The Bill Littlejohn Memorial Lecture with Alastair Hitchen
Thursday 03 December 2020, 18:30 - 19:30
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Bill Littlejohn was a prominent figure in the world of flavours and perfumery in the 1960s and was editor of the magazine ‘Perfumery & Essential Oil Record’. Along with others he conceived the idea of forming a society for flavourists but sadly died before the inaugural meeting of the British Society of Flavourists in 1970. The Bill Littlejohn Memorial Medal is awarded annually, in his name, to someone who has made a significant contribution over the course of their career to our understanding, appreciation or commercial development of flavourings. We have the honour to award this years’ Bill Littlejohn Memorial Medal to Alastair Hitchen, Director of Lionel Hitchen Ltd and President of the International Federation of Essential Oils and Aroma Trades (IFEAT) Ltd.

This event is free to members of the British Society of Flavourists.



Alastair Hitchen

Alastair Hitchen has been involved in the natural flavour ingredients business since 1971.

He began his career in his father’s company (then Lionel Hitchen Essential Oils Ltd) working in the citrus oil distillation plant in Reigate and the spice operation in Mitcham for 2 years, prior to spending 2 further years employed in citrus companies in Florida and California.

On returning to the UK, he completed his further education in Business Studies before re- joining the family firm in 1975.

The next 4 years were spent working in Reigate with a good proportion of his time familiarising himself with the spice trade in India.

In 1979, the company moved to its current site in Hampshire and Alastair commenced his commercial career overseeing the spice and herb side of the business.

He joined the board of IFEAT in 1999 and has served as Chairman and is now its President, in which role he has 3 years remaining.