USSEC Sponsors International Business Forum “World Soy 2019” in Russia

The Vth World Soy Business Forum/Conference for the production and processing of soy feeds and soyfoods took place in St. Petersburg, Russia at the end of May. The publishing house Sfera organized the event. Since the first conference organized in 2015, the World Soy Business Forum/Conference has become one of the main annual soy events in Russia and the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) for local oilseed crushers, feed millers, and livestock companies. For the first time, soyfoods and soy protein ingredients and phospholipids/lecithin sessions were included in the conference program this year. USSEC has been a Golden Partner of this event for five consecutive years, providing knowledge on the latest technical developments, market trends and soy innovations in the global and U.S. soy industries. The working languages of the conference were Russian and English.

More than 250 registered, national, and international scientists, nutritionists, and representatives of the crushing, feed and food industry attended the World Soy Forum in St. Petersburg.

This year, the Forum had plenary sessions and three concurrent sessions covering different aspects of the soy complex such as:

  • New technologies and developments in soy utilization for animal feeding
  • Breeding and seed production; differences among cultivars
  • Human nutrition and soy product use
  • Phospholipids/Lecithin use; nutraceuticals
  • Quality issues in soy
  • Technology and equipment issues

These various topics allowed a varied and wide discussion on all things soy.
Rosalind Leeck, USSEC Senior Director – Market Accesss; two European animal nutrition consultants Dr. Jan van Eys and Professor Julian Wiseman; and local consultant Maria Domoroshchenkova, who hosted the delegation in her native city represented the USSEC team. All USSEC attendees presented separate papers on a wide range of subjects, allowing for good recognition and visibility of USSEC and major U.S. soy products. The papers presented by all four USSEC representatives emphasized the important and critical role of U.S. Soy.
Immediately following the official opening of the conference, Ms. Leeck gave a presentation on the current status and future trends of the global and U.S. soy industry to more than 250 industry delegates from different regions of Russia and neighboring countries.

Rosalind Leeck, USSEC Senior Director - Market Access, welcomed the delegates of the Forum and gave the key note presentation, “Global Trade and Soy,” at the Forum’s plenary session
Professor Julian Wiseman, Professor of Animal Production, University of Nottingham, UK, spoke about soybean oil and phospholipids in animal nutrition, which was of great interest to local customers
Dr. Maria Domoroshchenkova presented an overview of modern technologies and the market of soy protein ingredients for food applications
Dr. Jan van Eys delivered a presentation on quality control of soy ingredients in animal diets and emphasized the nutritional benefits of U.S. Soy

In addition to the presentations, a large number of exhibitors, many of whom were also sponsors, were present. This allowed for additional and more practical exchanges as to the use and application of soy products.

A number of local and foreign exhibitors had tabletop booths at the recreation area of the Forum
Many discussions and networking took place during coffee breaks

USSEC’s presence at the World Soy Forum allowed networking and meeting with several local soy processors and feed and livestock companies, which helped provide a good understanding of the current Russian livestock production reality and the challenges or opportunities that exist for U.S. Soy. The important role of USSEC and U.S. soybean production and global supplies was discussed during the event and it was clearly appreciated and recognized.

Ms. Leeck with Dr. Takhir Bikbov, Director of Development of JSC “Partner-M”
Dr. Jan van Eys (center) has a discussion on VA soy proteins for feeding applications with Dr.Galetsky (right), the Deputy Director for Innovations of the Gatchinsky Feed Mill, and Mr. Kabanov, Chiarman of the Council of Directors of JSC “Centre-Soya”
The charming white nights season in St. Petersburg allowed the Forum attendees to see the beauty of St. Petersburg after the end of the working sessions
During the boat ride to the gala dinner
During the gala dinner at the Aivazovsky panoramic view restaurant, a special recognition of the World Soy Forum event was demonstrated by a fire show