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Barcelona Conference – an “outstanding success” The 2011 IFEAT Annual Conference took place at the Hotel Arts in Barcelona on 6th to 10th November. A record number of 917 delegates plus 117 Accompanying Persons attended from 55 countries, to enjoy a packed programme of “These figures relectures, discussions and confirm that, wherever entertainment. Ramon the location, the IFEAT Bordas, the Chairman of IFEAT, welcomed conference has become delegates and their the major annual event guests on Sunday 6th in the calendar for our November stating; “in global industry.” being here tonight, you have already begun to Ramon Bordas satisfy the Conference theme, Spain: Bridging Continents and Cultures.” Over the four days that followed all those present made the most of the opportunity to make new friends and business colleagues as well as renewing old acquaintances. Our sincere thanks go to the Local Organising Committee in Barcelona, chaired by Ramon, for providing a spectacular Conference for IFEAT members. Tributes to the hard work in
organising such a successful event have been received from around the world. We look forward to seeing all our IFEAT members at the 2012 Annual Conference to be held in Singapore on 4th to 8th November.
Ramon Bordas, Chairman of IFEAT
Cavas Codorniu provided a magnificant setting for the annual IFEAT Dinner
IFEAT Executive Committee welcomes two new members At the IFEAT AGM held on Tuesday 8th November, two new Executive Committee members were elected; Jens-Achim Protzen from Germany and Jalal Charaf from Morocco.
Jens-Achim Protzen Jens-Achim obtained his diploma in organic chemistry from the University of Wuerzburg in 1994, after which he joined the family-run company Paul Kaders GmbH in Hamburg, Germany, becoming Managing Director in 2001. He has been involved with several German and European industry organisations, with special focus on the European Federation of Essential Oils (EFEO) since its foundation in 2002.
Jens-Achim told IFEATWORLD, "IFEAT is a great association, as with membership from producers, traders, compounders and manufacturers of consumer products it covers the entire value and supply chain. I hope that I can contribute towards further progressing the Federation, and help with the cooperation and coordination with other international associations".
Jalal Charaf Jalal is director of the Business Unit Arômes & Spécialités at Les Domaines Agricoles, a leading agribusiness group in Morocco. Les Arômes du Maroc (ADM) is part of this Business Unit and produces essential oils and natural extracts. ADM is a major player in the production of neroli worldwide, a Jalal Charaf leading Damask rose producer and a provider to many of the top fragrance and flavour companies for other products of Morocco. The Business Unit has in its scope two other activities: beekeeping and aquaculture. A structural engineer by training, Jalal took over the family business in precast concrete manufacturing before occupying different management positions in Al Akhawayn University, The World Bank Group, The Moroccan Office of Professional Training (OFPPT), and back to the family business. Jalal is passionate about new technologies, enjoys reading and playing with his two small children.
IFEAT CONFERENCE 201 Conference Report The Conference Welcome Reception was held on the evening of Sunday 6th November in the Hotel Arts. Ramon Bordas, Sofia Lluch and Jordi Calonge of the Local Organising Committee welcomed delegates. Whilst music played and canapés were served, delegates were able to mingle with one another and get the conference off to an excellent start. Following the official opening of the Conference on Monday 7th November, the rest of the morning was filled with four diverse but excellent presentations. The first by the Ventos trading company, based in Barcelona, provided a detailed analysis of nine noncitrus Spanish essential oils. Three excellent video films showing the production, harvesting and processing of these Spanish oils were shown. The videos can be seen on the Ventos website (www.ventos.com). Two global overview presentations then followed; one was an analysis of the rapid shifts taking place in the global flavour and fragrance industry based on discussions with many CEOs in the sector, the other an analysis of the changing outlook for fine fragrance creation. The final presentation of the morning was a detailed review of the world lemon oil sector, and the whole afternoon was devoted to citrus oils with separate presentations on orange, lime, mandarin and bergamot oils. The first lecture day ended with a panel discussion on citrus oil developments. The second day of lectures, on Tuesday 8th November, concentrated on market and technical developments, as well as legislative and regulatory issues. The morning
presentations included developments in chiral chemistry, new developments in natural flavours as well as a substantial, amusing and wide-ranging polemic on the “Age of Unreason”, with particular reference to the fragrance sector. The IFEAT AGM and Business Session took up the last session of the morning. Two new Executive Committee members were elected (see page 1) and the Annual Review of IFEAT activities highlighted the success of IFEAT over the past year. In addition, there were presentations on the fragrance and flavour courses supported by IFEAT. Best student medals were awarded to Alin Bosilcov (from Austria) who participated in the University of Plymouth fragrance course and Edgar Crisostomo (from New Zealand) for his work on the University of Reading flavour course. Unfortunately Edgar was unable to attend to receive his medal. Other presentations included a short review of the very successful Indonesian Study Tour which took place in July 2011, a presentation on the 2012 IFEAT Conference to be held in Singapore in November and the Brazil/Paraguay Study Tour to take place in August 2012. Then followed the IFEAT Medal Lecture presented by Francisco Fernandez Alvarez-Castellanos, on the development of the Spanish aroma chemicals industry. The afternoon session was devoted to “Legislative and Regulatory Issues” with three excellent presentations followed by a discussion panel. The annual IFEAT Dinner was held on the evening of 8th November at the magnificent Cavas Codorniu which dates back to 1551 and is still in family ownership. Following an excellent dinner, superb local traditional musicians and flamenco dancers entertained guests.
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1 – BARCELONA, SPAIN Wednesday 9th November was the day of the Field Trip with visits to two world famous family-owned companies, the Torres Winery and Freixenet Cava Cellars. At both locations, participants were taken on guided tours to learn about the operations, tasted the various products and went on a train tour of the extensive cava cellars. Prior to lunch at Freixenet, delegates were also able to watch some traditional dancing including the “ball de bastons” or stick dancing.
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The Flavour Workshop also took place on the Wednesday, in which some 30 participants were guided by John Wright through various aspects of flavour developments, including natural, synthetic, creative and regulatory aspects. There was also a practical session in which participants were challenged to use the information they had been given to formulate their very own flavour.
Alin Bosilcov, who participated in the IFEATsponsored University of Plymouth perfumery course 2011, is presented with his "Best Student" medal (Photographer: Tina Carne)
The last day, Thursday 10th November, saw three further sessions and some eight presentations. These included lectures on various technical aspects of essential oils and antioxidants as well as developments in the Latin American fragrance market and essential oils in Paraguay. The afternoon session and discussion panel covered “Environmental and Sustainability Issues” (see page 4). The Closing Banquet was held at the renowned Museu Nacional d’Art de Catalunya. As guests arrived by coach they were welcomed by the Magical Fountain, a display of light and sound against the water fountain located at the base of the hill. During and after dinner a show of Spanish singing and traditional dancing was given to end another successful conference. During the evening the Founder's Award was presented to Steve Manheimer.
Steve Manheimer receives IFEAT Founder’s Award The 2011 recipient of the IFEAT Founder’s Award was Steve Manheimer. He was presented with it by the Chairman of IFEAT in Barcelona at the Closing Banquet for his lifetime’s contribution to the industry. Steve was born and raised in New York and had been exposed to the essential oils and aroma chemicals industry at a young age. Following a degree from the University of Pennsylvania he joined the family business, J Manheimer Inc, in 1964. Working with his brother, his cousins, and eventually his daughter, he expanded the company from a workforce of 8 to 245 by 2004, when the company was sold to the Kerry Group. The company by this time had expanded its line of essential oils to include flavours and fragrances. Steve has been and still is very active in serving in various industry organisations. In 1973 he became the youngest president of the Essential Oil Association (now IFRA NA). His continuing interest in the scientific side of the business is reflected in his positions on the RIFM Board since 1983 and the International Advisory Council for the Monell Institute since 2001 – and of course he is still working for the Kerry Group. “This year the Award is being presented to someone who has been intimately involved in the essential oils industry for over 50 years and has been a regular attendee at IFEAT Conferences.” Ramon Bordas, on presenting Steve Manheimer with his award
Steve Manheimer receives his IFEAT Founder's Award
Sustainability and environmental issues discussed in Barcelona Three of the papers presented on the last day of the Barcelona Conference discussed various perspectives on the sustainability and environmental issues surrounding the production of essential oils. Much thought was generated on the future direction for the marketing and uses of both natural and synthetic fragrance and flavour materials. Jim Gobert, of Telmont Essentials Pty Ltd, Australia, discussed “The environmental footprint of essential oils and synthetic chemicals (and consequences for the essential oils industry)” which looked at the role of plants as suppliers of natural chemicals, many of which can be produced with vast savings on greenhouse gas emissions compared to their synthetic counterparts. Other advantages of botanical oils used for the manufacture of plant pesticides include their relatively simple production, a lower risk and therefore potentially quicker regulatory approval and the decreased potential for resistance development. Mr Gobert highlighted some major new applications for essential oils in food production for the future such as feed stimulants for livestock (oregano oil) and the suppression of fungal infections (tea tree oil).
Apostolis Pekas, of Biobest Belgium NV, discussed developments in biological control of pests in citrus fruits highlighting the improvement in quality of citrus essential oils from fruits produced using biological pest control in place of organophosphorous and organochlorine pesticides.
“Sustainability will be the buzzword in the next 10 years. It is better for people, the planet and for profit.” Bill Gambrell, of Teawolf LLC and Gerard Markerink, of AM Support - Acquisitions and Mergers BV, in their paper “Shifts in the flavour and fragrance industries; an overview” given at the IFEAT Barcelona Conference
Traditional pesticides have had serious environmental consequences, as well as health implications for consumers and farmers and reduced effect as pests have become resistant to them. Biological control, along with cultivation management techniques and appropriate use of chemical insecticides, forms the basis of integrated pest management (IPM) systems around the world, an example is the successful IPM strategy implemented in California to reduce the insect pest California red scale.
Dominique Roques, of Firmenich, Geneva, discussed “Naturals and sustainability: From awareness to involvement” looking at the challenge of sustainability issues for the flavour and fragrance industry. He differentiated between “natural commodities” which rely on industrial agriculture and “natural specialities” which remain linked to smallscale farming. The prices of both are increasing and for commodities he suggested new sustainable price levels (without speculation) may need to be found, as well as a new balance between naturals and synthetics (eg menthol). For natural specialities, Firmenich is addressing the question of sustainability of supply through its Natural Sourcing Sustainability Index (NSSI) which the company uses to have a better knowledge of the supply chain, as well as providing clear information for its customers on the sustainability of its products. Production Partnerships, linking quality suppliers at source with the flavour and fragrance markets, are also proving successful. All three papers will shortly be available for members on the IFEAT website (www.ifeat.org).
IFEAT 2012 Conference
“My favourite...” Tell us about yours One of the popular features in IFEATWORLD has been the “My favourite.......” article, usually found on the back page of this newsletter. Readers have commented that they find these articles informative and interesting, and we would like to invite all our membership to contribute to the series by sending an article of no more than 500 words on their favourite raw material or essential oil for publication in a future edition of IFEATWORLD. If you are interested, please contact the editor Sarah Nightingale (Sarahnightingale@ifeat.org) to discuss the submission of these articles. A comprehensive list of previous “My favourite.....” articles is kept by her if you would like to see these.
The main theme for this year's IFEAT Conference to be held at the Marina Bay Sands Hotel, Singapore on 4th to 8th November, will be the essential oil and aroma chemical industries in Asia. There will also be a trade exhibition on Wednesday 7th November. SINGAPORE: ESSENTIAL ASIA
SUNDAY 4 - THURSDAY 8 NOVEMBER 2012 M A R I N A B A Y S A N D S H O T E L
Registrations, including bookings for the trade exhibition, will open shortly on the IFEAT website.
2012 IFEAT Study Tour – Sold Out All places for the 2012 Study Tour to Brazil and Paraguay on 11th to 20th August 2012 have now been taken. Please contact the secretariat if you would like to be put on the waiting list. WORLD
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