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IFEAT 2022 Vancouver Conference
IFEAT 2022 Vancouver Conference
Sunday 9th to Thursday 13th October
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Three years of meticulous planning in a period of great uncertainty caused by the pandemic, finally reached fruition in Vancouver, Canada, from the 9th to 13th October 2022. The considerable efforts made by the IFEAT Vancouver Conference Committee, chaired by Alan Brown, and supported by the Local Organising Committee and IFEAT’s Secretariat were realised with IFEAT’s second Conference in Canada, following the Montreal Conference in 2008.
The Vancouver Conference proved a great success, much welcomed by delegates after such a long absence. Because of the uncertainty and travel disruptions created by the pandemic it was agreed that this would be IFEAT’s first hybrid Conference, whereby delegates could participate either online or in-person. Although online participation was better than nothing, everyone present agreed that meeting up in-person was much superior.
The “Pacific Reunion” Conference was held at the Westin Bayshore Hotel, which provided ample space for meetings, networking, company meeting rooms and suites and a flavour and fragrance (F&F) workshop, which are such vital components of IFEAT Conferences. In addition, the two large ballrooms were excellent locations for the extensive four-day lecture programme, the trade exhibition, and the IFEAT AGM and Business Session. Moreover, in part because of access to hybrid facilities, the presentations were more diverse than at previous Conferences and the quality was facilitated by the excellent video reproduction, sound system, and viewing screens available. In addition, there was a range of eating places and buffet areas located throughout the hotel enabling the lunch and coffee breaks to operate smoothly. Moreover, the hotel was in a stunning location overlooking Coal Harbour Bay, with views over the bay to the mountains and forests beyond. In addition, the weather was unseasonal and near perfect – clear blue skies throughout the day, no rain and stunning sunrises and sunsets – enabling delegates to relax and breathe in the fresh Vancouver air with an occasional stroll along the quayside to nearby restaurants and bars.
926 delegates and 36 accompanying persons attended from 557 companies over 59 countries. There were also 35 online only attendees.
The traditional ice breaker Welcome Reception on Sunday evening allowed delegates to meet up for drinks and canapés with old friends they hadn’t seen for some time – and make new ones. The Reception began with members of the First Nations, representing the Indigenous people of Canada, welcoming delegates to their land. The Elder gave a speech, after which there was a traditional dance performance.
The Conference programme was opened on Monday morning by the Conference Chair Alan Brown who explained the theme was the “Pacific Reunion” and why the Conference differed in several respects from previous years. As mentioned earlier, it was IFEAT’s first hybrid Conference, and it was the first with a professional Master of Ceremonies – Ralph Cochrane. He did an excellent job of introducing speakers, moderating the Q&A sessions, and ensuring the programme ran to time with no hitches. In addition, the Whova app, first used in Athens, had been greatly improved and delegates were able to use it for a wide range of functions, e.g., obtaining detailed information on the programme, delegates, exhibitors, and various events. All the Conference speakers’ presentations would be available to registered delegates on the Whova app until 13th January 2023. Moreover, in the week prior to the opening of the Conference, there was a series of online speed networking sessions that enabled delegates to meet other delegates before meeting up in person.
There were four days of presentations, both in the mornings and some online sessions on two of the afternoons. Also, having a hybrid Conference enabled presentations to be made and discussions to be held with delegates not physically present. During the four days – and seven sessions – there were 20 presentations, not including the IFEAT AGM and Business Session, covering a wide range of topics on essential oils and F&F markets, as well as addressing current legislative and scientific issues. Each of these presentations would be worthy of a separate article in IFEATWORLD. Holding lectures during the three-hour morning sessions was popular and attendance figures reflected this. The afternoon sessions that were only held online were streamed into the lecture hall with delegates also having the option to view on the Whova platform.
Following the Conference opening there were three excellent and diverse presentations by skilled presenters each with excellent PowerPoint slides. The first was a dynamic, stimulating, and motivational 90-minute session on Energy in Connection with Minter Dial, a professional speaker. He endeavoured to energise the audience and discuss concrete and actionable ways to strengthen both individuals and their businesses – particularly after the major anxieties of recent years: the pandemic, war, economic, and political issues. He explained why energy is vital in a post pandemic world; how to be positive; and how to tap into your essence with the 5Es – engagement, exchange, emotion, experience, and essence (linking to your “north”). The session incorporated online polls through the Whova app as well as small discussion groups. Very different from any previous presentation at an IFEAT Conference and from the feedback we received, very popular too!
The second was a thought-provoking and wide-ranging lecture by Alain Frix discussing F&F Feedstocks & Renewability. He reviewed the increasing competition for renewable feedstocks, the impact of mergers and acquisitions, and the excessive regulatory environment. Each major source of F&F raw material ingredients was discussed and quantified: petrochemicals, forest products, essential oils, and biotechnology. Severe concerns were expressed regarding their low renewability and future availability for the F&F sector. Finally, Alain explained why there is no perfect sustainability solution, with petrochemical and natural ingredients each having a different, but never complete, sustainability profile.
The third presentation by Michael Ford, a specialist in import/export documentation and regulatory compliance at BDP International, was very topical, discussing the Current Transportation and Trade Challenges Impacting Shippers. Factors disrupting the global supply chains in 2021 and 2022 were covered including port congestion, high freight costs, new regulations, and COVID-19. Several important transport and trade regulations impacting the aroma trades were discussed.
The afternoon saw an online presentation by Romel Guzman on Sustainability Assurance of Tonka Beans in the Amazonian Region of Venezuela.
A key feature of every IFEAT Conference is the IFEAT AGM and Business Session, which took place on the Tuesday morning. The format was like previous years: the 2021 Report and Accounts were approved; the retiring Executive Committee (EC) Chair Hussein Fakhry reviewed the previous year’s activities; new EC members John Cavallo and Henry Gill were elected, and Catherine Kuit-Crowley was announced as the new EC Chair with Geemon Korah becoming 1st Vice Chair. Presentations were made on the next IFEAT Conference which will take place at the InterContinental Hotel in Berlin, Germany from 8th – 12th October 2023 with the theme of “TRADE. TRADITION. MODERN SPIRIT.” and the IFEAT Focused Study Tour to Spain from 26th February – 1st March 2023. IFEAT’s President, Alastair Hitchen, also introduced a short and moving “In Memoriam” video dedicated to IFEAT Members who have passed away since the Bali Conference. During the session, there were also reports on the ICATS and Reading University perfumery and flavour education programmes supported by IFEAT, and the presentation of the IFEAT Best Student Medals to Holly King (ICATS) and Marcella Di Mauro (Reading).
Following the IFEAT Business Session was Kim Bleimann’s much anticipated wide ranging IFEAT 2022 Medal Lecture entitled Catalysts of Change. Kim reflected on his nearly 50 years in the industry as Owner and Chairman of Berjé. In addition, during the past two decades, he has played an influential role in helping guide IFEAT’s growth. His presentation was littered with quotes but some of his own words reflected the sentiment of his lecture, namely “Thunderstorms are building all around us” in references to the EU’s Green Deal (see below) and “Death by regulation is real”. Certainly, existing and forthcoming regulations bore the brunt of concerns regarding the future of the F&F industry, citing especially the impact of REACH and the EU Green Deal, and the need to intensify lobbying to bring about change. In particular, he stressed how innovation, a vital growth stimulus for the F&F sector, was being threatened by regulation, mergers and acquisitions, and the reduced availability of ingredients for the perfumers’ palette.
The afternoon session saw three online presentations dealing with specific aspects of the F&F sectors in China, Sri Lanka, and Nepal. The first was The Road to Innovation of Oriental Aesthetics: Current Status and Trends in the Chinese Fragrance Market by Zhaokai Wu dealing with how fragrance products are leading an emerging consumer market in China. The second provided a detailed walk through the production and processing of cinnamon oil in Sri Lanka: Technological Development in the Cinnamon Oil Industry & Modern Usage of Essential Oils by Ravindu Runage. The last of the day was entitled Collaboration with the Community Forest User Group: a Tried-and-True Method of Promoting Transparency, Accountability and Sustainable Forest Management by Prasun Satyal.
Wednesday morning was devoted to an excellent but worrying overview of The EU Green Deal and its impact on Flavours & Fragrances: The Domino Effect. The advent of the EU Green Deal, originally presented in December 2019, and two of its eight strategic pillars, namely the Chemical Strategy for Sustainability (CSS) and the Farm to Fork (F2F) initiative, will set new boundaries for the flavour, fragrance, cosmetics, and aromatherapy industries.
In all the seven presentations – a first for IFEAT because it was a mixture of in-person and online speakers – provided clear, concise, and informative information on different aspects of the complex Green Deal. Each was given by a leading industry figure, some of whom were industry association heads. These were followed by a Q&A session moderated by Sven Ballschmiede, Executive Director of the International Organization of the Flavor Industry (IOFI).
Jens-Achim Protzen of EFEO and a member of the IFEAT EC, gave a brief introduction to the session which was followed by Alexander Mohr, who introduced the eight strategic pillars, and the potential impact of the CSS and F2F initiatives on the flavour sector. Martina Bianchini, who had recently written an article on the Green Deal in IFEATWORLD, presented IFRA’s strategy to defend natural and synthetic ingredients in the context of the Green Deal ranging from the business impact assessment to the development of relevant criteria for the “Essential Use” concept and IFRA’s high level political outreach. Charles Laroche reviewed the implementation of the Green Deal and what the concept of essentiality may eventually mean for essential oils and natural complex substances. Richard Meads discussed the concept of “essentiality”, which so far is without any formal assessment of its feasibility, benefits, impacts, or consequences for other policy objectives, yet it is being progressively proposed at EU-level as a new regulatory principle. Andrew Fasey discussed the legal framework and practical implications of the concept of essentiality. Finally, Graham Ellis ended the speaker session by addressing specific hazard endpoints. All are extremely important and current issues that everyone in the industry should be talking about and need to be addressed and discussed.
While IFEAT has supported the overarching goals of the EU Green Deal for sustainable growth and remains committed together with other industry Associations to support the EU in making this transition to achieve its policy ambitions, IFEAT also believes that the F&F industry deserves special consideration in EU legislation and that consistency between European and international standards is key. The novel concept of “Essential Use”, which is currently not defined within EU law but which would set the premise to legitimise state intervention to direct or control the development and use of groups of chemicals and technologies, is of particular concern.
The round table discussion has become a feature of IFEAT Conferences and on Wednesday afternoon Dominique Roques (fresh from a successful book signing the previous evening) moderated a discussion on the issues surrounding Certifications: a major step forward or extra burden and cost? Some 27 delegates discussed a wide range of key issues relating to the rising tide of certifications and their impact on the producers, factories, supply chains and brands.
The final day saw a range of diverse, informative, and entertaining presentations, namely:
- Process Optimisation; Value Enhancement & Total Value Recovery in Essential Oils & Botanical Extracts Production by Shanavas Bavu
- Can the F&F Industry Help Fight Deforestation in the Amazon? by Eduardo Mattoso
- A Deeper Look into Vietnamese Cinnamon: from Seeds to Global Market by Dr. Chuc Nguyen
- Synthetic Menthol Used in the Global Flavour and Fragrance industries and the Effect on Natural Menthol Production by Ajay Kumar Jain
- The Production of Patagonian Essential Oils in Argentina: Compared Varieties of Douglas Fir from North and South Pacific Areas by Sergio Sepiurka
- The session ended with an excellent presentation by Henry Gill, Crop/Market Report: Buying better in a turbulent market. We anticipate that these crop market assessments will become a regular feature of IFEAT Conferences.
Running alongside the lecture programme was the trade exhibition, taking place over four days. Some 30 companies from a range of countries participated on site, and five companies with online only exhibition booths. Certainly, the trade exhibition proved to be a good opportunity for companies to meet both current business contacts and customers and make new ones. There were also 41 company meeting rooms, which were sold out. In addition, the regular and popular Flavour and Fragrance Workshop continued this year led by Michael Zviely which took place over one full day and was sold out.
The final Conference event, as always, was the Closing Banquet held on Thursday evening at the spacious Vancouver Conference Centre. The Conference Chair, Alan Brown, besides thanking the many Conference sponsors and speakers, invited on stage those who helped to make the conference such a success, particularly the Local Organising Committee and the IFEAT Secretariat after which many people took to the dance floor and were entertained by the excellent band Phonix.
During the past three years, IFEAT has managed and negotiated through very difficult times. The return of the in-person IFEAT Conference suggests that there is light at the end of the very dark tunnel of 2020 and 2021. Vancouver showed the resilience and ability to adapt in difficult times. As the Conference moves between continents and with new companies and countries participating, this gives a clear indication that IFEAT can continue to go from strength to strength. Following on this trajectory, Berlin in October 2023 should be a spectacular affair – and we look forward to seeing you there!
Online Conference November 2021
Virtual Conference January 2021
IFEAT First Virtual Conference
Tuesday 19th to Thursday 21st January 2021
Conferences have taken pride of place in IFEAT activities and are a vital component of its annual operations. A sizeable proportion of IFEAT’s administrative activities are spent on conference planning and organisation, and as conferences have grown both in the number of participants and in the range of activities offered, so their complexity has increased. Prior to 2020, the last time an annual IFEAT Conference was unable to be held was almost 40 years ago when the planned Cairo Conference was cancelled in 1981 following the assassination a few days earlier of the Egyptian president. In later years political and economic instability have created uncertainties about holding conferences in Tel Aviv, Jakarta, Buenos Aires and Montreal but solutions were found, often at very short notice, and the annual conferences went ahead.
The COVID-19 pandemic of 2020 led to the postponement of the Berlin Conference in October 2020 and global travel and quarantine restrictions ruled out the possibility of holding a physical conference at another location. Determined that the “show must go on” IFEAT decided to organise its first Virtual Conference (VC) from 19th to 21st January 2021. The title of Keeping the Industry Together, reflected IFEAT’s unique achievement over the past 40 years of organising annual conferences that brought together all the stakeholders in the F&F industry.
IFEAT’s VC Committee and a small IFEAT staff team faced a very short time frame and a very steep learning curve on how to organise its first VC. Unlike a physical conference, organising a VC does not necessitate decisions on a location, venue, hotels, catering, entertainment or field trips. However, it does require key decisions on the selection of dates and times, and most importantly the choice of a suitable platform and partner to meet the diverse needs of an IFEAT Conference. This includes organising a programme of presentations and panel discussions over a three-day period, while trying to meet the needs of delegates operating in a wide range of time zones, the selection of suitable networking opportunities and facilities, recruiting presenters and session chairs as well as attracting sponsors and the promotion and marketing of the VC.
Given the considerable constraints faced, the VC was recognised as being very successful, and going forward the experience and knowledge acquired will be beneficial in organising future IFEAT events. For example:
- It creates the potential for future “hybrid” IFEAT events, in which both actual and virtual events are combined, thus enabling greater participation of people from the F&F sector in IFEAT’s increasingly diverse activities. The VC attracted new participants, both IFEAT members and non-members, who for various reasons (e.g. cost, logistics, travel restrictions) might have been unable to participate in the actual conference but were able to participate in a VC.
- Another very successful VC initiative was the detailed crop reports presented on each of the three days. These dealt with three of the largest groups of F&F ingredients, namely mint, citrus and spices. Going forward, crop reports could become a feature of IFEAT Conferences.
- Until 14th March 2021 all delegates were able to watch the recordings of the live presentations and panel discussions as well as previous conference presentations. This proved to be another successful initiative that could be carried forward to future IFEAT events.
- Companies were able to hold their own webinars and make presentations to all the delegates – again, another possible initiative for future conferences.
- Despite the lower number of delegates at the VC than at recent IFEAT Conferences, the audience levels at the live presentations and panel discussions were higher than at an actual conference. In part this is because networking and seeing clients and making new contacts is the major raison d’être behind conference attendance.
What did VC delegates receive for their relatively small booking fee?
- Network with over 500 registered delegates.
- Visit over 100 “virtual booths” that companies and individuals had established to facilitate their networking opportunities
- The sponsoring companies and “virtual booth” holders, besides holding private meetings, were able to hold their own webinars, as well as disseminate videos and a range of other material about their operations and products. While “virtual booths” went some way towards facilitating meetings and networking they were unable to fully re-create an actual conference networking experience, in part because of the inability to smell and taste products.
- There were 14 video presentations of speakers from the past three conferences in Athens 2017, Cartagena 2018 and Bali 2019 available to watch on demand throughout and after the live event.
- Participation in a whole series of presentations, panel discussions, crop reports each with their own Q/A sessions over a three-day period. In all there were 33 presentations and three extremely informative panel discussions on:
- Business & Naturals: 2020 and 2021 Trends & Challenges
- Regulatory and Scientific Issues
- Aromatherapy: Science and Safety
Many of the Virtual Conference presentations and panel discussions analysed both the negative and positive impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on the F&F and aromatherapy sectors as well as the global economy. Some sectors were badly affected (e.g. fine fragrances and food services) while others have benefitted considerably (e.g. aromatherapy and products with antiseptic and medicinal qualities). During the past year the F&F and related sectors have shown the ability to adapt and innovate in the face of considerable adversity.
There is no doubt that the world of essential oils and F&F will witness further transformational changes in the decades ahead. In organising a successful VC at short notice, IFEAT has shown its ability to adapt quickly to a rapidly changing environment both globally and locally – and this bodes well for the continued success of IFEAT in an ever-changing world. Nevertheless, we are all looking forward to meeting up again face to face at an actual IFEAT Conference!
Thank you to our 112 exhibitors!
A. Fakhry & Co.
Absolute Aromas Ltd
AGRI-ESSENCE (SINGAPORE) Co Pte Ltd
AGRUMARIA CORLEONE SPA
American College of Healthcare Sciences
Anhui Fengle Perfume Co., Ltd
Arora Aromatics Pvt Ltd
ASHAPURA AROMAS PVT LTD
Ashna Samai S.C.C.
Associate Allied Chemicals Europe
B.D. Aromatics Pvt. Ltd.
B.D.Aromatics Pvt. Ltd.
Best Value Chem Pvt Ltd
Bhoomi Natural Products & Exports Pvt Ltd
BMV Fragrances Pvt Ltd
Brüder Unterweger GmbH
C.E. Roeper GmbH
Campisi Citrus s.r.l.
Cedarome Canada Inc.
Citrus and Allied Essences Ltd
DHYANA Aromatherapy International Co., Ltd
Dutjahn Sandalwood Oils
Enio Bonchev Production Ltd.
Ernesto Ventos SA
Essential Oil COOM LLC
Essential Oils and Herbs ltd.
Eucaforest (Pty) Ltd
Flavex Naturextrakte GmbH
FP Aromatics Singapore
GANGOTRI ESSENTIAL OILS PVT. LTD.
Ginger Fragrances & Ingredients
Givaudan Flavour Ingredients
Global Essence, Inc.
Gradishte Agro Ltd
Haldin Pacific Semesta, PT
Hashem Brothers for Essential Oils & Aromatic Products
HIERBAS PATAGONICAS SRL
Hindustan Mint & Agro Products Pvt. Ltd
Horizon Sopyrwa Ltd
ICATS Education Ltd
Imexco International Pvt Ltd
INDO-GSP CHEMICALS LLP
Jasmine Concrete Exports Pvt. Ltd.
Jiangsu Xinrui Aromatics Ltd.
Joh. Vögele KG
Kallin International Ltd.
Kancor Ingredients Ltd.
Kunshan Odowell co.,ltd
L.B. Spices Trading (PVT) Ltd
Lionel Hitchen Ltd
Maharashtra Aldehydes and Chemicals Limited
Mentha & Allied Products Private Limited
Metainy Essential Oils
Natural Resources Industries Pvt. Ltd
Nature’s Fusions, LLC
neo botanika – Somaliland
Norex Flavours Private Limiited
Oriental Aromatics Limited
PLANT LIPIDS PRIVATE LIMITED
PT Indowangi Nusajaya
PT Karimun Kencana Aromatics
PT Natura Aromatik Nusantara
PT Sinkona Indonesia Lestari
PT Van Aroma
PT. Indo Aneka Atsiri
QUINTIS SANDALWOOD PTY LTD
SARITA BIO NATURALS
Sensient Technologies Essential Oils S.L.U.
Shree Bankey Behari Lal Group
Silvestris & Szilas Ltd
Som Extracts Ltd.
Tanemura & Co.LTD.
The Monell Center
Trade Channel Inc.
Ultra International Inc.
ULTRA INTERNATIONAL LIMITED
Ultra International UK Limited
Vessel Essential Oils
Yamamoto Perfumery Co. Ltd
Young Living Essential Oils
IFEAT 2019 BALI CONFERENCE 29th September – 3rd October 2019
IFEAT’s first Conference in Indonesia was a great success. It was events in Indonesia in 1976 that led to the formation of IFEAT and despite Indonesia’s major role as a supplier of natural essential oils this was the first IFEAT Conference to be held in Indonesia.
The Conference was held at the Mulia Beach Resort Hotel in Nusa Dua, Bali, Indonesia, from 29th September to October 3rd, 2019. This proved to be an excellent location, not only did this large resort overlooking the ocean provide an excellent lecture hall for the extensive lecture programme and IFEAT Business Session but also contained outstanding facilities for the large trade exhibition, held in the Grand Ballroom, the F&F workshops as well as many meeting places for networking, which is such a vital component of all IFEAT Conferences. In addition, everyone was impressed by the range of restaurants and cuisine available (including Chinese, Indian, Indonesian, Japanese and Western), as well as the large number of capable, efficient staff who always seemed to be smiling and welcoming and on hand to assist when needed. Little wonder that the hotel was recently rated the World’s Number One Beach Resort by Condé Nast. Moreover, throughout the Conference the weather was near perfect.
The theme for the 2019 Conference was Naturals in Asia and it focused on the essential oils and F&F markets in Asia, as well as addressing legislative and scientific issues. A record 1,468 delegates and 77 accompanying persons attended the Conference representing 67 different countries. As IFEAT moves from continent to continent each year, new companies and countries are attracted to attend, a clear indication that IFEAT Conferences are going from strength to strength.
Perhaps it was the Balinese Hindu blessing just prior to the Welcome Reception that helped please the gods and ensured such a successful Conference? Following the IFEAT Executive Committee meetings on the Saturday and Sunday, the EC members participated in a blessing of the Conference at the Mulia’s temple close to the beach. Then EC members in traditional dress were led by musicians playing traditional instruments and ladies in gorgeous traditional dress to the Welcome Reception, held in the beautiful beachfront Unity Gardens at the Mulia Resort.
Almost 1,000 people joined this traditional ice breaker for drinks, canapés and their first taste of both modern and traditional Balinese dancing, music and singing! As delegates met up with old and new friends, they were entertained by three groups. The Friends Band Bali, one of the best bands in Bali, performed a wide range of songs blending Indonesian and western music. In addition, there were two superb dance routines: the Sekar Jepun dance about the beautiful colours and shapes of the frangipani flower and the dynamic Legong Mesatya dance, a classical Balinese dance accompanied by the playing of a gamelan, a traditional Indonesian instrument. A wonderful start to the Conference.
The Conference programme was opened on Monday morning by the joint chairs of the Bali Conference, Ravi Sanganeria and Stephen Pisano. As they explained, this year’s conference format was both different and more extensive than previous years. For two hours on each of the four mornings there were lectures as well as the IFEAT Business Session. In addition, there was an extensive trade exhibition each day, as well as the usual extensive networking areas and two fragrance and flavour workshops. The afternoons were filled with a regulatory/legislative session, a scientific forum, in which new technical developments were discussed; and two round table discussions on citrus and patchouli.
The opening lecture was given by Ravi Sanganeria who made a wide-ranging presentation on Naturals in Indonesia – vital raw materials facing many challenges. Indonesia is a major source of natural essential oils and alongside a review of the key trends in production and trade of Indonesian essential oils the presentation analysed many of the micro and macro challenges that the sector faces. These included a review of the sustainability initiatives being undertaken by several F&F companies. Despite the many challenges faced, the presentation ended on a positive note arguing that with encouragement and investment Indonesia will continue not only to supply competitive, good quality, sustainable natural essential oils to the world market but also will provide an expanding source of new value-added innovative F&F ingredients.
During the morning session there were two further presentations on Indonesia. Olivier Bernard spoke on Why sustainability is a must for the future of Indonesian vanilla. The lecture included two videos, one on The story of vanilla tracing vanilla’s history. The second outlined his company’s operations in Indonesia, particularly the complex production and processing methods required to produce vanilla beans. The third presentation was on Essential oil of citronella plant from Indonesia by Natalia Pandjaitan, who discussed in detail the range of components of Indonesian citronella.
Day two of the programme started with the IFEAT AGM and Business Session. The President of IFEAT, Alastair Hitchen, introduced the topics and speakers. The 2018 IFEAT Report & Accounts, showing IFEAT’s healthy financial situation, were presented and approved by members. During the AGM, three newly elected Executive Committee members were announced, namely Alan Brown from Lebermuth (USA), Geemon Korah from Mane Kancor ingredients (India) and John Nechupadom from Plant Lipids (India). Antonella Corleone, the retiring Executive Committee Chair, provided a review of IFEAT’s activities in 2018. Among the topics highlighted were the continuing growth of membership, the success of the 2018 Cartagena Conference and Spanish Study Tour, the expanding financial support for scientific and educational activities, IFEATWORLD and the Socio-Economic Reports, and IFEAT’s Committee structure and Secretariat. She also announced that Hussein Fakhry will be taking on the mantle of Executive Committee Chair from 2019 to 2022.
The business reports began with reports on the IFEAT-supported education programmes at Reading and Plymouth Universities. Then followed the announcements of the locations for the 2020 Conference and Study Tour. The 2020 Conference will be held in Berlin, Germany at the Inter-Continental Hotel from the 11th – 15th October. The Conference Chair, Jens-Achim Protzen, presented a video giving a flavour of what the location will offer as well as announcing the Conference theme of Trade, Tradition and Modern Spirit. Then Geemon Korah made a presentation on the Indian Study Tour from 12th – 21st June 2020, when visits will be made to Maharashtra, Uttar Pradesh, New Delhi and Assam to see the production and processing of a range of F&F ingredients, including mint and agarwood. Registration for IST 2020 opens in mid-November.
Alastair Hitchen also made a short presentation on IFEAT. The topics covered included Executive Committee members, the continued growth of membership, new members, income and expenditure, in which it was pointed out that Executive Committee members received no travel expenses or other remuneration for their IFEAT activities.
Tuesday morning’s Conference session continued with the presentations of the IFEAT Best Student Medals. The medal recipients for the ICATS Perfumery Course was Harlem Sobrino Paredes and for the University of Reading Flavourist Course was Lucy Turner, who also made the presentation.
The 2019 IFEAT Medal Lecture: Scents of patchouli: a journey in time was given by Petrus Arifin. He provided personal perspectives and anecdotes as he traced the ups and downs of Indonesian patchouli oil production and the continual eastward re-location of growing regions in Indonesia during his lifetime spent producing, processing and trading essential oils in Sumatra.
The final presentation of the morning was by Frank Mara A personal view of essential oils: inception, distribution & validation. This entertaining and informative lecture took us on a historical tour of the discovery and practice of using essential oils in personal care, well-being and flavours from its believed inception through to the present day, specifically focusing on the three distinct pillars listed in the title.
After lunch, the focus moved to Regulatory & Legislative Developments, commencing with an introductory presentation by Jens-Achim Protzen of IFEAT The regulatory impact on an essential oil on its way through the supply and value chain, in which he traced the plethora of regulations that essential oils face as they move through the supply chain from production to trading to compounding to use in final consumer products. Then followed a further four lectures on regulatory themes:
- The Nagoya Protocol and ABS (Access and Benefit Sharing) – regulations relevance for the F&F industry by Stephanie Paquin-Jaloux, an expert on compliance and biodiversity.
- How RIFM will conduct the safety assessment of naturals (NCS) by Jim Romine, President of RIFM.
- Increasing regulatory complexity and its trade implications by Sven V. Ballschmiede, Executive Director of IOFI, which included a discussion of recent unilateral trade measures and their impact on essential oils.
- The butterfly effect by Eric Angelini of Mane, discussed various EU and other countries regulations and their impact on essential oils as a whole or in mixtures.
- The value of fragrance – a socio-economic contribution study for the global fragrance industry by Martina Bianchini, President of IFRA, presented some of the findings of the recent collaborative work between IFRA and PwC on “the value of fragrance”.
The audience was then given a chance to question the presenters during the panel discussion on recent regulatory and legislative developments.
The IFEAT Annual Dinner was held on Tuesday evening at Taman Bhagawan, a beautiful outside location. During the cocktails and buffet meal we saw another fascinating display of Balinese and other Indonesian music and dance. Delegates were entertained with the playing of the rindik, a traditional Balinese musical instrument made from bamboo, as well as Tektekan, which combined a number of traditional instruments to create another musical work of art. Then followed a performance by Balawan, one of the fastest playing guitarists in Indonesia, playing his eight-string double neck guitar. These were followed by two amazing dance performances. First the Satya Brastha, a new dance creation, involving six lavishly attired male dancers, undertaking the re-enactment of an epic battle. Second, the Fire Dance, involved a stunning variety of dancing activities using fire. As well as dance, this included juggling, baton twirling, fire breathing, fire eating and body burning.
The lectures continued on Wednesday and Thursday mornings. On Wednesday morning there were three presentations on diverse aspects of essential oils in three Asian countries, namely Vietnam, Japan and Nepal, followed by an assessment of China’s aroma chemical industry. These were:
- Vietnam essential oil industry with respect to sustainable reforestation and exploitation by Nikky Tran, who discussed the two major oils produced in Vietnam (cassia and basil) and six minor oils.
- Authentic essential oils from Japan in the global market by Geoffrey Henrotte concentrated mainly on hinoki oil.
- Bioactivities and chemical composition of Himalayan medicinal and aromatic plants from Nepal by Prabodh Satyal, in which he discussed the characteristics of ten Nepalese aromatic plants.
- The status and outlook of China’s aroma chemicals by Zieger Lin Zhigang, traced key developments in the Chinese aroma chemicals sector over the past two decades.
Two Round Table discussions were held on Wednesday afternoon. The theme of the Citrus Round Table was Oversupply to shortages – an endless cycle? And the Patchouli Round Table theme was A rough history, a lot of progress: are we on the safe side for good? In each case, two neutral moderators managed the wide-ranging discussions on key issues impacting these important F&F ingredients. The number of delegates attending is restricted, based on a first come first served basis. Some 55 people from 20 countries participated in the citrus discussions and 35 people from 11 countries in the patchouli meeting.
The final day of the Conference saw four presentations on Australian essential oils, namely:
- Essential Oils and Revenge of the Microbes Emerging: Biological Potential of Australasian Essential Oils in the Fight Against Superbugs by Dorene Petersen.
- The Australian essential oil industry: history and emerging trends by Ashley Dowell.
- Australia’s plantation Santalum album: forging a new future for an ancient aromatic by Andrew Brown.
- The union of traditional Indigenous custodians with new age plantation methods: from Australia’s Gibson Desert to the world by Ron Mulder, closing the lecture sessions with a memorable and moving video.
Holding lectures on each morning of the Conference was deemed a success. Audience attendance figures for the speaker programme were high and there was very good feedback from attendees.
Following on from the success of last year’s forum at the Cartagena Conference in 2018, IFEAT held a successful second Scientific Forum on Thursday afternoon. This brought together independent essential oil producers, experts and enthusiasts, with the aim of sharing ideas about both the traditional and modern science and technologies that support and define our industry. There were six speakers covering a very diverse range of topics, each of which was followed by a Q&A session. These presentations were:
- Theory and practice of solvent free microwave essential oil extraction by David Hackleman, who described the microwave system he had developed to extract essential oils, especially mint.
- Analysis of the hydrodiffusion process compared to traditional steam distillation Including a comparative analysis of essential oils obtained through both processes by Andrea Frances.
- Understanding Boswellia & Commiphora, from source to essentials by Casey Lyon, who discussed the harvesting, relationships and distillation to produce frankincense and myrrh.
- Essential oils: shelf life enhancement and prevention of oxidation by Lakshmy Kaliyarmattom Ravindran.
- The Explorer: a small scale still for every occasion by Hubert Marceau, who described an easily transportable, safe, stainless, modular and polyvalent still system that had been developed.
- Distillers United: an online forum for essential oil producers by Rick Boucard.
Over the next few months, the many lectures given at the Bali Conference, along with reports on the Round Tables, will be available to IFEAT members on the IFEAT website.
The timings of the regular and popular Flavour and Fragrance Workshops were changed this year. Rather than the usual one-day session, each had two half days on the Wednesday and Thursday. The Flavour Workshop was again led by John Wright, while Marianne Martin led the Fragrance Workshop, each of which was again very well received.
The Trade Exhibition was opened to all delegates and took place throughout the Conference. There were 30 exhibitors from many different countries who took the opportunity to meet both current business contacts and customers and make new ones over the four days. The exhibiting companies are listed below.
The final event of the Conference was the Closing Banquet which took place at Puri Bhagawan, a beautiful venue on one of Bali’s most prestigious cliffs with magnificent views over the bay. Early arrivals were able to watch the sun set over the bay surrounded by beautiful gardens. Guests were welcomed with a long line of traditionally dressed Balinese. Following cocktails accompanied by music and spectacular fireworks, delegates were led into dinner by Balinese traditional drummers and soldiers.
At the Closing Dinner there were six dancing and musical acts entertaining the delegates throughout the evening. At the cocktail party prior to the dinner the GNK Jazz Trio (baby grand piano, contra bass and saxophone) played some improvised jazz songs. Other acts during the evening included Baris Tumbak, a traditional war dance, Semar pegulingan, an ensemble playing traditional music on a range of instruments; the Adi Merdangga Drum Players, a traditional drum band, which performed a new gamelan based on a traditional processional gamelan somewhat comparable to a marching band; during the dinner the delegates were entertained by Djampiro Jazz Band, featuring Astrid Sulaiman, a well-known classically-trained Indonesian jazz pianist. For some, a highlight of the evening was the Groove Academy and DJ, from Australia, who rocked the dancing delegates well into the night.
During the evening, IFEAT’s President Alastair Hitchen took to the stage to present the IFEAT Founder’s Award to Ramesh Vaze of S H Kelkar Co. Ltd of India. Then the Conference Committee Co-Chairs, Ravi Sanganeria and Stephen Pisano, invited the Bali Conference Committee and IFEAT staff onto the stage to thank them for their efforts in delivering such a successful Conference. Members of the Local Organising Committee were presented with a framed group photograph. In addition, the local Melali Bali DMC and the many Conference sponsors (listed below), were also thanked for their considerable support.
On behalf of Ravi Sanganeria, Stephen Pisano, the Bali Conference Committee, the Local Organising Committee, the IFEAT Secretariat and everyone else involved, we would like to thank you all for making the trip to Bali and hope that the Conference was a success for you.
We look forward to seeing you in Berlin in October 2020.
Photographs from the Conference can be found here: Photographs from the Bali Conference
The video of the Conference can be found below.
Conference proceedings are being updated on the IFEAT website on a regular basis and can be viewed by IFEAT Members here: Bali Conference Proceedings
Al-Can Exports Pvt. Ltd., India
Bulgarian Herb BG Ltd
Camlin Fine Sciences Ltd.
CV. Ratu Aroma
DM Aromatics (Ambrettolide)
Golden Grove Naturals
H J Arochem Pvt Ltd
Hangzhou Grascent Co., Ltd
INDO-GSP CHEMICALS LLP
Jayshree Aromatics Pvt. Ltd.
Mentha & Allied Products Private Limited
Nanjing Univis International Development Co., Ltd.
Organica Aromatics Pvt. Ltd.
Prakash Chemicals International Pvt. Limited
PT Aroma Atsiri Indonesia
PT Haldin Pacific Semesta
PT Indesso Aroma
Purong Essences Mfg. Co. Ltd
Qingdao Free Trade Zone United International Co., Ltd
Tengzhou Tianxiang Aroma Chemical Co.,Ltd.
Yili Bio-Young Aromas Manufacturing Co., Ltd
IFEAT 2018 CARTAGENA CONFERENCE 9TH – 13th September 2018
Cartagena, overlooking the Caribbean Sea, is the top tourist destination in Colombia, with a charming historic walled city that provides a fascinating insight into the city’s past, and due to its historical heritage, UNESCO declared the city a “World Heritage Site” in 1984.
The theme for the 2018 Conference was ‘Las Américas’ and it focussed on the essential oils and F&F markets in Central and South America, the Caribbean, Mexico and the Amazon, as well as the addressing legislative and scientific issues.
Just over 1,170 delegates and 60 accompanying persons attended the Conference representing 54 different countries and we are delighted to say that this included first timers from the South American region – including El Salvador, Ecuador and of course Colombia. Our aim is always to try and take the Conference to a new audience and this year we achieved just that.
The Conference opened with the Welcome Reception on Sunday evening. This was held at the Hyatt Regency Hotel, one of the two host hotels for the event. Almost 1,000 people joined this traditional ice breaker for drinks, canapés and their first taste of some traditional Colombian dancing!
The Conference programme was opened on Monday morning by Cartagena Conference Chairman, Raúl Amigo, who introduced the opening lecture – ‘Fragrance and Flavour Trends in Latin America’ by Elena Novas (VP, Regional General Manager at IFF, Fragrances – Latam).
This was followed by a ‘Citrus Overview’ session which included lectures on ‘Actions to Control Citrus Greening Disease In Brazil’ (Juliano Ayres, Fundecitrus); Lemon Production & Economic Changes in the Argentinean Lemon Industry (Andy Blum, Citromax & Sergio Davalos, Cota Ltd); Citrus in Mexico: Production and Industry Challenges – Now and in the Future (Norberto Antonio Rodríguez Zenteno, Frutech International Corporation de México) and ended with a Panel Discussion on Citrus with all of the speakers from the Citrus session.
Monday afternoon’s session was entitled ‘The F&F Industry & Essential Oils in Colombia and the Broader LATAM Region’. This regional overview commenced with ‘Colombian Aromatic Plants & Essential Oils: A New Dawn for Colombian Agriculture’ presented by Dr Elena Stashenko (CENIVAM) and then continued with presentations on ‘The Production of Essential Oils in Guatemala, El Salvador & Honduras’ (Luis Alberto Asturias, Aromas Naturales S.A); ‘A Journey Through the Flavours of South America’ (Juan Elizalde, Cramer), and a presentation by Aldemar Castaño from Factores & Mercadeo S.A., who was a member of the Local Organising Committee for Cartagena, on ‘The Colombian F&F Cluster, Connecting the Americas and Caribbean’.
A further Discussion Panel on the ‘F&F Industry in Colombia and the Broader LATAM Region’ rounded up day one’s programme.
Day two of the programme started with the IFEAT Business Session, incorporating the AGM and Business Reports. During the AGM, there were two newly elected Executive Committee members announced, who are Aslan Gülçiçek from MG International Fragrance Company (MG Gülçiçek), Turkey, and Sofia Lluch from Lluch Essence, Spain.
The 2017 Report & Accounts were then presented and approved by members at the AGM.
This was followed by reports on the IFEAT Education Programmes at Reading and Plymouth Universities before a report and video on the IFEAT 2018 Study Tour to Spain which took place in June 2018, presented by one of the Tour’s attendees, Mehmet Çelik.
Then came the exciting announcements of the locations for the 2019 Conference and Study Tour.
The 2019 Conference will be held in Nusa Dua, Bali from the 29th September to 3rd October. Conference Co-Chairs Stephen Pisano and Ravi Sanganeria jointly presented a video showing a flavour of what the location will offer as well as announcing the Conference theme of ‘Naturals of Asia” which will have a focus on the essential oils and ingredients that come from Japan, Malaysia, Australia, New Zealand, Indonesia, Vietnam, China and India.
The 2019 Study Tour will take place in Sri Lanka from 22nd to 31st July 2019. A presentation on the itinerary for the nine-day tour was made by Chamari Wickramathilake on behalf of the Local Organising Committee and it will include visits to plantations and producers of, amongst other things, sandalwood, citronella, cinnamon, clove and nutmeg. This will be IFEAT’s second Tour of Sri Lanka – the first ever Study Tour was held there back in 2005 for a small group of less than 10 die-hards. The Tours now quickly sell out of the 50 available spaces within a matter of minutes!
Tuesday morning’s Conference session continued with the presentations of the IFEAT Best Student Medals. The recipient of the Best Student Medal for the ICATS Perfumery Course was Darrell Wilson and the recipient of the Best Student Medal for the University of Reading Flavourist Course was Patrick Beck.
The 2018 IFEAT Medal Lecture: ‘Scents from the Amazon: The Scents, the Weather and the Wind’ was given by Professor Dr Lauro E.S. Barata. Many attendees gave feedback that the Dr Barata’s lecture was “inspirational”.
The final session of the morning ‘Opportunities for Essential Oil Production in Latin America’ started with a presentation on ‘The Brazilian Fragrance Market’ by Patricia Shimojo, (Vollmens), then continued with ‘Aromatic Essential Oils as a Driver of Rainforest Conservation & Regeneration’ (Robin Van Loon, Camino Verde) and ‘From Forest to Bottle: Developing New Essential Oils’ (Iguatemi Costa, Natura).
After lunch, the focus moved to Regulatory & Legislative Developments, commencing with ‘Global Trade – Quo vadis?’ (Sven Ballschmiede, IOFI), followed by ‘Adding Value Throughout the Value Chain – IFRA in 2018 and Beyond’ (Martina Bianchini, IFRA); ‘Essential Oils and Pesticides: How to face the future with EFEO’ (Jean-François Quarre, EFEO) and ‘The History of Flavour Safety Evaluation’ (Richard Pisano Jnr, Citrus & Allied). The audience were then given a chance to question the presenters during the concluding Panel Discussion on Regulatory & Legislative Developments. The Conference programme was then formally closed by Cartagena Conference Chair, Raúl Amigo. Audience attendance figures for the Conference speaker programme this year were high and we received very good feedback from attendees.
The IFEAT Annual Dinner was held on Tuesday evening at Casa 1537, a beautiful historical venue hidden behind closed doors in the old walled City of Cartagena. Guests enjoyed a fantastic buffet and drinks before engaging in some highly energetic dancing led by some of the city’s finest professional dancers. Some sore feet (and heads!) were apparent the next day!
Although the main Conference Programme had concluded on Tuesday, there were further opportunities for delegates to engage in current topics with additional sessions on Wednesday and Thursday. Wednesday saw a follow up to Richard Pisano Jr’s ‘History of Flavour Safety Evaluation’ presentation with a workshop on the same topic, and on Thursday, an additional ‘free to attend’ Distillation Forum, presided over by Rick Boucard, was held.
Following the popularity of the first Round Table Discussion held in Athens in 2017, a second such discussion took place on Wednesday, the topic was ‘Demand exceeding supply in essential oils: Is it going to last?’
There were also two full day courses available for delegates to attend, a Flavour Course, held on Wednesday and led by John Wright, and a Fragrance Training Course on Thursday which was led by Marianne Martin.
The Trade Exhibition opened to all delegates on Wednesday and Thursday. Exhibitors from many different countries took this opportunity to meet current business contacts and customers and make new ones over the two days. Please refer to the list of Exhibiting companies below.
The final event of the Conference was the highly anticipated Closing Banquet which took place on the beach at the Hilton Cartagena hotel. Guests were welcomed with cocktails and a carnival style atmosphere with entertainment from traditional Colombian dancers. Delegates then took their seats for dinner under a clear marquee which allowed for some fabulous views of the ocean, cityscape and night sky. Cartagena Conference Committee Chair, Raúl Amigo, invited his Committee and IFEAT Staff to the stage to thank them for their efforts in delivering such a successful Conference. This was followed by the presentation of the prestigious IFEAT Founder’s Award to Mr Erol Meshulam of MG International Fragrance Company (MG Gülçiçek), to the relief of his family and colleagues who had been sworn to secrecy for months!
It was the highest recorded attendance for an IFEAT Conference Closing Banquet – a clear indication that an increasing number of delegates and accompanying persons plan their trips to stay for the full duration of the Conference.
On behalf of Raúl Amigo, the Cartagena Conference Committee, the Local Organising Committee, and everyone else involved, we would like to thank you all for making the trip to Colombia and hope that the Conference was a success for you.
Sampai jumpa di Nusa Dua, Bali!
(See you in Nusa Dua!)
The IFEAT Team
IFEAT 2017 ATHENS CONFERENCE 24th – 28th September 2017
The IFEAT 2017 Conference was held in the beautiful and historic city of Athens, Greece, at the InterContinental Athenaeum Hotel, from Sunday 24th – Thursday 28th September. The Welcome Reception, held at the InterContinental hotel on Sunday 24th September, was attended by over 900* delegates and accompanying persons. Guests were greeted by Greek priestesses who presented them with a traditional olive wreath, before they moved into the cocktail reception to enjoy a wide range of canapés and drinks. The Welcome Reception is always popular and is particularly enjoyed as the first opportunity for people to see old acquaintances and meet new people. This year’s Conference was somewhat special as we celebrated 40 years since IFEAT’s inception in Kyoto in 1977 and we welcomed a record number of 1,237 delegates (1,098 of which are IFEAT members) from 59 different countries, representing 639 different companies/subsidiaries. We also welcomed a record number of 105 accompanying persons. The record attendance levels continued throughout the Conference at the plenary sessions and the Closing Banquet*. Not only did we celebrate the history of IFEAT, but we looked at the first steps into the ongoing journey of 40 centuries of perfumery. On Monday 25th September, IFEAT Athens Conference Chairman, Dominique Roques, formally opened the Conference by welcoming everybody to Athens and summarised what was to come over the forthcoming 4 days. “We are fortunate to have brought together an impressive range of talent who will deliver some highly interesting presentations”. Celebration opened the Conference on this first morning with a special presentation by Dr Wladyslaw S. Brud and Mr Richard C. Pisano Snr., who have been with IFEAT since the beginning. They presented 40 Years of IFEAT – The History; the first of two sessions looking back over the past four decades. Their second session took place on the morning of Tuesday 26th and was a photographic review of all Congresses with IFEAT participation and IFEAT Conferences from 1979-2016. To follow on the first day, Michael Carlos, President of RIFM and IFRA offered his highly-experienced view on the past and future of perfumery and creation, while Professor Jean-Pierre Brun, from the Collège de France, took us through a fascinating journey in our knowledge and discoveries of what Perfumery in Antiquity really was. The Monday afternoon session dealt with Challenges and Opportunities in Essential Oils with a joint presentation from Catherine Crowley and Jalal Charaf on Africa Rising: Naturals as a Challenge & Game Changer and Somalis’ Historical Frankincense Trade: Valuing Sustainability by Dr Anjanette Decarlo. This was followed by a panel discussion which was, as ever, an animated affair! On Tuesday morning, the IFEAT Business Session commenced with the AGM during which the Report & Accounts for 2016 and the appointment of the Auditor were approved. IFEAT’s outgoing President Raúl Amigo proposed two new members, Zahra Osman and David Tomlinson, to vacancies on the Executive Committee as well as Alastair Hitchen as his successor as IFEAT President. Antonella Corleone, IFEAT Executive Committee Chair, delivered the Annual Review for the year 2016-17 and this was followed by the Education Reports from the IFEAT programmes at Plymouth and Reading Universities. IFEAT President, Raúl Amigo, then revealed the destination for the 2018 IFEAT Conference to be Cartagena, Colombia. This will be IFEAT’s first visit back to South America since Buenos Aires in 2001. A report on the successful 2017 Bulgaria Study Tour was given along with a memorable video diary of the Tour. News of the 2018 Study Tour, which will take place in Spain in June, was presented by Jordi Calonge. With IFEAT Study Tours becoming increasingly popular, and usually fully booked within hours of registration opening, we expect the 2018 tour to be no exception. The 2nd part of the joint Richard Pisano Snr and Dr Brud presentation on IFEAT’s 40-year history then followed. The Tuesday morning session culminated with presentation of the Best Student Medals to Ruth Bare from the ICATS Course (Plymouth University) and Matteo Oldani from the Flavourist Course (Reading University). The Scientific Session on Tuesday afternoon covered Regulatory and Legislative Developments, starting with Pesticides in Naturals, presented by Michel Meneuvrier (SAPAD) and was followed by REACH, 10 years of defending the EU market access for our naturals, presented by Julie Cena. The session continued with Safety Assessments – The natural next steps, presented by Jim Romine, (President of RIFM), and was followed by Limonene: From a Calculated to a Data Based Hazard Classification for the Environment – The Impact on Essential Oils, by Dr Hans van Bergen. The programme finished with another discussion panel with a highly esteemed line up of Jim Romine, Michel Meneuvrier, Kim Bleimann, Jens-Achim Protzen, Martina Bianchini (President IFRA). The discussion was moderated by Sven Ballschmiede (Executive Director of IOFI). We were pleased to see a good number of delegates attending these sessions – more than in previous years. On Tuesday evening, the IFEAT Annual Dinner was held at the impressive Zappeion Hall, a building which dates back to the 1880s. Despite the unseasonable heavy rain showers, guests enjoyed the splendour of the building and an evening which was particularly special with IFEAT honouring some of its most influential contributors from the past 40 years. Firstly, with the presentation of the 2017 Founder’s Award which was presented to Michael G Boudjouk in recognition of his many years of dedicated service to both IFEAT and the F&F industry. Dominique Roques and Antonella Corleone then invited to the stage some very special guests. Each was presented with an individually engraved 40th Anniversary award, thanking them for their valued contribution towards IFEAT’s success over the past 40 years. Some of the recipients, although not now officially part of the current Executive Committee and organisation, are still very actively involved, whereas others have not attended an IFEAT Conference for a number of years, so we were delighted that they could join us in Athens. Awards were presented to:
- Ronald V Neal (Founding Member of IFEAT, Past IFEAT President and Past IFEAT Executive Committee Chairman) – presented to his son Christopher Neal.
- Jose Luis Adrian (Founding Member of IFEAT and Past IFEAT Executive Committee Chairman)
- Richard C Pisano Snr (Founding Member of IFEAT, Past IFEAT President, Past IFEAT Executive Committee Chairman and IFEAT Founder’s Award Recipient)
- Dr Wladyslaw Brud (Past IFEAT President, Past IFEAT Executive Committee Chairman and IFEAT Founder’s Award Recipient)
- Hugo Bovill (Past IFEAT President and Past IFEAT Executive Committee Chairman)
- Michael G Boudjouk (Past IFEAT President and Past IFEAT Executive Committee Chairman)
- Sant K Sanganeria (Past IFEAT Executive Committee Chairman and IFEAT Founder’s Award Recipient)
- Katrina Neale (Past IFEAT Executive Committee Chair)
- Martin Gill (Past IFEAT Executive Committee Chairman)
- Alastair Hitchen (Past IFEAT Executive Committee Chairman)
- Stephen Manheimer (IFEAT Founder’s Award Recipient)
- Dr Peter Greenhalgh (IFEAT Founder’s Award Recipient)
- Mr Thierry Duclos (IFEAT Founder’s Award Recipient)
There were some additional award recipients who were not able to attend Athens so they will receive their award at a later date:
- Necati Guler
- Dr Clinton Green
- Dr Brian Lawrence
- Takio Yamada
Wednesday 28th saw the opening of the two-day Exhibition at the InterContinental Athenaeum Hotel with 29 exhibitors representing many different countries and areas within the F&F industry. Almost 800* delegates visited the exhibition on Wednesday alone, leaving exhibitors extremely happy with their experience. A full list of exhibitors can be found at the end of this report. In addition to the Exhibition, IFEAT ran two pre-bookable one-day workshops this year on Wednesday and Thursday. On Wednesday, Michael Zviely ran a Flavours and Flavourings workshop and on Thursday Joanna Norman ran an Intermediate Perfumery Workshop’. The workshops were very well attended and the feedback from both was very positive. We were excited to include a round table discussion on A Sustainable Future for Olibanum and Myrrh in Somaliland on Wednesday 27th September. A new addition to IFEAT Conferences, this fully booked discussion allowed an in-depth follow-up to Dr Anjanette Decarlo’s presentation on Monday 25th. Due to its popularity, this discussion panel format will be included in future Conference programmes. The Conference ended with 850 delegates and accompanying persons attending the Closing Banquet held at the stunning beachfront location of Balux Prive. Guests were greeted by stilt walkers and drummers before making their way up the ‘IFEAT blue’ carpet to take a glass of Champagne. They could then take in the beautiful views during sunset (the rain held off!) before witnessing a rousing firework display over the sea. The band proved very popular this year with delegates and accompanying persons dancing until the early hours of the morning. As it was IFEAT’s 40th Birthday, the evening could not pass without a birthday cake celebration! Dominique Roques and Antonella Corleone took to the stage to thank all of the sponsors, Athens Committee members and IFEAT staff, but it was then the turn of the IFEAT staff to thank them for their fantastic efforts towards making the Conference such a huge success – by crowning them ‘King and Queen of IFEAT Athens 2017’! The growing number of delegates year on year is testament to the ever-present relevance of IFEAT to the flavour and fragrance industries. People attend every year for the unrivalled business and networking opportunities that the Conference offers as well as the varied programme of lectures and workshops on offer. Delegates are attending from all over the world with large numbers from India, China and other parts of Asia hot on the heels of delegates from Europe and the USA who still lead the way in terms of representation. We look forward to the 2018 Conference in Cartagena, Colombia and to the next 40 years of IFEAT’s success. *Data source: official scanning data, each person counted once as a unique visitor. A huge thanks to all our Sponsors IFEAT 2017 For photographs of the event, visit: https://ifeat.org/athens-2017-gallery/
IFEAT 2016 DUBAI CONFERENCE 21st – 25th September 2016
The Welcome Reception, held in Fort Island at Madinat Jumeirah, on Sunday 25th September, provided a wonderful start to the 2016 IFEAT Conference – albeit somewhat hot and humid for some of the 709 of us: in that sense a sharp reminder of the global warming era we should be concerned with. Music then followed, and guests were able to greet each other while being provided with a range of delicious local amuse-bouches. This year there was a change to the conference programme, with only the first two days offering lectures and the last two days offering an exhibition. The new format worked well, with Delegates able to arrange their meetings around the programme and attend more presentations. The programme offered 18 presentations, many including videos, which covered a wide variety of topics. Networking over the full course of the Conference was, as ever, the raison d’être of the conference for many. Following the Opening Ceremony on the Monday morning (26th September), Gilbert Ghostine, CEO of Firmenich, Switzerland, discussed the challenges and responsibilities for the 21st century fragrance and flavour industry. This was followed by a presentation by Patrick Mewton of Clotilde Limited, UK, providing an insight into why the F&F industry is increasingly embarking on strategic consolidations, and a presentation by John Bailey of The Perfumers Guild Limited, UK, on “Liquid Gold” which discussed the global success story of oudh. In the afternoon, four speakers covered the interesting topic of “Legendary Products: Yesterday and Tomorrow.” First, Aslan Gülçiçek of MG Gülçiçek International Fragrance Company, Turkey discussed the current and future market dynamics in the Arabian Peninsula. Guelleh Osman Guelleh of Neo Botanika & Neo Gr. Limited, Somalia, continued with a presentation on the incense trail. This was followed by a video recorded by Trygve Harris of Enfleurage Inc, Oman, about frankincense in the Sultanate of Oman. The session concluded with a presentation by Ashad Chaudhry of Ashad Botanix, Oman, who tackled the sustainability issue of frankincense production. Tuesday morning started with the IFEAT AGM and a review of IFEAT’s past year’s activities by Alain Frix, the IFEAT Chairman. Then followed a series of business reports on specific IFEAT activities over the past year, including reports on the Plymouth perfumery and Reading flavour courses, the successful USA Study Tour in August 2016, the forthcoming 2017 IFEAT Conference in Athens from 24th to 28th September and next year’s Study Tour to Bulgaria from 28th May to 2nd June 2017. This was followed by the election of our new Chairwoman, Antonella Corleone, to whom I wish the fairest of winds to steer the IFEAT ship these next three years. The IFEAT Medal Lecture was awarded to Abdulla Ajmal of Ajmal International Trading Co, Dubai, UAE, who prepared a very interesting presentation titled “Oudh, Perfumery, the Middle East and India: some reflections on a personal journey”. Dr Kanwal Deep, General Manager of Research & Development at Ajmal Perfumes, gave the presentation as Abdulla Ajmal could not attend. The afternoon and closing session concentrated on regulatory and legislative developments with four interesting presentations. On Wednesday 28th September a workshop was held by Dr Brian Lawrence: “The Science of Essential Oils”. It was attended by 31 Delegates (from 12 countries) who appreciated the opportunity to look at this topic in more detail with a recognised expert. Delegates also had the opportunity on Wednesday 28th and Thursday 29th September to visit the Trade Exhibition where 36 companies exhibited their latest products; while 36 private meeting rooms offered during the four conference days a centralised but discreet business environment for companies to quietly meet their clients and suppliers. The week in Dubai concluded on Thursday 29th September with the Closing Banquet on the beach facing the iconic Burj Al-Arab building, attended by 792 participants. This was held at the Events Arena of the Jumeirah Beach Hotel. Guests were able to enjoy mouth-watering culinary delights and the performances of various artists throughout the evening with a magnificent view over the night-time Persian Gulf. Dancing continued well into the night at the 360° night club attended by 311 hardcore partying Delegates, bringing to an end another very successful IFEAT Conference. The IFEAT Dinner on Tuesday night, which was attended by 420 people, was hosted at the Armani Pavilion at Burj Khalifa – the tallest building in the world. Guests enjoyed a dazzling evening with jaw dropping synchronised music and fountain works and plenty of local and international delicacies. The evening was livened up by amazing oriental dancing performances creating a very spirited and joyful atmosphere.
Sri Lanka 2015
IFEAT 2015 Sri Lanka Conference 27th September – 1st October 2015
The 2015 IFEAT Conference was held at the magnificent Cinnamon Grand Hotel, located right in the heart of Colombo, the capital of Sri Lanka. The theme for the conference was “Asia: Source of Essential Oils and Medicinal Plants” incorporating a number of important topics of interest in the flavour and fragrance industry. The programme covered a variety of subjects such as market trends in the Asian region, social and technical developments, legislative and regulatory issues and a very interesting session on the use of medicinal plants in healthcare, food and cosmetics. There were some very good presentations on biotechnology and new production techniques in the “Market Trends” session. A new session held on the Tuesday afternoon, entitled “Social Achievements in the F & F Industry” also proved to be a popular session with delegates. There was a change to the conference programme this year, with two sessions per day (morning and afternoon) instead of three. The new format worked well, with delegates able to arrange their meetings around the programme and attend more presentations. Networking, as ever, was an important part of the conference for many, with delegates appreciating the time to meet face-to-face with their existing trading partners and friends as well as with potential new suppliers and customers. The IFEAT AGM and Business Session was held on the morning of 29th September. During this session a report was given on the successful 2015 French Study Tour and there were presentations on next year’s Study Tour to USA and the 2016 IFEAT Conference to be held in Dubai. Presentations were made by ICATS and the University of Reading on the two IFEAT sponsored education courses. Pei-Lun Lin from Taiwan, who participated in the Reading flavour course, was presented with her Best Student medal. Unfortunately the ICATS 2015 Best Student, Lisa Lam, was unable to attend. Dr R.O.B. Wijesekera then gave a fascinating Medal Lecture on “Science as the key to nature’s bounty”. His career over six decades has seen huge changes in the essential oils industry, and the possibilities opened up by scientific developments were eloquently described. Dr Wijesekera was presented with his medal by IFEAT President, Raul Amigo. As usual there was a break in formal proceedings on the Wednesday. Two workshops were held; the Perfumery Workshop given by Joanna Norman and the Medicinal Plants Workshop given by Professor Geoffrey Cordell. Both were attended by around 30 delegates who appreciated the opportunity to look at these topics in more detail with recognised experts. Delegates also had the opportunity to join one of three field trips; a trip to Galle to explore the UNESCO World Heritage Site, a visit to Dassanayake Walauwa Plantation and HDDES Extracts (Pvt) Ltd to see the cultivation and processing of cinnamon and an industry visit to Link Natural Products (Pvt) Ltd in Dompe. Spectacular evening functions While there was a comprehensive formal programme of presentations, the important social character of IFEAT conferences was not neglected in Colombo. The Welcome Reception, held in the Kingsbury Hotel, on Sunday 27th September, provided a wonderful start to the proceedings, with guests welcomed by an elephant, representing one of the most important cultural and religious symbols of Sri Lanka. Music and dancing then followed, and guests were able to greet each other while being provided with a range of delicious local food. The IFEAT Dinner on Tuesday, which was attended by 484 people, was hosted at one of the most wonderful sites of Sri Lanka’s west coast, the Jetwing Blue Hotel’s beach in Negombo. This region is known not only for its beaches, but also for its warm tropical weather. Guests enjoyed a charming evening right beside the shore with good music and plenty of local delicacies. The evening was livened up by amazing performances, with dancers, fire-eaters, Bollywood performances and a versatile band with a huge repertory creating a very spirited and joyful atmosphere. The spectacular fireworks lighting up the ocean definitely left a lasting impression of a superb evening on the shores of Sri Lanka. The Closing Banquet on Thursday evening, attended by 677 participants, was held in the Sri Lanka Exhibition & Convention Centre, near the beautiful Beira Lake. To herald the start of this last evening, the Symphony Orchestra of Sri Lanka gave a breathtaking concert and turned the convention centre into an elegant concert hall for almost an hour. The guests were able to enjoy Sri Lankan culinary delights and the performances of about 100 artists throughout the evening. Dancing continued well into the night, bringing to an end another very successful IFEAT Conference. Our thanks go to all the speakers who gave us such a fascinating week.
IFEAT 2014 Rome Conference 21st – 25th September 2014
The 2014 IFEAT conference was held at the wonderful Rome Cavalieri Hotel overlooking the city of Rome. The theme for the conference was “The Mediterranean” reflecting the Mediterranean influence on our flavour and fragrance industries. The programme covered a variety of themes such as market trends in the Mediterranean region, legislative and regulatory issues, as well as social and technical developments, including a very interesting session on biotech developments. It was the largest ever IFEAT Conference. In total, 1062 delegates attended along with 121 accompanying persons and 68 day registrants coming from 51 countries. The conference provided, once again, a unique opportunity for delegates to meet face-to-face with their existing trading partners and friends as well as meet up with potential new suppliers and companies. The IFEAT Conference confirms once more to be the number one communication platform for the global flavour and fragrance industry. The Chair of the Rome Conference Committee, Antonella Corleone, opened the conference on the Monday morning, welcoming all delegates and chairing a session on “Essential oils in the Mediterranean Region”. This highlighted the strong historical and cultural links between the countries that surround the Mediterranean Sea and the essential oil industry, in particular relating to products derived from lavender, lavandin and citrus fruits. The first session on the Tuesday covered “Technical and Social Developments in Essential Oils”. Presentations covered the latest findings with regard to pesticide residues in essential oils as well as purification of flavour oils through the use of designed polymers and a presentation on the IFEAT socio-economic study on the Calabrian bergamot industry. This was followed by the IFEAT business meeting, including the AGM and the IFEAT Medal Lecture which was a very detailed presentation on new analytical techniques for determining the authenticity of citrus oils by Professor Luigi Mondello. The final session of that day looked at the essential oil industry in regions where political tensions and social upheaval have taken place in recent years; North Africa and Eastern Europe. For the third time IFEAT hosted a Trade Exhibition on the Wednesday. A record number of 850 visitors confirmed that this rather new feature is very well accepted and has proved to be a perfect add-on to the Conference. There were also two technical workshops; a “Flavour Workshop” presented by John Wright and a “Chiral Short Course” presented by Paula Dugo. Attendees welcomed the opportunity to discuss these subjects in more detail with world experts in their fields. Thursday included three well-attended sessions covering the essential oils industry in the Balkans, the issue of biodiversity for fragrance and flavour houses and the ever-important issue of regulatory and legislative issues that affect the essential oils industry. The week in Rome concluded on Thursday with a sophisticated Closing Banquet at the Villa Miani, attended by 718 persons, enjoying the food, drink, music and spectacular fireworks….. with the promise to meet again in Sri Lanka next year. While the formal programme was intense, the important social character of IFEAT conferences was not neglected in Rome, by means of the special evening functions. Both the IFEAT Dinner on Tuesday, attended by 500 people, and the Closing Conference Banquet on Thursday evening were very enjoyable. Two excellent venues were chosen for these events: The IFEAT Dinner on Tuesday was hosted in the Villa Giulia, where the Museo Nazionale Etrusco is located. Guests enjoyed an Italian dinner surrounded by historical columns, gigantic pines and beautiful gardens. The evening was livened up by very typical Italian style entertainment, with opera singers, harpists and Italian famous film projections, creating a very relaxing and elegant atmosphere. The Closing Banquet on Thursday evening was held in the Villa Miani, an elegant neoclassical building surrounded by a beautifully kept garden offering unique and spectacular views over Rome. Some wonderful entertainment and the spectacular fireworks have surely left the delegates with a unique souvenir of the eternal city.
San Francisco 2013
IFEAT 2013 San Francisco Conference
29th September – 3rd October 2013
The 2013 IFEAT conference was held at the world renowned Fairmont Hotel in San Francisco, USA. The theme for the conference was “Sustainable Growth” and incorporated lectures and presentations, focusing on various aspects of the sustainability of the flavour and fragrance industries globally. T his was the largest ever IFEAT Conference, with over 1,000 delegates present. There were presentations reviewing various aspects of:
- Essential oils and aroma chemical developments in the Americas
- Environmental, organic and sustainability issues
- Global market trends and technical developments in the F&F industries
- Updates on regulatory and legislative issues
IFEAT 2012 Singapore Conference 4th – 8th November 2012
The 2012 IFEAT conference was held at the magnificent Marina Bay Sands Hotel in Singapore, Asia’s financial hub. The theme for the conference was “Essential Asia” and incorporated lectures and presentations, focusing on various aspects of the growing Asian influence on the flavour and fragrance industries globally. This was the largest ever IFEAT Conference. In total, 980 delegates attended along with 94 accompanying persons and 45 day registrants. IFEAT grows more multinational each year with delegates from 53 countries attending the Singapore Conference. A true United Nations of flavour and fragrance ingredient suppliers! The conference provides a unique opportunity for delegates to meet face-to-face with their existing trading partners and friends as well as meet up with potential new suppliers and companies. On the evening of Sunday 4th November guests were taken by boat or coach to the Welcome Reception, held at One on the Bund, which takes its name from the area in Shanghai, an area which owns similar touches of colonial heritage to Singapore’s Clifford Pier. Ravi Sanganeria welcomed the guests and wished everyone a very successful conference. Drinks and canapés were served whilst guests welcomed one another and enjoyed the background music of the saxophonist.
IFEAT 2011 Barcelona Conference 6th – 10th November 2011
At 09.00 the Conference was officially opened by Ramon Bordas, with members of the IFEAT Executive Committee and Local Organising Committee alongside him. The rest of the morning was filled with four very diverse but excellent presentations. The first by the Ventos trading company, based in Barcelona, provided a detailed analysis of nine non-citrus Spanish essential oils. The presentation included three excellent video films showing the production, harvesting and processing of these Spanish oils. Then followed two global overview presentations. One was an analysis of the rapid shifts taking place in the global F&F industry based on discussions with many CEOs in the sector; the other an analysis of the changing outlook for fine fragrance creation. The final presentation of the morning was a detailed review of the world lemon oil sector, which was the first of several citrus related presentations. The whole afternoon was devoted to citrus oils with separate presentations on orange, lime, mandarin and bergamot oils. The first lecture day ended with a panel discussion on citrus oil developments. The second day of lectures concentrated on market and technical developments, as well as legislative and regulatory issues. The morning presentations included developments in chiral chemistry, new developments in natural flavours as well as a substantial, amusing and wide-ranging polemic on the “Age of Unreason”, with particular reference to the fragrance sector. As usual, the IFEAT AGM and Business Session took up the last session of the morning. At the AGM, IFEAT members voted on several items and two new Executive Committee members were elected: Jens-Achim Protzen from Germany and Jalal Charaf from Morocco. Other items during the Session included the Annual Review of IFEAT activities during the very successful past year. In addition, there were presentations on the fragrance and flavour courses supported by IFEAT. Best student medals were awarded to Alin Bosilcov (from Austria) who participated in the University of Plymouth fragrance course and Edgar Crisotomo (from New Zealand) on the University of Reading flavour course. Unfortunately only Alin was able to attend to receive his medal. Other presentations included a short review of the very successful Indonesian Study Tour which took place in July 2011, and presentations on the 2012 IFEAT Conference which will be held in Singapore in November 2012 and the Brazil Paraguay Study Tour in August 2012. Then followed the IFEAT Medal Lecture presented by Francisco Fernandez Alvarez- Castellanos, on the development of the Spanish aroma chemicals industry. The afternoon session was devoted to “Legislative and Regulatory Issues” with three excellent presentations followed by a Discussion Panel. Presentations were made on the challenges and opportunities ahead for fragrance ingredients; fragrance policy drivers in North America; and the implications of the newly implemented EU flavour regulations. The Annual IFEAT Dinner was held on the evening of the 8th at the magnificent Cavas Codoriu which dates back to 1551 and is still in family ownership. Dinner guests were taken by coach from the Hotel Arts directly to the dinner venue. Prior to the dinner, guests were able to take a 20-minute underground train ride through the cellars where some 100 million bottles of cava are stored. Following an excellent dinner, some superb local traditional musicians and flamenco dancers entertained guests. Wednesday saw the day of the Field Trip with visits to two world famous family-owned companies, the Torres Winery and Freixenet Cava Cellars. At both locations, participants were taken on guided tours to learn about the operations, taste the various products, and go on a train tour of the extensive cava cellars, storing in excess of 100 million bottles. Prior to an excellent lunch at Freixenet, delegates undertook an aromatic tasting session as well as watch some traditional dancing. Wednesday also saw the Flavour Workshop at which some 30 participants were guided by John Wright through various aspects of flavour developments, including natural, synthetic, creative and regulatory aspects. Also there was a practical session at which participants were challenged to use the information they had been given to formulate their very own flavour. The last day of the conference saw three further sessions and some eight presentations. These included lectures on various technical aspects of essential oils and antioxidants as well as developments in the Latin American fragrance market and essential oils in Paraguay. The afternoon session and discussion panel covered “Environmental and Sustainability Issues” with excellent presentations on sustainability issues relating to natural essential oils; biological pest control in citrus as an alternative to chemical pesticides; and the environmental footprint of essential oils and synthetic chemicals. The end of the 34th IFEAT Conference saw the Closing Banquet held at the renowned Museu Nacional d’Art de Catalunya. As guests arrived by coach they were welcomed by the Magical Fountain, a display of light and sound against the water fountain located at the base of the hill.
IFEAT 2010 Marrakech Conference
Sunday 26 – Thursday 30 September 2010
North African and Mediterranean Essential Oils and Aromas: 2010 Tales and Realities of our Industry – a new decade of challenges and opportunities. The IFEAT 2010 Annual Conference was a resounding success for delegates who attended the event which took place at the Sofitel Hotel, Marrakech, near to the old town of Medina on 26th to 30th September. A record number of delegates (738) and accompanying persons (127) representing 51 countries were able to enjoy the warm welcome and efficient organisation that ensured the success of this event. Under the Chairmanship of Alain Frix, the Local Organising Committee provided superb entertainment and networking opportunities around a programme of interesting and topical presentations on the theme of “North African and Mediterranean Essential Oils and Aromas”. The majority of delegates arrived and checked in on Saturday 25th and Sunday 26th September at the three Conference hotels located in close proximity. On the evening of the 26th September the Welcome Reception was held in the tropical gardens of the Sofitel Hotel. Local traditional music was played and this set the scene for the week to come. Day one, Monday 27th September, the conference officially started with the Moroccan Minister of Agriculture and Maritime Resources, Mr Aziz Akhenouch who gave a welcome address. Following this presentation there were three lectures providing detailed analyses of Morocco’s essential oils and agriculture sector, including a presentation on argan oil, which is unique to Morocco. The theme continued throughout the day on topics centring on other North African and Mediterranean oils, including Egypt, Tunisia (which included two interesting films on essential oils in Tunisia) and Turkey. There was also a presentation on the PASS cluster established to increase the competitiveness of the natural fragrance sector in France and North Africa. The first lecture day ended with a panel discussion on North African and Mediterranean Essential Oils. Day two, Tuesday 28th September saw the morning lectures discuss product identification, green extraction techniques and global markets. During day two, the IFEAT Business Meeting also took place where members of IFEAT met and voted on various items, including the adoption of new IFEAT Articles of Association and the election of two new Executive Committee members, Jonpaul Howarth from Australia and Jorge Miralles from Spain. In addition, Alastair Hitchen, the retiring Executive Committee Chairman, gave his report on the past year’s activities, while other reports were presented on IFEAT-supported courses on flavours and perfumery, the forthcoming IFEAT Indonesia Study Tour in 2011 and next year’s Conference in Barcelona as well as a review of IFEAT’s Conciliation Service. Dr Jamal-Eddine Chahboun of Phytotagante then presented the Medal Lecture in which he reviewed his involvement in the Moroccan and French essential oils industry over the past two decades. Following the presentation of the IFEAT Medal, Gaëlle Jacobsen of Unilever and Dorothea Bodnar of Dreidoppel GmbH received their awards as Best Students for 2010 in their respective IFEAT courses held earlier in the year. The afternoon session saw four lectures on the industry in Sub-Saharan Africa, with special emphasis on smallholder and organic production. A Discussion Panel followed this on the state of the industry in Sub-Saharan Africa. The Annual IFEAT Dinner was held on the evening of the 28th at the beautiful setting of the Palmeraire, surrounded by hundreds of illuminated palm trees, a sea of red carpets and dozens of Berber tents creating a unique scenic experience. The 2010 Founders Award was presented to Dr. Clinton Green who has had an active involvement with IFEAT since the late 1970s, initially in the capacity of technical advisor, but from 1998 to 2006 he was the IFEAT Conference programme coordinator and editor of the conference proceedings. As with the Welcome Reception, guests were entertained by local traditional musicians and belly dancing. At the end of the evening guests were guided back to their coaches as horses and riders paraded up and down, firing their rifles. Day three, Wednesday 29th September, was a full and busy day for those participating in the Field trip to the factories of Phytotagante, Santis Sarl and Naturex. It was an early start but participants enjoyed a full day’s experience and gained a greater understanding and insight into the workings of these three companies that play such an importance role in the production and processing of Moroccan essential oils. The Essential Oils Short Course was also held on this day, presented by Dr Brian Lawrence, and this too was well attended. The last day, Thursday 30th September began with a morning session of lectures on “Environmental and Organic Developments”, including papers on guaiac wood oil in Paraguay, the impact of EU pesticide regulations and trends in organic cosmetics and personal care products. There followed two presentations on African gum arabic and resins, particularly frankincense. The afternoon sessions covered “Regulatory and Legislative Developments”, which generated much discussion between delegates and the Panel at the end of the day. Legislative developments, particularly in the USA and EU are having a profound effect on the industry and the way that business is being conducted. Topics covered were a review of the new legislative and regulatory developments taking place in the USA, the new EU flavouring legislation, a review of REACH consortia and what is meant by “natural”. The end of the 33rd IFEAT Conference saw the Closing Banquet held at the prestigious Beldi Country Club. Guests enjoyed a formal sit-down dinner and were entertained by a cabaret act. A disco was also provided for those wanting to dance the night away under the stars. The success of the Conference arose from the efforts of many people. These included: the IFEAT Marrakech Conference Committee and the Local Organising Committee, particularly the chairman Mr. Jalal Charaf; the delegates who have continued to support the IFEAT Conferences with their attendance, advertisements and sponsorship of coffee breaks, lunches and evening events; and finally the speakers that give of their time to organise and give presentations, often travelling long distances. Their efforts, along with the Session Chairs and the Discussion Panel members, are much appreciated.
IFEAT 2009 Shanghai Conference 18th to 22nd October 2009
The main themes are the essential oils and aroma chemical industries and market developments in China. Other topics include product quality and food safety; legislative issues, including REACH implementation; and regional market and technical developments. The IFEAT Annual Conference this year was held at the prestigious Shangri-La Hotel, located within the financial district of Shanghai, and with stunning views across the River Huangpu to the Bund, as well as being surrounded by some of the world’s newest, most spectacular and tallest buildings. This year the conference attracted a record total of 661 Delegates and 92 Accompanying Persons. A Welcome Reception was held on the evening of Sunday 18th October. Participants were entertained by traditional Chinese drummers and dancers and concluded with Winnie Yeung (Co-Chairman of the Local Shanghai Conference Committee) and Alistair Hitchen (IFEAT Chairman) “Drawing the Eyes” of the Dragon, symbolising good fortune and the opening of the IFEAT Conference. Also on Sunday, CHINAEASA (The China Essential Oils, Aromas and Spice Association) and IFEAT organised a trade show promoting China’s essential oils and aroma industries. Some 32 companies exhibited in the Grand Ballroom, which for the remainder of the week was the location of the Conference presentations, which totalled some 25 papers in all, along with three Discussion Panels. For the first time at an IFEAT Conference, simultaneous translation facilities were provided. Conference lectures began on Monday 19th October following two welcome addresses from the President of CAFFCI (the China Association of Flavor, Fragrance and Cosmetic Industries) and the Vice-President of CHINAESA. This year’s Conference theme was “Essential China: A Major Consuming Market and Sourcing Partner in a Turbulent World” and aimed to provide delegates with presentations on topical issues and legislation within the industry as well as focusing on the essential oils, aroma chemicals and flavours and fragrance sectors in China. The Monday morning sessions’ presentations concentrated on China and discussed the setting up a business, the import market structure, the China “concept” in fragrances, and a paper on the manipulation of plant hosts to significantly increase the production of aromas. In the afternoon, three presentations were made on developments in China’s essential oils industry, including papers on star anise and citrus. A Discussion Panel followed this on the day’s proceedings. The session topics arranged for Tuesday 20th October centred on the aroma chemicals industry in China and legislation and regulatory issues, namely REACH and GHS legislation. Mr Yongcheng Hu of the Shanghai Apple Flavor and Fragrance Co. Ltd. presented the Medal Lecture whilst Sylvia Kokot was awarded a medal for the Best Perfumery Student of 2009. Tuesday morning also saw the IFEAT Business Session, including the AGM and presentations on the education programmes supported by IFEAT, the IFEAT Study Tour of southern Italy, undertaken earlier in the year, and a presentation on Marrakech, the location for the 2010 IFEAT Conference. On the evening of Tuesday 20th October, the IFEAT Dinner was held at the floating Sea Palace on the Huangpu River, situated close to the Shangri-La Hotel, where IFEAT Members and their guests were treated to traditional dancing and entertainment.
IFEAT 2008 Montreal Conference
28th September to 2nd October 2008
The 2008 IFEAT Annual Conference took place in Montreal, Canada with attendance of over 590 delegates and 90 Accompanying Persons. The week started with the Welcome Reception on Sunday 28th September held at The Fairmont The Queen Elizabeth Hotel and as usual this was a busy event as friends and business associates met again for the first time in a year. The theme of this year’s conference was “North America and the World: The Challenge”and Conference Co-Chairman Kim Bleimann opened the Monday morning session by welcoming delegates to the conference then the lecture programme kicked off with Developments in the Fragrance and Flavour Industries both in North America and globally. Following presentations by IFF, Symrise and Booz we were very pleased to welcome New York Times columnist Chandler Burr who gave a lively presentation on the future of naturals in perfumery. The Monday afternoon lectures concentrated on developments in mint oils and Canadian essential oils. The first session of Tuesday morning covered the aroma chemicals sector in North America and China. This was followed by the IFEAT AGM and Business Meeting. During this AGM there was a presentation to outgoing IFEAT President Hugo Bovill by his successor Michael Boudjouk, plus presentations on the 2009 Study Tour of Italy, the 2009 IFEAT Conference in Shanghai and IFEAT supported programmes at Plymouth and Reading Universities. The session concluded with the Medal Lecture by Dr Guy Collin on aspects of Canadian essential oils and the presentation of medals to this year’s Best Students on the Reading Flavourist and Plymouth Perfumery sponsored courses – Alejandra Marambio and Anna Bindi. Tuesday afternoon concentrated on citrus oils with presentations on orange, lemon and lime oils as well as Mexican citrus oils and concluded with a discussion panel on these topics. Tuesday night was the IFEAT Dinner which was held at the Marche Bonsecours in Old Montreal. As the venue was once the site of a marketplace the evening was themed around this with vendors selling local artisanal produce and entertainers in traditional costume. Music was provided by members of the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra who flew in from New York especially for the event – a real treat for the guests. The field trip took place on Wednesday and delegates visited La Sucrerie de la Montagne, a maple syrup producing operation where they learned of the traditional methods of distilling maple as well as experiencing a full Lumberjack Breakfast! This was followed by a visit to Cedre Recyclé Marcotte a cedarleaf recycling facility and then went on to Ottawa where they had the opportunity to take part in a walking tour of the city. Also taking place on the Wednesday was a Perfumery Workshop hosted by John Ayres and Tony Curtis of Plymouth University. This intensive full day workshop was a pilot scheme that we hope to roll out at future conferences and was aimed at giving a small group of delegates a real insight into the processes and techniques of perfumery. Feedback received indicates that it was successful in achieving its aims and was a very worthwhile session to attend. The last day of the conference, Thursday 2nd October, included lecture sessions on REACH and other legislation followed by a REACHReady Surgery in the afternoon. The surgery was led by Jo Lloyd (Director of REACHReady) and supported by Cristina Arregui (EFFA) and Hans van Bergen (EFFEO). This interactive surgery provided the 30 delegates with practical guidance on how to implement the legislation and provided them with opportunities to quiz the experts on this critical subject for the industry. The main session on Thursday afternoon reviewed key environmental and economic issues affecting the essential oils sector by Pierre Trahan, Rob Brown and Daemmon Reeve. The Thursday night Closing Banquet was a spectacular evening at the Windsor Station and included a number of fantastic circus acts on both the stage and in the air. Montreal is the home of Cirque du Soleil so it seemed only fitting to base the closing event around this theme. During the evening, IFEAT Chairman Alastair Hitchen and Past President Richard Pisano presented the IFEAT Founders Award to Dr Brian Lawrence in recognition of his contribution to the industry. There were also further presentations made to the Conference Committee Co-Chairmen Katrina Neale and Kim Bleimann as well as to Pierre and Anne-Marie Trahan and Tina Yang An from Cedarome in thanks for the huge contribution that they each made towards the conference arrangements. We would like to express our sincere thanks to everyone involved in organising the conference. The event was once again a massive success and we have been delighted with the feedback received. We look forward to seeing you in Shanghai!
IFEAT 2007 Budapest Conference 23rd to 27th September 2007
IFEAT’s international conference for 2007 was held on 23-27 September at the InterContinental Hotel, Budapest, Hungary. Marking exactly 30 years since the Federation’s inception in 1977, the conference was a massive success with a very impressive 590 delegates and 86 Accompanying persons registered, which is a record numbers of attendees all brought together to enjoy the conference and its social events in the beautiful city of Budapest. The programme began as usual with the Welcome Reception held in the InterContinental Hotel on Sunday 23 September. This is always a great start to the proceedings giving everybody their first opportunity to catch up on old acquaintances as well as making some new ones. The constant hum of conversation was interrupted briefly to allow the guests to witness some typical Hungarian dancing by the Palotas. The lecture programme kicked off on Monday morning with the Conference Chairman Michael Boudjouk formally opening the proceedings and welcoming the guests to Budapest. Monday’s lectures concentrated on Global Developments in the Aroma Chemicals Industry with the entire afternoon session being devoted to REACH and its implications. The session concluded with a very well attended panel discussion. Tuesday morning’s lecture programme commenced with the same Global Developments theme with the second session of the day being devoted to IFEAT Business. This incorporated the Annual General Meeting and reports on the Education at both Plymouth and Reading Universities. This was followed by an enjoyable and in depth report on the 2007 IFEAT Study Tour to Egypt given by Ian McLean who was one of the participants of the tour. This was followed by the IFEAT Medal lecture given by Éva Németh on behalf of Professor Jeno Bernáth who regretfully was not able to attend. She happily accepted the medal presented on behalf of the Professor. A Best Student medal was also presented to Neil Wiltshire who was awarded the highest on the Diploma in Perfumery course from Plymouth University. The session concluded with presentations to Katrina Neale as she reached the end of her Executive Committee Chairmanship and to Michael Boudjouk as he reached the end of his term of service to the Executive. The theme of Global Developments in the Aroma Chemicals Industry continued on Tuesday afternoon. Tuesday night’s IFEAT Dinner gave those IFEAT Members and their guests with tickets the opportunity to see some of Budapest’s well documented sites – from the river! Guests were lead by a brass band and welcomed on board the river vessel which took them along the Danube to Ladik Csarda, the venue for the dinner. An impressive fireworks display greeted the guests on arrival, arranged in celebration of IFEAT’s 30th Anniversary, they were then seated for an evening of food, wine and folklore entertainment. Wednesday was field trip day for the delegates which this year took in the distillery and plantation facilities for fennel and hyssop owned by Silvestris and Szilas. The company is headed by Csaba and Judit Fodor who were also instrumental in many of the conference arrangements as the Local Organising Committee. Delegates also visited Lazar Tanya for lunch with the added entertainment of a memorable horseshow. Well done to those brave enough to join in! Thursday’s lecture programme focused on the Central European and Baltic regions with the afternoon session concluding slightly earlier giving delegates and accompanying persons plenty of time to get glamorous for the Closing Banquet. This year’s closing event was held at the magnificent National Gallery where traditional Hussar’s greeted guests on their arrival to enjoy their welcome cocktails. Gourmet dining and fine wines were accompanied by an impressive string quartet with Michael Boudjouk and incoming IFEAT Executive Chairman Alastair Hitchen providing the speeches in thanks to all for attending and to those responsible for the organisation. Those with the energy then danced the night away until midnight. The 2007 conference was definitely a successful event, totally in keeping with the sense of occasion in this, IFEAT’s 30th Anniversary year!
Cape Town 2006
IFEAT 2006 Cape Town Conference
27th November to 1st December 2006
It was held on the 27 November to 1 December 2006 at the Arabella Sheraton Hotel in Cape Town, South Africa. As this was the first time the conference has been held in a Sub Saharan country, it was appropriate that the main theme for the conference was the Industry in Sub-Saharan Africa and the Indian Ocean, with focus on Production and the Market in the Region. Attendance at the conference continues to exceed all expectations each year with 520 delegates and 88 Accompanying Persons making the trip to Cape Town as well as some 35 Day Delegates. The conference commenced with a Welcome Reception on the 27 November held at the Arabella were guests arrived to be greeted by traditional Zulu Warriors and the uplifting voices of the choir. Drinks and canapés were followed by a brief performance from the Zulus and a Welcome speech by Cape Town Committee Chairman, Martin Gill. The conference 3 – day lecture sessions began on Tuesday 28 November and included reviews of regional markets and production in Sub Saharan Africa and the Indian Ocean as well as looking at some of the individual oils of the region in more detail. Wednesday and Friday also included panel discussions on industry, regulations and growth markets. The IFEAT Business Meeting was held on the 29 November. Open to both members and non members of the Association, this session was made up of the IFEAT AGM, Annual Review and Educational reports as well as presentations on the 2007 Conference in Budapest and the Egypt Study Tour which is also planned for 2007. The IFEAT Medal Lecturer for 2006 was Professor Earle Graven who gave an enjoyable presentation on his own eventful journey “On the Scent of South African Essential Oils”. Unfortunately, the Best Student medal winners were not able to attend the conference this year, however we are making arrangements for their medals to be presented at a later date. This year’s AGM saw the retirement of Dr Clinton Green who has been IFEAT’s Conference Programme Co-ordinator for many years and whose involvement with IFEAT in general goes back even further. This year’s excellent lecture programme was a great credit to Clinton as have the previous nine conference programmes and his retirement will be much deserved. Clinton hands the reigns of Programme Co-ordinator over to Peter Greenhalgh who has already started working on the lecture programme for the Budapest conference. The IFEAT Annual Dinner was held on Wednesday 29 November at Moyo restaurant located in Spier, Cape Town. This dinner, open to IFEAT members and their guests, was attended by 350 people who sat out under the stars enjoying a grand buffet of local and international dishes as well as some traditional African singing and dancing entertainment. The Field Trip took place on Thursday 30 November and delegates were able to choose one of two locations to visit – Grassroots or Afriplex. Both destinations involved a tour of the fields, distilleries and premises of the company and gave delegates an insight into the production of buchu and other essential oils. Groups then met for a picnic lunch at the vineyards of the La Motte estate where they were able to partake in a little wine tasting! The conference came to an end with the Closing Banquet at the Arabella on Friday 1 December. During this dinner, a presentation was made by IFEAT Chairperson Katrina Neale to IFEAT’s Founder, Ron Neal in appreciation of his continued contribution to IFEAT throughout it’s 29 year history. He has attended every IFEAT conference and has been closely involved in the planning of most of these events. Katrina also announced that from next year’s conference in Budapest there would be a new accolade, the Ron Neal Award of Excellence, that will be presented to a person who has contributed significantly to the essential oils and aroma trades industries. This presentation marked the end to the formal proceedings of the conference and guests were left to take to the dance floor for the remainder of the evening. IFEAT would like to take this opportunity to thank everybody who was involved in making this conference such a huge success.
16th – 20th October 2005 Cochin, India – 492 delegates from 37 countries
24th – 28th October 2004 Lisbon, Portugal – 546 delegates
2nd – 6th November 2003 Sydney, Australia – 389 delegates
13th – 17th October 2002 Warsaw, Poland – 523 delegates
11th – 15th November 2001 Buenos Aires, Argentina – 359 delegates
29th October – 2nd November 2000 Jacksonville, Florida, USA – 569 delegates
1st – 4th November 1999 Hong Kong, China – 483 delegates
8th – 12th November 1998 London, UK – 600 delegates
19th – 23rd October 1997 Seville, Spain – 440 delegates
13th – 17th October 1996 Tel Aviv, Israel
15th – 19th October 1995 Istanbul, Turkey
3rd – 7th July 1994 Avignon, France – 609 delegates
31st October – 4th November 1993 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
4th – 8th October 1992 Vienna, Austria
1991 Jakarta, Indonesia – over 1,200 delegates
26th – 30th May 1990 Antalya, Turkey
1988 Beijing, China
1987 Taormina, Sicily, Italy
16th – 20th November 1986 Washington DC, USA – 1,300 delegates from 40 countries
1985 Varna, Bulgaria – 400 delegates from 23 countries
October 1984 Cairo, Egypt
13th – 17th March 1983 Singapore – 900 delegates from 41 countries
1982 London, UK – 116 delegates
12th – 17th October 1980 Cannes, France – 1,300 delegates from 41 countries
29th October – 1st November 1979 Bangalore, India – 400 delegates from 17 countries
7th – 11th October 1977 Kyoto, Japan – 1,100 delegates from 40 countries
The 11th IFEAT Study Tour took place in Spain from 15th to 23rd June 2018.
On Friday 15th June 2018 some 50 IFEAT members from 22 countries met at the celebrated Alfonso XIII hotel in central Seville for a welcome dinner at the start of IFEAT’s 11th Study Tour to Spain (SST).
Twenty-one years earlier the hotel was the location for IFEAT’s Seville Conference. Following an initial briefing, the SST began as it was to continue – convivial and knowledgeable people, excellent food, perfect weather and fascinating Spanish culture – this time some amazing flamenco music and dancing. Some delegates got into the mood earlier in the day with a flamenco lesson.
Each study tour is both memorable and different. By the end of the SST on Saturday 23rd June delegates had travelled over 1,500 km through magnificent scenery starting in Andalucía, Spain’s most southern province bordering Portugal, to Perelada Castle in the northeast on the French border. The eight days were filled with visits to a range of diverse companies and organisations – mostly IFEAT members – involved in a range of F&F activities. Delegates saw and discussed at length a large number of essential oils and other F&F ingredients. Each company gave a warm welcome and explained in great detail the growing, harvesting, distillation and further processing of a range of Spanish produced F&F ingredients. Moreover, it was exciting to see the important strides and efforts that Spain is taking to increase the volume and range of natural F&F ingredient production.
A key feature of study tours is the interaction between participants from many countries and various F&F sectors. During the long hours travelling together they share their knowledge and experience either through individual discussions or via the “bus lectures” – it is an intense learning experience in an enjoyable environment. Nevertheless, considerable stamina is needed – early rises, often daily checkouts, much travelling and on the go all day, late nights and dinners. But everyone seems to enjoy them and returns to work refreshed and revitalised.
The weekend started in Huelva and Seville, with visits to three companies specialising in cistus (Cistus Ladaniferus L.). The first was Biolandes Andalucía S.A., which operates a 24/7, automated cistus processing plant. Biolandes, the parent company, is a world leader in natural extract production. The others were Aromas Y Esencias Del Andevalo, Spain’s largest producer of ciste oil, and Aromasur, owned by Albert Vieille, whose chairman Georges Ferrando was there to greet us. While Aromasur’s major products are cistus-based, it processes a range of other natural extracts all of which were available during the smelling session.
For many members it was their first experience of seeing cistus, which grows wild on large expanses of uncultivated land and has a strong balsamic ambery odour. Cistus develops a protective gum and reproduces quickly after being cut or burnt. The branches are harvested from July through to October and products made by distillation or extraction of the twigs are called “cistus”, while products derived from the gum are called “labdanum”. Detailed descriptions as well as documents were provided of the techniques used to produce the range of products e.g. cistus and labdanum oils, concrete, absolute, gum labdanum and ambreine. Spain produces 80% of cistus derivatives and Andevalo is the dominant producing region. Annually approximately 10,000 MT of cistus twigs are processed of which 6,000 – 7,000 MT are used to produce 300 – 350 MT of gum labdanum, a major perfumery ingredient. Distillation produces about 1.5 MT of cistus oil, predominantly organic, and the extraction process produces 60 to 70 MT of concrete.
A planned visit to a thyme distilling operation was cancelled because of the late crop; instead we saw the harvesting and distillation of Eucalyptus globulus. In Spain an estimated 70,000 MT of eucalyptus are distilled annually. This has been growing thanks to the unintended consequence of government subsidies to clean forest floors to minimise serious forest fires, leading to an almost cost-free raw material.
Also on Sunday a visit was made to Destilaciones Bordas Chinchurreta S.A., a third generation family company and a leading supplier of ingredients for human and animal food, as well as the pharmaceutical and nutraceutical sectors. Bordas has been intimately involved with IFEAT since its foundation. Alongside a smelling session, there were excellent presentations, particularly one on the use of essential oils in animal feeds. A comprehensive tour of the company’s very impressive 19,000m2 processing operations was made, followed by a superb sponsored lunch in the Pelli-designed 40-floor skyscraper overlooking Seville.
Two days were spent in Segovia and Guadalajara in central Spain, where pine oleoresin (gum turpentine and terpenes), lavender, lavandin and helichrysum were the focus of attention. In the forests around Coca delegates saw the tapping of 50-75 year old pine trees – another new experience for most delegates. The pine oleoresin is then processed into gum turpentine and rosin at the nearby operations of Luresa Resinas, S.L. (formerly La Union Resinera Espanola, founded in 1898). We then moved to the beautiful 15th century Coca Castle, where a detailed presentation on the global resin, turpentine, terpene sectors was made, followed a presentation on trends in the global terpenes industry and their vital role in ensuring the future sustainability of the F&F sector. The dinner in the evening was in Segovia overlooking the magnificent 2,000-year-old Roman aqueduct.
The following day we travelled to the beautiful historic town of Brihuega, some 920 metres high, which has become the centre of Spain’s expanding lavender industry. We visited Intercova Aromaticas’ 125 ha of lavender/lavandin and 10 ha of immortelle (helichrysum) fields and then its new distillation facility, incorporating some of the latest technology. The owner Emilio Valeros, a leading Spanish perfumer, guided us around the operations. Lunch was at Brihuega Castle followed by presentations on the Spanish and French lavender industries and on Spain’s expanding essential oil industry, including fennel, immortelle, marjoram, rosemary, and thyme. Dinner was at the magnificent Castle of the Bishops of Sigüenza – surrounded by many Ferraris and other classic cars also on tour.
Next day we took our second high-speed train journey, this time to Barcelona. We visited the Ventos operations and saw various forms of distillation (molecular, fractional and CO2), as well as toured the impressive warehouse facilities. Also AILIMPO – the association representing the Spanish lemon and grapefruit industry – gave an excellent presentation on Spanish citrus and its oils. In the evening Lluch Essences entertained us to a superb buffet and paella meal overlooking the beach in Barcelona.
Two companies involved in citrus oils – as well as other vegetable oils – were visited in Lleida, a rich horticultural area. At Textron, part of the Plimon Group, we toured their new operations producing a range of vegetable oils mainly for the cosmetic, food and pharmaceutical sectors. Close by we toured Dallant’s Moleva plant to see the processing of fruit juices, fruit by-products and various speciality compound flavours, emulsions and juice blends.
The final day was spent at Jordi Calonge’s estate at Empordu, visiting the surrounding plantation and assisting in loading the still used for cypress and lentiscus distillation. After a very intense week, delegates were able to “chill out” and enjoy a string quartet and swim in the pool. The evening saw a farewell dinner and firework display at Perelada Castle followed by a disco – a fitting end to a superb week.
Throughout the tour delegates were able to witness many aspects of Spain’s rich cultural heritage and entertainment. Every day a wide range of excellent Spanish cuisine and drinks were available – although perhaps too much and too late for some! From beginning to end, both the weather and organisation were excellent. The Local Organising Committee of Jordi Calonge and Ramon Bordas, as well as tour agent Events&Co, are to be warmly congratulated, alongside the many Spanish companies that participated, and sponsored events and gifts, as well as opened their operations to visitors over the weekend. This was yet another memorable IFEAT study tour and for many delegates a wonderful and unforgettable learning experience.
A book on the SST has been published and will be distributed to all attendees and Tina Hotchin of the IFEAT staff who was second Study Tour Coordinator. Tina filmed and edited a video of the event. You can watch it on our video page.
History of the 40 years of IFEAT!
Read Peter Greenhalgh’s “History of IFEAT” series. The full version in a book was given as a gift at the Athens Fortieth Anniversary Conference 2017. Each of these articles has been included in past issues of IFEATWORLD.