It is with great regret that we have to record the passing on 25th January 2020 of one of the great pioneers of the flavour industry and co-founder of the British Society of Flavourists - Henry Heath OBE.
At the recent Annual General Meeting, Martin Walsh was confirmed as the newly-elected President of the British Society of Flavourists. Martin is pictured accepting the President's Medal from the outgoing President, Paul Filby, who continues to serve on the Council for two years as Immediate Past President.
For many years the BSF magazine "News & Views" has been an important point of contact with the membership of the BSF. It sought to inform members about the Society, events taking place and other news and features. However, with the Society now utilising fully the Internet, web pages and other social media channels the council of the BSF agreed that a new focus for a regular publication was needed.
The British Society of Flavourists wishes Henry Heath MBE a very happy 100th Birthday. Henry was born 18 March 1918 and during his career was an influential and well renowned flavourist, mentoring many young flavourists in the profession and art of flavour creation. He was a founder member and Past President of the British Society Flavourists and in 1987 was made an Honorary Member of the Society. His books, ‘Flavour Technology’ published in 1978 and ‘Source Book of Flavors’ published in 1981, are testimony to his professionalism and expertise and are used by flavourists around the world to this day.
We are very fortunate to have received permission from the family to publish a short Biography of Henry Heath, written by nephew Chris Sweeney, along with some wonderful photographs.