Masterclass Operations 8-9 March 2018


Digitalized Operations, Valorised Streams

The IFFI Masterclass Operations is dedicated to digital factories, transparent logistics and valorised side streams. In this Masterclass we touch on the latest developments and technologies adding value to the operations of food ingredients producers. How to turn (un)structured data of a production line into valuable management information? In which way do we need to anticipate to the digitalization of our logistics? And what is the impact on further diversification of the product assortments on operations?

We look forward to welcome all members and invitees who are interested in the smartification of our factories and supply chains, optimizing the efficiency and valorisation of the raw materials, side streams and final ingredients. Don’t miss the opportunity to share and develop strategic insights with colleagues from the food ingredients industry, facilitated by experts from academies and industry-leading businesses.

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Target Group

Managing directors, operational directors, plant managers, supply chain managers, logistics managers, product (group) managers, managers technology, process technologists and QA/QC professionals.


Thursday, 8 March 2018

Location Corbion, Arkelsedijk 46, 4206 AC Gorinchem, 0183 695 695
13.00 hrs Registration with lunch buffet
13.30 hrs Module 1: Applying smart data in the food industry in practice
Maurice Meijers – Axians
14.30 hrs Using data in in lactic acid manufacturing in practice
Robert Jan van der Werf – Corbion
15.30 hrs Corbion | plant tour
16.30 hrs Fingerfoods & drinks
18.30 hrs Beer tasting experience & dinner

Friday, 9 March 2018

Location Hotel Nassau, Nieuwstraat 23, 4811 WV Breda, 076 8884921
09.00 hrs Module 2: Flexible ‘beste before’ dates, extended shelflifes
Rene Haijema – Wageningen University & Research (WUR)
10.30 hrs Break
11.00 hrs Transparent supply chains, sustainable raw materials
Anneleen Veldhuizen – ChainPoint
12.30 hrs Lunch
13.30 hrs Module 3: Stream valorization of potatoes
Bart Piscaer – AVEBE
14.30 hrs Break
15.00 hrs Stream valorization of pigs
Lourens Heres – Darling Ingredients Int.
16.00 hrs Closing of official programme | drinks & snacks

Topics & Guest speakers



Module 1: Digital Factories
Maurice Meijers – Business Consultant at Axians
Robert Jan van der Werf – Manager Engineering & Technology at Corbion

“The world is in anticipation of a fourth industrial revolution. This revolution is driven by giant leaps in ICT innovation and promises to radically alter the face of industry in the coming decades. Automated production systems using advanced robotics increasingly communicate with each other on detailed aspects of production, joining up hitherto fragmented manufacturing processes. By linking all steps in the value chain, a world of possibilities opens for companies, old and new” (source: Smart Industry).

In the privacy of the IFFI network participants will be introduced to the potential of new manufacturing technologies in food. How can hardware and software become embedded phenomena in ingredients manufacturing 2.0?


Image of Rene Haijema

Transparent Logistics
Rene Haijema – Wageningen University & Research (WUR)
Anneleen Veldhuizen – Business Consultant at ChainPoint

The use of realtime data will also change the nature of food logistics in the very near future. Smart sensors to be installed on food packaging will monitor the cooling conditions of each single food product in the supply chain. And at the same time change the shelflife accordingly. Will realtime data be the ultimate solution to reduce foodwaste at consumer level?

On the other hand ICT innovation in the supply chain will make it possible to manage and share product, process and supplier information, from raw material to finished product. Food logistics will become fully transparent and food products fully traceable. How will software help companies in the food chain to improve quality and sustainability whilst reducing cost and risk?


Image of Lourens Heres Module 3: Stream Valorization
Bart Piscaer
– Product Manager at AVEBE
Lourens Heres
– Technical Support Manager Blood Products
Darling Ingredients International

Over the years the Dutch food ingredients industry has proven to be able to process and refine raw materials into all kinds of ingredients with different functionalities. Raw materials and side streams have been fully differentiated into wide product assortments allowing each single ingredient to be marketed at an optimal value. However, the downturn effect of differentiation will be an increased complexity in operations implying that production costs will go up! What will be the impact of stream valorization on the production configuration of operations? AVEBE and Darling Ingredients will share their insights and experiences from a product management and development point of view.

Team activity | beer tasting experience

In the historical setting of the Sint Joris brewery, you will meet brewers and connoisseurs. After a tour in the brewery,  test glasses with beer are served for tasting and discussion. Enthusiastic brewers will teach you how to become a beer connoisseur and tell about the history of beer, the brewing process and about the influence that ingredients have on locally brewed beer. During and after the tasting session you will enjoy various courses of the dinner menu.


Corbion is the global market leader in lactic acid, lactic acid derivatives, and a leading company in emulsifiers, functional enzyme blends, minerals, vitamins and algae ingredients. The sustainable ingredient solutions are developed to improve the quality of life for people today and for future generations. For over 100 years, Corbion has been uncompromising in its commitment to safety, quality and performance, working side-by-side with customers to make cutting edge technologies work for them.

Address: Corbion, Arkelsedijk 46, 4206 AC Gorinchem

Hotel Nassau in Breda offers a one of a kind experience in a passionately restored religious historical setting. The stunning architecture combined with luxurious services and facilities, will ensure no one is invulnerable to the guilty pleasures of life. Hotel Nassau Breda is an expansive complex of various national monuments on one of Breda’s oldest streets. It will lead you into temptation but has nothing to confess.

Address: Hotel Nassau , Nieuwstraat 23, 4811 WV Breda

Registration and accommodation

The IFFI Masterclass programme includes dinner and drinks and excludes eventual accommodation costs. Participation costs for non-members are € 950,– excluding VAT. Participation costs for IFFI colleagues are covered by the membership fee. However, for cancellation of participation after 1st of March we will charge you € 300,–. IFFI can arrange a hotel room for you at Hotel Nassau, superior rooms including breakfast will cost € 149,00 incl. breakfast, excl. city tax ).

Please use the online registration forms below to register for one or both days and to request a hotel room. Please note that in case of hotel cancellations later than 7 days in advance of your stay, we are forced to charge you 100%.

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