WGS2021 - Brief Report

The 7th Whole Grain Summit 2021 (WGS2021), originally planned physically in Rome, was held as online conference from 25-27 October 2021.

At the WGS participants from all sectors, disciplines and cultures collaborated and worked towards understanding why and how to increase consumption of whole grain (WG) foods possibly through collective solutions.

Some 180 experts from 30 countries attended the conference, 26 oral presentations in 8 sessions were presented, partly in parallel sessions, also 35 posters complemented the outstanding scientific programme.

Further, two Best Poster Awards, sponsored by the Journal of Cereal Science, have been awarded for innovative or exceptional work in whole grain cereals and pseudocereals research.

The awardees are:

  • Rubina Rumler, University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences, Vienna, Austria

Poster title “Sorghum and its potential for the Western Diet”


  • Payal Kapoor, National Agri Food Biotechnology Institute (NABI), India

Poster title “Anthocyanin rich wheat: Food for healthy gut”

ICBC2021 - Brief Report

The digital 16th ICC Cereal and Bread Congress 2021 (ICBC2021) kicked off with opening keynote talks on „Delivering Health Benefits with Bakery Products” and “Preharvest Sprouting”.

Conference topics were:

  • Cereal nutrition for health-conscious consumers
  • Food safety and security
  • Sustainable agricultural technology systems
  • Milling and bread making technology
  • Novel processing techniques for extrusion and biscuit making
  • Noodle quality and acceptability
  • Wholegrains, their definition and utilisation in foods
  • Molecular approaches to grain breeding
  • Global supply chain and trade
  • Alternative grain crops
  • Analytical methods for quality determination
  • Consumer perception of grain-based foods

The participation of 230 experts from 38 countries around the globe showed the high relevance of this sector in industry and health.

81 posters and 44 oral presentations contributed to the attractive scientific programme of ICBC2021, presented in 13 sessions.

ICC’s affiliated journal „Journal of Cereal Science“ kindly sponsored the two best poster presentations with the Young Scientist Award.

The awards were given to:

Ana Magallanes Lopez, North Dakota State University, US, who presented her work on SOLVENT RETENTION CAPACITY: SUPPLEMENTAL SOLVENTS FOR EVALUATION GLUTEN QUALITY



16 November 2021: International Whole Grain Day  - Sign up today!

On Nov. 16th, 3:30-5:00 PM CET the Whole Grain Initiative and a host of global leaders will discuss how the daily consumption of whole grains is a vital part of not only healthy, but also sustainable diets. Watch out the programme and register here. We invite you to participate in this webinar and spread the word throughout your organization and network.

ICC Webinar: Cereal beta-glucan: the good, the bad and the viscous - Health Claims, Regulatory Landscape & Analytical Methodology

Cereal beta-Glucan is one of the main polysaccharide constituents of cereals, especially barley and oats. While these cereals have been staple food for animal nutrition, they are increasingly becoming popular and widespread as food. The consumption of these beta-glucan rich cereals is linked to their recognised health benefits on our cardiovascular system. Health benefits and the associated labelling claims, allowed to food manufacturers are linked to the accurate measurement of beta-glucan content. The analytical methodology required to accurately measure beta–glucan in its entirety, allowing for compliant health claims will be discussed together with other available methods.

Read more and register - CLICK HERE

9 November 2021: Whole Grains - A Game Changer for Public and Planetary Health

The WholEUGrain project partner, Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Slovenia - Chamber of Agricultural and Food Enterprises (CCIS-CAFE) and the Whole Grain Initiative are delighted to invite you to join the virtual policy roundtable, 'Whole Grains: A Game Changer for Public and Planetary Health – Can the Slovenian experience inspire Europe to address its leading dietary risk factor?' on 9 November 2021 from 14:00 to 15:55 (CET).

The roundtable will bring together high-level speakers, including policymakers, academics, healthcare professionals and patient representatives, to discuss whole grains as a key component of healthy and sustainable diets, and how policy initiatives, underpinned by rigorous science, can help to increase the alarmingly low levels of whole grain intake in Europe. As a thematic meeting held during the Slovenian Presidency of the Council of the EU and amid the rollout of the new Farm to Fork Strategy of the European Commission, the event will focus on the Slovenian experience in driving decisive action to address this public health issue across other EU Member States. Furthermore, the roundtable will also be an inspiring occasion for participants from other regions of the world to find solutions to similar problem via the exchange of best practices and knowledge. 

See the programme and register here.

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