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.

We were informed by Henry's nephew Chris Sweeney, who wrote "I do not need to tell you what a truly remarkable man he was. Son, husband and uncle; pharmacist, soldier, pioneer in the fields of food science and technology; active member of his local community and church, as well as being a key point in the vast family into which he married. Kind, incredibly generous, loving and on occasion, in the words of one of my sons, just hilarious, he will be missed by family and friends well over 100, Henry had lived an incredible life. A remarkable man".

In 2019, on to celebrate Henry's 100th birthday, Chris also shared with the Society this charming biography.

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.

We also have a new Treasurer, as Mark Millward has been elected to the role following the stepping down of Keld O'Shea.

We welcome both Martin and Mark to their new BSF Officer roles.

View new Council lineup

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 council felt that a magazine or journal that appeals to young flavourists would, along with the website, be a communication focal point, help to knit the BSF together and attract new members.The new publication will be closely aligned with the "Objects" of the Society as laid out in the constitution: to promote knowledge of flavour technology and application, to promote the education and development of flavourists, to provide responsible and informed body of professional opinion on all aspects of legislation affecting flavour technology.

To this end, at the FlavourTalk Exhibition held last week in Amsterdam the BSF released the first edition of "The New Flavourist" and we are pleased to announce that this is available in electronic form to all members in the My BSF area of our website.

Aims of the Magazine: 
The magazine will endeavour to address issues of relevance and interest to flavourists. 

  • Technical: To provide articles and information that will assist flavourist's in their work and their understanding of the technical and creative aspects of their jobs. For example; reviews of flavouring substances on the Union and FEMA GRAS lists, new flavour developments, sensory science and flavour evaluation, new developments in analytical methodology, encapsulation science, extraction technologies, biotechnological production of flavourings, natural flavours, reports on innovations from research centres and academia.

  • Legislation:  The magazine will assess the impact of legislation and new regulations on the flavour sector. It will liaise with the UK Flavour Association and report on issues of relevance affecting the UK and the EU. Other global flavour legislation will be included.

  • Education: The magazine will advertise flavour courses and other training activities available to members.

It is planned to produce the magazine quarterly initially. Each issue will contain 2/3 technical/legislation articles and reports of events.The magazine will be electronic and available to members free of charge. The Magazine will be posted in the member's section of the web pages.
An editorial panel has been appointed which is headed up by Professor David Baines.  The editorial team will report to the BSF Council. Other members of Council may occasionally contribute articles.

Speaking about the new publication, Paul Filby, the BSF President said " I am sure that The New Flavourist publication will be welcomed by all the BSF members and each edition will be an eagerly anticipated document. Being relevant and useful to Flavourists as a reference point, it will provide another tangible benefit of Society membership. The Council needs to thank Professor David Baines and his editorial team for taking on this responsibility and for all their work."

New Flavourist - first issue

British Society of Flavourists

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.

EFFA has published the following promotional video entitled "What is a Flavouring":

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