December 23, 2015

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December 21, 2015

21/12/2015: Modern meets tradition at Molino Quaglia

by Thomas Ziolko, Bühler AG, Grain Milling

First published in Milling and Grain, August 2015

The northern Italian mill has been relying on Bühler as its technology partner for years. The Quaglia family owners are enthusiastic about the recently added Maia bagging station, due to its easy operation, low cleaning requirements and the new sealing system.

Molino Quaglia is a special mill in several respects, beginning with the founding of the mill over a hundred years ago. At the age of 13, Antonio Quaglia left his home in northern Italy, where his parents ran their traditional mill operation since 1856, and built his own mill just south of Padua. The truly unique part: The small stonegrinding mill floated on two rafts on the Adige River (the Fuime Adige in Italian) and was driven by the water over the mill wheels.

Industrial mill
In 1937, Molino Quaglia moved from the river to solid ground in the commune of Vighizzolo d’Este. Under the guidance of Annito Quaglia, the family-operated business grew into an industrially operated mill that often stood out within the Italian milling sector because of its innovations. For instance, in 1986, Molino Quaglia was the first Italian mill to install a grain roasting facility. The siblings Lucio, Chiara and Andrea Quaglia took over the management of the family business in 1989. As the first mill in Italy, they had Molino Quaglia certified step-by-step and successively expanded the production lines.

Partnering with Bühler since 2007
In 2007, Molino Quaglia purchased its first machinery from Bühler, a Primus/Ventus grain cleaner for pre-cleaning grain that had been delivered. The Quaglias immediately noticed improvements in the production capacity as well as the flour quality. Other Bühler machinery followed, such as a Light Peeler, the high-capacity grain cleaner VEGA, a Sortex color sorter and finally several Antares roller mills. In 2011, the Quaglia siblings selected the Bühler company to deliver a new automation solution which would merge all plants in the Molino Quaglia under one central control system.

Read the full article in Milling and Grain HERE.

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Mondi company profile

The Group’s key operations are located in central Europe, Russia and South Africa and as at the end of 2011, Mondi employed 23,400 people across 28 countries worldwide.

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21/12/2015: Nigeria adds folic acid to fortification standard

Now only 5 of 84 countries omit this essential vitamin

In October the FFI received official documentation that Nigeria has added folic acid to its standard for wheat flour fortification. The national standard previously included iron and other nutrients but not folic acid (vitamin B9).

This change represents extensive advocacy work by multiple partners and national leaders in Nigeria. It is worth celebrating as fortifying flour with folic acid reduces the risk of children having severe neural tube birth defects by an average of 46 percent, according to one meta-analysis.

Now the only countries which omit folic acid from wheat flour fortification standards are the Congo, the Philippines, the United Kingdom, and Venezuela. Papua New Guinea also omits folic acid from its rice fortification standard. Globally 84 countries have legislation that mandates fortification of wheat flour, maize flour, or rice with at least iron or folic acid.
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Folic acid helps a baby’s neural tube close very early in the pregnancy. The neural tube forms the child’s brain and spine. Neural tube defects include:

  •     Anencephaly, which is fatal
  •     Spina bifida, which causes paralysis and loss of sensation
  •     Encephalocele, which is rare
In this new video, Godfrey Oakley, Director of the Emory University Center for Spina Bifida Research, Prevention and Policy, describes fortifying flour with folic as “the best thing since sliced bread.” 
He notes that fortification with folic acid also prevents anemia caused by folate deficiency. Another study from China suggests that supplementing with folic acid is instrumental in preventing first-time strokes as well.

In addition, preventing these birth defects has economic benefits. Children with spina bifida undergo a lifetime of surgeries and treatments. Preventing spina bifida averts these healthcare expenses.

The following recent publications illustrate challenges where fortification is not practiced:
  • A study published in November showed “no obvious downward trend,” in NTDs over 20 years in Europe. The study was based on data from the European Surveillance of Congenital Anomalies. No country in this surveillance system has a mandate to fortify wheat flour with folic acid.
  • That study found that “only a small minority” of women took a daily folic acid supplement if they might become pregnant. The author of an accompanying article noted that women may have 30 child-bearing years, and expecting them to take a supplement every day for 30 years is not realistic.
  • In Venezuela folate deficiency affects over 70% of the female population of child-bearing age, according to a summary of available studies. In contrast, nine years after fortification with folic acid began in Canada, less than 1% of the population aged 6-79 years had folate deficiency.  Folate is the form of vitamin B9 that is in unfortified foods. The Venezuela summary was part of a supplement in the Anales Venezolanos de Nutrición.  
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21/12/2015: Hands-on training provided: IGP Institute hosts Buhler Flowsheet Technology course.

The IGP Institute hosted seven industry professionals on November 16-20, 2015 for the Buhler Flowsheet Technology course.  

The course covered a variety of topics including storage conditions of wheat, various approaches to the wheat cleaning process according to wheat variety, rules and principles of flowsheet design, application of 8-rollermill in flowsheets, purification, bran finisher and germ recovery, among other topics. 

“I’m not a miller, so this course helped to clear up a lot of things,” says Guillermo Aello Uriate, course participant.

“Now I can give a better service to my customers because I’ve participated in this program.”

The course instructors explained in-depth the design and engineering of the cleaning and milling systems. According to Buhler instructor Jason Watt, these discussions help the participants understand equipment selection depending on the type of wheat or other grains that they are processing.

“After this course, participants should be able to design and calculate needed information for expanding and upgrading current systems,” Watt says.

This is just one example of the many partnership trainings offered through the IGP Institute. In addition to flour milling and grain processing, the IGP Institute offers courses in the areas of feed manufacturing and grain management, and grain marketing and risk management.

The Buhler Flowsheet Technology course participants (L to R: Jason Watt, Luke Weinheimer, Chad Maxwell, Andrew Moore, Carl Hahn, James Parker, Scott Freebern, Guillermo Aello Uriate, Channelle Herron) covered several topics over the four-day period including storage conditions of wheat, various approaches to the wheat cleaning process as well as rules and principles of flowsheet design.
Learn more about the training opportunities at the IGP Institute HERE.

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21/12/2015: Palm oil sector the one to watch for indicators for El Niño and oilseeds in 2016

Oilseed price levels are at a six-year low and soybean prices are down more than 52 percent from their 2012 peak. Will the decline continue? What impact will El Niño have on major origins of oilseeds and feed grains? Keynote speaker David Hightower will address these issues and more at the Oilseed Congress Europe/MENA in Barcelona, Spain, 9-10 February 2016, at the Hilton Barcelona.
Speaking further on the 2016 outlook for oilseeds, Mr Hightower said, “Early warning signs indicate that El Niño should manifest in the coming weeks in Malaysia and Indonesia, potentially impacting oilseed prices. Additionally, the renewed implementation of soybean oil, palm oil and other vegetable oils for biodiesel could lead to a bottoming in oilseed prices in 2016."

Mr Hightower will address this issue, and other imperative indicators in the oilseed sector, during his presentation on day two of the conference. On the first day of the event, Thomas Mielke, editor-in-chief of Oil World and foremost authority on the oilseed complex, will present his Global Overview of the Oilseed Market, and discuss the oil and oilmeal price prospects for 2016.
Mr Mielke will elaborate on the prospective tightness in palm oil caused by the lagged effects of the drought registered in 2015 as a result of El Niño.

“With yields per hectare declining in several regions of Indonesia and Malaysia, and with Indonesian biodiesel production recovering, world exports of palm oil are likely to decline in calendar year 2016,” said Mr Mielke.

“This comes on top of the tightness in rapeseed oil and will raise global dependence on soya oil. But soybeans are primarily a ‘meal seed’ and cannot solve a vegetable oil supply tightness without creating a surplus in oilmeals.”

Mr Hightower has over 35 years of experience in the commodity and financial futures industry and is president of The Hightower Report, a commodity research and information firm specialising in high quality futures research and analysis.

Mr Mielke joined Oil World, which is recognised worldwide as the independent, authoritative and unbiased information provider for oilseeds, oils and oil meals, in the mid-1970s, and since 2002 has served as executive director of ISTA Mielke GmbH in Hamburg, Germany, where Oil World is produced.

Learn more about the Congress HERE

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December 18, 2015

18/12/2015: Swedish millers BoMill AB and Pawlica s.r.o expand into Europe with joint venture

The grain quality sorting company BoMill AB grows their distributor network by signing an agreement with Pawlica s.r.o. with operations in Czech Republic, Slovakia, Poland and Serbia.

“With Pawlica as our Distributor in central Europe we will have a strong partner” says Per Söderström, Marketing Director BoMill AB. “Pawlica´s long presence in the grain business and know-how is important for our expansion in Europe."

Petr Pawlica, CEO: “Revolution in grain sorting is here! I am really happy that I will be able to offer this really new amazing sorting solution, which can sort grain on quality basis, to my customers.

This sorting solution will ensure, that my customers will be always capable to sell in contract guaranteed quality or buy in lower quality and adjust grain quality in-house. Companies with BoMill sorting solutions will become preferable suppliers for grain buyers from Germany or other EU countries. ROI (return of investment) is what matters today and BoMill technology has great figures here!”

BoMill AB is a company with profound know-how within quality sorting of wheat, durum wheat and malting barley using single kernel sorting technology. The BoMill head office is in the University town of Lund, Sweden. The company sells quality sorting technology and know-how throughout Europe, North America and Australia, using its own sales organization or distributors.

For BoMill website, click HERE

Delivery of high quality technology and service has always been the main goal of the PAWLICA company. During the past sixteen years we have met a number of manufacturers and suppliers and we have made business only with the best ones from Europe and the USA. 

PAWLICA trademark has become a symbol of quality and reliable post-harvest lines and storage systems for both the farmers and industrial businesses. Customer satisfaction is our top priority.

We currently supply the market with modern technology for grain storage provided by certified foreignpartners who offer specialized products of the highest quality.For more information please visit

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18/12/2015: Inner city farming set for freight-ening new technology

A revolutionary new idea has sparked a great deal of enthusiasm across the urban farming market. The latest development  presents the latest in ‘grow anything anywhere’ technology that could see a sharp increase in inner city food growing. But what is this new idea, and is it really such a big deal? 

For company website, click HERE
Hailing from New England, USA, the Leafy Green Machine container is the brainchild of Freight Farms, according to an article recently published by CityLab. Cofounder Brad McNamara had been consulting on rooftop greenhouse construction for several years, driven both by a love for good produce and for activating underutilized city spaces. But those projects can take a couple years, with the permitting and design, and the specific needs of each site make them hard to replicate.

Refrigerated shipping containers made it possible to transport fresh and frozen produce throughout the world. Freight Farms outfits these containers with a vertical hydroponic grow system and LED lights, all of which are digitised to give the farmer detailed data on water flow, temperature, and lighting. They sell for about $80,000 each. McNamara says they’ve sold 50 this year, with customers in 16 states and a few Canadian provinces.

“We just harvested 50 pounds of baby kale in December and we had our first frost back in October.” The slim profile makes it easy to slip a farm into a city’s in-between spaces: the strips of field wedged between buildings, parking lots that never fill up, undeveloped side lots. Despite its small footprint, a 320-square-foot container can match the yield of a two acre plot of land, the company says, thanks to the highly efficient vertical hydroponics.

But they also get customers in massive food services companies like Sodexo and Aramark, who want to supply their campus food contracts with fresh and locally grown fruits and vegetables. Other buyers are wholesale distributers, the companies that carry produce the last mile to local grocery stores and restaurants. 

Jon Olinto got involved with Freight Farms as a way of supplying fresh greens to b.good, the Boston-based fast-healthy restaurant chain he cofounded. He’d dabbled in urban growing—like cultivating tomatoes in baby pools on the roof of one restaurant—but wanted to expand the supply by installing a freight farm.

One acre in 320 square foot of space. source
It wasn’t so easy at first. The b.good team got turned down by landlord after landlord who didn’t want a farm on their property, but eventually made an arrangement with a property management company and the Massachusetts Department of Transportation to install one under the I-93 overpass. 

They partnered with Scott DeLuca, an ex-finance professional who wanted to start farming, and promised to buy DeLuca’s produce for the b.good restaurants. The first seeds went in at the end of September and have now matured. In the process, the space around the farm has evolved, too.

“Two years ago it really was wasteland—you would never even walk underneath it,” Olinto says. “This dead space has been converted to actually grow fresh veggies. It’s going to be 365 days a year. We just harvested 50 pounds of baby kale in December and we had our first frost back in October.”

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December 17, 2015

17/12/2015: DOW Chemical and DuPont to Merge

Edward D. Breen, CEO of DuPont,
pictured with Dow'sCEO Andrew N. Liveris.

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December 16, 2015

16/12/2015: Cargill aquires Format International

Driven by opportunities in the global feed software market to provide customers with integrated formulation software and solutions on a larger scale, Cargill has acquired Format International Ltd, a leading global feed formulation software company with more than 30 years of experience and more than 5000 users across 93 countries, reports the PRNewswire today

Format International specializes in the design, authoring and marketing of recipe optimization, ingredient allocation and food and feed formulation solutions for the animal feed, aqua feed, pet food, human food, premix and other industries.

Format International will become part of Cargill Feed Management Systems (FMS), a software company that operates as a separate part of the Cargill Animal Nutrition business. FMS has more than 12,000 users and provides formulation and operations solutions to the feed industry.

The acquisition creates a unique opportunity for Cargill to create world-class formulation solutions and provide customers with an even more comprehensive range of products and services, reports PRNewswire

"This acquisition combines Format International's software capabilities and state-of-the-art platform with Cargill's expertise in animal nutrition and nutrient analysis," said Bruce Feist, managing director, Cargill Feed Management Systems. 

"Together, we will be able to offer our customers a complete and fully integrated nutrition solution that will deliver the right information to the right person – anytime, anywhere." 

Customers and employees will benefit not only from Cargill's scale and animal nutrition expertise, but also from working with a company that shares its values. 

"What impresses me about Cargill is its high ethical standards, sustainable business practices and values-based culture focused on customers, employees and communities," said Merryl Webster, managing director, Format International. 

"Its commitment to providing customers with end-to-end solutions will give Format's customers additional choices of tools and systems which will help to more effectively grow their businesses long-term and ensures that we continue to deliver high quality products and services to them."

About Cargill
Cargill provides food, agriculture, financial and industrial products and services to the world. Together with farmers, customers, governments and communities, we help people thrive by applying our insights and 150 years of experience. We have 155,000 employees in 68 countries who are committed to feeding the world in a responsible way, reducing environmental impact and improving the communities where we live and work.

About Format International Ltd
Format International Ltd. specialises in the design, authoring and marketing of recipe optimisation, ingredient allocation and food & feed formulation solutions for the animal feed, aqua feed, pet food, human food, premix and other industries. Founded in 1980, and based in Woking, UK, Format International delivers software solutions to customers ranging from small local companies and consultants to large, multi-national corporations. The Company and its people are dedicated to delivering added value to customers by providing innovative, profit-delivering software and the technical support and expertise to help them achieve their business goals.

About Cargill Feed Management Systems
Cargill Feed Management Systems (FMS) is a leading provider of software solutions and services for the animal feed and nutrition industry. Backed by more than a quarter-century of animal nutrition and feed operations knowledge, FMS delivers software solutions, consulting services and business process expertise that connect animal producers and feed manufacturers around the world. With FMS, customers can manage complex business processes and optimize their operations, formulation, manufacturing and purchasing power to produce the highest-quality animal feed at the lowest total cost. FMS, a separate and distinct business owned by Cargill, is a Microsoft ERP Silver Partner and Gold Application Development Certified.

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16/12/2015: IPPE Offers Free Educational Programmes to Attendees

The International Production & Processing Expo (IPPE) is offering a variety of free education programs to attendees. The programs will be held in the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta, Ga., from Jan. 26 – 28, 2016.
These programs will cover a wide assortment of education sessions on pressing feed, meat and poultry issues, including food safety, sustainability, feed production and the veterinary feed directive, regulatory updates, wastewater treatment challenges, export and international issues among other pertinent topics.
The Pork 101 session will review the highlights of ASMA’s three-day Pork 101 conference. The session will cover quality and consistency issues in the pork industry, providing insight on value differences in swine, pork carcasses, pork primals and processed pork products due to quality variation, while the Beef 101session will provide an overview of the beef lifecycle, address common questions regarding beef production, discuss factors affecting beef quality and offer a unique demonstration of innovative beef cuts. The Process Technology Workshop: Brines, Marinades, and Cook Technologies session will cover the latest techniques and ingredients for improving the use of brines and marinades in your plant and will discuss sanitation best practices. The second part of this session will cover innovative cook technologies and how tried and true practices are being improved.
The Challenges and Opportunities in Meat Product Traceability session will take a look at global meat traceability and the unique challenges faced by U.S. producers. The second half of the session will focus on in-plant traceability and the technologies available to help processors track products and improve efficiencies. The Global Food Safety Initiative: Planning for Success session will cover the top mistakes, and how to avoid them, in achieving or continuing certification from Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI) recognized certification schemes. This session will also address the latest changes for two of the most popular schemes, BRC and SQF.  
The Poultry Market Intelligence Forum will identify key issues facing the poultry industry and provide understanding into how domestic and international poultry industries are positioned to move forward in 2016, while the Veterinary Feed Directive – What You Need to Know session will detail the changes made to the VFD rule in spring of 2014 and describe the challenges going forward. This will include what to do with old animal drug premixes after the full policy goes into effect in January 2017. 

The Feed Production – Updates on Issues Impacting Your Business session will update participants on regulatory changes from OHSA and EPA and on FDA activities regarding the new regulatory requirements for the Food Safety Modernization Act and Veterinary Feed Directive. It will also include a presentation on “Energy Management for the Feed Industry.” There will also be a Regulatory Update: What’s Ahead for 2016 and Understanding Salmonellasession that will take an in-depth look at Salmonella in the meat industry and its effect on in-plant practices, regulations and public health.
The long-standing Animal Agriculture Sustainability Summit will provide viewpoints from industry and agricultural experts on sustainability and why it matters to the animal agricultural industry, as well as how to communicate sustainability efforts to consumers, suppliers and industry stakeholders. The Wastewater Treatment Challenges – Five Shades of Gray session will characterize the processes and equipment used to treat wastewater generated in poultry processing facilities as well as identify challenges and liabilities that can result from the over use or misuse of sanitation chemicals in processing plants.  
The Addressing the Challenges of Family Business session will discuss some of the most pressing concerns facing family businesses in the meat industry, focusing on succession planning and family member employment, along with other related topics. The session also will provide an opportunity for interaction and discussion to facilitate the sharing of best practices and ideas.
IPPE is also offering Tech XChange education sessions every 20 minutes on a variety of feed, meat and poultry topics. Attendees can participate in the free Tech XChange education sessions from 11 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 26, 2016, and from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 27, 2016, in Booth A-3347 in the A-Hall and in Booth B-8805 in the B-Hall.
For a complete list of education programs available for all attendees, click here. More information about IPPE, including registration details and lodging is available at
The International Production & Processing Expo is scheduled Tuesday through Thursday, Jan. 26-28, 2016, at the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta. IPPE is expected to attract more than 28,000 attendees and is a collaboration of three trade shows—International Feed Expo, International Poultry Expo and International Meat Expo—representing the entire chain of protein production and processing.

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December 14, 2015

Healthy Food Ingredients acquires Suntava

Healthy Food Ingredients, LLC, the parent company of SK Food International and Hesco/Dakota Organic Products recently acquired Suntava® Corporation of Afton, Minnesota.
The Suntava team will operate as a division of Healthy Foods Ingredients, continuing to use the Suntava name.
Healthy Food Ingredients, LLC (HFI) is a specialty ingredient company that provides non-GMO, organic, gluten free, and identity preserved ingredients to domestic and international customers in the food and pet food manufacturing and food service industries.
"HFI is a quickly-growing company, however, we are purposeful in growing the HFI platform," says Brad Hover, HFI CEO. Adding that, "Like our other brands, SK Food and Hesco, Suntava has a rich history within the food industry and is a natural fit for us. We are pleased to include them in the HFI family."
Suntava is a plant-based specialty ingredients company best known for its proprietary Suntava® Purple Corn, a natural Non-GMO hybrid. Suntava Purple Corn is used as an ingredient in functional foods, beverages, nutraceuticals, and cosmeceuticals, as well as being a natural colorant for food and beverages.
Suntava is the first company from the USA to research, grow, and commercialise this naturally high-antioxidant corn, derived from ancient strains of Andean maize. Suntava's purple corn is sold as a whole kernel, flour, meal, grits, masa flour, IQF, and freeze dried fresh purple corn.
It is used in various applications including cereals, snack foods, baked goods, beverages, dietary supplements, skin care, and pet food blends.
According to Suntava President Bill Petrich, "Suntava has a profound commitment to contributing to a more healthful way of living. We're excited to be part of HFI and its family of companies that share our vision and values.
We look forward to continued growth and expansion into new markets under the HFI umbrella, and know our customers and consumers will benefit from Suntava's access to a broader grower network, enhanced distribution, and a united commitment to the best food safety practices from field to table."
Mr Hover adds, "We're eager for the opportunity to innovate together to provide value-added ingredients to the marketplace, like HFI's recently-launched AncientGrisps™, which has been an exciting offering for us."
AncientGrisps are milled and extruded from a custom blend of ancient grains, including amaranth, quinoa, sorghum and millet, they are whole grain and naturally gluten-free.  AncientGrisps have a neutral flavour profile with a sweet, nutty taste which complements many applications including cereals, snack foods, confectionary, energy bars, granolas, and as a topping for salad or yogurt.
HFI was formed in response to increasing industry and consumer demand for ingredients that promote health and wellness. In 2013 HFI recapitalised SK Food International and in 2014 added Hesco/Dakota Organic Products to the platform. HFI continues its growth through acquisitions and new, innovative ingredients.  

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14/12/2015: Spring linseed - the black-grass controlling crop

Spring Linseed. source
Spring cropping is likely to increase again this year for three key reasons. Firstly to move away from winter oilseed rape which has become less profitable with low prices and increased input costs. Secondly, to satisfy the Three Crop rule and finally to control black grass more effectively across the rotation. 

However, the spring crop chosen needs to be profitable in its own right and easy to grow. Spring linseed now falls into this category with the new Easy Cut varieties from Premium Crops.

"Difficult and late harvests used to be the main reasons why growers avoided spring linseed, but easy cut varieties, such as Altess, Duchess, Comtess and Marquise, have a low fibre content in their stems and are a breeze to dessication with diquat. The harvest is also much earlier than it used to be, fitting in nicely behind the wheat in late August to early September," says specialist linseed agronomist from Premium Crops, Sam Deane.

"Spring linsead also lends itself to an effective cleaningalso lends itself to an effective cleaning crop when it comes to difficult to control grass-weeds such as black grass, wild oats or brome. You can use effective herbicides that have low resistence risk. 

The crop is sown from from the end of March through to mid-April; so that growers will have the opportunity to spray off with glyphosate in a stale seedbed. Then Avadex Excel 15G (tri-allate) can be applied within 24 hours of planting, followed by Centurian Max (clethodim) post-emergence if required," advises Sam.

But Sam advises growers to make sure that they can buy the amount of Avadex they need they need for their linseed (and other spring crops before the end of this year, as the current approval under the MAPP No. 12109 which includes the EAMU for Spring linseed expires on December 31st 2015.

"Growers are still able to use it on farms up until December 31 2016, so it is okay for this year's spring linseed. Avadex is used widely in weed control programmes to help in the control of black-grass, rye-grass an wild-oats in both winter and spring crops," says Robert Plaice, technical manager for Gowan.

Rob says that there will not be any Avadex Granules available under the new MAPP No 16998in time for spring use in 2016; even though this product will retain the EAMU for linseed.

Ssam Deane concluded by saying that many growers have grown disenchanted with winter oilseed rape and are actively seeking a newer crop with fewer issues or problems. "I think spring linseed ticks all of the boxes, now that we have developed much easier to harvest varieties. Feedback from farmers who are growing easy cut varieties have been positive. Despite having at least 25% less fibre in the stems, they are still short, stiff strawed and stand well. Another important characteristic is that linseed has a fantastic rooting system that punches through any pans and helps soil structure"

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December 10, 2015

10/12/2015: Bühler Aeroglide appoints new Sales Manager for North America

Bühler Aeroglide, a global leader in thermal process engineering and technology for food, feed, and industrial materials, has appointed Joe Tordella Area Sales Manager for North America.

Mr Tordella will manage sales for North American food segments, including the snack and ready-to-eat cereal markets. He’ll also oversee the company’s feed segment, serving customers in the pet food and aqua feed markets. Most recently, Mr Tordella managed Bühler Aeroglide’s field engineering capabilities where he led training and process evaluation services designed to improve operations and increase production.
“Joe has achieved a high level of success in field engineering, serving a portfolio of customers with both Bühler and competitor technology,” said Paul McKeithan, Vice President of Sales.
“He has an in-depth understanding of the manufacturing supply chain and the requirements of each component. His experience will be valuable in this new sales role, enabling us to sustain growth and new customer acquisition.”

Mr Tordella joined Bühler Aeroglide as a field engineer in 2010. He was then appointed manager of field engineering and developed a team of engineers, providing front-line evaluations of processing operations. Recently, this service was merged with the company’s international lab services, data tracking tools and technical training in a realignment that will improve overall support for food, feed and industrial processing operations. Mr Tordella holds a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Delaware.

“Bühler is the first choice for a processing customer because of its large network of support and service capabilities,” said Mr Tordella.

“I’m eager to introduce this service expertise through sales channels. We offer a number of highly valuable tools and services that are unique to the equipment machinery we provide to the industry.”

Bühler Aeroglide manufactures dryers, ovens, roasters, toasters, and hot air expansion systems for the food, feed and industrial product markets. Since 1940, the company has been providing innovations for a better world in the form of high-quality thermal processing equipment. As a business unit of Bühler, Aeroglide is headquartered in Cary, North Carolina, and provides sales and service for its industry-leading equipment in more than 140 countries around the world.

Learn more about Bühler Aeroglide HERE.

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10/12/2015: North China’s only international food event wraps up another successful year

It was yet another resounding success for the only food event in North China as it drew to a close on November 20 in the country’s capital city, Beijing. World of Food Beijing 2015 – powered by Anuga took up a total area of over 35,000 square metres of the China National Convention Centre, including 25,000 square metres of exhibition area, and more than 10,000 square metres for forums and supporting activities. Some 607 exhibitors from 34 countries and regions showcased unique food products and new technologies to buyers from the China market.

Augmenting the three-day trade fair were three parallel events: the China International Dairy Expo 2015 by one of World of Food Beijing’s organisers, the China Chamber of Commerce of Foodstuffs and Native Produce (CFNA); the 12th Sweets & Snacks China by the other organiser Koelnmesse; and the China International Catering & Food Expo 2015 (Autumn Edition) by the China Cuisine Association (CCA).

Exhibitors from around the world brought with them a comprehensive range of products, including fine and imported food, dairy products, baked goods, meat, seafood, frozen food, confectionery and snacks, coffee and tea, olive oil and edible oil, alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages, fruits and vegetables, organic food as well as catering services. Among the exhibitors, nearly 45 percent hailed from abroad, and the event drew 23,269 visitors.
Beijing, new.... (Image: Yiannis Theologos Michellis)

International trade bodies leading exhibitor groups from their respective countries to participate in World of Food Beijing made a bigger presence this year with a 34 percent jump in exhibiting space taken up. This included pavilions by the Argentine Beef Promotion Institute (IPCVA), the French Chamber of Commerce, the EUSME Centre, the Benelux Chamber of Commerce, US Dairy Export Council, US Meat Export Federation, Flanders' Agricultural Marketing Board (VLAM), Spanish Institute for Foreign Trade (ICEX), the Foreign Trade Institute of Castilla-La Mancha (IPEX), Korea Agro-Fisheries & Food Trade Corporation (AT Centre) and the Singapore Manufacturing Federation.

Parliamentary state secretary of the Federal Ministry of Food and Agriculture of Germany (BMEL), Peter Bleser, graced the event and visited the German pavilion. He went on to express the Ministry’s commitment to strengthen the presence of the German pavilion in the next edition as a reflection of his support and optimism in promoting German food export to China.

On the event’s opening day, chief executive officer of Sing Kee Kaya from Singapore, Andy Tan, successfully inked a deal with its first agents in China and South Korea. The company plans to introduce its well-known coconut jam, known locally as kaya, to the China market, and open a kaya cafe to appeal to young consumers.

Besides an extensive exhibit profile, World of Food Beijing 2015 also boasted a comprehensive conference program, such as the China International Dairy Industry Conference and the China International Meat Conference hosted by CFNA. The annual executive council meeting of the Chamber’s members was also scheduled to coincide with the event.

“World of Food Beijing was a truly excellent Trade show for all 3 days. We received a lot of interest for our presentation and met with many pivotal people in the industry. My compliments for a highly professional organisation of the show and Dairy conference that was completing the whole event in the best possible way,” said Mr Igor Popovic, Key Account Director of Director Business Development for Tetra Pak North West Europe.

The partnership with the China Cuisine Association saw 1000 representatives of its member organisations gathering at 11 annual committee meetings for each of its business categories within the industry, including associations, fast food, international cuisine, group meals, Chinese snacks and food suppliers, which lasted in excess of 40 hours in total.

Mr Frederik Vandermersch, Product Manager Dairy at Flanders' Agricultural Marketing Board (Belgium) expressed his satisfaction.

“World of Food Beijing has really been a great experience for the Belgian dairy sector. The fair was organised in a very professional way and offered a broad program of extra activities. We chose this fair to introduce our new campaign 'White Gold' on the Asian market, to focus on the high quality Belgian dairy products, which Chinese attendees really expect. We got helpful support of the organisation by setting up a press meeting at our booth. All the efforts had success: our suppliers were very busy dealing with possible buyers. The contacts were of a high value and we will certainly continue our activities in China.”

Business-matching sessions conducted during the event brought together overseas food manufacturers with sourcing teams from leading e-commerce platforms, such as YHD, and COFCO, as well as buyers from local retailers, supermarkets and the hospitality industry with the likes of BHG, Ito Yokado, Wu Mart and CSF Market.

“This is our 2nd time to exhibit WoFB in Beijing. The market in North China is special and we have developed the business since we launched into it. We are happy to be here,” said Mr Alexey Vostrikov, Commercial Director, Ozersky Souvenir, Russia.

In addition, food and beverage establishments Haidilao Hotpot, Edomae Sushi, Cheng Fu Yan, Blue Frog and New World Hotel provided exhibitors with a supplier ecosystem, integrating chefs, industry professionals, food culture and the market, and serving high-quality ingredients directly to end-consumers. More than 120 buyer representatives met with over 200 international exhibitors for active negotiations over two days.
...and old (Image: Yiannis Theologos Michellis)

The main highlight this year was the debut of the Chinese Cuisine World Championship at World of Food Beijing 2015. This authoritative competition is the only international level competition in the world for Chinese cuisine certified by the World Association of Chefs Societies (WACS).

16 teams from Italy, Malaysia, Nepal, the United States, Singapore, the Philippines, Thailand, Korea, Mainland China, Taiwan, Hong Kong and Macau pitted their skills against one another in Chinese cuisine preparation.

After sparring for two days, teams from Hong Kong, Yunnan province and Taiwan triumphed over all the others to bag the Champion, the first and second runner-up awards respectively. All the rules and standards of the tournament have created a number of 'firsts' in the history of WACS’ competitions, signifying the increasing global recognition of and attention on Chinese food culture, and also establishing Chinese cooking techniques as an important standard for self-improvement among chefs worldwide.

During the daily deliberation of results after each round of competition on both days, WACS-certified judges offered detailed explanations and critique based on different aspects and tournament rules, which aimed to affirm contestants’ performance, as well as better their understanding of the judging criteria of a Chinese cuisine-themed international competition and provide an opportunity for gaining practical experience.
Learn more about World of Food Beijing – powered by Anuga HERE.

About the Organisers
Koelnmesse - Global Competence in Food

Koelnmesse is the leading trade fair organiser in the food industry and related sectors. Trade fairs such as the Anuga, the ISM and Anuga Food Tec are established world leaders. Koelnmesse not only organises food trade fairs in Cologne, Germany, but also in further growth markets around the globe, in Brazil, in China, in India, in Japan, in Thailand, in Turkey and in the United Arab Emirates. These global activities enable us to offer our customers a network of events, which in turn grant access to different markets and thus create a basis for sustainable and stable international business. World of Food Beijing is a strong member of this successful trade fair family.  
Visit the Koelnmesse website HERE

The China Chamber of Commerce of Foodstuffs and Native Produce (CFNA)

CNFA represents 6000 members and has strong influence in China’s food industry. Members include local manufacturers, as well as importers, agents and distributors of imported food. CFNA is the authoritative voice in China in regards to food industry information and regulations.
Visit the CFNA website HERE

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