Recently, the Processing Division hosted a virtual roundtable with attendees, both industry and academic professionals, from around the world, including the USA, United Kingdom, Austria, Columbia and Canada.
The virtual annual meeting was discussed. Overall, attendees expressed a very positive experience with the chat sessions, prerecorded presentations and poster galleries as well as the value of presentations being available on-demand until the 2021 Annual Meeting & Expo in Portland, Oregon, USA.
Usha Thiyam-Hollaender, vice chair, then facilitated an open and collaborative discussion on what topics Division members would like to see on the program for 2021. Some ideas discussed included renewable fuels, processing for health promotion, a joint session with Protein & Co-Products on processing considerations co-stream to mainstream, new and emerging technologies, processing basics – current and future opportunities, new trends in hemp and cannabis oil processing, and contaminants and environmental concerns.
In the coming weeks, the final Processing Division Program will be finalized, if you are interested in getting involved with planning the session, please contact Usha.
Attendees also discussed the future of short courses and the possibility of moving these online.
Overall, it was a friendly and productive gathering of members from around the world!
To get involved, contact:
William (Bill) Younggreen, Alfa Laval Inc., USA
To participate in annual meeting technical programming, contact:
Usha Thiyam-Hollaender, University of Manitoba, Canada
To engage in upcoming networking events, contact:
Michael (Mike) Martinez, Natural Plant Products, Inc., USA