Smart will be responsible for driving the development of Campden BRI services in operational support for the alcoholic beverages industry, the firm said.
He will manage the sensory, microbiology, environmental and new product development teams at Campden BRI’s brewing division – including its pilot plant for malting and brewing.
He brings more than 20 years’ experience to the role, gained at the University of Nottingham, Cadbury Schweppes, and Food Knowledge & Know-how – the London and South East of England Regional Food Technology Transfer Centre.
Smart said: “While the Campden BRI has a long standing reputation for its research and development within the food and drink industry, I am looking forward to helping clients innovate and to driving the application of new technologies. I have always had an interest in brewing which started through an industrial placement at Bass Brewers and continued while studying for a PhD in yeast technology, so it is great to be back working in the area where my career began.”
Caroline Walker, director of brewing at Campden BRI, said: “We are really excited to have attracted such a high calibre, experienced individual to lead our brewing services department. His background combining research, innovation and business development will be invaluable as we continue the development of our operational support services for the alcoholic beverages industry.”