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Food Trials

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The commercial team have been busy with trials and development work over December and January, working with industry partners and associates to develop innovative products and techniques.

December trials

Jenny Newell reports: “December trials included concentrating waste material using the evaporator and spray dryer making it in to a food ingredient. This would be of use to the company concerned as it provides profit from what was previously a waste material, as well as reducing the cost of waste product being disposed of.

A second trial in December involved producing reduced fat cheese. A customer has been using our facilities and staff support to carry out a trial on blue cheese in the food innovation rooms.

January food trial – AMT Ltd

Advanced Microwave Technologies Ltd (AMT Ltd) are global leaders in the use of microwaves to heat and condition liquids, suspensions and semi solids.

AMT Ltd has developed a unique method of delivering microwave energy into flowing liquids, suspensions and semi-solids on a continuous basis.   This technology uses conventional magnetrons, but is innovative because of:

1) the increased penetration of the microwave energy

2) the industrial scale of the process (continuous processing at up to 4 tonnes per hour)  

Termed ‘Microwave Volumetric Heating’ (MVH), it is associated with significant technical, practical and economic advantages. Early adopters of the technology have come from within the UK food and drink sector.

In January AMT Ltd undertook a 3 day trial at Reaseheath utilising the  APV UHT plant to test the technology for the first time on milk.Derek Allen (Senior Technologist) project managed the trial to a very high standard of delivery and the customer acknowledged his expertise and dairy industry knowledge together with the team in the Food Centre.

Dr Sue Gordon, Technical Marketing Manager, AMT Ltd commented:  “We have really, really enjoyed our time working with you, and we have covered a lot of ground in a few days.  Please also pass on our thanks to all at Reaseheath who have helped make this happen; we do appreciate the time and effort that was put in to make everything run so smoothly.”

AMT are now actively looking to engage with Reaseheath on future trial work and student placements.


visit to Patak's

Visit to Patak’s

visit to Patak's

“On the Thursday before we broke up for Christmas, 11 Level 3 Food Technology & Management year 2 students along with three members of staff embarked on a trip to AB World Foods in Leigh, near Wigan. The purpose of the trip was to see a range of our modules, from sustainability to HACCP in action – putting theory into practice! Patak’s, the famous curry sauce manufacturer, is the main brand that operates there. We saw how they implement robotics to manufacture and package poppadoms.

We met the factory/site manager, the technical manager and also the continuous improvement manager. They told us about their job roles and what they do on a daily basis. We were shown the start of the production line right through to the finish of it. We saw how they manufacture chutneys, to sauces, to spices. We also got to dine in the Spice Café! No curry sadly – they must be sick of the sight of it. The end of the day came far too fast, ending with a trip to the staff shop and a big bag of freebies.”

Paul Roberts
Level 3 Food Technology & Management (Year 2)

As Paul’s report shows, it was a great visit, with the managers taking a lot of time to show the group around. Paul very kindly didn’t mention the many three-point turns we had to make in the minibus as the Sat Nav didn’t have the latest new roads close to the factory.

 If you have been on a visit, please do write up a report and send it to to be featured in next month’s Food Department newsletter.


Welcome to Food For Thought

Thank you to those who have contributed to our brand new blog ‘Food for Thought’ please keep sending articles in!

Thank you and congratulations to Joe Husband, 2nd year Level 3 Food student, who came up with the winning name and got a £20 Amazon voucher for his idea.

This month our team of industrial trainers are busy delivering manual handling, food safety and dairy training programmes across the country.The Tetra Pak International Dairy Technology Course will be welcoming delegates from Canada, Belarus, Russia, Brazil, USA, Sweden and Germany.

We are also thrilled to report that the Schools’ Bake Off semi-final judging is kicking off across the region.15 participating schools will be visited by the Food Centre staff throughout March.