Programme summary

Snacks - Not having to make the choice between health and taste
Jamie Lamborn,  Senior Principle Scientist, McCormick EMEA

Hop Derived Flavour Molecules
Prof. Ray Marriott,  Innovation Director, Totally Natural Solutions Ltd

RIP Tea? How macro trends are changing the way our teas taste
Will Battle, Director, Fine Tea Merchants Ltd.

Conversion of a chemist – from flames to furaneol !
The Bill Littlejohn Memorial Lecture
Dr. Jane K Parker, Associate Professor University of Reading

 


FULL DETAILS OF LECTURES AND ABSTRACTS

2.30pm  Registration and Tea/Coffee

3.00pm   Jamie Lamborn, Senior Principle Scientist, McCormick EMEA

Snacks - Not having to make the choice between health and taste

Jamie has worked in the savoury flavour and seasonings area for over 20 years with FIS, LHEO, Kerry, Mane and McCormick.  Jamie’s area of expertise is reducing the reliability of the food industry on salt, artificial flavour enhancers and fat to achieve great taste.

4.00pm   Prof. Ray Marriott, Innovation Director, Totally Natural Solutions Ltd

Hop Derived Flavour Molecules

Ray is Innovation Director of Totally Natural Solutions Ltd a company specialising in the development of hop aroma and flavour products. Ray Marriott spent 35 years in industry working on the extraction and application of natural products and the development of hop products before moving to academia in 2008. Ray then spent time at York University and Bangor University developing “green” processing techniques before returning to the hop industry.

Ray has a biochemistry degree from Cambridge and a PhD in terpene chemistry from Bath University.

5.00pm   Will Battle, Director, Fine Tea Merchants Ltd.

RIP Tea? How macro trends are changing the way our teas taste

Will joined Tetley in the UK in 1997 and trained in India, Sri Lanka, Kenya and Malawi visiting tea estates and buying in tea auctions. He then built-up blending experience servicing factories in USA, Pakistan, Australia and the UK.

In 2007 he moved to Sara Lee in Switzerland to take charge of Tea Sourcing for group factories in the Netherlands, Budapest and USA. In 2016 Will returned to the UK and now runs his own business Fine Tea Merchants Ltd engaging in tea supply predominantly to small and medium-sized tea companies.Will consults internationally for on tea supply chains and sustainability strategies.

Will has spent 8 years serving as a non-executive Director of the Ethical Tea Partnership and 2 years on the board of the DE Foundation. Will's book "The World Tea Encyclopaedia" was published by Troubador Press in 2017 and won a Best in the world award at the Gourmand World cookbook awards in China. He has commented on tea for the BBC Food Programme and the UK national press and lectured at the Ashmoelan Museum of Art and Archeology at the University of Oxford.

His talk takes us on a tour of the evolving tastes of tea and asks if we really are in an era of choice after all. As regulation tightens, climate change impacts on growing conditions, cash becomes all important and convenience overrides character, are we witnessing the end of tea as we know it?

6.00pm   Dinner

7.15pm   The Bill Littlejohn Memorial Lecture

Dr. Jane K Parker, Associate Professor

Conversion of a chemist – from flames to furaneol !

The lecture and award is made every year in memory of Bill Littlejohn to commemorate his life and the work he did for the Society. He was instrumental in the formation of the British Society of Flavourists, as he believed that flavourists needed a society that promoted the art and science of their profession. Sadly he died before the inaugural meeting in 1970.

Dr. Jane Parker will be presented with the Bill Littlejohn Medal after her talk.

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Venue: Mercure St. Albans Noke Hotel, Watford Road, St Albans, AL2 3DS