour formulations: which is exactly what the exhibition is all about. The majority of respondents said that they would like to keep the exhibition in Amsterdam because it is convenient for air and rail networks and the Barbizon Palace Hotel is in an attractive location based in the centre of the city. Consequently the 3 March has been reserved at the Barbizon Palace Hotel, Amsterdam for Table Talk 2016.

A record 25 exhibiting companies presented 200 products throughout the course of the day with ‘natural’ materials again being the ‘hot topic’. Some of the most interesting flavouring substances mentioned in feedback forms were natural alpha-ionone and natural indole from Advanced Biotech, natural prenyl mercaptan from Axxence Aromatics, natural massoia lactone from IFF LMR Naturals, natural nootkatone from De Monchy and Omega Ingredients, natural 2-octen-4-one from Riverside Aromatics, natural nonanoic acid from Sigma Aldrich and natural acetoin acetate from O’Laughlin Corporation. Other products that caught the attention of flavourists were a beer extract from Destilla Flavours & Extracts, a coconut oleoresin from Cornelius, Helichrysum absolute (50% ethanol) from Payan Bertrand, Buchu leaf oil (Betulina) from Lluch Essence, tea and coffee extracts from Finlay Extracts, and citrus oils from Capua, Lionel Hitchens and Lluch Essence.  

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Forthcoming Events at the British Society of Flavourists.
events dates
BSF Flavour Ingredients Table Talk Exhibition
3 March 2016

: NH Amsterdam Schiphol Airport Hotel.

Flavour Horizons
FlavourTalk Singapore

26 -27 April 2016

Venue: Village Hotel, Changi.

BSF Flavourist Training Course
3 - 20 May 2016

Venue: Department of Food and Nutritional Sciences, University of Reading.

BEOFF Golf Day 2016
Wed. 22 June 2016
Venue: Wellingborough Golf Club, Northamptonshire.
For further information on BSF events please contact: secretary@bsf.org.uk
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