June 28, 2022

Kemin celebrates anniversaries in Europe, Middle East and North Africa

Kemin Industries, a global ingredient manufacturer that strives to sustainably transform the quality of life every day for 80 percent of the world with its products and services, is celebrating six decades in business with its "61 since '61"-themed anniversary, commemorating 61 years since the company's founding in 1961. This year also marks 50 years of serving the animal nutrition and health industries in Europe, the Middle East and North Africa (EMENA). Celebrations in EMENA for both milestones will take place this month at Kemin's regional headquarters in Herentals, Antwerp, Belgium.
Initially formed to provide feed flavors, crop preservatives and antioxidants to farmers in the Midwestern United States, Kemin's portfolio and reach has grown immensely over 61 years. Kemin founders, R.W. and Mary Nelson, started the business in an old wool barn in Des Moines, Iowa, U.S., where the multinational, family-owned-and-operated company remains headquartered. Just 11 years after launching Kemin, the Nelsons expanded their business overseas with the first international office in Herentals, still home to Kemin's EMENA region headquarters. 

'Since entering Europe 50 years ago, Kemin has grown significantly. We currently employ 296 specialists in the EMENA region, 158 of which are based in Belgium. These employees are involved in R&D, product development, logistics, marketing, sales, production, support functions, customer services and so much more,' says Stefaan Van Dyck, President, Kemin Animal Nutrition and Health – EMENA. 'Our region produces 131 specialty products, 105 of which are produced in our Belgium facility, and our employees and products serve nearly 1,000 unique customers.' 

The company's scientific expertise and ability to react quickly to market needs and trends has attributed to its ongoing success and growth. Today, Kemin operates in more than 90 countries and applies its technologies and skills in molecular science across a variety of industries to offer products with functional benefits that enhance the health and safety of people, pets, production animals, plants and the planet. Six decades later, Kemin remains focused on transforming the quality of life.

'For the past 50 years, we've seen many changes and challenges in our industry, such as antibiotic-free production, food safety legislation, a ban of animal proteins in feed and so much more. Since the beginning, Kemin has adapted products and practices to meet the ever-changing needs of our customers, and our experts have dedicated their knowledge and creativity in research to create new solutions. We continue this legacy today,' says Mr Van Dyck. 

Kemin believes in ongoing innovation for solutions—both products and services—to ensure sustainability, feed a global population and assist customers. Embracing digital transformation with an increased focus on superior services, Kemin is expanding its offering to deliver data-driven insights to customers. Using technology to achieve its vision and help make customers more profitable and sustainable is Kemin's key focus in upcoming years.

For more information visit the Kemin website, HERE. 

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Joint statement on FDA's Drought Tolerant HB4 Wheat Safety conclusion

Joint Statement by U.S. Wheat Associates (USW) and the National Association of Wheat Growers (NAWG) on the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) conclusion that it has no further questions regarding the safety of drought tolerant HB4 wheat developed by Bioceres Crop Solutions Corp.

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The finding by the FDA is not an approval for this or any other transgenic wheat to be planted for commercial sale in the United States. To date, the HB4 wheat has been approved for commercial production within a closed system in Argentina only. The trait has been approved for human consumption by regulators in Brazil in the form of flour, and in Australia, New Zealand and now in the United States. Bioceres recently announced it will seek approval to plant HB4 wheat in Australia, but it has not announced plans to commercialise the in the United States.  

With global demand for wheat increasing every year the need to produce more wheat in sustainable ways is clear. Drought had already reduced world wheat supplies and pushed prices higher before the invasion of Ukraine cut off supplies from the world's fifth largest wheat exporting nation. A trait such as drought tolerance in wheat could help wheat growers in increasingly arid regions be more productive and ease food security concerns. Bioceres says the HB4 drought-tolerance technology has been shown to increase wheat yields by an average of 20 percent in water-limited conditions. 

The U.S. wheat industry recognises the benefits and value that can be created through the prudent application of modern biotechnology. USW and NAWG are guided by jointly approved 'Wheat Industry Principles for Biotechnology Commercialisation,' which lay out specific steps expected from plant breeding companies if they wish to commercialise transgenic wheat in the United States.  

In addition, USW and NAWG support the ability of domestic and overseas customers to make purchases based on their preferences for specific wheat traits, classes, qualities and characteristics.

For more information visit the U.S Wheat Associates website, HERE. 

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June 27, 2022

Accelerating impact together with Bühler

Swiss technology group Bühler is bringing together over 1,000 decision makers from the food, feed, and mobility sectors at its Networking Days in Uzwil on June 27-28 to 'accelerate impact together.' This unique, convening event was created by Bühler in 2016 and is held every three years. At the center of the many keynotes, panels, and technology demonstrations is the question: How can we enable 10 billion people (by 2050) to live a good life within the boundaries of our planet? The event focuses on leadership, technology, education, inspiration, and action across international industry boundaries. It highlights examples of companies that provide tangible impact on mitigating climate change, eradicating poverty, creating employment, protecting and restoring nature, and improving food security.

'Global industry has excellent examples of companies that are highly responsible, applying innovative technologies at the heart of their transformation, and through this, becoming economically healthier and addressing sustainability at the same time,' says Bühler CEO Stefan Scheiber. 'In fact, despite all the challenges we are facing – from climate change to food and energy insecurity to supply chain issues and social disruptions through to wars – I am convinced we can turn things around. Innovative technologies offer many business opportunities when they also address sustainability issues. We must not shy away from seizing these opportunities.'

During the event, customers and partners along with Bühler will demonstrate that the rate of innovation is accelerating. Highlighted are solutions from global companies, extraordinary entrepreneurs, start-ups, academia, and NGOs – all illustrating that solutions to global challenges can be found and delivered at an impactful scale. Vital to all of this is education and training and the role they play in building the skills for the impactful jobs of the future. Through all of this, the Networking Days create an exceptional collaboration platform for sharing, learning, networking, partnering, and most importantly, for creating positive impact. A stark reminder of the need for collaboration is unfolding in front of our eyes. Food scarcity is increasing as a result of conflict, and we can see the terrible consequences on the poorest populations where food security was already an issue.

Tangible examples of companies that balance nature, humanity, and economy in their decisions are shared at the Networking Days. Among them: a coffee company from Norway, which reduces CO2e emissions by 85 percent in its new facility; an entrepreneur in Angola, who has built a gigantic industrial food complex as a huge first step towards providing self-sufficient food security across the country; a battery manufacturer in the UK who is building Europe's first Gigaplant with new mixing processes, reducing waste in the production process by 80 percent; and a miller in India who is making tortillas in a plant that reduces water consumption by 84 percent and eliminates wastewater. Many other companies in attendance are transforming the food system with sustainably delivered plant-based proteins. These are just a few examples of the many businesses using proven technologies.

Bühler established the Networking Days in 2016 to bring together and nurture its growing global ecosystem of partners. 'We need massive collaboration among industry, start-ups, academia, educators, politics, NGOs and the public to manage and limit the effects of climate change, loss of biodiversity, and eliminate poverty,' says Bühler CTO Ian Roberts. With 50 partners and start-ups taking an active part at the Bühler Networking Days, the idea of a global ecosystem has created momentum: At the event, Bühler will celebrate and announce multiple partnerships that will facilitate the transition towards more efficient food and feed production and accelerate the transformation towards sustainable mobility.

Developing novel solutions is important to transform industry, however, the potential optimisation of existing industry assets across the world is the biggest short-term lever for reducing CO2e footprint. Bühler is showcasing services, technologies, and solutions that can optimise existing assets, provide a pathway to CO2e reduction in new plants, and support the development of new, more sustainable diets and mobility solutions. 'Our biggest impact comes from supporting our customers in reducing their energy consumption, waste generation, and water usage and at the same time ensure productivity and yield. We have clear targets on these topics. By expanding our collaborative ecosystem, we can accelerate meaningful and lasting impact in the food, feed, and mobility industries,' says Stefan Scheiber.

For more information about Bühler visit the website, HERE.

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New Lallemand studies presented at Zero Zinc Summit in Copenhagen

For swine producers all around Europe, 2022 marks the end of medicinal zinc use and the deadline to find alternative strategies for weaning. Lallemand Animal Nutrition was proud to help support this year's Zero Zinc Summit as a Bronze sponsor. This year's event, which took place in Copenhagen, on June 22-23, was dedicated to 'healthy weaning without antibiotics.' During this unique conference, two innovative studies were presented illustrating the benefits of yeast-based feeding strategies to help manage the weaning period.

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The power of yeast-based solutions
Yeast-based products are a good alternative to support piglet gut health and performance in a pharmacological zinc oxide-free context. To provide additional data, a research team from Dankook University in Korea, teamed up with Lallemand Animal Nutrition to assess the effect of a combination of yeast products supplemented in weanling piglets. The combination included: the live yeast Saccharomyces cerevisiae boulardii CNCM I-1079, the yeast fractions association YANGand the hydrolysed yeast YELA PROSECURE.

The researchers measured growth performance and nutrient digestibility compared to pharmacological levels of zinc oxide (ZnO) in 200 weaned piglets.

Results clearly indicated the combination of yeast-based products exerted similar levels of benefits on piglet growth performance as well as on the digestibility of crude protein and gross energy compared to the pharmacological level of ZnO.

Functional hydrolysed yeast
Weanling piglets are sensitive to different dietary protein sources while their digestive system is still developing. There can be a significant difference in palatability and amino acid digestibility depending on the protein source and its production process. Fish meal is a traditional protein source included in weanling piglets´ diets. However, fish production for animal nutrition is not in line with the current UN environmental sustainability targets. Hydrolysed yeast (YELA PROSECURE) has been recently developed by Lallemand Animal Nutrition as a novel source of highly digestible and functional nutrients (free digestible amino acids and small peptides).

The trial presented, conducted in a context of ZnO-free diets, shows that YELA PROSECURE compares favorably to fish meal by stimulating post-weaning feed intake, growth performance and economical production efficiency. It showed significantly improved feed intake and growth performance as compared to fish meal. Interestingly, these effects were more important in the smaller piglets, suggesting the weaker piglets benefitted more from the functional and nutritional properties of the hydrolysed yeast.

For more information visit the Lallemand website, HERE.

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June 23, 2022

Nearly two hundred thousand hectares of spring wheat are sown in Ukraine

Sowing in Ukraine is coming to an end. In total, almost 99.5 percent of the area projected for spring wheat has already been sown. The sowing of all spring crops of Vinnytsia, Volyn, Zakarpattia, Zaporizhia, Ivano-Frankivsk, Kyiv, Kirovohrad, Odesa, Poltava, Rivne, Ternopil and Chernivtsi regions has been completely completed.

In general, sowing of spring cereals and legumes was completed by 81.7 percent of last year's figures. Winter crops will be harvested in some regions next week.

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As of June 9, 2022, the projected sown areas of the main spring crops for the 2022 harvest in the territory controlled by Ukraine are 14,163.4 thousand hectares, which is 2752.9 thousand hectares less than last year (16,916.3 thousand ha).

According to the operative data of the structural subdivisions of the regional state administrations, which ensure the implementation of functions on agro-industrial development, the sowing of spring crops is carried out by 23 regions of Ukraine, except Luhansk, where fighting is taking place practically on the whole territory.

All categories of farms are sown:

  • Spring wheat 191.1 thousand hectares;
  • Spring barley 951.2 thousand hectares:
  • Spring rape 33.4 thousand hectares;
  • Oats 159.2 thousand hectares;
  • Peas 130.6 thousand hectares;
  • Buckwheat 74.9 thousand hectares;
  • Millet 48.5 thousand hectares;
  • Corn 4,627.3 thousand hectares;
  • Sugar beets 180.6 thousand hectares;
  • Sunflower 4685.8 thousand hectares;
  • Soybeans 1211.8 thousand hectares;
  • Potatoes 1104.2 thousand hectares.

According to the State Statistics Service, sowing of winter crops for grain for the 2022 harvest was carried out on an area of 7.6 million hectares, which is 0.3 million hectares less than in 2021, including:

  • 6.5 million hectares of winter wheat and triticale have been sown,
  • Rye sown 109 thousand hectares,
  • 969 million hectares of barley were sown.

In addition, winter rapeseed was sown on an area of 1,414,000 hectares, which is 442,000 hectares more than in 2021.

To find out more, visit the Ukranian Ministry's website HERE.


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New appointments strengthens Protix's team

Protix has appointed Barry Greyling as Corporate Treasurer ahead of a planned major scale-up of its business. Barry will be joining recent hires Jeroen van der Staay, Chief Growth Officer and Aneeke van de Geijin, Chief Commercial Officer, in the company's expansion of its team.

Protix currently supplies insect ingredients on an industrial scale to a number of industries including petfood, livestock feed, aqua feed, food and fertiliser ingredients. The insect of choice, black soldier fly, is highly beneficial for its ability to turn low-grade food waste into valuable nutrients such as proteins and fats. These high-quality ingredients are used by a number of brands and industrial manufacturers in a drive to bring more healthy and sustainable feed and food products.

With current pressure on the availability of raw materials and the need to produce more sustainably, Protix's sourcing and in-house production helps to alleviate this. The company is now investing in its mission to bring the future closer.

Barry brings over 15 years of experience in corporate finance, banking and treasury with one at the big four professional services firm. He is a member of the Chartered Institute for Securities and Investments, with a diploma in Management Accounting from the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants.

Jeroen van der Staay is a business leader with experience as a strategy consultant, investment manager, corporate business developer, marketing director and commercial director. Anneke van de Geijin is a business executive with past roles as Global Marketing Director, Global Sales Director and Commercial Director of large divisions.

"As the only supplier of commercial products in a substantial volume, Protix has forged strong relationships with feed and food manufacturers," says Kees Aarts, Founder and CEO of Protix. "Since the opening of our large-scale production facility in 2019 we have been working closely with our customers to understand their needs and are now at the exciting stage of further ramping up our production to meet increasing demand."

"We are now in a unique position to take a big leap forward and look forward to the contributions of Barry, Jeroen and Anneke to the next milestones on our exciting journey to bring the food system back into balance with nature," he adds.

They join Protix's passionate team of experts that includes Bas Jürgens, Chief Operations Officer, Stijn Harms, Director Projects & Engineering, and Eric Schmitt, R&D Director. Together the team will be looking to build the insect sector globally with new plants set to open within the next years.

For more information on Protix visit their website, HERE.

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June 22, 2022

UK Wheat growers to be spoilt for choice this autumn

Arable farmers will have ample choice when selecting an autumn wheat variety with five new varieties on the Recommended List.

Wynnstay's head of seeds, Toby Reich, shares that the new wheat varieties - KWS Dawsum, Champion, Typhoon, RGT Stokes and Bairstow - are all strong varieties with good agronomic packages, and regional demand.
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'The new varieties will complement three exceptional varieties already established in the market; Extase, Graham and Gleam,' he says. 'Despite the high number of wheat varieties to choose from, there's clear differentiation between them. Growers can make informed choices based on their region, rotation, or market they're selling into.

'Champion, the highest yielding variety this year, is best suited to drilling from early October onwards. For more flexible sowing across the UK, I would opt for KWS Dawsum, which has the best combined grain quality and yield,' Mr Reich advises.

'RGT Stokes is the 'true growers' variety',' he adds. 'It provides big tiller numbers and biomass, making it an excellent choice for feed and straw, while it also scores 'good' for distilling quality.'

In the barley market, the new entrants are not so plentiful. Mr Reich notes it is the increased availability of varieties which were in short supply last year, which will be most beneficial to growers.

'KWS Tardis is now a proven option for barley,' he says. 'It grows especially well in the east of the country, is suited to heavy land, and has a robust disease package.

'Elsoms' Bolton complements Tardis as it's strongest on light to medium soils. It's an ideal grain for the feed market and a good option in the west as well as the east.'

He also urges growers to remember the stalwarts of the market, Surge, Hawking and Valerie, which perform well in light to heavier soils.

Finally, Mr Reich notes some new oilseed rape (OSR) varieties to watch. 'PT303 delivered the highest gross output in the trials last year, due to its rapid autumn and spring growth,' he says.

'It has come to people's attention because it's the first hybrid in the UK with a resistance to Sclerotinia, which will be a valuable insurance policy if applications are delayed.'

He explains Crossfit is the other noteworthy OSR new entrant, also due to its disease resistance traits. 'It's the first clubroot resistant variety which also includes turnip yellows virus and pod shatter resistance, so will be of particular interest to growers wanting to protect their investment.'

As with barley, Mr Reich suggests the proven OSR favourites may be of most interest this year. 'I expect LG Aviron to remain the variety of choice for many growers. It's robust and resilient, has exceptional autumn vigour and suites challenging establishment conditions, such as later sowing and cabbage stem flea beetle pressure.

'It's also the only AHDB recommended oilseed variety which scores an eight for light leafspot resistance, which is becoming increasingly difficult for growers to manage,' Mr Reich concludes.

Visit the Wynnstay website, HERE.

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