Conférenciers Techniques

Hans Blonk Owner and managing director of Blonk Consultants

Hans Blonk, owner and managing director of Blonk Consultants, is a biologist graduated from Leiden University. After his studies he got interested in the Life Cycle Assessments (LCA) method and was one of the developers of the first LCA methodology in the Netherlands. Since then the main focus of his career has been the environmental assessment of agri-food products. Over the years he has made important contributions to the development of LCA and Carbon Footprinting methods for agri-food products. In 1999 he established his own business. Blonk Consultants now consists of seventeen specialists in the impact assessment of food products and is one of the leading companies in this field worldwide.

Thomas Grimm CEO of Company
ANiMOX GmbH

"New opportunities and applications for animal proteins - product and process optimization on a kilo scale in the lab".
The efficient use of all components from animal slaughtering is of great importance for the food industry after the recycling of the components. Most of the unused components with high protein and fat content are processed into animal feed and pet food. Mainly fats and oils from category 2 and 3 by-products are also used in technical applications such as oleochemicals, fuel and like bone mealsas fertilizer.
The process development for obtaining proteins, fats and oils in the kilo-lab and for product optimization for technical processeswill be illustrated bycurrent developments.
The development for the extraction of various proteins from bone raw materials and processed animal protein for direct use in biopolymers is being carried out jointly with the Fraunhofer IAP, Potsdam. By varying extraction and hydrolysis conditions, different soluble proteins are obtained, concentrated and dried. Subsequently, the proteins are processed into mixed plastics in extrusion systems.
The extraction and use of fats with high FFA and emulsified protein and fat for the fermentation of polyhydroxyalkanoates (PHA) is carried out in cooperation with TU Berlin and Fraunhofer IPK. Residual fats are obtained from by-products and used for the microbial synthesis of PHA. PHA is extracted from the cells and used in injection molding.
The extraction of protein hydrolysates by thermo-pressure hydrolysis of K2/K3 raw materials for use in the fermentation of lactic acid for PLA production was carried out jointly with ATB Potsdam-Bornim. Through the targeted adaptation and mixing of protein hydrolysates, Pepton-like fermentation raw materials for lactic acid production were produced and tested.
Further development examples will be briefly presented and discussed.

Anne Leboucher ABP expert for French Ministry of Agriculture

is qualified as veterinarian (Nantes, France : 1986), graduated in Neurosciences, statistics and management in veterinary public health (1998). Official veterinarian for French competent authority since 1994.
Before entering veterinary services, worked as a practitioner veterinarian (bovine, pets, goats) and as a researcher on horse behaviour (reintroduction of Prezwalski horse into Mongolia)
Since entering the French Ministry of Agriculture (veterinary services), at local level, she has been successfully performing official controls at slaughterhouses, food industry and retailers. As a manager, she has been in charge of food security services and deputy director of local veterinary service (Western France). Since 2010, she is ABP expert for the General Directorate for food (DGAL) at the French Ministry of Agriculture. Involved as national expert in the EU Working group on ABP, she is also trainer for authorities at EU level (BTSF : 2010-2011, 2013-2016 for ABP and 2019-2020 for TSE). At national level, she acts as expert, trainer and tutor for locale CA inspectors. Part of the job includes field visits and official controls, for authorities and as French representative during Third countries or DGSANTE audits. She participates to the implementation of the EU rules on ABP at national level (law, acts, instructions). She is actively involved in harmonising national practises in feed (using ABP), but also in the field of fertilizer and environment (biogaz, compost, waste) with business operators (Guides lines and Good practises guides) but also with environmental authorities and customs.

Martin Alm Technical Director, EFPRA

Dr. Martin Alm studied chemistry at the Technical University of Braunschweig. In 1998 he started his career at SARIA Bio-Industries, one of the leading rendering companies in Europe with factories in twelve different countries. Dr. Alm was responsible for “Research and Development”, later extended by “Regulatory Affairs” representing SARIA and Germany in different national and international interest groups and research committees.
Since 2009 Dr. Alm is director of “Dr. Alm Research and Consulting GmbH” and Technical Director of EFPRA, European Fat Processors and Renderers Association. Today he is also consultant member of the board of the German Rendering association, member of the scientific advisory panel and first vice president of the World Renderers Organisation (WRO) and member of the research committee of FPRF, the US based “Fat and Protein Research Foundation

Phil Jones Procurement Director EMENA - Raw Materials

Phil Jones joined Nestle in 1987 as a junior buyer working in the procurement team on ingredients such as sugar, glucose and starches and gradually moving into other items such tomatoes and peanuts. After a brief spell working in Nestlé’s Ice Cream supply chain division Phil moved into the buying team responsible for Cereal Partners UK (CPUK) - a joint venture Nestle operates with General Mills looking after raw and packing materials.
After a spell of working in the CPUK factories and then managing Nestle UK packaging buying Phil then moved to Switzerland to become Purchasing Manager for Cereal Partners Worldwide. In 2009 he started his current role as Procurement Director for Nestle Purina Petcare EMENA ( NPPE) who are also based in Switzerland. NPPE have 14 factories in the EMENA region with over 5000 employees, producing high quality food for both cats and dogs.

Jean-Louis HUREL Chairman and CEO of Saria France

Since 2000, Chairman and CEO of Saria France, daughter Company of the German group Rethmann and board member of Saria International Group.
President of professional association SIFCO (Professional association of French by-products Manufacturers).
Board member of ENSCR, National Chemistry School in Rennes.
Director of Transdev Group and Chairman of the Audit Committee.
Previously, Chairman and CEO of Bidim Geosynthetics, a daughter company of the Austrian group ÖMV, specialised in geotextiles manufacturing. Before, CFO of Danish Transport Logistic Group Mahé then CEO of Mahé France. First employment : Financial Manager in Automobiles Peugeot, French Car Manufacturer.

Pascale HEBEL Head of the consumer and business sector at CRÉDOC

Specialist in the analysis of the consumer society and its anticipation. She is currently developing a tool for reading lifestyle evolutions based on generational marketing and proven in many sectors (automobile, high consumption, etc.). She intervenes in many general meetings, Executive Committee... to present all the Faires knowledge of CREDOC.
She began her career at INRA, then was senior consultant "models and analyses" at AC Nielsen. She then led the marketing and consumption Division at the BIPE until 2004. Author of "food habits and consumption in France", TEC & doc, 2012, and "the revolt of the sheep: the consumer takes power", Edition otherwise, 2013. She is a Knight of the national order of merit, an officer of agricultural merit and a member of the Academy of agriculture. She is an engineer in agronomy  (AgroParisTech, INA-PG 85) and she has a PhD in applied mathematics.

Dirk Dobbelaere Agricultural Engineer

Dirk Dobbelaere grew up on a pig farm near Ghent in Belgium.
He studied Agricultural Engineer in Ghent and obtained a degree in Marketing as well.
After having worked in the Danish food industry and a Belgian slaughterhouse, he arrived in the world of lobbying in Brussels in the late nineties.
Dirk was appointed Secretary General of EFPRA in 2000.
Besides EFPRA, Dirk is also the Head of the European Meat Manufacturing industry Association and of the European Blood Products Industry Association.

Sjors Beerendonk President of EFPRA

Sjors Beerendonk holds a law degree from Tilburg University and post university education in marketing and sustainability from the Erasmus University in Rotterdam. After having served in various industries, he joined the rendering industry 20 years ago and is a seasoned manager in various aspects of this business.
He is a member of the management committee of the Darling Ingredients International Division. He serves on several industry boards and since 2018 is the acting chairman of the European Renderers’ Association (EFPRA) which is based in Brussels.

René Laporte Agronomist, Zootechnician, Economist

My professional background: I am an agronomist, zoological technician and economist who spent the majority of my career running trade federations in the meat and livestock industry. I then worked as a consultant on the international trade in animal products, with a special focus on animal wellbeing during transport and slaughtering. I co-authored a book with Pascal Mainsant, La viande voit rouge (Meat Sees Red) published in 2012 by Fayard, in which we responded to the criticisms meat and livestock-rearing had faced over the previous decade or so. I am a member of the French Meat Academy, a body that works to highlight the expertise of meat industry professions and meat quality.

Dirk Sindermann GEA Westfalia Head of Process Technology – Renewables

Dirk Sindermann has studied Mechanical Engineering and Business Administration in Germany and in the UK. In 1997 he joined the German based GEA Group to support the world-wide sales organization for mechanical separation as Product Manager for animal by-products processing. Since 2015 he has been responsible for the department Process Technology - Renewable Resources at GEA. Beside Animal By-products this department is developing processes for oils and fats recovery and refining, biofuels, starch and vegetable proteins and industrial biotechnology. As an example for circular bio economies some extensive work in the field of insect processing for food and feed has been carried out to help developing this new industry.
The potential of insects as an alternative source for protein has called the interest of many start-ups, established players, investors and suppliers. While insects did play a minor role in Western cultures, many people around the world are considering insects as part of their regular diet. A growing world population and an ongoing debate about a potential protein gap have made many organizations considering insects as additional source for protein. While often discussing potential food applications the authorization of insect protein for aquaculture feed which has been effective in the EU since 1st July 2017 has boosted the demand for technical solutions for feed. Many process steps which are required to recovery high value protein meals and fats for food and feed can be adopted from existing machinery and process technology. Co-operations with universities and institutes, test work in labs and pilot plants in Germany and in the Netherlands and first reference installations are proofing the concept.