With almost 130 delegates from across Germany and Europe, the Brazilian Non GM Soy event held in Münster Germany earlier this month has been hailed as a great success by the organisers, with a number of positive outcomes including the availability of increased volumes and several new players emerging among Non-GMO suppliers of soybean material for the European market.
Delegates came from across the food and feed industry in Germany, Serbia, Switzerland and Norway and in particular five of the major retailers in Germany: REWE Group, EDEKA, ALDI, Lidl, Kaufland participated. This in particular demonstrated that non GMO is a top agenda issue for European consumers.
At the supply end of the chain – ADM and Louis-Dreyfus were sponsors and Cargill sent a number of delegates. ADM Brazil created a container-based platform for Non-GMO beans one year ago. Sustainable Non-GMO soy meal certified under ProTerra will be available from Luxembourg-domiciled SODRUGESTVO, crushed in Kaliningrad through Baltic Sea Transport.
Freight rates for container shipment from Brazil have also just dropped again. Maersk, the largest container line worldwide, was a sponsor of the event. Maersk considers agricultural and Non-GMO business the biggest growth factor out of Brazil at present.
It was clear that at this event that, despite concerns in the marketplace, Brazilian suppliers on Non-GMO will satisfy the needs of the European marketplace and deliver both in volumes and in terms of Non-GMO purity of raw material for compliance with EU labelling regulations.