IFFO's Monthly Update constitutes a key communications tool for the marine ingredients industry and its main players. This report is dedicated to the needs of IFFO's members, bringing together industry news and insights from our diverse network.
When I worked in the food retail sector, Christmas was the peak trading period and the run up to peak was always stressful but exciting and rewarding. The equivalent at IFFO is the Annual Conference where we bring together a program of speakers and events for around four hundred delegates every October. As I write, our team is at full tilt preparing courier boxes full of materials and checking all the last minute details that make the difference between a smooth and well executed conference and one full of firefighting. Registrations have been great, with delegates from over 40 countries attending – it’s a great opportunity to meet and negotiate with all the main buyers and sellers in one place.Update - October 2016 - 285.pdf
Last month I travelled with the IFFO Technical Director, Neil Auchterlonie to Peru and Chile, on an itinerary organised by our Operations Director based in Lima, Jorge Mora. For me, this was a chance to catch up with some of our longest standing IFFO members away from the busy schedule of meetings around our conferences or members meetings. I try to get to visit as many IFFO members as I can during the year as I find it invaluable to ensuring we communicate what IFFO is doing for members and hear how we could help members better. For Neil, this was his first trip to South America and some interesting observations from Neil are in his article inside this edition of Update.Update - June 2016 - 281.pdf
Our Members Meeting in Miami attracted a record number of delegates to enjoy the beach location and two days of presentations and forums. The Technical Workshop attracted many delegates keen to hear the latest on the protracted discussion on re-approving Ethoxyquin for use in the EU but IFFO’s Technical Director, Dr Neil Auchterlonie, at his first Members Meeting gave a detailed update and prognosis for the use of this long standing and cost effective anti-oxidant. We will be keeping members informed as negotiations in the EU progress...Update - May 2016 - 280.pdf
For the last three years, IFFO has partnered with JCI Shanghai, commodities consultancy, to organise a conference in China, covering agricultural commodities used in animal feeds (JCI’s speciality) and marine feed ingredients. The partnership was in response to a request
from IFFO members to have an annual business event which could be used for networking, learning and a springboard for travel in and around China. The event has grown and this year nearly 800 delegates attended to hear the latest trends in soya, corn and, of course, fishmeal and fish oil. The agricultural commodity market is certainly seeing some changes, with an overproduction of corn in China resulting in the Chinese government stimulating export trade...
Despite all the electronic communication available to us (and some would say an excess of communication) there is still no substitute for in-person meetings when it comes to gathering knowledge, sharing information or establishing relationships. As an international association, a large part of my work is to travel to understand our members’ needs, represent our industry at conferences and with policy makers and to scan the horizon for new developments and trends that may affect us. Inside this edition of Update are short reports on our attendance to meetings in Tenerife (GOED Exchange) and Morocco (COFI Sub Committee on Fish Trade) and we would be happy to pass on more details to any members who could not attend and are interested in these events...Update - March 2016 - 278.pdf