Working group 1 (WG1) is dealing with both topics Economics and Marketing. The current board of WG1 doesn’t have any information on the organizers and activities of the period before 1985. In that year there was a (sub-) working group meeting in Zeist in the Netherlands. In 1986 Ole Winfridsson from Sweden became the chairman. In the 80s there were meetings in Paris and Brussels. The minutes of a meeting in Montreal in 1987 mentioned a 14th meeting of the working group. In 1989 there was a symposium combined with a WG meeting in Viborg in Denmark. At this symposium for the first time there was also attention for Information and Computer Technology (ICT) in the poultry sector. In the 90s WG1 had meetings during the European and world conferences. In 1997 WG1 organized a Symposium together with WG11 on knowledge transfer and extension. This symposium was held in Utrecht in The Netherlands. Between 1997 and 2004 WG1 was not active. In 2004 Peter van Horne from The Netherlands became chairman and Alois Mettler from Switzerland was the secretary. After a meeting at the WPC in Istanbul 2004 and at the EPC in Verona 2006 WG1 organized a Round Table on Poultry Economics and Marketing. The first round table was held at the ITAVI institute in Paris in 2007 and the second in Antwerp in 2009. At a round table the members have a discussion on actual topics in the Poultry sector directly related to Economics and Marketing. In Antwerp this was combined with a public part with some invited speakers. This was organized in cooperation with the local WPSA branch.
At this moment the WG has around 16 members representing 11 countries. The WG plans to hold meetings during the EPC and WPC and, in the years between, organize a round table.
For further information contact the chairman: Prof. Peter Van Horne, The Netherlands, .