We laid some foundations during the first Front Runners Forum in 2011. We strive to remain a front runner and to support our customers to be front Runners through our innovative workshops. For this, we collaborated with our distributor Sri Amman enterprises, USSEC India and Sai Smaran Foods Ltd. for our 4th BIOMIN Front Runners Forum held in Ooty, India, on 29-30 November this year.
The 4th BIOMIN Front Runners Forum focused on different species and different markets in South India. Customers were also invited to actively participate and provide feedback in the development of this concept.
On 29 November in the evening, Mr. Edward Manchester, Regional Director & Global Head of Aqua Business, welcomed the customers and introduced the speaker, followed by an entertainment program. On the next day, the technical seminar started proper with opening remarks by Mr. Manchester. He highlighted the reduction of antibiotic usage in developed and developing countries, and touched on this year’s theme: “Stay ahead by preparing for the future”.
“Protein for all – An initiative to overcome protein deficiency in the country” was the presentation title of Dr. Pawan Kumar and Dr. Yadhu Nandhan from USSEC India. They presented on protein deficiency, benefits of protein consumption, soya production trend and discussed solutions the protein issues on hand.
At her session on “The unique facilities of extraction,” Ms. Maduri Goyenka, Sai Smaran Foods Ltd., provided an overview of her company and explained their unique facilities that help maintain the quality of their soya products.
Next was Professor Keith Manchester, Paleopathology, University of Bradford, UK, who presented “Planning for the future by looking at the past”. He shared his views and experiences of how we learned from historical diseases to invent antibiotics in the past. The big challenge now is the measures we should we take to cure diseases without depending on antibiotics.
Ms. Eileen Han, Product Manager, BIOMIN, presented “BIOMIN solution in antibiotic free production – a Korean experience”. She provided an overview of solutions for antibiotic free production and gave real-life, practical examples from the South Korean experience.
Mr. Srinivas Rao, CEO of The Indian Manufacturing Academy, conducted an interactive session on “Leadership in Crisis Situation”. It was a thought-provoking session with a fun element to it. He explained the case study of a packed food company and how they rebounded after a crisis period. He also shared a useful checklist of leadership qualities during crisis situation.
A large number of delegates from the poultry industry, including 95 customers from Tamilnadu, Kerala and Karnataka gathered in Ooty for the two-day event. Customers appreciated the mountainous landscape in Ooty, and actively participated in the Front Runners Forum.
“I have attended all the Front Runners Forum organized by BIOMIN, and I appreciate the concept and found the presentation materials to be of practical use,” said Mr. Ramasamy of Sentil Hatcheries, Tamilnadu. “This is a very useful program and I personally feel it is in need now,” added Mr. Pramod of Farm India Chicken, Kerala. “This is the first time I attended this forum, and now I feel I have been missing out. I am going back with good take home messages gained from the forum,” said Mr. Vincent of Anupama feeds, Karnataka.
Mr. Sekar, CEO, Sri Amman Enterprises and Dr. Sujit Kulkarni, Managing Director, BIOMIN India gave their vote of thanks. Customers were also invited to put their autographs on the BIOMIN Front Runners Forum backdrop to commemorate their participation.