December 23, 2019

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to all our partners and readership!




2019 has been a challenging year in which we have grown our readership of our magazines and blogs with your support.


Our blogging news service will end today, the 24th December and resume Monday 6th January, 2020.

We wish you all prosperous 2020 and a very Happy New Year.

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Applications open for 2020 IFAJ-Alltech Young Leaders in Agricultural Journalism Award

The International Federation of Agricultural Journalists (IFAJ) has opened the application process for the 2020 IFAJ-Alltech Young Leaders in Agricultural Journalism Award. Each of IFAJ's 53-member guilds may submit one nominee for the prestigious award, which recognises outstanding young journalists who demonstrate great potential to become leaders in the agricultural journalism industry.

Ten young journalists - age 35 or younger by December 31, 2019 - are selected by an international jury for the prize, which includes a travel stipend to attend the 2020 IFAJ Congress June 24-28 in Vingsted, Denmark. The Young Leaders will participate in a boot camp in the days prior to congress, which includes farm visits, professional development and networking workshops the Vingsted area.
 
Participants of the 2019 IFAJ-Alltech Young Leaders in Agricultural Journalism Award took part in a boot camp in Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA which involved professional development, networking workshops and farm visits, in conjunction with the annual IFAJ Congress
Image credit: Alltech

'The importance of strong journalism in communicating the truth of agriculture cannot be overstated,' said Dr Mark Lyons, president and CEO of Alltech. 'At Alltech, we believe in nurturing talent, and we are proud to support the next generation of journalists who are passionate about sharing the real stories of those who work tirelessly to feed a Planet of Plenty.'

IFAJ president Owen Roberts added, 'The young leaders' program has proven to be a difference maker for IFAJ. Many of our member guilds are now led by former program participants, who immersed themselves in the boot camp experience then took their enthusiasm and energy for agricultural journalism leadership back to their home countries. Alltech's partnership and vision for this program has unquestionably made a difference in the vitality of our member guilds and in the future of IFAJ itself.'

The application is available online and must be completed by February 7, 2020. Those applications will be forwarded to each applicant's guild; each guild will select its nominee and submit their application by February 21, 2020. Applications must include three samples of work. Nominees must be willing to attend the 2020 IFAJ Congress and Young Leaders boot camp, which will be conducted in English.

The IFAJ-Alltech Young Leaders Award in Agricultural Journalism was established in 2006 in partnership with the International Federation of Agricultural Journalists and Alltech to recognise future leaders in agricultural journalism and communications from around the world.

For more information, visit the IFAJ website, HERE.
 

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Pioneer Foods new mill installation is completed by Alapala

by Alapala

Pioneer Foods was established in 1997 and today the group is one of the largest South African producers and distributors of a broad range of branded food and beverage products. As a leading FMCG group, Pioneer holds well-loved and trusted brands like Weet-Bix, Liqui-Fruit, Ceres, Sasko, Safari, Spekko and White Star within Africa.

The group operates mainly across South Africa providing wholesale, retail and informal trade customers with products of a consistently high standard. The group also exports to more than 80 countries.
 


The Essential Foods division within the group consists of Grains and Bakeries operations. The Grains business consists of five wheat and three maize mills, as well as two rice and dried vegetable packing facilities and a pasta plant. Alapala was contracted for the supply and installation of selected milling equipment required for the expansion of wheat milling capacity in Durban.

Project installation stage
Manufacturing Executive, Jabus Wessels, said that partnering with Alapala was an “exciting first for Pioneer Foods. Our installation teams collaborated with Alapala’s technical teams and the equipment was seamlessly integrated into our mill automation and control systems.

“We are confident that the new state of the art equipment will improve our operational efficiency and boost the quality of flour supply to our customers. With direct access to Alapala’s technical and milling expertise in Corum we look forward to future collaboration and projects.”

Project details
Pioneer Foods’ wheat milling capacity in Durban was more than doubled through the installation of a second milling line to produce high-quality baking flour for its two KZN bakeries and to serve the regional market more effectively.

The new mill has been designed to produce a wide variety of low ash pastry and cake flour, multi-purpose flour and bakery flour for bread. Both local and imported wheat is used as raw material depending on seasonal availability, cost, and quality.

The plant design conforms to sanitation standards and food safety regulations, with food-grade materials that have been carefully selected for each position in the building.

Mill management is carried out with an advanced automation system, combined with Scada software that allows a centralised monitoring of the entire milling process and generating detailed reports on production data. Overall, the system provides excellent process control and traceability. Automation software is also combined with a yield control module, which collects and analyses weighing information by DURA extraction scales from eight different places in the process.

Flour quality is controlled through Near Infrared Technology (NIR) instant analysis, to track and diagnose any deviation in quality parameters (ash, moisture, etc) ensuring products of the highest quality are produced consistently.


Read more HERE.
 

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Almex company profile



Almex specialises in single screw extrusion equipment, from the extrusion unit to complete installations. They are a family owned, independent company

Almex extruders and Contivar Expanders are in use worldwide at fishfeed, oil extraction, petfood, animal feed plants, the food industry and the processing and chemical industries.

Almex started early 1970’s with repair and installation of extruders. For use in Europe these units needed much modifications, so they decided to design and built in the Netherlands a complete range of extruders for 500 to 15.000 kg/hour capacity.

These extruders did find their way to clients worldwide. Today the largest extruder has a diameter of 400 mm, a barrel length of 4800 mm and a drive of 500 kW.

The same quality extruder parts are used to manufacture Contivar™ Expanders for the feed industry, as a popular machine to improve feed quality. The robust, basically simple design of the Almex equipment guarantees years of trouble free service.

Almex was the first company using DC drives on single screw extruders in order to select the extrusion shaft speed to match the product and selected die specifications.

Using DC drives the extruder becomes a tool that can be precisely tuned in order to assure quality of the product.

ALMEX Extruders and Contivar™ Expanders are used for:


• Extrusion-cooking
• Pre-extraction processes
• Densifying
• Conditioning prior to other processes
• Expanded feed production
• Forming
• Cooking-forming
• Semi-moist
• H.T-S.T. processes
• Co-extrusions

Visit the Almex website, HERE.
 

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December 22, 2019

Bühler Group sells flour ingredient business to Swiss company Bakels

Bühler Group has sold its flour ingredient business to Bakels. The Swiss group manufactures and distributes innovative bakery ingredients and application solutions. The signing and closing of the agreement took place the day before yesterday. 70 employees of Bühler Guangzhou are moving to the new owner with immediate effect. Both parties have agreed not to disclose the selling price.

Bühler has sold its flour ingredient business to Swiss group Bakels. The day before yesterday, all shares of China-based Buhler Bangsheng Food Ingredients (Guangzhou) Co. Ltd. have been signed over to Bakels Group. 'With Bakels, we have found an excellent owner and strategic partner for flour ingredient solutions,' says Johannes Wick, CEO of Bühler's Grains & Food business.
 
Patrick Gloggner, Bakels Group CEO, Johannes Wick, CEO Bühler Grains & Food, Armin Ulrich, Bakels chairman, Stefan Scheiber, CEO Bühler Group, Mark Macus, CFO Bühler Group (left to right)
Image credit: Bühler Group

Bakels is a Swiss enterprise with more than 2,750 employees. Its main focus is on ingredients for bakery and confectionary. 'Flour ingredients have been a missing link in our portfolio so far,' says Armin Ulrich, Bakels' chairman. 'We are excited to close that gap now by taking over Bühler's well-positioned business and strengthen our position in China.' Bakels will partner with Bühler to develop the flour ingredients business, Ulrich adds. The two companies will cooperate strategically to offer flour ingredient solutions under Bakels' lead to milling and bakery customers.

A niche for Bühler
Bühler was active within the flour ingredient business since 2010. During this time, the company gained great expertise and excellent customer relations. The business proved profitable over the last years, focusing mainly on the Chinese market. Be it the growing demand for baked foods, increasing food safety levels, and the rise of highly nutritional food: The outlook of the flour ingredient business looks very positive.

Bühler's strategic direction sees process solutions and customer services at its core. 'Bühler has been active in the flour ingredients business to understand the entire value chain in order to provide better consulting capabilities throughout the life cycle of assets. Now we can do this even better, thanks to our professional partner who is active in a large array of segments,' says Johannes Wick. 'We are convinced that this business can unleash its full potential on a global scale, with Bakels as owner and Bühler as a strategic partner,' he adds.

For more information visit the Bühler Group website, HERE.

Visit the Bakels website, HERE.
 

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Leiber GmbH managing director Michael von Laer steps down as dual leadership instated

On the 31st December 2019, Michael von Laer will, at his own request will cease being the managing director of Leiber GmbH in order to take up a new professional challenge. During the 19 years in which Mr von Laer has been responsible for Leiber GmbH as its director, he has contributed to the successful development of the company, nationally and internationally, and with a great deal of commitment advanced this specialist for brewers' yeast products and yeast extracts.

Leiber's strong growth over the last few years, the development of business segments, the global representation and investment in its, by now, 250 committed employees were the reason why Leiber GmbH decided to distribute the associated workload and responsibilities across more than one person.
 
Gilbert Klausmeyer and Bernd Schmidt-Ankum, the pair set to
 take over leadership of Leiber GmbH in 2020
Image credit: Leiber GmbH

The partner managing director, Bernd Schmidt-Ankum, and the managing director Gilbert Klausmeyer will immediately take over the leadership of this brewers' yeast specialist. This new dual leadership will ensure a smooth transition and the continuity of the Leiber management. Being a partner and having been on the Board of Directors for 16 years, Mr Schmidt-Ankum is very familiar with Leiber and has always aimed to significantly shape the technological progress within the industry.

During the last 11 years, Mr Klausmeyer was the business administration manager and authorised officer of the company Schne-frost. Before that, he had been working in a variety of similar positions within the food industry, where, in a number of diverse companies, he was able to collect comprehensive experience in commercial management and controlling. Mr Klausmeyer regards the active shaping of this brewers' yeast specialist's strategic development as his particular challenge as a new managing director of Leiber GmbH.

Leiber GmbH has specialised in the refinement of brewers' yeast products. The product portfolio offers a number of different product solutions: pure brewers' yeast, brewers' yeast bound to carriers with additional effects, specialist products with specific effects and even yeast extracts and autolysates.

Visit the Leiber GmbH website, HERE.
 

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Over-pressurisation: A serious risk for powder storage silos in the food industry

by Mark Stevenson, Hycontrol, UK

A lack of adequate safety and protection measures on many powder storage silos has resulted in considerable potential risks that the food processing and production industry must face up to.

Many vital ingredients are stored in silos which do not have sufficient pressure safety coverage and are often also inadequately maintained. Silo over-pressurisation often forces open blast panels on ATEX silos resulting in pollution and product loss and can even put lives at risk. However, this can be avoided by implementing proper protection.
 


As with other vessels storing powdered products in other industries such as lime or cement, silos containing flour, sugar, starch or other ingredients are susceptible to over-pressurisation arising from filtration blockages or excessive input pressures from delivery tankers. This results in many serious problems for sites, like powder escaping into the environment; damage to equipment and buckling of the silo; and, in the worst possible cases, the potential rupturing of the silo or the filter unit being blown off the roof by pressure build-up.

However, with ATEX silos in the food industry, there is an additional problem as pressure will often blow open the vital safety blast panels leaving the contents of the silo exposed to the elements. In many cases, the pressure required to open the blast panels is lower than that required to open the pressure relief valve!

Level measurement specialist Hycontrol has designed silo protection systems for over twenty years and has witnessed first-hand the potential problems.

“The photos taken by our survey engineers speak for themselves,” says Hycontrol Managing Director, Nigel Allen. “We regularly see silo-tops covered in a thick layer of powder, often blowing across the site in great clouds during a fill. We see damaged, untested pressure sensors.

“We see air vent/filter units that are so clogged with powder that they are effectively useless. Companies in the food processing industry and others like it are worryingly ignorant about the consequences of poorly maintained, poorly monitored silos. It’s quite frightening that operators accept pressure blowouts via the pressure relief valve, saying ‘It’s OK - the PRV is doing its job’.


Read more HERE.
 

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PCE company profile

Pelleting Consumables Europe (PCE) is a global supplier of tailor-made, high-grade precision Ring Dies and Roller Shells.  


Thanks to years of experience in the pelleting industry they can provide customers expert advice on the geometry and design of ring dies and roller shells. Manufacturing reliable ring dies and roller shells for compound feed, biofuel and recycling industries and a wide range of other applications.

Their tailor-made ring dies and roller shells are available for pellet presses of all brands and are manufactured at an ultra-modern manufacturing facility.

As the entire process takes place In-house, they (can) guarantee short lead times and optimum quality.

PCE ring dies and roller shells are made of high-quality steel. The ring dies are manufactured as standard from high-grade, high chrome steel x46cr13, tempered to 53-55 HRC. The associated roller shells are manufactured from 100cr6 or 20mncr5, depending on specific application.

PCE is continuously focussed on improving the life cycle of their products and to increase profits for their customers.

PCE key features
- Longer life cycle
- Higher capacity
- Low power consumption

In addition to providing products PCE also assists with the planning of your spare and wear part inventory. Minimising costs and the risk of running out of wear and spare parts is their concern.

A team of experts is available to guide you by selecting the right ring dies, roller shells and to set up a service level spare part management program.

PCE is your partner for just perfect ring dies and roller shells.


Visit the PCE website, HERE.
 

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December 19, 2019

AFIA applaud breakthrough in USMCA negotiations

The American Feed Industry Association (AFIA) has released a statement congratulating the bi-partisan passage of the US-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) today by the US House of Representatives.

The long-awaited passage by the House of Representatives is a momentous step forward in finalising a process that has taken over two years of renegotiating their most critical trade agreement. Trade with Canada and Mexico is tremendously important to the US animal feed, ingredient and pet food industries with exports more than quadrupling since the inception of the North American Free Trade Agreement 25 years ago.
 


'Today is a big step forward for American agriculture and the animal food industry,' said Constance Cullman, AFIA's president and CEO. 'The USMCA builds upon an already great agreement with our neighbours to preserve and expand market access for the animal food and livestock industries while providing much needed stability across the agriculture sector.'

AFIA appreciates the hard work of President Trump, Ambassador Lighthizer, House leadership, and members of the Ways and Means Committee who worked so hard to secure an updated agreement. AFIA now urges the Senate to quickly take up and pass this landmark agreement.

Visit the AFIA website, HERE.
 

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In-house competences

by Cimbria

After more than 70 years in the business, it is remarkable that there are almost no two Cimbria plants that are 100 percent alike – but what they do have in common is that they meet the individual requirements that our customers may have.

This does not mean that each machine is specially developed every time, however. An obvious comparison could be that of LEGO toys, which are recognised all over the world. A large number of different standard components can be combined and put together in countless ways to form a functional whole. And it is the same with a Cimbria plant.
 

Based on the industry’s biggest and broadest product range, the optimum, customised solution is developed in close collaboration between us and our customers. Indeed, if there is one particular area in which we really stand firm, then it is full flexibility.

As a member of the AGCO group, Cimbria is part of the world’s leading agroindustrial company, boasting brands such as Fendt, Massey Ferguson, Valmet and GSI.

GSI operates in several areas with equipment and complete plants for poultry, pig-breeding and grain storage, as well as being the world’s biggest producer of round steel silos.

These are now incorporated as an integral part of Cimbria’s product range, with the complete product range reflecting its role as global leader. Developed and optimised over decades by the industry’s most experienced experts, the complete range covers everything all the way from individual machines to finished plants, including automation, project management, installation, supervision and training, not forgetting subsequent service and continuous optimisation of the plant.

Cimbria and GSI make up the world’s largest supplier of equipment, complete solutions and technologies to the industrial grain and seed business. Production of equipment takes place at more than 20 locations all over the world. This entails a sales and service presence that has global reach and enables comprehensive professional insight into the local requirements that are applicable in each individual market.

One of the latest in the line of production locations is found in Biatorbagy, an industrial estate outside Budapest in Hungary. In 2014 the first part of the factory was opened, before being extended in 2017 so that it now covers more than 25,000 m2. It is at this facility that silos for the markets in Europe, the Middle East and Africa are now produced.  


Along with a conscious choice of leading sub-suppliers of, for example, steel and bolts, a new and high-tech production facility ensures the highest quality and uniformity in the physical product. 

Read more HERE.
 

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Erkaya Laboratory Instruments & Improvers company profile



Founded in 2000, Erkaya Laboratory Instruments & Improvers is one of the leading and outstanding manufacturers of Turkey in the field of laboratory equipment & ingredients for wheat mills and bakeries.

Erkaya exports 80 percent of its production to many countries worldwide. With many valuable references on every continent in many countries including Belgium, Italy, Serbia, Greece, Brazil, Uruguay, Colombia, Kazakhstan, Paraguay, Ukraine, Russia, Iraq, Egypt, Vietnam, Israel, Jordan, Yemen, Lebanon, Tunisia, Nigeria, Zambia, Algeria, Indonesia, Philippines, Azerbaijan, Uzbekistan, Kirgizstan, Madagascar, China, Sudan, Mongolia, India, Taiwan, Argentina, Moldovia, Macedonia and Iran.

Proud manufacturers of:

•Laboratory Equipment for grain, flour and feed industry
Touch Screen Falling Numbers (FN 7100, FN 7200), Gluten Washing System (Single Headed, Double Headed), Laboratory Mills (Roller Type Mill, Hammer Type Mill), Sieve Shaker, Truck Sampler, Ash Oven, Hectoliter, Protein Analyser, Dosing Machines and Sedimentation Device
•Flour improvers, enzyme systems, premixes, flour bleaching, bread crust aroma, biscuit and pasta improvers
•Vitamin and mineral premixes for flour fortification


Visit the Erkaya website, HERE.
 

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December 18, 2019

FAMSUN company profile



In this new era of global Industry 4.0 abundant agricultural production is still the cornerstone of human development. Every year, over two trillion tonnes of cereals are produced on this planet, but nearly 800 million people still lack food.


As a leading enterprise in global agriculture and husbandry FAMSUN has, over the past five decades, dedicated itself to providing efficient and sustained solutions to the agriculture and husbandry sectors for safer, healthier and more environmental-friendly food across the world.

FAMSUN has always made joint efforts with global agricultural and husbandry producers. We stick with the thought of ‘Creating System Value’ in three key engineering areas of feeding, breeding and oilseed production to provide system solutions for our partners. From farm-to-table, FAMSUN has held fast to its reputed ‘Made with Wisdom’ and its sincere serving spirit, that has won the trust and support of partners in over 120 countries and regions worldwide.

To build a ‘trinity platform’ for research and development in Asia, Europe and America, FAMSUN has also built production bases in countries such as Egypt and has an established global marketing service network. The brand ‘Made in China’, can now be held up as a banner of efficiency, environmental protection and intelligent that provides credible services for global partners in both agriculture and husbandry.

Today, technical innovation has become the key driving force of FAMSUN. We have established four main research institutions; in German, in the US, in Denmark and in China, with joint ventures and cooperation agreements in five top technical companies in the USA and Spain. We focus on promoting the transformation of production, management and marketing modes and accelerate the application of Big Data, Cloud Computing and Internet of Things.

Recognition of FAMSUN value takes roots in our common responsibilities, common initiations and common benefits; the spirits of FAMSUN also originates from our joint ambitions, joint efforts and joint ventures.

As the world-leading agricultural machinery manufacturer and engineering service provider, FAMSUN now has the discourse power to set international standards and make joint efforts with developing countries. In Africa, we built up production bases to increase local employment, improve farmer income and help more hungry children. In southeast Asia, we provided skills training and build breeding bases to improve the conditions of grain stores and design production and loan mechanisms for local farmers, bringing them hope for the further.

Along ‘The Belt and Road’, we provided all-round supports in equipment, services and financing for local partners, vigorously increasing the developmental level of local agriculture and husbandry.

Standing at a high level, we will endeavour to provide more reliable safeguards for all industry chains to ensure grain and food security for all peoples of the world!

Visit the FAMSUN website, HERE.
 

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Roller mill stability and grinding roller system performance

by Gao Yangyang and Dr Wu Wenbin, Grain and Oil Machinery Research Institute, Henan University of Technology, China

The grinding roll system used within roller mills consists of grinding rolls, bearings, a bearing seat, inter-roll transmission mechanism and clutch rolling and distance adjustment mechanism (See Figure 1).

In the actual work operations of the mill, the vibration amplitude of the roll produced by the defect of the roll grinding system and the impact of the load is called the stability of the roll grinding system. The grinding roll exerts a grinding effect on material, primarily through friction and extrusion.
 

The smooth operation of the grinding roll system is the key to ensure the grinding effect of the mill is carried out efficiently and properly. The poor stability of the grinding roll system will produce a periodic load/pressure on the grinding roll, increasing the friction force between the two rolls and the material, generating excessive friction heat and increasing energy consumption, resulting in wear and tear on the roll surface and reducing the grinding effect.

The service life of grinding rolls and the vibration of grinding rolls causes changes within rolling distance, seriously affecting the crushing effects of material, changing the roughness of grinding materials, increasing the temperature of grinding materials and the instability of centrifugal grinding rolling distance will affect the pulverising rate of the grinder.

The low pulverising rate will aggravate the load of follow-up equipment, shorten the service life of equipment parts, reduce the output of the mill and make the pulverising rate too high. The quality of the grinding roll is reduced and the wear of the grinding roll is aggravated (See Figure 2).

The main factors affecting the stability of the grinding roll system are the manufacturing accuracy of the grinding roll, bearing accuracy, feed uniformity, assembly accuracy and clutch rolling mechanism. Other factors can also be at play here.

The theoretical analysis and experimental results show that the working stability of the roller system directly affects the output and fineness of the mill as well as the temperature of the mill, energy consumption, the range of the processed materials, the shape and distribution of the particles and the life of the components. At the same time, it will increase the vibration and noise of the mill and deteriorate the workshop environment.


Read more HERE.
 

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Alapros launch AI compatible roller mill in Dubai

Alapros has launched a new generation of roller mill has been launched in Dubai, named the 'Roller Miller Onz'. Designed by a well-known Italian designer this is a truly innovative piece of technology.
 
Image credit: Alapros

Roller Miller Onz is ready for the new artificial intelligence system of Alapros, lights out manufacturing, and the industry 4.0 idea. The body of the roller mill is solid but light, achieved through the use of carbon fibre technology. This new technology for food manufacturing equipment will provide more efficiency and less costs  for investors.

Visit the Alapros website, HERE.
 

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December 17, 2019

AFIA’s schedule of 2020 conferences and courses

The American Feed Industry Association has released its 2020 schedule of conferences and online courses.

"All of AFIA's meetings and events truly offer value to anyone in the animal food industry," said Veronica Rovelli, AFIA's senior director of meetings and events. "The opportunities to network with industry peers and stay current in the issues affecting us all are hard to find anywhere else."
 

The AFIA 2020 meeting schedule is as follows:
• Jan. 28-30: International Feed Expo at IPPE - Atlanta, Ga.
• Jan. 28: Pet Food Conference at IPPE - Atlanta, Ga.
• Jan. 29: Biosecurity in the Face of Foreign Animal Disease – What the Feed Industry Needs to Know at IPPE - Atlanta, Ga.
• Jan. 29: Feed Education Program at IPPE - Atlanta, Ga.
• March 17-19: Purchasing and Ingredient Suppliers Conference - Seattle, Wash.
• June 8-11: Feed Industry Institute - Milwaukee, Wisc.
• Sept. 15-17: Liquid Feed Symposium - Chicago, Ill.
• Oct. 21-23: Executive Leadership Summit - Lake Tahoe, Nev.
• Nov. 4-6: Equipment Manufacturers Conference - New Orleans, La.

AFIA will also continue its tenth year of partnering with Kansas State University to offer a five-week online course, "AFIA-KSU 500: Fundamentals of Feed Manufacturing."

The course will be offered between:
• Feb. 11 - March 17;
• April 7 - May 12;
• Aug. 4 - Sept. 8; and
• Oct. 6 - Nov. 10.

For more information or to register visit the AFIA website, HERE
 

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Flour Packaging

by Daniel Jackson, Content Editor, Milling and Grain

Flour is used in every household and has been throughout human history. Since it is so ubiquitous, careful consideration must be given to its packaging. Flour is generally packaged in stand-up pouches which are made by laminating several layers of plastic together, creating a barrier against external factors such as sunlight, air and moisture. Because of these qualities, it is also known as barrier packaging. Recently there has been a focus on making it more sustainable.

As more consumers are taking environmental considerations into account when making their buying decisions, companies are increasingly making sustainable and recyclable flour bags. Stand-up pouches are more environmentally friendly because they take up very little space in landfill.
 

When empty, each bag is no bigger than an 8x10 shipping envelope and is also recyclable. They are also cheaper than other flour packaging solutions and help manufacturers save money on inventory costs because they occupy much less space than other packaging solutions.

An initiative by a company called TerraCycle aims to make LDPE plastic bags for packaging of flour more common. Any LDPE plastic bread bag can be sent back to the company to be recycled. Packaging will be shredded and converted into plastic pellets or flakes, before being used to make new recycled products such as public benches and outdoor furniture. It is excellent at keeping the product fresh and, after its use, can be recycled safely.

Cellulose-based films are another environmentally friendly option for packaging flour products. These types of pouches decompose in three months in industrial composting settings. That’s because unlike corn and starch-based compostable bags, the wood pulp mitigates any potential negative impact on existing food supplies.

Other plant-based sustainable packaging materials include polylactic acid; these packages are able to decompose in fourteen weeks in a hot and active compost pile. PLA packs are commonly used for packaging finished products for consumers.

The way flour is packed also depends on its quantity – for small amounts there is no consideration given to the robustness of the package. However, with a larger quantity, the packet should be strong enough to be transported securely.


Read more HERE.
 

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Bühler's Head of Apprenticeship joins Federal Vocational Training Commission

Andreas Bischof, Head of apprenticeship at Bühler Group, was elected by the Swiss Federal Council to the extra-parliamentary Federal Vocational Training Commission (EBBK) at the end of November 2019. He is thus the representative for vocational training matters of the Swiss association of mechanical and electrical engineering industries (MEM industries) at the federal level – a premiere for the industry.

Andreas Bischof in his function as Head of apprenticeship at Bühler Group leads 600 apprentices at 25 locations in four continents. The Federal Council has elected him to the 15-member extra-parliamentary Federal Vocational Training Commission for the term of office 2020-2023. As the delegate of the Swiss Association of mechanical and electrical engineering industries (MEM industries), he is now the representative of a high-technology industry that trains almost 20,000 apprentices in Switzerland. At the same time, he is the first representative to become a member of the Commission for the MEM industries.
 
Andreas Bischof, Head of apprenticeship
at Bühler Group
Image credit: 
Bühler Group
New skills needed for the future
'I look forward to addressing the industry's requirements at the federal level,' says Andreas Bischof. He adds that vocational training is currently experiencing rapid changes. 'In addition to expert knowledge and hands-on abilities, increasing importance is being placed on digital skills, project management, professional mobility, lifelong learning, and pronounced social competencies – and this not only for the companies, but especially for the apprentices' later careers,' continues Mr Bischof.

He says that in order to take such insights into account in the vocational training activities of an organization, they must be given the significance they deserve. He adds that Christof Oswald, as Head of Human Resources, gives special attention to the latest developments in training early on.

'In agreement with the Executive Board, he gives us the leeway we need to develop ideas and then to put them into practice once we have carefully thought out all the implications right to the end,' says Mr Bischof.

Christof Oswald is convinced that Bühler's expertise benefits all vocational training in Switzerland. 'It is important that we ensure the attractiveness of vocational training throughout Switzerland, in particular in our education-intensive industry. We closely track our apprentices' and employees' requirements and needs and then address them.'

He adds that Andreas Bischof can bring Bühler Group's vast experience in vocational training to EBBK, and also show how companies can retain their employees. A total of 29 percent of all Swiss Bühler employees have completed their vocational training at Bühler. The company has been training apprentices since 1915. At present, the 8,000th apprentice has started his first apprenticeship year as a polymechanic.


Read the full article on the Milling and Grain website, HERE.
 

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December 16, 2019

Upcoming KSU course focused on commodity risk management

Managing risk is a crucial part of running a successful and operational business. Understanding the principle of this, Kansas State University's IGP Institute will be hosting the first-ever IGP-KSU Risk Management for Senior Executives short course on February 3-6, 2020.

This course will help industry professionals gain a better understanding of the principles of commodity risk management related to the trading and merchandising of grains, oilseeds and other agricultural commodities.
 
Guy Allen teaches Mexican grain buyers about risk management,
trading and hedging principles
Image credit: IGP KSU
'Participants will be better equipped to identify and manage risks that their businesses and organisations might face in the future,' says Guy Allen, IGP senior economist and course manager.

Topics covered in the brand-new course include presentations of identification of risks, appropriate measurement of risk types, and information on how to report and manage risks in a business. Further discussion will also include how to appropriately account for derivatives and futures positions on a 'mark-to-market' basis, the establishment of risk limits and appropriate business structures, and how to incorporate this information into a comprehensive risk management policy for participants' organisations.

According to Mr Allen, the course would be a great opportunity for anyone who handles risks over commodity trading, and he recommends participants have a basic understanding of derivatives and futures.

'This course would be very beneficial for any industry professionals who deal with commodity supply chain management and cost control for their respective companies,' Mr Allen says.

In addition to grain marketing and risk management courses, the IGP Institute offers training in the areas of grain procurement and purchasing, feed manufacturing and grain quality management, and flour milling and grain processing.

To learn more about IGP Institute trainings, visit the IGP Institute's website, HERE.
 

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Aliphos® SodiPhos: A new derivative of Aliphos feed phosphates

by Aliphos, Rotterdam BV, The Netherlands

After initial laboratory testing and real scale pilot plant testing, Aliphos will bring to the market Aliphos® SodiPhos, a monosodium phosphate which will be produced in our factory in Varna, Bulgaria: content consisting of 24 percent phosphorus (P) and 19 percent sodium (Na).

Monosodium phosphate (MSP) is characterised by the fact that the phosphorus is bound to sodium, delivering a product which is almost completely water soluble (For more details see Figure one).
 

Solubility of phosphorus as an inorganic feed phosphate is highly correlated with its availability or better digestible phosphorus content. The higher the solubility the higher the digestibility. However, this relation is not always very strict and to assess exact phosphorus digestibility values we still have to rely on animal trials.

From literature it’s known that MSP has one of the highest digestible P-content amongst the feed phosphates on the market. See, for example, the summary of the values given by the CVB-table.

Because of the fact that SodiPhos contains sodium contrary to normal feed phosphates which contain calcium (Ca), like DCP and MCP, this gives SodiPhos special application features.

SodiPhos can (partially) replace salt or sodium (Bi) carbonate in feed formulations; this can play a role in the production of broiler feeds, in which the chlorine content is limited thereby replacing salt with sodium carbonate.


Read more HERE.
 

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December 15, 2019

Another painful loss in the flour milling industry

 
Mr Nevzat Ataseven


Mr Nevzat Ataseven, owner of ATS Makine in Turkey, has passed away on Sunday 15th December, 2019.


The funeral prayer will be held on December 16th, 2019 at the Hacıveys Mosque, he will be buried in Üçler Cemetery.

We wish God's mercy to Mr Nevzat Ataseven and patience to his family and all lovers.
 

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