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HighQuest Executive to Chair Healthy Oils Track at Annual Nutracon Event (1.25.2010)

HighQuest Executive to Chair Healthy Oils Track at Annual Nutracon Event

Press Release -- SOUTHWEST HARBOR, ME --  January 25, 2010 – Soyatech, LLC, the leading intelligence resource for the soybean and oilseed industry, today announced that it is co-organizing and chairing the “Healthy Oils” track of the annual Nutracon conference (March 10-11, 2010 in Anaheim, California), which is produced each year by New Hope Natural Media and is co-located with Natural Products West and SupplyExpo.
The “Healthy Oils” track will be held on Thursday, March 11 and will highlight timely and critical topics in food oils and fats, including: likely feedstock supply and demand drivers; emerging trends in consumer health and preferences; scientific and technical developments in soybean, palm, canola and other major food oils; and the future of sustainability initiatives related to global production of food oils.

“Consumer fascination with and concern over the role of fats in human health continues to fuel research and development,” said Philippe de Lapérouse, managing director with HighQuest Partners and chair of the Nutracon Healthy Oils track, “Food manufacturers need to provide healthful products to increasingly knowledgeable consumers who want to know what they are eating. Nutracon’s Healthy Oils track provides developers and marketers of food products with an opportunity to gain a better understanding of the role of healthful fats – and the rapidly evolving range of available ingredient options.”

Experts who will speak at Nutracon – Healthy Oils include:

• Roger Daniels, Director of Research & Development, Bunge Oils
• David Dzisiak, Commercial Leader for Oils, Dow AgroSciences
• Patricia Kearney, President/CEO, PMK Associates
• Gerald McNeill, Director of R&D and Marketing, Loders Croklaan
• Rosidah Radzian, Head of Customer Technical Advisory Services, Malaysian Palm Oil Board
• Robert Reeves, Director of Public Affairs, Qualisoy and
• Ben Zeehandelaar, Manager, Producer Services and Outreach Unit, Round Table on Responsible Soy

“Having collaborated with Soyatech on occasion in the past,” said Len Monheit, president of New Hope Natural Media, “we are excited to be developing a program with them for the first time. This opportunity draws on the unique strengths of each organization and provides a strong platform for future cooperative efforts.”

Registration for the “Healthy Oils” track at Nutracon provides access not only to the other five tracks of educational content at Nutracon but also to the co-located SupplyExpo and Natural Products West events (for more information, visit the events’ individual websites:
www.nutraconference.com, www.supplyexpo.com and www.expowest.com). You may also call: 866.458.4935.

About Soyatech, LLC
Soyatech (
www.soyatech.com) is a global media, marketing, and event company. Through its publications, conferences, webinars, and widely used internet platform, Soyatech helps companies and investors active in the food, oilseed, agribusiness, and agri-transportation sectors to assess and develop market opportunities in the soybean and oilseed sector. Founded in 1985, Soyatech publishes the annual Soya & Oilseed Bluebook, the industry’s leading information resource covering oilseed and agribusiness companies and products, an industry-focused email newsletter (in daily and weekly editions), and Soyatech.com, the award-winning business-to-business online resource for the industry. Soyatech’s information services are used by tens of thousands of the world’s leading commodity, food and biofuels companies in over 100 countries every week. Soyatech, LLC is a wholly-owned subsidiary of HighQuest Partners LLC.

About New Hope Natural Media & Nutracon
New Hope Natural Media (
www.newhope.com) is the leading media resource and information provider for the natural, organic and healthy products industry, with print, in-person/event, and e-business products and services. Penton Media (www.penton.com) is the largest independent business-to-business media company in the U.S., serving more than 6 million business professionals every month.

Nutracon Conference (
www.nutraconference.com), Nutracon, is the premier education and networking conference for the health and nutrition industry. The conference provides relevant insights for innovation based on science and technology, case studies and market intelligence. Attendees gain an understanding of the impact of “next generation” ingredients, emerging markets, consumer trend data and regulatory constraints. Nutracon is co-located with SupplyExpo and Natural Products Expo West.
About HighQuest Partners LLC
HighQuest Partners (www.highquestpartners.com) is a management consulting and strategic advisory firm that helps executive teams around the world to make better informed decisions about their strategies, investments/m&a, and governance. Since 1992, HighQuest and its subsidiary SJH & Company have completed over 500 strategic assignments for strategic players and financial investors & their portfolio companies in the global grain, oilseed, food, agribusiness, biofuels, industrial, & financial services sectors.

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