IFEAT USA Study Tour 2016
Saturday 13th August - Sunday 21st August
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The IFEAT Study Tours take place annually and aim to offer more in depth study of a particular region and its production.
The tours are restricted to a low number of delegates - 40 people - thereby providing the kind of participation and attention levels that come with a smaller group. The tours are ideal for both experienced individuals and newcomers alike.
USA Study Tour Objectives
The Study Tour has a number of objectives. First, to gain an intimate knowledge of the production and processing facilities for a number of essential oils, aroma chemicals and F&F ingredients produced and processed in Texas, Pacific Northwest and Midwest USA. This includes peppermint, spearmint, cedar wood and dill oils, hops and oleoresins. Second, the Tour will provide an opportunity for delegates to meet up with producers, processors, importers and exporters from the USA. Third, IFEAT Study Tours enable delegates to meet with other flavour and fragrance industry people from a variety of countries.
There were participants from 23 countries on the 2015 France Study Tour. Finally, the aim is to achieve these objectives in a little over a week out of the office.
Why The USA in August?
The timing of the tour has been selected to match the cropping and processing of some of the major aromatic botanicals in the regions. Delegates will be able to witness the peak period for peppermint and spearmint production and processing. Mint is one of the world’s major F&F ingredients and the USA is one of the most important suppliers of mint-flavoured ingredients to the global market, as well as a large import and consumer market for F&F ingredients. The USA has a dynamic economy, good infrastructure and diverse cuisines as well as a wide range of cultural activities and magnificent scenery. Climatic conditions at this time of year should facilitate mobility.
Delegates will meet up in San Antonio, Texas on Saturday August 13th. During the following week, participants will travel by luxury coach and by air to visit the various operations. On Sunday delegates will see cedar wood processing operations at Leakey and then fly to Seattle. Three days will be spent travelling around Washington State with overnight stays in Seattle, Moses Lake, Yakima and Vancouver. On Thursday evening they will fly to Chicago with company visits the following day in Kalamazoo, Michigan and South Bend, Indiana. On the Saturday there will be further farm visits followed by a farewell dinner on Lake Michigan with breath-taking views of Chicago, Illinois.