March 21, 2019

Satake and GABA rice market in China

by Houqing Liu, Manager, Grain Analysis Office, Satake Manufacturing (Suzhou) Co, Ltd, People’s Republic of China

Since 1949, the food industry in China has experienced four stages of transition. During the first stage, the market suffered a shortage of products and the country experienced constant hunger. During the 1980’s, the country began to produce sufficient products, as a result of agricultural policy reform and technology development, and the people were satisfied with the supply of food.

The period from the new millennium, until around 2015, is considered as a stage of food selection - consumers being able to select food that matched their desired taste from an abundant variety of products. 2015 onwards saw the start of a stage of functional foods.

Current statistics
For adults born in the first stage, especially the generation born in 1960’s and 70’s, satiety represents happiness since they remember the shortage of food. This is causing an over consumption of energy/fat resulting in a dramatic increase in the incidence of lifestyle disease in that age group. According to the 2015 data from China Food Daily and Guang Hua Best, there are 270 million hypertension sufferers, 92 million diabetics, over 100 million hyperlipemia sufferers, and 70 million obese patients in China.

Improvement in lifestyle and oversupply of food cause a continuous increase in chronic disease by over nutrition. Additionally, stress from pollution, work and social life is also considered as one of the major causes of the increase in lifestyle disease. Including potential patients, over 70 percent of the population requires some form of health improvement.

The lifestyle disease relates to both national development and economic growth. A study estimates the economic loss, due to production decrease caused by disease, is accumulated to be US $550 billion from 2005 to 2015. Dramatic changes in people’s lifestyle and environment, caused by industrialisation, urbanisation and population aging of the nation, has resulted in a continuous increase in the number of lifestyle disease patients and deaths. It is said that less than three percent of white workers in Chinese major cities are truly healthy.

On Baidu, there are 123,449 searches for “diet”, and 25,628 searches for “sleeping improvement”, on a given single day. On the other hand, there are only 640 searches for “health food”, and 151 for “health functional products”. The 2015 statistics published by the Chinese National Health Commission illustrates that only 6.8 percent of the population are knowledgeable in health-related information or are health conscious.

This indicates that the Chinese population has started to be more health-conscious but are still looking for a solution to maintain their health. The Chinese National Health Commission predicts that this number will grow to 20 percent by the year 2020.

Also, The General Office of the State Council of the People's Republic of China issued the “Medium-to-Long Term Plan of China for the Prevention and Treatment of Chronic Diseases (2017-2025)” on January 22, 2017. According to the plan, the government will target a 10 percent decrease in the number of chronic diseases, currently 260 million between ages of 30-to-70, by 2020, applying effective preventative measures, and an additional 20 percent by 2025, through controlling the disease developing mechanism. The government is well aware of the issue and has started to take major counter measures to prevent it.

Read more HERE.

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Max Porter (Mysilo) company profile

Installing a grain storage facility is a very complicated operation. Many parameters need to be considered, such as climate conditions, features of the stored grain and specific loading and unloading requirements.

This is where the Mysilo team comes in, both as a consulting service and also for installing your turn-key facility. 

Supplied by the world’s finest steel mills, the high-strength galvanised steel used in Mysilo’s construction work is shaped in their own entirely computerised workshops. 

Visit the Mysilo website HERE

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Agricultural Economist joins IGP Institute

Guy H. Allen to lead the grain purchasing and risk management trainings.

With more than 25 years of industry experience in international commodities trading and marketing supply chains, Guy H. Allen has been hired as the senior agricultural economist for the IGP Institute. Mr Allen is set to start his position at the IGP Institute on March 25, 2019.
Guy H. Allen
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'Guy brings a wealth of knowledge and an understanding of a number of different global markets,' says Gordon Smith, IGP Institute director and head of the grain science and industry department. 'He also has an extensive history of teaching and is the perfect fit for this position.'

In this role, Mr Allen will lead the IGP Institute grain marketing and risk management curriculum. Along with teaching on-site and on location courses, Mr Allen will serve as an outreach specialist where he will host teams and engage with IGP Institute stakeholders. He will also work to identify research opportunities and collaborate with other grain science and industry faculty to support their teaching efforts. In all that he does, Mr Allen will work to continue to create a preference for US commodities.

'I am excited to be returning to North America, and for the opportunity to promote U.S. grains and oilseeds internationally,' Mr Allen says.

Prior to joining the IGP Institute, Mr Allen served as a founding director, company principal for Advance Trading AustralAsia providing risk management, consultant and commodities brokerage services within Australia and the Asia Pacific regions.

Mr Allen maintains a family connection with production agriculture, and has deep history of grain trading and merchandising experience. More recently, Mr Allen has worked to establish supply chains across for a range of commodities into Asia and China. He also has experience in implementation of integrated commodity management and accounting systems.

Mr Smith says, 'Guy lives the world of grain trading and understands the economics of moving grain and grain quality. He will be a great addition to our department and the IGP Institute team.'

For more information visit the KSU IGP website, HERE.

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March 20, 2019

GEAPS Exchange 2019 draws 2,836 attendees from 19 Countries

GEAPS Exchange 2019 drew 2,836 attendees from 19 countries to New Orleans to see and learn about the latest products and innovations in the grain handling and processing operations industry. The technical conference and exposition included a tradeshow with 407 exhibitors in 290,000 square feet of exhibit space, and over 30 hours of education in a variety of formats.

GEAPS International President Robert Taylor, Cargill, Minneapolis Chapter attended the event for the 15th time this year, and ranked the social events among the best he's personally attended.

'The Get-Acquainted Party had good live entertainment, great New Orleans food and live animals,' Mr Taylor said. 'It was a great venue for networking, and set the tone for the entire conference. Between the Expo, education and special events, Exchange 2019 was a terrific event.'

Mr Taylor also noted the success of the new grain entrapment rescue demo in the Expo Hall. The interactive training showed how first responders react to grain entrapment situations, and expanded on topics discussed in the Open Workshop. The demo routinely drew standing-room only crowds.

GEAPS Bestows Corbett Award, Recognises Top Recruiter
During the President's Banquet GEAPS recognised members who made exceptional contributions to GEAPS and the industry. This year, GEAPS honored Allan Tedrow, McCormick Construction, Greater Iowa, with the Corbett Award, GEAPS' highest award for Associate Members.

Read the full news release on the Corbett Award, HERE.

GEAPS also recognised R. Scott Brittingham, MCGOM, Mountaire Farms Inc, Mid-Atlantic, as the organisation's top recruiter for 2018.

Read the full release on the 2018 recruitment awards, HERE.

Outstanding Members and Chapters Recognised
GEAPS recognised outstanding individuals and companies that won annual Safety Awards at Exchange 2019. Please see the following news releases on the GEAPS website:
• 2018 Credential Earners
• 2018 Safety Award Winners
• 25-Year Members
• 40-Year Members
• Chapter Member of Distinction
• Chapter Cup and Outstanding Chapter Award winners

Top Attendance at Exchanges in GEAPS History
1. Kansas City 2017 with 3,859
2. Omaha 2014 with 3,379
3. St. Louis 2015 with 3,215
4. Denver 2018 with 2,918
5. Austin 2016 with 2,852

Exchange 2020 in Minneapolis
GEAPS Exchange 2020 will be held March 21-24 at the Minneapolis Convention Centre in Minneapolis, and booth sales are currently open. So far, 82 percent of available space has been reserved. The Expo Hall will showcase 272,000 square feet of grain handling and processing operations equipment, service and technology solutions. Registration and room blocks will open in the fall.

Booth sales have already begun for Exchange 2020. Contact GEAPS sales team by email or call (763) 999-4300 for more information about reserving booth space.

View the map of the Expo Hall, HERE.

The Grain Elevator and Processing Society (GEAPS) is an international professional association that supports its members and the industry by serving as The Knowledge Resource for the world of grain handling and processing industry operations. GEAPS addresses the industry's critical grain handling, storage and processing operations needs by providing the finest networking, professional development programs, and access to a global marketplace of equipment, services and technology solutions providers. GEAPS' global network of industry professionals includes more than 2,500 individual members from about 1,050 companies.

For more information visit the GEAPS Exchange website, HERE.

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Total automation leads to reliable milling

by Delphine Cornic, Chopin, France

The world reference in the field of quality control of cereals, flours and their derivatives, Chopin Technologies, continues to advance its technological leadership with the Amylab FN, a new innovative solution for the detection of sprouted grains and the measurement of the alpha-amylase activity of flours.


Why monitor wheat alpha-amylase levels?
The first step of a comprehensive wheat quality control program is analysing the composition of the sample. It is especially important to measure the level of alpha-amylase, which plays a very important role during the production of leavened bread.

A shortage leads to hard-to-proof and low volume bread, whereas high amylase activity (due to sprouted grains) can lead to sticky dough and low bread volume with a red crust colour. There is an optimum level of alpha-amylase, which depends on the activity of the raw material (wheat, flour) and the activity of added enzymes.

It is, therefore, important for the industry to know alpha-amylase levels and to detect lots of sprouted grains, as soon as possible.

Identification of the presence of sprouted wheat by measurement of alpha-amylase activity, according to two methods: The Hagberg falling number and Testogram
In the grains industry, alpha-amylase activity is traditionally assessed by the Hagberg method. It was developed in the early 1960’s, to provide a rapid means of determining the α-amylase activity in sprout damaged wheat or rye. It is widely accepted today and is standardised by international organisations, such as the ICC, AACCI, ISO and ASBC.
The Amylab FN allows performing the Hagberg test with improved control of test conditions, compared to existing systems. It also adds the capability to have the same information, in a shorter time, using the Testogram mode. 

Read more HERE.

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IDMA 2019 now underway in Istanbul, Turkey

More than 200 companies from 26 countries, and over 7,000 visitors are currently attending IDMA, a wheat, feed and flour technology fair at the Istanbul Expo Centre, Istanbul, Turkey which runs from 20-23rd March. Milling and Grain's Turkish representative Mehmet Uğur Gürkaynak and Darren Parris are in attendance at the show and will be providing live updates via Twitter in English, HERE, and Turkish, HERE.
Official ribbon cutting ceremony at IDMA 2019
Image credit: Milling and Grain

The recession in the economy did not cut the pace of Turkish companies. Parantez Fair, which has been organising exhibitions ensuring millions of dollars of business contacts, is bringing around 7 thousand investors together in Istanbul.

The IDMA exhibition, where the latest technology of wheat, flour and feed sectors will be exhibited, serves as a hub for investors and technology companies. The IDMA Exhibition focuses on International Flour, Feed, Semolina, Rice, Corn, Bulghur Milling Machinery & Pulse, Pasta, Biscuit Technologies.

The March edition of Milling and Grain translated into Turkish, hot off the press and
available free of charge at the Milling and Grain stand
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Zübeyde Kavraz, General Manager of Parantez Group, the organiser of the exhibition, stated that IDMA will bring the world milling industry under one roof "Despite the current economic contraction, IDMA will delight both the participants and the visitors this year. IDMA will attract the attention of the global sector. Around 7,000 visitors came to the exhibition held in 2017 and we expect a better level of participation this year.'

IDMA to be held also in South America, Africa and Asia
Ms Kavraz said that exhibitors and visitors from different regions of the world have expressed their appreciation for the success of IDMA and that they are faced with the demands of extending the exhibitions to different regions of the world.

Going on to declare that Parantez Fair will begin organising additional exhibitions that will bring the sector together in South America, Africa and Asia.

"IDMA has so far played an important role in strengthening the brand awareness of firms serving in the milling sector, reaching new customers and diversifying their markets and establishing new export links. All sector stakeholders participating in IDMA; manufacturers, investors, engineers, academicians had the opportunity to meet under a roof to discuss the problems of the sector and to figure out the solutions. Our friends, who have seen these contributions, demanded that the exhibition to be organised in their own countries, too. Now I think it is time to respond to these demands. Counting on our experience in this sector, and our network that we have established with 85 thousand professionals and sector representatives across five continents, we decided to perform IDMA in Africa, Asia and South America," she said.

For more information visit the IDMA website, HERE.

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Zaccaria company profile


Result of a continuous work throughout its history, Zaccaria has become the leader in the Brazilian milling market , reaching 70 percent of a market of 12,000,000 tons / year. The Zaccaria products line also includes equipment for processing beans, maize and other cereals.

Together with agents locate throughout Brazil and the world, Zaccaria supplies a complete line of original and spare parts, rolls and rubber brakes.

Within the competitive market for cereal processing and the growing of globalisation, Zaccaria make all efforts to offer to its customers not only products with excellent quality and technology, but also personalised projects for specific purposes according to customers’ requirements, as well as technical assistance, commercial and technical support through highly qualified agricultural / mechanics engineers ,who are able to offer proper orientation regarding to the products for each customer, according to their needs.

The Zaccaria has the
CE certification in the milling cereals business, which enables them to market their products and services worldwide. They are market leaders in Latin America, being that about 50 percent of paddy production is processed by Zaccaria machinery Nowadays, Zaccaria is located in an area of 54 thousand square meters, 34 thousand covered by built area. It has a team on average 350 highly qualified and trained staff.

They have the honour of being a Brazilian company with national and international recognition by their achievements and the continuous improvement of its products and services offered to their customers.

Visit the company website, HERE.

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