International feed group, ALIM millers plan conference

by Emily Wilson
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The international feed industry is facing challenges and opportunities at the beginning of the new millennium, and analysts are forecasting healthier world markets for agricultural and livestock products. The International Feed Markets 2000 conference, Oct. 3-4 at the Swissotel in Brussels, Belgium, will examine current issues and future prospects for the feed industry.

"Questions continue to hang over the feed industry in the wake of last year's dioxin crisis in Belgium and the continuing repercussions from the B.S.E. crisis," a conference spokesperson said. "Increasingly, the industry is being called upon to provide goods of traceable and demonstrable quality, while global supply chains have been disrupted by European consumers' apparent rejection of a GM technology which simply refuses to go away."

Lars Christian Hoelgaard, head of crop products and animal nutrition for the European Commission, will discuss the latest developments on Agenda 2000 policy reforms in his keynote address on Oct. 3. Other speakers will review the WTO Millennium Round and the outlook for feedstuffs, the latest technological advances in genetically modified feed and grain, the impact the organic movement will have on feed, world grain market demands and prices, and the outlook for feed components.

Bernard Valluis, director of external relations for the Soufflet Group, is conference chairman. The conference is being presented by Agra Europe (London) Ltd., in cooperation with Sosland Publishing Company, the U.S.-based publisher of World Grain and Milling & Baking News.

The 18th Congress of the Latin American Industrial Millers Association (ALIM) will be held Nov. 26-29 at the JW Marriott Hotel in Quito, Ecuador. The milling association Industriales Molineros de la Sierra Asociados (IMSA), which represents about 14 flour milling companies in Ecuador, is hosting the conference.

Latin American millers benefit from the ALIM conferences by discussing common problems and sharing common experiences, an IMSA spokesman said. "The results of the last meetings have developed a stronger industry in every Latin American country," he said.

This year's conference is expected to draw about 200 persons. The Ecuadorian Minister of Foreign Trade, Industry and Fishing is scheduled to attend the opening ceremonies.

Conference topics will include NAFTA's effect on wheat milling, modern milling technology, recovering finished flour, merchandising and wheat flour fortification in Latin America. Speakers from Argentina, Australia, Canada and the U.S. will talk about their country's wheat quality and harvest. Tours of the historic Inca city of Quito and a bullfight also are scheduled.