July 20, 2017

21/07/2017: China International Food & Feed Processing Industry Exhibition (CICFO)

The China International Food & Feed Processing Industry Exhibition (CICFO) takes an international perspective of food and feed processing, aiming to provide comprehensive solutions
 
Since its establishment in 2013, the scale of the show, and the scope of its display has grown rapidly alongside a myriad of professional visitors. This year it will present a wide range of food and feed manufacturing equipment, and facilitate technical exchanges and trade development.

CICFO 2017 will be held at the Beijing International Exhibition Centre from September 11th to 13th, 2017.

The exhibition area will exceed 30,000 square meters, of which 27,000 square meters will be displayed in the exhibition area. This enormous area will be populated by more than 450 exhibitors, of which the almost one third are of international background, and more than 28,000 attendees.

THE ‘BUILD MY’ CONFERENCES 

At CICFO 2017, Build My Flour mill 2017 will be presented for the first time alongside the second iteration of its sister event, Build My Feed Mill. Each conference will use a programme that arranges speakers into a coherent order following the flowchart progress of a flour or feed mill. In this way, these unique conferences allow for a comprehensive and in-depth analysis of food and feed milling machinery, as well as the industries themselves.

BUILD MY FLOUR MILL 
With a packed speaker list for the first ever Build My Flour Mill conference, corporate partners have flocked to this one day conference with enthusiasm. Our partners include high profile companies each producing more than 3,000 tonnes of flour per day.
They include:

• Wudeli Group;
• COFCO;
• Yihaikerry Group;
• Lamsoon Group;
• Hengfeng Group;
• Bei Da Huang Group;
• Luwang Group;
• Fengzheng; and,
• Zhongyu.

Here are also some highlights of the high profile speakers featured at our event:

- Innovations in Grain Preparation for Milling
Roger Cook, Senior Technical Specialist
PETKUS Technology GmbH

- Use of Advanced Enzyme Technology in Optimisation of Flour Milling Extraction
Marco Choi, Factory Director
Lam Soon Group

- Grain Dust Explosion and Dust Explosion Suppression
Prof Zhou Nairu
Henan University of Technology

- Thinking about the transformation of flour milling technology in the new situation
Professor Wen Jiping
Henan University of Technology 河南工业大学 

- Trends in the Development of China 's Flour Industry and How to Encourage New Strategies
Dan Zhimin, Chairman of the Board
Wudeli Group

BUILD MY FEED MILL 
After great success of the first Build My Feed Mill conference this year in Bangkok, it has been extended to include a full day of speakers. Join us for an event sponsored by a myriad of companies, including:
• Cargill – 33 feed mills in China; Puruina - 17 feed mills in China; Tongwei - 130 feed mills in Asia; Puai Group - 6 feed mills in China; DBN - 53 feed mills in Asia.
• Contifeed - 40 feed mills in China; CP Group; ADM; Haid Group - 60 feed mills in China; Twins Group - 60 feed mills in China; New hope agri - 50 feed mills in China.
• Evergreen Conglomerate; Well hope Group - 19 feed mills in China; Trs Group - 40 feed mills in China; Zhengbang Group - 20 feed mills in China; TQLS Group - 51 feed mills in China.

Here are also some highlights of the high profile speakers featured at our event: 


Analysis of Maize Deep Processing Industry
Wei Xuming, Secretary General
China Starch Industry Association

The role of silver in the precise management of feed production
Sunny Shang, FSQR Lead
Cargill


Visit the event website, HERE.
 

The Global Miller
This blog is maintained by The Global Miller staff and is supported by the magazine Milling and Grain
which is published by Perendale Publishers Limited.


For additional daily news from milling around the world: global-milling.com

21/07/2017: AFIA thanks its outgoing committee members

The American Feed Industry Association depends heavily on the dedication and involvement of hundreds of members who volunteer annually to serve on committees that further the success of the association's mission, objectives and programs
 


AFIA thanks these volunteer members and the companies they represent for their service, as many long-term projects have been tackled because of their extra efforts.

Committee terms run from May 1-April 30 each year, and volunteers serve a term of three years. Each of AFIA's 19 committees represent the interests of specific disciplines and segments throughout the feed industry and work together on supporting activities and programs critical to AFIA's legislative and regulatory efforts and various member services.

"It takes more than just AFIA staff to provide the leadership driving this association," said AFIA President and CEO Joel G. Newman.

"With their expertise and unique perspective, committee members come together to help achieve our goal of representing members by providing one solidified voice for the feed industry."

AFIA thanks the following 2017 outgoing committee members.

Aquaculture Committee
• Matthew Zeigler, Zeigler Bros, Inc.
• Curtis Harms, Diamond V
• Iva Gaglione, Star Milling Company
• Neil Sims, The Ocean Stewards Institute

Equine Committee

• Moss Boone, The F. L. Emmert Company
• Steve Elliot, Alltech, Inc.
• Danny Migliorisi, Trouw Nutrition USA LLC
• James Rhea, Dehy Alfalfa Mills, Inc.

Equipment Manufacturers Committee
• Andrew Ellsworth, EBM Manufacturing

Ingredient Approval and Definition Committee
• Adam Ancelet, Phibro Animal Health Corp.
• Gavin Bowman, Novus International, Inc.
• Betty McPhee, Anchor Ingredients Company LLC
• Kevin Ragland, Mars Petcare U.S.
• Daniela Solomon, Lallemand Animal Nutrition

International Trade Committee
• Judith Bruce, AFB International

Liquid Feed Committee
• Timothy Evans, Novus International, Inc.
• Michael Hudspith, Ridley USA, Inc.
• Randy Lessman, Midwest Ag Supplements LLC
• Greg McLean, PerforMix Nutrition Systems LLC
• Ivan Pedigo, Gold River Feed Products
• Mac Weber, Provitas     

Marketing Committee

• Elizabeth Barber, The F. L. Emmert Company
• Robert Jensen, Tronox
• Angel May, Mars Petcare U.S.

Nutrition Committee
• Richard Bonander, Nutriad, Inc.
• Phillip Smith, Tyson Foods, Inc.
• Craig Wyatt, AB Vista, Inc.

Pet Food Committee
• John Dickerson, Cargill Animal Nutrition
• Ryan Frank, Mars Petcare U.S. 
• Lars Reimann, Eurofins Scientific, Inc.
• Rand Schaefer, Lortscher Animal Nutrition

Production Compliance Committee

• Mark Daniel, Evonik Corp.
• Robert Petruzzi, LignoTech
• James Moore, Southern States Cooperative, Inc.
• Ralph Staiert, Huvepharma, Inc.
• Andy Wagner, Kreamer Feed, Inc.

Purchasing & Ingredient Suppliers Committee
• Rosanne Crockett, Sustainable Sourcing LLC
• Rebecca Cruse, Texas Farm LLC
• Stacey Homen Henthorn, AB Vista, Inc.
• Justin Stadden, The Scoular Company
• Steve Wilson, Zinpro Corp 

Quality and Animal Food Safety Committee

• Gaofeng He, Hi-Pro Feeds
• Jiri Kratochvil, Westway Feed Products LLC
• Mary Williams, Purina Animal Nutrition LLC


Visit the AFIA website, HERE.
 

The Global Miller
This blog is maintained by The Global Miller staff and is supported by the magazine Milling and Grain
which is published by Perendale Publishers Limited.


For additional daily news from milling around the world: global-milling.com

21/07/2017: US and China sign historic agreement to provide market access for US rice exports

Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue today announced that the US Department of Agriculture has reached agreement with Chinese officials on final details of a protocol to allow the United States to begin exporting rice to China for the first time ever

 
Rice
Image credit: Ruocaled on Flickr
“This is another great day for US agriculture and, in particular, for our rice growers and millers, who can now look forward to gaining access to the Chinese market. This market represents an exceptional opportunity today, with enormous potential for growth in the future,” said Mr Perdue.

“The agreement with China has been in the works for more than a decade and I’m pleased to see it finally come to fruition, especially knowing how greatly it will benefit our growers and industry."

China is the world’s largest producer and consumer of rice. Since 2013, it has also been the largest importer, with imports reaching nearly 5 million tons last year.

When the new rice protocol is fully implemented, the US rice industry will have access to this critical market, significantly expanding export opportunities.

US rice exports can begin following the completion of an audit of US rice facilities by China’s General Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine.


Visit the USDA website, HERE.
 

The Global Miller
This blog is maintained by The Global Miller staff and is supported by the magazine Milling and Grain
which is published by Perendale Publishers Limited.


For additional daily news from milling around the world: global-milling.com

21/07/2017: Electromagnetic Frequency Technology: The future of feed?

An interview with Tim Khametov, Ceresco Nutrition, Canada

Ceresco Nutrition is the company behind the groundbreaking product SILICA+ that is used in animal feed. Their aim is to rethink the concept of feed by offering a unique and technologically advanced procedure of ‘’informing’’ which increases animal performance, improves their welfare and reduces the environmental impact. Milling and Grain caught up with visionary entrepreneur Luigi Pomponi, the president of Ceresco for over 15 years, to find out more about the company, the product and their future plans.

Can you give our readers an overview of what your product is?
Well perhaps the best way to start is to say if feed additives were petrol automobiles, Silica+ would be the electric automobile. Both will get you from point A to point B, but not with the same environmental impact and not with the same final cost.

We use a high purity grade natural silica from the quartz family, capacitated with a specific quantum of electromagnetic energy that is capable of synchronising vibrations of matter (nutrients, water, minerals, acidifiers, antibiotics, enzymes, probiotics, etc.) in feed and also cell organelles thus improving all kinds of biochemical exchanges.
 

www.ceresconutrition.com

So what prompted the development of your groundbreaking SILICA+ solution?
Like most revolutionary inventions, it all started with a problem. Producers in France at the time were having various problems getting their swine to grow properly due to disease and other issues like excessive ammonia emission in the air and contamination of ground water by excess nitrate rejection.

One of our company founders Jean-Paul was looking for a sustainable solution for the suffering industry. After several years of research and collaboration with experts in quantum physics a first version of the product was available for testing.

Can you give me an overview of the development process with regard to the time taken and the testing criteria?
Farmers in France used the first version of the product locally about 10 years ago. Initial results, while promising, required the product to be mixed into a water container and sprayed into each pen once or twice a week. It was effective, however, the process was too time consuming and just not practical.

Fast-forward to three years later, the same technology was used to create a more stable version of the product that could be mixed directly into the animal’s feed. This new version was improved in order to additionally increase its positive effect on animal growth performance. Electro-magnetic frequency (EMF) technology as you can imagine is quite a new concept for nutritionists. Convincing them that this was not just another way of adding cost but that it would be a lasting part of the industry’s future was not going to be easy.

Thankfully, today more and more feed companies in swine, poultry, layers and aquaculture are taking note because in addition to its environmental benefits, the effectiveness of the product can be measured on weight gain, feed efficiency and mortality.


Read the full article, HERE.
 

The Global Miller
This blog is maintained by The Global Miller staff and is supported by the magazine Milling and Grain
which is published by Perendale Publishers Limited.


For additional daily news from milling around the world: global-milling.com

NEUERO Industrietechnik company profile




NEUERO follows the ‘made in Germany’ tradition with 100 years of activity in supplying reliable and high quality equipment for crucial projects in industrial plants around the world.

Neuero is a specialist in pneumatic and mechanical bulk material handling and is manufacturing Continuous Ship Unloaders (CSU), the most environmentally accepted solution in ship discharging activity and Ship loaders Global client oriented, flexible and cost effective.

Neuero utilises the state of the art technology and reliability to assure the success of all realised projects. NEUERO has its own 6.550 m2 manufacturing facility plus a new logistical area which was added beginning of 2013 in Melle, Germany.

Equipped with their own machining shop, painting shop and Lab they are in the position to provide continuous engineering solutions to our customers. Worldwide presence is assured with the operation of Neuero Corporation in Chicago/USA and our partnership with Brazilian companies for grain and mineral handling (www.maquinascondor.com.br and www.isomonte.com.br).

Using expert know how for upgrades, retrofits or complete new installations, their goal is always the same – solving the tasks effectively on budget and on time. The result is quality solution engineering that respects and protects the environmental, health and safety (HSE) requirements of your company and your communities.

Neuero is an ISO 9001 certified company and received the OHSAS 18001 certification in 2013. Neuero is working together with well-known German sub-suppliers like SEW, Atlas Copco, Danfoss, Rothe Erde and others.

Visit the company website, HERE.
 

The Global Miller
This blog is maintained by The Global Miller staff and is supported by the magazine Milling and Grain
which is published by Perendale Publishers Limited.


For additional daily news from milling around the world: global-milling.com

20/07/2017: Perten grain analysers connect to MCi auto kicker

By connecting the IM9500 NTEP approved, Whole Grain NIR and AM 5200-A Moisture to the MCi Autokicker, many inbound and outbound sampling points can be automated

The system frees employees for other work by automating most sampling methods, including dockage, broken, shrunken, protein, oil content, starch content, fibre content, moisture, test weight, and temperature.
 
IM 9500 Whole Grain NIR and USDA Certified UGMA AM5200-A Moisture Meter can be integrated into the MCi Auto-kicker from Mid Continent Industries
Image credit: Perten

The system can process a sample every 45 to 150 seconds. This allows users to check every load coming in or monitor all outbound grain with faster, more accurate information.

“The IM 9500 and AM 5200-A have gained great acceptance in the grain industry the last few years” said Gavin O'Reilly, Vice President, Food for PerkinElmer.

“We are excited to add this capability for our users and to work with Mid Continent on this project.”

“We are pleased with adding the Perten connectivity to the Auto Kicker” adds Darren Wells from Mid Continent.

“The Auto Kicker has already proven its value in the market and using the Perten instruments has decreased sample process time by as much as 30 seconds, which is crucial in most applications.”

For product inquiries, contact Jory Harris, Grain Account Manager for Perten at jharris@perten.com or (217) 971 – 6045

Visit the Perten website, HERE.
 

The Global Miller
This blog is maintained by The Global Miller staff and is supported by the magazine Milling and Grain
which is published by Perendale Publishers Limited.


For additional daily news from milling around the world: global-milling.com

20/07/2017: AFIA welcomes new director of communications

The American Feed Industry Association is excited to welcome Victoria Broehm as its new director of communications

She will lead the association's media relations and strategic communications efforts and serve as editor of the AFIA Journal and other member and media communications. 


 
Victoria Broehm
Image credit: AFIA
Ms Broehm has more than 10 years of communications experience working in associations and federal agencies throughout the D.C. region. She joins AFIA from CropLife International, where she managed communications on plant biotechnology issues on behalf of the global plant science industry.

Prior to that, she managed federal communications for the American Veterinary Medical Association and web communications for the Nuclear Energy Institute. She also served as a political appointee to the George W. Bush administration at the US Department of Energy.

"Victoria brings a wealth of knowledge and experience in agriculture to our communications team," said Sarah Novak, AFIA vice president of membership and public relations.

"We are thrilled to have her on board, and I look forward to seeing how her leadership can amplify our communications efforts on Capitol Hill and with regulatory agencies, so we can better serve our members."

Ms Broehm holds a master's degree in strategic public relations from The George Washington University and a bachelor's degree in communications and political science from the University of Washington.

She joined AFIA on July 17 and can be reached at (703) 558-3579 or vbroehm@afia.org.


Visit the AFIA website, HERE.
 

The Global Miller
This blog is maintained by The Global Miller staff and is supported by the magazine Milling and Grain
which is published by Perendale Publishers Limited.


For additional daily news from milling around the world: global-milling.com

July 19, 2017

20/07/2017: Fortified rice for improved nutrition – Developing new testing methods

by Dr Anna Zhenchuk and Holly McKee, BioAnalyt GmbH

Food fortification, or the addition of essential vitamins and minerals to foods, has long been established as a cost-effective method for fighting micronutrient deficiencies (1)

 


 Invisible to the naked eye, micronutrient deficiencies are a “hidden hunger” that affects nearly 2 billion people global and can lead to mental impairment, weakened immune system, reduced earning power and increased risk of early death (Global Nutrition Report, 2016).

Over 3.5 billion people, across Asia and increasingly West Africa and Latin America, depend on rice for up to 70 percent of their daily calories. This rice, however, is most often polished to remove the outer bran layer, depriving it of its minerals and vitamins. People that rely on rice to supply the majority of their daily energy needs are thus at high risk of developing deficiencies in these micronutrients.

Due to its ubiquitous consumption, rice offers an excellent vehicle for delivering essential vitamins and minerals through fortification. The cost of adding the recommended micronutrients to rice such as iron, zinc, vitamin A, and B vitamins, amounts to as little as USD 0.30 annually per person.

The economic and health benefits, on the other hand, are increased productivity and decreased disease burden (2). The potential of rice, the world’s number one staple food, as a fortification vehicle remains largely untapped.

Effectiveness of rice fortification
Food Fortification Initiative (FFI), an international partnership working to improve public health through fortification of industrially milled grain products such as wheat flour, maize flour, and rice, has reviewed the literature on rice fortification. FFI looked at close to 20 efficacy studies conducted in Costa Rica, India, Brazil, India, Mexico, the Philippines, and Thailand. 

 
iCheck™ Fluoro is a state-of-the-art portable fluorometer. It determines vitamin A quantitatively in food and biological fluids. Using innovative technology it measure the fluorescence of vitamin A in the sample. The vitamin A concentration is displayed in μg RE/I (RE=retinol requivalent)
Image credit: BioAnalyt
These studies, with some limitations, have demonstrated that rice fortification does mitigate deficiencies in certain micronutrients particularly iron and vitamin A. Fortification of staple foods such as flour, oil, and salt is a well-established global public health intervention. Rice fortification, on the other hand, is relatively new and limited.

Only a handful of countries have legally mandated it. Five countries, Costa Rica, Papua New Guinea, Nicaragua, Panama, and the Philippines count among them, but only the first two are truly fortifying nearly all of their rice (2). Voluntary rice fortification is common in the USA and Ecuador as well as in Brazil. It should be clear that more effectiveness studies on rice fortification are needed to demonstrate clear outcomes in terms of reducing micronutrient deficiencies.

These could help make possible a wider adoption of rice fortification. To facilitate these studies, as well as for monitoring of fortified rice production, simple and fast techniques to test for the presence and levels of micronutrients in rice are desirable.

Rice fortification technologies: challenges and opportunities
Staple food fortification is usually a straightforward process: dry or liquid micronutrient premix is added for blending into a staple food, such as flour, salt or oil at a defined ratio. Production of fortified rice, however, is technologically a more complex process. One chief means of fortifying rice is dusting or coating of rice with micronutrient premix. A second method is cold or hot extrusion of fortified kernels for blending (3).

Of these, hot extrusion technology is the most effective in retaining added micronutrients during storage and after the rice has been washed and cooked. The process involves mixing premix with rice flour and then reconstituting this powder using extrusion to mimic a regular rice kernel.

These reconstituted rice kernels are added to normal rice at a ratio of anywhere between 0.5 – 5 percent but typically at 1 percent, meaning that one fortified, extruded kernel is added for every 99 normal rice kernels. The additional costs are estimated at USD3.00 per 100kg of rice (4). One early problem was that fortified rice kernels appeared darker than normal rice.

Perceiving these grains as impurities, consumers often plucked them out, diminishing the effectiveness of rice fortification. To address this challenge, DSM, a producer of vitamins and micronutrient premixes, and Bühler, a manufacturer of extrusion equipment, have further perfected the technology to deliver fortified rice kernels that look and taste like normal rice.

This facilitates acceptance of fortified rice by the population, since consumers cannot tell the difference (5). Several other factors play a key role in effectively delivering vitamins and minerals to the population through rice fortification. In addition to fortified rice kernel production technology, these are quality of vitamins and minerals, storage, as well as proper monitoring of the industry producing fortified rice.

Visit the BioAnalyt website, HERE.


Read the full article, HERE.
 

The Global Miller
This blog is maintained by The Global Miller staff and is supported by the magazine Milling and Grain
which is published by Perendale Publishers Limited.


For additional daily news from milling around the world: global-milling.com

Brock Grain Systems company profile

  


Brock Grain 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)

Visit the website HERE.
 

The Global Miller
This blog is maintained by The Global Miller staff and is supported by the magazine GFMT
which is published by Perendale Publishers Limited.


For additional daily news from milling around the world: global-milling.com

19/07/2017: Evonik starts marketing GutCare® PY1 in India and Bangladesh

Evonik will now offer the probiotic GutCare® PY1 in India and Bangladesh following the launches in the United States and China earlier this year

Image credit: Stuart Richards on Flickr
 GutCare® PY1 has a positive effect on the healthy balance of bacteria populations in the chicken gut which has been scientifically proven by numerous studies (in vitro and in vivo).

GutCare® PY1 contains the spores of the strain Bacillus subtilis DSM 32315.

 “With our broad portfolio of amino acids and probiotics, we are able to fully support our customers on the road to sustainable animal nutrition targeting reduced use of antibiotics ", says Dr Emmanuel Auer, Head of the Animal Nutrition business line at Evonik.

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

Evonik had introduced GutCare® PY1 to the US-market in January and to the Chinese market in April this year. By the end of 2018, the company wants to be present in every Asian country with at least one probiotic.

For Evonik, GutCare® PY1 is the first probiotic from the company’s own development. Since the acquisition of the probiotic business of the Spanish company NOREL S.A. in 2016, Evonik offers two probiotics: Ecobiol® (Bacillus amyloliquefaciens CECT 5940) and Fecinor® (Enterococcus faecium CECT 4515).

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.

Based on these findings, a second step will be the development of new probiotics and feed additives that can help improve the chickens' sustainable growth. Evonik has more than 60 years of experience in the production of essential amino acids for animal nutrition.

Evonik supports customers in more than 100 countries to produce healthy and affordable food for the growing world population, while conserving natural resources and reducing the ecological footprint.

Visit the Evonik website, HERE.
 

The Global Miller
This blog is maintained by The Global Miller staff and is supported by the magazine Milling and Grain
which is published by Perendale Publishers Limited.


For additional daily news from milling around the world: global-milling.com

19/07/2017: Rapid Flour Check: New method for a quick and precise flour analysis

The new method for the Brabender GlutoPeak enables good correlations with known measuring values for flour analysis, such as protein content, wet gluten, water absorption and the Alveograph W value

 
Image credit: Jessica Spengler on Flickr
In just a few minutes, the Brabender GlutoPeak provides a “rheological fingerprint” of the analysed flour sample. It measures the aggregation behaviour of the gliadin and glutenin proteins in a sample, for the purposes of describing their baking properties. In particular, the peak time until the maximum torque is reached, and the height of the peak provide significant information about the tested sample.

Strong gluten produces rapid, high peaks. Weak gluten shows later, flatter peaks, or in extreme cases, no peaks at all, for example with biscuit wheat. Rheological measurement with the GlutoPeak is performed by measuring the torque, which results in good correlations to other more time-consuming rheological methods.

Hence, conclusions can already be drawn on the gluten quality and its specific features before embarking on ‘analytical differential diagnostics’, with instruments like Farinograph, Extensograph and Amylograph. A new evaluation option, the Rapid Flour Check, has now been developed to expand the evaluation parameters.

With only 9g of flour and 9g of distilled water, the new method provides good correlations with the protein content, wet gluten, Farinograph water absorption and Alveograph W-value, in addition to the general and extended evaluation points.

Benefits at a glance:


- It can be useful for breeders to aid in rapidly screening gluten quality in early generation breeding lines, especially when considering the small sample size requirement.
- Grain traders and millers can use the GlutoPeak to efficiently manage their incoming raw materials and silo occupation, or to control process adjustments within the mill.
 - For bakers, the device can be used for rapid analysis of incoming raw materials and for checking specifications.
- Researchers can rapidly characterise gluten aggregation kinetics and associated parameters for a more in-depth exploration of flour functionality and performance potential.


Visit the Brabender website, HERE.
 

The Global Miller
This blog is maintained by The Global Miller staff and is supported by the magazine Milling and Grain
which is published by Perendale Publishers Limited.


For additional daily news from milling around the world: global-milling.com

July 18, 2017

19/07/2017: Chinese buyers sign contracts for more than $5 billion of US soy

A trade delegation from China made significant purchasing agreements on July 13, signing contracts for 460 million bushels of US Soy worth more than $5 billion at a USSEC-hosted event in Des Moines, Iowa

This amount is more than $1 billion more than contracts signed at similar events last year and is a near-record amount.

The delegation represents Chinese buyers from more than 11 companies, who were hosted by USSEC with support from the United Soybean Board (USB), AmericanSoybean Association (ASA), and Iowa Soybean Association (ISA).
 

Wang Yunchao, general manager of COFCO Oils and Fats, shakes hands with Aaron Christie, of CHS Europe SARL, after signing purchase agreements for US soybeans Thursday in Des Moines.
Image credit:  Joseph L. Murphy/Iowa SoybeanAssociation

The trade delegation was led by Bian Zhenhu, president of the China Chamber of Commerce for Import and Export of Foodstuffs, Native Produce and Animal By-products (CFNA).

With the world’s largest swineherd and a growing middle class eating more meat and consuming more protein, China remains US Soy’s number one customer. The country buys more than 60 percent of all soybeans exported worldwide.

“The US Soy industry has a rich, 35-year history working with Chinese industries,” says Xiaoping Zhang, USSEC Country Director–China.

“This week’s event, and the participation of Bian Zhenhu and the CFNA, symbolises the value of US soybean farmers’ 2017 crop, before it’s even harvested – and is evidence of the enhanced trade agreements between the two countries.”

China’s preference for US Soy can be attributed in large part to the US Soy Advantage, including exceptional composition, a consistent supply and a sustainable product.

“US soybean farmers can feel confident in the long-term, global demand that exists for the products they grow,” says USSEC chairman and Nebraska soybean farmer Jim Miller.

“US soybean farmers have done an exceptional job of rising to meet the demands of their global customers, from sustainability to compositional quality. This commitment shows our global customers are taking notice.”

And taking notice they are, as participants traveled 7,500 miles to attend this week’s ceremony in Iowa. “We buy US soybeans because they are sustainable and backed by reliable support,” says Chinese delegation member Jeffrey Zu, who participated in the signing ceremony.


Visit the USSEC website, HERE.
 

The Global Miller
This blog is maintained by The Global Miller staff and is supported by the magazine Milling and Grain
which is published by Perendale Publishers Limited.


For additional daily news from milling around the world: global-milling.com

19/07/2017: Flourmill of the future: One of the largest production plants on the African continent

Milling and Grain were pleased to be able to talk to Nuno Alegria, a representative of the project about the process and some of the challenges faced

There has been a breakthrough in Angola for milling via the design, construction and installation of a revolutionary mill to revitalise the local economy and sustainability of the country. The project is all about flour milling and associated silo storage, which are built directly into the plant. 

 

It is the brainchild of several partners including private companies and Governments, with the majority of the work undertaken by Grande Moagens d’Angola (GMA) who is already a major player within the wheat industry.

Mr Alegria was keen to stress that they are already investing in Angola and are made up from a consortium of Lebanese and Angolan investors. They can take advantage of the political benefits because both the Government and President of Angola support the project as a means of growth. This support was key in overcoming some of the hurdles the project faced.

GMA undertook this project as they already are established as a local company, with around 25 years experience and presence in the local market. They have a solid infrastructure with warehouses all over the country. They are also a trader in commodities, with wheat flour, rice, beans and sugar all in their portfolio.

Mr Alegria told us that, “The costs are so high to produce locally that it was cheaper to import.” This in turn, led to a stasis for the country, and the Government responded by raising import duty to protect and encourage local production.

The shareholders are a dynamic group and have tried since 2008 to facilitate a project like this, however a change in conditions and rising oil prices, led the Government to reach out to partners. As previously mentioned, the President was very involved, requiring monthly reports on the status of the build. This led to a lot of red tape that was consequently removed.

Previously imports could be held in customs for a period of 30 to 60 days with no real explanation of why, but with Government co-operation, waiting times were reduced to one week. Mr Alegria explained that they were “given the green-light” which eased logistic issues. The project took around 24 months to complete from the first plan to the finished mill.

In 2015 GMA signed a contract with Buhler, who assisted with their in-depth knowledge and expertise. In March 2015, the project partnered with Mota-Engil, a Portuguese company that specialised in construction and Ferrum shortly after to assist with the installation.

Then, SCE partnered on the recommendation of Buhler, who felt comfortable that they could deliver on the plans. SCE were responsible for the manufacturing, supply, and supervision of the project. GMA initially sent out several tenders simultaneously to speed up the process, and visited around June or July 2015 before selecting SCE.

GMA relied on SCE due to their professionalism and the numerous high-quality references worldwide. Initially on the site, which is around 30,000 square meters, there were some old buildings that needed to be cleared, and this commenced in July 2015. By September 2015, the first foundations were laid.

There were some challenges to surveying and setting the foundations, so the project had to use a stainless steel, galvanised structure to combat the environment and location being so close to the water of the port. The collective foundations of the concrete piles themselves were sunk much deeper than the typical depth of 26 meters.

Read the full article, HERE.
 

The Global Miller
This blog is maintained by The Global Miller staff and is supported by the magazine Milling and Grain
which is published by Perendale Publishers Limited.


For additional daily news from milling around the world: global-milling.com

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.
 

The Global Miller
This blog is maintained by The Global Miller staff and is supported by the magazine Milling and Grain
which is published by Perendale Publishers Limited.


For additional daily news from milling around the world: global-milling.com

July 17, 2017

18/07/2017: nabim awards six advanced milling diplomas

On 11 July, at a special awards lunch at 21 Arlington Street, London, spiritual home of the UK flour milling industry, nabim President, Duncan Monroe, presented six millers with their Advanced Milling Diplomas

  
The diploma recipients with those who provided them
Image credit: nabim 
He congratulated the six on the considerable time and effort they had put into the diploma programme over a period of eighteen months, including residential weeks at nabim’s partners, Campden BRI (Chipping Campden) and the Buhler Training Centre (Uzwil, Switzerland).

Duncan went on to remind his audience that “the Diploma programme is all about safeguarding the future of the UK flour milling industry, providing skills, knowledge and understanding that will produce the technical leadership the industry needs in order to provide our customers and the final consumer with the consistent and high quality products they seek.”

Receiving their Diplomas were: Neil Gordon (Carrs Flour, Kirkcaldy); Daniel Lister (Whitworth Bros, Worksop); Karl McGill (ADM Milling, Liverpool); Paul Moden (Whitworth Bros, Holbeach); David Naylor (Allied Mills, Manchester); and Simon White (W&H Marriage and Sons, Chelmsford).

The Advanced Milling Diploma was developed in the early years of this century in response to member companies’ wish that nabim provide a practical and technical training programme significantly beyond the level of its existing distance learning programme and vocational qualifications.

The aims of the programme include:
• to provide further scope for the development of millers of the highest potential;
• to improve the industry’s skills base, meeting its changing training needs;
• to provide a means by which millers may gain a greater technical understanding of flour functionality;
• to apply advanced theoretical knowledge in practical skills training.

The programme has now been run four times (starting in 2006, 2009, 2012 and 2015); a total of 29 candidates have set out on the journey and, with today’s awards, the total number of Diplomas issued has reached 24.

The six Diplomas given out today represent the largest number since the first year of the programme and also the first time a 100 percent pass rate has been achieved. 


Visit the nabim website, HERE.
 

The Global Miller
This blog is maintained by The Global Miller staff and is supported by the magazine Milling and Grain
which is published by Perendale Publishers Limited.


For additional daily news from milling around the world: global-milling.com

18/07/2017: SCAFCO at CONVEY17


Join the SCAFCO team at the CONVEY17 to learn more about their latest developments in grain handling and storage technology from SCAFCO





 



For more information on CONVEY17, visit the event website, HERE.

Visit the SCAFCO website, HERE.
 

The Global Miller
This blog is maintained by The Global Miller staff and is supported by the magazine Milling and Grain
which is published by Perendale Publishers Limited.


For additional daily news from milling around the world: global-milling.com

18/07/2017: Modern milling: Virtual learning, personalised diets and consumer transparency

by Alexander Waugh, Director General, NABIM, UK

Flour is one of the world’s key food ingredients, and therefore flour milling is one of its most important industries
 


In bread eating societies, flour generally provides about 20 percent of food energy; its flexibility means that it is the main ingredient of bread in its many forms and varieties but also biscuits, cakes, pies, tarts, patisseries, morning goods, confectionery and in more manufactured foods such as coated fish and meat products, soups, sauces and more.

Five years ago, when looking into the number of stock keeping units (SKUs) that would be affected by a change in UK labeling rules for flour, we gave up counting when the total exceeded 50,000.

So, contrary to the views of the anti-gluten lobby, for those who do not have coeliac disease flour really is an essential part of the diet. That means that the world needs an efficient, cost effective and dynamic flour milling industry to supply it.

In one form or another, Nabim has been training millers for over 100 years. It was founded in the 19th century in order to help millers understand and make use of what was then the new technique of roller milling.

Today, the association has developed a range of resources for use in the UK and elsewhere. These include craft skills resources for practical millers, our core modular distance learning programme followed by students in more than 30 countries across the globe, and an advanced milling diploma designed to develop skills in more experienced millers.

The diploma is run in conjunction with experts from Campden BRI and the Buhler technical centre, and held every three years. We are looking forward to recognising a further six successful candidates in July 2017.

Recognising the need to respond to different learning styles, training materials have moved from their original book format to include lessons, mentor support and video resources. The newest development is the creation of a “virtual mill” which will allow participants to take machinery apart on screen and examine its inner workings, provide virtual meeting rooms and more.

UK millers are determined that training provision should keep pace with the changing nature of society and take advantage of the opportunities that modern information technology offers. Whilst ensuring that we have properly trained people in our businesses is hugely important, it is by no means the only issue that milling associations have to address.

Nabim, for example, works very closely with the farming and plant breeding sectors on new wheat varieties. These are carefully tested for technical attributes before they are commercialised, so that our growers can be confident that there will be a market for their crops, and our businesses have the best idea of how they should be used. This process involves three years of testing, including large-scale milling and baking trials for the most promising bread making wheat.


Visit the Nabim UK website, HERE.


Read the full article, HERE.
 

The Global Miller
This blog is maintained by The Global Miller staff and is supported by the magazine Milling and Grain
which is published by Perendale Publishers Limited.


For additional daily news from milling around the world: global-milling.com

Milleral company profile

  


IMAS was established in 1989 as one of the daughter companies of İttifak Holding, which is one of the most dynamic groups of Turkey which operates in 20 sectors with more than 100 facilities.

IMAS, using MILLERAL TM for turnkey flour milling systems, performs manufacturing, marketing and service after sales processes in international norms with its professional and experienced staff.

IMAS has strengthened its corporate structure with positive values day by day. With its strong capital, problem-solving professional staff, nearly 20-year corporate memory and its specific projects about the future of the sector; IMAS manufactures not only machines but also technology, quality, confidence and comfort for its customers.

IMAS quality in milling diagrams, projecting, manufacturing and montage, - turnkey systems in general- also demonstrates itself with the quality awards its customers receive. IMAS has the knowledge, experience and responsibility for new technologies, manufacturing pace and standardisation, minimising manufacturing costs, meeting immediate support necessities and corporate continuity.

High interest of İMAS to the good and new has been the base for the R&D department, which is furnished with intellectual staff and high technology. CE, TSEK and ISO 9001:2000 certificates have been awarded to İMAS products, which have passed through sensitive tests of R&D to the manufacturing line.

With its competitiveness conforming to international business ethics, İMAS has exported his machines to many countries in a wide range of geographical region.

IMAS, one of the powerful representatives of manufacturing and marketing its own technology of İttifak Holding, has added new-design millennium roller mills to its line with his patent.

“Automatic Grain Moisture System” and “Air Stabilisation System” made by IMAS have been the “firsts” in Turkey.

IMAS is aware that an effective human resources management is needed to manage manufacturing and marketing activities globally. This awareness has gained team-mates to IMAS that are happy to be a member of this team.

All human beings and natural environment are as important as corporate shareholders for İMAS. With this approach, İMAS takes care of the environment for the processes of the flour mills that establishes, in addition to the consideration of nature in his own manufacturing process.

Visit the website HERE
 

The Global Miller
This blog is maintained by The Global Miller staff and is supported by the magazine GFMT
which is published by Perendale Publishers Limited.


For additional daily news from milling around the world: global-milling.com

July 16, 2017

17/07/2017: Bay State Milling Company launches wheat flour with fibre benefits

In a recent Bay State Milling Company announces the launch of a breakthrough food ingredient, HealthSense™ high fiber wheat flour, derived from high amylose wheat
 

HealthSense™ offers the combined benefits of customary wheat flour functionality, a highly desired macronutrient, and traceability to the farm in one ingredient.

High levels of amylose help to increase the concentration of resistant starch component of wheat that resists digestion and acts like dietary fibre. Resistant starch has been shown to decrease glycemic response to foods, a factor important in the prevention and management of Type 2 diabetes.

HealthSense™ delivers a standardised amount of intrinsic and intact dietary fibre in wheat flour without compromising baking or flavour attributes, resulting in affordable grain-based foods with a clean label and known health benefits. Bay State Milling Company is the exclusive North American licensee of the high amylose trait in wheat. 


 
Image credit: Rebecca Siegel on Flickr
The licensor, Arista Cereal Technologies, holds extensive global patents on the process used to select for the trait and has partnered with Bay State Milling as its first commercial partner in its worldwide marketing efforts.

“HealthSense™ high fibre wheat flour is a game changing food ingredient” remarks Pete Levangie, CEO for Bay State Milling Company.

“With the increasing incidence of diabetes in North America, fibre consumption recommendations on the rise, and the advancements in our understanding of the importance of gut health, HealthSense™ can have a profound impact on human health in the very near future. We believe this to be an important opportunity for consumers, grain-based food companies, and growers.”

The company anticipates commercial availability of limited quantities of HealthSense™ from both spring and winter wheat varieties in fall of 2017, as they are currently working closely with select growers to develop the supply chain.

The flour can be used in any food product where traditional hard wheat varieties are used.

“We are thrilled to partner with Bay State Milling Company to launch HealthSense™ in the North American market. Decades of research have gone into the development of high amylose wheat with a goal of improving human health without compromise”, states Lindsay Adler, Director, Arista Cereal Technologies.

HealthSense™ high fiber wheat flour is derived from conventionally bred, non-GMO wheat grown and milled in the United States. Limagrain Cereal Seeds is the company’s partner in breeding the trait into wheat varieties adapted to grow in the US.


Visit the company website, HERE.
 

The Global Miller
This blog is maintained by The Global Miller staff and is supported by the magazine Milling and Grain
which is published by Perendale Publishers Limited.


For additional daily news from milling around the world: global-milling.com

17/07/2017: “Without dedicated staff, there is no food or food industry”

by Chris Jackson, Export Manager, UK TAG
Here we are half way though another farming year, one wonders where the time goes
 
Chris Jackson

Back in the UK our livestock farmers are well into their silage making and as ever was the case, the weather does not suit all of our growers.

The UK has had one of the driest springs on record in fact, but having said that crops are looking well, lets hope that this translates into good harvests.

It is quite remarkable that in the UK the average total rainfall for the year does not vary a great deal, so lets hope that we do not have a wet time when we need dry conditions come harvest.

Returning from seeing farming in Australia where mostly the scale of arable farming is huge, to here where I live amongst livestock farms serves as a good reminder of the diversity of our industry.
 

Mechanisation is still the key to managing and working the farms. Lots of our young people are no longer prepared to work the long hours with small rewards that come from traditional farming.

Those that remain need second incomes to sustain their families; this cannot be healthy for the long-term future our industry needs.

I am not convinced that amalgamating holdings to make bigger and bigger units is the answer, as this precludes young new entrants to our industry, as the capital needed is beyond the reach of most except the super rich.

It may open opportunities for managers working with companies, however for this policy to succeed a career structure needs to be created with dedicated staff.

Our industry is unique in that it does not work by the clock especially within the livestock industry and through harvest times.

Therefore we need people who are dedicated and can adapt work plans almost by the hour when problems occur that need instant attention. Much as we try all living things can have unscheduled events that need instant attention.

We try with technology to lessen the effects of unwelcome surprises and to make farming as routine as possible. But problems still occur.

I am reminded that whilst harvesting in Australia a major bearing broke in the harvester completely unforeseen which meant that work had to stop whilst the machine was fixed not only frustrating but needing the operator to use different skills to change the part.

I talk about this to demonstrate the skill base needed to manage farms successfully. We have an old saying in the UK “Jack of all trades master of none”.


Read the full article, HERE.
 

The Global Miller
This blog is maintained by The Global Miller staff and is supported by the magazine Milling and Grain
which is published by Perendale Publishers Limited.


For additional daily news from milling around the world: global-milling.com