Victam International, specializing in organizing feed industry trade fairs and conferences around the world, will host Victam Europe 2001, April 24-26 at Jaarbeurs Halls, Utrecht, the Netherlands. The conference is expected to draw thousands of visitors and more than 200 exhibitors from the feed production, feed ingredients, aquaculture and grain processing industries. This is the first attempt for Victam Europe to combine these different, yet closely related, industry sectors.
Two new conferences, Aquaculture Feeds on April 24 and the World Feed Conference on April 25-26 (see programs on page 31) are scheduled.
Henk van de Bunt, general manager of Victam, said the two conferences and the inclusion of related industry sectors reflects Victam's commitment to the feed and grain processing industries.
"The further development and expansion of Victam exhibitions and conferences throughout the world will show our commitment as an organization to ensure that the animal feed industry reflects its role within the food chain," van de Bunt said. "This is why we see the development of the new exhibition sectors within our shows, especially in Utrecht, as being so important."
He said the new theme for Victam Europe — "the global event supplying the feed and food chain" — illustrates the future of the feed industry as a truly integrated partner within the food processing chain.
The Victam Feed Production show will feature exhibitors from around the world that supply the latest equipment and technology for animal feed production. The new, enlarged exhibit area devoted to Victam Feed Ingredients will focus on nutritional ingredients, feed formulation and medicinal additives.
The Victam Aquaculture exhibition will include a specialized area for aquafeed production and ingredients. In addition, international companies that supply the flour milling, grain processing, handling and storage industries will display the latest technology at the Victam Grain Processing show.
The first World Feed Conference for feed formulators and nutritionists is being organized by Victam and Wageningen University, a leading education and research center for agricultural and environmental sciences. This two-day technical conference on animal nutrition will bring together a group of international speakers who will present papers on the latest developments and technology in animal nutrition.
The Aquaculture Feed Conference, organized by International Aquafeed Journal, will discuss the future direction of the aquafeed industry and address formulation, ingredients and processing technology issues.
Visitors also are encouraged to attend one of two in-depth, six-day courses (see programs on page 31) held April 18-23 and organized by Victam and IPC Livestock Barneveld, a training center for livestock and related industries. An animal feed course will focus on the critical aspects of animal feeding, while a practical feed mill technology course will provide a comprehensive review of the entire feed milling process, including tours of local feed mills.
"If you are involved in the animal feed, aqua feed or grain processing industries, then visiting Victam Europe 2001 is a must," said van de Bunt.
A new online visitor registration system at www.victam.com will enable visitors to explore both Victam Europe 2001 and Powder & Bulk Solids Europe 2001, which is being held in a neighboring hall.