The IFFO 56th Annual Conference closed after three successful days of discussions with 418 delegates from 43 countries. The winner of the Leadership and Innovation award was announced by the IFFO President Mike Copeland at the event’s Gala Dinner. This is the second year that IFFO has held the awards and the winner, who was selected by the IFFO Management Board was TASA. The award had previously been split into two categories with TASA submitting substantial applications for both. It proved exceptionally difficult to decide which of the many impressive applications deserved to win the awards. After a vote, the majority of the board members agreed that TASA should win both the Leadership and Innovation Awards. At the Gala Dinner, Mr Copeland congratulated all the applicants for their hard work and presented the award to Carlos Pinillos González, Chief Executive Officer of TASA.
TASA’s strong focus on R&D won the Board’s approval for the Leadership part of the award. In December 2015, TASA and the Universidad Peruana Cayetano Heredia, jointly won the "Basic research projects and Applied research projects” competition organized by the National Council of Science, Technology and Technological Innovation (CONCYTEC), to develop the project entitled: "Evaluation of the effect of oral administration of collagen peptides of anchovy on bone metabolism and the mechanism of tissue scarring in ovariectomised animals" which is currently under development. The development of collagen peptides is intended to produce a product that meets chemical and functional properties required by the market and that also constitutes a safe and effective treatment to combat osteoporosis and skin alterations generated by the loss of oestrogens in the post-menopausal period. The product will provide added value and at the same time allow the population to benefit directly from the utilization of this natural resource.
For the innovation part of the award, TASA won for their SUMAQ project Businesswomen of Huanta. Started in 2015, the project is combined effort through a public-private alliance between TASA, the Universidad Nacional Agraria La Molina, the Ministry of Production, the District Municipality of Huanta- Ayacucho and SANIPES, with the Fundación Acción Contra el Hambre as operator. The purpose of the SUMAQ Project is to increase the availability and consumption of fish in families of the districts of Huanta, in the Region of Ayacucho, south of Peru, through the promotion of business enterprise, technological innovation and community awareness actions to encourage good practices of healthy nutrition.
To ensure a balanced and fair vote, Board members from the companies selected excused themselves from the vote. The winner was judged on the degrees of change or positive impact that was achieved. It was mistakenly noted in a previous release that TASA had only been selected for the Innovation award, they were selected for both.
Quote: ‘Such an impressive example of success has provided the perfect closing celebration to another effective IFFO Annual Conference. Over these last three days, we have addressed some of our industry’s greatest challenges, analysed new technological opportunities, and looked at market trends to better prepare our members for the coming years. But most importantly, after over 50 years of meeting, this group of old and new friends have gathered once again to strengthen business ties and work together as a cohesive community.’
Andrew Mallison, IFFO Director General
About the IFFO Annual Conference
Held every year in a different city and running for over 50 years, the IFFO Annual Conference is the essential meeting place for the worldwide fishmeal, fish oil and wider marine ingredients industry to network and share information. The programme included presentations from across the industry, workshops and market meetings, giving a 360 degree overview of the marine ingredients industry in just three days. More information on this event can be found at www.iffoevents.com
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