March 31, 2015

31/03/2014: Exhibiting at GRAPAS? This is your last chance to enter this unique milling contest

Entries for the GRAPAS Innovation Award for 2015 will close at 12 midnight tomorrow.

Entries have been arriving all week, says Roger Gilbert from Perendale, who is patron of the award.
"I'm sure more companies exhibiting at Victam-FIAAP-GRAPAS in Köln, Germany in June have new products and innovations that would compete for this prestigious award. 

The GRAPAS Award

"The application form is straightforward to complete and would take just a few minutes. The form can be accessed through the 'Exhibitors' Manual'," he adds.

"If you feel your company will be displaying a product or service at the event that should be entered, simply ask the person responsible for settling up your exhibition stand to compete and submit the form for you."

The judging is independent and is looking forward to evaluating the applications already received, he says.

The award is widely recognised and has been made on three separate occasions. Details of the award and previous winners can be found on the Milling and Grain website.

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31/03/2015: Case study: Kennedy Rice constructs rice processing facility

First published in Milling and Grain, February 2015
According to the US Department of Agriculture (USDA), the total 2012 US rice harvest is estimated at 8.9 million tonnes.  The vast majority of this crop comes from six states – Arkansas, California, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri and Texas – an estimated 2.1 million tonnes, or about 24 percent, from Louisiana alone. 

Because the Louisiana harvest takes place primarily over two months, it places a huge demand on the area’s processing capacity.  Any delay in moving the processed rice to market can result in severe cash flow problems for growers. To deal with this peak demand, Kennedy Rice, one of the largest growers in Louisiana, has constructed a new rice processing facility to convert freshly harvested and dried grain, known as rough rice, into polished white rice ready for sale to customers.
Opened in September 2012 with the capacity to process up to 136,000 tonnes of rough rice per year, the facility took about two years to build and cost over UK£6.2 million.  The Kennedy rice mill fills orders as they are received rather than stockpiling polished white rice in a warehouse.  Ninety-five percent of the finished product is shipped in bulk by rail or barge, but a growing amount of it is packaged in 907kg bulk bags which the company fills using a Twin-Centrepost™ bulk bag filler from Flexicon.

Bulk bags filled in response to orders

“We usually try to complete bulk bag orders two to three days in advance.  The bulk bag filler is located in the warehouse, so filled bags do not need to be moved until they are ready to be shipped,” says Marley Oldham, plant manager.
“Since we only recently began offering polished white rice in bulk bags, they account for a small percentage of our total production,” explains Mr Oldham.  
“We expect demand to increase significantly, however, and our bulk bag filler is designed to meet our future requirements.”

The polished white rice to be packaged in bulk bags is aspirated to remove dust particles before being fed into a 2m high, 2.3m3 capacity hopper mounted above the bulk bag filler. The rice flows from the hopper through a dome valve and 25.4cm dia flexible downspouting into the bulk bag suspended above the deck of the Model BFL-CFHW-X Twin-Centrepost™ Bulk Bag Filler.

Bulk bag filler designed for automatic operation

Plant air inflates the 1.3 m high bag for filling while an inflatable collar on the fill head holds and seals the bag spout. A filtered air vent at the fill head assures dust-free delivery of material to the bulk bag while providing a simple way to allow displaced air to exit the bag.
Except for manually connecting the bag spout to the inflatable collar, the process is automated by a programmable logic controller (PLC).  Load cells beneath the pallet deck send signals to the PLC, which automatically stops the flow of rice by closing the dome valve when the bag reaches its target weight.

The operator only needs to pull the bag spout off the inflatable collar and tie it closed.  The filled bag and pallet are removed by forklift.  

“Connecting, filling and disconnecting a bag takes only about three minutes altogether,” says Mr Oldham.  

“Flexicon’s representative, Robert K Wilson & Associates of Houston, Texas, worked with Flexicon’s engineering department to evaluate our needs and determine equipment specifications, and then helped supervise installation and startup,” continues Mr Oldham. 

“This new facility has created over 20 permanent local jobs,” says Elton Kennedy, who along with his daughter, Meryl, oversaw design and construction of the mill.  

“It also gives regional producers another outlet for their rice crops with lower transportation costs and a faster return on their investment.”
Inside the Mill: The Rice Polishing Process
Freshly harvested rice, known as paddy rice, is dried and shipped with hulls and bran intact to the Kennedy rice mill.  This rough rice is temporarily staged in receiving tanks from which samples are taken and sent to the lab where they are graded for quality and checked for insect infestation and other contaminants.  Once the rice has been catalogued by lab analysis, it is cleaned to remove insect shells, sticks, stones, mud, metals and other debris. 

Milling removes the husk and bran layers, leaving the edible white rice kernel, free of impurities. 'Sheller' machines first remove the hull, leaving 'brown rice' in which bran layers still surround the kernel. Then milling machines rub the grains together under pressure, revealing white, or 'polished,' rice, which is sorted into three different sizes.

Rice comprised of the largest kernels is called Head Rice, while rice containing the second largest kernels is called Second Head.  Rice containing the smallest size kernels is called Brewers Rice because, historically, it went into brewing alcoholic beverages.  After being sorted by size, the rice is then sorted by colour to remove grains with insect damage, stains and other imperfections.

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Symaga company profile

SYMAGA was created by a group of professional experts in 1985 as a company devoted to the manufacture of silos and livestock equipment. 

The company possesses modern, fully automated machinery, which enables Symaga to manufacture high quality products at a reasonable price.

The company possesses 30,000 m2 of buildings and is located on a 300,000 m2 plot belonging to the company.  

Our professionals will advise you on the design and engineering of any project, providing you with suitable information for fast, safe installation.

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31/03/2015: AgraME sees 26 percent attendance increase

Held from 16-18 March 2015 at the Dubai World Trade Centre, AgraME - the Middle East’s largest exhibition dedicated to the Agribusiness industry - saw a 26 percent increase in visitor attendance. This year was the most successful edition of AgraME to date with more exhibitors, visitors and delegates than ever before.
The Minister of Environment & Water HE Dr Rashid Ahmad Bin Fahad officially opens AgraME 2015

AgraME, which is co-located with AquaME and VetME, also used 40 percent more exhibition floor space this year due to higher demand from exhibitors. This demand comes mainly from the Poultry and Livestock area of the show, as well as the launch of AquaME – the region’s first exhibition dedicated to the aquaculture industry.
The three-day event hosted more than 250 agriculture, poultry, aquaculture, and horticulture businesses from 36 countries including Turkey, Norway, the UAE, Denmark, the USA, Brazil, India, Greece, France, Australia, China, Italy, Thailand, Egypt and the UK.
AquaME 2015 displayed the latest products and services in the field of fish farming and aquaculture

“This year we have seen a large increase in attendance from the aquaculture industry specifically, which comes down to AquaME being a stand-alone exhibition space for the first time ever. The first day also saw a packed conference agenda with plenty of interesting announcements coming out of the show floor that will help grow the industry regionally - attracting the investment needed to reach the targets set by not only the government, but private entities in the industry as well,” said Richard Pavitt, Exhibition Director, AgraME. 

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31/03/2015: R-Biopharm Rhône allergen test helps food businesses meet strict new EU labelling rules

R-Biopharm Rhône, one of Scotland's most successful scientific exporters, has responded to new EU food information rules with a test which will efficiently help restaurants, food producers and institutions comply with the law.

The Glasgow-based company is gearing up its sales force to roll out rapid and sensitive swab tests for allergens to help the food industry stay on the right side of the EU Food Information for Consumers Regulations, which came into effect in December last year.

The new rules require food businesses to provide allergy information on food sold unpackaged, in for example catering outlets, deli counters, bakeries and sandwich bars. As an example, a cafe making up rolls from loose food and wrapping them in cling film would have to provide information about the contents.

The R-Biopharm swab tests allow them to check if their food preparation areas have been suitably decontaminated of food allergens, such as gluten, nuts, dairy and eggs, which could trigger allergic reactions.

Joanna Wilkie (above), Product Specialist at R-Biopharm Rhône, said: "If food is being sold in a restaurant as gluten-free, it has to be prepared in a separate part of the kitchen in order to avoid cross contamination. These simple tests will ensure that the cleaned prep area is free of any gluten traces."

Ms Wilkie said that the swab tests had been immediately attractive to major food producers and companies with large and complex processing lines. One large milk producer in the UK is already using the tests as a matter of course.

The swabs mean that when the processing lines are taken apart for a regular clean-down, all the parts - even previously difficult to access ones - can be thoroughly checked and decontaminated.

This prevents having to close the line for several days while waiting for results to
 be returned from external lab facilities. The swab tests provide a definitive analysis of any potential issues within 10 minutes.

Ms Wilkie said: "The new food information rules affect thousands of businesses and organisations across the UK. All consumers now have to be made aware that products contain any of the 14 listed allergens that the EU has listed.

"It is an issue for restaurants, hotels, delis, takeaways, bars, wherever food is produced. But it also affects institutional organisations such as schools, hospitals and care homes - even airlines, where there is no product information at present."

R-Biopharm Rhône is one of Scotland's most successful exporters of diagnostic test kits, selling more than 75 percent of its output to major international names outside the UK.

It has been at the forefront of food safety in the UK in recent years, particularly during the horsemeat scandal of 2012 and more recently in scares involving cheap fish being passed off as more expensive varieties and the dangers of potentially fatal nuts being found in spices.

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31/03/2015: Asia’s largest dedicated feed & grain show to return to Bangkok

2016 will be a very special year for Victam International BV in Thailand as it is our 25th Anniversary. It seems amazing that the very first VICTAM Asia event was held in a hotel car park in Bangkok in 1991. The event was of course much smaller than our current shows in BITEC, our exhibitors were happy and demanded that we repeat the whole thing again, and now here we are talking about a show in 2016!
The exhibitions and conferences will take place from 29 to 31 March 2016, and will be held once again the Bangkok International Trade & Exhibition Centre (BITEC), Bangkok, Thailand.

The speeches were presented by Mr. Pornsil Patchrintanakul, President of the Thai Feed Mill Association, Chairman of the Federation of ASEAN Feed Milling Associations and past VP of Charoen Pokphand Group, and Mr. Henk van de Bunt, General Manager of Victam International BV.

The Synergy of the three shows:

FIAAP Asia 2016 is the only specialist exhibition and conference for the ingredients, additives and formulation of feeds for animals, aquafeed and dry petfood for the expanding Asia/Pacific markets. This show directly relates with VICTAM Asia 2016 as this primarily profiles animal feed production equipment and technology.

Further about the show VICTAM Asia 2016 which is Asia/Pacific’s largest exhibition of equipment, technology and ancillary systems required for the safe and effective production of feeds for animals, aquafeed and dry petfood and biomass pellet production. This show is co-located with GRAPAS Asia 2016 and FIAAP Asia 2016.

Lastly we have the GRAPAS Asia 2016 and it is the only trade show in the Asia/Pacific region for rice & flour milling systems, grain processing, storage, preservation & distribution, industrial noodle & pasta production, the manufacture of breakfast cereals and extruded snacks. Animal feeds require grains, etc. as a base for their production that shows the synergy between the three shows and why it is co-located with VICTAM Asia. is also another area where our shows give added value to both our exhibitors and our visitors and that’s in biomass pellet production. Biomass pellets are produced through similar technology used in the production of feed pellets, so the manufacturers of this technology have adapted it so that they can market their pellet mills to the growing biomass industries of Asia. If you are visitor from a biomass pelleting plant you will also need the same equipment used within the other mills silos, conveyors, bagging systems, etc.

There are a number of supporting conferences, these are: The FIAAP Conference 2016, Petfood Forum Asia 2016, The Aquafeed Horizons Asia 2016, The Thai Feed Conference, Pellets Update Asia, Global Milling Conference/Grapas Conference and Good Manufacturing Practice.

The last event in Asia, held in 2014 was very successful and completely sold out. The shows attracted over 6000 industry executives from throughout South and South East Asia. Visitors came from a total of 63 countries - so a truly international event.

Those of you who were at FIAAP/VICTAM/GRAPAS Asia 2014 event will recall that we arranged for all the Presidents and Secretary Generals from all the ASEAN feed milling associations to attend a specially convened meeting. During this meeting it was decided to form the Federation of ASEAN Feed Milling Associations. Mr Pornsil is the current Chairman. 2016 the members of the Federation will meet again for the 2nd ASEAN Feed Summit at BITEC during our event.  Here these feed executives will discuss and help determine future policies and objectives, together with looking at the trading and financial implications of the impending ASEAN Free Trade Zone.

We are proud to have the support of the following organisations:

•          The Thai Ministry of Agriculture & Co-Operatives
•          The Thai Department of Livestock Development
•          The Thai Rice Exporters Association
•          The Thai Chamber of Commerce
•          The Thailand Convention & Exhibition Bureau   
•          The Thai Department of Fisheries
•          The Thai Feed Mill Association
•          The Thai Petfood Association         
•          The Thai Rice Milling Association
•          The Thai Rice Packers Association

VICTAM has also another reason for celebrating and that is because 2015 is the 50th anniversary of the formation of Victam and the very first VICTAM exhibition which was held in Utrecht in the Netherlands in 1965. During these years the exhibitions and the series of conferences that accompany the shows have grown enormously.

What is very pleasing is that there are still a good number of companies who exhibited in the first show and are still exhibiting with us in 2015. The technology has changed, as have the faces, but it is gratifying to see these companies are still trading and expanding their marketing and sales horizons. Many of them also exhibit in Bangkok., VICTAM & GRAPAS International 2015 will be held from 9 to 11 June, within Koelnmesse, in Cologne, Germany. This is Victam’s largest show with 250 exhibitors coming from all over the world to display the very latest technology within the fields of animal feed production, flour milling & grain processing and biomass pelleting.  As with our Asian show there is a series of technical conferences on wide ranging subjects.

This event is the international meeting place for the feed, milling, grain processing and biomass pelleting industries.

Visit the VICTAM website HERE.

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March 30, 2015

30/03/2015: Report: MVC: Cereals – Mixed Feed – Veterinary - 2015

On 27-29 January 2015, the 20th International Industrial trade fair MVC: Cereals – Mixed Feed – Veterinary - 2015 took place at VDNH in pavilions № 75 in Moscow. It gathered professionals in the cereal and mixed feed industries from all over the world.

Today, it is the largest professional forum in the world for grain processing and mixed feed production.

Since 1996 the MVC: Cereals – Mixed Feed - Veterinary Trade Fair has become an undisputed authority and the largest professional international forum where experts gather to share and exchange new ideas and knowledge, to build long-term relationships and sign contracts.

The fair was organized by the
Expokhleb Marketing Centre  - member of the Global Association of Exhibition Industries (UFI) with the special support of the European Feed Manufacturers’ Federation (FEFAC), Russian Grain Union, Union of Feed Manufacturers, Association of Fisheries, Union of Zoobusiness Enterprises, Russian Poultry Union, and Union of Sugar Producers.

This year the fair occupied more than 20,000 m2 and hosted 403 companies from 29 countries: Austria, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Belgium, Bulgaria, Canada, China, Czech Republic, Finland, France, Denmark, Germany, Great Britain, India, Italy, Korea, Latvia, Lithuania, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Serbia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, Ukraine, USA, as well as 46 regions of Russia.

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İmaş Makine Sanayi AŞ company profile

İmaş started out in 1989 under the name of İttifak Makine in a small machinery workshop producing milling machines. In 1991 it added bandsaw systems to its product range. In 2003 İmaş completed its institutionalization and made a strong entry to the sector with the ‘Milleral’ brand of milling machines and the ‘Cuteral’ brand of bandsaw machines. 

The Milleral and Cuteral product ranges aimed to compete with giant international companies in their respective sectors and became globally sought-after brands thanks to İmaş Makine’s quality standards, R&D efforts and human resources producing their own technology and effective marketing strategies.

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30/03/2015: Grain conveyors: examining this important piece of equipment

by Mike Spillum, Hi Roller, US

First published in Milling and Grain, February 2015

Hi Roller Conveyors, Sioux Falls, South Dakota, specialises in the design and manufacturing of enclosed belt conveyors for grain and grain by-products.

It is well known that grain dust is very dangerous. Not only is it a health hazard for workers, it is also a serious explosion hazard. Even with this knowledge, tragedies occur yearly resulting in down time, property damage, injuries, and even deaths. Although there are many methods of conveying grain, open belt conveyors had historically been the primary choice for moving large volumes or for conveying long distances. Alternative enclosed methods such as chain conveyors or screw conveyors have limitations in regards to length and capacities due to power consumption and other design constraints.

Outweighing the advantages of open belt conveyors are the many negatives. They can be messy.  Although the majority of outdoor installations include covers, they are still exposed to wind and the elements resulting in dust clouds and spillage. Indoor installations create a health and safety hazard if dust is not contained. The cost of proper dust collection equipment and associated maintenance can be high.  Product spillage results in lost profits and requires additional employees to perform clean up. While cleaning around open belt conveyors, employees are exposed to the hazardous dust and can become injured working around moving parts.

As a contractor serving the grain industry in the 1970’s, Hi Roller’s founder felt that there had to be a cleaner, safer, more efficient way to convey grain. Numerous attempts had been made to enclose conventional open belt conveyors. Companies were utilising standard conveyor components and cumbersome reloading designs to address product spillage issues. Enclosures were being built around standard conveyor idlers. Product would build up on idler brackets and other ledges.  While containing dust within the enclosure, they were exposing the explosive grain dust to the idler bearings.  A failed bearing can create heat or a spark resulting in a fire or an explosion.

The return side of the conveyor belt slid on a steel pan rather than rollers. Grain that fell to the bottom of the enclosure was conveyed to the tail end of the conveyor. The reloading of product at the tail section was attempted by utilising “loop conveyors” which incorporated chains, paddles and multiple gearboxes.  If any of these items failed, product could build up which again created a maintenance or explosion hazard.

The original Hi Roller design was developed nearly 40 years ago and continues to be the standard of the industry for the clean, safe conveying of bulk materials. The Hi Roller was designed with some primary goals in mind.

First, it needed to be totally enclosed. Second, there were to be no internal brackets or ledges that would allow product to build up. Third, it needed to be self-cleaning and self-reloading. Fourth and most importantly, there could be no bearings exposed to the internal atmosphere of the conveyor. In order to accomplish all of the above, innovate conveyor components needed to be used.

The Hi Roller conveyor utilises a spool-shaped idler to support the conveyor belt in a troughed configuration.  A heavy pipe runs through the center of the idler providing its support. Inserted in to either end of the pipe is a stub shaft. The stub shafts protrude through the sides of the enclosure and attach to externally mounted bearings. This design keeps the bearings away from the dust and eliminates any internal idler support brackets that would allow dust build-up.

The conveyor belt returns on an antistatic UHMW return liner.  The return liner has a low coefficient of friction so that power requirements are not increased significantly versus return rollers. A bottom enclosure cannot simply be installed under standard return rollers. Product would build up on the pan and eventually prevent return rollers from rotating.  The slide return is a crucial feature for enclosed belt conveyors.

Dust and spilled product fall on to the return side of the belt and is conveyed to the infeed or tail section of the conveyor. Dust that clings to the carrying surface of the belt is swept to the same area by a row of wiper cleats that are attached to the carrying surface of the belt. With every belt revolution the wiper cleats continually clean the UHMW return liner, preventing product build-up.

Once at the tail section, product is automatically reloaded back on to the carrying surface of the belt. This is accomplished by the use of a reloading tail pulley, developed and patented by Hi Roller. Material is diverted to the outer edges of the tail pulley which has “reloading flippers” attached. As the pulley rotates, material is picked up and thrown against a stationary deflector, which directs material back on to the belt.

Today, Hi Roller offers a variety of conveyor styles to handle capacities ranging from 50 to 3800 metric ton per hour of grain.  The original “Hi Roller” model uses a spool shaped idler design as previously described. The patented “Hi Life” model utilises 3 idlers that rotate independently of each other. While resembling the profile of a conventional open belt conveyor idler, all bearings are isolated from the internal atmosphere of the conveyor. The idler is completely supported by the conveyor sidewalls eliminating any internal support brackets. The Hi Life idler design provides a deeper trough and longer idler and belt life.

Hi Roller conveyors are commonly used within tunnels for unloading various types of storage structures. They are also used under truck receiving pits and incorporate multiple opening control gates often referred to as ladder gates.  Seldom will you find an open belt conveyor in such applications for the many reasons described previously.

Other uses include processing plant feed conveyors due to their 24/7 usage. Storage silos are filled by utilising cascading enclosed belt conveyors with built-in 2-way discharge valves.  A single enclosed belt conveyor can accomplish the same utilising stationary intermediate discharge trippers. High capacity enclosed belt conveyors are also used to fill rail cars, barges, and ships.  Hi Roller has worked jointly with multiple ship loader suppliers to incorporate enclosed belts into their systems.

While many grain operations are similar, they all incorporate various design challenges.  Hi Roller prides itself on customising features to meet a specific application. Hi Roller’s design team provides approval drawings with each sale and works jointly with the customer to assure the proper design and installation of the conveyor. Conveyor inlets and discharges are customised as needed to match up to the customer’s other equipment.  Complimentary equipment such as control gates, support legs, and safety devices are incorporated as needed.

Hi Roller has discovered this communication to be an invaluable source of ideas and information. Improvements on the life and maintenance of the conveyor belts are often considered a joint venture with clients. Changes are made to adapt to the customer’s existing parameters.  Other manufacturers often expect the customer to adapt the company’s standards. Hi Roller’s consistent effort to integrate the needs of the customer into the design process has proven beneficial to both parties.  This willingness to veer from their standard features is the key to developing a strong following.

Hi Roller is amidst construction of a new facility in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. It will house Hi Roller’s headquarters including all office and manufacturing functions. The new facility will include a powder coat paint line, state-of-the-art manufacturing equipment and space for future growth. The anticipated completion date is the summer of 2015.

Hi Roller conveyors are in use worldwide. Hi Roller ( is owned by Canadian-based Ag Growth International (, which offers a full catalog of storage and handling solutions. AGI has 11 manufacturing facilities in Canada, the US, the United Kingdom and Finland.

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30/03/2015: Latest news from Norel

RUMALATO preventing acidosis

On the 27th of February, DIFAGRI, French producer of dietetic complementary feed (, organized a technical meeting with 40 of their own clients and visited a dairy farm in the West of France. Mr David Gilbert, DIFAGRI’s sales and technical manager notes: “We have seen in the field better results in the control of acidosis over these last two years in which we have introduced RUMALATO to our RIMIFLOR range of products. On this dairy farm we have seen in the last six months in particular an improvement of one liter a day per cow in milk production. This is why we decided to show our customers the good results that we can obtain with a RUMALATO supplement in combination with yeast”. RUMALATO is a salt of malic acid that reduces lactic acid concentration in the rumen by stimulating lactate utilisation by Selenomonas ruminantium. It also has positive effects on ruminal fermentation and increases nutrient digestibility, pH and propionate production.

Contact: Marcos Bartolomé,    

HIDROFLAX, a new Norel product
Nowadays consumer demands for healthier food is increasing. In this sense, and in line with medical recommendations, many consumers tend to buy milk products with a healthier fatty acid profile. They particularly prefer higher levels of Omega-3 due to its positive effects on human health (Abuajah et al, 2014). Consequently, the dairy industry is currently rewarding farmers who produce milk with a higher content of Omega-3. NOREL is aware of this situation and, faithful to its principles, has developed HYDROFLAX as a way to help farmers to deal with the changing and competitive environment that they are part of. HYDROFLAX is based on flax oil and constitutes a great source of by-pass Omega-3, since the 30.5 percent of its Omega-3 content has been effectively protected against rumen biohydrogenation. When compared to other Omega-3 sources, such as flax oil, the by-pass Omega is increased by 53.27 percent (UAB, 2010). In parallel, the high energy density of HYDROFLAX (99 percent crude fat) has proven to increase milk production (liters/day) and milk fat percentage. Apart from milk production, the higher amount of Omega-3 available for animal metabolism will increase farms’ profitability through a higher reproductive performance, since feeding dairy cows with products with high contents in Omega-3, such as flaxseed, improves the conception rate by up to 50.3 percent compared to other sources of feed (Ambrose et al., 2006). In this way, milk production, milk quality, reproductive performance, farm profitability and consumer health constitute the pillars of NOREL’s new release!

Contact: Alfredo J Escribano,

FECINOR SOLUBLE, a solution for weaning stress in piglets
Apart from absorbing nutrients, the gut is also the barrier against unwanted compounds and germs. However, these mechanisms can be disrupted by stress factors. One of the best studied is weaning. Feed intake drops during the first week after weaning and the scarce body reserves are mobilized, villi height is reduced and the proportion of immature enterocytes increases, therefore the enzymatic activity of the gut is reduced. The gut microflora is also altered, the Lactobacilli population decreases and at the same time E. coli numbers increase. Enterococcus faecium, the bacterium present in FECINOR SOLUBLE, is a very well known LAB (Lactic acid bacterium) capable of producing lactic acid through fermentative metabolism of sugars. This bacterium multiplies at a rapid rate (doubling in CFU count every 19 minutes), and adheres to the intestine epithelium forming, together with lactobacilli, a ‘biological barrier’. FECINOR SOLUBLE also produces a large quantity of enzymes that increase digestibility. It transforms more than half of the available sugars to acids known to have an antibacterial effect; these acids regulate the intestinal pH, promoting the conversion of pepsinogen into pepsin, increasing the endogenous proteolytic capacity. E. faecium also have an impact on the active transport of nutrients. An increase in glucose and phosphorus uptake from the jejunum was observed in a recent study (M.C. Walsh et al., 2014) in which Salmonella-challenged animals were treated with E. faecium. The supplementation in the weaning period with a high growth rate LAB makes adaptation to the new conditions easier for piglets.

Contact: Ávaro Ortiz, 

Norel expands commercial activities in China

Recently Norel have started to commercialize their line of ruminant additives in some provinces in the North East of China. In order to support and reinforce their marketing and trading activities, NOREL will be present at the WORLD DAIRY EXPO & SUMMIT CHINA 2015 in Harbin, capital city of Heilongjiang Province, from April 22-24, 2015. Heilongjiang is one of the world’s most important areas for the dairy and beef industries, consisting of large numbers of dairy and cattle operations and processing facilities. In fact, it is the centre of the Chinese dairy industry with 1,917,000 cows, and with a project to build up to 100 new farms with 1200 milking cows each. NOREL will be sharing Booth B260 in Hall B with its collaborator Lacto – China Co. Ltd.

Contact: Miguel Colilla,

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30/03/2015: TUSAF 2015 Final Declaration: Wheat & Health

The 11th International Congress and Exhibition held by the Turkish Flour Industrialists' Federation (TFIF) on 5-8 March 2015 gathered flour industrialists, traders and suppliers, miller manufacturers, laboratory suppliers, manufacturers of bread and other bakery products and representatives of the financial sector, as well as respected academicians and experts from the public and private sector. The Congress and Exhibition was organized in Antalya Titanic Deluxe Hotel, where TFIF hosted 600 national and international delegates from 15 countries in the organization with 35 exhibition spaces, and the main theme adopted was 'Wheat and Health'.

In his opening speech, Mr Erhan Özmen, TFIF's Chairman, remembered our deceased colleagues who have made great efforts in the industry. In reference to International Women's Day on 8 March, included in the congress calendar, Mr Özmen also touched on the role and importance of women in working life and expressed his wishes for more active studies, referring to the platform of a "Commission for defamatory policies for bread and their effects on the industry".

Mr Özmen explained the current status in the domestic and international markets for the season of 2013-14 as well as his expectations for the season of 2014-15 and shared his knowledge indicating that the new season would be more efficient. He stated Turkey had closed the year of 2014 with 2.184 million tonnes of exports to 109 countries and approximately US$931 million of foreign exchange inflow and thanked those who contributed. Mr Özmen also gave the good news of opening of the new head office of TFIF and invited the participants to the opening scheduled for April 2015. Erhan Özmen continued his speech and pointed out the constructive cooperation and dialog of the top four sectors of the world: "Industry-University-Public and Media". Then he thanked all of the participants, especially Mr M. Mehdi Eker, Minister of Food, Agriculture and Livestock, on behalf of himself and the board of directors of TFIF.

Mr Ali Avci, Chairman of Cey Group, referred to the importance of wheat in human nutrition, emphasized the value of the chain of wheat-industrialization and logistics, and mentioned the investments for Samsunport under Cey Group.
Mr Şahin BİLGİÇ, board member of TOBB, started his speech by appreciating TFIF's supports for anti-defamation campaigns for wheat and flour and pointed out the holiness of bread and its importance in our nutrition.

Mr M Mehdi Eker, Minister of Food, Agriculture and Livestock, indicated how significant he considered the title "Wheat and Bread", as main theme of the congress, and reminded that for 12,000 years human had been eating wheat, whose motherland and gene center is Anatolia and our land is unique with its endemic plants across the world. The Minister also emphasized the importance of wheat in human nutrition and, referring to the defamation campaigns against wheat, flour and bread, said food should be consumed sufficiently according to the needs, instead of rejecting them by category. Mr Eker spoke highly of the flour industry's progress in exports and expressed his appreciation.

Following the opening speeches, Prof Ayşe Baysal, Chairman of BESVAK, as the keynote speaker, indicated our people always had bread on their table, the claims made in defamation campaigns were nonsense and were not based on scientific facts, and it was insulting to say "Do not eat bread".

The first session of the congress under the title, ‘Wheat, Bread and Health’ was moderated by Prof İrfan Erol, Food and Control General Manager. The first speaker was Prof Artun Ünsal, who told the history of wheat and pointed out the necessity to found a Museum of Flour and Bread Products on Anatolian land, the motherland of wheat.

Associate Prof Nazan Yildirim, Head of the Department of Public Health Agency of Turkey, said the World Health Organization recommended consumption of whole grain products and mentioned some positive impacts of whole grain products on especially weight control, heart health protection, prevention of cancer and diabetes, and solution of digestive system problems so whole wheat bread and whole grain products were promoted under the programs being implemented.

Dr Joel Abecassis, President of the International Association for Cereal Science and Technology (ICC), explained ICC's vision and mission and then told how the new methods of wheat processing and recent products improve the quality of nutrition and health. Dr Abecassis also announced that the 16th International Cereal and Bread Congress (ICBC 2016) would be held in Istanbul on 17-21 April 2016.

Gary Sharkey, Chairman of Executive Board of European Flour Millers, said everything in food processing was based on raw materials, emphasized the relationship between the variation of market demands and raw materials and closed his speech by expressing his predictions for the season of 2015.

Prof Nevin Şanlier from the Department of Nutrition and Dietetics of the Faculty of Health Sciences of Gazi University highlighted the importance of cereals for adequate and balanced nutrition, indicated that the cereals and their products ranked at the top in food consumption in Turkey, and emphasized that we should prefer whole grain flour for dietary fiber, essential fatty acids, antioxidants, phenolic components, phytoestrogens, and vitamins and minerals.

The last speaker of the session, Dietitian Elvan Odabaşı Kanar, told that people had predominantly eaten cereals and lettuces since ancient times, the approach to "stop eating bread to lose weight" was wrong and would lead to irreversible results, and consuming whole grain bread reduced the risk of Type 2 diabetes by 20 to 37 percent.

The second session of the congress was moderated by Mr. Ali İhsan Özkaşikçi, Vice Chairman of TFIF, with the title "Wheat". The first speaker was Ms Çiğdem Köksal Schmidt, who is a research assistant for Göbekli Tepe project of Deutsche Archäologische Institute, told the importance of the region for civilization and settlement.

Mr Edip H Aktaş, representative of VICTAM for Turkey, Middle East and Africa, provided information on the global exhibition to be organized in Cologne on 9-11 June 2015 to share information about sectoral developments.

Mr Çağatay Maraş, Head of the Department of Market Monitoring and Assessment of the Soil Products Office, started his speech by presenting the perspective of wheat production and prices in the domestic market and international market and stated that in the light of the current status and possible predictions they expected 2015 to be a good season for cultivation in terms of plant development. Mr. Murat Ceylan, Cash Sales and Marketing Manager of AKBANK, informed about "the direct debiting system" and indicated the system enables collection guarantee, practical risk and collection tracking, cost reduction for collaterals/checks/bonds, reduction of operational risks, automatic accounting and saving of time.
Mr Dmitri Rylko, General Director of the Institute for Agricultural Market Studies (IKAR), explained the short-term and long-term strategies of Russia for wheat in terms of quality and price.

Ms Emily French, Managing Director at ConsiliAgra, mentioned the importance of implementation of dynamic strategies in her speech focusing on today and the future of wheat production and marketing. The last speaker of the session, Mr Thomas P Scott, Informa Economics President, presented the current status and future of the international wheat market, summarized the situation with a general perspective from 1970 to date, and explained the expectations for 2015-2016 after a summary of different aspects of the wheat market.

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30/03/2015: 28 new rice varieties released in 2014 as scientists ensure responsive breeding for the future

The International Rice Research Institute (IRRI) and its partners released at least twenty-eight new rice varieties to governments of eight countries in Asia and Africa in 2014.

These newly-released varieties possess high-yielding and stress-tolerance traits that can help farmers overcome challenges, such as the negative effects of climate change, in their rice growing ecosystems. Some of the varieties released are flood-tolerant (India), drought-tolerant for rainfed rice areas (Nepal), and salinity-tolerant (the Gambia and the Philippines).

IRRI has released more than a thousand modern rice varieties in 78 countries since its founding in 1960.

"The work never stops," said Eero Nissila, IRRI's head of breeding and leader of its global rice research partnership in varietal improvement.

"New challenges arise due to climate change and decreasing resources, which is why we need to keep revisiting our agenda and stay responsive to the needs of our farmers and consumers."

Scientists implementing IRRI’s breeding agenda are sharing the latest in their varietal improvement work during IRRI Breeders' Week, happening now at IRRI, 23-27 March 2015.

Critical improvements are being made to IRRI’s breeding infrastructure, which needs to be more responsive to the requirements of current and future rice demand. Responsiveness requires increasing rice genetic gain in yield and pursuing an agenda that’s driven by what consumers need and prefer. Taken together, these improvements are called Transforming Rice Breeding (TRB), funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

At Breeders' Week, several updates were presented, which include development of profiles of rice preferred in selected countries in Southeast Asia and Africa; market research on types of rice consumers prefer; updates on the irrigated variety development pipeline that now benefits from an expedited breeding process; breeding hubs in Africa, South Asia, and Southeast Asia; grain quality and how it integrates into the development of high-yielding rice varieties with desirable traits; managing information through bioinformatics; genotyping services; partnerships within the hybrid rice development program; and exploration of rice's diversity for breeding.

IRRI is part of the Global Rice Science Partnership (GRiSP), a platform for impact-oriented rice research for development with more than 900 rice research and development partners worldwide.

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March 27, 2015

27/03/2015: Satake receives order for flour milling plant from largest baker and confectioner in S Korea
Exterior of Mildawon Flour Mill
In December 2014, Satake received an order for a 160 tonne/day (t/d) hard wheat flour milling plant from the flour milling company Mildawon Co, Ltd, a member of South Korea’s largest confectionery and bakery conglomerate, SPC group.

The plant will be completed in December 2015.

Inside the Flour Mill
The SPC group operates about 3200 stores in South Korea under the brand PARIS BAGUETTE. The group is the largest confectionery and bakery company in South Korea, having had the highest sales for a consecutive 25 years and holding about 80 percent of the market share. It also has about 180 stores in China, the USA, Vietnam, Singapore and France.
Satake received orders for a 480 t/d hard wheat flour milling plant (A mill) in 2009 and for a 360 t/d soft wheat flour milling plant (B mill) in 2011. These mills operate at full capacity.
Sifter Floor
To expand production capacity, construction of a 160 t/d hard wheat flour milling plant (C mill) was planned in 2014. Satake received an order for the C mill in December 2014 as a result of the success of the previous two and also due to Satake’s flour milling technology being highly rated.

The plant will be completed in December 2015. C mill is to be used for both rye and durum wheat. These materials are used to make rye bread and pasta.
Outline of Mildawon Flour Mill

  • Company: Mildawon
  • Place of plant: Sejong, South Korea
  • Capacity:
A mill: Hard wheat flour milling plant 480 t/d

    B mill: Soft wheat flour milling plant 360 t/d
C mill: Hard wheat flour milling plant 160 t/d
  • Supplied machinery: Flour milling machinery
  • Contract and start of operation: 

    A mill: Contract October 2009, start of operation January 2011

    B mill: Contract July 2011, start of operation December 2012

C mill: Contract December 2014, scheduled start of operation December 2015
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Brock Grain Systems company profile

BrockGrain Systems has a long-standing tradition of demonstrating innovative leadership in developing, marketing and supporting grain facility solutions worldwide.
  • 1957 Brock was founded (Milford)
  • 1976 Brock became part of CTB, Inc.
  • 1997 CTB purchased the grain bin division of Butler Manufacturing (Kansas City, Missouri)
  • 2000 CTB acquired ABC Industries’ grain handling equipment
  • 2002 CTB acquired Beard Industries, Inc. (Frankfort, Indiana)
  • 2012 CTB purchased the assets of Martin Industries, Corp. and its related subsidiaries including LeMar Industries Corp. (Des Moines, Iowa) and Riley Equipment Inc. (Vincennes, Indiana)

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