8th World Rice Conference 2016, Chiang Mai









Welcome letter from TRT President CEO

Welcome from the Conference Chairman and Host, President and CEO of the International Commodity Institute and The Rice Trader, Jeremy Zwinger

Dear Delegates, Distinguished Speakers and Friends, 

It is with great sadness that we meet at this, our 8th TRT World Rice Conference, as the world, as Thailand lost a King amongst Kings, the world’s longest serving monarch, King Bhumibol Adulyadej. We would like to express our deepest condolences to the people of Thailand, while also recognizing your King’s contributions across and beyond Thailand. We join our hosts in mourning Thailand’s loss. 

The conference is timed to coincide with the key harvest period in Asia, and after 2015 (and even 2014) was afflicted by drought and challenges in production which provided the undercurrent for some of the most impressive trading years seem, we are now looking ahead at what looks like a vastly improved prospect for rice production in several key markets, while the global rice markets continue to deal with the availability and even need to dispose Thai stocks as well as to find a fresh trend to take us through the upcoming season. This is an excellent time to meet, an opportunity presents itself here to understand the mechanics at work as a new trading year unfolds. We are pleased to deliver a mix of speaker who will represent market experts and leaders from across the supply chain who will enable markets and provide us with a peek at what lies ahead. 

This year’s conference also features the 8th Annual Best Rice in the World Contest. International recognition awaits the the country that produces the highest quality, and best tasting rice in the world.  Last year’s contest resulted in U.S Calrose taking the prize for Best Rice in the World and we continue to receive more interest year-on-year, as the race to be recognized as the best offers a kaleidoscope of opportunity in the global rice market. 

We would also like to extend a special thanks to our sponsors and supporting organizations, including Gold Sponsors, Buhler, New Senior Corporate Sponsors, SangFah Agri Product Co. Ltd and Thanasan Rice Co. Ltd, Welcome reception sponsors EFA Group and MSC (M, Phoenix Commodities,  Conference Bag sponsors Filhet-Allard Maritime, Coffee Break Sponsors EFA Group and Mediterranean Shipping (Thailand) Co, Stationery sponsor, Sleepwell Industries/Thai Rice and Food Co. Ltd, Lanyard Sponsor, Cotecna and Corporate Sponsor, SGS. We also have a long list of exhibitors, Kett, Bureau Veritas, Induss, Daewon GSI, Absortech, Vinafood 1, Intertek, Toumi Intertrade, Lotus Rice, Super Dry, Studia Appani, IDP (Lao) and Mantram Technofab for making this your choice event. We would also like to acknowledge the support of the Thai Rice Exporters Association, Cambodia Rice Federation, Vietnam Food Association and numerous delegates who have formed groups to make this event an amazing network of rice trade professionals.

Thank you for attending,


Jeremy Zwinger,

President/CEO, International Commodity Institute & The Rice Trader