3rd Starch World Middle East,

18-19 Sep, 2018 - Dubai, U A E

Grand Millennium Dubai

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"Outlook for Starch Based Sweeteners in the Region & Other End-Use Markets including Oil Drilling Applications"


"Growing Demand for Starch Modifications in Food Applications"


"Tapioca Making Inroads in Starch for the Region including
its Role as Livestock Deed"

The rising obesity rate in the region  prompted the government to impose sugary tax earlier this year. This has caused a growing need for food & beverage companies to find ways in reducing sweetness in finished products.


To keep up with market needs, MEFSCO has expanded its technical capabilities to provide customers who use their corn starch & glucose syrups, the right product attributes for their food development.


Mefsco recognize that sweeteners have so much more to offer than sweetness and if used efficiently, it can alter recipes in numerous other ways in terms of freeze point depression, texturising, shelf-life etc.


The company has a new wet milling capacity which will be shared at this event.


Meanwhile, tapioca has been gaining popularity as a starch and also livestock feed in the region. How competitive is cassava in this region which is dominated by corn ?


Concurrently, potato starch from India is becoming a rising star and can be a major source of supply for the region. Potato starch is said  to be ideal for packed meals that require increased shelf life, better taste & texture.


Attend the 3rd Starch World MIDEAST in Dubai this 18-19th September and hear from leading industry players and end users.


Key Highlights 

  • Outlook for end use markets for starch in the MENA region
  • MEFSCO's business update and future plans for sweeteners and starches
  • Starch for oil drilling applications – the Oman Gulf Starch project update
  • Industrial dextrins and adhesives from modified starch
  • Cost saving and yield improvement opportunities in corn wet milling and sweetener refinery processes
  • Structure and functional properties of Sorghum starches & its application in the region
  • India’s first potato starch project – from concept to commissioning
  • Potato starch and growing market applications in India
  • Potato starch as a biobased solution for paints, coatings & varnishes
  • Privatisation of Turkey’s sugar industry and what it means for starch based sweeteners market
  • Sugar reduction in beverages formulation - technical challenges 
  • MEFSCO's technical & R&D capabilities
  • Importing tapioca  from Thailand  and its properties in feed
  • Processing and utilization of cassava livestock feed in Turkey 

Plus an opportunity to book for an additional workshop on Starch Modifications conducted by Dr Michael Radeloff, Senior Starch Expert from Hamburg University.


Hurry and sign up quickly for the early bird discount. To register, please contact Ms Huiyan at huiyan@cmtsp.com.sg



Comments from last event, Mar 2017 in Dubai

“We found conference very useful in terms of getting good information and meeting a lot of knowledgeable people.”
Dynamic Agrifood Business


“Good value for my time and money.”
Universal Starch


“Excellent information and to the point.”


“Very informative.”
Egyptian Starch & Glucose Company


"Opportunity to exchange MENA starch situation.”
Sabahi Engineering


CMT Starch World Series

CMT’s Starch World kick-started in Asia, and today has moved to the Middle East, Europe and recently Americas.


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. 


Past Events 



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.


For Sponsor 
please contact fiona@cmtsp.com.sg or (65) 6346 9138


For Exhibition 
please contact huiyan@cmtsp.com.sg or (65) 6346 9113


News Feed

Oman opens 9,000 TPA starch factory to meet oil well drilling needs

Posted on : 15 Aug, 2018

Oman has commenced operations at a $13 million (OMR4.9m) starch manufacturing factory - located at its Sohar industrial zone.
With an annual  production capacity of over 9,000 tonnes (t) of starch, the factory is spread across 14,000m².
The starch produced at the facility will be used for oil well drilling in Oman - reducing Oman’s dependency on imported products used to support its critical oil industry.
It is the only factory in Oman producing starch for oil drilling purposes. The chairman of the board of directors at Gulf Starch Plant, Khalid bin Mohammed al-Salihi says that the new factory has supply contracts with Omani companies.
Oman is  diversifying its economy by building manufacturing capabilities. Oman Food Investment Holding Company also plans to build a $100m (OMR34.4m) soya production facility that would start producing fodder and soya beans by the end of 2019.
Find out more about the Oman Gulf Starch Project Update from Mr. Khalid M. Salhi, General Manager, Local Line L.L.C( Oman) at CMT’s 3rd Starch World Middle East on 18-19 September, 2018 in Dubai
For more information about the event, contact Ms. Huiyan Fu at huiyan@cmtsp.com.sg or call +65 6346 9113.

MEFSCO inaugurated corn milling facility, plans to increase glucose and starch production

Posted on : 02 Jul, 2018

Middle East's major starch player - Middle East Food Solutions Company (MEFSCO) has inaugurated a new corn milling facility in Saudi Arabia. The project is a joint venture between Arabian Agricultural Services Company (ARASCO) and agribusiness company Cargill, started in 2013.
The project - that was inaugurated in January this year - consists of building a green field corn milling, glucose and high fructose syrup lines that will supply food and beverage manufacturers in the Middle East.
The facility in Al-Kharj aims to triple the joint venture’s total production volume and double its production of glucose and starch. The plant will also produce high fructose corn syrup to serve the region’s confectionery industry and other food industry segments.
The project can leverage on Cargill’s expertise in processing agricultural commodities into high-quality sweeteners and starch-based products. 
President of MEFSCO Ziyad Al-Sheikh said the increased production will serve the local market as well as promote more Saudi exports to the Middle East in line with the Saudi Vision 2030.
Ziyad Al-Sheikh,  President and Fady Elassaad, Vice President - Business development & technical services, MEFSCO share more about their starch production at CMT’s 3rd Starch World Middle East on 18-19 September, 2018 in Dubai.
Contact Ms. Huiyan at huiyan@cmtsp.com.sg or call +65 6346 9113.

What will be the impact of Privatizing Sugar Factories in Turkey?

Posted on : 11 Jun, 2018

There are plans to privatize sugar facilities in Turkey. The Prime Ministry Privatization Administration announced this year its intention to sell off some of the 25 plants of the publicly owned Turkish Sugar Factories Company (Turkseker).
Privatization of sugar factories is necessary to reduce sugar beet production and to make Turkey rely again on starch-based sugar and also re-regulate the sugar market.
Turkey’s starch based sugar production capacity is approximately 1 million tonnes. The country’s starch-based sugar consumption is also 1 million tonnes. However, until recently, it was only allowed to produce 232,000 tonnes – the quota allocated under the Sugar Law. The quotas were increased to  around 300,000 tonnes – which is only one-third of the demand. The remaining two-thirds of the demand is met by different sources.
Large companies obtained the right to import with a 15 percent tariff. These companies import glucose to isoglucose, which are not produced domestically due to quotas. Besides the demand is also met via other imports under the free trade agreements with several countries.
However, a rise in corn output has helped Turkey to some extent as Turkish industrialists are mandated to produce with “domestically produced corn”.
Starch-based sugar producers try to negotiate quotas with the government every year, however their demands are often not met. Some expect the privatization of sugar factories will ensure the quota promises will be fulfilled.
Meanwhile the privatization drive is heavily dependent on foreign investments and may allow starch-based sugar producers from USA to enter the Turkish market. 
What are the predictions for Turkey’s starch based sugar market? How will privatization impact the demand and supplies?
Find out more at CMT’s 3rd Starch World Middle East on 18-19 September, 2018 in Dubai
For more information about the event, contact Ms. Huiyan Fu at huiyan@cmtsp.com.sg or call +65 6346 9113.
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How will UAE’s hefty 50% soda tax impact energy drinks and soda market?

Posted on : 10 May, 2018

The United Arab Emirates (UAE) has imposed a 50% tax on soda and 100% tax on energy drinks. The tax came into effect on 1st October 2017.
UAE’s high diabetes rates are a constant worry and it is estimated that about 19.3% of the UAE population (nearly one in five people) between the ages of 20 and 79 have type 2 diabetes. The country now aims to lower obesity and diabetes rates in the country through this soda and energy drinks tax.
The tax has been dubbed as “sin” tax, as most of the taxed items such as tobacco, caffeine, and sugar are often pleasurable, unhealthy, and addictive.
This is not the first time soda tax is imposed by a government. In the past, cities like Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in the USA have imposed a 1.5 cent-per-ounce soda tax but found that it garnered little revenue and did not contribute to many immediate positive health effects.
A 2017 Asian Development Bank study found that a 20% tax on sugar-sweetened beverages was associated with a 3% reduction in overweight and obesity prevalence in China, with the greatest effect on young men in rural areas.
While the impact of soda tax on health and obesity levels are yet to be ascertained, there are concerns over its impact on sales of energy drinks and sodas in UAE. UAE is a huge market for sugar producers, fructose and glucose makers as well as starch companies. How will this tax impact raw materials sales to end users such as energy drink makers and soda companies? Will the tax really impact sales of these beverages?
Britain and Thailand and several other cities in the US are keeping a close watch on the UAE soda tax experiment to decide whether it is worth implementing or not in their countries and cities.
CMT’s 3rd Starch World Dubai on 18-19 September, 2018 in Dubai will assess the implications of these taxes.
For more information about the event, contact Ms. Huiyan Fu at huiyan@cmtsp.com.sg or call +65 6346 9113.