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There was a full house at the meeting on 9th June at Morton Village Hall. Chairman, Barry Gilyead, welcomed members and had time for some items from the news, before introducing Alan Wood, who took the title ‘In-flight Catering’. This turned out not to be a comparison of various meals on various airlines, but rather about the processes by which the meals reach the passengers, primarily the complicated structures required to clean and then reuse cutlery, plates etc.

Using a Powerpoint presentation of photographs and illustrations, Alan firstly gave us some background information about the Hong Kong factory with which he was involved. From there in 1999, Cathay Pacific provided 85,000 meals daily to the airline industry. There was a turnaround time of two hours between emptying the ‘planes and reloading, Having been responsible for much of the process of washing and drying the equipment, Alan was able to explain the endless factors involved and the ways his company, Johnson Diversey, managed it all, enabling us to enjoy the end product when we fly. We shall think much more about it in future.