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Gregg Wallace and Derek Allen

Do you want to eat well for less?

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Did you see Senior Dairy Technologist Derek Allen on BBC One’s new foodie programme, Eat Well For Less? 

Presenter Gregg Wallace joined Derek in our industry standard food halls to watch the process of yoghurt production and to discuss the ingredients which go into the family favourite.

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Senior Dairy Technologist Derek Allen accompanied by Gregg Wallace

Gregg went on to visit the Reaseheath Holstein dairy herd to see where our milk came from and also met some of out farm staff and students.

If you missed the episode, you can catch up on BBC iplayer here.

 

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Food lecturers’ international trade mission to India

Martin  and James with the very smart doorman at their hotel! 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.

James Blakemore chats to a potential customer at the trade show

James Blakemore chats to a potential customer at the trade show

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

Martin Anderson and James Blakemore on the Reaseheath stand

Martin Anderson and James Blakemore on the Reaseheath stand

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.

Martin Anderson

Lecturer in Food Science

 

 

 

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Eden students on tour

Eden Study Tour Appleby Creamery - cropped Our new cohort of 19 dairy technology students from Arla Foods, Müller-Wiseman Dairies, Dairy Crest and Glanbia Cheese started their ‘Eden‘ journey last week with a trip around the dairies of Yorkshire and Cumbria.

Students had the opportunity to get a feel for the variety of products and processes that they will be experiencing as part of their course.

First stop was Arla in Leeds, to see their extensive liquid milk processing site. Next stop was Wensleydale Creamery in Hawes, North Yorkshire, to see the wonderful array of cheeses made at this small scale creamery. Students were treated to a fantastic array of samples including Wensleydale cheese with Mango and Ginger, Blue Wensleydale and their extra mature Wensleydale Kit Calvert. After a rather rainy night in Kendal it was on to an artisan cheese producer, Appleby Creamery, where they saw how to make some fantastic sheep’s milk cheese.

The study tour ended at Dairy Crest, Kirkby. Students were given an insight into the large-scale production processes of Clover spread and were shown around by new Eden graduate and Reaseheath alumnus Steve Woods.

The work has just begun for this cohort – we wish them all the best of luck!

Kathy Merrett

Food Programme Leader

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Catching up with trainee dairy technologist – Georgie Brighton

Georgie BrightonGeorgie achieved a distinction in her Level 3 Diploma in Food Technology from Reaseheath after joining us back in 2009. She then progressed onto a foundation degree in food industry with management. During her degree, Georgie successfully managed her time and spent the summer months working as a Section Manager in the Customer Service and Replenishment department at Waitrose.

Growing up on a dairy farm, Georgie took a particular interest in the dairy industry whilst studying at Reaseheath. With the dairy industry in mind, on the successful completion of her foundation degree she decided to apply for a job at Arla Foods. Following a competitive selection process involving a telephone interview and two site based interviews, Georgie won a position as a trainee dairy technologist at Arla. Arla along with other leading dairy companies work in collaboration with Reaseheath College to deliver a specialist dairy technology training programme, Project Eden.

As a trainee dairy technologist at Arla, Georgie is now enrolled onto Project Eden and is working towards a FdSc in Dairy Technology – to help her gain the technological skills to progress within the dairy industry.  She will spend the majority of her time at Arla’s Westbury site, where she will gain vital work experience in each section of the factory and broaden her knowledge of the manufacturing process of butter and whey powder. During the three year programme, Georgie will spend 7-9 week blocks at Reaseheath twice a year to complete the theory, practicals and assessment for the qualification. Each trainee dairy technologist is also assigned a mentor to support them throughout the programme.

Georgie commented, “It’s a delight to have the opportunity work in an industry I love and continue to study at the same time. I’m excited for the future and really pleased to be chosen as the class representative at Reaseheath for the dairy technology cohort.”

To find out more about Project Eden and our dairy technology training programme, please visit our website.alraRGB-Web-logo-2

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Reaseheath graduation opens doors to career success

Graduates from Reaseheath College received degrees designed to boost their careers at a ceremony in the centre of Nantwich.

Dressed in gowns and mortar boards, almost 150 graduates spilled out of St Mary’s Church to celebrate with Britain’s best known Paralympic athlete Baroness Tanni Grey-Thompson DBE, who was guest speaker.

Food graduates marked their achievements alongside other Reaseheath graduates who had completed degrees in agricultural scienceequine science, engineeringgarden and landscape design, countryside management, adventure sports management, and rural events management, all delivered in partnership with Harper Adams University.

One of our most successful programmes in the food department is Project Eden. This programme offers dairy technologists the chance to gain a globally recognised Foundation Degree in Dairy Technology. All 23 Eden graduates excelled this year, achieving either a distinction or merit overall.

 BSc (Hons) graduates were also flying high with 30% gaining a first class honours degree, with an overall brilliant year for all our graduates in the food department.

Describing the Nantwich ceremony as one of the highlights of the academic year, Reaseheath Principal Meredydd David emphasised that the graduates would see a massive return on their financial and emotional investment. An independent analysis had shown that £40,000 spent on course fees and living expenses would secure an additional £250,000 over the span of a career. Nearly 90% of Reaseheath graduates who completed degrees last year were in related employment within six months of completing their course on an average starting salary of £21,000.

In such a competitive jobs market it  remains vital that higher education (HE) programmes are delivered and validated by high quality, well respected institutions. Reaseheath’s own HE programmes had recently been inspected by the Quality Assurance Agency (QAA) and had received fantastic report, equivalent to an ‘Outstanding’ from Ofsted.

Although academic progress was important, Meredydd pointed out that many graduates had helped to organise social events and charity fund raising, which last year contributed £12,000 to worthy charities.

Congratulating the graduates, Baroness Tanni Grey-Thompson, who studied politics and now has a seat in the House of Lords, said that education was vital and led to wider choices. Her key advice was to try something new and not be put off by failure. Although she had been dedicated to wheelchair racing from the age of 12 she did not win for four years and this had taught her how to train and be committed.

Take a look at this year’s Eden award winners here.

To find out more about our degree programmes please visit the Higher Education pages on our website.

For more photos from the day, visit the Reaseheath College Facebook page.

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Reaseheath welcomes new food students!

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The food department was delighted to welcome our new and continuing students for another year of learning this September!

The new students took part in a variety of fun induction events organised by their course managers and have already settled into college life.

Further Education courses running this year include Level 2 and Level 3 Bakery and Patisserie, Level 2 Butchery and Level 3 Food Technology and Management.

Our Higher Education students are studying FdSc/ BSc Food Manufacturing with Business Management and FdSc Dairy Technology. We are proud to be educating the butchers, bakers and cake decorators as well as food and dairy technologists of the future!

The following poem was written by Sam Copeland, Course Manager Level 2 Bakery and Patisserie during a busy week of induction for our FE students…where did she find the time!!

An ode to Reaseheath food students by Sam Copeland

 From the giggles in the changing rooms

That’s the girls as well as boys

To the delight of opening up a box

And seeing brand new bakery toys!

From the whispers from the nervous ones

To the guffaws from the not so shy!

To the hellos and embraces in the mornings

To getting on the bus to say goodbye

From the macaroon’s and fruit cake

To the vanilla flavoured drink

From the sunshine getting up so early

To cold mornings oh so brisk!

From stocking up the farm shop

And enjoying tasting cakes

To baking whisking making

And eating lunch down by the lake

To the tutors, technicians and support staff

To the students oh so new

‘clean as you go’ Kat tells us

Then problems will be few

To the dairy or the butchery

To the bakery or P2

Wherever you are heading now

We are all here to help you

Enjoy your days at Reaseheath

Go to lessons don’t be late

The time will pass so quick you see

Before you know- you’ll graduate!!

 

 

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Eden students’ cheese triumphs at Nantwich Show 2014

 

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Fantastic results for our second year Dairy Technology (Eden) students at the International Cheese Awards held at Nantwich Show 2014. Our students produced two award winning cheeses:

Speciality Cheese Maker Category – SILVER for the ‘Derby’

Food Technologists Andrea Winkler, Jane Gilman and Penny Masters with our award winning cheeses

Food Technologists Andrea Winkler, Jane Gilman and Penny Masters with our award winning cheeses

Novice Cheese Maker Category – BRONZE for the ‘Coloured Cheshire’

This was a great accolade for our students, as this show is truly the best of the best, with 4,400 cheeses entered from 23 countries! Staff from our Food Centre stewarded for the judges.