Climbing the Great Wall – making aquaculture business in China

By Niels Alsted, Vice President (Ph.D), Asia and Business Relations, BioMar Group A/S 

BioMar is a world leader in high performance diets for more than 45 different fish and shrimp species in more than 80 countries. BioMar is supporting the delivery of healthy, great tasting seafood by innovating efficient, safe and nutritious feed for aquaculture with minimal environmental impact and a meticulous focus on food safety. 

BioMar is a global company with 1,000 employees and a production volume of 1 million tons feed delivered to 80 different countries around the world. 20% of all farmed fish in Europe and Chile are fed with feed from BioMar, and the company contributed to 3.5 billion meals in 2015. The feed is produced in ten different countries, and the latest production site is established on the East Coast of China in Wuxi area, nearby Shanghai. The factory is a joint venture with Tongwei, one of the largest fish feed companies in the world with a strong position in China, and Niels Alsted has been a driving force in the development of the new site. Learn more about the experience, the differences between aquacultule in Europe and China, and how to succeed in overcoming the differences in doing business and culture.  

BioMar is a world leader in high performance diets for more than 45 different fish and shrimp species in more than 80 countries. BioMar is a global company with 1,000 employees and a production volume of 1 million tons feed delivered to 80 different countries around the world.  

Finding greatness in the microscope – microbiology and fermentation By Dr. Anne Elsser-Gravesen, Founder and owner, ISI FOOD PROTECTION  

ISI FOOD PROTECTION is highly specialized in applied food microbiology and supports the food industry in product development, producing and marketing foods that are safe and stable. The company covers the entire food value chain including primary production (how to use microorganisms to support animal crop production), food ingredients (how to develop modern food preservatives), food processing (how to ensure food safety) and food distribution (how to protect food against untimely spoilage). The company has a special core competence within food fermentation and how to exploit the potentials of using microorganisms for safer, more stable and tastier food. The metabolic activity of the fermentation culture is utilized to obtain the desirable changes in taste, smell, or texture as well as to optimize durability, safety or nutritional value. Learn more about the opportunities in the fermentation processes for creating innovative products, to add value to raw materials or to improve the performance of a spontaneous fermentation process.  

Building trust across supply chains 

By Mark Overland, Director, Global Certification, Corporate Food Safety, Quality & Regulatory Affairs, Cargill, Inc. 

With 150,000 employees in 70 countries Cargill is one of the largest providers of food, agriculture, financial and industrial services in the world. Cargill helps people thrive by applying 150 years of experience and the company is committed to feeding the world in a responsible way, reducing environmental impact and improving the society. Cargill provides food and beverage manufacturers, foodservice companies and retailers with ingredients, meat and poultry products, health-promoting ingredients and ingredient systems.  

Consumers are increasingly interested in where their food originates and how it is produced. Being able to trace food back to its origin or track the environmental and social impacts of a supply chain requires cooperation across a complex global food system. Each supply chain is unique, and Cargill leverages its size, expertise and supply chain capabilities in a variety of ways to create a more sustainable, food-secure future.  

Mark Overland is responsible for strategy, policy and implementation for Food Safety Management Systems including certification in food safety and dietary areas covering approximately 1,200 Cargill plants and contract manufacturers in 67 countries. He serves in Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI) as vice chair of the Auditor Competency Sub Committee and is a member of the Food Safety System Certification 22000 (FSSC 22000) Board of Stakeholders.  

  The new food festival – becoming the retailers of tomorrow 

By Karin Frøidt, Group Quality Manager, Dagrofa aps

Dagrofa Group operates the retail chains MENY, SPAR, Min Købmand and Let-Køb - a total of some 580 shops, of which Dagrofa owns the 144 shops and the rest is owned by independent merchants. 44 MENY and SPAR stores are owned by Dagrofa, and Dagrofa Logistics – the largest food wholesaler in Denmark - is also part of Dagrofa Group. Dagrofa also owns Foodservice Denmark, the principal supplier to the food service sector in Denmark. Dagrofa has an annual turnover of DKK 18.6 billion (€2.5 billion) and employs a total of around 14,500 employees, including employees of the chain stores. Dagrofa has two different food concepts - food market and local heroes. Learn more about the development in the retail market in Denmark and how food will be a driving force in the future.  


Sustainable development and growth  

By Country Chief Executive Jacob Færgemand, Bureau Veritas Certification Denmark A/S 

Jacob Færgemand is part of the development of new global food standards through his engagement in International Organization for Standardization (ISO). He will give an introduction to the theme of the day and an overview in global food safety trends.  

Diving deep for Product, People and Planet

By Hanne Morkemo, Quality Manager, Marine Harvest Markets Norway AS

With turnover of EUR 3.6 billion and 12 717 employees in 24 countries Marine Harvest is one of the largest seafood companies in the world, and the world’s largest producer of Atlantic salmon. The company harvests 381 000 tonnes of salmon (2016) and is satisfying one fifth of global demand for Atlantic Salmon. Marine Harvest focuses on Product, People and Planet. The Products are used for 6 million meals of seafood around the world every day. The People are “Leading the Blue Revolution” and the Planet needs safe, healthy and tasty food, produced in a sustainable and efficient way. With 70% of the world covered by water and a uniquely low carbon footprint, aquaculture is the most sustainable way to achieve food security. Learn more about how Marine Harvest intend to play a part in securing sustainable development of the industry and delivering healthy and tasty products for a growing world population for many years to come.  

Optimizing your business in China  

By Hubert de Bonafos, Director Certification Greater China, Bureau Veritas Certification China 

With 69,000 employees in 140 countries Bureau Veritas is one of the global leaders in certification, testing and inspection. Bureau Veritas is serving more than 400,000 clients and has experienced a strong growth in China. As Director Certification Greater China Hubert de Bonafos has an in depth knowledge of food certification, inspection and testing in China. Learn more about how you can optimize your food safety related activities in a rapidly changing environment.  

Food safety is a key issue anywhere in the World, and particularly in China where significant "food scandals" have taken place in recent years ("recycled" cooking oil, cat meat, expired meat sold to global brands, baby milk contamination, etc) - there is even a Wikipedia page listing some of these main events... However, even in China food safety can be achieved, in your plants as well as for your suppliers. To ensure efficient monitoring of all relevant food safety standards, it is important to have a systematic approach flexible enough to take into account different regulations that maybe applicable in different regions of China. During this session you will have an opportunity to learn more about the food market in China with some practical examples related to food safety issues and regulation in China. 

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