Agri Vision conference addresses challenges
The Agri Vision 2007 in Noordwijk-aan-Zee, the
Netherlands, held last week, attracted about around 340 leaders of agricultural,
food and raw materials businesses from over 30 countries and representing all
The business conference, organised by international feed company Nutreco,
discussed and debated the major challenges and opportunities for companies
active in the feed-to-food value chain around the world.
the theme 'Balance the Challenge', speakers from Europe, North and South America
and Asia described the constraints they face, the growth potential they have and
the ways in which external events are influencing their
The growing competition between
fuel, feed and food for raw materials from agriculture was a consistent topic
during the two-day conference. Opportunities in emerging economies was the
second major theme to emerge at Agri Vision with a particular focus on Brazil,
China, India and Russia.
For pig production, especially interesting
were presentations by C. Larry Pope, president and CEO of Smithfield Foods and
Sergey Yushin, chief of the executive committee of the Russian National Meat
Closing the conference,
Wout Dekker, Nutreco CEO, commented, "We must progress from awareness, to
insight and preparedness with respect to the competition between feed, food and
fuel. At this conference, we have clearly become aware of the issues of growing
demand for food and fuel. Now we must prepare to meet the challenge and bring
the strategies into our business models."
Agri Vision is held every
two years and the next conference will be in 2009. The event was co-sponsored by AllAboutFeed.net.
â€¢ Agri Vision 2007
â€¢ Smithfield Foods
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