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Member Interest Groups

Harry Williams, Member Interest Groups Manager

The Member Interest Groups (MIGs) are made up of representatives from Campden BRI member companies. There are twelve MIGs, each with a particular interest. Harry Williams, MIG Manager, describes the workings of the MIGs in our latest talking head video.

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Member interest groups, or a MIG, is essentially an open forum for our members to discuss common interests across the food and drink supply chain. Each group is either sector based, such as meat and poultry, or discipline based, such as microbiology or quality and food safety management. They are a free benefit of Campden BRI membership and each group is chaired by an industrial member and supported by Campden BRI technical specialists and directors. They meet three times a year, typically January-February time, April-May and September-October time.

The MIGs are a great tool for our members because they provide the perfect opportunity to actively select and steer our research. They also allow our members to network with industrial peers and discuss the latest industry hot topics. The MIGs also provide excellent professional development opportunities and also help gain business intelligence. The MIGs are open to any full member of Camden BRI, as a MIG member you can attend as many or as little meetings as you want, you can bring a colleague to the meetings or send a substitute if you can't make a particular meeting. Each meeting is recorded in the form of minutes which are circulated to MIG members as well as access to presentations delivered on the day.

A typical meeting consists of a range of discussions around industry hot topics, project updates from our research program, as well as technical and scientific presentations from Campden BRI specialists and external presenters. Most of our meetings are held here, at our Chipping Campden site or in Leamington Spa. Occasionally we invite volunteer hosts to host of MIG where there may be a particular plant or piece of equipment to see. Our meetings typically run from ten in the morning to three in the afternoon with ample networking opportunities available including a buffet lunch.

Signing up to a MIG is very straightforward, you can go on to our website each MIG has its own dedicated webpage, on each webpage there is the scope and the areas of interest, a list of typical member companies that attend the meetings and also copies of previous minutes available to download. For any further information relate to the MIG you can give me a call and I'll be happy to help.