Webinar: The Global Honey Supply Chain

This webinar will take place on January 19, 2022 at 3:00 p.m. GMT

Webinar Information

During this webinar, Cathal Henigan, Director of Purchasing at Valeo Foods, will explain the complexity of the global honey supply chain and provide an overview of the honey production process, from bee and beekeeper to packer and retailer. The webinar will cover bee-keeping guidelines, standards and regulations governing honey production and composition, and highlight areas of supply chain vulnerability to food fraud.

The presentations will be followed by a question-and-answer session with Cathal Henigan and Michelle McQuillan, Team Leader of the Food Composition Standards Team, Defra. The session will be chaired by Selvarani Elahi MBE.

This event is intended for those currently working in the field of food allergen testing, the food industry and those involved in the UK official control system.

This is the third webinar in the series of quarterly webinars of the Joint Knowledge Transfer Framework for Food Standards and Food Safety Analysis, which is an intergovernmental project (funded by the Ministry of Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, Food Standards Agency, Food standards in Scotland and the government chemist) aimed at disseminating knowledge from government-funded research to stakeholders to support UK laboratory capacities and promote best practices in food safety and standards analysis.


Cathal Henigan, Purchasing Director, Valeo Foods, UK

Cathal has worked in the food industry for 30 years and focuses on purchasing and the supply chain. For the past 20 years he has worked as a purchasing manager at Kerry Foods, Wellness Foods and Valeo Foods UK. Rowse Honey, the UK’s first honey packager, was most recently a subsidiary of Wellness Foods and now Valeo Foods UK. Cathal has been directly responsible for the honey supply / supply chain at Rowse for 12 years. He became president of the BHIPA (British Honey Importers and Packers Association) in 2016 and has held this position since, representing the association at national and European level.

Michelle Mcquillan, Food Compositional Standards Team Team Leader, Defra

Michelle is Team Leader of the Food Composition Standards Team at Defra’s Agri-Food Chain Directorate. She holds a doctorate in chemistry and has been a civil servant for over 25 years. She has held various positions in the food industry at Defra, FSA and MAFF. Currently, she is responsible for the policy relating to specific foodstuffs of which honey is a part. Michelle was involved in the negotiations on the Honey Directive in 2001, including its most recent amendment in 2014. She was also involved in the development of the Codex International Standard on Honey.

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