Dear SAAFoST member,

It is with great sadness that we inform you of the passing of David Watson.

David Watson, BSc (Chem.Eng.), MBA, was the major shareholder and Managing Director of Sunspray Food Ingredients (Pty) Ltd for the last 28 years. Mr Watson's involvement in food industry activities in South Africa has been extensive. For many years he was a director of the Grocery Manufacturers Association and, after its disbandment, a founding director of the Consumer Goods Council of South Africa.

David has been heavily involved with the South African Association for Food Science and Technology (SAAFoST) for nearly 20 years. He subsequently served as Chairman of the SAAFoST Northern Branch from 2003 - 2005 and as the SAAFoST President from 2005 - 2007. He also served on the IUFoST 2010 Congress Organising Committee. He was the Chairman of the SAAFoST Foundation and Chairman of FACS (Food Advisory Consumer Service). Mr Watson was the 2017 President's Award winner and also served as Chairman of the Local Organising Committee for the SAAFoST Congress 2019.

Mr David Watson will be remembered for his astute business acumen and etiquette, exceptional leadership, philanthropic philosophy and, most importantly, his tireless contribution to the food industry.