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IAOM Latin America District Holds Annual Meeting in Mexico

Date Posted: November 26, 2012

The IAOM Latin America District held its 36th annual technical conference last week in Mérida, Yucatán, Mexico.

More than 50 milling professionals from 11 countries attended the event, which was held immediately following the 30th annual Latin American Millers Association (ALIM) meeting at the Fiesta Americana Hotel.

The first day featured a pre-conference workshop on operational processes and applied technologies in grain processing. Andrea Saturno, president of FUNDAUNIPAP, a management consulting company, led the workshop.

Among the topics covered in the workshop were pre-cleaning, receiving, tempering, milling, and aspiration.

The millers took advantage of the opportunity to ask specific questions about their own operations, and learn more about the various technologies available to make operations more efficient.

In the morning of the workshop, IAOM attendees were able to tour the ALIM Expo as well.

Day two was a traditional IAOM district meeting, with a selection of technical presentations coupled with presentations on new tools and technologies during the What’s New session.

Presentations ranged from a US wheat crop report, durum wheat milling, and enhancing flour baking properties with enzymes, to lateral detection of mycotoxins, the importance of laboratories to the industry, and key performance indicators in flour milling.

Attendees had the chance to network during a reception on the first evening of the event.

The hotel’s terrace provided a perfect venue for fellowship and the opportunity to connect with colleagues.

The district elected a slate of officers , including:

Erwin G. Mier Halkyer, Director, Cereales S.A.

Gerald Richardson, Chairperson, CETEC Cereal Technologies, Inc.

David Tullo, Vice Chairperson, Ingrain, S.A.

Juan Pablo Galvez, Secretary/Treasurer, Precision S.A. De C.V.

Andrea Saturno, 1st Exe. Committeeperson, FUNDAUNIPAP

The 2013 conference is being planned for Nov. 16-17, in Lima, Peru.

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