Record-Breaking Attendance at the 7th edition of the grain event for the Balkans and the Black Sea region
We are thrilled to announce the resounding success of the recently concluded Grain Academy 2023 Conference, a dynamic event dedicated to discussing and analyzing grain markets in 2023 and beyond. With four captivating discussion panels, our event provided invaluable insights into the ever-evolving landscape of the grain business.
We were honored to host industry experts and professionals from around the world, Europe and the Balkans who contributed to the success of the event. Grain Academy 2023 served as a platform for attendees to gain new perspectives, forge valuable connections, and explore opportunities in the grain industry.
"The conference served as a pivotal platform to discuss and analyze the grain industry's future, considering the global challenges and evolving market trends," said Petar Dimitrov, CEO & Senior broker at Agricore Bulgaria, the event organizer. "We are grateful to our esteemed panelists, partners, and attendees for their active participation and contributions to the success of the event."
Markets in 2023 and Beyond, the Black Sea, and the World was the first session of the conference, and it delved deep into the challenges and opportunities facing the grain industry.
The panel featured three prominent speakers who shared their expertise on various aspects of the grain industry. The sub-topics and speakers included:
Grain Supply and Demand Trends in Australia and the United States
- Presented by Levin Flake, Office of Agricultural Affairs, U.S. Embassy, Warsaw, Poland.
Ukraine: In the Face of Incessant Challenges
- Presented by Masha Belikova, Fastmarkets Agricensus, UK
Macro, Crypto, Currencies, Stocks
- Presented by Petar Dimitrov, Agricore, Bulgaria
The second discussion panel, titled Focus on the Balkans and Their Growing Impact on Global Trade
, delved into the role of the Balkans in the global grain trade and logistics.
The panel, moderated by Ivaylo Nenkov from BG Agro Trading Company
, Bulgaria highlighted the significance of the Balkans in the context of global trade. The sub-topics and speakers included:
Trading on the Edge: The Black Sea Logistics Center
- Presented by Alexandru Neagu, Cargill Romania.
Turkish Market - Trading In
- Presented by Serkan Kayıkçı, Cosecha Yem Ve Tarim Urunleri̇ Tic.
Serbian Crops and the Trade Flows
- Presented by Aleksandar Lalic, Agricom Company Group.
Each presentation offered a unique perspective on the role of the Balkans in the global grain trade and highlighted the growth and potential of this region as a key player in the industry."The Balkans play a crucial role in shaping global trade, especially in the grain export & import sectors. This panel was a remarkable opportunity to explore the potential of the Balkan region and its contribution to the industry"
stated Petar Dimitrov from Agricore Bulgaria
edition on 26 October continued with an engaging round table discussion titled The Great Talk for the Bulgarian Grain Industry.
This important dialogue of the conference aimed to address the specific challenges and opportunities facing the Bulgarian grain industry.Silvia Ivanova from ADM Bulgaria
skillfully moderated the round table, which featured prominent participants from various sectors of the Bulgarian grain industry. Key figures driving the discussion included Paulina Deshkova, Viand JSC, Ilia Prodanov representing the Bulgarian Grain Producers Association, Tsvetan Iliev from Boni Holding, Georgi Al Fahad, Oliva JSC, and Plamen Ivanov, GoodМills Bulgaria.
Notably, the discourse also saw active participation from numerous industry representatives in the audience.
Participants engaged in fervent discussions, offering their diverse experiences, insights, and contrasting viewpoints to tackle the industry's challenges, while actively seeking opportunities for mutual understanding. The round table discussion provided a valuable opportunity for industry leaders and experts to come together and chart a course for the Bulgarian grain industry's future and served as a platform for open and constructive discussions on the state of the Bulgarian grain industry, its prospects, and the path forward.
“The Bulgarian grain industry holds a pivotal position within the national economy, and this round table played a crucial role in convening influential stakeholders for a forward-looking discourse
," commented the event organizer and CEO of Agricore Bulgaria. "The diverse insights and recommendations shared by the esteemed participants promise to influence the industry's path in the years ahead.”
Grain Academy 2023 concluded with a thought-provoking discussion panel titled Anything, Everywhere, Anytime - Except Grains and Oilseeds.
The panel discussions delved into critical subjects, such as transportation logistics, fertilizer market trends, and practical insights into voyage charters. Attendees had the opportunity to gain a deeper understanding of the broader ecosystem that supports the grains and oilseeds sectors.
The discussion panel featured three distinguished speakers who shared their expertise on various facets of the industry:
Freight Market in the Black Sea
- Presented by Petar Balchev, VFS Chartering.
Trends and News for Fertilizers
- Presented by Harry Minihan, Argus Media.
Voyage Charters: Case Study
- Presented by Ivan Kasynyuk, AGA Partners.
"Grain Academy 2023 was an extraordinary event that not only addressed crucial industry topics but also achieved a record-breaking attendance. It highlighted the diversity and complexity of the grain industry," said Petar Dimitrov, CEO & Senior broker at Agricore, the event organizer. "We are proud to have provided a platform for the exchange of knowledge, ideas, and strategies for the industry's future."
The 7th event edition received positive feedback from all attendees, and we successfully fulfilled our objectives of knowledge sharing, networking, and fostering collaboration in the grain industry.
Thank you to all the speakers, sponsors, partners and participants who made this conference an unforgettable experience. We look forward to continuing the journey of shaping the future of global grain markets together.