Victam International 2011

by Arvin Donley
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A new venue, newly launched products and a discussion of new and innovative strategies to help the feed industry deal with issues such as product safety and energy savings highlighted the 2011 FIAAP, Victam, and GRAPAS International exhibition May 3-5 in Cologne, Germany.

This marked the first time that the event has been held in Cologne. In the past, Victam held its international show in Utrecht, Netherlands.

Henk van de Bunt, general manger of Victam international, said the response from exhibitors about the change of venue was overwhelmingly positive.

“They like the venue,” he said of the Cologne Exhibition Centre. “It’s much more modern than the facilities we have been in for past shows. We had 254 exhibitors, but most important the show is, in all, 23% larger than the last edition in 2007. The exhibitors have more machinery and equipment at this exhibition, and the equipment is more sophisticated.”

The event drew exhibitors from 28 countries and delegates from more than 100 countries, van de Bunt said. He said the vast majority of delegates came from countries outside Germany. The trade show featured the latest technology and equipment that is utilized in the manufacture and production of animal feeds, dry petfood aquafeed, feed ingredients and feed additives. Equipment and additives used in flour milling, the processing, handling, storage and distribution of grain and rice, as well as the specialist technology used for the production of pasta and noodles was also on display. Judging by the equipment on display, it is apparent that suppliers are designing today’s machinery with product safety and energy efficiency in mind.

“We tried to make energy a major item in 2007, but it was poor timing because energy prices were low,” van de Bunt said. “But now, of course, it is a huge topic. Feed safety is still a major item, and high raw material prices are a big issue for feed millers. All of those topics are addressed here in the conferences and in the trade shows with the equipment that is being displayed.”

An example of an innovative new product that addresses energy savings is Buhler’s DPEF Pellet Mill, which was unveiled on May 3 at the Victam exhibition.

“We have proven that we can lower energy consumption by about 20 percent,” said Stefan Hoh, Buhler product manager, feed. “This is due to the new drive concept. Until now, existing mills have had either gear boxes or transmission belts. This machine comes with only one main motor that is directly connected to the main drive shaft and the dies, significantly reducing transmission losses.”


The trade show was accompanied by six conferences: Aquafeed Horizons; IFF Feed Processing; Petfood Forum Europe; FIAAP (Feed Ingredients and Additives Industry); Feed Safety Assurance; and Pellets for Bioenergy.

“Given the economy, we were expecting numbers to be down at this year’s FIAAP and Aquafeed Horizons conferences, but we were pleased by the turnout of well over a hundred delegates from throughout Europe as well as North and South America, and from as far as South Africa and Korea, a large number of whom were registered for both meetings,” organizer Suzi Dominy said of Aquafeed Horizons and FIAAP, which were organized by Linx Conferences, a division of Honolulu, Hawaii, U.S.-based

The Aquafeeds Horizons conference, which was featured nine speakers with presentations on a wide range of topics.

“Delegates appreciated insights such as that the most durable pellet may not be best for the fish, and it might be better to accept some pellet breakage when searching for optimal pellet quality, to ensure optimal feed intake,” Dominy said. “They also learned how fish meal water soluble protein size distribution affects pellet quality and performance of salmon fed very high plant protein diets, how phosphorous utilization of marine feed resources can be improved, the impact of organic pollutants on product quality and the importance of really understanding both the ingredients and the process for the successful production of quality aquafeeds.”

Joe Kearns of Wenger Manufacturing spoke on the subject of planning a strategic path for feed safety in aquafeed plants. He said that to ensure feed safety throughout the production process companies must assess and design facilities with attention to the following areas:

•raw materials and their storage;
•plant equipment design;
•processing or operating procedures;
•final product efficacy; and
•the overall culture or day-to-day operation of the plant.
“The way forward in aquafeed safety is to strive to identify and validate critical control points in the process, avoid recontamination in downstream areas, and install a finished product testing procedure for validation,” Kearns said.

The Norweigan Institute of Food, Fisheries and Aquaculture Research (NOFIMA) partnered with to put on the Aquafeed Horizons Conference.

Ten speakers addressed a variety of topics during the FIAAP Conference.

“This year we collaborated with two outstanding organizations to bring delegates information they could not find anywhere else,” Dominy said. “We were honored to welcome the European Feed Technology Center (EUFETECH) as partners in the FIAAP Conference. This grouping of Europe’s leading feed industry research and regulatory organizations contributed invaluable information and insights to the conference program. EUFETECH’s focus is industry-led and this was reflected in the topics covered: all highly applicable to today’s commercial feed industry.”

EUFETECH updated delegates on manufacturing issues such as the effects of processing on the bioavailability of amino acids. There was also a presentation on how French feed mills work together through one of their members, the research institute, Tecaliman, to control mixing and cross contamination. Safety and hygiene was a major theme in the conference and industrial needs and scientific perspectives on rapid methods of analysis for chemical contaminants in feed were also discussed.

Regulatory issues were covered by Dr. Thorsten Guthke from FEFANA, who provided a regulatory update on specialty feed ingredients in the E.U., while Johan den Hartog, managing director of GMP+, discussed his organization’s feed safety and sustainability assurance program.

The subject of DDGS, a byproduct of ethanol production, was prominent as Johan De Boever of Belgium-based ILVO and Kip Karges of U.S.-based Poet Nutrition discussed the role of wheat-based DDGS and corn-based DDGS in the global feed market. Karges noted that corn DDGS is now the third largest traded commodity behind corn and soybeans. Corn DDGS has higher nutrient content as a feed product compared to corn, Karges said. He said that buyers should look for DDGS that is light in color, has low levels of fiber and a lysine-to-protein ratio that is greater than 2.8%.

Another presentation dealt with the topic of using enzymes as additives for upgrading the nutritive value of poultry diets containing sunflower meal. In some regions of Europe, sunflower is the best adapted high-protein crop available.

Dr. Jovanka Levic of the Institute for Food Technology noted that protein and many other nutrients are “imprisoned” to variable degrees inside sunflower meal fibrous structures and remain less available for digestion by the poultry’s own proteases and other endogenous enzymes.

She said added exogenous enzymes offer a number of creative possibilities for breakdown and liberation of these nutrients, their easier digestion and absorption, and thus development of new nutritional standards and new diets formulation.

“Supplementation of poultry diets containing sunflower meal by different enzymes increasingly contribute to sustainable poultry farming by enhancing production efficiency, increasing the effectiveness of nutrient utilization and upgrading in environmental protection,” Levic said.

Victam Asia 2012

The next Victam event, Victam Asia 2012, will be held Feb. 15-17 at the Bangkok International Trade & Exhibition Centre in Bangkok, Thailand.

Last held in 2010 at the Queen Sirikit National Convention Center in Bangkok, the event attracted almost 6,000 senior trade executives from throughout the Asia/Pacific region.

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