SIAL Paris, Gulfood Manufacturing and Global Pulse Confederation events bring together the industry's best and brightest in October and November.

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While most IFT readers probably consider the first quarter of each year high season for pulse industry events—highlighted by the annual CICILS and Gulfood conferences—this October and November are proving to be an exciting couple of months in the world of pulses:

Global Pulses Confederation/FAO Meeting: October 8

Earlier this month the Global Pulses Confederation hosted a small but important event focused on pulse market access and trading that was attended by over 50 people from 27 countries including representatives from the World Trade Organization, FAO, World Food Programme, CropLife, and the Common Fund for Agricultural Commodities.

Speakers at the event included Minister Plenipotentiary Aseffa of Ethiopia; Katia Sambin of ACOS; Huseyin Arslan of Alliance Grain Traders; Charles Ogang, President of the Ugandan National Farmers Federation; and Gord Kurbis of Pulse Canada.

The upcoming International Year of Pulses was a major point of interest, with Mr. Arslan making a call to action for member states and the FAO to form the International Steering Committee this year. Drawing on her experience working to develop the pulses in Ethiopia with ACOS, Ms. Sambin identified market access as a major issue for the industry going forward.

“Market access issues are some of the most important obstacles to achieving the potential of pulse trade,” she said.

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“Issues include weak linkages between producers and export markets; challenges and uncertainties in meeting export requirements (such as MRLS); the inability to ensure quality consistency and control; and intermediaries being of insufficient size to leverage scale efficiencies.”

Salon International de l’Agroalimentaire (SIAL) Paris: October 19-23

SIAL, the world’s largest food innovation marketplace” will celebrate its 50th anniversary next week in Paris, where the now global network held its first edition in 1964. Bringing together over 150,000 visitors and 6,300 exhibitors representing 105 countries, the event will cover virtually every aspect of the food industry, including production, processing, hygiene, environmental issues, trading and new technologies. Awards for excellence and innovation will also be presented during the conference.

“We have created an edition that is more ambitious and more complete, as it integrates ‘Equipment, Technologies and Services’. Professionals in the sector have decided to enjoy the specialized business we can bring them, and we have met their expectations,” said SIAL group director Nicolas Trentesaux.

Gulfood Manufacturing: November 9-11

Billed as “The biggest food and beverage process industry event for the Middle East, Africa and Indian Sub-Continent,” the upcoming Gulfood Manufacturing event held at the Dubai World Trade Centre is a must for pulse industry members, particularly those involved in processing. The event will feature over 1,000 suppliers of food and beverage processing industry solutions with the aim of making production techniques faster, cheaper, safer and better.

TNA, Tetra Pak , ISHIDA, AMF Markel, Mecatherm, Multivac, Falconpack, Cargill, Dohler, Wild Transveritas, IFFCO and CSM International will share their latest developments in the areas of machinery, ingredients, packaging and more.

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