OFI Technical Commercial Conference

‘Innovations in Processing & Refining – Addressing Sustainability and Contaminant Challenges in the Supply Chain’

10-11 September, Rotterdam Ahoy Convention Centre, the Netherlands

With oils and fats processors facing increasing pressure to maximise yields in the most competitive and sustainable way, this two-day conference will focus on the latest refining, and processing technologies, addressing latest industry issues on sustainability, waste feedstocks and contaminants such as MCPDEs, GEs, MOSH/MOAH, chlorinated paraffins and other persistent organic pollutants (POPs).


Chair: Kevin Warren Smith, Chairman, Lipids Group of the Society of Chemical Industry and Lipid Scientist, Fat Science Consulting

Processing and refining from the producer’s perspective and the use of waste feedstocks – the Neste experience
Sven Kuhlmann, Vice President for the Production of Renewables, Neste, Finland

Sustainable approaches to oils and fats processing and refining

Special refining of low-grade oils for food and fuel consumption
Andrea Bernardini Commercial Director, Technoilogy, Italy

Production and processing of Renewable Diesel (HVO) and Sustainable Aviation Fuel (SAF)
Priscilla Costa, Sales & Business Development Manager, Renewable Fuels, Crown Iron Works, USA

Producing biofuels from oils and fats waste – maximising oil separation

Designing bleaching earths and activated carbon – the science and art

Dr Pat Howes, Technical & Marketing Director, NATURAL BLEACH SDN BHD

Optimising filtration in the bleaching process
Bart Scholten, Group Business Development Manager, Envirogen Group, the Netherlands

Use of enzymatic solutions in oils and fats processing and the quest to improve yields.

Speciality fats - new crystallisation and separation technologies to improve melting technologies
Dr Veronique Gibon, Consultant, Artemis Lipids by VG, Belgium

The growing demand for waste feedstocks - optimising yields and energy efficiency in rendering
Björn Schlüter, Sales & Service Director, HF Press+LipidTech, Harburg-Freudenberger Maschinenbau GmbH


Ensuring the safety and quality of fried goods with focus on formation of arcylamide and trans fatty acids – latest regulations and developments
Dr. Ludger Brühl, Department of Safety and Quality of Cereals, Max Rubner-Institut (MRI), Germany

Chlorinated paraffins – the latest contaminant of concern
Dr. rer. nat. Kerstin Krätschmer, Project Leader Scientist, Wageningen Food Safety Research, the Netherlands

Latest policy update and EU regulatory limits on mineral oil hydrocarbons (MOH) (remote presentation)
Veerle Vanheusden, PhD, Policy officer - Unit E2 – Food processing and novel food, Directorate General Health and Food Safety, European Commission

MOSH/MOAH origins and mitigation in the supply chain
Speaker TBC, Cargill

MOSH/MOAH in coconut oil

Mitigation of MCPDEs, glycidyl esters (GE) and MOSH/MOAH and in edible oils – latest processing and refining strategies
Antonios Papastergiadis, Senior R&D Engineer and Laboratory Manager, Desmet

Recent developments in analysis and detection of processing and environmental contaminants in edible oils and fats including MOSH/MOAH, GEs and Persistent Organic Pollutants (POPs)
i. A. Dr. Torben Küchler, Health and Nutrition, Food Chemist / Product Manager, SGS Germany

Analytical perspective of MCPD esters and Glycidyl esters in processed food

Ian de Bus, PhD, Project Lead Organic Contaminants, Wageningen Food Safety Research (WFSR)