March 21, 2018

22/03/2018: European protein plan should focus on how to deliver on improved “protein quality”

The European compound feed industry, represented by FEFAC, holds the largest market potential for vegetable protein grown in the EU.

In a detailed position paper ((18) PR 8), made public in the margins of the DG AGRI stakeholder survey on the European Protein Plan, FEFAC raises attention to the “protein quality” dimension of the different protein sources and their use in animal nutrition. FEFAC stresses that different protein sources are needed for different animal nutrition requirements.

FEFAC President Nick Major said, “We notice the strong political interest to reduce the EU protein deficit and the inherent reliance on imports. It should be clear, however, that market demand from the feed industry for European vegetable protein is based on the nutritional requirements of livestock, i.e. identifying the optimal protein quality in available feed materials and delivering them to food-producing animals. We, therefore, need to ensure that the quality and nutritional composition of the protein is fully taken into account.”

The quality of protein is determined by factors such as amino acid profile, digestibility, protein concentration and presence of anti-nutrients. Animal nutrition science has already enabled the continuous improvement of protein efficiency in livestock farming, for example through phase feeding and the use of synthetic amino acids to more closely match the animal’s requirements. However, the adoption of new technologies such as innovative plant breeding will be necessary to further boost the inclusion rate of European proteins in feed formulation.

FEFAC President Nick Major commented, “If the EU is serious about reducing the protein deficit, we need to get to a stage where improving protein quality through plant breeding is seen as a key long-term strategic driver for market investments. EU policy development will need to reflect the ambition of wanting to reap the benefits of the most advanced plant breeding technologies so they can be brought to farm level.”

As part of seven key recommendations, FEFAC also advises the European Commission to invest in effective tools that can measure the impact of all relevant EU policies on the strategic protein supply of the European feed sector.

For more information visit the FEFAC website, HERE.

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22/03/2018: Future of milling to be determined at IDMA

IDMA, an international fair for milling machinery, cereals and pulses processing technologies, is again the event for those who want to make advantageous investments with its overseas promotions, and strong collaborations with sectoral associations.

The future of the milling sector will be determined at IDMA, international flour, feed, semolina, rice, corn, bulgur, milling machinery & pulse, pasta, biscuit technologies exhibition, and the wheels of the industry will turn at IDMA.

Grain is one of the most strategic products of today because it constitutes the grist of many foodstuffs and has a very critical place in feeding the world. Many countries are conducting R&D studies towards increasing the efficiency in grains in order to guarantee food safety.

FAO has updated its forecast for worldwide cereal production in 2017 now stands at 2 billion 640 million tons. This figure is a world record. Along with the production, grain trade is also in an increasing trend.

According to International Grains Council (IGC), grain trade will make an unprecedented peak in 2017/18 year with a volume of 361 million tons. This increasing strategic value and corresponding production figures increase the importance of the milling sector which constitutes a critical chain for grain to be processed until it comes to our tables as food.

IDMA comprehends this critical matter and has the aim of being a platform providing the milling sector an opportunity for technology and information sharing, organisers are excited to be opening its gates for the eighth time.

IDMA, which succeeded in attracting many investors from all around the world in 2017, despite it being a year when the entire world experienced recession, is aiming at increasingly sustaining this success in 2019 as well.

Global milling giants are gathering at IDMA
The 8th edition of IDMA which will open its gates between 11 and 14 April, 2019 will be held in CNR Expo-Istanbul, the largest and rooted fairground in Turkey. Over 280 Turkish and international brands including the top brands from milling and cereals and pulses processing technologies sectors will open booths and present their latest technologies in the exhibition that will take place on an area of 38 thousand square meters in total.

Technologies exhibited

• Grain and flour mill technologies
• Bulgur production technologies
• Feed productıon technologies
• Rice and pulses processing technologies
• Pasta production technologies
• Biscuıt production technologies
• Grain and pulses storage technologies
• Laboratory equipment
• Spare parts and sub-industry products

For more information visit the IDMA website, HERE.

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Essmueller company profile

The Essmueller Company’s roots go back to Saint Louis, Missouri in 1878. One of its co-founders, Fred Essmueller, immigrated from Ger­many in 1865, thirteen years prior to his first partnership.

During this period, he gained fame as a millwright with IQ Halteman & Company. His specialties included ground-up building and renovation of flour mills along the Mississippi River.

Fred Essmueller had native talent and a strong will to succeed. Between 1878 and 1899, he formed and dissolved several part­ner­ships. His last partner retired in 1899, and with the help of his son, Will (WC), he renamed the firm Essmueller Mill Furnishings Company.

It retained this name until 1941 when it was incorporated as The Essmueller Company. The company performed machining and fabrication 'job shop' work and one-of-a-kind equipment for mills in grain belt states.

Diverse on-site work locations were centered in Saint Louis and Kansas City, Missouri.

Visit the website HERE.

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22/03/2018: The Mills of the Co-operative Wholesale Society

by Mildred Cookson, The Mills Archive, UK

Unity is strength, as was demonstrated at the Silvertown Mills in Essex, where the Co-operative Society built one of the best equipped, most perfectly proportioned mills at the start of the 20th century

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‘The Miller’ of June 2, 1902 describes the mill, fitted by Thomas Robinson and Son of Rochdale, as arranged "to ensure proficiency, dispatch and finish in every detail of this huge mill’s layout". The site occupied about five acres of land, with a river frontage, and a newly built wharf erected for the mill, while at the rear it adjoined the Great Eastern Railway. It boasted what no other London mill could claim, having direct road, rail and water communication.

The building itself was constructed based on impressive designs and special attention was paid to the foundations to ensure it could withstand the weight of the building, machinery and wheat when complete. The outer face bricks were Leicester pressed brick that would withstand the strong weather they would encounter. The windowsills and window heads were of stone string courses, and along with the keystones were all of Derbyshire stone. The interior was faced with a glazed brick, around four feet from the floor level salt glazed bricks were used and the remainders were ivory white.
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The wheat arriving by water was discharged by barge elevator at 40 tonnes per hour to a detached building on the quayside. The elevator was arranged to rise and fall with the tides. Once received, the wheat passed through a separator for preliminary cleaning. It then fell into an elevator and was lifted to the top of the silo house. A hoist in the receiving building allowed the unloading grain arriving by water in sacks. The silo house had 35 bins around 52 ft. deep and capable of holding 50 tons of wheat. ‘Moir’ patent automatic wheat mixers were set under each of the silo bins, so any desired quantity or proportion could be obtained for blending purposes.

The wheat could be taken from any silo, delivered into an "airing" worm and moved to another silo, rendering safe long storage when necessary. No exhaust was applied at the warehouse separators until after the wheat had passed over the sieves. Apparently adopting this method enabled 90 percent of the dust and other light impurities to be deposited direct into the sack, improving the subsequent aspiration of the wheat.

There were two separate and complete cleaning plants dealing with 350 to 400 bushels per hour. The wheat travelled from the silos to four rotary graders, four separators and other graders through to 31 cockle and barley cylinders, four washers and stoners, then to improved dryers and Parkinson’s coolers, and finally through Robinson’s scourers and brushes, all fitted with revolving cylinders. Four ‘Tornado’ dust collectors were used for collecting the dust from the cleaning machinery and wheat dryers. All shafts and bearings throughout the mill were fitted with self-lubricating bearings.

The ground floor had four lines of shafting, used for driving the two plants, with the usual elevator bottoms.

Read the full article, HERE.

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Max Porter (Mysilo) company profile

Installing a grain storage facility is a very complicated operation. Many parameters need to be considered, such as climate conditions, features of the stored grain and specific loading and unloading requirements.

This is where the Mysilo team comes in, both as a consulting service and also for installing your turn-key facility. 

Supplied by the world’s finest steel mills, the high-strength galvanised steel used in Mysilo’s construction work is shaped in their own entirely computerised workshops. 

Visit the Mysilo website HERE

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March 20, 2018

21/03/2018: Adisseo and Seventure Partners announce €24m fund dedicated to innovative animal health and nutrition

Seventure Partners, one of Europe’s leaders in financing innovation and a world-leader in Life science microbiome investment, today announces that it has launched AVF, the innovative venture capital fund, targeted at supporting companies in the field of animal health, feed and nutrition. The first close of AVF at €24m, is corner stoned by Adisseo, an industry leader in the animal feed sector.

The livestock sector is undergoing profound changes requiring the entire food chain to adapt accordingly and respond to strong global pressures and changing consumer expectations. The rapidly growing world population and the increased demand from emerging countries for animal protein present significant challenges to the sector, as well as the requirement to meet environmental objectives and for sustainable production within livestock industry. 

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At a global level, AVF’s investment strategy focuses on two segments at the forefront of the modern agricultural and livestock revolution: animal health, feed and nutrition and digital technologies serving the livestock industry.

Within the animal health sector, food digestibility, its nutritional value and energy potential, and the traceability of the entire animal food chain are major opportunities, as well as addressing the challenges around limiting the environmental footprint of the industry.

In addition to the animal health and nutrition sector, the digital agricultural technology field has seen exponential growth, partly driven by climate change and scarcity in resources and biodiversity, as well as heightened pressure from increasingly demanding consumers. AVF will also finance digital innovations applied to the livestock value chain, such as smart breeding and diagnosis, control and traceability tools.

AVF will primarily invest in innovative companies in Europe, North America and Israel, but will also be open to strong investment proposals from other geographies, including Asia.

Isabelle de Cremoux, CEO and Managing Partner at Seventure Partners, stated, “Since the implementation of our new strategy in 2013, we have launched several institutional funds with defined investment themes, connecting prestigious strategic investors with serial entrepreneurs and financial institutional investors. We have launched funds in Digital technologies as well as in Life sciences. After the successful launch of Health for Life Capital™, which raised €160m with strategic partners such as Danone, Novartis, Tereos, Lesaffre and Bel to invest in the microbiome, digital innovation and in human health/nutrition/food, we are now launching AVF, a new fund in animal health and nutrition.”

Commenting on the need for and focus of the fund, Isabelle de Cremoux added, “This new thematic fund was created to address a very specific and expanding need in the market: preserving animal health, gaining a better understanding of the entire food value chain as well as developing technologies to cultivate and produce food in a better way. We are proud to count Adisseo among the privileged partners who share our vision and we will announce our first investments in the near future.”

Jean-Marc Dublanc, CEO of Adisseo, stated, “Adisseo is a unique company committed to strategic investments in new disruptive technologies, in order to enrich our portfolio of R&D innovations while respecting a mode of sustainable growth. Our ambition is to become one of the leaders in Feed Ingredient Specialties and the experienced partner of choice in animal nutrition. For this reason, we have been investing significantly for many years in our research programs and industrial development projects. With AVF, our goal is to invest in strategic collaborations combining the agility of start-ups with Adisseo’s expertise. As such, Seventure was a natural partner of choice and we are pleased to become a strategic investor in AVF.”

Visit the Adisseo website, HERE.

Visit the Seventure Partners website, HERE.

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Yemmak company profile

Established in 1965, Yemmak is Turkey's leading feed machinery manufacturer, providing industrial process solutions for the animal waste processing, chemical and biomass industries.

Through its deep industry experience spanning over half a century, Yemmak exports to 35 countries on four continents, and provides services in project consulting and engineering, special-purpose projects, automation, modernization, steel construction and after-sales support with a 250-strong staff lead specialist engineers at its 50,000 m2 area plant in Bandırma, Turkey.

Yemmak is among the few producers in Turkey and Europe that can manage machinery, process and turnkey projects from a single centre.

Yemmak recognises the key role of advanced technology in improving Turkey's prospects and believes R&D investments are crucial in this regard.

As a global brand, Yemmak exports 70 percent of its products to 35 countries including Egypt, Iran, Iraq, Syria, Israel, Lebanon and the rest of the Middle East; Azerbaijan, Turkmenistan and all other Turkish republics; and Russia, Ukraine, Armenia, Sweden and Panama. Providing low energy costs, the design, production, and assembly operations of the company are of high quality, selection, reliability, and efficiency.

Yemmak sees each project as a complete system, and identifies for its customers the most optimal solutions. Yemmak stands out with its distinctive projects. With the mission of transforming factories into manufacturers that turn out products with high marginal utility, Yemmak has thus far set up numerous of the highest capacity factories, producing feed for poultry, cattle and fish. It is currently establishing the largest turkey feed factory in Russia.

Yemmak's primary product groups consist of:

- Raw material intake and cleaning units
- Storage solutions for solid and liquid raw materials
- Grinders
- Mixer systems
- Blending units
- Pelletising technologies
- Weighing and bagging machinery
- Transport equipment
- Electrical power panels and control panels
- Automation systems

Yemmak reshapes production through environmentally friendly, sustainable and innovative technologies.

Visit the Yemmak website, HERE.

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