IAOM Eurasia Conference

This year’s IAOM Eurasia District Conference was held in October at the Rin Grand Hotel in Bucharest, Romania.

More  than 300 people  from 27 countries attended  the third  annual  International Association  of Operative Millers  (IAOM)  Eurasia  District  Conference,  Oct. 9-21,  in Bucharest, Romania. The  IAOM  event  included  a trade  show and  technical conference and was  followed by a two-day  seminar  on  four  fortifcation  organized  by  the Atlanta, Georgia, U.S.-based  Flour  Fortifcation  Initiative.

In addition to a large contingent from Romania, milling industry representatives came from many other countries in the egion including Uzbekistan and Kazakhstan in Central Asia, Armenia in the Caucasus, and Kosovo and Serbia in southeastern Europe. The trade show drew 45 exhibitors, a signifcant increase compared to the frst two Eurasia District meetings in Istanbul, Turkey and Almaty, Kazakhstan.

AOM  President  Royal  Denning  expressed  his  satisfaction with the larger numbers versus last year but added, “We know  that  there are many millers  in  the region who may note  familiar with  IAOM and  the benefts of belonging  to our association. We will continue  to work on  increasing IAOM’s
visibility in Western and Central Europe.”

In  his  conference-opening  remarks,  Denning  stressed  that IAOM,  which  is  headquartered  in  Leawood,  Kansas,  U.S., should not supplant national milling associations but complement  them by providing  their members with access  to global best practices, contacts to suppliers and networking opportunities worldwide.

Offcials from Romania’s Ministry of Agriculture and the President  of  the  Romanian  Chamber of  Industries  welcomed  the  attendees on behalf of government and  industry. They  pointed  out  that milling  has  attracted much  private  investment  since economic  liberalization  began  in  the 1990s,  and  that  Romania  will  beneft from  European  Union  funding  to  develop agriculture and grain processing.

Educational sessions

The educational program ran the gamut from  the use of satellite  imagery for crop monitoring by GEOSYS to Chopin Technologies’  new Mixolab  system  for
dough analysis. Buhler opened the proram with a presentation on  the evolution of milling technology. Frank Spalek of Agromatic discussed explosion risks
in wheat  handling  and  storage  and  the se of sensors to comply with European ATEX regulations.

The  second  day  included  short “What’s New?” presentations by Agrex SpA,  Alapala,  Chronos  Richardson, Foss Analytical, Perten Instruments and Satake Corporation.

In  the  longer  sessions,  Eurogerm proposed  inactive yeast as a four correcting  agent,  and  Kansas  State  University  (KSU)  presented  a  study  on wheat tempering and surfactants. Akzo obel discussed  the superior bioavailability of EDTA iron for fortifed four used in many foods. A second paper by KSU’s Jeff Gwirtz covered energy consumption  in  mills  and  practical  steps for  savings. Muehlenchemie  reviewed the benefts of adding iron to four, and Quentin Johnson of the Flour Fortifcation  Initiative  introduced  the  Miller’s Tool Kit manual as a guide to millers in four fortifcation.

Future meetings

The District Leadership Council chose Moscow, Russia  as  the  site  of  the  2009 IAOM  Eurasia District Conference. The host organization will be the International Industrial  Academy,  a  prestigious  food industry  institute  that has  trained  leading millers  in Russia  and  neighboring  countries since Soviet Union era.

The  Council also accepted an invitation to put on a workshop at the 60th annual meeting of the Association of Grain Industry  Schools’ Graduates  (AIMEC)
in October 2009 in Troyes, France. AIMEC  has  a  long-standing  history, and we  look  forward  to  participating  in their  conference  next  year,”  Denning
said.

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