2nd Starch World Dubai,

27-28 Mar, 2017 - Dubai, U A E

Radisson Blu Hotel, Dubai Deira Creek

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“Tap Rising Opportunities in the Starch and Sweeteners Markets”

“Meeting of Buyers & Sellers from the Mediterranean, MidEast,

Central Asia & Caspian Regions”

The Middle East region represents the highest growth area for the food and drink industry in the world. The rapidly changing demographics in the region and the growth of consumer choices presents an exciting opportunity for  starch and sweetener, food ingredients suppliers to offer customers new and broader portfolio of products and solutions.


The region presents an attractive opportunity for destination processing. However it is faced with key challenges –

  • what is the economics of processing imported grains
  • where would it be best to locate keeping in mind logistics costs
  • where are the markets and how are they developing

In December 2016, ADM announced  new grinding capacities in the region.


We continue to see substantial opportunities for starch-based ingredients in Europe and Middle East markets, and, with these expansions, ADM will be well-positioned to meet growing customer demand across the region,” said Pierre Duprat, President, ADM Europe, Middle East and Africa.


CMT has carefully put together a panel of starch producers active in the region, consultants and process solutions providers to come together in Dubai  on the 27-28th of March and share key developments happening in the region.

Key Highlights:

  • Opportunities in Mideast starch/sweeteners and flow of grains in the region
  • Producing starch and liquid glucose from broken rice
  • Egyptian starch & sweeteners market & key expansion plans
  • New range of specialty starches for Mideast and North Africa markets
  • Requirements for starch from a food manufacturer’s perspective
  • Iranian starch market outlook
  • Valorisation of starch side streams into biodegradable plastics
  • Growing consumer interest in natural food ingredients and latest trend
  • Sugar market in the MENA region 
  • New trends in bakery ingredients

And many more


Join us in Dubai and network with key relevant starch players in the region. Contact huiyan@cmtsp.com.sg for more information.



"An eye-opener event to what starch industry is in the world."
– Amantin Agro Processing



"The event was truly needed; eventually one place that gathers the Mediterranean, Middle East and Africa starch industry."
– Novozymes



"Excellent knowledge."
– Karandikars Cashell






"It’s really good organized."
– NADEC Foods


CMT Starch World Series


CMT’s Starch World kick-started in Asia, and today has moved to the Middle East, Europe & now the Americas.  Since 2010 the series were held in Phnom Penh, Bangkok, Ho Chi Minh City, Istanbul, recently in Vienna and next Brazil. The Series brings together players from the Starch World – leaders, professionals from agro industrial crops & plantation companies, enzymes suppliers, traders & buyers of starch & starch derivatives, raw material suppliers, ethanol producers, machinery suppliers for starch processing and many others. The Series is today vouched by many as a must attend industry meet.  


In terms of coverage, the Series has evolved to encompass a wide range of topics from – regional starch market outlook, feedstock competition – between corn and cassava, specialty starches, starches & derivatives markets, sugar market outlook, to food trends such as clean labels, gluten-free and more. 


Join us at our next 2017 Starch Series in Dubai and Foz do Iguaçu.


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Be a Sponsor or Exhibitor!

This event is an excellent platform to promote your organization to influential players and investors in the industry. Sponsorship opportunities available include Corporate, Exclusive luncheon & Cocktail sponsor.


Exhibition / catalogue display can be arranged upon request. Contact fiona@cmtsp.com.sg or (65) 6346 9138




News Feed

Agribusiness group ADM Sets Foot in MENA with Sweetener plant

Posted on : 13 Mar, 2017


USA’s Archer Daniels Midland Company (ADM) is all set to expand into the lucrative sweetener and starch market in the MENA region when it started operations at its Casablanca’s sweetener plant last year.


The venture started off early in 2016 when ADM acquired the Casablanca corn wet mill plant from Tate & Lyle (TATE.L). The plant produces glucose and native starch.


The plant is already an established sweetener and starch supplier in Morocco – with further hopes of growth. Via this plant, ADM plans to serve the Moroccan customers as well as gain access to the vast Mediterranean export markets. This expansion also allows ADM to introduce its wide range of food and feed ingredients to the Moroccan market.


Being one of world’s largest agricultural processors and food ingredient providers – ADM has 428 crop procurement locations, 280 ingredient manufacturing facilities, 39 innovation centers.


More about starch and food manufacturing activities in MENA will be discussed at 2nd Starch World Dubai on 27-28 March, 2017 in Dubai.


Find out more from Ms. Huiyan at huiyan@cmtsp.com.sg or call +65 6346 9113.



Saudi Arabia’s MEFSCO plans to triple corn-based starch and sweeteners production capacity

Posted on : 05 Dec, 2016


Arabian Agricultural Services Company (Arasco) and Cargill formed a joined venture in 2013 – MEFSCO. MEFSCO is now expanding its operations with investments of SR550 million in Alkharj, Saudi Arabia.


MEFSCO plans to tap the growing food manufacturing industry in Saudi Arabia with its wide range of ingredients to food producers. MEFSCO’s plans to triple the corn-based starch and sweeteners production capacity of its existing plant with the new investment. The expanded capacity can enable MEFSCO to cater to both customers in the Kingdom as well as other countries in MENA. MEFSCO expects the expansion to help reduce dependency on imports.


MEFSCO is positive on Saudi Arabia’s investor-friendly business environment as well as for the entire MENA region for the growth of the food manufacturing sector. Arasco and Cargill have teamed up to offer differentiated food solutions for customers in the region.


Cargill Foods METNA Regional Managing Director Murat Tarakçıoglu said “we will create distinctive value by focusing on cost effectiveness, producing best in class products at low cost at the newly invested production facility in Saudi Arabia, continuous product supply and supply-chain solutions, innovation and total solution offering via providing Cargill product portfolio including technical service and application expertise.”


More about starch and food manufacturing activities in MENA will be discussed at 2nd Starch World Dubai on 27-28 March, 2017 in Dubai.


Find out more from Ms. Huiyan at huiyan@cmtsp.com.sg or call +65 6346 9113.