The Detmold Starch Convention is an international conference of the Association of Cereal Research – in cooperation with the Max Rubner Institute, Detmold, and has been operational for more than 60 years.

On the 4th and 5th April approximately 200 participants from home and abroad can learn from 1 ¬Ĺ days of presentations on technical applications, starch structures and their characteristics as well as fundamentals (sometimes in parallel sessions). The Starch Convention accompanies an exhibition of machinery and products.

The conference draws representatives from the starch industry and the machinery / equipment manufacturing sector as well as research and consulting.

Continuing its policy of close cooperation with industry-leading organisations, TTC has once again accepted their kind invitation to address this year’s Convention. Dr Michael Radeloff and Denbigh Lloyd will address the issue of Meeting changing consumer demands in non-food products – the implications for the starch industry and its product development.

In the context of changing consumer trends, the paper will look at issues of biodegradability and the subject of demonstrably sustainable production. It will also cover a range of topics Рfor example the impact of changing demand for packaging materials and the effect of food contact packaging legislation; and in technical terms the direction of future product development activity and how this will require changes of approach within the starch industry, together with focussed examples in non-food applications of starch as an increasingly important renewable raw material.  Replacement of petrochemical based products in different industries such as plastics, chemicals and construction materials will also be discussed.

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