April 20, 2017

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 galvanized steel used in Mysilo’s construction work is shaped in their own entirely computerised workshops. 

Visit the Mysilo website HERE
 

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21/04/2017: Asia’s food future: a fresh perspective

Geo-Political issues affecting Asia’s agri-food sector 

by Raghaven 'Ragha' Sampathkumar

2017 brought big surprises in terms of ideological “U” turns. A relatively recent entrant into the global trade, which remained a close economy for a long time, voiced its ardent support for a more globalised world.
 
Raghaven
Sampathkumar

Contrastingly, one of the foremost and founding members of several global, multilateral and inter-governmental organisations started turning inwards, shunning free trade and stepping back from several agreements.

It is even more surprising to see those in the highest echelons of politics in the country being selectively and shockingly oblivious of this simple fact: A massive amount of its agricultural production is exported.

For example, nearly half of all agricultural exports from the State of Illinois go to the countries that were negotiating the TPP (Trans Pacific Partnership).

Macro-Level Geo-political Issues

Nevertheless, leaving trade statistics to the number crunchers, I wish to touch upon a few other macro-level geo-political issues that could have significant impacts on the global milling and commodity trade sectors.

Although diets across Asia, driven by growth in incomes over the last few decades, are moving towards higher intake of animal protein, recent geo-political developments pose significant challenges to existing trade arrangements.

Firstly, the rise of a new breed of leaders in South East Asia with seemingly nationalistic dispositions has already reflected itself in barriers erupted for grain trade, although its impact was felt higher in consumer prices.

This trend is likely to persist however at least until the next change of guard. Interestingly, as the erstwhile progressive West starts retreating from free trade, collaborative efforts are becoming more pronounced, particularly among the Asian neighbours led by some of the fast growing BRICS countries.

This will be likely to result in altering free trade agreements between countries and blocks not only within the Asia region but with others that subscribe to free trade.

In China, the merger of commodity giants such as Chinatex and COFCO signals the intent to downsize inventories (nearly half for global corn and cotton) and huge appetite for grains such as wheat and rice that once seemed insatiable to the exporters.


Read the full article HERE.
 

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21/04/2017: The “Smart Chocolate Factory” – a plus for productivity and quality

It is increasingly important for chocolate producers that their plants operate at full capacity

At the Interpack trade show, Bühler is demonstrating how the use of digital services and IoT technologies offers significant gains in efficiency.


 
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 "With more intelligent process control, we can further improve productivity and achieve even more consistency in product quality," explains Marco Zappa, Head of Business Unit Chocolate Mass at Bühler.

The market and technology leader is also introducing its new molding plant ChocoBotic with robotic technology and its online learning platform ChocoGenius.

High productivity and consistent product quality are important factors to succeed in the industrial production of chocolate.

The increasing availability of sensors, actuators, and IoT technologies also open up opportunities for an even more efficient production in this area.

At the Interpack 2017 trade show, Bühler will be demonstrating, for instance, how the “Smart Chocolate Factory” will change the manufacturing of chocolate mass in the future.

The technology leader is showcasing more intelligent process monitoring and control for its proven DoMiReCo production line.

“Not only will it be possible to increase productivity but also to have more consistency in product quality. And because fewer manual interventions are required, the manufacturing costs drop, while food safety improves”, says Zappa, describing the most important advantages.

Bühler will also be introducing the new molding plant, ChocoBotic, at the trade show.

Thanks to the integrated robotic technology, process steps, which are usually set up sequentially, can now be arranged differently and modified flexibly to suit different masses, recipes, or products.

Both small and large chocolate processors gain an unprecedented flexibility, they can quickly respond to changing customer needs and also produce smaller batches or seasonal items.

ChocoBotic was developed by Bühler as part of an Innovation Challenge and is regarded as the pioneer of a new generation of plants for the "smart" production of chocolate items.

Digital technologies don’t stop, even when it comes to training, at the Interpack, the online learning platform ChocoGenius is celebrating its premiere. It uses interactive tutorials and learning modules to teach how to operate Bühler plants and provides valuable basic information on chocolate manufacturing.

The web-based platform is aimed primarily at operators and completes Bühler’s existing training offer.

Also in the limelight at the trade show is MyBühler, the digital platform adds another communication channel to Bühler, which, for instance, makes ordering spare parts or inquiries about prices and availability much easier and more efficient.

The Interpack is the largest and most important trade fair for processing and packaging equipment. It will be held in Düsseldorf, Germany, from May 4 to May 10, 2017, Bühler will present its complete range of process solutions in an exciting experience world, covering 1700 square meters.

In this unique environment, which includes a bistro and a Solutions Space, Bühler will display its offerings for making chocolate products, cocoa, nuts, coffee, sweets, biscuits, cookies, crackers, cereal and energy bars, breakfast cereals, and snacks.

Bühler is a global leader in processing solutions with 60 percent of all chocolate products, 40 percent of all industrially produced pasta, and 35 percent of all breakfast cereals made on the Swiss company’s technologies.

The Bühler Networking Days 2017 at Interpack will feature four core themes that strongly impact the food processing industry: sustainability, nutrition, food safety, and the growing importance of the Internet of Things.

Among the highlights of the event are some 20 innovations across the value chain, expert presentations , side events, and an exclusive networking dinner hosted by Bühler.


View the Buhler chocolate infographic, HERE.

Read more HERE.
 

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21/04/2017: SITEC: Nutriad´s technical symposium Brazil

For the fourth consecutive year, multinational feed additives producer Nutriad, hosted a well-attended technical symposium in Brazil, where current trends and future challenges in animal protein production were discussed

Ten renowned industry experts, from academic and industry background, presented to an international group of poultry and swine producers at the Costão do Santinho Resort in Florianopolis, Santa Catarina.

 
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Participants varying from producers coming from integrators, feed and premixer producers as well as consultants, veterinarians, nutritionists and researchers interacted with global experts that hosted talks on the global agribusiness in general and Brazil focusing on areas as feed intake via palatability, mycotoxin management and digestive performance.

The opening day was dedicated to the applications of flavours and sweeteners in animal feed to promote nutrition at critical life stages.

Nutriad’s David Vanni Jacob, from Brazil and Simon Eskinazi from UK provided the audience with an array of technical data from across the world.

As producers sometimes have difficulties in determining the real threat that mycotoxins pose to their animals, the second day of the program was dedicated to enhance the understanding of mycotoxin management.

An interesting line up of researchers; raw material experts and industry leaders brought presentations of Dr Radka Borutova, Prof. Ana Paula Bracarense, Prof. Dr Eduardo Micotti da Glória and Guilherme Bromfman. Gut health is a key requirement for healthy and high yielding animals.

A range of topics on digestive performance were presented by Prof. Dr Elizabeth Santin, Dr Tim Goossens and Prof. Dr Roberto Guedes.

According to the event's host, Marcelo Nunes, Managing Director Nutriad South America, the 4th edition of SITEC once more exceeded expectations, "The intention is always to offer our clients and partners a program with relevant and updated guidelines on maximising the potential of their animals. At SITEC we are not only presenting technical content, we promote the interaction between attendants and speakers to forge productive relationships. Choosing Florianopolis to host our symposium - against the back drop of exuberant beaches and stunning nature - further confirms SITEC as one of the most prestigious events in the sector.”

Read more HERE.
 

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20/04/2017: Mondi wins Flexostar Award for printing excellence and customer focus

The jury of ATF Flexo (French association of flexography), consisting of experts and professionals in this sector, awarded Mondi Industrial Bags’ pinch-bottom bag solution for customer Sopral with a Flexostar Award
   
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 The solution was produced at Mondi Lembacel SAS, France, and the plant’s product portfolio comprises pinch-bottom, open-mouth and valve bags.

For Sopral, the plant produced an attractively printed, strong pinch-bottom bag with ideal barrier properties for cat food packaging.

The excellent printing result on the laminated outer ply was honoured with the golden Flexostar Award in the category ‘print on paper’.

The winning pinch-bottom bag is constructed with four plies – with a 12-micron PET-laminated outer layer of white kraft paper 80 g/m² for outstanding print results.

Thanks to the 4-ply construction and the grease-proof outer layer, the bag is not only very strong and reliable but also ideally suited for pet food.

Sopral is a French producer of pet food and horse feed and a long-term customer of Mondi Lembacel.

Customer focus and interaction are key strategies of Mondi, and winning the Flexostar Award is once again proof of how well this strategy is adopted and lived every day.

“This is a great achievement for us to be recognised by the world of printers as one of the most reliable partners in delivering consistently high-quality print results,” said Laurent Nefoussi, Sales & Marketing Manager, Mondi Industrial Bags France.


Read more HERE.
 

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April 19, 2017

20/04/2017: Gluten free rice-flour bread breakthrough could revolutionise global bread production

100 percent natural, 100 percent gluten free - get ready for the battle of the grain

Hiroshima University researchers have resolved the science behind a new bread-baking recipe. In the following press release from alphagalileo, the research findings of Hiroshima University researchers, Hiroyuki Yano, Akiko Fukui, Keiko Kajiwara, Isao Kobayashi, Koh-ichi Yoza, Akiyoshi Satake, and Masumi Villeneuve is outlined. Links to the journal article can be found below.


The method for making gluten-free bread, developed by Japan’s National Agriculture and Food Research Organization, NARO - uses rice-flour to produce bread with a similar consistency and volume to traditional wheat-flour loaves. 

 
Successful rice flour bread. Image credit: Hiroshima University
While rice-flour breads are not new, up until now their consistencies have either lacked the familiar bubble structure and volume found in wheat-flour bread – or this bubble structure has been artificially induced through additives.

This new rice bread is 100 percent natural, and importantly has a similar consistency expected by consumers used to wheat breads.

This gluten-free alternative should appeal to celiac sufferers who can’t consume gluten, and to people who wish to avoid gluten in their diets.

How it works
Wheat-flour bread’s familiar texture is down to gluten’s ability to form a flexible matrix. This matrix stabilizes the thin dough/bread walls that form between CO2 bubbles released by fermenting yeast.

It also enables bread to “rise” in response to increasing CO2 levels during the baking process. Rice flour does not contain gluten so how are these vital bread characteristics achieved in this new bread recipe? The secret lies in the processing of the rice flour used.

Not all rice flours produce a satisfactory batch, hence why this simple technique has remained undiscovered for so long! NARO found that rice flour produced by a specific type of wet milling was the key.

Using this wet-milled flour to make bread, they observed the microstructure of the fermenting batter (rice flour does not form dough), and the resulting loaf - both contained bubbles coated in uniform undamaged starch particles in a “stone wall” arrangement.

When Hiroshima University researchers investigated this ingredient, they found it possessed amazingly novel properties not seen in rice-flour before – and these were down to the undamaged starch particles that resulted from its specific milling technique.

These stable “stone walls” apparently form due to the surface activity demonstrated by undamaged starch granules.

It appears these granules are able to lower the surface tension of water and so reduce the tendency of the formed bubble walls to collapse! Other rice-flours tested, consisting of damaged starch, did not have the same water-tension lowering effect. They were thus devoid of these stable bubbles, and attempts to make bread with them fell flat.

Another factor hypothesised for undamaged starch bubble-stability in successful bread production is the uniform hydrophobicity of the similar sized granules - leading to their confinement to the interface between damp gaseous air pockets and the liquid batter.

This tightknit “stone wall” arrangement thus allows bubbles to grow and expand as CO2 levels increase within leading to successful voluminous bread.

Great Potential
Should producers see the benefits of moving to gluten-free rice flour for bread production it could conceivably shift the focus of global grain production from the prairies and steppes of the world to the paddy fields of Asia.

This would contribute to increased rice exports at a time when consumption of the staple has decreased with the adoption of western dietary habits – including ironically the eating of more bread!
From a food science point of view - this newly discovered example of a food swelling mechanism could lead to the development of new unconceived foods with unique and exciting properties. 

Read the original press release, HERE.

View the journal article, HERE.
 

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Symaga company profile



Symaga Silos is a Spanish family-owned business with an international scope, specialised in designing, manufacturing and marketing of galvanised steel silos for grain storage.

With more than 30 years of experience, exceeding 6,000 installations and more than 24 million m³ of grain storage built in more than 120 countries.

Symaga is multinational family owned company able to provide technical response to the requirements of each individual project, after-sales services and able to speak in different languages as the company export rate is superior to 90 percent.

The company is dynamic, skilled, and perfect for a long-term relationship.

Now, more than ever, Symaga is your reliable storage solution.


Visit the company website HERE.
 

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20/04/2017: The British engineering works of Mr William Whitmore

by Mildred Cookson, The Mills Archive, UK

This well-established British Engineering Works featured in ‘The Miller’ of November 2, 1885
 
Mildred Cookson

Continuing their series of visits to the firms principally involved in the manufacture of flour milling machinery, they reported on the ironworks at Wickham Market.

The site benefitted from its closeness to the then Great Eastern Railway, with a telegraph office close by. It was also then, among the oldest established engineering and millwrighting workshops of England.

The Wickham Market Ironworks were already more than 100 years old, having been founded in 1780 by the Grandfather of the senior partner running the firm in 1885, William Whitmore.

William, after serving an apprenticeship in mechanical engineering with a firm in Lincolnshire, was taken into partnership by his father. At that time the firm had started to manufacture steam engines and boilers and had installed them in the Chelmsford and Barking steam mill of Messrs Ridley as well as in the Isle of Thanet steam flourmills.

 
Mr WN Whitmore
In 1862, Mr John Whitmore senior retired and William succeeded him along with John Whitmore Junior. Mr George Binyon became a member of the firm around 1868, and after working in Wickham Market for ten years, took up offices at 28 Mark Lane, London.

This proved a good move as it placed the firm at the centre of the milling trade, enabling them to deal with foreign expansion of the firm, in which they supplied their stone mills, bolting chests and other machinery in which they specialised.

In January 1871, the company was approached by Mr Seth Taylor to fit up his flourmill at Waterloo Bridge, which would require 30 pairs of stones. In 1874 Mr Peter Mumford of Vauxhall flourmill made a similar request involving 24 pairs of stones.

In 1890 Mr Taylor again requested the firm to fit out St Saviour’s Mills at Dockhead with 20 pairs of stones. All these mills were also fitted out with their patent belt-driven hursts.

Many other mills would also be filled with Whitmore & Binyon machinery, for example: Messrs Marriage at Chelmsford, Messrs Press Brother’s; City Flour Mills Lincoln, Town Mills Melksham Wiltshire and Mr Jonathan Mess’s mills in Aberdeen.

On the night of December 20, 1880, a fire broke out in a shed at the back of the works. This caused £2000 (US$2491) worth of damage and the loss of several sheds and workshops.

The fire raged on for six hours, and the whole premises would have been destroyed but for an inexhaustible water supply from an artesian well on the spot.

Work continued thanks to the fact that local firms offered help and their workshops to Mr Whitmore to keep his business going.


Read the full article HERE.
 

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April 18, 2017

19/04/2017: IPPE adopts integrated layout for production and processing

Hot on the heels of President’s Trumps election to the White House, IPPE 2017 opened its doors to the world of poultry, feed and meat production and processing
 
IPPE, which is an annual event sponsored by US Poultry & Egg Association, American Feed Industry Association (AFIA) and North American Meat Institute (NAMI), is one of three key exhibitions serving the intensive livestock and feed industries globally and is critically important for the continued development in regions such as Latin America.

Unlike previous years it wasn’t the weather attendees had to contend with, but a new layout of exhibitor stands following the show’s move from its traditional Halls of A and B to Halls B and C.

That masked somewhat the impact – if any – of President Trump’s Executive Order excluding visitors from certain Middle East countries from entering the USA.

Whether foreign visitor numbers were up or down on previous years or similar, there was ample antidotal comment suggesting Mexican visitors were down in number although visitors from other Latin countries were clearly evident.

There was also a feeling that Asian and Middle East attendees were fewer. However, MAG’s end-of-show interview with Nath Morris, Vice-president Expo of IPPE for the US Poultry and Egg Association, suggested it was, “too early to tell if that is the case.”

“We’ve had three good days. I felt we had full isles on the first two days although the last day is always slower. We had over 32,000 registered visitors to attend and feedback from exhibitors say they had good attendees and good leads.”

“We also know from last year that we had over 141 countries represented among attendees. I haven’t looked at those numbers yet for this year, but the total number of registrants is almost 1000 more for international visitors this year as compared to last year.”

“It’s important that we all realise that this show not only has a huge impact on the City of Atlanta, but on the USA’s business world, the GDP and economic prosperity in bringing buyers to Atlanta to look at meat, poultry and feed equipment, their suppliers and their products.”

“If we close the gate to certain countries this will certainly affect our attendee numbers and the future opportunities they provide. And it will go on to affect our exhibitors, who might think that if they can’t get to these markets they might not be in the right place in Atlanta.”

When asked how total show attendees compares with last year, Mr Morris says the numbers are up. “We are about 1800 attendees up this year on last year.”


Read the full event review HERE.
 

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Yenar company profile




With more than 20 years experience in the sector, Yenar have a state of the art production plant on an area of 40,000 m2, of which 18,000 m2 is covered. 

Domestic and global leaders since 1995, Yenar's equipment range includes rolls manufactured using the most up to date technology by means of the double pour centrifugal casting method. These rolls are in demand in many food sectors. 

Manufacturing 22,000 units annually of various diameters and lengths as of 2014, Yenar is the fastest growing Turkish company in the sector, supplying hundreds of food sector producers in both domestic and foreign markets by means of professional sales teams. 


Visit the website HERE
 

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19/04/2017: Weetabix welcomes acquisition by Post Holdings, Inc.

Weetabix Welcomes Acquisition by Post Holdings, Inc. £1.4 billion deal reflects international strength of Weetabix brand The Weetabix Food Company, owners of one of Britain’s leading cereal brands, today welcomed the news that it is to be acquired by Post Holdings, Inc., a consumer packaged goods holding company

The deal values Weetabix at £1.4 billion. The acquisition comes on the back of the growth in Weetabix’s UK market share for cereals and drinks, rising from 15.3 percent to 16.4 percent, in the past year as consumers look for more nutritious, tasty and convenient breakfast choices. 


 
Image: Sean MacEntee
Post Holdings, Inc., headquartered in St. Louis, Missouri, USA, is a consumer packaged goods holding company with a broad product portfolio across food including ready-to-eat cereal, value-added egg products, protein shakes, bars and powders, peanut and other nut butters, and granola.

Through its Post Consumer Brands business, Post Holdings is a leader in the North American ready-to-eat cereal category.

The combination of Post and Weetabix will boost international growth opportunities on both sides.

News of the acquisition was welcomed by Giles Turrell, CEO of Weetabix Food Company, who said, “Today’s deal is great news for the team at Weetabix and all those who love our brands. The past five years have seen us increase our branded sales at home and overseas. Post is a leader within its markets and shares our commitment to providing great tasting nutritious products for the whole family. I’m confident they will help us open doors for continued expansion.”

Alongside Weetabix, the UK’s most trusted and recommended cereal, the Weetabix Food Company also produces popular breakfast brands including Weetabix Minis, Alpen and Weetos.

In 2014, it launched a breakfast drinks business, Weetabix On The Go. This has grown rapidly, with sales of more than £15 million in 2016. As a standalone brand, it would now be in the top 20 breakfast brands in the UK, having grown 70 percent in 2016.

Weetabix is headquartered in Burton Latimer, Northamptonshire. In the UK it has factories in Burton Latimer and Corby. It also has operations in North America, South Africa, Germany and Spain.

Weetabix is majority owner of a joint venture in Kenya that serves the African market and Weetabix Food Company exports its brands to more than 90 countries around the world.

In recent years, Weetabix has seen strong growth in China which is now its third-largest market after the UK/Ire and North America.

Post Holdings has agreed in principle to establish a joint venture with previous owners the Bright Food Group and Barings Private Equity Asia to manage the Chinese operations.


Read more HERE.
 

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19/04/2017: Evonik launches new probiotic GutCare® PY1 in Asia and targets Chinese market first

Evonik is to offer its probiotic GutCare® PY1 to the Asian market for the first time by launching the new product in China

The move comes as part of the group’s strategy of assuming a leading role in developing sustainable and antibiotic-free animal nutrition over the next few years. 

 
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GutCare® PY1 will be presented to the Chinese market as part of the China Feed Expo in Fuzhou.

With a focus on poultry, this new product is the first probiotic from the company’s own development and was first introduced to the US-market in January 2017.

"In addition to the US and Brazil, China is one of the largest markets for poultry production with a growing demand for animal protein. With our broad portfolio of amino acids and probiotics, we are able to fully support our customers on the road to sustainable and antibiotic-free animal nutrition", says Dr Emmanuel Auer, Head of the Animal Nutrition business line at Evonik.

In the coming months, GutCare® PY1 will also be available in India, and by the end of 2018 Evonik aims to be present in every Asian country with at least one probiotic. GutCare® PY1 contains the strain Bacillus subtilis DSM 32315 and has a positive effect on a healthy gut balance which has been scientifically proven by numerous studies (in vitro and in vivo).

A healthy gut microbiome can help to prevent inflammatory diseases that can lead to high costs in livestock production. Commonly caused by pathogenic bacteria such as Clostridium perfringens, such diseases are responsible for several billion US dollars of damage to the livestock industry annually.

"We are very pleased to now be able to offer GutCare® PY1 in Asia following its early success in the US market. Our initial ongoing studies with customers confirm the potential of the bacterial strain. So far these results show that we have taken the right path with the development of our product, and this knowledge will help us further in our future product and application development", says Peter Freisler, Head of Gut Health Solutions at Evonik.

In addition to product development, Evonik is also focusing on deciphering the mechanisms of the chicken gut. Our new simulation model will help to describe the interactions between nutrition, the immune system and the intestinal microbiotia in vitro with the aim of reducing knowledge gaps.

Based on these findings, a second step will be the development of new probiotics and feed additives that can help improve the chickens' overall health. 

Read more HERE.
 

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18/04/2017: Ali Habaj of Oman Flour Mills takes on new opportunity

After 17 years with Oman Flour Mills and Atyab Investments, Ali Habaj has decided to take on a new opportunity as CEO of one of Oman’s major industrial companies 

 
Ali Habaj
During Mr Habaj’s tenure in OFM, the company’s workforce grew from 220 to 1,500 employees.
 
It was under his leadership that Atyab Investments was created, an investment arm focused on value addition through downstream industries.

This is evidenced by a notable achievement in revenue growth from US$60 million in 2010 to US$ 220 million in 2016.

Atyab Investments built Oman’s largest industrial bakery and successfully turned around the country’s major poultry farms- broiler and layer facilities.

In addition to this, Atyab Investments is setting up new milling and grain silo facilities in Industrial Port of Sohar.

During the first half of this financial year the group’s profits grew by 47 percent compared to previous year and this robust growth will be seen in the second half as well.

The company will continue with its five year vision of investing US$1 billion in the food sector.

OFM and Atyab Investments will announce its new CEO soon.


Read more HERE.
 

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April 17, 2017

18/04/2017: The pelleting process and the importance of continuing its development

by Tom Connor, Director of Condex Ltd

Since the late 1800s, Animal feed manufacture has become a huge worldwide business and an essential link in the supply chain to sustain our ever expanding and protein-demanding world
 


Today in the UK alone we produce in the region of 13.3 mT/a of compounded feed (DEFRA October 2016) and 100,000 tonne capacity mills are average size plants.

Our crops are more productive and we are producing fresh meat from ‘straw’ to shelf quicker than ever before.

There have been significant advances in nutrition and animal processing over the last decades and ever more research is being carried out to push the boundaries of possibility for our all-consuming markets.

The demands on feed processing and pelleting operations have subsequently meant these have had to evolve too. A broiler chicken that consumes 110g per day, a pig that consumes 3kg per day, or a cow that consumes over 4kg per day should all be fed the correct diet, each pellet containing the correct nutritional balance.

The pellets should also be hard and importantly durable. Feed also needs to be made at high throughput rates e.g. 15 t/hr, which equates to 4kg/second of feed manufactured.

Failing to do this, and adversely affecting the performance or welfare of your customers stock, can be very detrimental to a mill’s future business. What makes the pelleting process so challenging is that all of the above needs to be assured every production minute, hour and day of every year.

But the following change all the time:

• Formulation - a mill can manufacture 20 different formulations per day on the same line.
• Raw material changes are usually market price governed.
• Climate changes over 365 days, with temperatures variations of 30°C per season.
• Operator ability: depending on education, training and the right experience.
• Machine wear and tear.

A pelleting operation needs to be able to respond to all these changes and still ensure quality consistency whilst operating economically in a competitive market place. In order to be able to deal with this the mill designer, through to the mill operator, must consider the following parameters pre-pelleting: grist size, bound moisture content, mixing CV’s (5 percent being an industry standard) and liquid viscosity and distribution.

In order to ensure a good quality pellet, all of these factors can influence your pellet mill capacity and pellet quality.

Pelleting is a combination of mechanical forces and chemical changes in the product on a microscopic level that ensure all particles in each pellet adheres to its neighbour to provide better durability and hardness.


Read the full article HERE.
 

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Biomin company profile



BIOMIN are dedicated to finding innovative, trend-setting solutions that empower their customers to master existing and future challenges in animal nutrition– the natural way. The application of their scientific know-how and expertise, based on an in-depth understanding of their customer’s needs and concerns, enables them to deliver solutions that support animal health, optimise performance and production efficiency.

Research and development is one of the cornerstones of BIOMIN. Their strong in-house research and development, and global cooperation with leading institutions and organisations form the basis by which innovative solutions are developed for their customers.

Through joint projects with renowned universities and research institutes, BIOMIN is constantly in touch with the latest scientific know-how, from which novel feed additives are developed and produced. Their global network of collaborating institutions has grown to over 100.

One of the cornerstones of BIOMIN’s success is the ongoing improvement of their inhouse quality standards. In 1997, BIOMIN introduced the international ISO 9001 standard. The HACCP system, introduced subsequently at BIOMIN’s production sites, provides the quality assurance our customers seek from them. In addition, the feed quality standards QS and GMP+ guarantee the utmost degree of control and quality for their products – from raw material inputs right through to the final product.

Concerns over climate change and the role of greenhouse gases continue to rise. In September 2011, BIOMIN was internationally recognised through the award of ISO 14040 ‘Life Cycle Assessment’ certification.

By optimising feed use and improving animal performance, it is possible to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from livestock operations.
Through innovative production technologies and advanced, scientific know-how, BIOMIN has pioneered several trend-setting solutions for a range of animal nutrition products, all of which utilise fully natural processes and ingredients.

An in-depth understanding of what the customer’s needs and concerns are has enabled BIOMIN to create and deliver solutions in-line with performance and efficiency goals.


Visit the company website HERE.
 

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18/04/2017: Super Bowl coming to Atlanta prompts shift in 2019 IPPE show dates

The Super Bowl is coming to Atlanta in 2019

As a result, the show dates for the International Production & Processing Expo (IPPE) will be moved to February 12 – 14, 2019.

 
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IPPE will continue to be held at the Georgia World Congress Centre in Atlanta, Ga., and all IPPE contracted hotels will still be available as normal.

“We realise the change in dates is unusual. Many resources are tied up by the NFL in the host city of the Super Bowl, which resulted in the move from our traditional show dates of the fourth week of January. With the Super Bowl scheduled for Sunday, February 3, we worked with the city of Atlanta to find the best possible dates to host the 2019 IPPE without disruption of services normally provided during the week of the trade show.”

“We are continuing to stay with our Tuesday through Thursday format for the exhibitor floor, with industry meetings and educational programs scheduled Monday through Friday. IPPE has turned into a week-long event, and we appreciate the support that all industries provide in sending attendees to our annual trade show,” said IPPE show organisers.

The 2018 IPPE will be held January 30 – February 1, 2018, at the Georgia World Congress Centre in Atlanta. Future IPPE show dates beyond 2019 are reserved for the traditional last week in January. 


Read more HERE.
 

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18/04/2017: Hydronix launches two new digital moisture sensors for animal feed, grain, rice and liquids

Hydronix is delighted to be launching two brand new microwave moisture sensors at the IDMA show in Istanbul

Using our already proven digital technology, our new sensors are manufactured from food safe materials specifically for use in animal feed, grain, rice, nuts and liquids.
 
Hydro-Mix HT

The Hydro-Mix HT is a high temperature sensor that will measure moisture in materials that have a process temperature of up to 120°C.

This makes it ideal for installation before or after dryers or in mixing systems. The Hydro-Mix XT is a digital moisture sensor that unlike other systems available in the market comprises a single unit that contains all on-board functionality such as signal processing, smoothing and averaging.

This sensor has an external seal enabling it to be installed in dusty or liquid processes or applications, from 1 Bar Vacuum to 5 Bar pressure.
 
Hydro-Mix XT

Both of our new sensors come with fixing plates that makes them easy to install flush with the internal wall in drying, ducting, conveying and mixing systems.

Hydronix also offers the Hydro-Probe XT sensor. This is designed for applications that require the sensor to be placed into the flowing material such as at the outlet of a silo or in the neck of a storage bin.

All Hydronix sensors are designed for use in flowing materials with readings being taken 25 times per second as the material passes across the ceramic sensing face.

With Digital Inputs/Output, a choice of measurement modes, free configuration and calibration software and a global sales and support network, Hydronix is already the supplier of choice for many OEM equipment manufacturers, system integrators and end-users.

Please visit us at IDMA, Hall 3 Stand D7 


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April 13, 2017

14/04/2017: Get paid to prove the benefits of propane with M-C’s next generation legacy series grain dryer

Mathews Company (M-C), a global manufacturer of grain dryers, announces that buyers who purchase its newest grain dryer, the Next Generation Legacy Series, can qualify for a $3,000 incentive

 
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The Propane Education & Research Council (PERC) started the Propane Farm Incentive Program (PFIP) as a way to repay producers for helping the organisation document the performance of propane technologies used on the farm.

Just for supplying PERC with real-world data on the operation of M-C’s Next Generation Legacy Series dryer, owners can receive incentives to offset the cost of the dryer. PERC worked with Mathews Company to achieve energy savings through innovation.

“PERC prioritises the development of new technology that advances energy efficiency,” says Cinch Munson, Director of Agriculture Business Development at PERC.

“By working with leading agricultural manufacturers to advance efficient grain drying technologies, we can help ensure that farmers operate as cost-effectively as possible.”

Mr Munson noted that PERC research shows that today’s propane powered grain dryers use up to 50 percent less thermal energy to do the same job as the previous generation dryers. It is estimated that 80 percent of farms use propane to fuel their grain dryers. On farm grain drying reduces crop loss, adds harvest flexibility and improves yields through earlier harvest.

"If you're considering what a new, efficient grain dryer can do for your operation, it is a good time to take the next step and learn more about the benefits," says Mr Munson.

M-C’s initiative to pursue higher energy efficiency in the Legacy Series resulted in a product development grant from PERC.

According to Mathews Company President, Joseph Shulfer, “The newly redesigned profile-style dryer now offers many of the same technological advantages and operational efficiencies associated with the energy-efficient tower dryer that lowers operating costs.”

In addition to the completely redesigned fan and burner system, Mr Shulfer notes that the dryer comes standard with the new Pinnacle 20|20 dual touchscreen control system and M-C Trax Remote Monitoring System which makes dryer operation, monitoring, and collection of data extremely easy.

“This is truly a state-of-the-art energy efficient dryer,” says Mr Shulfer. Incentives are available on a limited basis. To qualify for the Propane Farm Incentive Program, producers must purchase the Next Generation Legacy Series dryer within 60 days of applying and receiving approval for the program.

This incentive only pertains to M-C’s Next Generation Legacy Series Grain dryers sold and operated in the US Refer to the complete list of qualifying criteria detailed, HERE.


Read more HERE.
 

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Consergra, S.L. company profile

   

Consergra, S.L. is a Spanish company established in 1969. Since then, their main activity is the construction of special refrigeration and air conditioning units, mainly used for the preservation of grains, oil seeds and perishable granulated products.

Other refrigerating and air conditioning units for different purposes are also produced according to customer needs. Throughout all these years, they have much experience in grain conservation by chilling, even under the hardest conditions of the desert or the tropics.

Their units combine modern design, highest possible energy efficiency, reliability, and friendly use. They are designed for heavy duty operation. Their wide know-how together with a continued cooperation and feedback from customers, allow them to developed new solutions and make better machines over time.

They also supply different equipment related to the grain industry: high quality grain moisture meters, portable low cost moisture meters, on-floor chilling ducts, under-floor chilling ducts.


Visit the company website, HERE.
 

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April 12, 2017

13/04/2017: Environmental focus - the next generation of drying

by Anders Malm, Tornum AB, Sweden

Good food quality starts with good raw material management

 
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Caring for nature’s resources and for our climate is and will become even more important to guarantee the best growing conditions possible for generations to come.

Tornum AB, located in Sweden, is one of the leading companies in Europe, manufacturing and supplying complete grain handling systems for the agricultural and grain industries.

It serves customers through its head office in Sweden and with its subsidiaries and representatives in more than 25 countries worldwide.

Tornum offers complete solutions for drying, storage and conditioning of grain for new plants and expansions of existing facilities and strives to deliver professional customer guidance to construct and build the best system for their operations.

All Tornum dryers are made of galvanized sheet metal. Tornum Heat Recovery dryer, HR, is a continuous dryer recovers up to 30 percent of the energy that would be lost in a traditional dryer. Around a quarter of the hottest moist air in a HR dryer is recirculated.

Moist air that is recovered is passed through a recirculation zone and then mixed with the heated cooling air. As the recycled air is warmer than the ambient air, you can reduce the energy supply for the gas burner.

Nevertheless, you still achieve the desired drying temperature compared to only using fresh air. The design of the HR dryer also means that the exhaust fans at the top require less power. It also provides a quieter and cleaner working environment through its unique design.

Dust is always a concern when handling grain. The more dust following the grain loaded into a dryer, the more dust will be released during the drying process – resulting in dust emissions spreading in the area surrounding the dryer.

When developing the heat recovery dryer, Tornum had energy and dust emissions in focus. Reducing energy consumption when drying the crop means fewer burdens on nature’s resources. Less dust emissions means a better work environment for the people operating the dryer.


Read the full article HERE.
 

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13/04/2017: Milleral and Viteral, newly designed websites

The brands Milleral and Viteral of Imas Inc. have had a website revamp
 


Milleral
Milleral is a successful brand that has been manufacturing and installing machinery and turnkey plants for milling grains like wheat, corn, rye, oat to get flour and semolina for 27 years.

Milleral offers products, plants and services that can appeal the necessities in all parts of the world; from Middle East to South East Asia, from South America to Africa and always continues to work with team spirit by developing innovative technologies needed by the global economy and manufactures its products perfectly according to customer demands.

One of the strong features of Milleral, which differentiates it from its competitors, is manufacturing high technology products and always maintaining this with R&D studies.

Milleral exports to more than 70 countries by manufacturing developable technological systems with CE, TSEK and ISO 9001:2000 quality certificates.

In order to provide improved service to their customers, they have the Pro Support team for continuous and rapid technical service.

Pro Support provides continuous and rapid technical service, consultancy and spare parts to the whole grain milling sector, not only to Milleral plant/product users.

Viteral
Viteral is the brand of IMAS that carries its experience of 28 years into feed machines sector by providing the production and installation of machines and complete facilities used for bovine, ovine and poultry feed production.

The experiences acquired and successes gained via Milleral in the milling sector enabled the creation of Viteral and ensured its service with a similar engineering approach in the feed sector.

Viteral, with its innovative engineering approach and the importance it gives to research and development works, is able to offer products and facilities that can fully meet the needs of the sector and it continues its works with the aim of 100 percent customer satisfaction.

Operating worldwide from Middle East to Asia, South America to Australia, IMAS is approaching the feed sector with Viteral with the same attention and care and reaps the benefits of its efforts by providing products with high technologies that are suitable to the needs of the sector.

One of the strong features of Viteral, which differentiates it from its competitors, is manufacturing high technology products and always maintaining this with R&D studies.

IMAS exports to more than 75 countries by manufacturing developable technological systems with CE, TSEK and ISO 9001:2000 quality certificates. In order to provide improved service to their customers, we have the Pro Support team for continuous and rapid technical service.


Visit the new Milleral website, HERE.

Visit the new Viteral website, HERE.
 

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