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Expert in Food Science, Beverages and Nutrition

Expert ID: 731656 United Kingdom

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Expert has over 23 years experience in food science especially beverages, having worked as a research scientist and project manager for leading FMCG companies such as GlaxoSmithKline (20 years) and Rank Hovis McDougall. He now works as a consultant for FoodWrite Ltd (3 years) helping those in the food industry understand the science and technology behind their products. He specialises on all aspects associated with beverage product development and processing but is developing expertise in bars and snacks. He also has expertise in beverage regulations, specification setting and documentation, and currently consults on ingredient use especially fruit materials, sweeteners and colours.

He prepared a technical market analysis on applications of mid-infra red technology for a Japanese fibre-optics firm. The survey covered various food uses difficult to assess using conventional techniques and led to the firm exploiting this technology at the pilot-scale level.He prepared a report for a market analyst covering new fruits from South America. The report detailed potential agronomy, fruit characteristics and nutritional benefits, likely supply chain options and uses in various product development spheres.He processed blackcurrant and blueberry cultivars for a pharmaceutical/food company, and analysed processing data. He presented a report with findings on the fruit quality & its characteristics and a comparison/assessment with previous years' data.He prepared a report on novel beverage processing techniques for a market analyst to help them assess the technological worth of an industry new to them. The report detailed types of technology, potential for success and investment opportunities citing vendors, clients and research associations/institutes to work with.He prepared a report for a German market analyst on the novel sweetener Stevia describing the supply chain, analysis, quality and applications in both beverage and food product development. The report had special emphasis on taste-masking of Stevia.


Year Degree Subject Institution
Year: 2001 Degree: PhD Subject: Biochemical Engineering Institution: University of Birmingham
Year: 1985 Degree: MSc Subject: Process Biotechnology Institution: University of Birmingham
Year: 1984 Degree: BSc Subject: Biochemistry Institution: University of Bristol
Year: 1995 Degree: Diploma in Management Studies Subject: Management/Business Institution: Bristol Business School, University of West Of England

Work History

Years Employer Title Department Responsibilities
Years: 2010 to Present Employer: Undisclosed Title: Food Science Consultant Department: Responsibilities: Expert provides consultancy services, especially technical report writing to clients. Main areas of focus are new technologies, workshops, nutrition, product development and ingredients. Current clients range from multinational pharmaceutical/food companies to SMEs.
Years: 1990 to 2010 Employer: GlaxoSmithKline Consumer Healthcare Title: Senior Scientist Department: Product Sciences Responsibilities: Managed research projects on all aspects of beverage science and processing, and the fruit supply chain. He ran two technology groups on sweeteners and fruit science.
Years: 1988 to 1990 Employer: RHM Research and Engineering Ltd. Title: senior scientific officer Department: Fruit Chemistry Responsibilities: Led project investigating pectin chemistry and analysis, to improve a jam manufacturing process for Robertsons. Created baked and meat flavours using simple chemicals for microwave products.

Career Accomplishments

Associations / Societies
IFT (member), IFST (member), Acumentia consulting group.
Publications and Patents Summary
He has two publications.

Additional Experience

Training / Seminars
He chaired the conference 'Future Beverages Innovation' in December 2013 and delivered the workshop on Stevia for Fi- Europe in March 2012. He developed two platform technologies in sweeteners and fruit science for GlaxoSmithKline. Cider making course.
Vendor Selection
Sourcing fruit processing equipment, and product development equipment for making beverages. Specialises in aseptic and novel processing technologies. He sources third-party contractors for drink, powders and bar product development for clients.
Marketing Experience
Market analysis and reports on ingredients and food processing technology for FoodWrite Ltd. Specific insights into beverages (alcoholic and non-alcoholic) and food ingredients.
Other Relevant Experience
Factory trialling and process validation with clinical production of beverages, GMP and GLP including contract packing. Included including validation of process for EFSA claims studies.
Process development, design and scale-up
Supply-chain development (e.g. procurement of new ingredients – lutein, vitamin C derivatives, developing new methods for supply of blackcurrant ingredients, and existing product support)
General food law, specification setting, legislation and labelling especially of beverages. Checking and approving pack copies against specifications, and associated artwork.
Product specification setting and regulations
Intermediate HACCP, CIEH Level 3 Award in Supervising Food Safety in Manufacturing, CIEH Level 2 Environmental Principles and Best Practice.

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