Polish & Czech Customers Still Refer To 2019 GTE 2019 As Prime Professional Resource

By - Wednesday, December 4, 2019

As USSEC Europe/Middle East North Africa (MENA) celebrates its next Regional Soy Trade Exchange in Frankfurt, Germany, many European customers still look back at their participation at USSEC’s U.S. Soy Global Trade Exchange held in Chicago last summer. The team of North-East European customers still recalls their face-to-face encounters with the U.S. soy industry in Chicago in August of this year and continues benefiting from the knowledge and contacts gathered there.

This year’s GTE was truly the premier global soy and grain trade event of the year. As they do every year, U.S. soy and grain industry stakeholders, international buyers, exporters, growers and many more attended the GTE to build relationships, share knowledge, do business, and make new friends. USSEC brought many from the EU and MENA regions, including a group from the North-East Europe (NEE) sub-region, namely Poles and Czechs led by Jerzy W. Kosieradzki, USSEC NEE Technical Director based in Warsaw, Poland.

Due to African Swine Fever (ASF) considerations, the NEE team did not attend the field visits but joined customers from other countries for the Soy Market Outlook Seminar run by INTL FCStone company, which was a valuable event. Mr. Ammermann, a highly recognized speaker in Poland and neighboring countries, led the mini-seminar.

At the Trade Team Invitational (TTI) the delegation had meetings with a few companies, including Gavilon, who was not present at the NEE meeting last year. Everyone was interested in the inspection of non-GM commodities explained by SGS people and followed up with many comments and questions.

The GTE itself was highly appreciated by NEE participants, especially the presentations on “World Agriculture Supply & Demand” and “Communication Evolution” held in the main conference hall. The NEE participants eagerly attended USSEC breakout sessions to learn more about U.S. Soy and the industry’s sustainability, finding them interesting and useful.

Like all Europeans, the Polish and Czech participants spent a considerable amount of time at the trade show, meeting with a multitude of companies and organizations, including state soybean associations, soy crushers and processors, soy exporters, agricultural and trade information and services companies, U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) representatives, state and private inspection services, feed and food ingredient companies, feed industry software reps, and others.

Mr. Kosieradzki added that in Chicago he personally managed to meet with a large number of his USSEC colleagues from Europe, MENA, the Americas, and Asia, which he always finds very important and useful for his teamwork.

And now at the beginning of window of opportunity for U.S. Soy in the European market, USSEC wants to build upon the GTE efforts providing these customers and many others with the first hand information on U.S. Soy industry’s trade offer for the current season.

European, Middle East and North African customers, who were not interested in the field visits or could not go due to ASF considerations – that included Poles and Czechs – took part in a “Soybean, Soymeal & Soy Oils Market Outlook” put together by INTL-FCStone.

 

Before the GTE 2019, the Polish and Czech customers did not know much about Gavilon and they enjoyed meeting the giant grain trading company at the TTI.

 

Our North-East European customers joined many others from EU & MENA for the TTI; here: Miroslav Fess, PROTECO, Czech Republic (left) paying attention to exporters intros.

 

Moving the 1000 international customers and U.S. industry members and exhibitors in the magnificent but huge venue was a massive job for USSEC staff members; here: Joe Mast, Regional Project Team Lead – Asia Sub Continent (formerly a member of the EU/MENA team) makes a living road sign.

 

Two Polish customers – Anna Murawiak, Bunge, soy trader (left) and Monika Piatkowska, Polish Grain & Feed Chamber, President – attending the key presentations in the big ballroom.

 

A huge audience gathered for the main presentations in the largest conference room at the Hilton Chicago, a historical venue in Chicago located on the Magnificent Mile.

 

The North-East European team greatly appreciated the presentation on how our communications needs to adapt to today’s global challenges prepared and delivered by FleishmanHillard’s representative.

 

The GTE was a great place to meet former business partners, cooperators and colleagues; here: Eric Wenberg, Pesident of SSGA (right) and Jerzy W. Kosieradzki, USSEC NEE, recalled their time they used to work closely: Eric as U.S. Ag Counselor in Warsaw, Poland, and Jerzy as U.S. soy farmers’ boots on the ground.

 

Many attended Dr. Sam Baidoo’s (University of Minnesota) lecture on the essential amino acids content of Midwest soybeans; the customers from North-East Europe also took the opportunity to learn more about the newest scientific studies on U.S. Soy.

 

For the international visitors, Fred Seaman’s explanations about the importance of Chicago as a global trading center for soy and commodities was the best welcome to this year’s GTE.

 

European guests appreciated attending the breakout sessions; here, USSEC Regional Director – EU/MENA Brent Babb (moderator) is helped by Henk Filipsen (Nevedi), USSEC chairman and United Soybean Board (USB) director Derek Haigwood, and Marcello Veronese (President, Italy) to explain how U.S. Soy contributes to the security and safety of the food chain in Europe.

 

For grain and soy and feed industry member, a stop by the CME/CBOT is a must. Here, Ms. Murawiak and Ms. Piatkowska in front of the global epicenter of trade.