If you were one of the attendants at OVUM, the Latin American Poultry Congress, in Honduras a couple of weeks ago, I would like to say I was very happy to see you there.

OVUM was an outstanding experience. Who would have thought that we were all afraid whether people would go? But the place was packed with participants of the Latin American poultry industry. You could see smiles, hugs, kisses on the cheek (you know, the Latin way of saying hello) and many expressions of “I haven’t seen you since before the pandemic!”

OVUM surpassed my expectations. The venue was excellent − located at the Cortés Chamber of Commerce and Industries – with a nice exhibition floor, well air-conditioned and easy to go from one pavilion to the other. The conference rooms were also top notch.

One thing that attracted my attention was the way lunch was organized. Although located in the outdoors, there were a series of food trucks in a square with a variety of foods and dishes. Through the congress app, you could scan the QR code on your badge and get access to the menus and order from there. Within minutes, you could approach the food truck of your choice and lunch was ready to take and eat. Then you could go to a cooler lunch area.

I liked the participation of the industry on the exhibition floor, not only from the regular suppliers – many foreign companies such as European companies – but from the local poultry producers as well. This is the case of the multinationals CMI Alimentos and Cargill, which had very large booths.

For one afternoon, the award ceremony took place. Once again, the Latin American Poultry Hall of Fame awards were handed out. This time, two women made it, a fact that personally made me happy. Since 1997, no women were selected, so it was about time we had women for this award.

The next OVUM will take place far South, in Punta del Este, Uruguay. So, the tradition continues.

What do you think?