IMR International


Speakers

Food Hydrocolloid Conference 2023
Malta, April 23 - 25



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IMR International - Dennis Seisun
President
Speech title "Global Market Overview"


Dennis Seisun has worked in England, France, Belgium, and, for the last 27 years, has been based in San Diego, California. He graduated from Bath University in England with a bachelor of science degree in engineering and a master of science degree in industrial marketing. He worked as an engineer for Foster Wheeler, as a consultant for C.H. Kline S.A. in Brussels, and for Kelco (then a division of Merck) as commercial development product manager. He was closely involved in the market development of many new biopolymers to follow xanthan in the marketplace. In 1985, Dennis founded IMR International and has since focused his attentions on the food hydrocolloid markets of the U.S. and Western Europe. The Quarterly Review of Food Hydrocolloids was started by IMR International in 1991 and has become established as a comprehensive and independent source of information on the food hydrocolloid market. IMR has chaired the International Conference on Food Hydrocolloids for the past sixteen years alternating between the USA and Europe.

Dennis Seisun
IMR International
San Diego CA, USA

IMR International - Nesha Zalesny
Technical Consultant and Co-author of The Quarterly Review of Food Hydrocolloids
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Nesha Zalesny has over 20 years of technical experience in the food industry starting with 12 years at CP Kelco in R&D and Technical Service. She developed formulations and prototypes for everything from baked goods and dairy applications to salad dressings and sauces. She developed consumer products at Javo Beverage as Director of New Product Development and did technical sales and service at Fiberstar, working on a wide variety of clean label applications. Ms. Zalesny joined IMR in 2019, where she offers technical and business insights, hydrocolloid training and test development, product development consultation and ingredient resourcing. Ms. Zalesny has a BSc. in Food Science from Brigham Young University and an MBA from Cal State San Marcos.

Nesha Zalesny
IMR International
San Diego CA, USA

Ingo Muller - Borregaard
Business Manager
Speech title “Food Cellulosics – The Upstream Story”


Ingo Müller joined Borregaard in 2005 where he is globally responsible for sales and marketing of specialty cellulose to producers of cellulose ether’s and MCC. Highest focus is given to sustainability aspects in food/pharma and other regulated markets. Prior, Ingo worked in sales and technical marketing at Ashland and Copenhagen Pectin (then divisions of Hercules) developing sales and office structures in Eastern Europe in the 1990th. He moved on as global marketing manager for synthetic polymers at Elotex (then a National Starch division). As product manager at Habasit he developed and marketed jointly with R&D and marketing new food and GMP process equipment. He graduated from the Technical University in Berlin with a masters in chemical engineering and in economics and worked out of Germany, Czech Rep., Poland and Switzerland. Ingo has over thirty years’ experience in hydrocolloids like cellulose ethers, pectin, carrageenan, etc.


Ingo Muller
Borregaard
Switzerland
Conrad Fessler-HARIBO group
Senior VP Purchasing / Director
Speech title "Texture at Haribo - Now and the Future";


Conrad Fessler is Senior VP Purchasing at the HARIBO Group, the international market leader in fruit gums, jellies and liquorice segments. He has extensive experiences in Supply Chain and Purchasing of different categories as packaging and commodities. As an economist Conrad has started his career in Finance at Unilever before moving into Purchasing roles at Unilever, Danone and Haribo. HARIBO is worldwide one of the largest processors of Gelatine, 100 Million Goldbears leave the production lines every day. The company was founded 100 years ago by Hans Riegel and is since there family owned with a HQ in Germany with 13 factories in Europe and Brazil. USA is coming soon. After many years abroad Conrad is currently living in Germany and Luxembourg is married and has two children.

Conrad Fessler
HARIBO group
Luxembourg
Steve Williams - Katech Food Systems by Ingredion
Group Purchasing Director
Speech title “Hydrocolloid Imbalance – Cause & Effect”


Steve has been in the ingredients sector for 30 years working in a range of different organisations with his current role being Group Purchasing Director Katech Food Systems bei Ingredion. He has expereince in negotiation, relationship development and global sourcing which have been developed over many years. He will address the many challenges, old and new, facing the hydrocolloid supply chain.

Steve Williams
Katech Food S. by Ingredion
United Kindom
Thorleif Thormoosen - Alginor ASA
Chairman
"Alginor's Biorefinery for Europe's Seaweed"


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Alginor ASA
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