1st World Congress on Hygienic Engineering and Design 2011 - Macedonia

During the Conference organized by RUSFoST (from 4 - 5 October, 2010 in St. Petersburg, Russia), EHEDG Macedonian Regional Section was awarded to be host of the First World Congress for Hygienic Engineering and Design. 

EHEDG World Congress took place in Hotel Granit in Ohrid, Macedonia from the 21 - 25 September, 2011.

This event was a Summit of Hygienic Design expertise, where over 281 participants from 38 countries worldwide exchanged their experiences, new developments and innovations in this area.

42 presentations in two parallel sessions: 1) Hygienic Design and 2) Food Quality & Safety and Food Production & Processing gave an insight into the various fields of expertise of the high-class EHEDG lecturers and academia representatives who offered the delegates’ two highly informative days. All participants were more than satisfied with the successful outcome which is documented in the 1st Journal of Hygienic Engineering and Design.

Sponsor companies of the event: Van Meeuwen, Tensid Chemie Cmbh, Swisslion, Tetra Pak, Danfoss, Kozuvcanka, Scanjet, GEA, Serendipity, SKF, Skovin, and Makprogres, were able to present their latest products and services in the exhibition space. It was an excellent and unique opportunity for them to attract new customers, reaffirm long-term customer relationships and present their most innovative products, equipment, materials and services in the area of food safety production.

The Congress revealed to be an excellent platform for networking and meetings, especially on its final ‘Brokerage Event’ day, where in business terms were closed businesses in total amount of over 10 million euros.

This great event was organized by Consulting and Training Center KEY which in the same time is EHEDG Macedonian Regional Section headquarter.

Beside the working part of the Congress, there was a special social programme, where all participants had an opportunity to get familiar with our country beauties, traditions, heritage and Macedonian hospitality.


“May I add my sincere thanks to you both for the amazing amount of effort you put into making the Congress such a success. Attracting over 200 delegates and organising two full days of forty-two presentations was an outstanding achievement. And, on top of all that, you arranged a wonderful Social Programme for us all”
Eric Partington
Consultant, Nickel Institute, United Kingdom

“Thank you very much for the very great experience of enjoying your country and hospitality. From start to finish, it truly was a first rate education session and a chance to develop new relationships that will serve our common goal of hygienic design and food safety. … thank you again to you for the wonderful program and experience”.
Tim Rugh
Executive Director, 3-A, USA

“This is just to let you know one more time that the events in Ohrid were a great success and it will be extremely difficult to match this. Thank you for all your efforts. It is not just me, but many participants have been telling me how much they enjoyed the congress and how they appreciate all these documents you produced (journal, book of abstracts, etc.).
Huub Lelieveld
President, GHI, The Netherlands

“Thank you again for the great job you both have done. We have had a fantastic event to my opinion”.
Piet Steenaard
Treasurer, EHEDG International, The Netherlands

“More than a week after the EHEDG congress I hope you can look back on a good time in Ohrid. Herewith our thanks to Vladimir Kakurinov and Snezana Kakurinova for the excellent organisation of the congress on a beautiful location!”
Karel Mager
Quality Management Specialist, Givaudan, The Netherlands

“… this is to confirm again that you did excellent work in all aspects by organizing the congress. …  You can be sure that you have fulfilled all our expectations in the best possible way”. 

“Once again, I like to thank you and Vladimir for your excellent work and outstanding contribution to EHEDG in 2011. Your efforts made the Congress in Macedonia a great success of which the both of you and your team can be proud”.
Susanne Flenner
Secretary, EHEDG International, Germany

 “… and I also would like to express my sincere gratitude for your effort to organize the Congress. You must have been exhausted after everything ended successfully. It was a wonderful experience visiting your country”.
Takashi Hayashi
Owner, Kanto Kongoki Industrial CO.LTD, Japan

“We had a very good time in Ohrid. You succeeded in getting not only a very interesting congress from the professional point of view but also a very friendly atmosphere, that is at least as important as the first thing”.
Rafael Soro
Project Manager, AINIA-Centro Technologico, Spain

“We, Sergiy and myself, take this opportunity to thank you one more time for the excellent organization of the conference, for your charming hospitality, for the warmth and enchanting featuring of your country”.
Yaroslav Zasiadko
Professor Dr
, National University of Food Technologies, Ukraine

“Thanks for the perfect congress. It was a pleasure to be in Macedonia and part of the congress.
Gunter Zimmerman
Engineer, Nestle PTC Konolfingrn, Switzerland

“Thanks for a fantastic congress, perfectly administrated”.
Stefan Åkesson,
Food Safety & Equipment Safety Manager, Tetra Pak Processing Systems, Sweden

“We had such a good time in Ohrid”.
“We will keep excellent memories of Ohrid, Macedonia, and the EHEDG Congress!”
Brigitte Carpentier
Scientist, French Agency for food, environment & Occupational Health & Safety, France

“It was a very nice and well organized meeting allowing us to get connect to nice and interesting people. I enjoyed the event and of course Macedonia very much, especially as I have never been to your country before”.
Dirk Nikoleiski,
Product Protection & Hygienic Design, Kraft Foods, Germany

„I safely arrived at home after 14 hours of travel. But it was worth it. Thanks a lot to you and Snezana. You did a great job in organizing the EHEDG congress. I will remember as long as I live. Ohrid is really a pearl“.
Ferdinand Schwabe
Manager, Food & Beverage, Trelleborg Sealing Solutions, Germany

“Dear both, Vladimir and Snezana, I'd like once again to express my sincere thanks for everything what was done by you and yours supporters to make that World Congress so fruitful and successful event not only from organising point of view, but also through the wonderful surroundings together with your hospitality as never to be forgotten pleasure for being there”.
Tadeusz Matuszek
Professor Dr
, Gdansk University, Poland

“I want to congratulate you for the great organization and good content of World Congress held in Macedonia last week.
Jean-Christophe Brossard
SKF Global Manager, Food and Beverage Segment, France

“I really enjoyed spending time with you and Snezana during the Congress and thank you so much for all your efforts. I see that New Food has printed a press release about the success of the Congress so I hope this makes you very proud. Thanks for all the photos and I will treasure the memories!!!!”
Andrew Timperley
Owner, Timperley Consulting, United Kingdom

”Thank you for a very well organized congress”.
Mette Stenby,
PhD student, DTU Fødevareinstituttet , Denmark

“I want to use this opportunity and once again to thank you and Snezhana for your hospitality and for those unforgettable days we spent in Ohrid”.
Mark Shamitsian
Professor Dr
, St. Petersburg University, Russia

 “Just wanted to thank you again for your help and hospitality and let you know that I really enjoyed the congress”.
Glenn Flueckiger
Professor Dr, HES-SO Valais University, Switzerland

And again, congratulations for what you and your family realized.
Johan Roels
Sales Manager, J-TEC, Belgium

“It was indeed a great time”.
Hein Timmerman
Sector Specialist & Business Development Director PF , Diversey, Inc., Germany

Dear Macedonian great team!
“Just to thank all Your support and most of all Your friendship; I really enjoyed the EHEDG meeting and I just want to recognize Your wonderful work”.
Marco Antonio Leon Felix
President, Sommeica, Mexico

“With this event you have proved your professionalism as world class congress organizers. Once again, congratulations”.
Marta Naumovska-Grnarova,
General manager, ZAVAR, Macedonia

“I would like to thank on your hospitality, great Congress organization, excellent food and fun”.
Vlasta Pili┼żota
Professor Dr
, J. J. Strosmaer University, Croatia

 “With this I want to express my gratitude for inviting me to participate at the Congress and especially I would like to congratulate you on perfect organization, because you provided us with everything-even wonderful weather”.
Slavko Mirecki
Professor Dr
, University of Podgorica, Montenegro

“I would like to congratulate you on successful Congress and excellent organization”.
Frosina Meskova,
General Executive Director, Swisslion, Macedonia

“My colleagues and business partners gave me a fantastic feedback from the meeting. I am sorry not to have participated”.
Henning Wolter
Senior Project & Supply Chain Manager, GEA Process Engineering, The Netherlands