The first international conference of the Latin American rendering association, La Asociación Latino Americana de Plantas de Rendimiento (ALAPRE), was held in San Jose, Costa Rica, in late March. The forum was attended by 78 delegates from 17 countries, with supporters from 39 companies and five presidents of Latin American in-country rendering associations, including Argentina, Brazil, Mexico, and Colombia. Companies from the United States included Anco Eaglin, The Dupps Company, Kemin Industries, Valley Proteins, and the National Renderers Association (NRA).
The inaugural meeting was formally opened by ALAPRE President Dr. Sergio Nates, who welcomed all to Costa Rica and expressed gratitude to the country’s government for hosting the association’s first conference. Nates reminded conference attendees that the rendering industry is one of the utmost sustainable industries and urged governments to promote regional approaches for broadening domestic markets and facilitating the expansion of trade in animal proteins and fats by curtailing administrative, statutory, and structural bottlenecks. He encouraged conference attendees to make decisions and recommendations that would clearly reflect a commitment to effectively and collectively work for the economic development of the rendering industry not only in Latin America but also worldwide.
Vicente Materia, owner of Materia Oleochemicals, next provided a brief overview of animal production in Argentina, including livestock production, government policy, and the pressure on exports/imports from the Argentinean peso exchange rates. He also highlighted the industry crisis where the number of cattle produced is down by four million, which represents 15 percent of the industry. Materia pointed out that JBS S.A. reduced its meat packing operations from six in 2011 to only one in 2012 and Cargill Meat Solutions is no longer running its Finexcor SRL operation.
Alex Ferreira, representing the two Brazilian rendering associations, Sindicato Nacional dos Coletores e Beneficiadores de Sub Produtos de Origem Animal, or SINCOBESP, and Associacao Brasileira de Reciclagem Animal, or ABRA, reported on the status of the rendering industry in Brazil. Total rendered product production in 2012 was 5.4 million metric tons (MMT), including 3.45 MMT of meals and 1.95 MMT of fats. He emphasized that 65 percent of rendered products are used in animal nutrition and seven percent in biodiesel production. Ferreira also stressed that the rendering associations in Brazil are playing a greater role in establishing scientifically-based international standards and codes of conduct and in disseminating objective information on potential risks and measures of protection.
Florentino Torres, general manager and owner of Scipem, gave an overview of the rendering industry in Colombia with emphasis on the number of rendering operations, livestock, and animal by-product production. The number of registered plants has reached 57 and rendered product production in 2012 was estimated to be 150,000 metric tons with 45 percent being poultry meal. He noted that in Colombia there is an opportunity to improve the collection and storage of animal by-products, and a need to improve the training of nutritionists on using animal protein meals in feed rations.
Jaime Gomez, director-general of Promotora d’Exportacions Catalanes SA, Costa Rica, emphasized that there are nine rendering plants in the country, of which three are independent. Since 2010, cattle and swine slaughter has diminished by eight percent and 18 percent, respectively, but poultry production has increased by three percent. With an increase in pet food production and the presence of the new largest aquaculture feed mill operation (BioMar Group) in Central America, Costa Rica imported about 10,000 metric tons of rendered proteins and fats in 2012. Gomez also stressed the need for ALAPRE to play a greater role in establishing scientifically-based international standards and in disseminating objective information on potential risks and measures of protection.
In his address, Fernando Mendizabal, on behalf of his son Fernando Mendizabal, president of Mexico’s rendering association, appreciated the vastness and diversity of Latin America and as such recognized the value of ALAPRE. He commended Mexico’s official standard NOM 060-1999 that regulates animal by-product production and fully supports its recommendations.
Alberto Benitez, Paraguay, explained that raising and marketing livestock has been a traditional source of livelihood in his country and remains a major segment of agriculture and the economy. He reassured attendees that government policy favors strong cattle development and exports, a view articulated in national livestock programs since the early 1960s. Paraguayan cattle production in 2012 was 1.2 million animals after reduced production and slaughter due to the 2009-2010 drought. Last year, 97 percent of total slaughter was exported with the rest consumed domestically.
The final presentation on the first day was by Ignacio Davila, owner and general manager of Mini Bruno Sucesores, CA. He stressed the need for policy to strengthen important projects within the rending industry and pointed out that an analysis of the Venezuelan livestock sector and the rendering industry are difficult because there is an absence of official data. In addition, meat prices are set and controlled by the government, which has created market distortions because of greatly lowered or eliminated profits. The domestic cattle herd inventory is uncertain, but the Venezuelan cattle federation is estimating the herd at 12.7 million head.
Several technical presentations were given on the second day of the conference. Ricardo Soto, Dressen, spoke about bacteria present in raw materials, Cesar Rabelino, The Dupps Company, addressed efficiencies in the rendering industry, and Gianni Carniglia, NRA, presented data about the needs from the pet industry in Latin America. Highlighting the rendering process, energy, and the environment was Josep Closa, Haarslev, while Carlos Bacal, Kemin, recapped the process of ingredient oxidation and how it is crucial for attaining food security. Rounding out the technical panel was Dr. Jose Barguil, Premex, discussing food safety and removal of pathogens found in raw materials and Lilia Marin, Protmagro, expressing concerns over animal by-product adulterations.
Conference presentations are at www.alapre.org.
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