Milling conference set for Moscow

by Arvin Donley
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The Fourth Annual IAOM Eurasia District Conference & Expo will be held Sept. 23-25 at the International Industrial Academy in Moscow, Russia. IAOM officials are expecting approximately 250 attendees and an expo with about 30 exhibitors, approximately the same size as last year’s event in Bucharest, Romania.

"IAOM is looking forward to holding our first conference in Moscow this fall," said IAOM Executive Vice-President Melinda Farris.

"Russia is such an integral part of the grain milling industry in Europe, and we are fortunate to have the International Industrial Academy as our partner to help make this event a success."

During this year’s conference, representatives mainly from countries across Europe and the Commonwealth of Independent States will participate in the international forum for networking, the exchange of ideas, technical and educational opportunities, and the discovery of new products and services.

The conference kicks off on Sept. 23 with the opening reception. The official opening is Sept. 24 with a What’s New session, which highlights new milling industry equipment and services, educational sessions and the expo. The event concludes on Sept. 25, featuring the expo and educational sessions as well as the Eurasian District Leadership Council meeting.

Vyacheslav Butkovsky, head of the International Industrial Academy, is chairman of the event, and Viorel Marin, host of the 2008 conference in Romania, is vice-chairman.

Registration for the conference is €250 for IAOM members. For more registration information, visit the IAOM website (

IAOM has reserved a block of rooms at the Novotol Hotel at a special rate of €198 per night. The rate is only guaranteed through Aug. 20. Rooms can be reserved by completing the hotel registration form on the IAOM website.

Russia is a major producer and exporter of wheat flour. According to the International Grains Council, Russian flour exports for 2008-09 will total 600,000 tonnes, up from 550,000 the year before.

The Russian Union of Flour and Grain Mills has 198 member organizations which produced around 8 million tonnes of flour in 2008, according to the Union’s website. That figure represents 85% of total flour production in Russia that year.

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