2023 AOCS Annual Meeting & Expo
April 30–May 3, 2023
Colorado Convention Center | Denver, Colorado, USA

Edible Fats and Oils Refining: Basic Principles and Modern Practices

Masterclass on Solvent Extraction with Tim Kemper

Course Description

Delve into the intricacies of edible oil refinement in this 2-day short course. This course emphasizes practical applications and optimization, enabling participants to make informed decisions in their plant operations and refine edible oils effectively.

Day 1 lays the foundation by exploring the extraction techniques of various oils, emphasizing their influence on oil yield and quality, followed by an in-depth study of degumming processes, bleaching techniques, and filtration principles.

Day 2 transitions into advanced topics such as deodorization, hydrogenation, inter-esterification, and fractionation. This course provides you with the opportunity to engage with industry experts, explore innovations, and gain a comprehensive understanding of the oil refining landscape.

Distinguished engineers Alan Paine and Roberto Berbesi are the course organizers. Alan, a chemical engineer with an impressive 36-year career at Desmet, is known for his pioneering contributions to vegetable oil refineries. Alan was the Vice Chair of the AOCS Processing Division from 2020-2023 and is a regular speaker at AOCS meetings and seminars organized by the U.S. Soybean Export Council.

Roberto Berbesi, a Chemical Engineer with over three decades in the fats and oils industry, currently serves as the Global Technical Lead for the fluid purification division at Oil-Dri. Roberto has been a member of the AOCS leadership team for the Latin American Section since 2001.

Course Topics Include:

  • ✓ Extraction and Oil Quality
  • ✓ Degumming
  • ✓ The Solvent Extraction Process
  • ✓ Bleaching Principles and Techniques
  • ✓ Filtration
  • ✓ Deodorization
  • ✓ Hydrogenation
  • ✓ Interesterification
  • ✓ Fractionation
  • ✓ Winterization/Dewaxing

Who should attend?

Whether you're an experienced oilseed plant operator, a dedicated process engineer, or a research scientist, this course is designed to meet your needs. Roles could include:

  • ✓ Sustainability Manager
  • ✓ Facility Manager
  • ✓ Lab Technician
  • ✓ Process Engineer
  • ✓ Analytical Chemist
  • ✓ Plant Operator
Plant manager inspecting edible oil refining equipment

Short Course Location and Pricing

Attend our 2024 refining short course at the Palais des congrès in Montréal, held prior to the AOCS Annual Meeting & Expo and Sustainable Protein Forum, and get a $200 discount on the annual meeting registration. Non-members, consider joining us for $209 and get access to incredible discounts, job opportunities, mentorship, member-only masterclasses, and more, with over $2,000 in savings. Join today.

*The $200 annual meeting discount cannot be applied to already reduced rates for retirees, students, and early career professionals.

Short Course Early Rate Non-member

$845.00


Receive $200 off the ticket price for the 2024 AOCS Annual Meeting & Expo and Sustainable Protein Forum.


Important Dates:

  • Early Rate ends March 1, 2024
  • Standard Rate ends April 5, 2024
  • Online Registration ends April 22, 2024

Short Course Regular Rate Non-member

$945.00


Receive $200 off the ticket price for the 2024 AOCS Annual Meeting & Expo and Sustainable Protein Forum.


Important Dates:

  • Early Rate ends March 1, 2024
  • Standard Rate ends April 5, 2024
  • Online Registration ends April 22, 2024
Best Value

Short Course Early Rate Member

$745.00


Receive $200 off the ticket price for the 2024 AOCS Annual Meeting & Expo and Sustainable Protein Forum.


Important Dates:

  • Early Rate ends March 1, 2024
  • Standard Rate ends April 5, 2024
  • Online Registration ends April 22, 2024

Short Course Regular Rate Member

$845.00


Receive $200 off the ticket price for the 2024 AOCS Annual Meeting & Expo and Sustainable Protein Forum.


Important Dates:

  • Early Rate ends March 1, 2024
  • Standard Rate ends April 5, 2024
  • Online Registration ends April 22, 2024



If you prefer to complete your registration by mail or email, please download and complete this form.

Student Pricing

Enhance your scientific career with AOCS's refining short course, now available to students at a deeply discounted rate of $495. Expand your horizons by networking with industry experts and potential employers, acquire cutting-edge knowledge, and access unique learning resources and experiences.

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Meet Our Course Instructors

Our esteemed instructors, who are industry experts and represent leading companies, bring a wealth of knowledge and diverse international perspectives to the course, offering unparalleled insights into the world of edible fats and oils refining.

Instructor Bios

Refining Short Course Instructors

Jorge Bello

Jorge Bello

Technical Support Manager
US Silica Corporation

Roberto Berbesi

Roberto Berbesi

Global Technical Lead
Oil Dri Corporation of America

Bryent Blankenship

Bryent Blankenship

Global Technical Sales Mgr., Crush
Crown Iron Works

Michael Boyer

Michael J. Boyer, PE

President
AWT Management Services, Inc.

Anibal Demarco

Anibal Demarco

Process Technology Mgr., Oilseeds Preparation & Extraction
Desmet

Véronique Gibon

Véronique Gibon

Consultant
Artemis Lipids

Greg Hatfield

Greg Hatfield

Dir., Global Refining & Specialty Ingredients Technology
Bunge North America

Orayne Kondur

Orayne Kondur

Sales Engineer
Desmet

Fahmi Kresmagus

Fahmi Kresmagus

Application Development and Product Manager
Clariant

Randy Kruger

Randy Kruger

Dir., Engineering Support for North America, Crush & Refining
Bunge

Alan Paine

Alan Paine

Consultant
ARP Lipids Consulting

Jens Schienke

Jens Schienke

General Mgr. Sales
JELU WERK Josef Ehrler GmbH & Co. KG

Bart Scholten

Bart Scholten

Managing Director, Europe
Envirogren

Patrick Schürmann

Patrick Schürmann

Product Mgr. Sales
GEA Westfalia Separator Group GmbH

Joanna Wawrzynczy

Joanna Wawrzynczy

Manager
Novonesis

Bill Younggreen

Bill Younggreen

Regional Business Mgr., USA & Canada, Oils & Fats Systems
Alfa Laval Inc.


Registration & Course Access

Registration is required for all attendees, both members and non-members, to participate in the live, in-person short course at Palais des congrès de Montréal, Québec, Canada. Please note this year's course will not be recorded or available for live streaming or on-demand viewing.

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