IAOM districts plan events

by Susan Reidy
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Millers from around the world will gather for the International Association of Operative Millers’ (IAOM) technical conferences and expos scheduled for the Mideast & Africa and Latin America districts.

The IAOM Mideast & Africa District Conference & Expo is set for Oct. 31-Nov. 3 at the Dubai World Trade Center in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. The IAOM Latin America District is planning its 39th annual technical conference in Panama City, Panama in February 2016.

Mideast & Africa district

The Mideast & Africa event will take place in the Sheikh Maktoum Hall of the World Trade Center. The hall will be transformed into a ConfEx venue combining conference, expo, and lunch halls facilitating interaction among delegates, exhibitors, and visitors.

The revamped conference program will feature technical, what’s new, trading, management and feed milling topics. The IAOM MEA Education Committee members developed the presentations with industry experts to meet the delegates’ professional development needs.

A main objective for this year is to attract more millers, particularly from sub-Saharan Africa, said Ali Habaj, IAOM MEA district director. The association has made progress since its conference in Tunisia and South Africa in 2013 and 2014, respectively, said Essa Al Ghurair, conference chairman.

This year’s expo will include 135 booths featuring multinational companies from the flour milling and feed manufacturing industries, allied traders, grain millers, and milling equipment manufacturers from various parts of the world.

Accessing the conference hall thorough the expo hall ensures more traffic through the exhibitions. Serving coffee and lunch breaks within the Sheikh Maktoum Hall increases interaction between exhibitors and professionals in the flour and feed milling industries, organizers said.

The opening ceremony and management session begins Nov. 1. Keith Chambers will give one of the keynote management presentations, “Three Keys to Creating Brand Marketability.” Chambers is a marketing expert to Fortune 100 companies and is the founder of The Chambers Group. He is credited with reinventing the traditional marketing process. During his presentation he will share his process and many of the new marketing insights he has produced.

Dorie Clark, marketing strategy consultant and speaker for Google, Microsoft, Yale University, Fidelity, and the World Bank, will also give a keynote management presentation Nov 1. on “Building Your Brand as a Leader.”

Clark, chief executive officer of Clark Strategic Communications, is an adjunct professor of business administration at Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business, guest lecturer at Harvard Business School, and the Harvard Kennedy School. A former presidential campaign spokeswoman, she is a frequent contributor to the Harvard Business Review, Forbes and Entrepreneur.

Multiple “what’s new” sessions are planned in the afternoon of Nov. 1 and 2. They include:

• Pietro Barbalarga, “Leonardo Rollermill,” Omas;

• Urs Dübendorfer, “One Step Ahead in Milling Efficiency and Food Safety,” Bühler;

• Stephane Cochet, “Anylab: New Method for Quick Determination of Hagberg Value,” Chopin Technologies;

• Cristian Torri, “MGA - Online Multifunction Grain Analyzer,” Ocrim; and

• Anna Zhenchuk, “A Tool to Confidently Market Vitamin Enriched Flour,” BioAnalyt GmbH.

Multiple technical sessions are planned on Nov. 1 and 3. They include:

• CombiMill - Production of Genuine Flour with PesaMill Technology, Peter Striegl, Bühler AG;

• Reduction and Replacement of Azodicarbonamide in Baking Applications, Lutz Popper, Mühlenchemie;

• Intelligent Fumigation in Mills & Silos, Vasilis Sotiroudas, EcO2 and AgroSpeCom;

• New Flour Evaluation Test for Soft Products, Edouard Navarre, Eurogerm;

• MultiGrain - New Market Opportunity for Processing Local Grain into Traditional Food, Raphael Krucker, Bühler; and

• Wheat Processing Enzymes for Enhanced Milling Efficiency, Andrew John Flounders, DuPont Nutritional Biosciences.

The morning of Nov. 2 will focus on feed milling technology and trends. Those sessions include:

• Mid Chain Fatty Acids (MCFA) – Application and its benefits in Agribusiness, Buis Ebbinge, Daavision.

• Important Issues and Challenges in Poultry Industry, Roel Mulder, Worlds Poultry Science Association (WPSA).

• Reduced Feed Cost & Improved Performance with Altered Feed Particle Size, John T. Brake, North Carolina State University.

• Binder Technologies for Food and Feed, Ajay W Deoghare, Bios AgriCorp Ltd.

• Phytases - Their Use and Differences Between Sources, Michael Richard Bedford, AB Vista Feed Ingredients.

William W. Wilson, distinguished university professor, Department of Agribusiness and Applied Economics, North Dakota State University, will give the keynote trade presentation Nov. 3 on “Managing Strategies and Price Risks for Flour Milling Firms.”

His focus is risk and strategy as applied to agriculture and agribusiness with a particular focus on procurement, transportation and logistics, international marketing and competition.

As part of the trade program, market outlooks will be presented Nov. 2 and 3 on several regions including: the U.S., the Black Sea, Canada, the Baltic Sea, Iran, Australia and France.

Several special events are planned including the Welcome Cocktail Dinner on Oct. 31 at the pool deck of the JW Marriott. The Traders’ Dinner is Nov. 1 at the MusicHall at Jumeirah Zabeel Sarray. A Desert Camp Dinner is planned Nov. 2 and will feature an international buffet on a desert camp.

Registered attendees can use the appointment scheduler tool to arrange meetings with other registrants. The tool provides a simple interface to search for others and initiate and respond to meeting requests, and the ability to view consolidated personal calendar including all appointments and agenda sessions.

Accommodations are available at the JW Marriott Marquis Hotel Dubai, with group rates for the conference. The five-star facility is the tallest hotel in the world.

For more information or to register visit http://iaom-mea.com/IAOM-DUBAI/.

Latin America district

The Latin America District will meet for its 39th annual technical conference in Panama next February. Further details will be available soon.

Developed by and for operative millers, the IAOM meeting will focus on technical aspects of flour mill operations. It will be similar in format to the Southeast Asia district meeting with a pre-conference workshop and a two-day conference with a tabletop expo.

Day one will feature a milling specific workshop. The second day will offer attendees the opportunity to learn about the newest innovations in the industry, and share in roundtable discussions about topics such as employee management, product protection, facilities management and technical operations.

For more information, visit http://www.iaom.info/latinamerica/.