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9th International Cheese Symposium Opens in Cork

One hundred and ninety international scientists working in cheese research from 27 countries are gathered in Cork today and tomorrow for the 9th International Cheese Symposium. The symposium series is currently the second largest rolling cheese science conference held anywhere in the world.

Hosted by Teagasc Food Research Centre, Moorepark in collaboration with University College Cork and INRA (L ‘Institut National De La Recherche Agronomique) France, the 9th cheese symposium provides an opportunity for the most recent developments in cheese research to be unveiled and discussed. It’s a platform for cheese scientists from research providers, as well as from industry, to consider new concepts and latest developments, to share experiences and knowledge, and to promote new applications of cheese research.

Speaking at the opening of the event today, Wednesday, 12 November, Teagasc Director Professor Gerry Boyle said: “Cheese production in Ireland has grown from 80,000 tonnes in 1995 to 185,000 tonnes per annum in recent years and there is a potential for further growth up to 2020. Crucially, it is an export-led industry with around 93% of production exported annually. Teagasc researchers are working closely with Irish dairy companies to develop new and exciting cheese products.”

The symposium focuses on seven main thematic areas: Health & Cheese, Cheese Quality and Safety, Cheese Sensory & Flavour Chemistry, Cheese Processability & New Analytical Technologies, Cheese Structure – Function Relationships and Cheese Market Trends.

Dr Diarmuid Sheehan, Teagasc researcher said:”The scientific programme comprises 35 speakers representing 17 different countries including Canada, USA, Australia and New Zealand. Global companies attending include Valio (Finland) Arla (UK/Denmark), Friesland Campina (Netherlands), Agropur (Canada), Emmi (Switzerland), Glanbia’s US Cheese Business, Lactalis (France) as well as all the major Irish cheese companies.”

The symposium is taking place over 2 days, November 12th and 13th at the Clarion Hotel in Cork.