On May 17, 2023, ADM president, Creation, Design & Development and chief global flavorist Marie Wright was awarded the Bill Littlejohn Memorial medallion as recognition of her significant contribution to the industry.
The Bill Littlejohn Memorial Lecture is a special event, given every year in memory of William (Bill) Rowe Littlejohn (1907-1970) to commemorate his life and his work in the flavor industry. He was instrumental in the formation of the British Society of Flavourists, as he believed that flavorists needed a society that promoted the art and science of their profession. Wright follows Alastair Hitchen, who was the recipient in 2020, and a long list of prominent scientists and flavorists universally recognized within the industry.
Wright manages a team of over 700 scientists across many disciplines including flavorists, chefs, product developers, microbiome experts, nutritionists, colorists etc. Wright was awarded the medallion following her presentation “The Power of Elegance.”
The British Society of Flavorists president Andrea Albertino commented on the significance of elegance in flavor, "A formulation is usually described as elegant whenever it does not contain unnecessary components, without compromising its complexity. Many flavorists think that overcomplicating a recipe decreases the chances of getting copied, but in many cases a lot of the components used at low level can be successfully omitted. On top of that, Marie presented some natural ingredients, and recounted inspiring stories for each, that she considers elegant due to their fascinating roles in flavor formulation.
Students assembled for the presentation during the third week of a flavor course in Reading, United Kingdom, joined by members of the British Society of Flavourists.