22 February 2023

In-person event - The earth’s favourite little healthy drinks factory – ‘the blender’

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 2023 Seligman Lecture at the SCI - The Earth’s Favourite Healthy Drinks Factory - 'The Blender'

Speaker: Andy Joynson - Director of European Operations, Innocent (2019 - 2022)

Andy’s talk will cover the design principles behind innocent’s project to build it’s first ‘own’ factory in Rotterdam. His focus will be to explain how it’s possible for engineering to support businesses to balance the needs of people, planet and profit. We are all challenged to figure out the pathway to transition to net zero. The blender design is operationally carbon neutral. Andy and innocent drinks want to open-source their learning to help engineers in other businesses progress on their net zero journeys.

The Seligman Lectures

Dr Richard Joseph Seligman founded in 1910 the Aluminium Plant and Vessel (APV) Company in Wandsworth, London. He had previously worked for the British Aluminium Company and after leaving he obtained a licence to develop a Swiss patent for welding aluminium. In 1922, while on a skiing holiday in Switzerland, he conceived the idea of the plate heat exchanger and took out the first patent for it in 1923. The plate heat exchanger is now used globally in a wide variety of industries.

Dr Seligman’s invention contributed to the introduction of modern methods of pasteurisation. It was largely due to his advice that the now universally adopted High Temperature Short Time method of milk pasteurisation was legalised by the British government in 1941.

Dr Seligman died aged 94 in 1972, and in 1975 The Richard Seligman Memorial Trust was endowed by APV in honour of its founder, to commemorate Seligman and his contribution to Food Engineering.

The Trust Fund was to pay the expenses connected with the delivery of a lecture upon any aspects of engineering or processing in the food or beverage industries in order to advance the education and public understanding of such matters. The Trust is administered by the SCI and 15 lectures have been given to date.

In 1991 the APV Company (now part of the SPX Group) significantly increased the Trust Fund and renamed it The Seligman APV Trust. The additional investment income enabled Fellowships and Bursaries to be offered to worthy young individuals from overseas students, so that they can study Food Engineering in the UK or attend conferences on Food Engineering.


This is a limited capacity event and priority will be given to delegates who have a direct connection with the Seligman group.

This event will also be streamed and accessible as a webinar. Click here to register for the webinar.


Andy Joynson

Director of European Operations, Innocent (2019 - 2022)

Andy brings change into operations. He is led by a desire to find new and positive ways to answer today’s challenges. Identifying new ways for supply chains and factories to be different and better, and to demonstrate how they can be more sustainable for the planet and people who work there. He joined innocent drinks in 2019 to build the earth’s favourite little healthy drinks factory in Rotterdam, ‘the blender’.

Under his leadership the blender dramatically reduces innocent’s overall carbon footprint. It will be carbon neutral, incorporating the newest ideas to both conserve and to source zero emissions energy. It also maximises water conservation and recycling of resources, utilising innovative technology specifically developed for the blender. The blender will achieve the highest standards of construction for sustainability in the materials used and in design for an environment that takes care of people’s wellbeing.

Andy studied Engineering at Loughborough University of Technology and started his career at Cadbury. He then worked in senior Supply Chain roles across a range of food & drink businesses, both manufacturing and retail, including PepsiCo, Cott beverages, Morrisons & Warburtons.


Wednesday 22 February

Registration and refreshments
Welcome and introduction
The earth’s favourite little healthy drinks factory – ‘the blender’
Andy Joynson, Innocent
Q&A session
Networking reception
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14/15 Belgrave Square

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