In every sector, companies are looking for innovations to address ongoing operational challenges. At best, these solutions can enhance the productivity of their employees and/or equipment. Or, as is the ultimate goal, add to the organization’s bottom line.

In the feed industry, there are two primary production tracks that require the most attention and fine-tuning: the manufacturing side and the performance of the end product. Many variables influence the strategies utilized to ensure quality -- yet one area cannot achieve the organization's overarching goals without the success of the other.

While assembling the program for the 6th edition of the Feed Ingredient and Additives (FIAAP) Conference, I’ve kept this notion of servicing the “total" feed production system in mind. And, with the help of four judges, I’m proud to announce that the technical portion of the FIAAP Conference has been finalized. If you are interested in viewing the full event schedule and the list of presenters, please visit

For those who may have missed the announcement, here’s a little information to give this blog some context: Beginning in 2015, WATT Global Media and Feed International magazine have assumed the organization of the FIAAP Conference, which is co-located with VICTAM International. The 6th edition of this one-day event will be held June 9th in Cologne, Germany.

In late 2014, we announced the FIAAP call for papers, asking feed industry stakeholders to contribute abstracts of their latest and greatest research to be considered for oral presentation at the conference.

We were very pleased with the dozens of abstracts we received; however, we had to narrow the submissions down to seven. In the end, the selected abstracts split neatly into four main topic areas: processing (2), ingredients (2), formulation (1) and, of course, additives (2).

From nutritionists to mill managers, there really is something for everyone. And, no doubt, these solutions can aid in attaining the goals I mentioned earlier.

If you would like to attend FIAAP 2015, our online event registration page is also up and running.

Hope to see you in Cologne!