USSEC Sponsors, Organizes 9th SEA Soy Symposium
- General News
USSEC sponsored the 9th Southeast Asia Soy Symposium – Health, Market Trends and Development, on May 21 -22 with a concurrent half day soy supply workshop.
The one-and-a-half day symposium was opened by USSEC CEO Jim Sutter and Dr. Mario Carpanzana, director of the Philippines Food and Nutrition Research Institute, which co-organized the symposium. Eight papers were presented covering soy nutrition and health updates by Dr. Capanzana; Dr. Mark Messina, a nutrition professor and internationally recognized expert on the health effects of soy; and epidemiologistDr. Koh Woon Puay. The session on market trends, health professionals and consumer perceptions on soy were presented by Pauline Chan, Anthony Emms and Suyin Chan. The final session provided information on soy supply and utilization with farmer leader Brian Kemp of the Iowa Soybean Association and Atsuko Uchiyama of SunOpta sharing the latest U.S. soy supply status and market perspectives for the utilization of soy ingredients. This one day event provided good examples and benchmarks on how soy food science can interact with soy foods in the market environment to meet the nutritional requirements and health challenges of a population, such as in the Philippines. The event drew a total of 110 participants with an active question and answer session.
The half day soy branding workshop was conducted by USSEC consultant Sam Waterfall on May 22 and was attended by 15 personnel from 6 companies, including companies utilizing soy ingredients and beverage producers.