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.
One of our key aims is to anticipate the direction our industry is travelling in, and how our members’ needs may change. As I mentioned at our recent Annual Conference, the Board of IFFO initiated a strategy review in 2015 and some of the trends identified so far include continued change that present both threats and opportunities.
First among these is the broadening of the range of feed ingredients available to feed manufacturers. Investment in new biotechnology producing protein from gas fermentation, genetic modification of crops becoming more viable, and other novel sources of protein like insect meal becoming a reality all compete for the growing demand from aquaculture feed. Positioning of marine ingredients as high value, environmentally responsible products is an essential strategy for protecting market share – as is differentiating them from the competition.
Update - January 2017 - 288.pdf
This is my first chance to thank all the delegates who attended the IFFO Annual Conference in Bangkok at the end of October. The presentation slides with audio are now available on both on IFFO website and IFFO events website, you will need to login to access them. The combination of our usual high quality conference programme and an outstanding hotel made it one of the best received and most talked about conferences in recent years. We always need to look at ways of improving so I hope, if you attended, that you have had a chance to complete the Conference Survey to tell us about your experience. If not, drop us a line anytime to let us know if there is something you think we could change to make the event even better.Update - December 2016 - 287.pdf
Following another successful IFFO Annual Conference in Thailand, this month's update contains a summary of proceedings, plus the usual extensive coverage of industry news.
Update - November 2016 - 286.pdf
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