June 05, 2020

BIOMIN opens new state-of-the-art premix production facility in Austria

BIOMIN recently opened an ultra-modern premix production facility in order to meet the growing customer demand for its animal nutrition products, including mineral feed, premixes and specialties.

Production began in Haag am Hausruck in Austria in February. The facility can process up to 10 metric tons of finished product per hour. It includes an on-site laboratory for quality control and 54 silos with a storage capacity of 1100 m³.
 
The new BIOMIN production facility in Haag am Hausruck, Austria
Photo credit: BIOMIN and ERBER Group
'The new production unit represents the BIOMIN promise to customers by leveraging advanced technologies to deliver high quality animal nutrition solutions while ensuring safety, sustainability and traceability' stated Franz Waxenecker, Managing Director of BIOMIN.

Safety and traceability
The facility has been designed to ensure full transparency and minimise the risk of cross-contamination of final product. Self-driving automated guided vehicles (AGVs) ensure transport of materials throughout the facility in a closed container system. Batch managed inventory and electronic records capture when employees perform specific actions such as dosing or emptying each silo, for example.

Sustainability
Given the firm's mission to help improve the sustainability of agriculture the plant generates power from a geothermal system and solar panels on the rooftop.

'Our nutrition solutions contribute to sustainability by improving the efficiency of farm animals, boosting farm and feed mill profitability and reducing the ecological footprint of agriculture,' stated Barbara Rüel, Head of Global Product Management Animal Nutrition at BIOMIN.

Growth ambition
'While we have had considerable success bringing our unique feed additives to customers in over 130 countries, our nutrition management solutions encompassing premixes, mineral feeds and specialties has until recently been focused on several key regions,' observed Mr Waxenecker.

'With this new facility we will be able to bring our science-based nutrition solutions to customers in new markets as part of our internationalisation strategy,' he added.

Nutrition management solutions
'For many years customers have relied upon well-balanced feeding concepts designed by BIOMIN to achieve a range of objectives, including improvements in performance, health, well-being and reducing antibiotic use or environmental emissions,' stated Ms Rüel.

'Our ability to offer flexible, science-based solutions and access to innovative mycotoxin risk management and gut performance solutions are what set us apart,' concluded Ms Rüel.

The BIOMIN production unit at Haag am Hausruck has several notable quality certifications, namely GMP+, ISO 9001, ISO 14001 and HAACP.

Production facility currently running
Since scaling up production earlier in the year, BIOMIN has enacted a series of measures to ensure that it can continue to deliver premix products to farmers, feed millers and integrations in Austria and throughout the world.

Precautions taken to limit the risk of coronavirus infection include requiring employees to wear masks, restriction of outside visitors, increased sanitation measures and staggered shift work, among others.

'One result of the coronavirus situation is that agriculture and food production have been recognised as essential sector,' observed Mr Waxenecker. 'Through prompt and extensive actions put in place, we have been able to fulfill our role in the food production chain and ensure that farm animals receive high quality nutrition, so that farmers can feed the world,' he concluded.

Visit the Biomin website, HERE.
 

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June 04, 2020

Agronutris and Bühler sign a strategic agreement to scale up insect production

French biotech company, Agronutris, a pioneer in insect rearing, has signed a strategic partnership for France, with the world-leading technology company Bühler. To guarantee its success in its scale-up, Agronutris favours an integrated approach with clear responsibilities. Bühler with its tremendous experience in the Agro-Industry and its demonstrated capability in the insects industry is an ideal partner.

Relying on an experienced team that has already run or built several factories in the Agro Industry, Agronutris has clearly chosen, for its scale-up, an integrated approach to run the project. This approach limits the number of players interacting and allows a clear set of responsibilities which is key in a process with a continuous flow. This approach allows also Agronutris team to focus on the strategic activities.
 
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Insect Biology and Operational Management of Flow. Bühler Insect Technology provides industrial-scale solutions for the transformation of organic residues into quality ingredients for animal and plant nutrition. The solutions cover the entire supply chain from feedstock handling to rearing, separation and extraction. The automated system with data-driven technology allows a reliable control of operations and a continuous improvement of overall equipment effectiveness. It also ensures product traceability throughout production.

Since the beginning of 2019, Agronutris and Bühler have been collaborating in order to define, together the first industrial factory of Agronutris. Today, the two companies have finalized the complete feasibility analysis of the plant that should be operational in the last quarter 2021.

Andreas Aepli, Managing Director, Bühler Insect Technology favours the collaborative approach taken by Agronutris commenting, 'Agronutris is a leading player in the insect industry that has acquired a strong knowledge about the insect biology. We enjoy working hands in hands with a highly skilled team that knows how to conceive and operate large scale projects like this. We strongly believe they will become a successful player in the market, thanks to their experience and practical approach.'

For Agronutris too, this collaborative approach is a key factor of success. Mehdi Berrada, CEO of Agronutris said, 'In my former life, I had the chance to run a business with up to 2,000 employees and 11 factories and to visit many factories. At the end of the day, competitors have almost the same technology. The ultimate competitive advantage comes more from your R&D and from how the team runs and controls the process in the factory. The choice of Bühler allows us to have a partner with an effective experience that can engage its responsibility on the whole flow. I strongly believe that our approach that limits the number of involved players, that simplify and clarify the responsibilities and that allows us to focus on our strategic activities, is the best way to significantly mitigate the execution risk and to have a factory that operates well.'

Visit the Agronutris website, HERE.

Visit the Bühler website, HERE.
 

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China has taken measures to improve the security of its food and material reserves

by Dr Wu Wenbin, Henan University of Technology, China

At present, the outbreak of international novel coronavirus is still spreading all over the world. In this troubling period, the international community is highly concerned about the issue of ensuring ample food supply to the population.


In particular, we must increase the capacity of food produced to avoid food shortages and prevent people from being subject to panic. In the face of the evolving situation, the Chinese government has the confidence and ability to respond to these risks and challenges, solving the problem of food shortages for the Chinese people and with the aim to defeat coronavirus.
 


In recent years, China's grain production capacity has been stable, and its output has remained at a high. By implementing the strategy of storing grain on the land sustainably, grain output recently reached over 1.3 trillion tonnes for five consecutive years.

During the outbreak of novel coronavirus in China, the state food administration departments strengthened coordination. Processes have been set up to ensure the joint supply of grain and oil between Hubei and five neighboring provinces, including Hunan, Henan, Anhui and Jiangxi, to ensure the supply of grain and oil In areas subject to a severe epidemic. The stock of rice, flour and edible oil in Hubei province, Wuhan city and other key areas and cities can meet the consumption demand for over a month easily.

At the same time, China will establish a daily monitoring and reporting system for grain and oil markets, dynamically grasping the status of grain processing, transportation, distribution, supply and price, strengthen the analysis and determination of the situation, improve the early warning mechanism, keep a close eye on the abnormal fluctuations of supply and demand, and constantly optimise the dispatching mode.

Guided by scientific planning, China will focus on strengthening the development of infrastructure and information technologies. China will strengthen the development of the grain market and the grain logistics system, and strive to create an open, transparent, orderly, efficient and dynamic market.


Read more HERE.
 

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Yemmak company profile



Established in 1965, Yemmak is Turkey's leading feed machinery manufacturer, providing industrial process solutions for the animal waste processing, chemical and biomass industries.

Through its deep industry experience spanning over half a century, Yemmak exports to 35 countries on four continents, and provides services in project consulting and engineering, special-purpose projects, automation, modernization, steel construction and after-sales support with a 250-strong staff lead specialist engineers at its 50,000 m2 area plant in Bandırma, Turkey.

Yemmak is among the few producers in Turkey and Europe that can manage machinery, process and turnkey projects from a single centre.

Yemmak recognises the key role of advanced technology in improving Turkey's prospects and believes R&D investments are crucial in this regard.

As a global brand, Yemmak exports 70 percent of its products to 35 countries including Egypt, Iran, Iraq, Syria, Israel, Lebanon and the rest of the Middle East; Azerbaijan, Turkmenistan and all other Turkish republics; and Russia, Ukraine, Armenia, Sweden and Panama. Providing low energy costs, the design, production, and assembly operations of the company are of high quality, selection, reliability, and efficiency.

Yemmak sees each project as a complete system, and identifies for its customers the most optimal solutions. Yemmak stands out with its distinctive projects. With the mission of transforming factories into manufacturers that turn out products with high marginal utility, Yemmak has thus far set up numerous of the highest capacity factories, producing feed for poultry, cattle and fish. It is currently establishing the largest turkey feed factory in Russia.

Yemmak's primary product groups consist of:

- Raw material intake and cleaning units
- Storage solutions for solid and liquid raw materials
- Grinders
- Mixer systems
- Blending units
- Pelletising technologies
- Weighing and bagging machinery
- Transport equipment
- Electrical power panels and control panels
- Automation systems


Yemmak reshapes production through environmentally friendly, sustainable and innovative technologies.

Visit the Yemmak website, HERE.
 

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VIV MEA 2020 postponed to 22-24 November, 2021

The organisers of the international event VIV MEA which was planned in Abu Dhabi for August 31–2nd September, 2020 have officially announced that it has been postponed to 22–24th November, 2021.

COVID-19 is disrupting the business around the world much longer than predicted. While there is uncertainty about the re-activation of international travel, there is also concern about the general health.
 

Postponing the event to November 2021 is the most responsible decision to take. The postponement allows the organiser to deliver, together with all parties involved, the mission to stage strong, high value-adding events for and with the industry.

If you already registered for this year's edition which could not take place, your details will need to be updated in 2021. Once the online registration opens again, the organisers will make sure it is timely communicated to you.

In November 2021, the 3rd edition of VIV MEA will take place in Abu Dhabi, U.A.E., again at the ADNEC facilities. This much awaited event will finally offer the opportunity to connect the Middle East and Africa markets with the top suppliers from the world, from Feed to Food.

In the meantime, you are invited to connect with the VIV worldwide network: VIV Online 24/7.

For more information visit the VIV MEA website, HERE.
 

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Zimbabwe removes import restrictions on corn and wheat flour

The government of Zimbabwe has decided to lift the import restriction on corn and wheat flour to control the price increase in the market.

 
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The government took the decision due to price increases in bread and similar products because of the shortage of corn and wheat in the country. The price increases in bread, which is one of the basic foods of the people, caused troubles for people who have low income.

The government made the control decision to support local producers and protect the foreign currency stock.

It was announced by the Ministry of Finance and Economic Development that the restrictions were suspended and said that until November 21st, 2020, corn and wheat flour were allowed to be imported duty free.

According to the published law, the suspension of the tax on flour will include "wheat flour in bulk of 50 kg or more in bulk" or "pre-packaged wheat flour" for retail sales of less than 50 kg.

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Thai rice exports face price disadvantage

The Thai Rice Exporters Association has recently stated that the price of Thai rice is $30 to $130 USD per ton higher than its international competitors due to low supply and the strengthening of the Thai baht, so it may harm exports.

According to information from the Thai Customs Agency, Thailand exported 2,111,606 tons of rice, worth ‎฿43.046 billion Bt ($1.387 billion USD), down 32.1 percent and 15.7 percent respectively in the first four months. In the same period of the previous year, ‎฿51,069 billion Bt ($1.615 billion USD) was worth 3.112.118 tons.


 
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In April alone, 643,852 tons of rice, worth ‎฿14,550 billion Bt, increased by 23.7 percent and 32.7 percent compared to March this year, due to increasing demands from the United States (23.7%), African and Asian countries (32.7%) due to the uncertainty following the Covid-19 outbreak.

Thailand exported 160,142 tons of jasmine rice and 243,341 tons of white rice to Angola, Cameroon, Japan, the Philippines and Benin, respectively, increasing by 20.9 percent and 5.5 percent.

Meanwhile, Thailand exported 118,399 tons of boiled rice, with an annual increase of 46.0 percent, mostly to South Africa, Yemen and Benin.

Association officials reported that demand from rice importing countries slowed down, expecting rice exports to drop to about 500,000 tons in May, and Vietnam, India and Pakistan rivals returned to the market.

In addition, it was stated that the price of Thai rice remained higher than competitors due to limited supply and strengthening of the Thai baht.

It is stated that the price of white rice in Thailand is $501 USD per ton and that is $30 to $130 USD per ton higher than the price of competitors.
 

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