Campden BRI Day is firmly established as a major event in the food and drink industry calendar – giving attendees the opportunity to view the research and facilities at Campden BRI’s Chipping Campden site.
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With over 450 registered, the 2012 event was a tremendous success. The Annual Campden Lecture was a highlight of the day, given this year by Fiona Dawson, President of Mars Chocolate UK. Taking 'A sustainable future?' as her theme, Ms Dawson emphasised the need to work in partnership and move towards ‘one planet living’, and away from living beyond our planet’s capacity.
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The Heinz Award for Excellence is awarded to an employee of Campden BRI who has demonstrated extraordinary scientific contributions to the food processing industry in recent years. This year it was presented by Dr. Chris Lowe, Global Quality Strategy Manager at HJ Heinz, to Craig Leadley, for his work on innovative process technologies.
The Marks and Spencer Millennium Prize is to recognise an early career scientist, technologist or engineer employed at Campden BRI who has the potential to positively impact on the food, drink and allied industries. The winner this year was Danielle Sweeney for her work on chemical migration in packaging materials, and she received her award from Yvette Sowerby, Technical Manager – Meals, Desserts and Frozen at Marks and Spencer.
The exhibits and displays this year were based around 4 themes: research and innovation; analysis and testing, knowledge management, and operational support. Visitors also took the opportunity to tour our processing, product development and sensory science facilities.