3rd Starch World Middle East

18-19 Sep, 2018 - Dubai, U A E

Grand Millennium Dubai


Key Highlights

  • Trade dynamics for starch and sweeteners in the region with new capacities coming onstream
  • Intensifying competition for Mideast sugar refiners with the opening up of EU’s production and export potential
  • Opportunities for modified starch
  • Assessing the implications from the looming sugar tax
  • High obesity rates giving rise to healthy, reduced sugar beverages/food


Comments from last event, Mar 2017 in Dubai

“We found conference very useful in terms of getting good information and meeting a lot of knowledgeable people.”
Dynamic Agrifood Business


“Good value for my time and money.”
Universal Starch


“Excellent information and to the point.”


“Very informative.”
Egyptian Starch & Glucose Company


"Opportunity to exchange MENA starch situation.”
Sabahi Engineering

CMT Starch World Series

CMT’s Starch World kick-started in Asia, and today has moved to the Middle East, Europe and recently Americas.

The Series brings together players from the Starch World – leaders, professionals from agro industrial crops & plantation companies, enzymes suppliers, traders & buyers of starch & starch derivatives, raw material suppliers, ethanol producers, machinery suppliers for starch processing and many others. The Series is today vouched by many as a must attend industry meet.


In terms of coverage, the Series has evolved to encompass a wide range of topics from – regional starch market outlook, feedstock competition – between corn and cassava, specialty starches, starches & derivatives markets, sugar market outlook, to food trends such as clean labels, gluten-free and more. 


Past Events



Be a Sponsor or Exhibitor!

This event is an excellent platform to promote your organization to influential players and investors in the industry. Sponsorship opportunities available include Corporate, Exclusive Luncheon & Cocktail sponsor.


For Sponsor 
please contact fiona@cmtsp.com.sg or (65) 6346 9138


For Exhibition 
please contact huiyan@cmtsp.com.sg or (65) 6346 9113





News Feed

What will be the impact of Privatizing Sugar Factories in Turkey?

Posted on : 11 Jun, 2018

There are plans to privatize sugar facilities in Turkey. The Prime Ministry Privatization Administration announced this year its intention to sell off some of the 25 plants of the publicly owned Turkish Sugar Factories Company (Turkseker).
Privatization of sugar factories is necessary to reduce sugar beet production and to make Turkey rely again on starch-based sugar and also re-regulate the sugar market.
Turkey’s starch based sugar production capacity is approximately 1 million tonnes. The country’s starch-based sugar consumption is also 1 million tonnes. However, until recently, it was only allowed to produce 232,000 tonnes – the quota allocated under the Sugar Law. The quotas were increased to  around 300,000 tonnes – which is only one-third of the demand. The remaining two-thirds of the demand is met by different sources.
Large companies obtained the right to import with a 15 percent tariff. These companies import glucose to isoglucose, which are not produced domestically due to quotas. Besides the demand is also met via other imports under the free trade agreements with several countries.
However, a rise in corn output has helped Turkey to some extent as Turkish industrialists are mandated to produce with “domestically produced corn”.
Starch-based sugar producers try to negotiate quotas with the government every year, however their demands are often not met. Some expect the privatization of sugar factories will ensure the quota promises will be fulfilled.
Meanwhile the privatization drive is heavily dependent on foreign investments and may allow starch-based sugar producers from USA to enter the Turkish market. 
What are the predictions for Turkey’s starch based sugar market? How will privatization impact the demand and supplies?
Find out more at CMT’s 3rd Starch World Middle East on 18-19 September, 2018 in Dubai
For more information about the event, contact Ms. Huiyan Fu at huiyan@cmtsp.com.sg or call +65 6346 9113.
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How will UAE’s hefty 50% soda tax impact energy drinks and soda market?

Posted on : 10 May, 2018

The United Arab Emirates (UAE) has imposed a 50% tax on soda and 100% tax on energy drinks. The tax came into effect on 1st October 2017.
UAE’s high diabetes rates are a constant worry and it is estimated that about 19.3% of the UAE population (nearly one in five people) between the ages of 20 and 79 have type 2 diabetes. The country now aims to lower obesity and diabetes rates in the country through this soda and energy drinks tax.
The tax has been dubbed as “sin” tax, as most of the taxed items such as tobacco, caffeine, and sugar are often pleasurable, unhealthy, and addictive.
This is not the first time soda tax is imposed by a government. In the past, cities like Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in the USA have imposed a 1.5 cent-per-ounce soda tax but found that it garnered little revenue and did not contribute to many immediate positive health effects.
A 2017 Asian Development Bank study found that a 20% tax on sugar-sweetened beverages was associated with a 3% reduction in overweight and obesity prevalence in China, with the greatest effect on young men in rural areas.
While the impact of soda tax on health and obesity levels are yet to be ascertained, there are concerns over its impact on sales of energy drinks and sodas in UAE. UAE is a huge market for sugar producers, fructose and glucose makers as well as starch companies. How will this tax impact raw materials sales to end users such as energy drink makers and soda companies? Will the tax really impact sales of these beverages?
Britain and Thailand and several other cities in the US are keeping a close watch on the UAE soda tax experiment to decide whether it is worth implementing or not in their countries and cities.
CMT’s 3rd Starch World Dubai on 18-19 September, 2018 in Dubai will assess the implications of these taxes.
For more information about the event, contact Ms. Huiyan Fu at huiyan@cmtsp.com.sg or call +65 6346 9113.

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Food & Beverage production including confectioneries, sweets, snacks, also other industrial companies that uses starch & starch derivatives – textiles, paper coatings, pharmaceutical industries; Starch producers, companies in the sweeteners and ingredients business, Companies involved Agriculture / Cereal Crops, Companies supplying fermentation technologies, Enzymes Suppliers, grains suppliers and traders, financial institutions, Ethanol Producers, animal feed companies, Equipment & Technology suppliers.

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