IFEAT China Study Tour 2014

Sunday 31st August – Monday 8th September

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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.

Aims and Organisation

China is an increasingly dominant force in the flavour and fragrance industries not only as a major supplier of ingredients but also as a rapidly expanding consumer of products. This Study Tour has been designed to give participants much greater insights into the production, processing and trade in both essential oils and aroma chemicals. The Tour is centred on two locations, namely Guangdong Province, which borders Hong Kong, and Yunnan Province, located in the far southwest of China bordering Burma, Laos and Vietnam. During the Guangdong visits, participants will gain an intimate knowledge of various essential oils and aroma chemicals including:

  • Star aniseed oil: plantation, distillery and factories
  • Cassia oil: plantation, distillery and factories
  • Natural cinnamic aldehyde and natural benzal aldehyde: factory
  • Turpentine: factory

During the visits to Yunnan, participants will visit:

  • Eucalyptus oil: plantation, distillery and factories
  • Geranium oil: plantation, distillery and factories
  • Citronella oil: plantation, distillery and factories
  • Turpentine: factory

The timing of the tour has been selected to match the harvest and major distillation times for these major Chinese essential oil crops. The dry weather conditions will facilitate mobility. All of the field trips and factory visits will be accompanied by a knowledgeable member of the local industry who will be able to answer your questions in detail on the plantations, processing operations and associated marketing and business-related systems. The planning of this tour has been undertaken jointly between IFEAT, CHINAEASA, members of the local Chinese industry, Guangdong CTS Holiday International Travel Agency Co., Ltd and Kunming Comfort Travel Service Co., Ltd tour operators and travel agencies based in China.

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