Profile: Paul Hughes
Professor of Brewing and Distilling
Paul Hughes was until recently Professor of Brewing and Distilling at Heriot-Watt University and director of the International Centre for Brewing and Distilling. He is currently visiting professor at the Katholiek University of Leuven, specializing in malting, brewing and distilling.
Coming from industry, my research efforts over the past six years have focused on the specific strategic issues of product quality, safety and integrity. Additionally, I have developed a strong interest in innovation management. My research focus reflects these interests, as well as my roots in organic chemistry.
Of paramount importance to me is to develop research activities that will, if successful, add value to the industry and, with this in mind I would welcome feedback, comments and suggestions for the development of research to generate potential new value-added opportunities.
NoteStreams By Paul Hughes
It’s been a disappointing couple of weeks for the Scotch whisky industry. Diageo reported that it is delaying plans on a £1bn new-build distillery just north of Inverness following a slow-down in the company’s key whisky markets, particularly Latin America and China. Now leading whisky expert Jim Murray has awarded Suntory’s Yamazaki Single Malt Sherry 2013 top marks in the Whisky Bible for 2015, with no Scotch appearing in his top ten. As if that wasn’t bad enough, there was an English whisky in the top 10 – almost the ultimate snub in Scottish eyes.