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New Zealand Renderers Gather for Seminar The New Zealand Renderers Group (NZRG) held another successful training workshop in late September 2016 with participants from New Zealand and Australia. As part of the workshop, attendees submitted a solution to a problem they had been involved with at their companies. The projects were assessed on approach and innovaƟon in finding a soluƟon to the challenge with the winner receiving registraƟon to the Australian Renderers AssociaƟon Hygienic Rendering Workshop. The 2016 awardees were Kelvin Davison and Mike FauseƩ of the Wallace CorporaƟon, who were also presented the Rendertech- Wallace Renderers Trophy, a bronze figurine of an early renderer sculptured by Samantha LisseƩe. In conjunction with their annual general meeting held at the same Ɵme, NZRG also conducted a technical seminar covering a range of topics of interest to members. The following is a summary of the key presentaƟons. In 2010, Z-Energy took over the fuel distribuƟon assets of Shell in New Zealand. Stewart Gibb from Z-Energy explained how in 2013 the company decided to make a difference toward sustainability on a scale that few other companies had done. They looked at different processes and feedstocks to create a sustainable fuel option that would maƩer to New Zealand, ulƟmately choosing a process to manufacture biodiesel from tallow. In August 2014, Z-Energy began construction of their biodiesel plant that is the only type in the world. Building and commissioning such a plant had a number of challenges, which Gibb spoke about. It was noted that New Zealand is the only country that has no government mandate, support, or direcƟon for biofuels. Greg Zemke-Smith from the Ministry for Primary Industries gave an overview of the United States Food Safety ModernizaƟon Act and the impact it may have on New Zealand renderers exporƟng product to the United States. Richard Brake from the New Zealand Peƞood Manufacturers AssociaƟon and a member of the execuƟve commiƩee of the Global Alliance of Pet Food AssociaƟons spoke on how the number of pets in New Zealand is decreasing but the market value of the industry is growing. He also gave an overview of the trends in the global pet food market, which include premiumizaƟon, humanizaƟon, and pet foods such as treats that are natural and free of such ingredients as arƟficial preservaƟves and colors, salt, sugar, fillers, and grains. Rob Gibson from Beef and Lamb New Zealand provided an outlook for the red meat sector, predicƟng a drop in sheep numbers of 3.0 percent and an increase in caƩle of 3.0 percent in 2017. However, with past climate effects and the economic environment it is anƟcipated that the meat processing numbers for 2016/2017 will be down for sheep and caƩle by 2.0 percent and 1.5 percent, respecƟvely. Challenges for New Zealand farmers are increasing compliance costs, alternaƟve (compeƟng) uses for land, and financial resilience. R www.rendermagazine.com Render February 2017 27


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