Brewing From April 2020

Ambassador’s Q&A: Derek Orford

Having appointed four of our senior staff into ambassadorial roles, we’re firing questions to them each month to reveal what they’ll be getting up to in their new role. Last month we heard from Roy Betts, our microbiology ambassador. This month it’s Derek’s turn.

With 36 years in the brewing industry, and 29 of those as a master brewer, it’s safe to say that Derek understands the sector better than most. As our brewing ambassador, here’s what he had to say about his new role.

What will your new role allow you to do?

I’ll be able to meet more brewers and other industry players more regularly so that we really understand how their needs are changing and ensure we have the knowhow and the right resources in place to meet them. I’ll also have more time to support industry bodies and provide support through consulting for specific clients.

What are you looking forward to working on?

I love assisting with new product development and I’m expecting our ‘kombucha club’ to make great strides in making kombucha production more reliable and reproducible. Internally, I’m really looking forward to helping develop the skills of our younger team members to enable them to grow in the world of brewing.

What does the future hold for the industry?

Every brewer I talk to is not only trying to make great beer but is also focused on doing so sustainably. I think this continued attention to the long term means that beer and brewing will continue to be relevant to new consumers. I’m sure this theme will be reflected in the majority of brewing meetings and conferences this year, including our own Fermented and Alcoholic Drinks Member Interest Group meeting.

Derek is our primary contact for brewers, both large and small. To discuss all things brewing, get in touch.

Contact: Derek Orford
+44(0)1737 824228

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