From 18th – 20th April the “Global Feed & Food Congress” was held in Antalya, Turkey. The congress was themed “Equity and Prosperity for All” and linked to the global challenge to provide safe, affordable and sustainable animal protein sources to feed 9 billion people by 2050. Close to 1000 delegates from around the world joined sessions covering the whole feed manufacturing and food processing value chain including Sustainability, Markets & Trade, Feed & Food Safety, Regulations & Standards, Animal Nutrition and Innovation and R&D (www.gffc2016.com).
Key note speakers from a nice variety of leading companies and institutes challenged the audience with their ideas. The group of speakers represented a nice mixture of governments, branch organizations and ngo’s (amongst others EFSA, FAO, FEFAC and IFIF), research (universities of Ghent, Wageningen, Norway, Missouri, Winconsin, Schothorst Feed Research, INRA, etc.) and leading commercial companies such as Nutreco, Brazil Foods, InVivo, ForFarmers, Evonik and Ajinomoto. The venue was sponsored by Yem-Vit, Orffa’s local partner in Turkish market.
Special attention to animal nutrition was given in two session on Wednesday 20th of April. New insights on feed evaluation, gut health, feed processing and protein sources were presented. On behalf of Orffa, Mr. Arno van der Aa was invited to present a lecture entitled “Innovations in feed additives”. After a brief classification of feed additives and their categories as listed by Fefana and European Commission, the progress and development in amino acids, trace minerals and gut health were listed. More attention was given in two specific case studies on emulsifiers and selenium.
In emulsifiers the first applied molecule for animal nutrition can be found in lecithin. Already within 5 to 10 years laters, modified lysolecthins were applied as molecules with a higher efficiency. Discovering the tool behind this increase of efficiency the HLB (Hydrophilic: Lipophilic Balance) of emulsifiers was researched. This has led to development of molecules used in animal nutrition for emulsifiers with a high HLB level. Such molecules better match the ratio of fat:water as it can be found in the animal’s intestines, with a more effective and cost-saving application as a result. Emulsifiers allow a more efficient use of fat sources in animal nutrition worldwide.
In a second case study advances in selenium were shown. Over 40 years ago, the inorganic supplementation of animal diets with selenite and selenate was discovered. Approximately 10 years ago an organic version derived from selenized yeast was introduced as a selenium source with a higher bio-availability. Insights and awareness learned that within selenized yeasts selenomethionine plays an important role. As such, an innovative form based on pure L-Selenomethionine has been introduced into the market as the next generation of selenium.
Orffa has a long history of bringing new concepts to the market reflected by the high investments in its own R&D program as well as the high level of education of its staff. Orffa collaborates with a long list of renowned universities and research institutes to generate a constant influx of new ideas. The philosophy of product development is reflected in the company motto; “engineering your feed solutions”.