July 01, 2022

BoMill unveils its revolutionary grain sorting equipment: BoMill InSight™ - ready for field test

The Swedish agritech company BoMill AB unveils BoMill InSight™, the next generation of industrial grain sorting equipment able to sort grain lots, kernel by kernel, at industrial speed – up to 15mt/h, based on each single kernel's internal properties. 

Benefiting from years of experience and feedback from customers and the grain industry, the company has developed BoMill InSight™, the next generation industrial grain quality sorting equipment.

With its innovative patented sorting technology, using near-infrared transmittance (NIR-T) spectroscopy, BoMill InSight™ reduces waste and loss of valuable quantities of grain while making industrial processes more efficient. 

'We are globally facing challenges related to the grain supply as well as implementation of stricter regulations, which emphasises the need for technologies that offer new capabilities. I am excited to see the result from the development of our new BoMill InSight™ which offers the grain industry and food processors unique opportunities to capture the hidden value of grains while helping reduce waste in the value chain. With an attractive return on investment and scalable capacity from 2mt/hour up to 15mt/hour, our next generation industrial sorting equipment opens up opportunities to capitalise on the interest we have received from large grain processors and at the same time offer a competitive solution where lower volume is needed.' says Andreas Jeppsson, CEO of BoMill AB.

Following the next step, after the development of its overall design, the verification and confirmation of all its functionalities, BoMill InSight™ is now entering its industrial field-testing phase in collaboration with the Swedish grain mill Lilla Harrie Valskvarn, part of the Pågen Group, the market leading bakery in Sweden. The results of the field test will then pave way for the continued launch of the equipment. In parallel, the company is ready to start promoting and selling BoMill InSight™ to its targeted markets.

A first order has already been received from GL. BUURHOLT, the leading mobile grain processor in Scandinavia. BoMill InSight™ will be installed with two sorting modules giving a capacity of up to 4 mt/h. The delivery is scheduled for Q1 2023.

BoMill InSight™ at a glance
The word 'insight' is defined as the ability to acquire a clear and deep understanding of a complicated situation. The BoMill InSight™ brand illustrates the unique ability of the equipment to uncover what cannot be seen, by looking inside each single kernel and sorting each individual kernel according to its internal quality parameters, at industrial speed. BoMill InSight™ will revolutionise the industry, allowing grain processors to sort commercial lots, on a large scale, according to quality parameters they could not act upon before.  

Based on BoMill's proven quality sorting technology using Near-Infrared Transmittance (NIR-T) spectroscopy, BoMill InSight™ is built on a new technological platform developed with versatility and low total cost of ownership for the customers in mind. 

Its innovative modular design, composed of a light and sturdy frame with up to eight sorting modules, allows an efficient set-up and installation to suit different configurations, low utility consumptions, simplified maintenance to maximise customers' uptime and an upgradable capacity to suit customers' future needs. 

With a flexible sorting capacity from 2 and up to 15 mt/h (equivalent to about 125 000 kernels analysed per second) responding to highly demanding industrial standards, BoMill InSight™ addresses the sorting needs of all types of grain processors where internal properties such as protein level, fusarium contamination or vitreousness are of interest for process and supply chain optimisation.

For more information about BoMill visit the website, HERE. 

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BDC Systems and IGHS helps grain processing plant reach third phase

Working alongside BDC Systems and its partner Irish Grain Handling Services (IGHS), the Hobson family were able to complete the third phase of developing their high tech grain cleaning, drying and storage plant in time for harvest last year.

"Previous wet harvests and no control over green grain prices, meant that investment to improve productivity and efficiency of our grain handling process was imperative. A grain dryer was essential," explains David Hobson, who farms with his father John and brother Robert.

The family currently farms 570 hectares of cropping which includes winter wheat, rye, milling oats and oil seed rape, spring barley, beans and camelina and herbal leys at their Warrenstown Farm in County Meath, north of Dublin.

BDC Systems and IGHS were involved in the design of the first phase of the new plant thanks to their proven reputation in successfully designing and installing grain processing plants. Phase one included a 27tph Svegma continuous flow drier, a Soby aspirating pre-cleaning and a Zanin rotating drum cleaner.

"The Svegma drier is crucial to our business," continues Mr Hobson. "It has allowed us to increase our contract storage business, which includes working with multiple grain merchants in the east of Ireland and storing and handling imported feed for grain traders … Most of the grain that we handle is sold either directly to pig and poultry users or to feed mills for the manufacturing of feed rations for livestock farmers."

"We have also been able to open up new revenue streams with the Zanin rotary drum cleaner. Its four interchangeable screens are used to suit the crop and sample requirement," he adds.

The Hobson family. From left: Robert, John and David.

During the process, grain is fed into the plant via a Skandia curved intake chain and flight conveyor with a six metre intake, one and a half metres below the level of the tipping trailers. From the intake, grain is sent directly to the aspirating pre-cleaner via a belt and bucket to remove any dust and chaff.

Depending on the route the grain takes, it can be sent directly to the grain store or sent to the drum cleaner and then the drier. It can also be cleaned only or dried only. Dried grain which doesn't reach the required moisture content can be returned to the Svegma drier, which also operates as a batch drier.

Successful installation of phase one of the facility meant that BDC Systems and IGHS were able to develop phase two of the plant and further increase the Hobsons' grain storage capabilities. A five 60tph Skandia chain and flight conveyors were installed, which connected the plant to two more grain stores. To dry to trailer was required, in order to transport the grain to another grain store located nearby and to handle contract dried corn to be taken off the farm.

The plant managed just below 20,000 tonnes of grain during the 2021 harvest and the drying campaign began during the winter barley harvest in mid-July, finishing in early October.

"The plant allows us to not only meet our customers' needs by separating and cleaning different varieties of grain to the highest standard, it has enabled us to focus on organic and regenerative farming practices. We have experimented with combi-cropping, growing cereal crops alongside legumes to promote symbiosis and productivity and we needed a system that could handle the different grain," says Mr Hobson.

"Anyone looking to upgrade their existing grain handling facility or build a completely new plant can do no better than to talk to BDC Systems and IGHS," he concludes.

For more information on BDC Systems visit their website, HERE.

Image credit: BDC Systems


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Joint COCERAL, FEDIOL, and FEFAC reaction to the proposed deforestation regulation

Following the adoption of the General Approach of the Council on the EC proposal for a regulation on deforestation-free products during the Environment Council meeting of 28 June, COCERAL, FEDIOL, and FEFAC welcome certain elements like the Council's move to avoid duplication of due diligence but are concerned that no significant changes have been put forward on traceability, cooperation with third countries, and chain of custody.

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The Council has maintained the Commission's proposal to require traceability to plot information for all volumes sourced by operators. Even if some farmers in producing countries can comply with this requirement, collecting geolocation data of smallholders and co-operatives faces important technical, logistical, legal, and governance challenges, which cannot be addressed by companies alone. If such challenges are not solved under a multi-stakeholder approach involving local governments, local industry actors, EU operators, the European Commission, and NGOs, companies will not be able to collect reliable geolocation to plot information for the majority of smallholders currently part of their supply chains.

To support rapid implementation and provide equivalent assurances, they call for traceability to production area, to be checked by satellite monitoring and checks on the ground as part of an operator's due diligence. They also strongly urge the Commission to tackle the abovementioned challenges through Forest Partnerships, development assistance, and any other required means before implementing and enforcing the geolocation to plot requirement of the Regulation.

Given that compliance with certain requirements of the Regulation will prove challenging for some actors in producing countries, they are concerned that the chapter on cooperation with third countries was not strengthened by the Council in order to address those challenges. To avoid the exclusion of a large portion of producers from supply chains into the EU as well as any shortages in the provision of relevant commodities, targeted cooperation and development assistance, as well as financial incentives, will be required to enable the establishment of national traceability systems, proper land tenure regulation, deforestation-prevention through capacity and knowledge building for environmentally and economically sustainable and deforestation-free agriculture, and much more.

While the Commission's Proposal does not explicitly refer to the required chain of custody for delivering deforestation-free products, its inclusion of 'risk of mixing with products of unknown origin or produced in areas where deforestation or forest degradation has occurred or is occurring' as part of an operator's risk assessment presupposes that deforestation-free products cannot be physically mixed with products which have not been verified as 'deforestation-free'.

Requesting a separation of flows of verified and non-verified products throughout all supply chain stages, will have a disruptive, trade distorting effect on global soy supply chains to the EU while undermining deforestation-free commitments and efforts already undertaken in high-risk areas. It would require building new infrastructure (country elevators, silos, crushing lines or plants, port loading) at such prohibitive costs that operators in most large ports are likely to abstain from the investment. As a result, supply flows into the EU are expected to be considerably reduced and to switch from high risk to low risk areas, abandoning all positive engagement and incentives to farmers to halt deforestation.

Mass balance to date has supported demand for deforestation-free production in high-risk areas and therefore incentivised the halting of deforestation.

COCERALFEDIOL, and FEFAC stand ready to provide any additional information and examples from practical experience to support the Council and European Parliament in their negotiations of the Deforestation Regulation with a view to ensure deforestation-free supplies in Europe and to continue effective action against deforestation in producer countries. 

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IFEEDER & WWF announce Feed Systems Sustainability Summit

The Institute for Feed Education and Research (IFEEDER) and World Wildlife Fund (WWF) have partnered to debut the Feed Systems Sustainability Summit, set to take place Sept. 28-29, in Milwaukee, Wis. The summit will bring together the full feed value chain, including upstream and downstream entities, to advance action around four critical sustainable feed systems components: circularity, innovation, regenerative agriculture and responsible sourcing.
'The animal feed sector has the unique opportunity to lead the transformation towards sustainable production across the agricultural industry, but only by working together,' says Courtney Hall, director of sustainable livestock systems, WWF. 'That's why we want to build a community that spans the entire value chain of the feed system, so stakeholders can share insights, harness ambition, and ultimately collaborate to move at a far faster pace than any one organisation could alone.'

The in-person event will convene a select group of diverse stakeholders who collaboratively share a vision for sustainable feed systems. To garner input, thought provoking case studies and engaging workgroup discussions will be the cornerstone of the summit. 

To ensure participation across the full feed value chain, organisations can participate by sponsoring, submitting a case study, or by invitation. In the months preceding the event, IFEEDER and WWF will offer three, no-cost webinars exploring topics impacting feed system sustainability efforts. 

IFEEDER and WWF are seeking high quality case studies from a diverse selection of organisations representing the feed supply chain. Case studies should demonstrate relevant activities across the feed supply chain that activate the sustainability pillars: people, planet and governance. 

'The feed sector's sustainability efforts are influenced by many stakeholders both upstream and downstream of the industry, creating real opportunities for improved clarity,' says Lara Moody, executive director, IFEEDER. 'Gathering perspectives and exploring challenges and opportunities through case studies will help elucidate needs to be addressed.'

IFEEDER and WWF thank the host sponsor, Chr. Hansen Animal Nutrition, and the showcasing sponsors, Bayer and Syngenta, for their generous support of the Feed Systems Sustainability Summit. Additional sponsorship opportunities are available.

For more information visit the IFEEDER website, HERE.
Or visit the WWF website, HERE. 

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June 30, 2022

AFIA opens registration for Equipment Manufacturers Conference 2022

Registration is now open for the American Feed Industry Association's (AFIA) Equipment Manufacturers Conference, being held November 9-11 in St. Petersburg, Fla, USA.

Hosted by the AFIA's Equipment Manufacturers Committee, this annual conference focuses on updating the equipment sector of the feed industry on current issues and trends, providing an environment for learning from educational speakers and industry leaders, and bringing the industry together to network.

'Sustainability has become a topic that permeates all aspects of feed and equipment manufacturing,' says Gary Huddleston, AFIA's director of feed manufacturing and regulatory affairs. 'While the animal food industry has long been committed to sustainable manufacturing, there is more work to be done, and we are excited to focus on that at this year's conference.'

Themed, 'Building An Industry Perspective On Sustainability,' the three-day event kicks off with the annual golf tournament, which raises money for the Institute for Feed Education and Research's scholarship fund, a program designed to encourage college students to consider careers in the feed or grain sciences.

Educational programs at the conference will also include a panel on what sustainability means in the current feed industry environment, discussions on communicating with government, customers and the public, and more.

Early-bird registration runs through October 7, with a discounted rate of US$720 for AFIA members and US$1,415 for non-members.

Register and view more information on the event's website, HERE.

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Bioprocessing partnership for future of food and feed

Swiss Bühler Group has announced the formation of a new joint venture with Austrian pharmaceutical and biotechnology company ZETA. The new company, Eridia, will engineer food and feed biotechnology plants primarily in the fields of precision fermentation and cellular agriculture. ZETA brings extensive experience in scaling pilot scale to industrial bio pharma. Bühler is a market leader in providing technology and processing expertise for the food and feed industry and is focused on creating more sustainable value chains for its customers worldwide. Eridia, headquartered in Leobendorf, Austria, is a 50/50 joint venture that will develop solutions to meet the rising global demand for food and feed while reducing the impact on the environment.

'Harnessing bioprocessing for the food and feed industry is not new, but it needs to be applied at scale. Technologies such as precision fermentation and cellular agriculture offer the potential to drastically reduce the land and CO2e footprints of food and feed production. This is a potential pathway to produce food and feed for a growing world population whilst respecting the limits of the planet. We want to accelerate the development of this market and better serve our customers. ZETA is a fantastic partner with which to achieve this,' says Ian Roberts, Chief Technology Officer, Bühler. 

The 50/50 joint venture, Eridia will enable Bühler and ZETA to contribute further to the field of precision fermentation as well as to the newer field of cellular agriculture. 

Precision fermentation uses microorganisms as cell factories to efficiently produce valuable nutrients and functional ingredients such as proteins, omega-3 rich oils, or natural pigments. Developed further, it can also be used to recreate animal products such as meat or fish. This new field of cellular agriculture can help alleviate the pressure on ecosystems by reducing the impact of food and feed production on arable land, biodiversity, and greenhouse gas emissions. With cellular agriculture, meat products can be cultivated that are identical in structure and taste to the animal counterpart without raising animals. 

Biotech expertise and experience at scaling
ZETA brings experience in biopharma process engineering, having been the selected supplier for major biotech projects globally. With 1,200 highly qualified employees and 22 subsidiaries worldwide, it specializes in planning, automation, digitization, and qualification of customized biopharmaceutical facilities for aseptic process solutions. ZETA supports the scale-up of fermentation processes from laboratory to industrial production and will apply this expertise to the field of cell culture fermentation for the food industry.

Bühler holds a leading position in the global food and feed industry, contributing to feeding over two billion people every day. Bühler brings expertise in processing technologies, a deep knowledge of the cost competitive food and feed markets, and global access to those markets. Bühler is exploring new applications and technology developments in these fields, in line with its target to have solutions ready to multiply that reduce by 50 percent the energy, waste, and water in its customers' value chains by 2025.

The new company will have its headquarters in Leobendorf, Austria, but also leverage the Bühler innovation campus in Uzwil, Switzerland. Erika Georget, Head of Bioprocessing at Bühler, and Claudia Neuhold, Business Development Food and Biotech at ZETA, will join the managing team of Eridia.

'We are very excited about the joint venture with Bühler. We see this as an opportunity to bring our expertise in biotechnology to bear in order to provide more sustainable pathways for food and feed production at a global scale,' says Andreas Marchler, Managing Director of ZETA.

'Bühler is simply the right partner for us. We bring our competence and leverage this with Bühler's market access in order to grow in this exciting segment,' says Claudia Neuhold, Business Development Food and Biotech at ZETA. 

'This is a great opportunity to support our customers in their next steps in developing production for the food and feed system. We see that the existing fermentation space for food is already developing further, and cultured foods are progressing well. Eridia allows us to play a key role in the development of these new food and feed businesses,' says Erika Georget, Head of Bioprocessing at Bühler.

For more information about Bühler visit the website, HERE. 

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Alex Carnahan promoted to engineering manager for LeMar Industries

Alex Carnahan has been promoted to Engineering Manager for LeMar Industries, a subsidiary of Brock Grain Systems, according to Nicholas Kiederlen, Plant Manager for the CTB, Inc. business unit. In his new position, Mr Carnahan will be responsible for leading the engineering team in designing towers, catwalks, and other grain structures for large, complex grain storage systems.

Mr Carnahan had been named Senior Structures Engineer for LeMar Industries in July 2021. Prior to his employment with CTB, Mr Carnahan worked 13 years as a Senior Structural Engineer for a national engineering and design company, where he led numerous large projects from design through completion. He graduated from the University of Illinois in Urbana, Illinois, earning a bachelor's degree in civil engineering with a focus on structures.

A native of Sherrard, Illinois, Mr Carnahan currently resides in Altoona, Iowa.

For more information about LeMar Industries visit the website, HERE.

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