The eighth international symposium had originally been planned for 2020, but the COVID-19 pandemic forced a postponement of our mandatory meeting with our globally active subsidiaries, agencies, and distributors to this year. However, the more than 100 participants were all the happier about the reunion.
While many colleagues have been distributing Emsland Group products in their region for decades, for some guests it was their first visit to the Group’s symposium.
This year, the guests gathered in Lattrop, the Netherlands, at Landgoed de Holtweijde, for three days of exchanges during many interesting presentations and workshops.
The topics were multilayered: from strategic objectives to investments at the individual locations, and from current developments prompted by outside influences to new developments in the individual product groups in the food sector and in technical applications, a lot of new input was presented and clearly illustrated in workshops.
A new addition were the panel discussions that were held with some of the agencies which had come to the symposium and participants from the Emsland Group – for example, around plant-based foods and how the current crises are affecting the respective markets.
The agency representatives were then bused to the main plant in Emlichheim, where the colleagues from the Research and Development department of the Emsland Group had prepared various workshops; here, product developments could be shown and discussed directly at the plants. In the food sector, corresponding workshops were offered on topics and product solutions for meat and dairy alternatives, confectionery, dextrins, and also Emwaxy® and mung bean starches. Regarding the technical applications, the focus lay on building additives and adhesives—this in direct connection with the new WalTraut plant (roller drying plant with autoclave).
It was not only the information events, however, that invited people to swap experiences; the evening events also provided plenty of opportunity for exciting conversations, whether at the joint dinner on the first evening or at the delicious barbecue on the second.
All in all, the eighth international symposium was a resounding success—both for the organizers of the Emsland Group and for the numerous participants, who headed home with a lot of valuable information picked up over the three days.