For the second time in the eight-year history of the IAOM Southeast Asia Region, milling professionals met at the InterContinental Saigon Hotel in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, for three days of education, fellowship and networking. The early-October event attracted approximately 200 from across the industry.
Sarkar’s presentation focused on providing information related to pulse processing and their application in a range of end products.
The four main topics of the presentation included evaluations of wheat and quality, linear programming concepts and application, as well as multi-blend optimization concepts. He provided an evaluation of various scenarios where production of multiple blends needs to be optimized to a specific wheat that would be used in limited supply.
Sarkar shared and reviewed a worksheet with all attendees that provided a variety of product solution scenarios calculating the cost of the blend per ton, along with an estimate of margins and revenues based on the blends.
“Most cereal and grain processing practices are well established and have been in use for a long time,” he said. “The bulk of the research and development that is taking place today is in the area of milling pulses into flour for a variety of end-use applications. These pulse flours are blended with wheat flours in various proportions in order to balance nutritional value with acceptable product quality.”
According to Sarkar, pulses are well recognized for their nutritional and health benefits. In addition, their attributes include availability and affordability, sustainability, and versatility in processing and applications.
“They are easy to process for inclusion with wheat flour for a variety of applications enhancing the diversification of milled products,” he continued. “Milled pulse products also offer a gluten-free application opportunity.”
Following the morning session on blend optimizations, attendees had the opportunity to tour Oishi’s Saigon Liwayway Food Industries’ snack baking facility to see a Leonardo rollermill in operation. OMAS organized the mill tour and sponsored lunch for participants before they went to the facility. In order to prepare attendees for the tour, a short presentation was given on the innovative rollermill over lunch.
That evening, conference attendees had the opportunity to discuss what they had heard and seen during the day while they networked at the opening welcome reception.
Conference & Expo
The educational sessions included a variety of topics, ranging from wheat market trends in Southeast Asia to new challenges of flour quality fluctuations and enzymatic flour. Mostly educational or informative in nature, the presenters shared their extensive knowledge and expertise with conference goers.
Roger Cook from Petkus Technologie took a look at size and density separation principles for milling grains, and Christian Hobi, Le Cong Buhler Vietnam, talked about how to get the best out of your mill. Joe Sowers from US Wheat gave an update on wheat market trends in the region.
Always a popular presentation, Professor Li Dongsen from GGI, shared an overview of trends and developments in China’s flour milling industry. Norizad Abdul Rashid from AB Enzymes Singapore talked about challenges with flour quality fluctuations and enzymatic flour.
What’s New presentations included new developments for the industry, new high-performance bagging systems, and the introduction of an antimicrobial composite material. The session concluded with a panel discussion on challenges and opportunities in the industry, facilitated by Bunge’s Will Syers. The expert panelists were IAOM Vice President Jeff Hole, Miller Milling Company (USA), Tremayne Watts, Cargill (Australia), Elmar Nau, Interflour (Singapore); and Ashok Sarkar, Cigi (Canada).
Among the challenges discussed were raw material, workforce/skills shortages, food safety, and economic issues.
The opportunities identified were good growth in Asian markets, globalization of consumer product knowledge, new milling technology, and new additives.
Sarkar followed up his pre-conference workshop presentation with a detailed look at pulse-processing.
Fischbein’s Collin Willcox provided an overview of secure closures for open mouth bags. Brabender’s Alexandra Petz gave an update on the Farinograph-TS, and Stefan Tordenmalm from Perten Instruments shared tips on how to get the most out of your NIR instrument.
Over 40 of the industry’s leading equipment manufacturers and service providers exhibited at the table top expo during the conference. Unopposed expo time was scheduled to allow ample opportunity for the conference attendees to meet with the exhibiting companies.
The exhibit hall was packed during breaks and several exhibitors commented on the intimate and casual environment created by the table top format.
During the closing remarks, Hole noted how important support is from industry partners. He thanked all of the sponsors for their support of the 8th Annual IAOM Southeast Asia Region Conference & Expo.
Platinum: Alapala, Genc Degirmen-Gmach, GGI, IMAS-Milleral, and Premier Tech Chronos
Silver: Buhler AG and Sefar Singapore
Bronze: Brabender GMbH & Co. KG
Lunch and Mill Tour: OMAS, and
Wi-Fi: Milling and Grain
The ninth annual meeting is tentatively planned for early October in Manila, Philippines. More information will be posted at www.iaom.info/southeastasia as soon as it is available.