September 2005 

F&HN Brief – September 2005

F&HN Update

Forthcoming Meetings

For more information on F&HN events see the events section of the website or contact Lesley Swift

Nutrition Cluster Meeting – 15 September 2005

The topic for the day is "Phytochemicals in Food".
Programme details. To reserve your place contact Lesley Swift.

Knowledge Sharing Day - 8 November 2005

Following on from last year’s popular event, we will be holding another Knowledge-Sharing Day to allow IFR and industry members to review activity and address future challenges. Siân Astley will launch the new Nutrigenomics Cluster. Programme details will be available shortly on the Events Section of the website. To reserve your place contact Lesley Swift.

Allergy Cluster Meeting – 10 November 2005

For further details please contact Lesley Swift.

From Nutrigenomics to Personalised Nutrition: 3rd International Nutrigenomics Conference

The European Nutrigenomics Organisation (NuGO) is hosting a conference on Personalised Nutrition, the first with time dedicated to both the science and societal issues, on 2nd-4th November 2005 in Palma de Mallorca.

Membership News

New Members

Welcome to two new Members:-

  • Premier Foods who have joined the Food Structure & Nutrition Cluster
  • Hallmark Analytical Ventures who have joined the Allergy Cluster

F&HN Membership Fees for 2005/6

We have revised the F&HN Membership Fees for the year 2005/06. As from 1 July 2005 F&HN Membership fees (+VAT) will be:-

  • £600 for large businesses (>250 employees)
  • £400 for medium businesses (50-250 employees)
  • £200 for small businesses (<50 employees)
  • In addition a Meeting Attendance Fee of £50 (+VAT)/delegate is payable for each Cluster meeting attended
  • Complimentary Membership will continue for organisations sponsoring research at IFR in excess of £10K (in cash or in kind) in the current financial year.

The above fees will provide 10 delegates from each member organisation with the electronic newsletter (F&HN Brief) and access to the F&HN Members' web site, where the minutes of all meetings are posted, together with business/research intelligence.

The fee for membership of Clusters will be replaced by a Meeting Attendance Fee of £50 (+VAT)/delegate. All members will be eligible to attend any cluster event. We believe this better reflects the needs of the members who are increasingly looking to attend specific meetings rather than all meetings of one specific Cluster.

Non F&HN Members may attend Cluster Meetings, this cost will continue to be £250 (+VAT).

Cluster Updates

Recent changes to Cluster Structure

The Clusters will remain as the focal point of Network activity, and continue to evolve according to members' needs/interests and relevant IFR expertise. As such, we are pleased to announce the following developments:

  • The Waste Upgrade Cluster will be replaced by the Co-Product Exploitation Cluster, and we anticipate a considerable increase in activity in this area as the EU Landfill Directive and UK Landfill Tax come into force.
  • The Barriers Cluster has moved from events to research projects, with submissions to BBSRC Responsive Mode and Defra LINK.
  • After leading the Predicitive Microbiology and Risk Analysis (PRIMA) Cluster for several years, Tim Brocklehurst is passing the reins to József Baranyi. Tim will continue to be an active member of the Cluster, but will concentrate on F&HN Direct.
  • Food and Nutrition will be replaced by Food Structure & Nutrition. This Cluster will be led by Pete Wilde, with Richard Faulks continuing to have significant input. The Cluster will focus on the role of food formulation and processing in improving nutritional benefit without compromising palatability, stability and safety.
  • The Allergy Cluster is well-attended and will continue to work to support members in understanding and complying with the Food Labelling Directive.
  • We are reviewing the remit of the Quality Throughout Shelf-Life Cluster and will present our proposals for discussion with the membership at the Knowledge Sharing Day on 8 November.
  • Sponsored by EEDA, the Pathway to Personalised Nutrition Cluster is structured somewhat differencely to the other Clusters. The events programme is being finalised, and it is likely that the first meeting will be an academic workshop in the Autumn, with a food industry scoping exercise early next year.
  • F&HN Direct was introduced last year to facilitate closer relationships between individual member companies and IFR. A small team of IFR specialists visit a member company for frank discussions of areas of industrial need and potential overlap with IFR expertise. A visit report subsequently prepared by IFR highlights potential areas for collaborative or contracted research. Non-IFR sources of expertise will be highlighted where relevant. This report then forms the basis for more detailed discussions, if appropriate. The entire process is covered by a Confidentiality Agreement.

Recent News

FSA Consultation on "Vegetarian" & "Vegan"

The Food Standards Agency is seeking comments on its draft guidance on the use of the terms ‘vegetarian’ and ‘vegan’ in food labelling. The aim of the draft guidance is to improve clarity and consumer confidence in this area. More details

Science + Innovation

This new quarterly publication from IFR provides an overview of our leading science stories, knowledge transfer and innovation activities and replaces IFR News.
Science + Innovation latest issue available online soon, previous issue online
at: To receive regular print or electronic copy, contact Dawn Barrett

The next issue due November 2005

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