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June 2016


In this issue:


Grain hydration
Commodities - Funds fail
to buck the markets
Separating dust - applied
fluid dynamics
FEED 2.0 - more than just a
nutrition delivery system
IGC Grains Conference

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Transfering skills to reach operational milling excellence!

Africa and the Middle
East are markets in
constant development.
Along with the
population growth,
metropolitanisation is
taking place as well.
The result is a rapidly
increasing demand for
basic foods, which in
turn allows the foodprocessing sector to grow. Companies, particularly
those that process grain, are ready to invest in new
capacities. However, the lack of trained personnel
for operation and maintenance is frequently a
The opening of the African Milling School
(AMS) at the beginning of 2015 was a
milestone. It is Buhlers contribution to the
development of the grain processing industry in
Africa and the Middle East, which is so vital in
peoples lives. Our mission is to transfer skills
to reach operational milling excellence! The
African Milling School offers comprehensive
and intensive training to professionals in the
industry with a well-balanced training syllabus
on theoretical and practical training.
The target is to offer vocational training for the
next generation of millers and to expand on the
knowledge base of experienced millers. The
aim is to ensure millers come to understand the
technology and equipment used to process grain
into high value finished products.
The school addresses the need for milling
professionals in the whole of Africa and the
Middle East. This year, a new class of 26
apprentice millers from 8 nations comprising East
African countries but as well from far countries
such as Egypt, Oman, Nigeria, The Gambia and
South Africa have taken up the Apprenticeship
Program. There are great talents working hard and
committed to milling.
The facilities of the African Milling School with
the classroom, laboratory and the school mill
have proven to be aligned with the demands for
operating a modern vocational school.
Our apprentice program for millers is a two-year

dual milling vocational program. This means

that the apprentices come in for residential
training three times a year for four weeks at a
time. They then go back to their work places
to apply what they have learnt at the AMS.
After going through the first years program,
apprentices will be admitted into the second year
and continue their learning program.
The six modules follow the process of the
wheat processing value chain from grain intake,
storage, cleaning, wheat and maize milling,
finished product handling and quality control.
This gives the apprentices a good understanding
of the process and the value chain. The
successful trainees will be graduated to Millers.
After going through this millers apprenticeship
program and with a further two years of work
experience, we offer an advanced training.
This training is foreseen for head millers
or supervisors who can manage a mill. The
program is designed to give the participants
more knowledge on production management and
quality control as well as bringing in the aspect
of preventive maintenance of a mill.
Short courses in mechanical and electrical
maintenance as well as bakery and feed
technology empower employees of the grain
processing industry to take the best care of
the equipment for reliability, efficiency and
durability of the plants.
The kind of flour demand in each market follows
the eating habits. Whereas in the Sub Saharan
Africa maize meal called ugali or mielie-pap, bread
and pastries are staple food, in West Africa and the
MENA region the consumption of pasta and noodles
are steadily increasing. The syllabus of the African
Milling School takes care of such different demands
and teaches the technology to process wheat and
maize in a high valuable finished product.
Highly skilled millers and maintenance staff will
ensure that plants are operating and maintained
at high levels leading to plant efficiency and
Martin Schlauri
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Ending Hunger and Malnutrition in Africa

The Pan-African Parliament (PAP) and the Food and Agriculture

Organisation of the United Nations (FAO) have acknowledged
the need to respect, protect and fulfill the fundamental human
right to food and optimal nutrition in Africa. During extensive
deliberations at the Second Ordinary Session of the Fourth
Parliament, the Parliamentarians agreed to establish a PanAfrican Parliamentary Alliance for Food and Nutrition Security.
See the full story on page 16


Transfering skills to
reach operational
milling excellence!

43.6 percent of Africas land area
dedicated to agriculture in 2011,
compared to a global average of

Source: FAO

Africa and the Middle East are

markets in constant development.
Along with the population growth,
metropolitanisation is taking place as
well. The result is a rapidly increasing
demand for basic foods, which in turn
allows the food-processing sector to
See the full story on page 2

20.3 Mean percentage of the

agricultural land in Africa that is
arable. The world average is 28.6;
in Europe and Asia-pacific it is
over 75 percent.
54.2 percentage of Africas
population which is agricultural.
Globally, it is 31.7 percent.
45 Percentage of Latin America and
the Caribbeans GDP accounted
for by exports of beef and poultry,
making the region the worlds
leading exporter
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The hydration of grains is a critical process

in the manufacture of Maheu, a grain-based
drink widely consumed across Africa.
Heating and mixing is a key aspect of the
hydration process but an area where to
date we have seen minimal change from
the status quo. Steam jacketed vessels
and agitation are the de facto method for
heating products but manufacturers are
turning to Steam Infusion advanced heating
and mixing as a break from the traditional
to process faster with quality benefits.
See the full story on page 56

Boosting grain trade

across East Africa

Farm Africa has received a new

3 million grant from the UK
Government, through the FoodTrade
East and Southern Africa trade
enhancement and promotion
See the full story on page 64

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Campden BRI receives

UKAS accreditation for ergot
mycotoxin testing method

ampden BRI is pleased to announce that it

has received UKAS accreditation for its ergot
mycotoxin testing method. Ergot alkaloids are
mycotoxins which mainly affect cereals including wheat,
rye, barley and oats and can cause issues via long-term
dietary exposure.
Campden BRI is one of the few companies currently
providing this testing service in the UK. The company has
developed a sensitive mass spectrometry based method
to detect the six major ergot alkaloids defined by the
European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) (ergometrine,
ergotamine, ergosine, ergocristine, ergocryptine and
ergocornine) and their corresponding epimers at levels as
low as 1g/kg. The new accreditation provides reassurance
that Campden BRIs ergot testing service is impartial and
competent, and meets internationally agreed standards.
Julian South, Head of Chemistry and Biochemistry at
Campden BRI comments: Here at Campden BRI, we have
been carrying out ergot testing for several years to help
manufacturers working with cereals and grains maintain
the quality and safety of their products. EFSA has proposed
that in 2017 maximum levels will be set for alkaloids
in unprocessed grain. Our UKAS accredited method
will help our clients ensure their products meet the legal
Campden BRI has received UKAS accreditation for 94
tests. A list can be downloaded at http://bit.ly/1W5YZVW

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Spring gives way to summer. A thick blanket of green

covers the trees lining the streets of Cheltenham. Parent
birds work incessantly, fluttering back and forth in a
constant attempt to fill the ever-hungry bellies of their
growing brood.
Likewise, the team here at Perendale Publishers are busily
pecking around, endeavouring to collect the latest and
most relevant news and features to keep you fed with the
juiciest morsels and the most up-to-date developments in
the world of grain and feed milling.
This months regional focus is on Africa - a huge,
incredibly diverse continent suffering from a terrible
paradox. According to the FAO, over half the population
are farmers (the global average is less than a third), and
the regions land use reflects this: nearly half is dedicated
to agriculture. This is the highest percentage of any region
on earth. Yet Africa is also the region with the highest
percentage of undernourished people. Within Africa,
Niger is the regional leader for arable area per capita, yet
also the leader for underweight infants. All of this sadly
underlines the simple truism that its not necessarily
a question of how much land a farmer has, but rather
whether he has the means to use it to its full potential.
On page 16 you can read about how the Pan-African
Parliament and the FAO are attempting to speed up
progress on malnutrition and related issues. On page
64 you will learn about Farm Africas project to give
the East African grain trade a much-needed boost. Flip
back to page two for this editions Guest Editorial spot,
which discusses the important role of Bhler and the
African Milling School in Kenya. Page 56 talks about a
faster version of an essential process in the manufacture
of Maheu, a grain-based drink widely consumed across
the continent. Even the US Grains Council puts in an
appearance, promoting the use of distillers dried grain
with solubles in aquafeed in Egypt (p85).
As usual, Christophe Pelletiers column (p20) does not
disappoint. Drawing on his own experience, he explains
exactly why governments who talk about sustainability
need to put their money where their mouth is, dig deep
and provide subsidies to help producers and consumers
with sustainable alternatives. Of course, he says, its not
only down to governments: the onus is also on us, the
consumers, to let go of our beloved sense of entitlement.
Chris Jackson talks about striking a balance between
farming and nature, with an emphasis on adapting to the
changing climate.
In our interview this month, David Wernsing shares his
thoughts on his recent appointment as General Manager
of Union Iron and shares his philosophy on what makes
an industry leader.




British and Irish Flour Mills

No3 Messrs James Comerford & Sons New Roller

Milling journals of the past at The Mills Archive
by Mildred Cookson, The Mills Archive, UK
As with my previous articles, I
have chosen accounts from The
Miller or Milling describing
successful mills from the early
days of roller flour milling. Both
these Victorian publications are
held at the Mills Archive, along
with the American Northwestern
Miller. All three journals have
some significant gaps, so we would welcome any offers
of material as we move to create the Worlds first roller
flourmill library and archive.
Comerfords roller mills at Rathdrum in Ireland featured
in a detailed illustrated article in the 7 June 1886 issue of
The Miller. At that time, exactly 130 years ago, the mills,
which were situated in the beautiful valley of the Avoca,
belonged to the Comerford family. The mill described had
just been built on the foundations of the previous mill. Its
predecessor, while having a steadily growing trade, met
the same fate that had overtaken so many other flour mills,
with a disastrous fire a year earlier on 20th June 1885.
At the time of the fire, the mill had eleven pairs of
millstones with 18 silk reels with purifiers and one set
of rolls. It was believed that the middlings were floured
in part by the help of smooth rollers, but the breaking of
the wheat was left to the stones; and for all intents and
purposes the mill, whose products were certainly held in
very high esteem, was a millstone mill.
Rebuilding after the fire
The new mill, a four-storied structure, was built of stone;
facings of red brick agreeably tempered the effect of
which. The mill had an inside measurement of 57 by 36
feet and was fitted out with a full five sack per hour roller
plant by Mr J Harrison Carter of 82 Mark Lane, London
and of all the rolls were of Harrison Carters latest design
at that time, that is to say, furnished with four rolls and
driven by gear drive.
The cog wheels by which the rolls were put in motion

worked in oil-tight casings. Another feature in the mill

was a specially designed conveyor, which was underneath
each reel, and centrifugal, this apparatus was fitted with
an ingenious cut-off which was patented in 1880.
The wheat cleaning department was in a separate fireproof
department adjoining the mill, and was connected to the
top or fourth floor by double iron doors. The cleaning
process was carried out by passing the wheat through a
Howes & Ewell zigzag separator which was placed on
the top floor, eight Van Gelders cockle, oat and barley
cylinders on the third floor, a Eureka horizontal smutter on
the second floor and a Eureka horizontal brush on the first
floor. By this arrangement of machinery, only one pair of
elevators were required to elevate the wheat again to the
top floor from where is passed into the mill itself.
The main drive for the mill machinery was on the ground
floor. The drive consisted of a spur wheel 11 foot in
diameter fixed on the Star wheel shaft, the shaft turned at
18 revolutions per minute. The spur wheel drove a pinion
4 feet 6 inches in diameter, which set the main shaft in
motion by means of a bevel gear. The pinion shaft turned
at 47 rpm and the main shaft 125 rpm.
On the main shaft were fixed various pulleys from which
the roller mills on the floor above were put into motion.
A pulley, 72 inches in diameter drove the wheat cleaning
machinery and another of 4 feet 6 inches drove the flour
dressing machinery by means of a 12 inch belt. On this
floor were four scalpers for separating the particles of
wheat from the semolina, middlings and flour and the
various elevator bottoms, which were arranged in a
straight longitudinal line.
The first floor or grinding floor had eight sets of Carters
roller mills placed in two rows, which served for the
reduction of the wheat on the system of six breaks, and
for flouring of the middlings. The first break was done
on a four-grooved chilled iron roll, the second, third,
fourth, fifth and sixth breaks and tailing was done on three
of Carters four-grooved chilled iron roller mills. The
flouring of the semolina and middlings was carried out by
A Carters middlings purifier,
available in four sizes

Comerford Mill in 1924

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Cross Section of the mill in 1886 showing the

20 foot diameter waterwheel

Longitudinal Section of the mill in 1886

Plan of second and third floors

four Carter four-roller mills. Over each line of roller mills

was an exhaust trunk to which the exhaust spouts from the
roller mills was connected.
The second floor had one gravity purifier with five sets of
legs, four of Carters single sieve purifiers, a suction fan

Plan of ground floor

The most dramatic external feature of the mill was the

large waterwheel which provided the motive power for
the mill. It was a high breast-shot waterwheel 20 feet in
diameter and 12 feet wide. It had ventilated buckets and
a 26 inch shroud. The fall was around 12 feet and the
wheel could produce 80

The water for the mill

came from a mountain
Messrs Comerford
were proud of the mill
weir, which had been
constructed under their
own direction. The water
for the mill came from a
mountain torrent, which
at the end of a severe
winter, when masses of
snow would suddenly
melt under the April sun,
would pour a swollen
volume of water into the
valley, Before the new
weir was built flooding
around the mill was a
frequent event. The new
Carters advertisement featuring Comerfords dust collector and Carter's Rollermills
weir, a semi-lune was
built of concrete with
exhausting from the rolls, and a Penney grader which had
massive stone walls and had a curved apron to break the
a fan attached at the top of the machine to take out light
force of the fall.
material that may have remained in the wheat. This grader These articles only give a brief glimpse of the several
was placed directly over the first break roll.
million records held by the Mills Archive Trust. If you
The third or top floor housed the dressing machines,
would like to know more please email me at mills@
namely six Carters centrifugals and eight long silk reels.
millsarchive.org .
These were put in motion by means of a 12 inch belt which
connected the shafting on this floor to the shafting on the
A Carters
second floor. 15 of the 19 elevator heads were also here
along with four wheat bins each capable of holding ten to
available in
twelve tons of wheat. The bins were of solid construction
four sizes
and were built and installed by the millwright, Mr Peter
Murphy of Wexford. On this floor there was also the Carter
dust collector, which had no textile material used in its
construction, and which featured prominently in a Carters
advertisement in August that year.
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Kemin launches Lysoforte Liquid and revolutionises application of


emin has launched Lysoforte

Liquid, a bio-surfactant,
which revolutionises the
application process by directly dosing
the bio-surfactant into the oil and fat
application line.
Lysoforte Liquid standardises the
natural variation in the energy value
of oils and fats and improves the
digestion and absorption of nutrients in
feed, making Lysoforte Liquid one of
the most cost-effective bio-surfactants
on the market. The product has been
launched in Europe, Middle East, India
and in a number of markets in Asia.
The product will launch in additional
countries upon registration.
Lysoforte Liquid is a naturally derived
liquid bio-surfactant that is added
directly into the oil or fat line during feed
production. Mixing the bio-surfactant
with the oil and fats early enhances its
efficacy and helps standardise the energy
value of the oil, in combination with the
well-known effects of Lysoforte on
nutrient digestion and absorption.
This is a situation where we took
something that was working well and
made it even better, explained Dr

Monika Bieber, Lead Global Platform

Traditionally bio-surfactants are
added as a dry product to the mixer
with other feed raw materials. Their
benefits to improve various steps in
lipid digestion, such as emulsification,
hydrolysis and nutrient absorption
are well known. Consequently, the
addition of a bio-surfactant leads
to a better utilisation of the energy
from feed raw materials, resulting
in improved feed conversion ratios,
lower production costs and improved
Like many raw materials, lipids
come from a wide variety of sources
and are prone to large variations
in their nutritional value. In recent
years, Kemin laboratories have
been analysing numerous oil and fat
samples using the Lipid Evaluation
Test, which provides nutritionists
with accurate lipid profiles,
and characterises the apparent
metabolisable energy (AME) values
and oxidative status.
The analyses performed by Kemin
scientists have reported up to

30-percent variation in AME values

for a single oil type. Trials have
demonstrated that applying the liquid
bio-surfactant reduces the natural
variability of oils and fats. As proven
through the Lipid Evaluation Test,
Lysoforte Liquid increases feed
formulation accuracy and, in turn,
increases feed cost savings.
An application system is made
available to assist customers with the
application of Lysoforte Liquid. This
state-of-the-art system was created
by a team of engineers who worked
to make applying the liquid product
directly into the oil and fat line easy
and convenient at the feed mill.
Over the last years, the benefits
of bio-surfactants to enhance
lipid digestion have become well
accepted in the feed industry. With
the launch of Lysoforte Liquid,
Kemin demonstrates its leadership
in the lipid nutrition area and
its commitment to bring novel
solutions to the feed industry to
support its customers by improving
and optimising lipid nutrition and
increasing profitability.

He was a great friend

Niphond Wongtrangan, 1945-2016

t is with sadness that we report the passing of Niphond

Wongtrangan, Honorary President of the Thai Rice
Mills Association and advisor to Thailands Deputy
Prime Minister.
Mr Wongtrangan died peacefully at 1:50am on
Wednesday, May 4 at Phyathai 1 Hospital, Bangkok. He
was 71.
He had been undergoing treatment for kidney disease as
an in-patient since April 11. Previously, he had been in and
out of hospital on a regular basis with complications due to
secondary infections.
The hand-bathing ceremony was conducted on
Wednesday by family and friends. Cremation took place on
Monday, May 9 at 5:00pm.
Born on June 26, 1945, Niphond Wongtrangan went on to
complete a Bachelor of Law from Thammasat University,
Thailand, and the Institute of Legal Education, Thai Bar
Posts held during his career included Director of the
Thai Rice Mills Association, Director of Marketing for the

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Organisation for Farmers, Director of Crop Research and

Manager of Singha Brewery Limited.
He had been Executive Director for the Farmers Fund
and the Rubber Estate Organisation in addition to serving
as Honorary Consultant for Future Farmers Organisation
Thailand, under Royal Patronage of HRH Prince
He was on the advisory board of the PHTIC PERDO, the
Postharvest Technology Centre for Thailand. He served as
Director of Chiang Rai Rajabhat University and Honorary
President of the Thai Rice Mills Association with expertise
in grains and agricultural products. He was also advisor
to Deputy Prime Minister Trairong Suwankhiri, who was
exploring sales of rice to African and Middle Eastern
Mr Wongtrangan was also a supporter of Milling and
Grain, speaking at our GRAPAS Conference in 2012 and
again in 2014. More important, he was a great friend.
We would like to express our deepest condolences to his
family, friends and colleagues.

Milling News





4-6 NOVEMBER 2016




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Review on Antimicrobial Resistance:

Tackling drug-resistant infections globally

ollowing 19 months of consultation with a grand

total of eight interim papers, a report on how to
tackle Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR) in a global
way has just recently been published.
Chaired by Lord Jim ONeill and commissioned by
both the UK Government and Wellcome Trust, the review
proposes a blueprint designed to tackle the ever-apparent
issue of antimicrobial resistance. The key notion of the
report is that drug companies should foot the bill for the
development of new antibiotics and that patients should
not be able to get them without a test to ensure they are
actually needed. However, there is also a keen focus on the
overuse of antibiotics in agriculture and aquaculture too.

Tackling one of the most

pressing problems in the
world today
Two years ago, Lord Jim
ONeill was handed the
responsibility of finding
answers to one of the most
pressing problems in the
world today by British Prime
Minister David Cameron.
One million people have
died while we have been
doing this review, said
Lord ONeill, who became
a minister while completing
the report. Without action, he
said, The global financial
cost would be the loss of 10
million lives a year by 2050
and 69tn ($100tn) a year.
The main issue identified
by the report was that many
antibiotics that were once
thought to have put an end
to infectious disease are no
longer working because the
pathogens have developed
a resistance to them. For example, antibiotics were once
thought to have eradicated the threat of Tuberculosis.
However, multi-drug resistant forms are now believed to
be exacting a death toll around the globe.
ONeill said that stopping the over-use of antibiotics
also fed in vast quantities to animals for growth promotion
as well as to treat disease, especially in the United States
may be even more important than creating new incentives
for the development of new drugs by pharmaceutical
That said, companies already involved in antibiotic
research have come out in support of the report.
Speaking to the Guardian recently, Sir Andrew Witty,
GlaxoSmithKlines chief executive, called the report
helpful and added: Governments, industry and other
relevant groups must now work together to develop these
ideas into practical steps that encourage and reward further
research and ensure a supply of effective new antibiotics
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for future generations.

Antibiotics are required in agriculture

But is antibiotic use really necessary in agriculture? Well

according to the review the answer to this question is yes,
there are circumstances where antibiotics are required in
agriculture and aquaculture, such as when, animal welfare
and food security are at risk. However, much of their
global use is not currently for treatment of sick animals,
but rather to either prevent infections or simply as a
catalyst for animal growth.
Lord ONeills report states that, The quantity of
antibiotics used in livestock is vast. Citing the US as
an example, it then goes on to describe how many of the
antibiotics defined as medically
important for humans by the US
Food and Drug Administration
(FDA), over 70 percent (by
weight) are sold for use in
animals, meaning that the
antibiotics used in the treatment
of animals could be filtering
through to the consumer;
creating a greater tolerance in
individuals ands rendering the
antibiotics futile.
The report also added that
many countries also use more
antibiotics in agriculture than in
humans, but they do not even
hold or publish any relevant
information. According to the
report, the majority of scientists
see this as a threat to human
health, given that wide-scale
use of antibiotics encourages
the development of resistance,
which can spread to a humans
and animals alike.
Lord ONeils review
proposed three steps to remedy
the current situation:
Firstly, the imposition of 10-year targets to reduce
unnecessary antibiotic use in agriculture, introduced in
2018 with milestones to support progress consistent with
countries economic development. For this to succeed,
governments must support and speed up current efforts,
including those of the World Organisation for Animal
Health (OIE) and others, to measure antibiotic use and
farming practices.
Secondly, restrictions on certain types of highly critical
antibiotics should be imposed. Too many antibiotics that
are now last-line drugs for humans are being used in
agriculture; action should be taken on this urgently by an
international panel.
Thirdly, we must improve transparency from food
producers on the antibiotics used to raise the meat that we
eat, to enable consumers to make more informed purchase
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Unibio signs its first commercial

licence agreement

fter years of development

of its U-Loop technology,
Unibio is ready to take a
giant step forward. Unibio has signed
its first licence agreement with a
commercial client.
A full-size commercial plant
having multiple U-Loop fermentors
is planned for construction and
commissioning in 2017. The aim
of the agreement is to expand this
capacity in the following years.
Unibio has received an attractive
upfront payment and is further
incentivised by an attractive revenue
stream in the years to come following
successful commissioning of the
plant. A revenue stream expectedly
counted in millions of dollars over the
next ten years. The aim is to supply
the European and Russian markets
with Unibios premium protein
product UniProtein.
The megatrends are very clear. The
world needs sustainable solutions
to the food challenge of the century.

How can we feed a growing world

population when agricultural land
per capital is decreasing? And how
can we do it in a sustainable way
without destroying the planet? Part
of the solution lies with Unibio.
Converting methane to food, using
a cheap and abundant resource as
natural gas, is key to solving this
challenge basically what Unibio
does is to integrate the energy
and food systems to address this
Henrik Busch-Larsen, the CEO
of Unibio, says: We recently had
a ground-breaking ceremony in
Kalundborg, Denmark, where we
are constructing a demonstration
and production plant, and we are of
course very excited to announce the
construction of a large commercial
plant already.
Unibio inaugurated its pilot plant
located at the Chemical Engineering
department of the Technical
University of Denmark (DTU) in

October last year, where the Danish

minister of Energy, Climate and
Utilities, Lars Chr Lilleholt, was a
key-note speaker.
Shortly after, the company won
the Ernst & Young competition
Entrepreneur of the Year within
the Life Sciences category. The
new partner, participating in the
event, sees the collaboration
with DTU as a very strong asset.
In general Denmark holds great
expertise within fermentation
technology, and DTU works in
close cooperation with large Danish
companies within the fermentation
industry, such as eg Novozymes
and Novo Nordisk.
Henrik Busch-Larsen, the CEO
of Unibio, continues: We see the
collaboration with this new partner
as a natural step forward in the
development of the company and
technology and thus welcome our
new partner into the Unibio family.
We look forward to the construction
of the plant and to bringing our
premium protein product UniProtein
to the market. The coming months
are going to be very exciting for the

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Ending Hunger and

Malnutrition in Africa
The African August House to set
up a Pan-African Parliamentary
Alliance for Food and Nutrition

he Pan-African Parliament (PAP) and the Food and

Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations
(FAO) have acknowledged the need to respect,
protect and fulfill the fundamental human right to food and
optimal nutrition in Africa. During extensive deliberations
at the Second Ordinary Session of the Fourth Parliament,
the Parliamentarians agreed to establish a Pan-African
Parliamentary Alliance for Food and Nutrition Security.
Speaking at the Africa Parliament, Chimimba David
Phiri, FAO Subregional Coordinator for Southern Africa,
expressed the Organisations appreciation to the PanAfrican Parliament for its commitment to advance the
Food and Nutrition Security agenda in Africa.
Notwithstanding the progress made in recent years, over
58 million children under the age of five are stunted, and
all 54 African countries are confronted with overweight
and obesity. These rising levels of overweight and obesity
are linked to poor dietary habits and lifestyle, resulting in
non-communicable diseases, said David Phiri.
There are also high levels of deficiencies in essential
vitamins and minerals reported. When all segments of our
populations should be healthy and actively contributing to
economic development, African governments are spending
huge sums of money on health, he added.
The Session emphasised the need for Governments,
Parliamentarians, Private Sector, Civil Society and
other stakeholders to work under a unified umbrella of
harmonised legislative frameworks and instruments backed
by political will and joint strategic actions.
As a follow-up to the Second International Conference on
Nutrition (ICN-2) framework for action and the CAADP
Nutrition Initiative under the Malabo Declaration, FAO is
working with African countries to create nutrition-sensitive
food systems anchored on their national agriculture and
food security investment plans.

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Many of the more than 100 parliamentarians present

for the deliberations spoke of the existing challenges
and opportunities. They re-echoed Africas commitment
to food and nutrition security, demonstrated through the
endorsement and ratification of several international and
continental agreements and frameworks of action on food
and nutrition security.
Recognising their role as custodians of political
commitments, the Parliamentarians have agreed to work
with FAO to ensure food and nutrition security for all in
the Continent.
The President of the Pan-African Parliament, Hon.
Roger Nkodo Dang in his closing remarks, emphasised the
important role of food and nutrition security to Africas

development and invited FAO to continue its engagement

with the PAP in the subsequent Ordinary Session later in
the year.
The PAP supported the creation of the Pan-African
Parliamentary Alliance for Food and Nutrition Security
and expressed its desire to work closely with FAO.
FAO reassured the Parliamentarians of the Organisations
technical support, including the capacity development of
the parliamentarians and sharing the extensive experience
gained in Latin America and the Caribbean, to advance the
launching and efficient functioning of the African Alliance.
The Pan-African Parliament (PAP) is an African Union
organ that ensures the full participation of African peoples in
the development and economic integration of the continent.

NOAH welcomes protection

of antibiotics for animals and

odays publication of Tackling Drug Resistant

Infections Globally: Final Report and
Recommendations, by Lord Jim ONeill, is a
global landmark in the fight to keep antibiotics effective
for both animals and people, says the National Office of
Animal Health (NOAH), which represents the UK animal
medicines sector.
NOAH Chief Executive Dawn Howard says: We
endorse the proposal for incentives to develop innovative
new treatments and better diagnostics: these must include
the veterinary sector, so that animal medicines are available
to treat the diseases that vets and farmers encounter.
Improving the availability and uptake of vaccines, which
is also proposed, can reduce the need for antibiotics.
Veterinary surgeons need access to a range of medicines,
including antibiotics, in order to treat the conditions and
species under their care and support the high standards of
animal welfare our society expects.
The Reports call for improved surveillance will build
on work already being undertaken within the different
livestock sectors, for example in the UK poultry and pig
sectors. Targets to reduce antibiotic use must be based
on an understanding of why and where antibiotics are
currently used, and we welcome the Reports suggestion
that careful consideration must be given to how any target
setting will be done. Once the facts have been established,

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resources can then be focussed on areas where change is
most needed to reduce any unnecessary use.
It is important to remember that in the UK and indeed
throughout the EU, veterinary antibiotics are only available
on veterinary prescription and have been banned as growth
promoters since 2006, she adds.
The Report recommends restrictions on certain antibiotics
for veterinary use.
NOAH believes that any such decisions must be based
on independent regulatory officials expert opinions and
must follow the agreed regulatory process such as the
recent EMA (European Medicines Agency) re-evaluation
of the veterinary use of colistin, Dawn Howard says.
Any changes need to be given a realistic timeframe in
order that animal welfare is not compromised something
the report itself acknowledges, she adds.
We also fully support the Reports call for a global
public awareness campaign of this One Health issue
involving both human and animal health to improve
understanding and compliance. This is a global report for a
global problem, with practical recommendations and calls
to action, both on the international stage and here in the
Dawn Howard concludes: The UK animal medicines
sector looks forward to its role in implementing
the Reports recommendations by being part of the
collaboration between UK government and industry, to
develop practical proposals so that antibiotics remain
effective to protect the health of people and animals into
the future.
Read the report at http://bit.ly/1ToZXcw

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[ Museum Story No. 5 ]



Population and economic growth

Tom Blacker, International Milling and Grain

Dominican Republik, Effie Business Corp.

Hermanos San Pedro de Macoris

The sun. From time immemorial man has regarded it as

a regular, life-giving source and a cosmic power. And it
comes into direct contact with cereal crops. For the
strength radiated by the sun enters the corn and is stored
in it. Grain, like the celestial body, is part of the basis of
our human existence.
Grain was the beginning
With its collection of over 3,000 flour sacks from 130
countries around the globe, the FlourWorld Museum in
Wittenburg, near Hamburg (Germany), is unique in the
world of grain. It is an initiative and cultural project of
Mhlenchemie and a token of thanks to all millers. The
museum shows the history of flour and its significance for
mankind: FLOUR IS LIFE. Every new sack with an interesting motif is welcome in the Sackotheque and will find a
permanent home there.



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We have witnessed a continually

growing demand for the
International Milling Directory
in recent months, validating
the IMD as a requisite for the
milling industry. On recent visits
I have made with colleagues here
in my home country of the UK,
we have experienced a great deal
of positive feedback from prominent industry figures.
We are looking to distribute at a number of upcoming
shows here in the UK, namely the Cereals exhibition
and the International Grains Council (IGC) conference.
however, a great deal of activities and events are taking
place internationally too, where we also hope to have
presence. As our regional focus for Africa is this month, I
should mention that later this year in October the IAOMMEA conference will meet in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
and the International Milling and Grain Directory will be
distributed there.
Sixteen new registrations in the past four weeks has meant
a busier than normal expansion in the directory as we move
forward. Companies from China, USA, Ukraine, Canada,
as well as updates to Universal Industries from the USA
and Vibrafloor from France which have also bolstered our
activity. It a pleasure to welcome and update companies this
Again as this issue has a focus on African milling industries,
it is good to note that there are 41 individual registered
member companies with us from the African continent.
I hope this continues to rise for the benefit of population
and economic growth on the continent. This issue of
Milling and Grain has some great content on Africa,
including a meeting with Claudio Zavatta, CEO of Golfetto
Sangati who, it is a pleasure to say, hold both a Directory
membership and advertise with us.
The benefits of additional advertising online and in print are
manifold. The directory is by and for the industry, where
you can find continuous updates to company pages and to
our events pages in fact we have just updated the website
with a more comprehensive Google Map. I hope you
continue to gain the maximum benefits from our services
to the industry from the International Milling Directory.
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The Pelletier Column

Changing economics to overcome future challenges

by Christophe Pelletier
For a change, this months
column will be about a
personal story that in some
way is an illustration of
what is necessary to foster
sustainable practices. The
parallel is obvious with some
of the global challenges that
the world is currently facing
and will continue to face in the future.
Late last year, I moved away from Vancouver to the
Okanagan Valley Region some 300 miles east from
Vancouver. There, I bought a property with a decent
yard where I will have a garden and with a small
vineyard. For eight months of the year, the area looks
and feels quite similar to the Mediterranean.
Precipitations are not abundant with an annual quantity
of only 337 mm. Clearly, water is scarce and needs to
be preserved, even though an extensive system of lakes
fed by mountain snow ensures an adequate supply
of water. The region is quite agricultural with many
orchards and vineyards, all thanks to irrigation. There
are also many lawns in the area and the estimate is that
about 25 percent of the water consumed in the region
is just to keep the lawns green.

The comparison between cost and benefit

The point of my story is that the comparison between cost
and benefit would deter most people to consider buying
rain barrels. It just does not make financial sense, if money
is what matters. I always say that money talks and what it
says here is to forget about being sustainable. One of my
neighbours also considered installing solar panels on the
roof of their house. After comparing the price of the panels
plus installation and maintenance with the electricity
savings, they discovered that it would last twice the life of
the panels to break even. In terms of money, solar panels
are a different kettle of fish than my five rain barrels. I can
understand they decided to not pursue the solar option.
The economics of water and energy savings that I just
described can be extrapolated to the much larger picture.
All through the food and agriculture value chains, many
changes for more sustainable systems face the same kind
of dilemma. What makes sense from an environmental
point of view often does not make sense financially in
the current economic environment. Demanding a more
sustainable production system is quite legitimate and
sensible, but the conditions must also be there to make
it happen. The numbers have to add up for farmers and
businesses to make the switch. As usual, money is of the
essence and it can come from different sides.

The economics of sustainability

My plan is to install barrels to collect the water from
rain and snow and use it for the yard. This is where
the economics do not go in parallel with all the talk
from politicians about sustainability. Around the house
I would need five rain barrels in total. The lowest and
best retail price I can find is of about Can$80 for a 200
litre barrel. To set up my water collection system, it
will cost me Can$400 to provide me with a one cubic
metre storage capacity. In comparison, the price for a
cubic meter that the municipality charges for water is
Can$0.30 per cubic meter.
In the most ideal situation, that is if I were able to
collect all the rain and snow through my five barrels,
I would at most collect about 30 cubic metres per
year. In money, it comes down to a saving of roughly
Can$10 per year. To break even, Id better hope that
the barrels will last 40 years, which they might, but
considering my current age, there is a fair chance
I may have moved to a much smaller underground
dwelling by then. Of course, my example is about
quite a small investment and if the return is lousy, it
will not change my life. At least, the barrels will help
me save water.

Subsidies must be set up properly and be effective

First, the purchase price and the cost of operation of
alternatives have to come down and be competitive;
either suppliers are able to drop their prices or offer more
efficient systems. Governments can also help through
subsidies to ease the pain, but of course the must be set
up properly and be effective.
Second, the customers, which in a fair value chain, would
be eventually the consumers, have to pay for extra cost
of the better production systems, simply because our
consumption societies with their sense of entitlement
have to understand that there is no such thing as a free
lunch. Such a realisation also means that producers
also understand that mass production that only deplete
resources do not fit in the long-term picture and that value
will have to replace volume.

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Christophe Pelletier is a food and agriculture strategist

and futurist from Canada. He works internationally. He
has published two books on feeding the worlds growing
population. His blog is called The Food Futurist.

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Nutreco reports higher results and good

progress on sustainability

n 2015 Nutreco reported higher financial results with

net revenues of 5.7 billion (2014: 5.3 billion) and
an operating result of 282 million (2014: 236
million). Results improved in all of Nutrecos segments:
Animal Nutrition, Aquafeed and Nutreco Iberia.
Nutreco made steady progress against its sustainability
objectives. It further strengthened its supply chain
through supplier audits, and embedded sustainability
key performance indicators into its business reporting
model. The 2015 annual review was drafted according to
the fourth generation of the Global Reporting Initiative
2015 was in many ways a special year for Nutreco.
The financial results were very good across all of our
businesses. This confirms that we are increasingly
successful in translating our R&D and innovation
capabilities into sustainable nutritional solutions valued
by our customers. With the acquisition of US-based trace
mineral producer Micronutrients we realised the thirdlargest acquisition in our history, making Nutreco the
category leader in a specific feed additive segment, said
Knut Nesse, CEO of Nutreco.
In June we organised our 8th AgriVision conference in
the Netherlands, with close to 400 participants from over

40 countries. But perhaps the most visible event was the

delisting of Nutreco from the Amsterdam stock exchange
as a result of the take-over by SHV. We opened a new
chapter for Nutreco as a private company, while continuing
our Driving sustainable growth strategy with the full
support of our new shareholder.


The good financial performance in all of Nutrecos three

segments was mainly the result of a more favourable
product mix and the contribution of Nutrecos acquisitions
in Brazil, as well as positive currency effects.
Animal Nutrition, primarily trading under the Trouw
Nutrition company brand, performed well despite difficult
market circumstances in the global swine and dairy sectors.
The increased focus on global products improved the
performance of the Selko feed additives brand.
In Aquafeed, trading under the Skretting company brand,
the salmon feed business performed strongly in 2015, and
maintained its position as global market leader, although
there is still overcapacity in the main Norwegian market.
In shrimp feed, Ecuador reported strong organic growth.
Nutrecos Iberian business performed well on the back
of a recovering Spanish economy. Nanta, a producer of
compound feed, reported growing volumes to third-parties,
while Sada, which specialises in poultry meat, benefited
from good performance during the high (summer) season.


In 2015 Nutreco further strengthened the sustainability

of their supply chain by auditing a total of 42 suppliers.
All new direct suppliers signed-off their commitment to
comply with Nutrecos Supplier Code of Conduct.
Good progress was achieved in strengthening and
embedding into the quarterly reporting cycle measuring,
monitoring and controls around sustainability key
performance indicators, such as CO2, water, waste,
energy use and lost time incidents.
In order to ensure that Nutrecos sustainability vision
2020 is realised and sustainability targets are achieved,
the internal Nuterra Standard was developed with
115 compliance criteria for all of Nutrecos operating
companies. This tool assists local managers on identifying
where their operations are situated with respect to
Nutrecos Vision 2020 targets and where they can focus
their sustainability activities to ensure reaching the
companys sustainability goals by year 2020.


The 2015 review is Nutrecos first annual review that

has been drafted according to the fourth generation of
the Sustainability Reporting Guidelines, as developed by
the Global Reporting Initiative. This confirms Nutrecos
continued commitment to reporting and transparency as a
private company.
The full 2015 Annual Review is available online via
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Striking the fragile balance between farming and nature
by Chris Jackson, Export Manager UK TAG
As we face a late
spring, having had
a very wet and
prolonged winter,
we in the UK are
constantly reminded
of the fragility of
farming and nature.
The absence of frost
and snow this winter will have created its own
set of problems, as slugs and other crop pests
will have survived ready to damage crops,
creating yet another challenge for our farmers,
who worldwide have to innovatively adapt to the
challenges of their local climate and nature; to
ensure that their livestock and crops are able to
get to their markets in conditions fit for use.
Not only in this century do we have to adapt to
nature but now we also have international market
forces often driven by the political necessities of
sovereign governments. Since farming became
the norm for human food production rather than
hunting, many thousands of years ago, fewer and
fewer people are being required to feed the urban
communities; who are getting bigger across our
planet and more and more divorced from the
realities of food production.
Producing food efficiently with regard to
the environment
This sets the challenges for the remaining
farmers too produce food efficiently, with regard
to the environment and sustainable production.
From the perspective of practical farming led by
genetic development of both crops and livestock
to increase outputs and drive down the cost of
production farmers are meeting the challenges.
With crops developed to be grown in temperate
and tropical conditions along with for instance
rice that can be grown needing much lower
water requirements the innovations from our
scientists are being taken up and multiplied in to
the commercial world.
Innovation was one of the major themes at
this years UK Pig and Poultry Fair where the
organisers also were innovative in highlighting
the new products and developments of which
more than 60 were highlighted ranging from
renewable energy sources through farrowing
house technologies, feed for baby pigs and
animal health products
This event is specifically aimed at pig and
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poultry farmers but lots of the technologies are

readily adaptable to other areas of livestock
farming and crop production.
For this particular event the Royal Agricultural
Society of England carried out a survey as to
why farmers attend this exhibition and from my
privileged worldwide perspective their findings
apply to most exhibitions. Farmers look to
these events to see the latest technologies and
to network with their peers to gain industry
knowledge, enabling them to improve their own
business and stay competitive in markets that are
now price driven.
At these industry events they can talk with
commercial companies and to representatives of
research facilities Universities and Government
bodies, giving them opportunities that are not
otherwise easily available to them. In addition
for the exhibitors they are given a platform to
demonstrate their companies expertise to a wide
and at this event a worldwide audience.
The worlds largest pig producing country
The next opportunity that I will have to report
on an exhibition takes me from the UK where
certainly our pig industry is relatively small but
extremely efficient and welfare-friendly, to the
worlds largest pig producing country China.
But where again the same principals will apply
demonstrating to a farming audience how to
improve their business.
By the time of reading we will have left China
but I hope that I will have met some of our
readers there.
My main focus throughout my career has been
on livestock production but we must not loose
sight of the fact that the whole farming industry
is inter dependent, the livestock producers
need crops that must be efficiently turned into
nutritious and palatable feeds hence needing
feed mills that are able to deliver consistent high
quality products developed to maximise the full
genetic potential of the livestock industry that
they serve.
After China, we will be at Indo Livestock with
Perendale Publishers. Held this year in Jakarta,
they will be running seminars demonstrating the
need for high quality feeds to improve livestock
production along with Aquaculture.

The Swedish company

BoMill AB have received
their first commercial
orders of their grain sorting
technique, TriQ, to its
domestic market. The
customer is Sltte Grd,
one of Swedens largest
organic cereal farms. The
TriQ technology can be used
to sort durum wheat, soft
wheat and malting barley
for Fusarium, protein and
vitreousness, with a speed of
25000 kernels per second.
This makes the TriQ very
profitable for grain handling
and milling businesses.
Karin Wehlin, CEO,
says We see this as an
important breakthrough into
our market. Our patented
technique, sorting each
individual kernel by looking
at its chemical structure
and composition shows an
advantage compared to the
existing solutions available
on the market today. In
order to meet global market
demand BoMill has also
strengthened its organisation
in technical support.

Satake Europe Ltd is

pleased to announce the
establishment of Satake
Cote d-Ivoire in Abidjan,
Ivory Coast. The office will
be managed by Kassem
Namehwho will carry
out his duties as Office
Representative in the region.
Satake Cote d-Ivoire intends
to promote Satake rice
milling, flour milling and
colour sorting technologies
in the local West and North
African market.


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Grain groups caution APHIS against ill-advised

revisions to biotech regulations

ive national grain-based

organisations have cautioned
the US Department of
Agricultures Animal and Plant Health
Inspection Service (APHIS) not
to make premature and ill-advised
changes to its biotech regulations that
could result in increased domestic and
international market disruptions for
grain and grain products.
The statement, authored by the
National Grain and Feed Association,
was in response to APHISs notice
announcing its intent to prepare an
Environmental Impact Statement
concerning potential revisions to its
so-called Part 340 biotech regulations.
Under these regulations, APHIS
makes science-based determinations of
whether biotech-enhanced traits pose a
plant pest or noxious weed risk.
The North American Export
Grain Association, Corn Refiners
Association, North American
Millers Association and National
Oilseed Processors Association
joined the NGFA in stating that the
outcome of any revision to APHISs
biotech regulations should be either
acceptable to - or comparable
and compatible with regulatory
approaches used by - competent
government authorities in important
US markets so as to minimise or
prevent the risk of market and trade

Regulatory coherence and

compatibility in the global

To create a truly workable biotech

regulatory framework for the future,
APHIS must take the necessary
time and make the necessary
effort to address the challenge of
achieving regulatory coherence and
compatibility in the global market,
the organisations stated.
We believe that any changes to
US biotech regulatory processes
- including Part 340 - should be
considered only after advance,
robust and thorough discussions with
competent government authorities
in countries that represent important
US export markets, during which
alignment in regulatory approaches
is achieved to the maximum extent
possible....This is even more
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important currently, given ongoing

and potentially productive discussions
occurring between the private sector
and various foreign governments
on whether and how to address the
regulatory treatment of important new
breeding technologies, such as geneediting techniques.
To date, the groups said, there is no
indication that adequate consultations
or buy-in from foreign governments
has occurred to date.
The statement also cited the need
for APHIS to develop a clearly
defined, specific regulatory process
for biotech-enhanced agricultural
products that have unique functional
characteristics (eg, output traits) that
may adversely affect the functionality
and/or compositional and nutritional
integrity of the product and
downstream users if the trait becomes
present in the commingled, fungible
supply chain at levels exceeding
certain thresholds.
The organisations also faulted
APHIS for seemingly divorcing
the review of its regulations that
determine whether a biotech trait
poses a plant pest or noxious weed
risk from the Obama administrations
ongoing comprehensive review of the
so-called Coordinated Framework
for biotechnology that involves
other federal agencies like the
Food and Drug Administration and
Environmental Protection Agency,
which have oversight of other aspects
of pre-market reviews of biotechenhanced products.
Further, consistent with previous
NGFA and NAEGA statements to
APHIS, the joint statement also
urged APHIS to consider the concept
of conditional deregulation in
instances where scientific risk
assessment has found a given biotechenhanced trait does not present a
plant pest or noxious weed risk, but
the trait has not been approved in
important US export markets or has
a functionally different output trait.
Under this concept, APHIS would
continue to provide permit-controlled
oversight over prudent stewardship
and risk-responsibility plans put in
place by biotech owners/providers to
minimise the potential for traits that
could pose market disruptions from

becoming commingled in the fungible

commodity supply stream.
The groups noted that the
conditional deregulation concept
is consistent with USDAs obligation
to consider the potential economic
impacts on US agriculture of
commercialisation of biotechenhanced traits. It also would
contribute to preserving the
efficiencies and cost-competitiveness
of the fungible, commingled US and
global grain and oilseed supply, in
which commodities from various
regions of the world can be sourced
in a timely and efficient manner in
response to customer demand without
concern over regulatory status,
thereby enhancing food security.
The 11-page statement can be
accessed at http://bit.ly/1NjHjDs

Milling News

NGFA, NAEGA submit recommendations to GIPSA on

implementing changes to US Grain Standards Act

he National Grain and Feed

Association (NGFA) and
the North American Export
Grain Association (NAEGA)
recently submitted a detailed,
joint statement urging the US
Department of Agricultures Grain
Inspection, Packers and Stockyards
Administrations (GIPSA) to make
several changes to its proposed rule to
implement reforms made by Congress
last year to the US Grain Standards
Act (USGSA).
The reforms made to GIPSAs
operations as part of the
Reauthorisation Act are designed
to restore much-needed continuity,
predictability and ongoing
improvement of the important official
inspection and weighing services
provided by GIPSAs Federal Grain

Inspection Service (FGIS), said

NGFA President Randy Gordon
and NAEGA President and Chief
Executive Officer Gary Martin.
Several of the amendments made
to the USGSA by Congress under
the Reauthorisation Act are the most
significant changes to the statute in
nearly 20 years. US competitiveness
in global markets, as well as
stakeholders ranging from farmers to
end-users, benefit when FGIS and the
State agencies to which it delegates
official inspection authority at export
port locations provide state-of-the-art,
market-responsive official inspection
and weighing, and do so in a reliable,
uninterrupted, consistent and costeffective manner.
With some notable exceptions,
NGFA and NAEGA generally

supported the proposed changes.

However, the grain groups urged the
following significant changes to the
GIPSA proposal:
Modify the proposed definition of
emergency in the rulemaking
to recognise that the law requires
USDA to issue waivers from
official inspection and weighing
certificates under circumstances
other than emergencies, provided
the buyer and seller agree and
the waiver does not impair the
objectives of the USGSA. Further,
the groups objected to GIPSAs
proposal to limit the definition
of emergency to conditions
outside the control of GIPSA
or its delegated state agencies - a
potentially giant loophole that
Congress did not authorise in the
Reduce official inspection and
weighing fees charged at both
domestic and export facilities,
since the quantity of funds in
FGISs operating reserve currently
exceeds reasonable levels; and
Add new language to require that
facilities operating at export port
locations be notified at the same
time as the secretary of agriculture
if a delegated state agency utilises
the new USGSA provision
to provide 72 hours advance
notice to USDA that it intends
to discontinue providing official
inspection service.
A separate letter to GIPSA signed
by 15 national organisations and
state and regional associations
affiliated with NGFA supporting
the joint NGFA-NAEGA comments
states that the fundamental reforms
of GIPSAs operations are part of
the industrys principal objective to
ensure that the kind of disruptions
in export shipments resulting
from the intermittent withdrawal
of official services by the state of
Washington that occurred during
2013-14 at the Port of Vancouver,
Washington State, never recur.
View the NGFA and NAEGAs full
comments at http://bit.ly/1T0bEpQ
and the letter supporting the
comments from the affiliates and
national agribusiness groups at
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Milling News

USDA offers new loans for

portable farm storage and
handling equipment
Portable equipment can help producers,
including small-scale and local farmers,
get products to market quickly

he US Department of Agriculture (USDA) will

provide a new financing option to help farmers
purchase portable storage and handling equipment.
Farm Service Agency (FSA) Administrator Val Dolcini
and Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) Administrator
Elanor Starmer have announced changes to the Farm
Storage Facility Loan (FSFL) program. The loans, which
now include a smaller microloan option with lower down
payments, are designed to help producers, including new,
small and mid-sized producers, grow their businesses and
As more communities reconnect with agriculture,
consumer demand is increasing for food produced locally
or regionally, said Mr Dolcini.
Portable handling and storage equipment is vital to
helping farmers get their products to market more quickly
and better maintain product quality, bringing them greater
returns. Thats why weve added this type of equipment
as a new category for our Farm Storage Facility Loan
The program also offers a new microloan option,
which allows applicants seeking less than US$50,000 to
qualify for a reduced down payment of five percent and no
requirement to provide three years of production history.
Farms and ranches of all sizes are eligible.
The microloan option is expected to be of particular
benefit to smaller farms and ranches, and specialty crop
producers who may not have access to commercial storage
or on-farm storage after harvest. These producers can
invest in equipment like conveyers, scales or refrigeration

Nutriad appoints
Area Managers

ultinational feed additive

producer Nutriad has
appointed Eric Han and
Hans Bai as Area Managers for the
Northern and Central Region in China.
As the company aims to further grow
its market share in China, the best
talents are invited to be part of the
expansion of the Nutriad China team.
BK Chew, APAC Director Nutriad,
commented that Asia Pacific is a
focus region in Nutriads strategic
growth plans and China is the main
growth engine within APAC. The
appointment of Eric Han and Hans
Bai as Area Managers will enable
increased support to our existing

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units and trucks that can store commodities before

delivering them to markets. Producers do not need to
demonstrate the lack of commercial credit availability to
Growing high-value crops for local and regional markets
is a common entry point for new farmers, said Ms Starmer.
Since they often rent land and have to transport
perishable commodities, a loan that can cover mobile
coolers or even refrigerated trucks fills an important gap.
These producers in turn supply the growing number of
food hubs, farmers markets or stores and restaurants
interested in sourcing local food.
Earlier this year, FSA significantly expanded the
list of commodities eligible for Farm Storage Facility
Loan. Eligible commodities now include aquaculture;
floriculture; fruits (including nuts) and vegetables; corn,
grain sorghum, rice, oilseeds, oats, wheat, triticale, spelt,
buckwheat, lentils, chickpeas, dry peas, sugar, peanuts,
barley, rye, hay, honey, hops, maple sap, unprocessed
meat and poultry, eggs, milk, cheese, butter, yogurt and
renewable biomass. FSFL microloans can also be used to
finance wash and pack equipment used post-harvest, before
a commodity is placed in cold storage.
The latest announcement will further advance the efforts
of the USDAs Know Your Farmer, Know Your Food
initiative, which coordinates the Departments work to
develop local and regional food systems. The USDA is
committed to helping farmers, ranchers, and businesses
access the growing market for local and regional foods,
which was valued at US$12 billion in 2014 according to
industry estimates.
Under the current Administration, the USDA has invested
more than US$1 billion in more than 40,000 local and
regional food businesses and infrastructure projects. More
information on how USDA investments are connecting
producers with consumers and expanding rural economic
opportunities is available in Chapter IV of USDA Results
on Medium.

customers and partners and promote

further growth.
Eric Han joins Nutriad with
extensive experience in the feed
additive business and brings an
excellent understanding of the
industry and customer needs. Hans
Bai has a long track record with
multinational feed companies
and combines both technical and
commercial skills.
Said Eric Han, I look
forward to joining the
Nutriad Asia team. Nutriad
has a reputation for
innovative products and its
attractive portfolio allows us
to offer real solutions to our
Hans Bai added, Nutriads
on-going investments in
China, to drive aggressive

growth, makes joining Nutriad an

exciting next step in my career.
Nutriad, headquartered in Belgium,
provides feed additives and services
to over 80 countries worldwide
through a network of own offices
and distributors, supported by
4 application laboratories and 5
manufacturing facilities located on 3
Hans Bai

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Evonik to showcase new

products and technologies

vonik will unveil innovative solutions at the Vitafoods

trade show in Geneva, Switzerland. The company is
the first to offer glycine in gamma form a product
which does not cake, is easy to store and is free of additives.
Evonik will also present a new technology that enables the
formulation of nutritional supplements with a longer gastric
retention time for increased bioavailability. Both innovative
solutions underline Evoniks commitment to provide
customers in this space with differentiated solutions.
Previously, Evonik manufactured glycine in its alpha
form, as is conventional in the industry. However, while
this method of production is relatively straightforward, it is
difficult to store the resulting glycine for extended periods.
Glycine is the smallest and simplest of all amino acids and
it can transform into the gamma form relatively quickly and
independently, leading to caking. This can make glycine
processing extremely difficult and cost-intensive.
Evonik has patented a process to manufacture glycine in
its stable gamma form without adding any ingredients. The
product will soon be available to customers in a highly pure
form for use in pharmaceutical and food-industry applications.
This innovation will alleviate many of the logistical and
manufacturing-related challenges our customers face,
comments Thomas Hermann, Head of the Pharma and
Food Ingredients Product Line.
Formulation experts at Evonik have also developed
floating capsules ideal for nutritional supplement

ingredients that only achieve maximum effectiveness if

retained in the stomach for an extended period. Evonik has
combined EUDRAGUARD control with a gas-generating
agent to design capsules that remain buoyant and gradually
release the ingredients over a period of up to four hours
inside the stomach. This gives the human body more time
to absorb the active substances.
Ludger Eilers, Director of the Food Segment at Evonik
Health Care explains, This system is particularly suited
for substances, which have a very limited absorption
window in the stomach or proximal small intestine. One
example is anthocyanins, known for their antioxidant
properties and health-enhancing characteristics. Research
shows that their bioavailability can be increased by higher
residence time in the stomach.
This innovative floating capsule technology named
EUDRATEC GRS can also be used to ensure effective
administration of other polyphenols or green tea extracts.
Customers can obtain a license to use the solution, which
will be presented at Vitafoods during a poster session.
Vitafoods attendees can visit the Evonik booth (L78)
to find out more about these innovations as well as the
REXIVA range of amino acids and the EUDRAGUARD
family of functional polymers designed for use in
nutritional supplements.
Evonik will also be showcasing a berry extract derived from
wild Scandinavian blueberries and blackcurrants grown in New
Zealand. This product has particularly high, stable anthocyanin
content. The extract will be sold via the MEDOX brand
in Scandinavia, and is marketed as Healthberry 865 for
functional food and drink applications.

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The mechanical design and shape of a feeder influences mainly
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This includes aspects which orient on the physical behaviour

of powders. To mitigate the phenomenon of bridging, feeders
from the GAC and GDU series offer an over dimensioned entry
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Bulk-Out half-frame bulk bag

Flexicons new series of Bulk-Out half-frame bulk bag
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The low profile dischargers are engineered to straddle
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Van Aarsen new generation of pellet mill

Van Aarsen has produced a new generation of pellet mill with

motor operated roller adjustment and active roller slip control.
These functionalities provide optimised operation and the
opportunity to experiment with roller distance and steam addition
for recipes to boost feed quality and production efficiency.

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The key to an efficient pelleting process is determining the

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by Ester Vinyeta, Species

Leader Swine, and Jan
Dirk van der Klis, Head of
products and innovation/
Species Leader Poultry,
Delacon Biotechnik GmbH,

hen it comes to feed

additives (e.g. plant
extracts, enzymes, proand prebiotics, organic
acids and many more),
the livestock industry is
inundated with numerous
options, not only
promoting performance
of the animals and improving profitability, but also improving the
quality of feed and of animal-derived products. In this context,
phytogenic (=plant derived) feed additives are foreseen to have
a promising future in animal nutrition due to their broad range of
efficacies, and to their effects on sustainability and safety.
Increasing upcoming resistance of bacteria, arising from
continuously supplemented sub-therapeutic levels of antibiotic
growth promoters in livestock feeding caused the European
Union to ultimately impose a ban on the use of antibiotics in
animal nutrition in 2006, which other countries worldwide will
follow suite. By the end of 2016, a ban on antibiotic growth
promoters will also become effective in the US. Consequently,
alternative feed additives are receiving increased attention among
scientists, nutritionists, feed manufacturers and farmers.

Phytogenics proven for centuries

The use of plants and their compounds has a long history

in human nutrition and medicine, being used as flavors, food
preservatives and medicinal plants. Phytogenic feed additives
(PFAs) comprise a wide range of plants, like herbs, spices and
plant-derived essential oils (hydro-distilled extracts of volatile
plant compounds, mainly hydrocarbons, containing most of the
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active substances of the plant) and oleoresins (extracts based on

non-aqueous solvents).
The chemical composition of PFAs underlies a certain variation
due to their ingredients and other influencing factors like climate,
location, harvest, stage and storage conditions, explaining the
differences in efficacy between PFAs that are available on the
market so far. However, it should be realised that not all PFAs
available on the market are based on all-natural plant ingredients,
but might also contain synthetic nature-identical components.

The scientific gold standard in the feed industry

Phytogenics show a wider range of activities in animal

nutrition than synthetic substances. This advantage is based on
the synergistic effects of all agents within plants. This natural
synergy, grouped with sustainability and safety, is what makes
phytogenics a top solution platform in animal nutrition.
Fully based on phytogenic components and not on naturedidentical, single active ingredients, up to date, only one such
plant-derived feed additive has received the zootechnical
registration by the European Union, Fresta F. This is seen as
the scientific gold standard in the feed industry, because in the
course of strict approval processes, not only the safety but also
the performance enhancing effects as natural growth promoter
of the product have been officially confirmed by the European
Food Safety Authority (EFSA).
PFAs show a wide range of potential benefits, all targeting the
enhancement of performance of livestock. The following gives an
overview of certain proven benefits:

Sensorial stimulation and palatability

Many essential oils, aromatic herbs and spices have been

proven to enhance sensorial properties
of piglet diets and are used to improve
the palatability of piglet feed in order to
increase feed intake after weaning.

Increased enzymatic activity in the

intestinal tract

Numerous herbs and spices are shown

to increase pancreatic enzyme production
and bile secretion in the intestinal tract.
For instance, curcumin, piperin, ginger
and capsaicin clearly stimulate pancreatic
enzyme production, whereas fenugreek,
mustard, cumin and coriander stimulate bile
production. Increased enzyme production
improves the rate of digestion of the feed
and thus, improving its nutritional value.

Improved nutrient utilisation

Figure 1: Owing to this wide range of active ingredients, phytogenics

offer much more than flavoring properties. The effects are many, mostly
targeting the enhancement of livestock performance.

Apart from a better nutrient digestibility,

data from piglets and broiler trials indicate
an improved nutrient utilisation (higher
body weight gain at similar feed intake in
piglets or a similar body weight gain at
reduced feed intake in broilers). However,
these effects can vary due to type and
origin of the essential oils or herbs and the
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More than 25
years ago,
Delacon coined
the term
phytogenics for
plant-based feed
additives and
pioneered this

Delacon invests
ten percent
of the annual
revenues in
research and
of phytogenic
additives and
looks forward
to the joint
research with
PMI Nutritional

From single
plants to a
feed additive,
and full
are Delacons
key for highest

Antioxidant effects

Especially aromatic plants from the plant family Labiatae

(e.g. rosemary, thyme, oregano and sage) have been extensively
studied for their antioxidant activity. This activity is not only
related to the phenolic compounds which have free-radicals
scavenging properties but also non-phenolic compounds may
show considerable antioxidant activity by enhancing gene
expression of antioxidant enzymes. These antioxidant effects are
protecting the organism at cell and tissue level, especially during
stressful conditions like weaning, reallocation, feed changes, poor
ventilation and heat stress conditions. Moreover, positive effects
of dietary supplementation with oregano, rosemary and sage on
shelf life of pork and poultry meat as well as on eggs have been

Antibacterial effects

According to some studies, extracts of herbs and spices

exert clear antibacterial activity against foodborne pathogens.
However, minimum dietary inclusion levels to be able to rely on
these antibacterial effects in pigs and poultry are generally too
high to be economically feasible. Nevertheless, levels needed to
inhibit the expression of virulence factors by pathogenic bacteria
(quorum sensing inhibition) are far lower and have been shown to
be a promising field of application.

Effects in intestinal mucosa

Several studies indicated positive effects on the intestinal

morphology in pigs and poultry, reporting increased villus: crypt
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ratios after feeding a PFA based on thymol and cinnemaldehyde

in weaned piglets. Increased trans-epithelial electric resistance of
duodenal mucosa of broiler was observed when broilers were fed
thymol supplemented diets. Moreover, pungent substances like
black pepper, chilli and garlic improve blood flow, which might
reduce the adverse impact of ischemia of the gastro-intestinal
tract on intestinal integrity, as it was shown in piglets during heat

Effects in reproductive performance

Feeding PFAs to lactating sows increases their feed intake and

litter weight at weaning. Above, live born litter size and weight
can be improved by feeding PFAs to sows during gestation
period. Lower annual sow mortality, lower culling rate during
lactation, increased farrowing rate, increased number of live-born
piglets per litter and decreased stillbirth are additional benefits

The success of plants is no accident

Increased pressure in terms of food safety, raising concerns about

animal health and environmental protection, rising feed costs,
increasing antibiotic resistance, strong global tendencies to reduce
antibiotic growth promoters these factors explain why phytogenics
are seen among the top solution platforms in animal nutrition for
the near future. Due to their content of an infinite variety of active
ingredients, phytogenic substances represent one of the most
interesting and important classes of current and future feed additives.
References are available upon request

We can expect
more from new
generation NSP

by Caroline Marandon, Enzyme

Product Manager EAME, Adisseo

hanks to an extensive research

program achieved by its experts in
bioengineering and monogastric
nutrition, Adisseo found a solution
to get more from NSP enzymes.
With Rovabio Advance, the first
Feedase, the total digestibility of feed
vegetable fraction is improved by 3
percent whatever the type of diet. This
article is the opportunity to come back to the mode of action of
NSP enzymes and explain why we can expect more nutrients,
especially from corn, thanks to innovation.
When NSP enzymes were introduced to poultry feed about
20 years ago, the main objective was to reduce digesta
viscosity induced by winter cereals. By degrading non-starch
polysaccharides, NSP enzymes could also save a significant
amount of energy, so the reformulation approach began with

significant feed cost savings. So for the last 15 years, the

link between NSP enzymes and energy cost savings is well
established in the mindset of nutritionists.
Today we know that NSP enzymes could do more, in terms
of digestibility enhancement, beyond the only energy criteria.
Current products, especially multi-enzymes can already increase
the digestibility of amino acids but there are still biological
limiting factor that make nutritionists quite conservative when it
comes to amino acid reformulation with NSP enzymes. And yet,
the challenge of tomorrow is the supply of amino-acids. Now the
new generation of NSP enzymes is available: The newly launched
NSP enzyme from Adisseo, Rovabio Advance, allows to extract
more from the feed again!

Increasing digestibility of feed by removing the cage

effect of NSPs

We always talk about NSPs in grains without knowing exactly

Figure 1: The by-products of NSP degradation then may have some positive effect on the lower gut,
but on the first stage, the priority is to open the cells and get the maximum of what is inside

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where they are, yet, this information
may change the way we look at
NSP enzymes. A single grain is a
composition of millions of vegetable
cells aggregated together. Inside
each cell are all valuable nutrients
that the animal needs: starch, lipids,
proteins. Monogastric animals are well
equipped to digest those nutrients as
they naturally produce endogeneous
enzymes like amylase, lipase, and
Figure 2: Schematic biochemical structure of AX
The problem is that those valuable
nutrients are protected by the cell wall.
This wall represents a physical barrier
which prevents endogenous enzymes to act. This barrier is made
the xylose residues (Figure 2).
of NSPs. This is those NSPs that we target when using exogenous
The residues can even be composed of ferulic acid or other
NSP enzymes, which monogastric animals do not produce. The
chains, like (feruloylated) arabinofuranose, xylose, galactose
by-products of NSP degradation then may have some positive
and -glucuronic acid. The ratio of arabinose to xylose and the
effect on the lower gut, but on the first stage, the priority is to
content of no-, mono- and di-substituted xylose are variables
open the cells and get the maximum of what is inside (figure 1).
from the variety and the tissue of the kernel. Corn contains more
substituted heteroxylans (80%) than wheat (70%) and has an
even higher rate of glucuronic acid (8.3% vs. 2.6% dry matter).
The complex world of NSPs
Rice has the most substituted soluble AX with a ratio reaching
The most common cereals used to feed poultry and swine are
0.98. It has an impact on the efficacy of exogenous enzymes, and,
corn and wheat grains. NSP are () polymers located mainly
yet, cutting the bonds will improve digestibility even though a
in the cell walls of the endosperm but also in the bran. Bran is
high level of substitution limits any viscous issue. The higher
primarily made of cellulose and complex xylans, both of which
is the level of substitution of arabinoxylans the less efficient is
include a large amount of lignin. Regarding the endosperm of the
the action of xylanases, leading to bad performances of xylanase
kernel, arabinoxylans (AX) and -glucans stand for the major
product over corn based diets. In other words, the arabinoxylans
part of cell walls. Arabinoxylans have a -(1,4)-linked xylose
in corn are so hairy that the xylanases cannot get through.
backbone with residues at the C(O)2 and/or C(O)3 positions of

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Based on this fact, many nutritionist may have
decided to not use any NSP enzyme on corn diets.

Figure 3: Performances tests confirming the potential of Rovabio Advance to

save 3 perecnt AME and 3 percent dAA

Arabinofuranosidases: the key to unlock

highly subtituted NSPs

Because of their complex structure, AX require

several enzymes to be degraded. The main chain is
hydrolyzed by endo-xylanases, for sure. However,
as explained above, the substitutions hinder their
activity. Moreover, most of the endo-1,4--xylanases
require a long chain of unsubstituted xyloses on
the backbone in order to be effective. Endo-1,4-xylanases have various molecular sizes and different
specificities to xylan-like substrates, which makes
the process even more complex that only one
xylanase cannot cover.
Talaromyces versatilis is a fungus that produces
various endoxylanases with different molecular
sizes and different optimum pH and selectivity or
affinity to insoluble or soluble substrates. -LArabinofuranosidases (Abf) are also produced by
this fungus. They can separate arabinose residues
from the main chain and provide new possible sites
for xylanase to act. As they belong to different
families, they can hydrolyze residues from
mono- or di-substituted xyloses in both oligo and
The main asset of ABF is also more efficient at a
lower pH than the optimum level of endoxylanases.
In this way, they act in the upper level of the
digestive tract (stomach), and the backbone
can be degraded in the rest of the digestive
tract by endoxylanases. In simple words, the
arabinofuranosidases do the cleaning-up and provide
free space for the xylanases to act later on.

Unprecedented efficacy on corn and wheat

Adisseo experts knew from long time experience

that a large diversity of NSP enzymes was required to degrade
a high and variable diversity of NSPs. While keeping that
in mind, we had to find the key to unlock NSPs of corn: the
arabinofuranosidases. For wheat diets, the main benefit is on
homogeneity of performances; indeed the diversity of enzymatic
acitivities is again wider, therefore the risk to be blocked by
xylanase inhibitors is reduced.
It is now possible to achieve the same performance of enzymes
on wheat and corn diets. Rovabio Advance releases more
nutrient for absorption and thus more energy and amino acids for
animal growth. This innovation is perceived as a revolution as,
so far, no enzyme solution was offered to have an equal return on
investment from enzymes when switching from wheat to corn or
when including some corn in a wheat diet.
Robust testing across a variety of diets shows that Rovabio
Advance, provides a 3 percent improvement of feed digestibility,
leading to an increase of 3 percent of apparent metabolisable
energy (AME) and 3 percent of digestible amino acids. Trials
confirm a consistent improvement of AME in wheat-based diets
as in corn-based diets (+ 90 Kcal/kg), representing more than 3
percent of AME in feed, whatever the energy level of the control
Furthermore, Rovabio Advance improves the digestibility
of amino acid as proved by trials measuring the performance
and carcass parameters of birds in Cern, the Adisseo Center of
Expertise and Research in Nutrition (France). Trials based on
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reformulated diets for broilers with a reduction nutrient level

compared to control diets confirm that digestible amino acid
(dAA) and crude protein content can be reduced by 3 percent
to 4 percent ensuring the same performances (FCR and BWG)
compared with a positive control diet.(Fig 3).
Other trials also demonstrate the efficacy of Rovabio Advance
in improving the digestibility of other nutrients of interest as
P and Ca by 3 percent. That is why Adisseo experts present
Rovabio Advance as a Feedase , improving the availability of
all nutrients of the feed.

Unique benefits of Rovabio Advance

Rovabio Advance is now authorized in EU for broilers and

turkeys and is available in different forms (powder at 50 g/t or
500 g/t of feed or liquid at 100 to 200 ml/t) to fit various feed
mills application constrains. Rovabio Advance is a major
innovation from Adisseo R&D teams, leading to a reduction of
costs and reduction of nutrient losses said Franck Chmitelin,
Adisseo Vice-President Global sales and Marketing Director.
With a potential to replace 3 percent of the AME, 3 percent
of digestible amino acids and 3 percent of crude protein in
feed, Adisseo offers the possibility to decrease the feed cost
by EU12 per ton of feed treated with Rovabio Advance.
In a feedmill producing 100,000 t of broiler or turkey feed
per year, Rovabio Advance generates an extra margin of at
least EU30,000 per year compared to other available NSP
enzymes on the market.


Applied fluid dynamics and OCRIM aspiration endline machines

An OCRIM FMB study aiming the optimisation of dust recovery in the aspiration and transport lines

mill, as well as most of the

production plants, is a set of
machines connected to each other
and crossed by a continuous (or
not) product flow rate; one of its
main characteristics is that product
flow between the machines can
also occur by means of pneumatic
transport systems.
The design of this locomotive apparatus isnt simple at all:
- The right airflow rate for handling the amount of product you
want in the various branches of the plant must be guaranteed
- Flows have to be not too high in order to limit the suction of
good product by the fan
- Energy consumption and operating costs should be evaluated.
In recent years OCRIM activities in R&D, in collaboration with
its partner company F.M.B. Eng.In.E., part of the University of
Parma, have been strongly addressed toward the optimisation of
suction systems and pneumatic transport. In fact, their efficiency
directly depends on the proper functioning of the entire milling
system. This article will explore what has been done, and what is
being done, regarding some of the key components of the suction
system and pneumatic transport.

Filtration elements.

When we speak about filtration, we have to consider the

separation of air-to-solid phase in general. The separation is
generally achieved by means of cyclone separators that exploit
the density difference between solid and gaseous phases
obtaining the separation, thanks to the combination of both
centrifugal and gravitational force. By means of a specific design,
cyclones are able to achieve high separation efficiency even with
low energy consumption. The sedimentation rate of suspended
particles may be, in fact, greatly increased if centrifugal forces
are used in addition to gravitational ones. Through extensive use
of computational fluid dynamics (CFD) a detailed understanding
of the phenomenon has been achieved and an optimisation of
the cyclone geometry, taking into account all possible operating
conditions, has then been possible.
Despite the very high efficiencies that have been achieved
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Figure 1: Preliminary study of fluid dynamics over an OCRIM cyclone

thanks to advanced design and simulative approach, it is not

possible prevent a fraction of product from being sucked by the
fan. This product percentage has to be recovered for two main
- So that the plant performance does not decrease
- To ensure dust emissions levels into the atmosphere are in
compliance with the regulations
Such recovery is possible thanks to filters, usually of the bag
An increase in cyclones efficiency positively effects mill
productivity; it reduces the amount of product that remains in
suspension in the air stream, as well as the operating conditions
of the bag filter, it reduces the dust content in the suction pipe,
allowing the bag filter to work in less prohibitive conditions,
ensuring a longer life of the bags and keeping filter cleaner
for longer time. For these reasons, it can also be stated that an
increase in cyclones efficiency has a positive effect also on bag
filter operating conditions, indirectly improving efficiency.
These results can be further improved by an advanced design
step on the bag filters; this step, currently ongoing, is carried out
by means of both computational fluid dynamics and experimental
tests. The main goal of this additional step is to significantly
increase the intrinsic performance of the bag filter in order to:

- Further increase bag useful life
- Reduce the filter size even maintaining the same filtering
- Contain pressure losses and, consequently, the energy
consumption of the entire plant.
To achieve these objectives the research will be focused on
three different aspects:
1. Optimisation of filtration material
2. Investigation on the maximisation of the filtering surface;
3. Optimisation of filter design parameters.
Research, as well as that conducted for cyclones, proceeds
through a close synergy between experimental and simulative
activities. This is possible thanks to close cooperation with FMB
Eng.In.E, a branch of the University of Parma. FMB Eng.In.E. .
FMB is, for OCRIM, an integrated research platform that
combines in-depth theoretical knowledge in the field of
simulation, modeling and virtualisation of industrial processes,
with the advantages associated with the academic world, which
are, for example, the availability of high-level know-how,
laboratories and advanced equipment.
An important investment has been made in order to install
at the Department of Industrial Engineering of the University
of Parma a pilot plant able to experiment and test different
components of a suction system. The plant consists of a series
of pipes, a bag filter and a fan, and offers the possibility to
connect all the components that have to be tested (pneumatic
conveying sections, cyclones, aspirated machines, etc.).
This system is very important in order to collect all the
data necessary to interpret and validate the results of fluid
dynamic simulations. Validation is an essential step in the

development process as it allows us to improve the reliability

of the simulation tool that can then be used, subsequently,
to test different design configurations without performing,
every time, an experimental test. The combined use of fluid
dynamics simulation and experimentation allows us to obtain
robust and reliable results with lower cost for experimentation,
design and prototyping compared to a traditional experimental

Figure 2: OCRIM Test bed at the University of Parma for the

study of fluid dynamics

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Optimisation of filtration material

Put simply, the purpose of the filter material is to hold

dust and let flow air, opposing the least possible resistance
to the flowing of the same (low pressure losses). Research
is therefore directed towards materials with the same cutoff dimension (minimum size of particles retained) but with
an higher air permeability than material currently used.
Laboratory tests and, in parallel, simulations allowed the
identification of some materials able to ensure the same
filtering capability but with a significant reductions in both
energy consumption and filtering surface required. These
advantages can be translated into an improvement in energy
efficiency of the plant and in a reduction of the number of
bags and, consequently, of the filter size.

CFD Modeling of different filtering materials

Investigation on the maximisation of the filtering


In addition to research on filtration material, an investigation on

the geometry of the filter element, in order to maximise the useful
surface and then reduce the number of necessary bags, is being

Figure 4: Preliminary simulation of fluid

dynamics over sections inside the filter

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Optimisation of filter design parameters

Different solutions and configurations, with the aim of limiting

the abrasive effects and particles impact on filter elements, can
be evaluated by means of simulation and experimental tests.
By changing the geometry, it is possible to distribute the flow
more uniformly inside the filter, in order to avoid the presence of
excessively stressed elements.
The optimal geometry is that which maximises two separation effects
inside the machine: the cyclonic effect, which is able to remove the
fraction of larger dust, and the filtration effect, which is able to retain
the finer particles that escape from the cyclonic effect.
The cyclonic effect inside the filter also has a protective action
against the sleeves for two reasons:
- It removes that fraction of heavier powders that have a higher
abrasive effect
- It allows the air / powder mixture to dissipate much of its
energy before its impact with bags, thus ensuring a longer
life of the filter elements.
Thanks to fluid dynamics simulation it is possible to virtually
evaluate different filter configurations, in terms of both the
number and arrangement of the bags in order to identify the
configuration that allows to minimise the impact velocity of the
air/powder mixture against filter elements.
Fluid dynamics simulation in fact, unlike a classical experimental
approach, allows us to obtain a complete picture of what happens
inside the filter, this means that, moment by moment, the flow
distribution inside the filter, and consequently the values of
pressure and air velocity at all points of the fluid domain can be
known. This is a big advantage with respect to an experimental
approach, which only provides data at those points in which
measuring tools are positioned. Simulation therefore, allows
us to obtain a global evaluation of the performance of each
configuration, it allows us to test more configurations with
respect to a traditional approach, and thus allows us to find, more
accurately and more quickly, the optimal configuration of the
system. Thanks to the detailed study of the air flows achievable by
means of fluid dynamics simulation, for example, it was possible
to define the optimum height of the flat bottom, in the case of a
filter with sweeper, in order to minimise its impacts on the cyclonic
effect ensuring, also in this case, a longer life of the filter elements.

FEED 2.0

An overview of swine feed advancements

and how they solve problems for todays
producer and the larger global protein crisis
by, Brooke Humphrey, Global Swine
Technology Director, Cargill Animal
Nutrition, Elk River, Minneapolis

or many years, farmers have used a wide

range of breeding and nutrition strategies
to raise the finest production animals
possible. Experimentation with ration
formulation, feed efficiency and selective
breeding has improved animal health
and production quality to unprecedented
levels. But along with these strides have
come unexpected challenges.
While it is true that the global protein deficit is a concern for
the production industry, modern farmers struggle on a day-today basis to balance three important dimensions of production:
economic profitability, operational management and animal
welfare. The feed industry needs to come up with solutions that
address the daily needs of todays producer while taking small
steps toward meeting global demand.
Recent pig nutrition research from Cargill Animal Nutrition
(CAN) demonstrates how providing the right feed at the right
time to sows and piglets can ensure producer profitability
through animal livability. In turn, the cumulative effect of higher
livability in the short-term will potentially have a positive
impact on global supply.


In addition to industry strides in nutrition, producers

are seeking an improved ability to feed the modern
sow as genetic suppliers continue to aim for sows that
produce larger litters. With the increase in litter size
comes a decrease in piglet birth weight and an increase
in nutrient demand. Piglets with a lower birth weight
are also less vital and more susceptible to malnutrition
and disease. Consequently, the sow must spread its
nutrients across more piglets that need better-thanaverage nutrition to survive. More than ever, producers
are feeling the pressure to improve livability due to lower
birth weights and larger litters.
To increase livability, nutrients must first be delivered to
the sow. In 2012, Cargill studied around 1,300 sows across
four farms in France. The research demonstrated that adding a
mixture of antioxidants to a lactating sows feed made it possible
to increase the quality of colostrum, a type of milk containing
antibodies to protect newborns against disease. In essence, the
sows increased immunity is transferred to its piglets, resulting in
higher livability up to the weaning stage.
But its not just feeding the sow that matters. After weaning,
piglets have a critical window before reaching a bodyweight of
25 kg. During that time, optimal nutrition is important, especially
for those with a low birth weight. On the neonatal side, that
means using milk replacers (liquid products) and creep feed (dry
products) as a nutritional supplement to sow milk. By introducing
feed in addition to the sows milk, piglets not only learn feeding
behaviors that help them increase intake after weaning they also
receive the digestive support needed to improve feed intake and
digestive challenges that are common post-weaning.
CANs research led to the development of a nutritional
supplement that, when combined with the critical window for
feed intake, caused increased average weaning weight by 0.5
kg. This improvement is carried over the nursery and growfinishing periods, multiplying the weight advantage by 2.5 and 4
times, respectively. This supplement system has been installed in
more than 350,000 sows across several thousand farms, helping
reduce piglet mortality rates by an average of 3 percent in the
Netherlands, Germany and Belgium.
Correct delivery in the neonatal phase is especially important
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in locations like Europe that do not allow antibiotics or restrict
the use of heavy metals. Zinc and copper, cheap additives that
have a tremendous benefit to gut function, are restricted there,
which increases animal susceptibility to diarrhea and other
disease. It is especially important for producers in these regions
to find alternate solutions, such as a CAN-researched additive
that lowers incidents of diarrhea and improves gain during the
weaning transition.


Going beyond a feed form delivery strategy, research at CAN

has confirmed that the way in which nutrients are packaged to the
animal also have an important effect on performance. Increasing
energy intake is most critical in young pigs given the impact
of this nutrient on the development of the digestive system.
Piglets need to eat as much as possible during their critical intake
window, and fat, when packaged correctly, is a key nutrient that
helps them do so.
Most animals, including humans, have a part of the small
intestine called the ileum, which measures nutrients flowing
through the digestive tract. When the ileum senses fat in the
digestive tract, it sends a hormonal signal to the brain to slow
down intake. For humans, this ileal brake is a good thing
consuming full fat foods may discourage overeating.
But to encourage energy intake in piglets, however, CAN is
researching bound fat, lipid energy found in foods that havent
gone through the mechanical process of stripping oil. The ileum
cant sense bound fat, and therefore, doesnt hit the brake. By
feeding pigs ingredients with bound fat instead of unbound or
liquid oil to the feed, farmers can see as much as a 6-percent
improvement in intake in the nursery phase.
While research on bound fat and nutrient delivery is truly at
the forefront of feed research, the prospects for the other areas
of research on practice management are exciting. The intricacies
of animal delivery and digestion are just one part of improving
economics, operations and animal welfare, meeting the needs of
todays producer. By taking small steps toward a short-term goal,
even little piglets can contribute to feeding the future population
of the world.

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Australian spray
dried porcine
plasma offers
solutions to
nutritionist and pig
by, Dr Megan V Edwards, Animal Nutrition
Consultant, ACE Livestock Consulting Pty
Ltd, megan@acelive.com.au

pray dried plasma proteins are a

relatively new feed ingredient available
to Australian farmers. Sonac Australia
(Darling Ingredients) is the only company
in Australia currently producing spray
dried plasma proteins from a range of
species including pigs, cattle and sheep
for domestic and export markets. The
introduction of spray dried porcine plasma
to the pig feed industry in Australia has been a huge nutritional
and welfare advantage to the pig industry. Local research trials
conducting across Australia in a range of settings (research
& commercial) have delivered consistent improvements in
performance and health. At generous inclusion rates (3-5%) spray
dried porcine plasma when offered in well-balanced piglet diets
can significantly enhance feed intake and aid in maintaining
gut function, integrity and development (Edwards et al., 2012;
Hernandez et al., 2010).
Digestive development in the immature pig is substrate
driven so nutritional strategies, which enhance and maintain
feed intake, benefit the newly weaned pig by limiting the
negative consequences associated with commercial weaning
practices. Interestingly, the benefits provide by plasma equally
benefit light and heavy pigs (Hernandez et al., 2010), as well as
equally benefiting the progeny of gilts and sows (Edwards et al
2010). Benefits reported from the use of spray dried plasma in
Australian pigs include; improved weight gain, improved feed
intake, improved feed conversion, improve protein metabolism,
improved immunity, reduced mortality and reduced cost of
production. A summary of the published studies using Australian
produced spray dried porcine plasma is shown below in Table 1.
To extract the full value out of spray dried porcine plasma in
the diets of young pigs it is important that plasma is carefully
formulated into balanced piglet diets. This includes formulating
to all 10 essential amino acids and also ensuring the balance
of the branch amino acids (valine, isoleucine and leucine) is
appropriate to maximise feed intake. Some animal proteins
including blood products have an excess of leucine relative to
isoleucine. Blood products can be used generously in pig diets
when the formulation ensures the balance between leucine and
iso-leucine is met and that valine is not limiting (Kerr et al.,
2004). With L-Isoleucine and L-valine now available in the feed
industry nutritionist can use animal proteins and especially blood
products generously with confidence.
Sodium is another important nutrient to monitor when
Table 1. Summary of published weaner trials done using Australian spray dried
porcine plasma.


Pig details



et al., 2015

12 days

26 day old

Edwards et
al., 2012

7 days

28 day old 5.0% SDPP 50% ADG

20% ADFI 400ppm CTC
gilt progeny
28 day old 5.0% SDPP 35% ADG
10% ADFI
sow progeny

et al., 2010

7 days

21 day old 5.0% SDPP 112% ADG Non-medicated

42% ADFI
light weaners
27% PUN

2.5% SDPP 12.2% ADG Non-medicated

21 day old 5.0% SDPP 78% ADG

33% ADFI
heavy weaners
27% PUN

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formulating piglet diets which
contain animal proteins. Diets
need to be formulated to an
appropriate sodium level (0.200.50% sodium) as well as being
formulated with an appropriate
electrolyte balance (160-240
MeQ/kg). These balances
can generally be achieved by
using a combination of salt
(sodium chloride) and sodium
bicarbonate. Spray dried plasma
products are relatively high in
sodium (2.8-3.4%) compared
to other protein meals, so it is
important that the formulation
considers sodium as a nutrient
and appropriate minimum and
maximum limits are applied.
The optimal level of inclusion
of spray dried porcine plasma
will depend on a range of
production factors including;
weaning age, weaning weight, nursery facility quality, health
status and climate. To benefit from the improved feed intake
obtained from the use of spray dried porcine plasma it is
recommended that the first diet post-weaning contain at least
4 percent spray dried porcine plasma. It is also recommended,
where possible, to use a two phase step down program when
using plasma. For example, if your first diet contains 5 percent
spray dried porcine plasma it is preferable to have 2.0-2.5 percent

spray dried porcine plasma in the second diet post-weaning to

avoid any growth check associated with the withdrawal of plasma
from the diet.
Where possible it is best to use spray dried porcine plasma in
non-medicated feeds. If medication is required it is best if it can
be administered via the drinking water. Some medications appear
to suppress the appetite stimulating mechanisms associated with
the use of spray dried porcine plasma. The combined cost of both

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plasma and medication and any

suppress of appetite stimulation can
negatively affect the economics of
using such products.
There does not appear to be
any other feed ingredients that
have an antagonist relationship
with plasma. This is important as
spray dried porcine plasma can
be used as an effective delivery
method to enhance the intake of
other functional feed ingredients (e.g. nucleotides, beta-glucans,
glutamine, probiotics etc) in the pig.
The value of spray dried porcine plasma in the diets of weaner
pigs needs to be assessed rather than the cost of the spray dried
porcine plasma. New research suggests that the inclusion of
spray dried porcine plasma in the diets of young pigs which are
being vaccinated, can enhance the whole of life immunity and
performance (Pujols et al., 2016). Advantages in nursery exit
weights and numbers will only be capitalised on if good nutrition,
housing and management are maintained throughout the life of
the pig. The use of spray dried porcine plasma should not be
viewed as a silver bullet and can not make up for shortfalls in
poor nutrition, hygiene, health, management and housing.
The use of spray dried porcine plasma also offers nutritionist
an increased level of insurance as they move away from the use
of in-feed antibiotics and therapeutic levels of zinc oxide (e.g.
2200ppm of Zn or 3kg/T of ZnO). Whilst the exact mode of
action is not well understood the inclusion of spray dried porcine
plasma appears to offer temporary immune protection, limiting
the risk of post-weaning diarrohea and enhance the protein
metabolism of the pig. This insurance also allows nutritionists to
optimise formulations to effectively support the function of the
digestive system and the piglets own ability to maintain a low
gastric pH. The removal of feed ingredients like zinc oxide which
have high acid binding capacities from the diet of newly weaned
pig also delivers secondary benefits including the enhanced
activity of acidifiers and pH sensitive enzymes including phytase.
When applied well spray dried porcine plasma is appreciated
by pig producers and their staff as they can visibly see the
improvements in feed intake and appearance of the pigs. One
Australian piggery manager made the comment that it is a
welfare issue not to feed plasma to pigs. As the need for good
nutrition evolves together with the challenges and opportunities
out industry faces, there is a valid and important place for
function feed ingredients, including spray dried porcine plasma
in the diets of young pigs. The new research by Prof. Paul Iji
out of the University of New England also suggests there are
valid reasons (nutritional and economical) to include spray dried
animal proteins in the diets of young poultry also (Beski et al.,

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by Jake Norman, OAL

he hydration of grains is a critical

process in the manufacture of Maheu,
a grain-based drink widely consumed
across Africa. Heating and mixing is
a key aspect of the hydration process
but an area where to date we have seen
minimal change from the status quo.
Steam jacketed vessels and agitation
are the de facto method for heating
products but manufacturers are turning to Steam Infusion
advanced heating and mixing as a break from the traditional to
process faster with quality benefits.
One manufacturer profiting from using OAL Steam Infusion to
hydrate maize flour is Dairy Gold, an African Maheu beverage
producer based in Zambia. Having sold their business to SABMiller
in 2008, Dairy Gold had a good understanding of traditional
processing technologies and were in search of new technologies to
provide a competitive advantage for their new venture. Re-entering
the market they believed there was a big opportunity to reduce
operating costs dramatically and improve product quality.

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What is Maheu?

Maheu is a traditional African non-alcoholic beverage made

from maize meal, sorgum, sugar, milk solids and fermented with
lactic acid. Traditionally homemade, the drink has become a
major commercial success displacing sparkling beverages sales
due to the nutritious nature of the product.
At this point our company was seriously considering reentering the market but needed to do this with a product and
process which was superior to our competitors as well as being
cost effective in this very demanding marketplace.
Winani Chowa, Process Development Director, Dairy Gold Ltd.

The Steam Infusion difference

Following their search, Dairy Gold chose OAL Steam Infusion

after testing proved the cutting edge Vaction technology used
in Steam Infusion improved product quality and significantly
reduced the system footprint and processing times of maize and
other grains.
Traditional manufacturing systems are highly labour intensive
and suffer from slow processing and production inconsistencies.

Operators often mix ingredients with paddles in vessels
ranging in size from 100L to 1,000L with minimal levels of
automation on the line.
OAL designed, built and commissioned their new start of
the art hydration system in Zambia. Using patented Vaction
technology, the Steam Infusion system can hydrate maize flour
up to concentrations of 12%, at a rate of 15,000 litres an hour
using only one 5,000 litre vessel. The maize slurry produced is
then fermented at 60 degrees Celsius for 2 hours before continuously
passing through 2 Steam Infusion Vaction units to heat the final
product to 90 degrees before filling.

The Vaction Technology

Steam Infusion is a form of direct steam injection whereby culinary grade

steam is directly introduced into a liquid product, with or without particulates.
Steam Infusion utilises Vaction units on lances located within the vessel
to introduce steam into the product. Steam is accelerated within the unit using
a unique nozzle design that accelerates the steam to Mach 3 (three times the
speed of sound). As this steam comes into contact with the product it creates a
large dispersion zone and partial vacuum due to the Venturi effect. The steam then
condenses and flows out as a uniform product. The partial vacuum means the unit acts
like a pump, so product is pushed out of the unit and replaced with product to be heated.
More than one unit can be implemented within a vessel to increase the possible heat
transfer rate. Vaction units can also be mounted in the line of the pipework for powder
entrainment, recirculation and continuous processing. For products with particulates, for
instance meat cooks, the Vaction unit has a 45mm uninhibited bore so particulates can
pass straight through the unit.
The Steam Infusion Vaction unit has been researched under a 1million government
funded Innovate UK project to clearly define the operating envelope and product improvement
opportunities offered by the technology.
We are producing a superior Maheu product as well as a wide variety of other ambient drinks,

Digital Microwave Moisture Measurement

Measure Moisture - Improve Quality

A simple and cost effective way to accurately control moisture and to improve the quality
of your final product is to mount a Hydro-Mix moisture sensor into our new ducting system.
Specifically designed for grain, rice and pulses and easy to install into
existing ducting, our system diverts a portion of the main flow of
material across the sensor head providing the most
accurate, real time moisture measurement



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which are also being exported to many other African countries.

Winani Chowa, Process Development Director, Dairy Gold Ltd.

Flexible Manufacturing

Due to consumers changing preferences products that are both

smooth and gritty need to be manufactured on the same kit. By
altering the steam flow rate through the Vaction unit, the level
of shear can be increased and decreased allowing manufacturers
to change the characteristics of the final product.
The installed system is simpler with fewer stages compared to
traditional methods. Previously a maize slurry was premixed by
hand before heating in a vessel with a steam jacket or a steam
coil. The new Steam Infusion system instantly hydrates maize
flour on a single recirculation system.
Dairy Gold have also benefited from energy savings. Unlike a
traditional steam jacket, OAL Steam Infusion is a near perfect
heating process with 95% of the steam energy transferred to the
product. An area for which the technology has been recognised
by both the Guardian Newspaper and Shell Springboard as a
clean technology.
Zero Burn on Contamination
The partial vacuum and short residence time within the
Vaction unit prevents the exposure of ingredients to excess
temperatures in turn preventing product in contact with the kettle
surface being burnt and affecting finished product flavour and
visual quality. Traditionally easy to burn dairy based products
taste fresher and are visually clearer.

Whats culinary steam?

Culinary steam is filtered to be suitable for applications where

the steam comes into direct contact with the food product being
produced. Culinary steam is generally produced by filtering
plant steam through a 5 micron filter to remove 95% of
all particles larger than 2 microns than can potentially
contaminate the final product.

Elevated temperatures

The Innovate UK research project into

Steam Infusion is being conducted
at the National Centre for Food
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Manufacturing part of the University of Lincoln. At the centre

there are various configurations of ways to use the Vaction unit;
In-tank, In-line and single pass multi in-line. On the single pass
multi in-line grain and cereal slurries can be heated from 10 to
135 degrees C in a single pass. The test centre is available for
customers to try out the technology, at http://try.oalgroup.com/

Whats next?

OAL have seen high levels of interest in Steam Infusion for the
hydration of grains and customers are able to visit the National
Centre for Food Manufacturing in Holbeach, UK to test the
technology. OAL have been working with the University of
Lincoln to develop APRIL, a robotic chef that allows users
to scale up how chefs prepare restaurant food using
flexible robotic cells. APRIL links proven state
of the art cooking, including Steam Infusion,
and materials handling technologies with
automated robotic ingredient loading.
A full-scale demonstration system
is installed at the Universitys
National Centre for Food

About the author

Jake Norman started working at OAL

after graduating
from the University of Bristol with a
degree in Economics &
Management. Having previously work
ed for Deloitte in both
Audit and Consultancy streams, he reco
gnised that he could
make the biggest impact in an innovativ
e SME.
Passionate about improving food, Jake
has been heavily
involved with OALs two 1million
UK government funded
Innovate UK projects seeking to impr
ove the cooking (OAL
Steam Infusion) and cooling of food
products (cryogenic
Jake has spoken about bring disruptive
change and robotics
in the food industry at various high profi
le food technology
events including the South African
Association of Food
Science and Technologists Congress
Pack Expo, USA and
Gulfood, Dubai

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atest E R & F Turner touch screen

technology display, introduced
as standard across its leading 600
breakfast mills
At the cutting edge of Great British
milling engineering for almost two
centuries, Christy Turner has had
another busy year in the research &
development department.
With a history of innovation and fine British engineering
the company has introduced a raft of technological advances
to its leading flaking and hammer mills, including advanced
Touch Screen Technology to its leading 600 breakfast mill,
Mining -Strength Materials to its range of Christy & Norris and
Miracle Mill hammers and the creation of a new flaking mill - a
conversion of its 600 breakfast mill re-engineered specifically for
the animal feed market.
A consolidation of highly respected British brands E R & F
Turner, Christy & Norris and Miracle Mills, Christy Turner Ltd
supplies high quality robust and reliable flaking mills, hammer
mills, pulverizers, and associated plant for the breakfast cereal,
animal feed, biomass, waste recycling, minerals, chemicals
and pharmaceuticals industries around the world. Building
upon manufacturing skills and expertise since E R & F Turner
started production in 1837, while making the most of modern
technological advances, Christy Turner continue to produce
machines of choice for manufacturers around the globe. The
companys commitment to innovation and quality has helped it
maintain a foothold in a highly competitive international industry,
together with its esteemed reputation - built on over 175 years of
sound British engineering.
E R & F Turners flaking mills are possibly the most famous
export of the Christy Turner brand family. Over 90 percent of the
machines used by UK cereal giant Weetabix at Burton Latimer
& Corby sites are E R & F Turner mills - many already offering
up decades of service - validating the companys Built to Last

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Christy Turners first major project during the last year was the
development of an advanced Touch Screen Technology system
for its leading 600 breakfast cereal flaking mill.
Managing Director Chris Jones said: Creating machines which
are simpler and more hygienic are constant themes for our
development team.
The introduction of Touch Screen Technology to our leading
600 breakfast mill has taken almost a year to develop and
implement, including extensive market research on the look and
feel to achieve the most intuitive system, using references from
across a wide range of industries.
Our original dashboard was a series of lights and buttons with
separate panels to control the mill, feeder and cooling system and
a high level of training was required to operate the mill and its
associated equipment. Supervisor control involved keyed access.
On the new touch screen panel, one panel controls absolutely
everything and operation can be learnt in minutes.

Original E R & F Turner 600 Breakfast Flaking Mill

control panel

It was very important for us to create a completely intuitive

system, which mimics mobile phones and tablets with regards
to ease of use. The time and effort in getting the icons and
sequencing spot on was worth it, as the feedback has been
fantastic. Our machines are exported around the globe so any
measures we can introduce which help overcome language
barriers are essential.
He added: The screen is designed to guide the operator through
the process using simple colour coding, green for working and
red for fault. Certain options, while visible, are greyed out until
the machine is ready for each stage, for example the feed cannot
be started until the rolls are turning. The sequencing and images
provided by the touch screen have turned the panel into a very
simple visual instruction prompt which literally trouble shoots
and prevents issues arising like, for instance, certain parts of the
system being turned on in the wrong order.

New Touch Screen E R & F Turner 600 Breakfast
Flaking Mill control panel

The new panel uses internationally recognised symbols, rather

than text, allowing for multilingual control and the three levels of
access for operator, supervisor and maintenance are accessed via
passwords, replacing the need for keys. The compact touch screen
is also much easier to clean, adding to improved hygiene.
The icons were created with Christy Turners own engineering
design software which generate simplified isometric renderings of
the key components of the system. The technology now comes as
standard on E R & F Turner 600 breakfast mills.
Chris added: We are really proud of this highly technological
addition to our most popular flaking mill and the success of
this project, which is in keeping with the companys historic
reputation for innovation.
Meanwhile, on the hammer mill front, mining strength materials
have been introduced to the companys Christy & Norris hammer
range which is increasing hammer service life by up to 30%.
As OEM suppliers for Christy & Norris & Miracle Mill hammer
mills, grinders & pulverizers, Christy Turner are constantly
working to improve the wear parts across these machines.
During the last year the research team have been particularly
focused on improving the wear characteristics of its hammers,
sometimes referred to as beaters, by introducing new materials
& profiles. By reviewing new materials & grades proven in the
mining industry Christy Turner have been able to offer the best
combination of wear resistance and impact strength.
Working in partnership with internationally recognised wearpart experts SSAB, manufacturers of Hardox wear plate, Christy
Turner have created a line of superior quality hammers with

market-leading longevity.
Chris explained: Hardox has a combination of hardness,
impact toughness & yield strength that make it an ideal material
for heavy duty hammer mills. The result is even some of our
previous wear-optimised hammers can have service life increased
by around 30 percent.
The service life of hammers is an important consideration
for businesses, that need to factor in the cost of replacing worn
hammers, including parts and labour, plus the time it takes to
change them, which leaves busy production machines out of
action. Inferior quality hammers can also affect the quality and
consistency of output and result in increased energy consumption
- which is generally the highest running cost of any business.

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Before upgrade

After upgrade

And last, but by no means least, Christy Turners third major

project during the last year was the creation of a new E R & F
Turner flaking mill, specifically engineered for the animal feed
market and based on the companys leading breakfast cereal mill

E R & F Turners latest 600 Flaking Mill - reengineered specifically for the animal feed market

While the breakfast cereal market is dominated by the need to

create tasty and aesthetic flakes that meet both the discerning
human palate and eye, the animal feed market has very different
requirements. It was this key difference which inspired E R &
F Turners latest 600 Flaking Mill for the animal feed market.
The simplified design enables animal feed producers to install a
premium, high capacity flaking mill at a highly competitive price.
Chris explained: The redevelopment of our 600 flaking mill
provides real benefits to animal feed producers seeking a high
capacity machine. Many manufacturers know and trust the E R
& F Turner brand and the after care that comes with it and are
attracted to the benefits of our high capacity 600 flaking mill, but
animal feed producers simply do not require breakfast cereal style
flakes for animal feed, or the prices that come with machines
designed to deliver this level of uniformity.
Breakfast cereal capacity is limited by flake quality, as the
human consumer does not want compound flakes (doubles) or

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excessive fines in their cereal packet. Flakes also need to be

similar in thickness to ensure, when they are toasted, the colours
are uniform. However, in the animal feed market, the demands
are very different. A higher capacity can be achieved, with fluted
rolls to assist feed rates, as the eye of the consumer is not as
discerning. A thicker flake is also desirable and helps satiation in
the animals.
The mill retains all the necessary features of the proven E R &
F Turner breakfast cereal mill - which is already used extensively
across the breakfast cereal industry -but is simplified, where
possible, to meet the target price range and specific requirements
of the animal feed industry. It also offers a more hygienic flaking
process and newly restructured pricing tariff, enabling the
purchase of a premium brand at various price breaks, dependent
on the manufacturers needs.
The latest 600 animal feed flaking mill - which was launched
at Victam 2015 - is designed to handle steam flaked, micronised
and extruded grains, maize, wheat, barley, beans, peas and soya.
It takes the proven chassis, bearing housings and roll design
of the 600 breakfast mill, but incorporates some key benefits
exclusively for the animal feed market.
E R & F Turners 460 and 550 mills are already widely used
across the animal feed sector. Sales of the latest 600 animal
mill are already coming in with the first due to be installed at
Kettering horse feed specialists Dodson & Horrell in the Summer.
The 600 animal feed mill also
features more open architecture,
something which is becoming
increasingly desirable in the industry,
as it allows for ease of cleaning.
Christy Turner are considering rolling
this feature out across more mills in its
range in the future.
Chris added: We are proud to have
introduced such a wide variety of
technological advances in the space of
a year and will continue to innovate
in the milling sector, in line with our
companys tradition of cutting edge,
high-quality British engineering.
Christy Turner still manufacture its
machines on site in Ipswich, where
E R & F Turner began its historic
journey in 1837.


New Farm Africa project to help boost grain

trade across East Africa

arm Africa has received a new 3 million

grant from the UK Government, through
the FoodTrade East and Southern Africa
trade enhancement and promotion
The grant will support 70,000
smallholder grain farmers in Tanzania
and Uganda to gain access to regional
export markets. The farmers will be
linked to buyers in East Africa using an innovative online
trading platform, G-Soko, and other market interventions.
While Tanzania and Uganda produce a surplus of staple
foods, Kenya only grows enough maize to feed itself one year
in every five. Until recently, high tariffs on trade within East
Africa meant that it was cheaper for Kenya to import crops from
outside Africa. Recent policy developments have helped reduce
the barriers to regional trade. The promotion of trade within East
Africa is a significant step towards strengthening food security,
and creates opportunities for smallholder farmers in these
countries to access new markets.
Small holders grow around 80-90 percent of the staple crops
consumed in East Africa, but many face difficulties accessing
markets. Bigger businesses arent interested in purchasing

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produce from individual farmers growing small amounts. Smallscale farmers are also disadvantaged by the relatively high cost
of inputs such as improved seeds and fertilisers and many have
nowhere to store their produce so are unable to wait for a better
market price for their crops.
To help farmers capitalise on these opportunities, Farm Africa
and consortium partners VECO East Africa and Rural Urban
Development Initiatives will help Tanzanian and Ugandan
smallholders to store their surpluses of rice, maize and beans. These
grains will be stored in local aggregation centres, which are linked
to certified warehouses that will sell their produce to buyers across
the region, leveraging the benefits of the G-Soko platform.
The G-Soko platform provides smallholder farmers with a
structured trade function, enabling them to trade their produce
transparently, earning them better livelihoods. The platform also
unlocks access to finance, by allowing farmers to use warehouse
receipts as collateral for loans. Warehouses and traders are also
able to manage their inventory and plan ahead.
The certified warehouses will be moisture-controlled to reduce
the incidence of fungal infections that are common when grain
isnt properly dried, and that can lead to whole harvests being
Farm Africa and its partners will address these challenges

by enabling smallholder farming cooperatives to sell their grain
collectively, and build strong ongoing links with private sector
grain traders. These links will not only help farmers to earn a
better wage, but having better access to buyers will incentivise
them to grow higher and better quality yields.
Farm Africas support to farmers to improve post-harvest
practices, access post-harvest technology and improve storage
practices and facilities will increase the amount of produce
available for sale, help ensure produce meets the required
standards and enable farmers to sell outside peak harvest season,
contributing towards increased volumes traded and higher prices
received by farmers.

Less chance of wastage

Marc Van Uytvanck, Team Leader of FoodTrade East and

Southern Africa said, This project not only helps farmers to find
the best contracts and sell their crops at higher-value markets, but
also reduces post-harvest losses and stimulates higher production
and improved quality of grains and beans. Storing grain and beans
in properly managed, certified warehouses means that there will
be a lot less chance of wastage, it will provide farmers with secure
markets for their grain and beans, and ultimately result in more
and higher quality staple foods being traded across the region,
strengthening food security and bringing higher incomes to all
involved in the value chain.
Steve Ball, country director for Farm Africa Tanzania, says:
By incentivising farmers to grow bigger surpluses and making
regional trade easy and affordable, this project will help lift tens of
thousands of grain farmers in Tanzania and Uganda out of poverty
as well as taking eastern Africa a step closer to agricultural selfsufficiency.

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Storage project

Richardson doubles capacity at Vancouver Port Terminal

and sets shipping records

ichardson International Limited has nearly doubled the storage and receiving capacity of its export terminal
in North Vancouver following the successful completion of a US$140-million expansion project.
Richardson added an 80,000-metric-tonne concrete grain storage annex to its terminal, increasing storage
capacity to 178,000 metric tonnes. The terminal now has the ability to handle in excess of six million
tonnes each year to meet growing demand for Canadian grains and oilseeds. Richardson also upgraded and
enhanced its rail yard and receiving system to handle and process railcars more efficiently.
Building the new grain storage annex was no easy feat. Not only was it challenging to construct the new
annex on a narrow strip of land along the North Vancouver waterfront, Richardsons terminal remained in
full operation while construction took place.
For us to complete this project on time and on budget, not only continuing daily operations but exceeding expectations by setting
new shipping and receiving records, is an outstanding accomplishment, says Darwin Sobkow, Executive Vice-President, Agribusiness
Operations and Processing. Our Vancouver project has been a tremendous success story from start to finish and that speaks volumes
about the commitment and dedication of our team.
Despite ongoing construction, which began in September 2013 and concluded earlier this year, Richardson managed to set both rail
and shipping records at its busy port terminal. While the facility typically ships about three million tonnes of grain each year, it set a
new handling record in 2015, shipping 5.2 million tonnes. Richardson shipped 551,000 tonnes of grain in April 2016 alone, beating
the previous record of 489,000 tonnes. That same month, the Vancouver terminal received 5,400 rail cars - 200 more than it has ever
received in the same time period.
Our Vancouver expansion was a significant investment in our business to ensure we have the appropriate capacity on the West Coast,
says Curt Vossen, President and CEO of Richardson International. As Canadas leading agribusiness, we have positioned ourselves
globally to efficiently move Canadian grains and oilseeds to emerging markets in Asia-Pacific and other areas, further enhancing our
ability to serve our farm customers at home and international buyers around the world.
Richardson International is proud to be truly invested in Canadian agriculture. Recognised as a global leader in agriculture and food
processing, Richardson is a worldwide handler and merchandiser of all major Canadian-grown grains and oilseeds and a verticallyintegrated processor and manufacturer of oats and canola-based products.
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Storage News


Storage News

Significant investment increases capacity as Port of

Tilbury expands grain terminal
Port of Tilbury announced on April 01, 2016 plans for a major storage expansion at the ports Grain Terminal as part of the ports
growth strategy. The investment will see storage capacity increase to accommodate up to an additional 16,000 metric tonnes of both
import and export wheat at the Thames based port.
The grain terminal at Tilbury is one of the UKs largest, handling over 1.4million tonnes annually of combinable crops for both the
export and UK markets. The grain terminal has a current storage capacity of 120,000 tonnes and works with key customers including
Frontier, Allied Mills and ADM.
This multimillion pound investment will see a new flat storage facility built adjacent to the existing grain terminal and will utilise the
mill gallery conveyor system with overhead conveyors feeding the new storage unit automatically. Construction work will begin in
April with an expected completion date of the
third quarter of 2017.
Commenting on the partnership, Peter
Ward, Senior Asset Manager at The Port of
Tilbury said: This is a significant investment
in the Grain Terminal for our customers. As
volumes increase in both the grain import and
export markets, its essential that we have
the storage facilities to handle this additional
volume. This multimillion pound investment
will ensure that the terminal remains the key
strategic facility in the South East of the UK
for the grain import and export markets.
As part of the ports growth strategy, they
recently announced the acquisition of 152
acres of land and deep water jetty facilities at
the former site of the Tilbury Power Station.
Forth Ports intends to use this land to extend
current operations with the creation of a
new port, to grow to meet the needs of their
customers and market demands.

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Industry profile


Expansion into China,

North Africa and beyond

by Andrew Wilkinson, Milling and Grain

olfetto Sangati was born from the

blending of the unique skillsets
of different leaders in the milling
engineering and cereal handling
industries. Based in the heart of
Veneto, one of the most industrially
developed areas of northern Italy,
and boasting an ever expanding
workforce that has now swelled to
over 200 employees who oversee the building of projects right
from the initial design stages; right up to the delivery of the final
Golfetto Sangati develops, builds and installs turnkey plants
of durum and wheat mills, maize mills, animal feed plants,
rice mills, ship loading and unloading systems, storage for raw
materials and finished products.
In the past, the Italians have mainly focussed on the European
markets. However, following a recent successful expansion
into China, Milling and Grain magazine met their CEO, Mr
Claudio Zavatta to ask him how he felt the Chinese venture
was progressing, how the company plan to increase their global
influence and any issues that he believed were vital to ensuring
that Golfetto Sangati continues to consolidate their position as a
global manufacturing superpower.

Eastward progression

This past year has been immensely profitable, said Mr

Zavatta, with turnover currently up ten percent on 2014, with
much of this success owing much to a growing presence in the
Chinese market; which in the past year alone has increased by as
much as 50 percent.
How has this happened? Well, Golfetto Sangati now boast their
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very own completely separate, independent Chinese company

that features entirely unique engineering, manufacturing and sales
departments. The Chinese venture means that the companys
structure now dictates that all components manufactured in China
are only sold in China, South Africa and India, with the Italian
based facility serving all other foreign markets.
However, the focus at the Chinese plant is still set very firmly
on both quality and the employment of their best practice
philosophy. The Chinese workforce are also trained by Italian
staff who impart their vast knowledge on all matters concerning
engineering, technology, software tutoring and workshop
supervision to their Chinese counterparts, and Mr Zavatta visits
himself every three months to ensure that the Golfetto Sangati
passion for excellence and attention to detail are maintained at all
stages of the manufacturing process.

Maintaining global influence

Although Italy is still their main market and therefore their

number one priority, some of the companys focus has recently
switched to establishing a foothold in North Africa.
Mr Zavatta takes great satisfaction from the fact that they now
have a presence in the Algerian market; the appointment of a
locally born individual with well over twenty years milling
experience in France and an in-depth knowledge of local cultural
matters is seen as being absolutely crucial to the companys
success in North Africa.
Golfetto Sangati passionately believe that their increased
capacity in Algeria will also have a positive influence on their
market share in the neighbouring countries of Morocco and
Tunisia; they also hope in the future to make waves further afield
in countries such as Egypt and Iran - with the latter highlighted as
having great potential, with some fantastic opportunities now

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that UN sanctions have been lifted.

As well as in the Middle East, the Italians also have plans to
expand into several South American countries too, with the UK
and Ireland also being firmly in their sights.

The importance of investing in young people

In addition to their desire to increase their global market

share, Golfetto Sangati also place a very high value on
investment in the future generation of milling industry
employees. However, Mr Zavattas plans extend far beyond just
training millers.
In order to be able to staff the milling industry of tomorrow,
he believes that training in areas such as marketing and sales
are also key to the entire industrys future success, as many of
the connections between industry employees are forged through
relationships that develop over time.
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future inter-generational passing of the milling industry baton
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Planning for the future appeared to be a common theme in

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In the much longer term, Mr Zavatta also discussed his
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courses that focus on milling tech tuition, pre-extrusion and
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Smart Elbow
installation at Miller

Smart Elbow installation at Miller Brewing

brought in US$30,000 under budget

t Miller Brewing Companys Fort

Worth, TX, facility, staff engineer
Roy Marin was faced with an
interesting problem two years ago
a problem that was solved by using
the patented HammerTek Smart
Elbow deflection elbow. The Smart
Elbow deflection elbow provides
change of direction in pneumatic
and slurry conveying systems without the wear, plugging, product
degradation or contamination problems which characterise sweep
elbows and plugged-tee equipped systemsand does so in far less
At the very beginning of the brewing process, grain is unloaded
from rail cars and sent to storage silos. The automatic diverter
that switched the unload line from one silo to another (depending
on whether corn or barley was being stored or if a silo was
already filled) had been consistently a source of maintenance and
housekeeping problems.
Miller decided to replace the diverter unit with a new piping
panel. And here the interesting problem developed: How to
accomplish the intended installation in the physical space
available? There simply wasnt enough room for a piping manifold
using 1.25 m radius sweep elbows, twelve of them, in the preferred
location at the base of the silos.
In the process of researching a solution to this engineering
challenge, Marin became intrigued by the possibility of using
Smart Elbow deflection elbows. It became clear from the
information Marin acquired that they could be an ideal solution.
Not only would they meet the tight space requirement, but they
would also minimise damage to the hulls of the barley passing
through them. Reduced product degradation was an important
consideration, as the hulls have a filtration function in the brewing
The new piping panel was designed accordingly. It incorporates
twelve 15-cm Smart Elbow deflection elbows and requires a floor
area about 2 m wide by 1.5 m deep. From the panel, a vertical
rack, containing twelve 15-cm pipes in two parallel ranks of six
each, rises 29 metres to the top of the silos. There, another dozen
Smart Elbow deflection elbows send the conveyed grain to the
appropriate silos for storage. Only three support braces were
necessary. The centre support functions primarily as a lateral brace
because it is not necessary as a load bearer.
In addition to making the panel installation possible in the desired
locations limited space, using Smart Elbow deflection elbows has
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provided Millers Fort Worth operation with additional benefits.

These 29-metre pipes were assembled on the ground and then
stepped into their racks, greatly reducing costly crane time.
The total installation was completed several days early. It also
came in approximately US$30,000 under budget projections (the
price of the elbows included), primarily due to savings in design
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Funds fail to buck the markets

by John Buckley

Like maize,
soyabeans the main
cost-driver for the
meal markets - have
also experienced
some tightening up of
their old crop supply
balance this month.
The main factor has
been flooding in
Argentina just as the
crop nears or reaches
harvest, leading to
predictions of crop
losses of three to five
million tonnes.

Grain & feed markets have been volatile in the past month, futures prices initially rising sharply on
outside buying, then dropping back again under the weight of more bearish supply news - with the
notable exception of soya.
The outside influences were speculative funds looking for fresh investment opportunities amid
disappointment with returns from stock markets. Their revived interest in raw materials was also
encouraged by signs that the global economy might finally be working through the worst of the
recession as crude oil rallied further off its recent 12-year lows and other industrials like metals
also saw a mini-revival.
Grain and oilseed markets joined the fray when the funds, long used to selling grain futures short
(i.e. betting on further price falls) decided they might have overdone that strategy and embarked on
a large covering buying spree.
Weather fuelled uncertainty in the Americas
In the US maize market, the funds even went net long (backing price rises) as some crop weather
events suggested supply might significantly underperform forecasts. The funds had already been
long soyabean futures for a while, despite the huge surpluses overhanging this market.
Fundamental support for maize was linked mainly to hot dry weather in Brazil, threatening to lop
several million tonnes off the countrys second or Safrinha corn crop. Some analysts said this could
reduce export availability by as much as 5million to 10million tonnes. Until this month, the USDA
had been forecasting Brazils corn exports would rise in the 2015/16 season (which ends August
31) by about 15.5million tonnes, to a new record 37.5million. That would effectively replace this
seasons reduced maize crops in Ukraine, Europe and South Africa as well as taking some market
share away from the top supplier, the USA.
Incessant rain was meanwhile plaguing the Argentine soyabean harvest, threatening to reduce a
near record 59million tonne crop by 3million to 5million tonnes and possibly spoiling quality of
some of the rest.
In North America, traders were also starting to get edgy about spells of rain interrupting US sowing
of 2016 maize and soyabean crops. Maize planting had actually got off to a flying start and is
slightly ahead of the long-term average 60-70 percent done as we go to press. But with rain still
causing problems in some key areas, there remains a risk of sowing falling behind and maybe
not meeting the higher acreage forecast by the USDA for this year. Soyabeans have more time
to get sown in the optimum window so could actually end up benefitting from any spare acreage
abandoned by maize planters.
If rains do linger on, this could become a more significant factor supporting maize prices and
perhaps weighing down on soya.
The combined effect of the American weather stories and fund buying was to push up the
bellwether Chicago
maize futures market
in late April to a
nine-month high of
over $4/bushel (about
$158/tonne) - almost
16 percent over its
early April low. Since
then, however, the
price has come all
the way back down
to the US$3.60s.

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Thats despite a firming up in prices asked by the Black Sea maize

exporters responding to the regions strong export sales, last years
smaller-than-expected Ukrainian crop and a firming Russian rouble.
However, a strong counter-balance to all this is Argentina expecting
another larger-than-usual corn crop in the wake of a freer trade
regime adopted by its recently-elected new government.
Reconsidering this seasons overall global grain surplus
The price reversal also seems to have partly reflected a
reconsideration of this seasons overall global surplus of the grain.
For a third year running, world maize stocks are expected to equal
about 21 percent of annual consumption needs. That compares with
just an average for the previous three seasons.
The coming seasons global maize crop is also expected by bodies
including the US Department of Agriculture, the International
Grains Council and the UN Food & Agriculture Organisation to be
another large one. The IGC has recently raised its forecast to from
993million to 998million tonnes 25million more than last years.
Although consumption is seen to be rising too, stocks are still
expected to increase yet more, to around 208million tonnes.
The first USDA take on the 2016/17 is being released just as we
go to press, offering a similarly bearish view of supply. It sees
new seasons global maize output rising by 42million tonnes to
1.011billion on the back of larger crops in countries including
the US itself (+21million tonnes), Argentina (+7million), the EU
(+6.2million), South Africa (+6.5 million) and India (+2 million).

The main odd man out is China, where cutbacks in government

subsidies are seen slashing output by about 6.6 million tonnes.
Interestingly, USDA sees world maize consumption almost exactly
keeping pace with the expansion in supply, rising by 43 million
tonnes as feed users respond to what are still low prices in historical
(let alone inflation-weighted) terms and taking the opportunity
to expand livestock, herds. The biggest gains in maize use are
expected to take place in the US (+9.2 million) and China (+9.5

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million), the rest spread over most of the regular maize consuming
None of this is really that supportive of higher maize prices going
forward. The CBOT futures markets forward prices suggest that by
the spring of 2017, corn will be worth about 6% more than it is now
but this is really little more than a carrying premium to pay for
storage. Futures arent always right but its interesting to note that if
we look back to May 2015, they were pointing to maize at about $4
per bushel a year hence close to the recent high mentioned above.
While maize and soyabean fund buyers have recently been able to
justify some risk premium on prices from weather upsets, wheats
inclusion in the fund purchasing spree has seemed less logical,
more case of this market going along for the ride while the investor
mood lasts.
At one point recently, the CBOT wheat futures front month did get
as high as US$5.10/bu (about US$187/tonne) which was its best
since early November last year. Subsequently it has come back
down to the US$4.40s ($186/t). The European milling wheat futures
contract achieved more modest gains, the last current crop month
firming up to 157 before sliding back recently to about 147/
tonne, where it expired this month.
EU milling futures market
The first position quoted on the EU milling futures market now is
new-crop September which has been trading in the low 160s/
tonne. Going forward, the price rises to about 178 by September
2017 and 183 for the 2018 crop. So futures point to milling wheat
being about 11 percent more expensive next autumn and 14 percent
up the year after that (i.e about 20 percent over the recently-expired
old crop price).
While 2018 price forecasts, for crops not even sown yet, are highly
speculative, the case for some wheat price premium going forward
might be made on a couple of factors. One is that the EU will
probably reap a smaller crop this year (but not that much smaller
than last years record one). The other is the need to get the price up
from the current red-line level to one at which farmers can afford
to grow the crop.
Looking at the broader global supply context for wheat, new crop
(2016/17) production is currently forecast by both the UN Food &
Agriculture Organisation and the IGC about 4million tonnes higher
than last month at about 717million tonnes about 2.2 percent
down on the year.
The IGC sees consumption down from 719 to 715million tonnes
but the FAO has it more or less unchanged, food use rising slightly
to offset a small drop in feed consumption. Overall, this still leaves
wheat stocks at a burdensome 218m tonnes according to the IGC or
195million in the FAO data. The latter is down by about 8million
tonnes on the year which is not really enough of a fall to turn this
market around.
The newly minted USDA forecasts for wheat are even less
supportive, envisaging a mere one percent fall in world production
in 2016/17, or about seven million tonnes from last years record
734million (which was also raised by about 3million tonnes from
USDAs April estimate).
Declines in 2016/17 wheat output are seen mainly in Europe (-3.5m
tonnes), Turkey (-2 million), Ukraine (-3.2 million), the US (-1.4
million) and smaller producers (a combined 5.5m tonnes). These
are partly offset by gains in countries including Argentina (+3.2
million) and Russia (+2 million).

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The impact of a smaller global wheat in 2016/17 is diluted by

the USDAs forecast that world consumption will fall too, by 4.4
million tonnes to 712 million, led by EU (-2 million) and China
(-1.5 million). In both cases this is attributable to a switch to maize
feeding (the EU using more of its expected larger 2016 maize crop
and China using more of its huge maize surplus stocks).
USDAs bottom line for wheat supplies next season, then, is even
larger surplus, ending stocks carried into 2017/18 rising from this
years record 243million tonnes to a new peak of 258million. That
mammoth number is mitigated somewhat by the fact that 45% of
it will be held in China where it is considered more or lessoffmarket. Nonetheless this is a burdensome world total, much of
which will be concentrated in exporter countries. The EU for one is
seen carrying out stocks in July 2017 close to the 19million tonnes
with which it finishes 2015/16 next month. We have to go back
11 years to find a larger figure (24m). Even larger surplus wheat
stocks are likely to be held in the USA a staggering 28m tonnes
versus an average 19m over recent years.
Large stocks provide a substantial cushion against any unforeseen
crop weather problems going forward and, as in the maize market,
offer no real incentive for consumers to stock up or outside
speculators to invest in wheat.
It should also be noted that wheat markets have not had the weather
support that maize and soyabeans have enjoyed in the period under
review. Currently, all the weather auspices are good for Europe,
Russia and the USA where crops should come close to, match or
maybe even exceed predicted levels.

actually falling by 1.6percent. EU maize imports that ballooned last

season to compensate for a disappointing domestic crop, should
sink back if this years forecast better harvest materialises.
Even if that is offset by more imports into drought-hit southern
Africa, the USDA still sees world maize trade staying flat at 133m
next season.
China remains a key factor to watch in the maize and soya markets.
In recent months, it gave the trade a jolt when it decided to abandon
years of expensive support for domestic maize production and
start drawing down some of the huge stocks it accumulated in the
The influence of Chinese soya production
At over 100million tonnes, these currently equated to half the world
stock total and half Chinese annual consumption, so these will take
some time to reduce. In the long run smaller Chinese maize crops
might lead to higher dependence on imports. That has already with
soyabeans, Chinese production of which stalled years ago, making
it the largest global importer of the oilseed. (Interestingly Chinese
soya crops might start to recover in futureif they takeup land freed
by cutbacks in maize sowings).
In the near/medium term though, this shift in policy by the worlds
second largest maize producer will probably mean steep reduced
demand for foreign maize and products (chiefly dried distillers
grains). It may also bring to an end the sales bonanza that US
sorghum and EU barley exporters have enjoyed to Chinese feed
users in the last couple of years.
The loss of the Chinese market may have consequences for value
of these commodities and possibly their future sowing plans. Less
demand for DDGs, the main by-product of the US ethanol industry
(which uses over 40 percent of US maize production) may also
affect the green fuels profit margins.

There are a few exceptions

Ukraine had a poor start to winter sowing plagued by drought, yet
seems to be improving after a mild winter and recent good rains.
Indias crop was hit by drought earlier and rain on the harvest but,
thanks to its large carryover stocks, its imports are not expected to
raise enough to materially affect global prices.
Canadas stocks have been drawn down to unusually low levels
over two years of smaller crops and relatively strong exports - but
its 2016 outlook is currently for marginally higher production.
Australias crop has meanwhile remained large enough to maintain
its usual export role while Argentina which left the Big Five
wheat exporters club in recent years, is making a significant
World trade also has an important role in cereal price making
and here too the outlook for consumers is fairly encouraging. For
2016/17 at least, there are currently no surges foreseen in world
wheat or maize import demand big enough to spark price rises. In
recent weeks the general level of import tender interest has been
routine at best for both wheat and maize.
Wheat may pick up a bit more North African business after recent
dryness in Morocco and some other parts of the MENA region
but Iran is seen taking less and the USDA sees world total imports
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The tightening up soyabean crop supply balance

Like maize, soyabeans the main cost-driver for the meal markets
- have also experienced some tightening up of their old crop supply
balance this month. The main factor has been flooding in Argentina
just as the crop nears or reaches harvest, leading to predictions of
crop losses of three to five million tonnes. The USDAs latest take
on this is probably a bit conservative, lopping off only 2.5million
tonnes from its April forecast. However, along with one million
coming off Brazils and 1.4million off Indias harvest, it leaves
world output 4.3million tonnes lower than last month. World soya
crush on the other hand has gone up by 1.75million tonnes leaving
ending stocks tighter than expected. The problems in Argentina
have also diverted more soyabean import demand to the USA,
supporting higher crush too and resulting in end-season stocks,
there being cut by 1.6million tonnes more than the markets
The USDAs first forecast for next season suggests the world
soyabean crop will resume its long term uptrend with larger South
American and Indian crops (both +4.3million tonnes), only partly
offset by a predicted 3.5million tonne fall in this years US harvest.
More bullishly though, the USDA sees demand expanding by
more than supply, leading to a six million tonne drawdown in
global soyabean stocks. At 68million tonnes (by September 2017)
these would be 10million tonnes or 12 percent below this seasons
starting level. Within that total, the US stock is still expected to
be relatively large at some 8m tonnes but one third less than the

the biggest growth factor in meal demand will be China (+4m).

News this month that Chinas March soyabean imports had soared
33% on the year to a new record 7.07m tonnes seem to support this
bullish outlook for its longer term demand.

12million - plus it is expected to carry into the new season this

September (now also reduced to 10.9million).
However, its possible USDA is under-rating this years US
production potential especially if planted area expands on raindelayed maize land beyond the official 82.2million acres (some say
it could add one to two million acres) or fine weather (after all
that rain) builds higher yields than the USDAs forcast trendline
46.7 bu/acre.
Although third largest soyabean exporter, Argentina is the main
soya meal exporter, supplying the world with twice as much meal
as Brazil and three times the US total. The European Union, in turn,
is the worlds largest importer of soya meal, expected to take in
about 21.7m tonnes next season or about one third of global exports
of the commodity.
The USDA expects world soya meal production to expand by about
7.5m tonnes in 2016/17 compared with 12m this season. As usual

Fund buying has helped to boost soyabean prices

CBOT soyabean futures in May traded 23 percent over their March
lows and well over US$10/bushel, quite a feat given that this
market was expected to be weighed down with surplus to as low
as US$7 last autumn. Fund buying has helped boost prices but the
shortfall in Argentine output and the sustained strong demand from
China have played their part too.
Among the other major oilmeals fed in the industrialised world,
rapemeal production will decline with smaller world crop with
declines expected in Europe, the CIS countries, Canada and China.
Sunflower meal supply might edge up slightly with larger crops
in the EU, Russia, Ukraine and Argentina this year - but not by
enough too much impact the broader price trend.
The US futures price for soya meal has risen by about one third in
recent months. As the leading oilmeal (over 70 percent of the global
total) it will continue to lead a firm trend across the protein sector
in the months ahead, especially if the US gets one of its summer
weather scares. The retreating El Nino climate cycle now underway
is often linked to drier, hotter US summers that could be adverse
for soya yields. That may be one reason why the funds have so
consistently backed this market amid what is still a relatively large
global stockpile of the commodity.


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Contract Packaging
Association continues
partnership with IPACK-IMA

he Contract Packaging Association announces

a continued partnership with IPACK-IMA,
one of the largest global exhibitions for
processing, packaging, converting and logistics.
CPA began working with IPACK-IMA at the
Pack Expo International in 2014. In 2015, CPA
sent a delegation to the IPACK-IMA exhibition to
investigate synergies and opportunities for both
organisations to expand their global exposure. CPA
plans to attend the next exhibition - hosted every
three years in Milan, Italy - taking place May 29
through June 1, 2018.
These strategic opportunities [like working with
IPACK-IMA] allow Italian manufacturers to tap
into the entrepreneurial drive of CPA members with
the joint vision of global synergy, CPA Executive
Director John Mazelin said.
According to CPA Member Communications
Director Nikki Johnson, this partnership provides a
tactical opportunity to supply resources on a scalable
range, from local entry to nationwide coverage.
The Contract Packaging Association represents
an increasingly important sector in the packaging
industry, says Riccardo Cavanna, President, Ipack
Ima srl.
We are especially pleased with the partnership
of this American association to be continued on the
occasion of IPACK-IMA 2018, a strategic platform
for their members for high-level technological update
and new business development.
CPA is the national, not-for-profit trade organisation
for the contract packaging industry. CPA was formed
in July 1992, for contract packaging firms and those
businesses related to them in order to promote the
growth and welfare of member firms.
Members are comprised of the nations leading
contract packagers as well as suppliers to the
industry, performing all packaging functions: from
the glamorous to the hazardous and the simplest
to the most complex. CPA members offer these
packaging services to an extremely wide variety of
consumer goods companies and brand owners.


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Registration now open for GEAPS
Inspire 2016
July leadership symposium focuses on communications skills and
generations in the workplace
Registration is now open for GEAPS Inspire 2016, a leadership
symposium for progressive grain professionals. The conference will
be held July 19-20 at the Mall of America Parkview Conference
Centre. Admission is free for GEAPS members and US$249 for nonmembers.
The conference starts with speaker Mark Hourigan on Tuesday
afternoon at 1 p.m., followed by a social networking event at 5:30
p.m. Wednesday will begin with breakfast and GEAPS Annual
Meeting at 7:30 a.m., followed by speaker Sarah Sladek at 9 a.m. and
a golf outing at 1:30 p.m. Due to limited space, Inspire 2016 is limited
to 150 participants.

Social networking events

Inspire 2016 will feature a pair of social networking options:

bowling, billiards and arcade games at Sky Deck Sports Grille &
Lanes at the Mall of America Tuesday evening and a golf scramble
Wednesday afternoon at The Wilds Golf Club to raise funds for
GEAPS Foundation. The Mall of America and Sky Deck social event
are family-friendly activities. Registration for the Sky Deck party
is US$55 for adults, and US$25 for kids 18 and under. Registration
includes games, heavy appetisers and drink tickets. Discounted
wristbands for Nickelodeon Universe are also available, for more
information email Betsy Polis, or call +1 763 999 4300.
Golf is US$160 per person, and requires a separate registration
form. Each golf registration includes a US$50 donation to the GEAPS
Foundation. Rental clubs are available upon request.


GEAPS has reserved discounted guest rooms at the Radisson Blu


in Antalya: Social
acceptance of livestock &
feed production in the EU
On 21-22 April 2016, the FEFAC XXVII
Congress took place in Antalya, with the
conference title Social acceptance of
livestock & feed production in the EU. At
the Congress, the guests received a warm
welcome from FEFAC President, Mr Ruud
Tijssens, and TURKIYEMBIR President, Mr
lkr Karaku.
The participants discussed the compound
feed industrys contribution to the circular
economy, the measuring of the environmental
footprint of feed production and the
responsible sourcing of raw materials; whilst
attempting to establish a means by which the
way could be paved for increased societal
acceptance of modern sustainable feed and
livestock production systems.
In the first session, speakers from DG
SANTE and EFSA shared their outlook

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Mike Hourigan
Communication: Its not part of it its all of it!
The biggest time waster is miscommunication. In many work
environments it seems like the biggest problems emerge from the
simplest communication mistakes. Up to 75 percent of your day
is spent communicating and good communication skills are part
of everything. Learn how to deal with some of the most difficult
communication problems encountered every day.
Sarah Sladek, XYZ University
Generations @ work
Organisations today find themselves managing radically different
generations. Engaging younger generations has emerged as a
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inspire each generation for greater success.
Hotel. Rooms start at US$179, and are available from three days
before the symposium through three days after. Reserve your room
online, or call +1 952 881 5258 and mention you are with the Grain
Elevator and Processing Society.

Sponsorship opportunities

GEAPS invites companies to share their brand with the progressive

grain industry professionals in attendance by sponsoring Inspire
2016. Opportunities range from providing coffee or snacks, an event
souvenir or an exclusive title sponsor. Sponsorships are also available
for the golf tournament. For more information on the sponsorship
program, contact Brittany Labatt at brittany@geaps.com or on +1 763
999 4300.

on creating a win-win situation both

for European Consumers and operators
in the EU feed and food chain, paving
the way for increased societal acceptance
of modern sustainable feed and livestock
production systems, based on the Circular
economy approach, taking on board latest
risk assessments at global and EU level on
alternative feed ingredients.
FEFAC experts, national regulators and key
food chain partners also discussed their views
and respective expectations and demands
with regards to the role of feed production in
the circular economy.
The discussions on all themes supported
the view that the feed industry can provide
solutions to livestock production with direct
benefit for consumers and citizens, thereby
stimulating increased societal acceptance of
EUs livestock and feed sector.
In a video statement, European
Commissioner for Health & Food Safety,
Vytenis Andriukaitis, highlighted the
contribution of animal feed manufacturers

to the circular economy and food waste

reduction by using resources no longer
suitable for human consumption in animal
The participants agreed with Commissioner
Andriukaitis that it is of vital importance to
assure feed safety and animal health when
using unconventional feed ingredients in
order to maintain consumer confidence.
At the Congress it was highlighted that
the current political attention for circular
economy and resource-efficiency provides
an excellent opportunity for the feed industry
to showcase its contributions to reducing
environmental impacts.
A key achievement in demonstrating the
results of this approach is the development
of pre-competitive measurement tools for
environmental performance, such as the
Product Environmental Footprint (PEF). In
the Feed PEF Pilot the category rules for feed
production are currently being drafted and
expected to be assessed and approved by DG
ENVI in 2016.

USGC launches aqua

DDGS promotion
program in Egypt

S Grains Council
(USGC) staff
and consultants
conducted a program in
Egypt recently to promote
distillers dried grain with
solubles (DDGS) in aqua
rations. This program
was done in conjunction
with Mirasco, a USGC
member company that has
a large client base within
the Egyptian aquaculture
Hesham Hassanein, USGC
regional director for the
Egypt has the most active
Middle East
and the largest aquaculture
industry in the region, said
Hesham Hassanein, USGC regional director for the Middle
East and Africa.
But this growing sector only has limited knowledge of
the technical and economic advantages of using corn coproducts in fish feeds.
To assess this industrys potential to utilise US DDGS in
their feed formulations, this weeks mission included site
visits to large and growing fish farms.
During the site visits, we saw that average aqua
production in Egypt was 2 to 4 tons per acre, Mr
Hassanein said.
However there is the potential for these farms to
increase output to 8 to 12 tons per acre with improved
management. This means there is a great growth potential
that could increase demand for coarse grains and coproducts.
The mission wrapped up with a seminar that was attended
by 75 executives from the aquaculture sector.
During the seminar, we gave an overview of the
advantages of using US DDGS in aqua rations and
discussed the success the Council has seen in Vietnam with
our catfish feeding trials, Mr Hassanein said.
While Egyptian aquaculture is mainly focused on the
tilapia species, the information from the catfish trial was
useful to those attending our program also.
In addition, the group explored the possibility of
launching a similar type of feeding trial in Egypt.
We were also successful in reaching a preliminary
agreement with an international aquaculture research
institute in Egypt, Mr Hassanein said.
They have agreed to conduct feed trials using higher
inclusion rates of DDGS with support from Mirasco, which
will provide the needed DDGS, free of charge, to carry out
the trials.
The Council will continue its ongoing promotion of US
DDGS to the Egyptian aqua sector through one-on-one
meetings, presentations and seminars.
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For insights into these key issues and much more, join delegates from across the globe at the 25th
IGC Grains Conference in London, which will bring traders and policymakers together at a truly
international forum all of our presentations are interpreted simultaneously in six different languages.
As well as presentations from some of the industrys leading figures, the Conference provides
unrivalled opportunities to network and build relationships with other agri-business professionals. So
join us to hear the latest in the industry, network, and create lasting relationships.
Our provisional programme is split into three sessions, with an additional section of Special
Presentations on The impact of external factors on production and trade by Dr. Corey Cherr, Head of
Agriculture and Weather Research and Forecasts, Lanworth at Thomson Reuters, USA, and Dr. Rory
Deverell, Senior Commodity Risk Manager, INTL-FCStone, Ireland.
Some of the issues to be assessed include, the current market situation, prospects for supply
and demand, and the latest developments in trade and logistics, climate change and its possible
consequences for global production and trade in grains, rice and oilseeds, the impact of currency
volatility in the global grains economy, evolving trade policy, including implications for major importers
and exporters of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP).

What makes Sweet

grain handling systems
the best choice for you?

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Provisional Programme

Session one between 09:10 10:40 will cover Supply and demand outlook,
with talks from Dr. Robert Johansson, Chief Economist, USDA, Mr. Jens
Schaps, Director for Agricultural Markets, Directorate-General for Agriculture
and Rural Development of the European Commission, EU, Mr. Li Xigui,
Division Director, Analysis and Forecast Department, China National Grain &
Oils Information Center (CNGOIC), China, followed by refreshments and a
chance to network before the Special Presentations.
Session two after lunch covers Recent trade policy developments, including
the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP). Between the hours of 13:30 and 15:00
you can hear talks from Mr. Gary Martin, President, International Grain Trade
Coalition (IGTC), Ms. Fran Freeman, First Assistant Secretary, Agricultural
Policy Division, Department of Agriculture and Water Resources, Australia,
Mr. Masanori Hayashi, Senior Researcher, Waseda University, Japan and
Mr. Jesus Silveyra, Under-Secretary of Agricultural Markets, Ministry of
Agroindustry, Argentina.
Lastly, Session three between 15:20 - 17:00 covers Trade and logistics.
Speakers include, Mr. Ali Ghanbari, Deputy Agricultural Minister, Chairman
and CEO, The Government Trading Corporation (GTC), Iran, Mr. Arkady
Zlochevskiy, President, Russian Grain Union, Mr. Gnhan Ulusoy, Chairman,
Turkish Flour Industrialists Federation (TFIF), Turkey and Mr. Alan Tracy,
President, U.S. Wheat Associates
With a number of sponsors and exhibitors, including CIS Inspections,
International Grain Trade Coalition (IGTC), Glencore, SGS Group, AHDB,
Control Union, Vigan, Intertek and IQube, this is a major opportunity to
educate the market on new products, gain valuable leads and close business
To book your space and to enquire about our attractive sponsorship packages
please go to www.igc.int/en/conference/confhome
We look forward to seeing you there!

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Innovation and
improvement celebrated
at 15th International Cereal
and Bread Congress
by, Prof. Dr. M. Hikmet Boyacioglu, International
Editor, Milling and Grain Magazine
The 15th ICBC, held on 18-21 April 2016, attracted a
large number of great researchers from various significant
institutions, despite the recent unfortunate incidents in Turkey
and in Europe. There were 440 participants from around 50
countries, addressing researchers, policy makers, regulatory
bodies, industries, SMEs, students and professionals.
The congress, organised by ICC - International Association
for Cereal Science and Technology alongside ICCs national
representation in Turkey, Hacettepe University and endorsed
by the major international research institutions CIMMYT,
ICARDA and IRRI, was an excellent opportunity for
networking, getting up-to-date information and establishing
international collaboration,
The ICC was originally founded in 1955 on the occasion of
the 3rd International Bread Congress in Hamburg, Germany
as International Association for Cereal Chemistry (ICC).
Its original objective was the development of internationally
approved and accepted standard testing procedures for cereals
and flour. Today the ICC is one of the foremost international
organisations in our field dedicated to international
cooperation, the dissemination of knowledge, and the
improvement in safety and quality of cereal-based foods

The 15th ICBC

Around 150 oral presentations were made in 34 sessions and

more than 200 poster presentations covered the main scientific
topics of the conference, which were as follows; Cereals
and cereal product quality evaluation/quality management,
Cereal processing technologies, Bread and other cereal foods,
Nutrition and health, Food safety and security, Research on
genetics, breeding and agronomy to enhance, Global cereal
production and quality, Storage and packaging, Food
legumes, and sugar, chocolate and confectionery
In the Opening Ceremony, Dr. Ahmet nal gave
an opening speech on The Significance of Cereals
through the Ages in Anatolia: An Archaeological,
Paleaobotanical and Historical Overview. The
plenary sessions talks were given by HansJoachim Braun from CIMMYT - 100 years of
Global Wheat Food Security: From Norman
Borlaug to 2050, Peter R. Shewry of Rothamsted
Research, UK - Challenges for Improving
Wheat Grain Quality and Jan Delcour, KU Leuven
University, Belgium - Our Daily Bread: An Exciting and
Socially Relevant Research Object.

The ICC Awards

During 15th ICBC 2016, the ICC awards were announced.

Clyde H. Bailey Medal - the most prestigious ICC Award,
for outstanding achievements in the service of cereal science
and technology, granted once per four years, was given to
Prof. Dr. Peter R. Shewry, Distinguished Research Fellow at
Rothamsted Research and Professor of Plants and Health at the
University of Reading, United Kingdom, for his outstanding
research on wheat and other cereal grains, ranging from grain
structure and functionality to molecular genetics.
Fellowship of the ICC Academy - for those who have made
significant contributions to cereal science and the aims and
objectives of the ICC was given to Prof. Dr. Elke Arendt,
University College of Cork, Ireland for her outstanding
activities in cereal related food and health research, notably in
the area of gluten free foods and beverages and Dr. Matthew
Morell, International Rice Research Institute, Philippines for
his outstanding activities in cereal biochemistry and genetics
research and research management
Harald Perten Prize - for outstanding achievements in
science, research, teaching or transmission of knowledge,
which serve cereal sciences and technology - primarily
recognising practical applications in the areas of starch, gluten
and enzymes, was given to Prof. Dr. Hamit Koksel, Hacettepe
University, Turkey. Professor Koksels research covered areas
of gluten, starch and enzymes in his long ambitious list of
scientific papers and appearances. Being an active professor in
Turkey and worldwide has also lead to extensive transmission
of knowledge.
ICC announced that the 16th International Cereal and Bread
Congress will be co-organised by the Lincoln University in
spring 2020 in Christchurch, New Zealand.

More information

ICC is the pre-eminent international association in the field

of cereal science and technology, committed to international
cooperation through the dissemination of knowledge,
conducting research, and developing standard methods that
contribute to advance innovation, improve food quality, food
safety and food security for the health and well-being of all

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UK Pig and Poultry Fair 2016 - 10th May 2016

Enhancing feed performance through sustainability, innovation and cooperation
by Andrew Wilkinson

Innovations and marginal gains to drive performance on farm

The forums at the 2016 UK Pig and Poultry Fair focussed mainly on innovations and marginal gains to drive performance on
farm. Featuring industry experts who shared their vast expertise and gave advice on the key areas
that directly affect everyone in our industry from consumers to animal feed producers; even right
back to the livestock farmers themselves.

Outlook for Poultry and eggs

Introduced by Gary Ford, Chief Poultry Advisor for the NFU, 140 people attended
the Outlook for Poultry and Eggs forum at this years UK Pig and Poultry Fair.
Aimed specifically a those who are planning ahead for their business, the talk offered those
in attendance the opportunity to get the lowdown from industry experts on their predictions for
the challenges and opportunities ahead for poultry meat and eggs. Following Mr Fords initial
introduction, the first of the forums speakers took to the stage.

Chris Hall Chicken Business Director, Cargill Meats

The first of the two speakers was Chris Hall from Herefordshire based Cargill Meats. Having
joined Cargill in 1993, Mr Hall is now the director for their fresh chicken business, which produces
chicken products from its vertically integrated UK facilities into the retail, food service and
industrial sectors.
According to Mr Hall, the last twelve months have constituted a positive year, which has seen
significant deflation at kilo level but good volume of growth, which is fantastic for the sector.
The prime example of this growth being in the duck sector, which has expanded by as much as 45
percent. The increased confidence and growth serve as evidence that there is currently a lot of faith
in the UKs poultry industry, according to Mr Hall, adding that he believes that this owes much to
standards of excellence such as the Red Tractor symbol.
As well as deflation, another of the challenges that the livestock industry currently faces is that of
the pathogen Campylobacter. According to Mr Hall, the industry has worked together to combat it and some progress has been
made. However, Mr Hall concluded by stating that we cant beat the problems that our industry is currently facing unless we
work together we have to get organised.

Tom Willings Director of Agriculture, Noble Foods

The second and final of the two speakers at this particular seminar was Tom Willings, who has
been director of Agriculture for the UKs biggest egg business since 2010. At Noble, Mr Willings
leads projects on behalf of Noble and their customers, whilst seeking to create resilient, responsible
supply chains as well as differentiate their products in the marketplace.
In his address, Mr Willings began by setting out his intention to use his time on stage to bridge
the gap between perception and reality, citing his opinion that the, current situation in the industry
sees lots of our colleagues currently spinning plates. Mr willings then went on to discuss the main
challenges that he believes the industry must overcome which included Britains possible exit from
the European Union, microbial issues such as campylobacter and price wars.
Although much of the blame for price wars that force the unit costs down, Mr Willings did state that it is his belief that retailers
specifications are driving progress and this in turn strengthens the British Market position, thus negating the need for foreign imports.
However, the main problem that the UK markets currently face is a supply and demand imbalance, which has led to an
alarming rate of deflation. Citing Nielsens latest figures, Mr Willings stated that the value of the British market has decreased by
494million since 2012.
That said, one consequence of this situation is that the lower unit prices are in fact driving volume, which is fantastic news for
producers of animal feed, but terrible news for farmers. At least wheat prices arent rising, but one day they will and this will be
caused by oversupply, added Mr Willings.
So what could be done to make the situation more favourable to farmers? Well according to the man from Noble, the only
method of realising a price increase would require that the supply levels be vastly reduced, or as Mr Willings put it; the tap is
turned off,
Another issue that he identified was that although the current scale of investment should see beneficial growth, the current poor
unit price performance could be deterring potential investors, as innovation needs investment and investment needs confidence
added Mr Willings. Nobles Director of Agricuture then concluded his address by stating that, Over-supply and disease are the
two overriding concerns, however, ours is an industry where you can flex the supply side quite easily, adding that, The right way
forward has to be decided on sound consumer research.
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Driving innovation in supply, nutrition and performance

As the days forums reached their halfway point at midday, the second forum that Milling and Grain magazine attended titled,
Driving innovation in Supply, Nutrition and performance, began. As in the previous talk that we attended, the billing consisted
of two speakers, who were offering those in attendance the opportunity to, hear how in todays global market we can drive
innovation and work together to improve performance and margins on farm.

Hugh Burton, Senior Raw Materials Manager, ABN

The first of the two speakers to take the stand was Hugh Burton, who is ABNs current Raw Materials
Manager. Having worked in feed formulation since the early nineties, Mr Burton joined ABN in
1995. His duties currently include the management of ABNs raw material planning team and the
Procurement, Costings and Administration team.
Mr Burton is also responsible for ABNs soya purchasing policy and coordinating soya purchasing
activity across AB Connect. He also represents AB AGRI at the FEFAC Animal Feed Compounders
Committee and Round Table for Responsible Soy (RTRS). The two topics that Mr Burton discussed
were responsible sourcing schemes and industry innovations; whilst also stressing the need for
collaboration and cooperation between rival companies.
Citing the Round Table for Responsible Soy, Mr Burton described the three types of responsible
sourcing certificates. The first and most basic type of certification is the Book and Claim approach is very different from other
well-known chain of custody (COC), whereas systems such as Mass Balance and Identity Preserved, which are slightly more
costly that book and claim but provide a much more though level of traceability.
Many UK supermarkets are aiming to be 100 percent sustainable palm oil by 2020, which Mr Burton argued was evidence that
the, Whole process has been very positive in commencing supply chain engagement, and has created a continuous improvement
situation. Move the industry forward in bitesize chunks.
However, Mr Burton also argued that the new guidelines will have a positive knock-on effect, and with the advent of vastly
improved traceability, Producers may need to think about where ingredients within their feed are coming from, as it could
influence their retailer demand. He concluded his address by stating that he firmly believes that in the future, Responsible
sourcing could be critical to securing a contract, or it could even result in a premium for their product.

Adekunle Adebiyi, Poultry Nutritionist, ABN

Following Mr Burtons address, the next speaker was ABNs Poutry Nutitionist, Adekunle Adebiyi.
Mr Adebiyi began his career with ABN in 2014 following the completion of a PHD in poultry at the
Scottish Agricultural College. His role at ABN involves a wide variety of activities relating to the
progression of poultry nutrition, as well as assisting with science research and technical development.
During his address, Mr Adebiyi discussed the current trends and ideas around the significance of
working together to drive innovation and performance in the poultry sector.
Mr Adebiyi began by looking at a series of schemes and assessed their relative importance. He based
their importance on the levels of protein contained in the feed as we have all the energy we want. He
also thoroughly examined the effect of soyabean on environment, such as the levels of deforestation
currently taking place in order to satisfy demand, but argued that this key for production of meat, pig

and poultry.
Mr Adebiyi described his Ideal feed nutrition situation, as being feed that is of good quality, low input, high protein, adding
that the key to good soya lies in separating desirables from the undesirables.
Much of this, according to Mr Adebiyi, owes much to the fact that we are now Increasingly seeing the use of a diverse range
of sources to produce animal feed protein. However, he added also added that it is possible to increase derived value using
locally available products, which should then be less subject to price volatility.
Another benefit of removing unwanted factions, according to Mr Adebiyi, is that in doing so you improve intestinal health of
the animals, adding that this is especially crucial for young piglets and chicks that we use highly digestible raw materials. Mr
Adebiyi stipulated however that this practice is becoming more and more important, and it was now essential that we provide
the right nutrition with less anti-nutrients.
One such method of improving nutrition, according to Mr Adebiyi, is by way of a process that he referred to as phytase
superdosing. This process, which is still very much at the testing stage, has so far been proven to improve raw material
In fact, during his discussion of the process, the young animals exposed to the treatment enjoyed a two point on average
improvement in FCR live weight gain. Mr Adebiyi also stated that the aforementioned two point improvement is such that the
value increase in livestock will more than pay for the initial treatment.
When concluding his address, Mr Adebiyi , like his industry colleagues before him, reinforced that he believed that our
industry is currently facing a lot of challenges, and these are all problems that we as an industry need to work together to combat
These challenges, that include the control and eventual eradication of pathogens such as campylobacter and salmonella, can only
be effectively tackled if the industry works together and shares their collective knowledge and wisdom

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Jennifer Maurin
XTRACT Product Manager,
Jennifer Maurin is the product manager for the
plant extract range of products called XTRACT for
Pancosma, a Swiss company based in Geneva.
A their very first UK Pig & Poultry Fair. In September
of 2015 we received approval from the EU commission
and the FSA for one of our plant extract products
called XTRACT Evolution B, which is now approved
as being a sole technical additive for broilers. Which
act on feed efificiency, body weight, and quality.

What do you think of this show? Do you come

here regularly?

This is our first time at the UK Pig & Poultry Fair. Since
we got our product registration, it is a very unique event in
the life of a company and so we wanted to celebrate that
with this booth today. So far we have met a lot of people
and made new connections that we hadnt met before, and
as it is only the beginning of the show, it has been very

Is this the only show that you attend for the UK


For the UK we have no specific fairs or expositions, we

used to participate in congresses more than fairs. Nothing
specific in my mind for the UK, but of course we will be
at Eurotier in Germany which still covers the region of
Europe, but nothing else in the UK specifically.
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John Fish
UK and Ireland Manager, Vitfoss
John Fish, the country manager for the UK and
Ireland for Vitfoss, who are an International pre-mix
manufacturer; manufacturing pre-mixes, vitamins and
minerals for Poultry, Swine and Cattle.
At this years UK Pig & Poultry Fairshow they were
promoting some of our pre-mixes as well as a product
called Stalosan. Vitfoss alsoused the show as an
opportunity to introduce theFirst Feeder system to
English andIrish pig producers.

What do you think of this show? Do you come

here regularly?

We have been here for the last eight years, the show is
every two years, so we have been here for the last four
shows.This is the premiere event, or major event for pig
and poultry industry that we are involved in. It works very
well for us, it is generally very well attended, as you can
see it is quite busy today.

Is this the only show that you attend for the UK


For the Pig and Poultry sectors, yes. We are also active
in the ruminants sector. We go to three major expositions
each year, every year for those. But for the pig and poultry
sector, this is the main one.

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by Roger Gilbert, Publisher MAG and International Aquafeed

t was an honour to be invited by HSH Prince Albert

ll of Monaco to moderate the session on aquaculture
at this years Monaco Blue Initiative (MBI) held in
Sao Paulo, Brazil on April 3-4, 2016.
MBI is a platform for communication and an
exchange between representatives from various
sectors from scientific, entrepreneurial, political
decision-makers to civil society to analyze and put
forward possible synergies between the protection
of marine ecosystems and socio-economic development.
The theme of this years edition of the MBI was Sustainable
aquaculture at the heart of a blue economy.
The event took place in the Palcio dos Bandeirantes
(Bandeirantes Palace), which is home to So Paulos Governor G.
Alckmin and holds a large and famous collection of art.


The meeting, opened jointly by the Governor and Prince

Albert ll in the presence of government authorities, business
entrepreneurs and delegates to MBI, was the 7th Edition of the
MBI and it is getting an enviable position where discussion about
topics of relevance such as aquaculture - and their sustainable
development is linked to preservation of the seas and oceans.
Whilst Monaco is a small principality with an enviable quality
of life it has a strong connection and knowledge of the oceans
through Prince Albert l. The Prince developed studies and
research with a select group of scientists which saw the beginning
of the Monaco Oceanographic Institute, a recognised world
reference library on oceanography.
Since Prince Albert lls accession as Sovereign in the
Principality he has shown great interest about the environment
and the protection of the oceans and seas.
New challenges have raised the importance to establish a
sustainable production system. Aquaculture is opening new doors
and becoming an innovative source to extract more production
suitable for human consumption with strong emphasis on
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nutrition but also for energy, pharmaceuticals, cosmetics, etc.

This edition also covered the circular economy in aquaculture,
questions about sustainability while retaining the ability to feed
local populations and, not forgetting, the role of Marine Protected
Areas in marine ecosystems which are exposed to climate change.
Brazil with about 3.5m km2 of water under its jurisdiction and
a massive 4500 miles of coastline has opportunity but currently
has low production coupled with low consumption of seafood.
There are over 200 million people in Brazil and their seafood
consumption is less than half of world average.

The Circular Economy

There were five session in total. I moderated Session 2: No

waste, no pollution, more value - Aquaculture in the circular
economy with panelists: Jean-Pascal Berg of IDmer, Lorient,
France; Thierry Chopin of the Canadian IMTA Network;
Raphala Le Gouvello from AMURE in Brest, France and
Janaina Kimpara, a researcher and technical coordinator of the
Brazilian Agriculture Research Corporation - Embrapa MidNorth.

For 25 years, Jean-Pascal Berg has been involved in the

development of sustainable process for converting marine
resources into products. He is focused on bio-refinery approaches
for maximising value, while reducing wastage. From academy
to industry he has been involved in projects worldwide while
promoting circular economy and industrial ecology principle.
We must consider wastes as resources which solves the
problem of wastes while preserving the resources, he said in
Dr Chopins research focuses on the eco-physiology, biochemistry and cultivation of seaweeds of commercial value and
the development of integrated multi-trophic aquaculture systems
for environmental sustainability, economic stability and increased
societal acceptability.
He concluded his brief presentation by saying it is time for:
1. The Turquoise Revolution or a greener Blue Revolution
2. The application of aqua-nomic principles in the management
of our aquatic fields - just like agronomy on land
3. Regulatory changes, flexible and enabling the implementation
of innovative aquaculture practices
4. The proper valuation of the ecosystem services provided by
extractive species
5. The implementation of nutrient trading credits
Dr Raphala le Gouvello, is currently involved with
sustainability issues in aquaculture within the IUCN - the
International Union for Conservation of Nature, helps the world
find pragmatic solutions to our most pressing environment and
development challenges.
He is also now involved with the Research Marine Economy
Laboratory AMURE, at the University of Brittany, where he
is working on a thesis about Circular Economy applied to the
ocean and coastal activities and territories.
Within the concept of circular economy and all the
opportunities it may offer, aquaculture has to open to other
sea- and land-based activities and explore other kinds potential
synergies, for example, with marine renewal energies and
multiple-use platforms of fisheries aquaculture players, he said.
Janaina Kimpara has assessed sustainability and works
with integrated agri-aquaculture projects to ensure food
security. EMBRAPA has charged her Mid-North Research and
Development Facility to develop sustainable aquaculture. The
mission to reduce poverty, ensure food security and achieve
environmental conservation.
Brazil has increased its awareness of integrated farming and

circular economy advantages - both economic and ecological

which enables building an aquaculture-agriculture bridge in
In Brazil, public authorities and the private sector are key
actors to moving society towards efficient production systems
in terms of use of natural and social resources. Both should be
committed to impact societys needs for food and other goods
while respecting biodiversity and ecosystem conservation, she
In conclusion I informed MBI delegates that as of today, the
animal feed industry produces globally just short of one billions
tonnes of scientifically-formulated compound feeds annually.
Aquculture has grown rapidly and is accounting for an
ever increasing slice of this cake, but its consumption is
predominately in Asia which accounts for between 85 percent of
all fish farmed.
Aquaculture passed marine caught fishing in volume in 2015
and projections suggest it will more than double between now
and 2050 while wild caught seafood will plateau in output over
that period. The compound growth rate of aquaculture is over
eight percent per annum and well ahead of any other food protein
source in production terms.
All developing countries need to produce a minimum of
133.6kg/per of formulated feed per head of population to alleviate
food shortage and aquaculture feeds will pay an increasing role in
achieving this target whether aquaculture systems are freshwater
or marine based.
Only half the 130-plus countries surveyed in 2015 provide more
than this per capita figure for their populations.

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Everything that this innovative

think tank has achieved over
the last seven years, we owe
to the commitment and
talent of its participants in
other words to your talent
and commitment. Each one
of you has provided valuable
input to this work, enabling it
to reach the quality it is today
- says HSH Prince Albert ll,
Monaco in closing the one-day
conference in Sao Paulo



HSH Prince Albert ll, Monaco in closing the

7th Monaco Blue Initiative in Sao Paulo, Brazil

The key challenge of the Monaco Blue Initiative: to focus on the intelligence and motivation of various individuals
and unite them so that together we can take more effective action. - HSH Prince Albert ll, Monaco
The principle of the Monaco Blue Initiative, which from
year to year focuses frequently on recurring topics, is in
this respect particularly enlightening. It enables us to see
how certain solutions, which only a few years ago were still
experimental, today have reached an extremely encouraging
level of maturity.
The issues we discussed today are in this respect emblematic
of a world that is changing and which, despite our legitimate
impatience, is learning to turn finally to the sea in a responsible
Although we are delighted with the progress made in aquaculture
and the greater consideration given to maritime issues in the face
of climate change, we also know that the situation of the oceans is
often worrying and sometimes tragic.
The question is therefore to know what we should do to speed up
the change, and how to promote it.
By making a connection between global issues and consumer
practices, by addressing environmental issues whilst offering
solutions with regard to nutrition, energy and health, the economic
level can now be at the heart of ocean protection.
It is thanks to responsible and ambitious aquaculture that
tomorrow we will be able to offer an effective alternative to so
many practices that are destroying our seas year after year.
It is by mobilizing producers around tangible and positive
objectives that we will manage to do so. But above all it is by
offering real benefits to both consumers and the local populations
that we will make the change happen.
However there is often a gap between conviction and action.
Most often this gap is due to the economic reality.
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Today, it is essential that we implement the conditions that will

enable us to overcome any obstacles and promote the development
of sustainable growth.
Especially as far as aquaculture is concerned, but also marine
protected areas, as we have discussed, and the energy transition,
the role of the public authorities should be to foster models which
will enable burgeoning initiatives to be fully deployed.
In brief, their role should be to introduce a sustainability
challenge consistent with commercial trade so that producers and
consumers alike benefit.
As the success stories presented to us have demonstrated, it is
by introducing this notion of sustainability, through incentives or
regulations, through the invention of innovative mechanisms and
by promoting this sustainability economically speaking, that we
will be able to create the conditions for genuine change.
To achieve such change however, it is necessary to build on good
practice, grass roots needs, in order to guarantee the longevity of
the mechanisms concerned.
Our meeting today is for me an initial way of uniting these
points of view. But we must go even further. This is the sense
of the actions I implement as Head of State and through my
Foundation, to promote the renewal of economic instruments to
foster sustainable development.
To conclude todays meeting, I would like to encourage you
to continue the discussions between disciplines and approaches
which have made the MBI successful.
Let us therefore trust our ability, that of scientists, environmental
players, political and business leaders and let us mobilise them
through dialogue, experimentation and will!

Patrice Breillot, Asia Pacific
Marketing Manager



From humble beginnings in a

car park in Bangkok, VICTAM
Asia has blossomed into Asias
international showcase for the feed
and grain industry expanding by
600 percent over the last 25 years.
This year, the 25th Anniversary
of VICTAM Asia, this pattern was
unchanging, as the show grew
by 11 percent on 2014, and
could boast a visitor increase of 5
percent with the show organisers
avowing that this proves that
quality counts!
With such impressive statistics
we took to the fold to find out
from the exhibitors what they
were showcasing, how well their
business was expanding into the
ever-growing Asian market, and
crucially their feelings on the
success of this years show.

Bentall Rowlands
Kevin Broom, Technical
Director, Bentall Rowlands

What is Bentall Rowlands

here showcasing at
VICTAM Asia 2016?
Basically bulk storage
silos, hoppers, and ancillary
equipment such as handling
conveyors elevators, basically
anything that goes with a
grain storage system.
How have you found
VICTAM Asia this year?
Its been very good, very busy.
I think weve had some very
good enquiries. VICTAM
Europe is huge and you get
a lot of people on the stand,
just coming to have a look,
whereas here I think we
are getting people who are
actually interested, so there is
a more specific client base.

Schmiedewerke Grditz
Dominik Butter, Division
Manager and head of sales

What are you here

promoting at VICTAM?
We are here promoting our
special product Seamless
rolled rings. The pallet dye
industry forms one part of our
product range, and in that we
are more or less the market
leader with a market share of
80 percent. That is what we
are here promoting, hoping to
find some more customers to
expand our client base.
Have you seen much
expansion into the Asian
Yes, we see that there is a
quite a big development
during the last 10 15
years. All of our European
companies are now opening
up small factories in Asia
- China Taiwan for exampleand we are going to follow
them, especially with this
So finally, what have you
thought of VICTAM 2016?
We are happy, we have made
a lot of new contacts. Of
course, we have to rethink
every year about whether we
will return, because at the
end of the day it is a matter
of cost. We do not have any
fixed sales contracts that we
have finalised here yet, but
we see it in the way that we
have to be here to say hello to
our customers and potential
clients, thats why I guess it is
good to be here.

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Edward Manchester, Regional
Director for Biomin in South

What products are you here

showcasing at VICTAM?
Basically we are here
showcasing our entire
portfolio of products,
which is mycotoxin risk
management, and also the
gut health products which are
products like probiotics and
Your stand is extremely
busy, how are you finding
VICTAM Asia this year?
We have been unbelievably
busy today, it started yesterday
morning and its been like this
since basically 10 oclock in
the morning until 6 oclock in
the evening its been complete
packed out, non stop!
Yesterday we had people from
India, from Vietnam, we've
had Japanese delegates come
through as well. Its not just a
local Thai event, theres a big
international delegation, with
also quite a lot of customers
from Myanmar. So we have
representation from Biomin
from our guys in India, in
the Philippines, Indonesia,
Myanmar, Thailand and
So, overall successful then?
Very successful, in fact even
this morning we had about 70
Vietnamese delegates came
on the booth so we were
packed out! It has really been
a fantastic event.

What are you here

promoting at VICTAM?
We are promoting our twinscrew extrusion systems for
aqua-feed and pet food
The great advantages of TSE
(mixing ability, very accurate
process control, flexibility
to process a very wide range
of raw materials), enable to
process optimum recipes as
far as proteins, carbohydrates
and fat are concerned, while
using optimized raw material
sourcing regarding nutritional
values and cost, and to obtain
aqua-feed from 0.5mm up to
30 mm in diameter.
Our new Evolum + range
of TSE include features that
provide 30% to 40% capacity
increase, optimized hygienic
design and enhanced process
What has been your
experience of VICTAM Asia
Very interesting as we have
had many focused enquiries
which are consistent with the
technology Clextral provide.
How important is the AsianPacific market to Clextral?
The Asian-Pacific market is
very important to Clextral as
Aquaculture is continually
growing and the requirements
for twin screw extrusion for
the production of the high
end pet food market and
specially the pet treats are also
We also supply numerous
TSE systems for human food
How important is VICTAM?
For the feed industries
Clextral is supplying,
Europe are the two most
important events.
There is an increased demand
for twin screw extrusion
systems and Clextral provide
the consistent quality and
flexibility the industry needs.

Seluk Erdem Marketing
Manager at Yemmak

Balaguer Rolls

What have you thought

about VICTAM Asia 2016?
It is the biggest show in the
world for feed milling and
grain handling and storage.
This is now our second time at
VICTAM Asia, we are new!
Have you enjoyed your
experience this year?
Yes we have, because all the
big players are here, it has
been a success.

Charles Le Goff, Sales Manager

Have you enjoyed VICTAM

Yes! Before the show actually
we held a seminar with the
company KPI and we have
just begun a partnership with
them and so they had some
people from their company
on our booth and they have
helped attract many many
So have you seen lots of
expansion into the Asian
market, or do you think
youll see more now that you
have partnered with KPI?
Actually we already know
the Asian market because
we have our own subsidiary
in Indonesia, an office in
Singapore, and we have a
factory in China as well. So
what we try to do here in Asia,
especially in Thailand, is find
a good re-saler or partner, as
we have succeeded to do with
KPI, to continue to be able to
sell our products worldwide,
as we have done for the past
25 years.


David Balaguer from

Fundiciones Balaguer, S.A

Ge Pro
Franz-Peter Rebafka Ge Pro
Chief Technical Officer (CTO)

What are you here

promoting at VICTAM?
Ge Pro is celebrating its 10
year Anniversary this year,
and VICTAM Asia is hosted
in the country where it all
began for us, Thailand. We
now have a firm base in
Indonesia and the Philippines,
wirh a hope to expand further
into Cambodia and Myanmar,
taking full advantage of the
existing customer structure in
these markets.
We want to show our
intention to be committed to
the Asian area, we feel that
our 10 years here underlines
this commitment, were not
going to bring in any radical
changes, but simply continue
with our solid business
The change in the law of
exporting proteins no longer
having bilateral laws may
or may not be an advantage.
It means increased expansion
opportunities as we can now
export to India. Japan and
Taiwan markets still have
concerns about BSE and
recognise all European animal
proteins as a threat
What has been your
experience of VICTAM Asia
VICTAM is always a success,
and it is getting bigger and
bigger each year. There
is more technology than
ingredients but there is still a
good amount of ingredients

What products are you

promoting at VICTAM
We manufacture rolls, bending
rolls for food processing
What has been your
experience of VICTAM Asia
There are a lot of exhibitors,
a lot of machines and
equipment around but not a lot
of clients - not enough clients
and visitors.

Anders Malm, Vice President of

Marketing, Tornum

Why are you here

showcasing at VICTAM?
Actually because we think
this is an interesting market
and we have been here for
more than 10 years now and it
continues growing, and that is
why its interesting for us.
What have you thought
about VICTAM Asia 2016?
It has been good as always;
we have had quite a lot of
customers coming through.

Dol Sensors
Palle Jrgensen, Business Unit Manager, Dol

What is Dol Sensors here promoting at

VICTAM this year?
Well, the big change for Dol Sensors is
that we are now acting as an independent
business unit, we were formally part of Scoff the leading supplier
of climate systems for poultry and pork production, but Dol Sensors
has now been separated. We wanted to enhance our focus on the
sensors for the aquaculture market, a large focus being feed sensors,
which we are showcasing here at VICTAM
Have you had a successful show here at VICTAM?
Very much so, Im fairly new to the business, I have a sales person
here in Asia who is responsible for the Asian Market, so I was not
quite sure what to expect but it has been very very successful. We
have made a lot of very good contacts even, without being too
optimistic, with some good business potential. It has been a very
good show, absolutely.
Other than Asia, which countries are you focusing on?
We are a Global operation, we are most active in the Northern
Hemisphere, so North America, including Mexico, Europe, we
are starting to move more into the Middle East but not so much in
Africa, and then lets say more Northern Asia, so Thailand, China,
India, Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia. Obviously with Thailand and
China as our main drivers. Obviously we see potential in Australia
and New Zealand, as we do South America but its so far away
from Denmark! So were trying to expand when we see increasing
Besides VICTAM, what other exhibitions are Dol Sensors
participating in?
Well theres a few, we have just recently been at VIV in Abu Dhabi,
we were in Atlanta in January, but VICTAM is really good because a
lot of our main products are going into the feed industry, as an event
it fits very well with our company.
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Geert Van de Velden, Sales
Manager, Sonac

What is it that Sonac is

here promoting at FIAAP/
feed part of the show, we are
basically showcasing our animal proteins for all species
- chickens, pigs and fish feed. We do minerals for these
species too, then we have what we call the specialty products
with more added value or with a certain functionality, like
our plasma proteins or hydrolised proteins, which we are
here to promote also. That is why we organised our seminar
yesterday (30th March) to teach and educate our customers
and distributors in the Asian region
How did you feel your conference went?
I was happy with the result, we booked a room for 50 people
and it was almost completely full so we were happy with
Sonac, under Darling, is a very large company with many
different specialties, what is your main focus for the
Asian market?
For me it is feed and pet food, but lets say for example our
food division is very big in gelatin, we have a big gelatin
market in China. Asia is extremely important for us as there
are so many people living here. From the top of my head I
couldnt say for the whole company how the sales are split
geographically but it is inevitable that Asia is and important
region for all parts of our business. I think only our Biofuels
are not yet present in the Asian market.
How do you feel VICTAM Asia 2016 went for Sonac?
On the whole we are satisfied, we always participate
both here and in Cologne and even though it is mostly an
equipment show, there arent as many ingredient exhibitors,
we still have a good chance as there are still nutritionists
who attend the show, and attend the seminars and walk
around, most of them prefer to go to ingredient suppliers
rather than to people who supply equipment -so we get
a lot of people coming by who are interested and asking
questions, so we are satisfied.
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Koen Verbrugge, Area Sales

Manager for Eastern Europe
and Asia

What is SCE promoting at

VICTAM 2016?
Our main focus is, of course,
square bins and we are in
fact integrating them in flour
mills, feed mills, rice mills,
and coffee plants. In many of
these industries, specifically
feed mills and coffee plants,
you have high turnover of the
raw material, which means
our bins are a more viable
option compared to steel silos
- as our square silos are used
day in day out, and that is
something we are very good
at, reliable long lasting silos in
overall structure.
Have you seen a lot of
expansion into the Asian
Feed milling is a bit slow
now but flour milling and rice
milling is a booming business
What have you thought
about VICTAM this year?
It is quite ok! Of course, it
is not our first VICTAM so
many people we are seeing
for a second or third time.
So, were kind of building
up these relationships. Its
also not the type of product
a person needs every year
- they need it every once in
five or ten years, so its at that
moment they, of course, have
to think about us. So, for that
reason it is important for us to
be here present at this show.

Mevlt Oral General Manager

of Oryem Feed Milling

What is Oryem here

promoting at VICTAM this
We are here to promote
our machines, like our feed
milling machines, because
of course this exhibition is
mostly about feed milling. We
have been attending this show
for the last two years
Have you seen a lot of
expansion into the Asian
We currently dont have a lot
of experience with the Asian
market. We have moved as far
east as Bangladesh, but we are
keen to enter this market, as
there is a big market building
here especially Vietnam,
Thailand, Philippines, those
countries, well see!
How have you found
VICTAM this year, you said
it was your second one?
Last time was much better
than this time. There are fewer
visitors this year than two
years ago Its normal I think,
I have been going to all the
exhibitions around the world
and now the world is getting
smaller, and nobody has the
money right now, or at least
they dont want to spend it.
Two weeks ago we were in
Dubai and it was a disaster,
nothing was there. This one
was a little bit better but not
like two years ago. There are
fewer Turkish, Russian and
Arabic people here this year.
I think the world economy is
the reason for it.

Van Aarsen
Maril van Kempen, Marketing
and Communications Manager

Timur Yesnazarov, Head of
Sales, Sigur

What are you here

showcasing at VICTAM?
We would firstly like to thank
the organisers, this is the
first time we are attending an
exhibition like this in South
East Asia, before we were
introduced in the Western
Market, but not in Asia. We
are here promoting our Grain
Have you had a successful
Yes, weve had a lot of people
here coming around the
machine. There were a lot
of famers and we really like
working with farmers, to see
the end client and to see what
kind of result they get after
using the machine. Also, there
are a lot of professors coming
here who are interested in the
machine and would like to
take more time to study it.

Daniel Wambeke, Vice
President of Scafco Grain
Systems Company.

What is Scafco
here promoting at
Were designers,
manufacturers and suppliers
of grain storage systems
world wide. We manufacture
corrugated galvanized steel
silos, bucket elevators and
chain conveyors.
So what have you thought
about VICTAM 2016?
Well its better than last time I
was here, it if of course much
bigger and there have been
more visitors, but we got some
quality potential customers.

Carl Arnold, Vice President of
Sales and Marketing at InstaPro

Lorne Viegaard, Global Market
Specialist for Grain, Milling
and Oil

What is Foss here promoting

We are promoting an online
system which can scan for
moisture and protein in raw
materials and feeds and grain,
and it will help you optimise
your production.
We also have a solution for
the laboratory or the factory
where you can analyse flour
for ash, ash is not so easy
to analyse quickly but with
this instrument we can do it
very accurately and it is for
the benefit of flour millers,
its quite a new product from

What is Van Aarsen

promoting here at VICTAM?
We are in fact introducing our
next generation pellet mill,
our CU Dynamic Pellet Mill,
to the Asian market. This pellet mill was first launched in
Europe last year in June, and today (March 31) we sold
our first two pellet mills here in Asia, so that was a small
success of the trade show as well. We have noticed that
this pellet mill has been received quite well. The nice thing
about it is, often when you start a development you take
the old machine and you make adjustments or additions to
it, but this has been developed in a different way. Quite a
young guy from the company who is now about 29 years
old started about four years ago with developing the pellet
mill - this was his first project. We first trained him in the
process, helping him understand what the expectations are
for a good pellet to process and from that knowledge he
tried to have a completely open mind thinking how would
a pellet mill function and what kind of design do you need?
From the outside it still looks quite similar but internally it
has changed, it has new technologies and new materials and
thats why we call it a next generation we started from
scratch essentially and threw out old ideas.
The pellet mill is available in different options, we have a
basic version, which does more or less the same as the old
version but has much better materials in it, less vibration
sensitive, there is easy to clean coating, but the main
improvement is when you get the Dynamic version. The
Dynamic version gives you the opportunity to use the pellet
mill to its limits, both in quality and capacity. There are
two functionalities that make that possible it is the motor
operated roller adjustment and the active roller slip control,
which means when there is slip it resolves it immediately, so
you wont have any blockages due to slip. We sat down with
our customers and we noticed that these type of blockages
are common in a feed mill. So now with the CU Dynamic
Pellet Mill you can easily gain back one or two hours in a
day so you get not only better quality but better capacity
of feed.

What products are you

showcasing at VICTAM?
We are featuring our medium
sheer extruder, its our
MS3000 for making fish
feed. Thats our main one,
we have a whole equipment
line including extruders and
oil presses but this market is
specifically looking at aquatic
type feeds.

Are you seeing a lot of expansion in to the Asian market?

The Asian market is one of the markets where we are more
successful and we still see quite a lot of growth. The last few
years weve seen quite a lot from Vietnam, the Philippines
is still a very important market and you see each year can
change. I know that Indonesia hasnt been so easy in the last
few years but we have seen an improvement in that market
now. What weve noticed throughout the show is that we
have had a lot of customers from Bangladesh - so we see that
there is a higher interest there. Each country is developing
in its own unique way and that is what makes it interesting
especially at a trade show here in Asia.]

How have you found

GRAPAS Asia 2016?
Its been great the traffic
through the booth has been
very strong. The first day I
wasnt here but my colleagues
said it was extremely busy,
and then today weve had
follow up visits form those
people who are very seriously
interested. So far so good!

Have you had a successful VICTAM?

Yes we are quite happy. We had the most visits, and what
we noticed today [on the last day of the show] some new
customers who had visited us previously on the first or
second day, have come back, and sat down a little bit longer
to go into a little bit more detail and thats worthwhile as
well. Generally though VICTAM is an important trade show
for us because it is so focussed on the feed business and
many other trade shows we attend have thousands of visitors
but only a small percentage are feed millers or people who
invest in feed mills but here you can be assured that almost
everybody who is walking around is in the business.
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but his career in the industry started more than 25 years ago.
In the early 1990s, Mr Wernsing started with GSI in their grain dryer division. After some time on
the plant floor and in production management, he moved to the engineering department as
a technician and eventually became a product manager. In the late 1990s he moved to GSIs
international sales division.
Following a short break for academic study, Mr Wernsing then went to Brock as strategic
accounts manager and soon after accepted an offer to be sales manager at Union Iron. AGI
had just acquired Union Iron. He then spent a few years at Union Iron and then accepted a
position with AGI as director of international sales.
In 2015, he became director of North American sales for our newly formed commercial division.
In early 2016 Mr Wernsing was asked to be general manager at Union Iron. Mr Wernsing is
firmly of the belief that he currently possesses sufficient understanding of Union Irons people,
products and customers to build and support an effective team that will manage this business

What are the unique qualities that you believe have

made Union Iron such a successful brand, and how
do you intend to ensure that this reputation is carried
forward into the future?
Union Iron has a solid reputation as a manufacturer of
heavy-duty, grain handling equipment with a conservative
approach to design and application. I intend to ensure
this reputation is carried forward by concentrating on the
customer experience at every step of the transaction: from
initial contact to after-sales support. In short, we will leave
our customers satisfied with their decision to partner with
Union Iron.

What is it like to work as such a key component in

such a vast network of co-operating companies as
AGI, and what are the pros and cons of working in
such a large family of companies?

There are really no negatives working in a network that has

so many experienced, talented and creative people. Each
division, department and individual at AGI brings a unique
perspective to the opportunities and obstacles we face
in our business. No doubt there are challenges, especially
challenges created by cultural differences, but these
differences can also become strengths when recognised
and leveraged.

How do you maintain yours and your teams daily

motivation and inspiration despite obstacles,
pushback or setbacks?

Everyone at Union Iron, and this is true across the entire AGI
organisation, seeks to be the best at what they do. Thats
the common theme across all functions of our business: to be
the best. Im not referring to being the best we can beIm
referring to being the best in the world at what we do. That is
an important distinction.

What are the most useful resources that you would

recommend to someone looking to gain a better
perspective into becoming a better industry leader?
You must know your customer and you must know yourself.
Have a deep understanding of what your customer needs
and an even deeper understanding of whether you have
what it takes to provide it.

Although I appreciate that only a relatively small amount of

time has passed since your appointment, do you currently

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have any concerns in regards to the current state of the

industry? What do you see as being the current trends or
even, what currently poses the biggest challenge?
There are always concerns. Im concerned about the
current political environment in the U.S. and the uncertainty
an election year brings. Im concerned that low commodity
prices may affect the appetite for continued capital
investment. Im concerned about regional instability around
the Black Sea. Im always concerned about weather events.

Looking forward, which elements of your own wealth

of experience do you believe will influence your ethos
and decision making most throughout the duration of
your time as GM of Union Iron?

From a purely philosophical perspective, I have learned to

value hard work, to strive to gain deep understanding and to
persevere. Success requires all three things.

Do you have any plans or goals for the immediate

future of Union Iron that you would be willing to share
with our readership? Which changes do you plan to
implement and do you foresee any issues with doing

Change at Union Iron is constant. We recently introduced

a new coating system, we call it Plus-Coat, which proved to
be superior to hot-dipped galvanising in third party tests. We
are preparing to manufacture AGIs commercial bin sweep.
We are expanding and improving our structural steel product

What are you doing daily to ensure the growth and

development of Union Iron?

Were focused on being the best; were focused on results

and were focused on the customer experience. If we can
stay focused we will continue to grow and perform.

What are the most pressing challenges that you face

in your role at Union Iron today?
Whether it is generating sales, managing projects or
designing new products it takes talented and motivated
people. So, the biggest challenge is figuring out how to
put the right people in the right positions. We then have to
make sure they have a crystal clear understanding of the
companys goals and that they are driven with incentives
that align their interests with the companys interests.


Corbion Caravan promotes Jesse Stinson

to Manager, Sweet Bakery Goods

uccess is sweet, as Jesse Stinson can tell you. Based on her talents as a team leader and senior
scientist at Corbion Caravans Bakery Ingredient Innovation Centre, Jesse has been named the
new Application Manager of the Sweet Bakery Goods team.

The team is part of a foundational service at Corbion Caravan: The company has provided
research and development, technical support, and innovative products to bakers for more than 100

Jesse Stinson

Theres always something new to learn and discover in baking, says Jesse.

This role will give me the opportunity to work with a great team, push the boundaries, and find new
ways to help our customers succeed.

Jesse Stinson has worked at Corbion Caravan for more than eight years. Her areas of expertise include ingredient
functionality, enzyme technology, industrial bread formulation, mould inhibition in bakery systems, texture analysis, and
project management.

Ardent Mills names VP of Research, Quality

and Technical Solutions Team

rdent Mills, the premier flour milling and ingredient company, announces that Kent Juliot
will join the Ardent Mills team as Vice President of the Research, Quality and Technical
Solutions and member of the senior leadership team.

We are pleased to announce that Kent has accepted the role as Vice President of the
Research, Quality and Technical Solutions team at Ardent Mills, states Dan Dye, CEO.

Kent Juliot

Kent is a proven leader in the food industry with an extensive background in food production and
customer technical interactions. He also brings to Ardent Mills a strong track record in the flour milling
business, along with relationships that span the FDA, USDA and in the international arena.

Bill Stoufer, COO adds, Kent was selected for this role based on his long track record of success
in the food industry, his broad range of food safety and quality experience and his passion for developing high-performing
organisations, leaders and teams.

He comes with nearly 11 years of progressive leadership experience at ConAgra Foods where he was responsible for food
safety, quality and sanitation for 58 ConAgra Foods and co-manufacturing processing facilities. He also led the supplier
quality department, managing over 10,000 ingredients and packaging supplies. Prior to his experience at ConAgra Foods,
Kent held leadership posts in quality and plant management over a 20-year span with the Kellogg Company.

Kent will be relocating to the Denver area and will be reporting directly to Bill Stoufer, COO, beginning his new role here
on April 25, 2016.

Monica McGurk to lead strategy and

new ventures for Tyson Foods

n executive with more than two decades of strategic and organisational experience has been
selected to manage corporate strategy and new business opportunities for Tyson Foods, Inc,
the company reported today.

Monica McGurk has been named senior vice president of strategy and new ventures and
will manage the companys strategic planning and growth efforts. She will report to Tyson Foods
President and CEO Donnie Smith.

Monica McGurk

Monica is a great fit for our company, said Mr Smith.

She comes to us as the result of a long career of proven performance in strategic roles, and we
believe her extensive experience will help us continue to grow as a value-added food company.

Ms McGurk most recently worked for the Coca-Cola Company, where she was senior vice president of strategy, decision
support and e-commerce for the companys North American Group. Prior to Coca-Cola, she spent 19 years at McKinsey &
Company, one of the worlds top management consulting firms, where she focused on consumer and retail sectors, founded
McKinseys consumer innovation practice, and led its consumer organisation practice. She holds a Master of Business
Administration degree from Stanford University.
Long-time Tyson Foods senior leader Hal Carper will help McGurk transition to her new role. Hell also continue to
develop the operational support necessary to execute the companys growth strategy.
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