iftc 2022

Utrecht, The Netherlands

Organized by Wageningen University and the VICTAM Foundation


We are glad to announce that the keynote speakers for the second and third themes have secured their support. The speakers and their subjects are as follows:


1. Keynote on New technologies for future solutions: to bridge the food-feed axis.

Volker Heinz, PhD, CEO German Institute of Food Technology (DIL), Germany

"The formation and stabilization of specific Structure and Functionality characteristics is essential in food and feed processing".

Often chemical, physical or biological interventions are need to convert raw materials into value added products for the purpose to improve nutritional aspects, safety or storage stability. This presentation will review a number of hovel technologies that emerged in the last years in the food processing sector but still are uncommon in feed production. The focus will be on physical treatments like high pressure, pulsed electric fields, shock waves, extrusion and ohmic heating. Also sustainability aspects will be addressed.


2. Keynotes on valorization of raw materials by technology

Birger Svihus, PhD, Professor Nutrition & Feed technology, Norwegian University of Life Sciences, Norway

‘’Redefining the grinding and pelleting process for an optimized micro- and macrostructure of broiler diets’’

The structure of the poultry diets is a major concern, since it affects both technical and nutritional properties. In pelleted diets, the macrostructure can be defined as the diameter and length of the pellets, plus the amount of and particle distribution of the fraction of pellets that disintegrate between production and feeding. These properties will mainly have an effect on feed intake. The microstructure on the other hand, defines the particle distribution of the particles which the pellet consist of, and is determined by dissolving the pellet in water followed by wet sieving. A sufficiently coarse microstructure is important for gizzard function and thus digestive tract functionality, particularly when diets with a low level of coarse fibre is fed. A delicate interaction exists between macro- and microstructure, complicating optimalisation. However, a coarser grinding, changes to processing conditions and a larger pellet diameter and length may offer opportunities.


Ruurd Zijlstra, PhD, Professor Swine & Carbohydrate Nutrition at the University of Alberta, Canada

"Ingredient fractionation: the worth of sum of parts versus the whole for animal nutrition"

Plant seed including cereal grains, pulse grains and oilseeds can be simply ground and included as ingredients in animal feeds. In contrast, these ingredients can be fractionated into unique fractions that are targeted to specific markets segments within or outside the feed industry. High-value, nutrient-dense fractions enriched, for example, in starch, protein or fat can be targeted to animals with high nutritional demands. Furthermore, high value fractions might be targeted to human food or biofuel production; consequently, fractions enriched in fiber might be targeted toward the feed industry. Therefore, ingredient fractionation can generate added value to locally-produced crops and thereby create opportunities for the production of unique fractions for feed application.


3. Keynote on feed additives and premixes

Mia Eeckhout, PhD, Professor Feed technology at Ghent University, Belgium

"Technology with respect to pre-mixtures/additives/bio-active substances"

With the prospect of increasing global consumption of animal products, there is also an increased demand for animal feed. Today's feed must meet several conditions, including providing the necessary nutrients, ensuring good feed efficiency with maximum output while limiting input and not at least, minimizing the global footprint and pursuing the sustainability goals. Decades of research in animal nutrition proved the need for feed additives and premixes to supplement important nutrients or play a role in optimizing the bioavailability and digestibility of feed materials and thus to be of indispensable value to the livestock sector. Feed additives and premixes are more than ever important and challenged by the growing animal based food consumption.

Research Abstracts

  • Submit your abstract for iftc 2022
The IFTC is looking for research Abstracts. Submissions to be made by March 15, 2022. Click here for an IFTC-Abstract-example
Please submit your Abstract to Thomas.vanderpoel@wur.nl
Comments on the submitted abstracts will be send to you on 19 or 20 March 2022 to ask for your feedback/revised version before April 4th 2022.
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The 2nd edition of the IFTC conference will be held during VICTAM International 2022. The IFTC conference will take place May 31 and in the moring of June 1. You will have the opportunity to listen to presentations of some of the top speakers within the industry. For any questions or information, please e-mail info@iftc.onlinePlease note that the registration is part of VICTAM International 2022 and you that will be re-directed to their registration system. Entrance to the exhibition is free of charge. A fee will be charged for the conference.

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Themes of the 2nd IFTC

For the themes of the Congress, the Scientific Committee especially likes to add the pet- and aqua-food to the IFTC program since feed technology provides additional value (and expenses) for these two industries; the Committee also likes to learn from neighboring technologies in e.g. the food industries.


The themes for the 2nd IFTC are:

1. New technologies

New ones with or without a typical link to the animal feed industry or certain ingredients of animal species. We need scientifically to learn from all kinds of technologies e.g. from the food sector, from the sensor technology, pet food technology, etc. .


2. Effects of processing on (anti)nutrients, nutrient digestibility, feeding value

We could focus on the well-known undesired substances/nutrients (how to improve feeding value) but also aspects of physical properties: feed structure, mouth feel, texture, etc. Moreover, the impact on in vivo nutrient digestion and the function of the digestive tract is of interest.

Aspects of sustainability, green technology are welcome but they are results of the previous mentioned subjects and no objectives as such.


3. Technology with respect to pre-mixtures/additives/bio-active substances

Especially spraying techniques, coating techniques for mash/pellets (representing also a large industry) is a promising subject for the IFT Conference. Both the preparation of the pre-mixtures and additives and their usage in the feed mill are important for the final feed quality.

Around September 2021 further announcements on the organization of the submission of contributions for the 2nd IFTC will come; please share this information and save the dates with your contacts or any person who might be interested in attending the conference and presenting their paper or poster.




Advisory and scientific committeesAdvisory and scientific committees

Advisory Committee:
- Prof. Dr. W.H. Hendriks (Wageningen University)
- Prof. L.A. den Hartog (Victam Foundation)

                              Scientific Committee:
- Dr M. Abdollahi (Palmerston North, New Zealand)
- Dr H. Cheng (Beijing, China)
- Prof. dr. R. Zijlstra (Edmonton, Canada) 
- Prof. dr M. Eeckhout (Genth, Belgium) 
- Dr. D. Miladinovic (Ås, Norway)
- Dr A.F.B. van der Poel (Wageningen, the Netherlands)


Practical Information


The IFTC 2022 will be held at the Jaarbeurs in Utrecht, The Netherlands.

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Registration Fees

The fee for the IFTC  is Euro 350,- (excl. VAT). This fee includes admission for the exhibition and lunch and a network reception at May 31.


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Student fees

The fee for students is Euro 50,- (excl VAT). To apply for this discount, students have to send an email with a copy of their student pass to info@iftc.online. After this a voucher will be send which can be used during the registration process.

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Visa Information

If you are traveling to our event from a country whose citizens require a visa for the Netherlands, we would like to stress the fact that you need to start your visa application on time in order to avoid disappointments.

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