From August 29 to 31, 2016, the Emsland Group held its sixth international symposium in Emlichheim (workshops) and Ootmarsum (lectures). Every two years, the corporate group invites all its globally operating agencies to come speak about current trends and the latest developments. In addition to European representatives from France, the UK and Spain, agents from Thailand, China and South Korea as well as representatives from both North and South America attended. The agencies primarily distribute the products made in Emlichheim to the food industry, but also for technical applications such as adhesives, textiles, paper and construction additives, with the product categories of pet food and environmental technology increasingly gaining in importance.
Each morning in the Dutch-town of Ootmarsum, Emsland Group employees from Marketing and Sales, Research and Development as well as Production entertained the guests with expert information.
After lunch, guests were transferred by bus to Emlichheim where the Emsland Group is headquartered. With a total of seven production sites in Germany, the Group is not only Germany's largest producer of potato starch, but also a world leader in the production of refined starch products, proteins, fibres, potato flakes and potato granules.
In the new innovation center in Emlichheim, the "Innovation Emsland Germany”, around 140 participants were able to gather a comprehensive picture of the latest developments coming from Emsland, thereby strengthening their theoretical knowledge through practical workshops. This year's symposium focused on the category snacks, cheese and confectionery applications as well as the technical category applications in adhesives and construction additives.
An additional on-site highlight was provided by the Bamberg-based company AMIDORI Food Company GmbH, which distributes vegan and vegetarian food based purely on vegetable proteins. In collaboration with the Emsland Group, pea-based vegetable proteins were developed, resulting in the production of different end products such as vegetarian poultry dishes, gyros, goulash, kebab and cutlets. Based out of a modern food truck, a professional street food team served innovative meat alternatives to the agencies as well as other invited guests.
During the evening, participants headed back to the “Parkhotel de Wiemsel” in Ootmarsum for an evening meal/barbecue together. The eventful days were concluded in a convivial environment with the sharing of private and professional news.
The Emsland Group thanks all participants who attended as well as all parties involved for the smooth organization.