Things to look forward to

Here it is January and hope everyone is having a good new year, three days in. Our holiday break included a trip to the Tower of London, where the fort sits on 1,000 years of human history and reminds everyone that in most modern settings, people aren’t worried about getting their heads chopped off by a disgruntled sovereign nowadays. Plus, there is a very large punch bowl in the Crown Jewels section that would be good for use as a bathtub. Lifting it would be another matter.

I spent the actual New Year thinking of reasons to be cheerful in 2023, and top of the list is the Dairy Industries Expo that we’re holding in Harrogate, UK at the Convention Centre, from 3-5 October. I hope to see you all there and to meet and greet you all from the industry. It promises to be quite a gathering, with members of the Society of Dairy Technology in attendance at its annual general meeting, along the entire dairy processing chain, from milk collection to cheese packaging. Not least, it’s free to attend, so get that on the calendar and we shall be there to greet you.

Before that, there will be more outings as well. Interpack returns after quite a hiatus, in Düsseldorf. The weeklong event (4-10 May) will get one’s step count up for the duration, looking at new equipment and processes in the many halls.

The International Cheese and Dairy Awards is back on 29 June at the Staffordshire County Showground, having celebrated its 125th year last year. It is another plethora of cheeses, accompaniments and trade stands, along with probably the biggest trade lunch in the world, I suspect. The Society will have its summer conference and dinner there too, so it’s another reason to get to Bingley Hall. See you there!

For more information on our Expo, please contact Samantha Bull, [email protected] or visit You may also contact me for further information on the workshops and presentations.

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