Mühlenchemie hosts symposium in francophone Africa
July 12, 2012
by World Grain Staff
AHRENSBURG, GERMANY — Mühlenchemie said on July 16 that 80 representatives from seven countries met for a three-day symposium in Douala, Cameroon. The company said it was the first time it had invited industry and mill representatives from francophone Africa to learn about the latest possibilities for flour treatment and enrichment.
After opening remarks by Mr. Engelbert Nama, managing director of Ingrecam and Mühlenchemie’s agent for more than 10 years, participants listened to presentations by users and representatives of public institutions. In addition the attendees gained valuable information through practical exercises and demonstrations, Mühlenchemie said. Some of these were held by representatives of partner companies like La Pasta, Chopin and Brabender. Flour enrichment with essential vitamins and minerals was another focus of the symposium. Experts from Mühlenchemie, Helen Keller International and the Flour Fortification Initiative showed how the body can be efficiently supplied with sufficient nutrients through flour enrichment, to prevent deficiencies and illness.
“In francophone Africa, the requirements on flour production continue to grow. Buyers expect consistent quality, but production must also remain economical,” said Lennart Kutschinski, Mühlenchemie managing director. “This makes flour standardization and improvement more and more important. To provide it, we’ve bundled our expertise from over 120 countries to make knowledge packages available to millers and bakers in the region.”
Mühlenchemie’s chose Cameroon for the conference because the flour market there is representative of francophone Africa as a whole.
“Flour is a basic ingredient for the people there, and goes into the pasta and bread that people eat every day. With 12 mills, the country has the third largest capacity in the region, and is the largest grain importer in francophone Africa. This market dynamic gives rise to wide fluctuations in flour quality, which the processing companies must then compensate for.” Kutschinski said.
For this reason and due to the positive response, Mühlenchemie, which has had a presence in Cameroon since 1998, plans to repeat the symposium in another country in francophone Africa.