WFFC UK Symposium – Thursday 27th March 2014

We are delighted to announce our highly topical symposium on:

Thursday 27th March 2014

To be held at:

RC Treatt, Northern Way, Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk, IP32 6NL

The Symposium will start with a lunch at 12:00pm with plenty of time to network, and is expected to conclude around 4:30pm.

Introduction to citrus – John Forbes

An overview of citrus cultivation, production, composition and processing. The talk will explain the differences in processing for various types of citrus and their key characteristic organoleptic components.

John Forbes has over 30 years of essential oil experience. Initially working for Bush Boake Allen in London managing the flavour gas chromatography lab, he joined Treatt in 1983.  John has managed the production lab, R&D lab and is now Global Technical Support Manager providing technical support to sales and liaising with customers. He has been responsible for the isolation and commercialisation of essential oil isolates and specialities, with a particular emphasis on citrus oils. He is a member of the Royal Society of Chemistry, American Chemical Society and a Fellow of the British Society of Flavourists.

Conventional and organic citrus oil market – Mary Brooks

The main growing areas, market forces and the effect of weather on prices, an overview of the differences between conventional and organic supply.

Mary Brooks joined Treatt in June 2005 as Imports Co-ordinator in the purchasing department working for Daemmon Reeve. Mary’s previous experience was as a Media Director of an Advertising Agency for 10 years followed by 3 years consultancy for various agencies in the local area. In 2009 she switched to the role of buyer responsible for all organic essential oils. She also works alongside colleagues in purchasing procuring conventional citrus oils. During her time in this position Mary has travelled to Bulgaria researching rose and lavender oils, France expanding her knowledge on lavenders and various lavandins, as well as the USA researching citrus. Mary also attends organic exhibitions within Europe.

Low-level contaminants in citrus oils – Nick Peake 

An overview of the main contaminants found in citrus oils.  The talk will cover why these compounds may be present in the oils and what risks are associated with their presence.  We will also discuss the ways they are detected and how these compounds are regulated.

Nick Peake joined Treatt in 2008 on the graduate training scheme.  Since then he has worked in a number of technical departments including distillation, R&D and quality control before joining the analytical sciences department in 2011; concentrating on method development and fixed oils research.   Nick has previously worked for Merck Chemicals and Cookson Electronics.