For the first time since opening its doors in 2011, Reaseheath Food Centre has completed three days of commercial trials that were ‘non-food’ related. After a number of weeks of discussion and planning, GEA Process Engineering Ltd (GEA’s Global Application Centre for the Home and Personal Care market, based in Warrington), agreed to carry out an extensive set of trials for one of its overseas customers, which took place at our Food Centre in April. One of the key factors that influenced GEA’s decision to carry out the trials at Reaseheath was the high standard of hygiene that exists in the Food Centre. Their customer’s product, even though it is non-food, is also manufactured in a similar hygienic environment. The ability of the Food Centre to offer a wide range of services and facilities convinced GEA it was the best choice. With GEA operating across many sectors on a worldwide basis, this could be the start of many more collaboration projects between the College and the major Engineering company!
Five universities from across the country recently participated in the Reaseheath Food Centre’s first ever ‘University Open Day’.
The afternoon started with a welcome from Head of Department, Toni-Anne Harrison and this was seamlessly followed with a presentation from Lecturer, Martin Anderson. Martin showcased what Reaseheath College can offer other educational providers from the team of industry experts to state of the art facilities and assistance in research projects. The visitors received a personalised tour of the processing halls to show them the range of equipment and potential use for their students. All Universities were positive and engaged throughout the event. Lillie Pragnell, Business Co-ordinator for the Food Centre said ‘the afternoon ran smoothly and the feedback received was fantastic. I hope the event has been worthwhile and would like to see potential growth in this direction moving forward’.
Last month James Blakemore and myself (Martin Anderson) attended the International Food Tec India trade show in Mumbai, India, as part of a UK Trade and Investment delegation, organised by Hull and Humberside Chamber of Commerce.
The purpose of our visit was to explore the potential for collaboration with one of the world’s biggest dairy sectors. As it emerges as an economic superpower, India still finds itself with a very localised dairy market with 85% ‘free milk’ carried in open vessels to be used immediately or boiled at home rather than travelling through a vertically integrated supply chain to a retailer as we might see in the UK.
The exhibition had international pavilions from China, Europe, France, Germany, Italy, Republic of Korea, The Netherlands, Turkey and the UK. A total of 466 exhibitors from over 30 countries presented their products and technologies with 12,007 visitors attending the show over the three days.
The Reaseheath stand received a lot of interest from food and drink businesses from across the Indian sub-continent. There was particular interest in the new Dairy Industry Skills course (DISC) and the EDEN Foundation degree in Dairy Technology with over 30 new international contacts made, including new and existing dairy businesses, potential students and academic partnerships with Indian educational institutions.
We were made to feel incredibly welcome by all of the people we interacted with and it is apparent that the opportunities for sharing knowledge, developing and delivering consultancy, training and education in both India and the UK is immense.
The trade show seminars were also a great source for knowledge sharing. ‘Future of Milk Based Nutraceuticals’, organised by Indian Dairy Association (West Zone), welcomed as its Guests of Honour Prof. Dr. G. D. Yadav, Vice Chancellor and Dr. Mrs. Smita Lele, AG Registrar, ICT (Institute of Chemical Technology) and Mr. M. D. Deore, Director – Toxicology, Johnson & Johnson. Eminent speakers included Mr. A. K. Bayati, GCMMF and Mr. Allan Brunn, Alfa Laval.
‘Packaging Innovations in Pharmaceutical industry’ organised by India Pharma Machinery Manufacturers Association (IPMMA) witnessed delegates like Ms. Neelam Lalwani, General Manager – Packaging, Sun Pharma Industries Pvt. Ltd., Mr. Sanjeev Khandelwal, Director Renewable Packaging, Stora Enso India and Mr. Chander Mohan Negi, Asst. General Manager, Akumentis Healthcare Ltd., among others.
We attended a business meeting the day after the trade show with a company that is setting up a
brand new dairy in the Mumbai region. They were really interested in looking at how they might involve training and education for India’s dairy technologists within their new build project and how we might work in partnership to grow programmes like EDEN and DISC to meet the needs of the changing Indian dairy market.
We had an amazing time in one of the world’s busiest cities (21 million people!), sampled some amazing cuisine and travelled in
some of the scariest traffic known to man. I somehow managed to contract Dengue fever and Salmonella at the end of the trip, but it didn’t detract from the success of this international trade mission and now I’m feeling better I’m happy to be a walking case study for my own food safety lectures!
We hope to return soon and to accept visitors from India to Reaseheath in the near future.
Lecturer in Food Science
With September just around the corner, here’s the latest courses on offer in our BRC grade A accredited Food Centre!
For more information on any of the courses, contact Julie Bent – Training and Communications Co-ordinator 01270 613191 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Cert ID Europe is Reaseheath Food Centre’s certification body for the BRC audit. They approached us and other providers (names not given) earlier this year regarding an opportunity to launch a BRC bootcamp. We won the bid and are now launching the first BRC bootcamp, which covers an onsite BRC course for lead auditors, HACCP Level 3 training course led by us and further mock audits in our facilities and other industry links.
This opportunity shows our commitment to assist in growing the lead auditor market, consistent training methods and auditing experiences at Reaseheath Food Centre.
For more information on the new BRC bootcamp please visit: http://www.foodmanufacture.co.uk/Food-Safety/Food-safety-bootcamp-to-train-BRC-auditors
On 10th April 2014 we were delighted to welcome Sainsbury’s Heads of Agriculture and Dairy to the College.
Sue Lockhart, Head of Agriculture and Yvette Sowerby, Head of Dairy, provided staff with an overview of Sainsbury’s business vision and values and proceeded to spent the rest of the day learning more about Reaseheath’s expertise in food production: from farm to fork. The pair were taken full tours of the farm and the food department and were given an overview of the Reaseheath Food Futures project (National Centre for Sustainable Primary Food Production).
Sue and Yvette were were particularly impressed with the College’s existing industry links and the structure of our courses that prepare students very well for employment upon graduation.
Going forward, Reaseheath College hopes to build a strong partnership with Sainsbury’s in areas such as training (for both Sainsbury’s employees and their manufacturing supply base), student placements, research projects and mutually beneficial knowledge transfer.
Pictured: George Fisher, Iain Clarke, Kevin Campbell from Reaseheath College and Sue Lockhart, Yvette Sowerby from Sainsbury’s
Reaseheath Food Centre further strengthened food industry links by having a stand at the 2014 NEC Foodex exhibition. The Reaseheath stand formed part of the National Skills Academy showcase – providing a destination for anyone interested in industrial training.
The event was held over 3 days (March 24th– 26th) and attracted thousands of visitors. Foodex is renowned as the UK’s premier trade event for the food and drink processing, packaging and logistics industries. It offers a one-stop shop for manufacturing professionals across the full industry spectrum including: bakery, beverage, dairy, fresh, ingredients, logistics, meat and seafood sectors.
Business Development Manager
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.
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.