Victam Foundation

The VICTAM Foundation dates back to 1964 and was originally founded to organize a trade show for suppliers to the animal feed and related industries. This became the famous FIAAP/VICTAM/GRAPAS exhibitions.

In due course the foundation widened its scope of activities to promoting the international feed, grain and biomass industry in general. These activities can adopt various forms, such as the organization of exhibitions, conferences, student exchanges, publishing, support of research projects and institutes, and contacts with and support of relevant associations. The VICTAM Foundation owns 100% of the shares of VICTAM International BV, the organizers of the FIAAP/VICTAM/GRAPAS exhibitions.

The board of the VICTAM Foundation and VICTAM International consists of the following members from the feed industry and supplying industries:


  • Kees Sijssens Msc – President of the Board
  • Mr. Henk van de Bunt
  • Mr. Hans Noordenbos Msc
  • Mr. Harm Klein
  • Mr. André Oosterveld


The VICTAM Foundation financially supports the following projects:

The VICTAM scholarships - study the wondrous world of feed technology

Dr R.K. Kwakkel, Wageningen University & Research, Department of Animal Sciences, Animal Nutrition group, Wageningen, The Netherlands

The continuous high demand for well-educated animal nutritionists/feed technologists over recent years has led the VICTAM Foundation to provide scholarships to motivated students who want to study animal nutrition and conduct thesis research in Feed Technology. In this manner the Foundation aims to contribute to the education of qualified individuals in the area of feed processing of raw materials, feed evaluation and feed technology.

Students from Wageningen University studying towards a degree in Animal Sciences are eligible and yearly 2 scholarships will be awarded to the most promising students. In addition, two further scholarships are available for international students who follow the double degree programme in Animal Nutrition of Aarhus University in Denmark and Wageningen University in the Netherlands. As part of the scholarships, students will be required to conduct their major thesis work in the area of feed technology. For this, Wageningen University maintains an infrastructure (CARUS process hall) enabling research to be conducted using the University's feed processing equipment. Much of the research is focused on development of effective processes for improving feed efficiency for production animals and influence of processing on the nutritional quality of pet foods.

Every year, the VICTAM Foundation selects up to 10 eligible students and will award four scholarships, two for MSc students in Animal Sciences and two for double degree students. The VICTAM Foundation invites students to apply each year between January and the end of March.

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Predicting the digestive behaviour of fibrous components in processed pet food

Prof. dr. G.P.J. Janssens, Department of Animal Nutrition, Genetics and Ethology, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, Ghent University, Merelbeke, Belgium

Fibres are a very diverse family of dietary compounds that have different functions in digestion. Determining fibre types in all their diversity provides highly interesting scientific insights, but implies an amount of labour and cost that cannot be afforded under practical conditions. Yet, the present analytical methods for fibre such as TDF seem insufficient to grasp their main actions in the gut. One of the reasons is that it does not include fibrous matter from animal origin. Therefore, a new Fibrous Matter (FM) method should overcome these issues. In particular in pet food, the animal-derived fibre has been overlooked, whereas this fibre fraction – being protein – is likely sensitive to feed processing conditions. Many proteins are prone to cross-linking and Maillard reaction, depending on the applied processing conditions, and will thus become insensitive to the host's digestive enzymes, therefore losing their function as protein source, but starting to act as fibres. In contrast, some proteins that are initially resistant to digestive enzymes, become more digestible after processing, hence losing their fibrous character. It is well-documented that these animal fibre fractions are capable of modulating the intestinal microbiome and its fermentative profile. To allow a better estimation of the fibrous behaviour of pet foods, a regression formula will be built that provides a prediction of the real final fibre concentration of a product based on simple, easily available characteristics such as nutrient concentrations (crude protein, FM fractions) and processing conditions (temperature, pressure).

If successful, this prediction formula will allow feed/food producers to monitor and, therefore, target the final fibre content of end products, and in the meantime have a better estimation of the diet's protein availability.

Revision of the twin screw extruder at Wageningen University's process hall

Dr A.F.B van der Poel, Wageningen University & Research, Department of Animal Sciences, Animal Nutrition group, Wageningen, The Netherlands

Students of Wageningen University studying towards a degree in Animal Sciences can specialise in feed technology. The University maintains an infrastructure enabling students to obtain hands-on experience with various feed processing technologies and allow students (MSc and PhD) to conduct research using the University's feed processing equipment. Much of the research is focused on the development of effective processes for improving feed efficiency for production animals and the influence of processing on the nutritional quality of pet foods.

The CARUS process hall contains grinding and mixing equipment, different extruders, drying equipment as well as specialized devices such as an infrared heater and air classifier. The twin-screw extruder (MPF50, Baker Perkins, UK) is one of the most used pieces of equipment in this process hall. Previously used for food production, this extruder is, because of its relatively low capacity (~80 kg/hour), a favourite for students to use in research projects. Extrusion technology is used in MSc education in relation to the production of fish feeds, piglet feeds and pet foods as well as research projects of PhD students.


The twin-screw extruder is in dire need of a revision as the cooling elements are malfunctioning and the last sections of the extruder directly before the die are not functioning properly, thereby not allowing the process temperatures to be tightly controlled.

The VICTAM Foundation is providing funds for the revision of the cooling and heating features of the Baker Perkins extruder so that future MSc and PhD students can conduct their research projects using this extruder.

More meat and milk from straw


Worldwide, approximately 2.000 million tons of straw are produced per year. The use of straw as a feed ingredient for ruminants is limited due to its low nutritional value caused by a high concentration of indigestible lignin. Wouter Hendriks and colleagues discovered a pioneering method to break down the lignin and increase the nutritive value of straw. The results: more milk and meat.

The VICTAM Foundation financially supports this project.

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Effects of processing on the feeding value of protein-rich feeding stuffs

Technological treatments of feeding stuffs or food and feed ingredients may result in both positive and negative effects on the quality, properties and digestibility of it proteins.

Prediction of the protein nutritional value for men and animal
What chemical property of proteins may give a good prediction of its feeding value? And does a technological treatment of proteins has an effect on that? For example, we do know that a thermal treatment of protein-rich feeding stuffs may damage its amino acids. That may be the reason why these amino acids are not fully digestible or cannot be utilized in the metabolic processes of men and animal.

Technology: changes and risks
In this project we examine which indicators are available to predict the protein nutritional value of routinely used feeding stuffs and of new protein0rich feeding stuffs: for both livestock and pet animals and for humans. Protein digestibility and utilization of amino acids in metabolic processes as well as the effect of technological treatments on protein properties will be extensively examined. Treatments may damage proteins but may also enhance oits feeding value.

The VICTAM Foundation financially supports this project which is projected to be finished on July 1st, 2016.

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The VICTAM Foundation financially supports and/or is a member of the following associations and institutes:


The European Biomass Association is the common voice of the European bioenergy sector with the aim to develop the market for sustainable bioenergy, and ensure favorable business conditions for its members.

AEBIOM is a nonprofit Brussels based international organization founded in 1990 that brings together 29 national associations and around 94 companies from all over Europe thus representing more than 4000 indirect members including mainly companies and research centers.

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Feed Design Lab

The Victam Foundation is a partner of Feed Design Lab: the research & education center for innovation and sustainability in the animal feed industry. Feed & technology companies cooperate internationally in an open innovation network to achieve a sustainable animal production chain. To achieve this, a production facility has been achieved where research into new commodities is carried out, where healthy feed can be developed, where new production techniques can be tested and where training activities take place.

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The International Research Association of Feed Technology (Internationale Forschungsgemeinschaft Futtermitteltechnik e.V., IFF) was founded on 13 December 1961 on the initiative of the German Association of Feed Industry. The Research Association exclusively pursues scientific aims and is acknowledged as non-profit association by the Revenue Office Braunschweig for the support of scientific aims.

The VICTAM Foundation has supported IFF since its foundation.

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IFIF represents the global feed industry as an essential participant in the food chain that provides sustainable, safe and nutritious food. IFIF provides a unified leadership and coordinating role to promote the global feed industry in order to contribute to the sustainable supply of safe, healthy feed and therefore food of animal origin.

The VICTAM Foundation has supported IFIF since its foundation.

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Nevedi (The Dutch Feed Industry Association) protects the interests of the Dutch feed industry. 113 Feed companies and suppliers are associated with Nevedi. The represent 96% of the total feed production for livestock in the Netherlands.

Nevedi came into being in 2000 after the merger of umbrella organisations of the private and co-operative feed manufacturers. Nevedi protects the interests of manufactures of compound feed and premixes, of producers of milk replacers and of suppliers of humid feedstuffs. The activities that Nevedi carries out on behalf of collective interests of its members, can be grouped under four priority areas:

  • Sustainability of raw materials
  • Healthy and safe food
  • Good employership
  • Green Innovations

The VICTAM Foundation has supported Nevedi since its foundation.

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Wageningen Universiteitsfonds

The Wageningen University Fund has since its inception in 1951 been organising and funding activities that reward and stimulate excellent education and research. This includes stimulating the academic development of students.

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The World's Poultry Science Association is a long established and unique organization that strives to advance knowledge and understanding of all aspects of poultry science and the poultry industry. Its major role is to encourage, and help facilitate, liaison among research scientists and educators, and between those in research and education and those working in the many diverse sectors of the industry. As a non-profit making organization, it relies for its income almost entirely on membership subscriptions, although a number of poultry companies around the world provide generous sponsorship to help meet some of the production costs of the World's Poultry Science Journal.

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As the first edition of the ASEAN Feed Summit proved to be successful in 2014, the summit took place again in 2016 during the FIAAP, VICTAM & GRAPAS Asia 2016 event. The summit was organized by Victam International BV, sponsored by the Victam Foundation and hosted by the Thai Feed Mill Manufacturers Association.

The Victam Foundation also sponsored the second ASEAN Feed & Rice Symposium which was also held during the FIAAP, VICTAM & GRAPAS Asia 2016 event.

ASEAN Feed Summit

The second session of the ASEAN Feed Summit was held on Thursday, March 31st, 2016 at the BITEC exhibition center in Bangkok, Thailand.

Held in closed session and chaired by Mr. Pornsil Patchrintanakul, President of the Thai Feed Mill Manufacturers Association, and moderated by Ms. Alexandra de Athayde, IFIF Executive Director, the Summit brought together senior feed regulators and industry representatives from Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, the Philippines, Thailand and Vietnam.

Topics for this meeting were feed safety, security and sustainability in the ASEAN bloc for 2016 and beyond. During the discussion a number of issues were identified for further potential co-operation, including capacity development for feed safety, efforts towards regulatory harmonization, as well as the need to work with all stakeholders on agri-food chain on common challenges.

It is anticipated that there will be a regular annual Summit/meeting of the new Federation and every second year it will coincide with the FIAAP, VICTAM & GRAPAS Asia event.

The ASEAN Feed & Rice Symposium

The VICTAM Foundation also sponsored the second ASEAN Feed & Rice Symposium and this was held on Wednesday, March 30th, 2016 during the FIAAP, VICTAM & GRAPAS Asia 2016 event in Bangkok.

Dr. La Van Kinh, DDG – President of the Vietnam Feed Association was the chairman for this symposium. A full auditorium of industry VIPs listened attentively to the keynote speeches which were delivered by:

  • Dr. Thanabadee Rodsom, Acting Director of Animal Feed and Veterinary Products Control Division, Department of Livestock Development, Thailand.
  • Ms. Alexandra de Athayde, Executive Director, International Feed Industry Federation (IFIF)
  • Mr. Robin Ong, Archer Daniels Midland Company (ADM)
  • Mr Du Van Pham, Senior Agricultural Officer (Rice Expert)
  • Dr. Katinka de Balogh, Livestock Policy Officer F.A.O. Regional Office for Asia and Pacific

The topics included issues such as recent developments in the global feed industry, the development of supply of raw materials in the ASEAN region, rice and rice based cropping system in ASEAN countries and Feed & Food Security.

The next ASEAN FEED & RICE SYMPOSIUMS will be held during the FIAAP, VICTAM & GRAPAS Asia events in 2018.


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