Dear Colleagues,

You certainly noted that sustainability is an increasing trend in the oils & fats market worldwide. Of course, we talk a lot about sustainable palm oil in the EU which is largely adopting a certified supply chain. But sustainability is not limited to the palm or soybean sourcing, and this trend is expanding outside of European borders. A strong social, environmental and health and nutrition awareness is rising in consumers’ minds all around the world. Consequently, new sourcing, technologies, supply chain, certification system, labeling and claims are spreading rapidly, hence creating new business models.

Surprisingly, international congresses are granting at best one session about sustainability. We, at FAT & Associés, have decided to organize an international event in order to gather all industrial and institutional actors, and also decision’ markers, around the last disruptive actions surrounding sustainability. The 2nd Sustainable Oils & Fats International Congress (SOFIC2018) will take place on the 29th and 30th of March 2018 in Paris, France.

You are engaged in the sustainability trend, or you would like to understand how far this phenomenon is expanding: join us and share your experience within the community!

F&A Congress team

Thanks to our sponsors

Ynsect          Fermentalg


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      Benjamin ARMENJON

      Benjamin ARMENJON leads B2B sales and marketing activities for Ynsect, a leading company farming insects to make high quality, premium natural ingredients for aquaculture, human food and pet nutrition. Before joining Ynsect in 2014, Benjamin held various R&D, production, quality and sales positions in companies such as Diana and Kemin Nutrisurance. Benjamin has a PhD in food sciences.

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      Constantin BERTOLI

      Constantin BERTOLI studied food science and engineering at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich, Switzerland. He holds a PhD in food science from the same school. After a post doctorate he joined Nestlé Research in 1991. He has been working for 25 years in several positions always focused on lipids. Currently, he is working at Nestlé Research in Konolfingen, Switzerland where he is responsible for the ingredient group lipids used by the whole Nestlé group.

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      Ursula BITTNER

      Ursula BITTNER is Secretary General of the Austrian Soya Association and the Donau Soja Association Since 2011. She holds a degree in International Development from the University of Vienna with specialization in agriculture, European agriculture policy and food sovereignty. Furthermore, she holds a MBA degree in general management of the California Lutheran University, US. Bittner advocates a sustainable, regional and GM-free protein supply in Europe and a healthy and plant-based diet.

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      Jean-Luc DUBOIS

      Jean-Luc DUBOIS is Scientific Director at Arkema. He is in charge of Corporate R&D linked with Catalysis, Processes and Renewable resources. He supervises long-term projects in these areas and builds relationships with academic partners and companies for collaborative research. He is the author of more than 100 publications and 130 patent applications. Arkema operates 5 plants in the world using renewable resources for the production of technical products.

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      Hywel GRIFFITHS

      Hywel GRIFFITHS has spent over a decade developing products from algae, specializing in the production of algal biomass through fermentation, and the extraction of interesting molecules. Initially trained as a microbiologist at the University of Cambridge, he has worked in many countries around the world and first became involved with algae and omega-3 oils in New Zealand, where he was Chief Scientist at Photonz. He is now Directeur Scientifique at Fermentalg, a French company developing several products from algae, amongst which are high quality DHA-rich oils

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      Luís KLUWE de AGUIAR

      Luís KLUWE de AGUIAR is Senior Lecturer of Marketing and Sustainability at Harper Adams University, UK. Luís has an MSc (City) Food Policy, MSc (London) Agricultural Economics, BSc (Hons) in Agronomy (UFRGS). Luís has extensive professional experience working for private agribusiness companies, government and giving training and consultancy for international organisations. Luís has lectured in the UK (Royal Agricultural University), China (Shandong Agricultural University and Beijing Agricultural University), France (Grenoble École de Management, LaSalle Beauvais, and Brazil).

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      Herbert LUST

      Herbert LUST is the Vice President Global Public Partnerships and Managing Director in Europe for Conservation International since September 2015. In this position he leads lobbying and corporate relations in Europe and public fundraising globally for the organization. Prior to this role, he was the Director of Strategy Integration for Boeing’s Global Corporate Citizenship programmes, and managed a portfolio of projects in environment and sustainable biofuels.

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      Jean MASSIANI

      Jean MASSIANI is developing Econometrics models and forecasts of commodity prices and crop competitiveness at FAT & Associés. Completing a double graduate program at the Toulouse School of Economics (under the supervision of Jean Tirole, recipient of 2014 Nobel Prize of Science in Economics), he first worked for the French Ministry of Ecology analyzing intermodal competition in transportation.

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      Aline Mosnier

      Aline MOSNIER is a researcher at the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis. Her main topic of research is the assessment of potential direct and indirect impact of policies on agriculture, forestry and the environment. She has a PhD in agricultural economics from the University of Life Sciences of Vienna and a master degree in development economics from the Center for Studies and Research on International Development (CERDI)

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      Katarina NILSSON

      Katarina NILSSON is a senior consultant on RISE -Research Institutes of Sweden in the section Sustainable Food Systems. For ten years she has helped the food industry (mainly in Sweden but also in Europe) toward sustainable product solutions and environmental sound productions. One key subject for her is environmental foot-printing of vegetable oils and fat products based a holistic perspective.

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      Anne ROSSIGNOL CASTERA has a recognized expertise in vegetable oils and antioxidants. After a career of 23 years in Applied Research, she decided in 2010 to create OLEOS SAS on the basis of a patented oleo-eco-extraction technology to propose innovative oily actives for cosmetic and nutraceutical industries. She was 1st national award 2011 of Talents of innovative Start-up.

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      Chris SAYNER

      Chris SAYNER has 37 years in the Home & Personal Care industry having worked for Croda in a number of sales & marketing roles. Chris is board member of the Personal Care Products Council. In May 2016 Chris moved to the position of VP, Customer Alliances, and Corporate Sustainability engaging in all aspects of sustainability with customers across all industry sectors, as well as NGOs and industry bodies.

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      Norbert SCHMITZ

      Norbert SCHMITZ is Managing Director of ISCC System GmbH SINCE 2010. Today, ISCC is a globally leading certification scheme with system users in 100 countries. 3,500 companies are using ISCC to proof sustainability along supply chains – from agricultural production, trade and conversion to the consumer markets. ISCC covers agricultural, forestry and alternative feedstocks and products for various markets, including bioenergy and chemical/ technical applications.

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      Fabrice TURON

      Fabrice TURON has over 15 years’ experience in the oils & fats. He began his career with Danone group in the formulation department. Later at Bertin, he managed the lipid products portfolio development. As oil trait lead for Syngenta Seeds Company, he investigated various quality oil projects and he assembled a strategic output trait portfolio for oilseeds. Since 2010, he is leading the Research activities at FAT & Associés, a specialized consultancy for the lipids, oils and fats industry.

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      Alberto A. VILLELA

      Alberto A. VILLELA works as a Researcher at the International Global Change Institute (IVIG/UFRJ). His main topics of research are sustainable bioenergy paths, GHG emission inventories and carbon emissions from land use change. Mr. Villela graduated in Electrical Engineering from the Pontifical Catholic University of Rio de Janeiro in 1984 and obtained a PhD in Energy Planning at Federal University of Rio de Janeiro in 2014.

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      Stefano VOLPI

      Stefano VOLPI is Co-Founder and CEO for CONNECTING FOOD, the first French FoodTech start-up providing continual digital auditing of food along the supply chain in real-time. Stefano has over 25 years’ experience in the food industry at Nestlé, Danone and Sara Lee and at Avril where he gained valuable insights about issues food manufacturers and retailers face in providing proof that everyday productions are in line with consumer expectations.

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      Mark WONG

      Mark WONG is the head of downstream sustainability for Sime Darby Plantation Berhad. In previous roles, Mark led the development of the Sime Darby Group’s annual sustainability reports, established targeted stakeholder engagement programs on sustainability issues, helped define sustainability strategy, and managed the Group’s climate change agenda. An Environmental Engineer by profession, Mark was previously an Associate Director with PricewaterhouseCoopers’ Sustainability and Climate Change practice.

Attending Companies

• International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis • Donau Soja

• Conservation International • Imace

• International Global Change Institute

• Elica-Elevator • Astra Bioplant

• Mara Renewables

• Indutrade Colombia

• Industrial Investments Co • United Oil Processing and Packaging

• Arkema • Connecting Food • Laboratoires Expanscience • FAT & Associés • Fermentalg • Filhet-Allard Maritime • Ineos-Champlor • Metabolic Explorer • Monsanto • NextAlim • Oléos • OLVEA Fish Oils • SEPPIC • Ynsect

• Daabon Europa • ISCC

• Baspalm Ventures

• Oil Palm Plantation Fund Management Agency

• Barilla

• Bountiful Foods

• Sime Darby Berhad

• Marvesa Oils & Fats • MVO – The Netherlands Oils and Fats Industry • Rabobank

• Olam International

• Research Institutes of Sweden

• DowDupont • Nestlé • Nutriswiss

• Monsanto

United Kingdom
• Croda International • Europa Crown • Harper Adams University

• Agrarian Resources Capital Corp


Thursday, March 29th

8:45-9:45 Registration

9:45-10:00 Welcome and Congress Introduction

Session 1 – Sourcing and Production Sustainable Oils & Fats

Thinking sustainable landscape at the basis: Examples from Brazil and Liberia
Herbert Lust (Conservation International, Belgium)

Meeting market expectations on sustainability: a palm producer’s perspective
Mark Wong (Sime Darby Berhad, Malaysia)

Impacts of zero-deforestation commitments in Indonesia: a modelling approach
Aline Mosnier (International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis, Austria)

Mealworm – Traceable and Non-GMO Ingredients for Food and Feed Industries
Benjamin Armenjon (Ynsect, France)

Cutting out the middle man: Fish oils without the fish
Hywel Griffiths (Fermentalg, France)

12:00-14:00 Lunch

Session 2 – Creating, Maintaining, Controling Sustainable Supply Chain

Practical solutions for fully traceable and deforestation-free supply chain
Norbert Schmitz (ISCC, Germany)

How digital revolution can make food great again!
Stefano Volpi (Connecting Food, France)

Developing soy protein for Europe as part of a European protein strategy
Ursula Bittner (Donau Soja, Austria)

15:00-16:00 Networking Coffee Break

Session 3 – Economy and Business Reality

EU actions plan on deforestation and related import policies
Herbert Lust (Conservation International, Belgium)

Lessons from Nutella scare
Fabrice Turon (FAT & Associés, France)

20:00-22:30 Dinner Cruise on the Seine River

Friday, March 30th

Session 4 – Demand and Uses in Food and Non Food Segments

Why 7% cap in biofuels policy already affects oilseeds and oils industry in Europe?
Fabrice Turon (FAT & Associés, France)

RENOVABIO: Brazil’s new state policy for sustainable biofuels
Alberto Villela (International Global Change Institute, Brazil)

Working at the Intersection of Oil Functionalities and Sustainability in Food
Constantin Bertoli (Nestlé, Switzerland)

10:00-11:00 Networking Coffee Break

Environmental impact of consumption of oils and fat in a national perspective
Katarina Nilsson (RISE, Sweden)

An innovative approach for performant and sustainable cosmetic oily actives: the oleo-eco-extraction
Anne Rossignol Castéra (Oleos, France)

Results from the EU project COSMOS
Jean Luc Dubois (Arkema, France)

12:00-14:00 Lunch

Session 5 – Consumers’ Perception, Raising Awareness Among the Value Chain

Home & personal care driving sustainability
Chris Sayner (Croda International, UK)

Consumer perception of palm oil in food and nonfood products
Luis Kluwe de Aguiar (Harper Adams University, UK)

Opinion of a social network on sustainability
Jean Massiani (FAT & Associés, France)

15:30-16:00 Closing Remarks & Conclusions


The National Horticulture Society of France
84 Rue de Grenelle
Paris 7e, France

Founded in 1827, the National Horticulture Society of France (SNHF) is a well-known association which brings together the gardeners around common values such as the environment protection. Its headquarter, located in one of the most famous and luxury district of Paris downtown (The Eiffel Tower, the Hotel Matignon, the Orsay Museum …) is welcoming the 2nd Sustainable Oils & Fats International conference.