Early RMTC sign up is brisk

Dwight Roberts President/CEO USRPA

Dwight Roberts President/CEO USRPA

Rice Market & Technology Convention goes to Cancun, Mexico!

Building on the success of last year’s big event in San Jose, Costa Rica, the 2015 Rice Market & Technology Convention (RMTC 2015) is heading to Mexico, the largest rice-importing country in the Western Hemisphere.

The following well known companies and entities have already confirmed registration: Saman (Uruguay), Arrocera Los Corrales (Guatemala), BAPROSA (Honduras), Riceland Foods, Inc. (USA), Poinsett Rice (USA), Arrocera San Francisco (El Salvador), Dos Hermanos (Argentina), Swiss Agri Trading SA (Switzerland), SUNCUE Co Ltd. (Taiwan), Skf Boiler & Driers (India), VA Intertrading (Argentina), ABIA ARROZ (Brazil), INDUARROZ (Colombia), Central American Rice Federation (FECCAROZ), EURICOM SPA (Italy), Industrias Zaccaria S/A (Brazil), Buhler Sortex, Inc. (USA), Satake USA, Inc. (USA), Rice Council of Mexico (Mexico), SINAMCO Trading, Inc. (USA), Farmers Storage (USA) and SELETRON (Brazil).

An all-star line up of speakers is guaranteed for this year’s program. The ability to network with a variety of rice businesses from throughout the region is of equal importance to all participants as last year’s attendees told us.

Presentation topics include the world market growth of specialty rice, how Uruguayan rice gained such a prestigious reputation in world markets and what the Trans Pacific Partnership will mean to the Western Hemisphere rice trade. Other topics to be addressed are whether consumers are ready for genetically modified rice, new trends for drying rice, useful tips for improving rice milling profits and new seed technology developments for farmers and millers.

Additional remarks will center on world market supply/demand numbers; a look at rice consumption patterns in Brazil, the largest rice-consuming country in the Western Hemisphere; and the outlook for oil prices and the effect on rice farmers, millers, buyers/sellers and more!

Milling School Scheduled

We are excited to have for the first time at this year’s Rice Market & Technology Convention, the addition of a unique rice milling school hosted by Applied Milling Systems and Super Brix S.A., organized and conducted by Norris Bond and his colleagues. The two-day workshop will focus on complete rice processing solutions.

Mr. Bond, a mechanical engineer known worldwide, has designed training courses and lectured around the world. This workshop provides a great opportunity for all rice mill owners, managers and personnel.

Subject material will include an introduction that rice milling is not about rice – its about money, why the miller must be involved in cultivation and harvest, drying, uniform kernel moisture content/glass transition, storage: its all about uniformity of kernel size and strength, husking and paddy separation: two operations, one process, bran removal – make it match the market; and optical sorting: what technology really makes a difference.

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Other topics on tap are production of value-added products: flour milling and extrusion; utilization of by-products: compete with your partners; managing the modern rice mill: watch the side streams, control costs; basics of mill design layout and plenty of time for questions, answers and general discussion.

The Moon Palace Golf & Spa Resort in Cancun, Mexico, is a great location. Delegates and guests will enjoy an all inclusive package and rate to take advantage of all the resort’s amenities.

Please visit www.ricemtconvention.com.