Business Analysis, Egg Processing Discussions Drew IEC Event to Close

AUSTRIA - IEC Business Conference Vienna 2014 came a close on Tuesday, as the conference sessions focussed delegates’ attention on business analysis and egg processing.
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Danielle Cagan, European Lead Buyer for Nestlé

Nan-Dirk Mulder from Rabobank

Professor Hans-Wilhelm Windhorst, Emeritus Professor of Food Marketing

Danielle Cagan, European Lead Buyer for Nestlé, addressed IEC delegates during the Egg Processing session; she provided delegates with thought provoking insights from the world’s largest food processor and manufacturer. Nestlé employs 333,000 people worldwide; it has 461 factories in 83 countries and a revenue of 93 billion Swiss Francs. Eggs, and egg products in particular, play a significant role in Nestlé’s product offering.

Ms Cagan spoke in detail about supply chain integrity and the importance of transparency and traceability to create and maintain consumer trust. Ms Cagan stressed to the IEC the need for her suppliers to demonstrate excellent control of their product supply, both in terms of production levels and price.

She spoke about Nestle Supplier Code which rules all Nestlé business relationship with suppliers and focuses on Business Integrity, Sustainability, Labor Standards, Safety and Health, Environment, Direct engagement with farmers. She also outlined the company’s expectations towards egg products in Europe, explaining the need to demonstrate financial robustness, production capabilities and technology levels, as well as having the necessary quality and safety measures in place.

Following Danielle Cagan’s presentation, Emeritus Professor of Food Marketing, Professor David Hughes, led another insightful question and answer session, during which the two discussed the changes that have taken place in supply chain management during the past year. Ms Cagan explained that, where possible, supply chains are now being shortened and strengthened, as part of the ongoing effort to provide greater traceability, and ultimately greater transparency to consumers.

IEC delegates also heard from IEC Statistical Analyst, Professor Hans-Wilhelm Windhorst, as he presented his latest statistical report: Patterns of European egg production and egg trade after the banning of conventional cages in the EU. This is an in-depth study which analyses data provided by the FAO and shows egg production by region, country and global market share – following Professor Windhorst’s presentation, every IEC member received a copy of his publication.

Nan-Dirk Mulder, from Rabobank was the closing speaker in Vienna; he shared his insights into the feed market and how it impacts on the egg industry, drawing on examples from Ukraine in particular.

IEC Business Conference Vienna 2014 proved to be a highly informative, insightful conference. It brought together a mix of the industry’s leading decision makers and industry experts as they addressed the issues that impact on their businesses.

The next IEC conference is being held in Bangkok, Thailand, from 7 to 11 September.

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