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Constructing a rice
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GEAPS product showcase
IPPE Review
History of milling in Northern

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In this issue:

Marriages Mill
- milling since 1824
Extrusion as an
innovation driver
Taking NIR beyond

GEAPS 2015
Show review

April 2015


In this issue:

The flour
Grain fortification
Optical sorting
The African Milling School
Loading bulk solids with
explosive characteristics

VIV Asia 2015

Show review

May 2015


In this issue:

In this issue:

The African
Milling School
Designing a resilient
Ship unloading systems
Steel grain bin


India - Challenges facing

the milling industry

IDMA 2015
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June 2015


In this issue:

Feed Focus
Enzymatic improvement
of the quality of pasta and

Breaking new ground

with feed machinery

Heat treatment - precision

fumigation with benefits
Key factors in bin usage
Innovation in the milling

Ipack-Ima 2015
Show review

July 2015


In this issue:

Flour and Feed

event special
The GRAPAS Award for
Rice Fortification focus
Dust explosion - is
suppression the solution
in grain hammer mills?
Gluten-free foods

testing in food


Event preview

August 2015


In this issue:

Feedmill of
the future
Stabilising rice bran
through high shear
Why Indias agri-food
policies need a holistic
Mycotoxins and
mycotoxicosis in
livestock production

2015/16 Industry Profiles

Preventing bread waste

September 2015


In this issue:

STORAGE: Health & Safety

crop tour
Neutralising mycotoxins
Millet - protein rich,
versatile and gluten free
Feed enzymes support the
challenge of growing food
The story of Flour World

October 2015


Event review


In this issue:

Jordans mill
Cross-functional role of
trace minerals
Hidden hunger
Feed formulation
Algaes key role in
taking care of consumer


Event review

November 2015


In this issue:

Chinas agricultural

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Where has this year gone?

It seems like just
yesterday we were
embarking on the most
challenging undertaking
our magazine has
had to deal with for a
very, very long time taking the frequency
of publication from
six editions per year
to 12. This is the
last magazine to be
produced in our new monthly schedule and Im
pleased to say that without exception we have
published on time every month.

In fact its worth recording that we graduated from

a 68-page, bi-monthly, saddle-stitched magazine
to a 100-plus page, monthly, perfect-bound
magazine supporting almost twice the editorial
content without missing one deadline. At the same
time we re-branded ourselves and reverted back
to our historic title of Milling while adding that
most important sector of our industry to our title
storage and transportation - by simply adding the
word grain to become Milling and Grain.
I would like to express my thanks to all the staff and
to all the contributors - some have been with the
magazine for over 25 years - in making the transition
a success. I would also like to thank our longstanding advertiser and those new to our publication
that have joined us on this remarkable journey.
As many of you will know, we have adopted
an ambitious plan of having Milling and Grain
translated into other languages. Spanish has been
a cornerstone in developing our strategy to handle
additional languages and my thanks must go
to our team in Argentina for their commitment.
We have also translated into Turkish to address
a market that has become one of the most
comprehensive in milling terms anywhere and
my thanks go to our team of eight translators in

that country. Finally, Arabic and the

undertaking to produce a magazine in
the traditional format was a challenge in itself and
my thanks go to our team of three in Cairo.
But it is the dedication of all our staff to commit
to getting the job done, to travelling at short
notice to attend conferences, exhibitions and
industry events and to our suppliers in terms of
printing and mailing. As we have stated in our
2016 Media File, we have travelled further than
ever before gathering information and promoting
the magazine (some 1.2 million km); we have
attended more shows and conferences and carried
and distributed more magazines; and printed and
mailed more magazines than ever before.

And not just those in the UK, but to those in

the USA, Argentina, Nigeria, India, Australia
and beyond. All have worked to deliver a more
relevant magazine to you no matter where you are
or how you want to access our content.

Milling and Grain, as a monthly magazine can

now reflect industry in a more timely way, on a
daily basis through our Global Miller blog, on a
weekly basis via our e-Newsletters and now with
a monthly 100-plus page magazine. We are even
reaching out to those who dont actively seek us
through our social media network that is second to
none in our industry so that we are more visible.
This magazine is fast becoming the industrys
magazine. Myself, and all of us on the team serve
the industry, our monthly magazine and you.
We have achieved our first goal in our first year
as a monthly. We have great plans for next year
and invite you to continue the journey with us. We
welcome your involvement in making us the most
relevant, visible and timely (our original motto
adopted some five years ago) magazine to serve
this critically important industry.
Merry Christmas to you all and a Prosperous
New Year. - Roger Gilbert - Publisher

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Feedmill of the
How we feed the worlds ever
growing population is the
big question for the milling
industry. Milling and Grain
magazine goes in search of
answers, on a behind the
scenes tour of the Van Aarsenbuilt, Kalmar Lantmn project.
See the full story online at

Satake: a global
company with a
local outlook
Darren Parris travelled to
Hiroshima in Japan to take a
tour of the Satake Corporation
head quarters, and took a tour
of the Satake museum and
sales hall.
See the full story online at

The GRAPAS award for

Milling and Grain were proud
organisers of the GRAPAS conference
and award for innovation 2015.
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The science behind a

show stopper
At the GEAPS Exchange in St Louis,
the must see attraction was on the
Tapco stand. Can an elevator bucket
really be strong enough to lift a 9700
pound H1 Hummer?
Milling and Grain visited Tapco
on their stand to witness the
demonstration, and then visited the
Tapco HQ to find out how it was
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Best wishes for a prosperous 2016

from the team at Milling and Grain
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The African Milling School

Milling and Grain had the privilege of
being the first western magazine to visit
Bhlers African Milling School, located
in Nairobi, Kenya to meet its students,
teachers and Martin Schlauri the
brainchild of the school.
See the full story online at

VIV Asia 2015

VIV was the essential meeting point
for people seriously involved in
producing and processing animal
Milling and Grain were at the event
in force, and reported back in our
April issue.


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Cargill officially opens companys largest feed

mill in Pyeongtaek

argill marked a significant milestone in Korea with the official opening of

its Agri Purina feed mill plant in Pyeongtaek, reaffirming its investment in
the country and signaling its continued commitment to sustainable growth of
Koreas feed and livestock industry.
Cargills feed mill in Pyeongtaek brings world-class productivity and efficiency to
the market by providing customers with the best nutrition solutions and feed safety.
This will help customers improve animal performance and grow their business.
The Pyeongtaek feed mill plant incorporates Cargills uncompromising approach
to feed safety, ingredient quality and product integrity. The company aims to provide
customers with safe, trusted feed that maximises the performance of their operations,
which in turn helps to improve food safety across Koreas supply chain.
The nearly 52,610 metres squared facility produces poultry, ruminant, swine and
pet food products for animal producers marketed under the Purina and Nutrena
brands. With a capacity of 870,000 tons, this facility is the Cargills largest animal
feed plant in the world. In addition to state-of-art technology, the new feed mill
strives to achieve the highest standards of food safety to serve Koreas animal
nutrition industry.
Dr Bokyeun Lee, Korea country representative and president of Cargill Agri
Purina Korea, said, Our customers expect us to keep innovating and adding value
to their products, and this investment focuses on delivering for their success.
The new feed mill will enable us to better serve our customers with advanced
technology and high quality, safe animal feed. We work with governments,
communities and partners to help build a sustainable feed industry with a long-term

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Rice Milling around the World:

The advent of industrial processes
Milling journals of the past at The Mills Archive

Joseph Heap & Sons Rice

Mill, Liverpool

by Mildred Cookson, The Mills Archive, UK

In previous issues of Milling
and Grain, I mentioned that the
Mills Archive library holds a
number of books, catalogues
and images on rice production
from all corners of the world.
This article moves on from the
early primitive methods and
the subsequent description of
the use of waterpower illustrated in earlier articles, to
examine some of our holdings covering the early stages of
industrialisation of rice milling.
As well as extensive runs of journals stretching back
to the 19th century, we hold a wealth of trade literature
and a number catalogues from the manufacturers of mill
machinery. These provide much of the background to this
article and its illustrations. The journals, including The
Miller, Milling (the forerunner of this publication) and the
American Weekly North-Western Miller, are a valuable
and fascinating source of early advertisements as well as
detailed articles of interest to the modern miller. Regular
readers of this column will recall that we are still looking
for early and contemporary material to enhance our roller
mill collection.
Although treated less prominently than flour milling,
these sources provide ample coverage of rice milling. The
literature contains a great deal of technical information
and many designs such as that of Walkers Patent Rice
Decorticator. Advertisements, for example the one I
have selected from the Whitmore and Binyon catalogue,
underline the wealth of parallel uses for mills in late
Victorian times. In this one advert these milling engineers
are offering not only rice milling machinery and flour

Walkers Patent Rice Decorticator

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milling machinery, but also mills to produce Portland

cement and even to wash earth away from diamonds!
An illustrated catalogue at the Mills Archive from the
Rangoon agents of the Hamburg firm Nagel and Kaemp,
which was established in 1865, displays details of the
Filipina machine for rice production. This was designed
so that it could be fitted into a small building and proved
very popular at the time as its size was such that it could
be readily transported by horse-drawn carts.
A more elegant 1920 catalogue from another Hamburg
engineering firm, FH Schule, shows, along with many
illustrations of rice production machinery, several pages of
photographs of mills around the world which had installed
their equipment. A publicity image of their headquarters
indicates that their factory had increased twenty-fold in
the last thirty years and that additional works extensions
were also being constructed. The mills employing Schule
equipment ranged from the small mills in Bangkok to
larger ones such as the Messina Brothers plant in Brazil,
which had a capacity of almost 30,000kg/day.
In 1866, 364,000 tons of rice left Rangoon and other
ports in Burma aboard sailing ships bound for the mills
in Bremen, Hamburg and England. Articles in The Miller
show that Liverpool was the chief rice milling centre in
Britain along with London. Heaps Mill, a dock mill built
in Liverpool in about 1780 survived into this century
when it was listed in 2005 by English Heritage as Grade
II, a building of special interest warranting every effort
to preserve it. They highlighted its combination of a mill/
warehouse type of building, specifically designed for a
particular use and which had been altered to accommodate
changes as technology improved. It is now intend to
develop the site in a 130 million project which will

A cutting from a Whitmore and Binyon catalogue advertising rice milling machinery

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Nagel and Kaemp Catalogue

for Filipina Rice Mills

Schule Catalogue no 1328

for Rice-milling machinery

Shipping of a Filipina

Headquarters of FH Schule GmbH in 1920

Guan Heng Seng Rice Mill, Bangkok

Nai Thom Yah Rice Mill, Bangkok

Fratelli Messina Rice Mill, Ribeirao Peto, Brazil

Rice Mills and Warehouses Edmund St. Liverpool, 1886

preserve the facade of the building, but not its interior.

Joseph Heap and Sons Ltd will feature in a future article in
this series.
The large mills were typically built on docksides to
facilitate transfer from sailing ships and steamers. The
1886 architects engraving of the new design for Rice
Mills and Warehouses in Edmund St. Liverpool shows
the layout of a rice mill and warehouse complex adjacent
to the Liverpool Exchange Station on the Lancashire and
Yorkshire Railway, not far from the docks. Both the mill
and the railway have now gone, although the Victorian
station facade remains as frontage for offices.
These articles only give a brief glimpse of the several million
records held by the Mills Archive Trust. Next month the focus
will move to rice milling in Japan. If you would like to know
more please email me at
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Alltech to acquire Masterfeeds, creating one of

Canadas largest animal nutrition offerings

lltech and Masterfeeds

announced that they have
entered into a share purchase,
under which Alltech will acquire 100
percent of the outstanding shares of
Masterfeeds, Inc., from Ag Processing
Inc (AGP). This will provide Alltech
complete ownership of Masterfeeds
LP, a leading commercial animal
nutrition company in Canada.
This is a crucial time in agriculture,
and Canadian farmers are facing
ever-increasing pressures, including
the continued drive to produce
more with fewer resources, said Dr
Pearse Lyons, founder and president
of Alltech. Masterfeeds provides
the on-farm support that is critical
to Canadas farmers and ranchers.
This new opportunity will enable
more efficient delivery of superior
animal nutrition and tailored feeding
programmes, supported by robust
scientific research.
Masterfeeds further strengthens
Alltechs presence in Canada by
creating one of the countrys largest
animal nutrition offerings. Alltech,
Masterfeeds and EMF Nutrition,
another Alltech-owned Canadian
company, employ approximately
700 Canadians, operating 25 feed
manufacturing and premix facilities,
nine retail locations and seven
distribution centres in a business

Agriterra Ltd
Sierra Leone
Cocoa Trading

griterra, the AIM listed panAfrican agricultural company,

is pleased to announce that
its wholly owned Sierra Leone cocoa
business, Tropical Farms Limited has
signed a trading agreement with a
leading global company focused on
natural, organic and specialty foods.
Under the terms of the Trading
Agreement, Tropical Farms will use
its organic certification and buying
networks to source and supply up to

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spanning the entire country.

Alltechs investment strategy
is unfolding in exciting ways,
stated Rob Flack, president and
CEO of Masterfeeds. Alltechs
primacy in science, supported by an
extensive research and development
programme, is both cutting-edge and
relevant. Masterfeeds proven on-farm
feeding solutions will be strengthened
through proprietary Alltech nutrition
technology, adding further value to
our customers throughout Canada.
Masterfeeds and Alltech are two
of the most respected brand names in
Canadian animal agriculture, said
Keith Spackler, CEO, Ag Processing
Inc (AGP). This acquisition is
a significant development and is
grounded in bringing the best nutrition
solutions to farmers and ranchers.
Masterfeeds will continue to be
headquartered in London, Ontario,
Canada, and led by its current Chief
Executive Officer, Rob Flack. In
addition, Alltechs own entity, Alltech
Canada, remains headquartered in
Guelph, Ontario, serving the entire
Canadian feed industry.
I am confident that Masterfeeds
future is bright under the ownership
of Alltech. Our growth strategies will
continue to be supported, creating
opportunities both in Canada and
abroad for our family of employees,

said Flack. We are truly fortunate to

become part of a financially strong,
growth-oriented private company with
a global vision.
The combined company will have a
presence in 128 countries with more
than 4,700 employees worldwide.
Both parties expect the acquisition
to result in significant new synergies
over time.
Completion of the acquisition is
expected by year-end and is subject
to the execution of typical conditions,
including regulatory approvals.
Alltech has more than tripled its
sales in the last three years and
is on target to achieve $4 billion
USD in sales in the next few years.
Since 2011, Alltech has completed
13 acquisitions successfully, with
Masterfeeds becoming its 14th. This
is Alltechs second major acquisition
in North America this year, following
that of Ridley Inc. It is also Alltechs
second acquisition of a company
headquartered in Canada, following
the success in acquiring EMF
Nutrition in 2013.
This deal underscores our
continued momentum in growing our
business through strategic acquisitions
of best-in-class companies with
trusted technology and brand
recognition, said Steve Bourne, vice
president of Alltech.

500Mt of Sierra Leonean cocoa beans

to the Offtaker during the 2015/2016
buying season; the Offtaker will
provide Tropical Farms with prefinancing for the purchase of beans.
The Trading Agreement will
leverage Tropical Farms extensive
infrastructure in Sierra Leone,
including a 2000m state-of-theart warehouse in Kenema. As well
as Tropical Farms sourcing and
supplying cocoa, the Offtaker has
expressed its interest in additional
produce and both parties have
committed to explore opportunities
for organic coffee and other organic
food crops.
Adrian Simpson, Managing Director
of Tropical Farms, said, I am pleased
to announce this Trading Agreement,
which marks a positive step in the
recovery of the cocoa industry in

Sierra Leone following the Ebola

outbreak in 2014. I am proud to say
that Tropical Farms remained active
throughout the crisis utilising our
fleet of vehicles, logistics hub in
Kenema, and extensive warehousing
facilities to support the work of
international aid agencies which was
an invaluable support in the heart of
the region most affected.
Now that Sierra Leone has been
declared Ebola free, Tropical Farms
and Agriterra firmly support postEbola reconstruction and development
works. This Trading Agreement,
with a leading international company
focussed on natural, organic and
specialty foods, is a positive step in
rebuilding the cocoa industry incountry and redirecting much-needed
foreign investment back into Sierra

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Paula Kantor Award recognises

gender research successes in India

new award recognises

contributions to the
livelihoods and economic
empowerment of women made
by a former giant in the field of
international gender research.
The inaugural Paula Kantor Award
for Excellence in Field Research, to
be given to a young female researcher
of Indian origin, aims to recognise
outstanding achievements in the
field of gender and empowerment of
women and girls in India.
Kantor, a gender and development
specialist working with the
International Maize and Wheat
Improvement Centre (CIMMYT),
died tragically on May 13 at age 46,
in the aftermath of a Taliban attack on
a hotel in Kabul, Afghanistan.
She formerly worked as senior
rural development specialist at the
International Centre for Research
on Women (ICRW). The non-profit
organisation initiated the award
to acknowledge Kantors 20 years
of experience in executing policy
research and programmatic work
related to integrating gender into

agriculture and rural development.

Dr Kantors work was largely
driven by her desire and passion to
improve lives in the global south,
especially those of women and girls,
ICRW said in a statement issued to
solicit nominations for the award.
She was a prolific researcher who
participated in and worked with
several initiatives to better the lives
and improve livelihoods for women
in conflict-prone and terrorist-affected
The award will be presented to
the winner at the ICRWs 40th
anniversary celebrations in New
Delhi, India, in January. In subsequent
years, the award will be open
to researchers of all origins and
recognise research throughout the
developing world, the statement said,
adding that nominations must be
received by December 7.
At the time of her death, Kantor was
working on a new CIMMYT research
project focused on understanding the
role of gender in the livelihoods of
people in major wheat-growing areas
of Afghanistan, Ethiopia and Pakistan.

New Daily Platts Price Assessment

Values Australian Wheat Exports

latts, a leading global provider

of energy and commodities
information, has launched
the first independent daily price
assessment for Australian wheat
exports. The new reference reflects
the physical spot value of seaborne
Australian Premium White (APW)
wheat exported free on board
(FOB) from Western Australia. It
expands Platts existing suite of price
references for grains, which includes
Black Sea and European wheat and
corn assessments.
The new reference, launched
in response to industry demand,
will serve as a neutral benchmark
for Australian and Asian wheat
markets, said Andrew Goodwin,
Platts vice president and general
manager of agriculture, metals and
petrochemicals. Not only will it
provide increased transparency

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to what is traditionally an opaque

regional market, but it could prove
a significant tool for flour milling
economics management, expanded
physical trading of wheat, and basis
risk management.
The assessment, Platts APW Wheat
FOB Australia, will be assessed using
actual spot transactions, bids and
offers for Australian milling wheat,
normalised to specific quality, volume,
location and timing defined in Platts
structured methodology available at
With around 18 million metric tons
of wheat exports per year, Australia
is by far the largest supplier of wheat
to Asia, making it a natural pricing
reference point for the Asia Pacific
(APAC) region, said Julien Hall,
Platts senior managing editor, Asia
agriculture. A reliable local price
reference for this market is being

Paulas death was a massive

blow to the entire development
community, said Martin Kropff,
director general at CIMMYT.
Through her work she was helping
to lift up a segment of the global
population facing major threats to
food security and gender equality.
This award serves to recognise
the major role she was playing to
help empower men and women to
determine their own future.
Although women play a crucial
role in farming and food production,
they often face greater constraints
in agricultural production than men.
Rural women are less likely than men
to own land or livestock, adopt new
technologies, access credit, financial
services, or receive education or
extension advice, according to
the U.N. Food and Agriculture
Organization (FAO).
Globally, if women had the same
access to agricultural production
resources as men, they could increase
crop yields by up to 30 percent,
which would raise total agricultural
output in developing countries by
as much as 4 percent, reducing the
number of hungry people by up
to 150 million or 17 percent, FAO
statistics show.
sought by Australian exporters and
Asian and Middle-Eastern flour
millers, which have historically relied
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Most Australian milling wheat, used
primarily in the making of baking
flour that goes into a variety of food
products such as breads and noodles,
has traditionally been sold by a dozen or
so trading firms to flour millers across
southeast and north Asia and the Middle
East. The Platts price assessment
process opens up the price discovery
process to active market participants.
The spot physical price references
published by Platts are often sought
by exchanges for cash clearing and
settlement purposes for futures
and derivatives contracts. The
methodology underpinning the
Platts APW Wheat FOB Australia
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Reflections and celebrations

Tom Blacker, International Milling Directory

Good luck charms

from flour
In China, flour is used for steamed
buns, noodles and dumplings and
has a firm place in regional traditions.
In Shan Xi province it is used to wish
good luck. From a dough made of
flour and water, skilled women form
little works of art. These imaginative,
richly decorated figurines are thought
to appease the gods and bring the
recipient prosperity and luck. They
come in brown, white or in vibrant
colors, depending on whether they
are baked, steamed or cold- formed.
On occasions like the Chinese New
Year, Hanshi Day or Beg for Clever
Hand Day, weddings and birthdays,
this old tradition comes to life and
takes intricate shape.
The Mhlenchemie FlourWorld Museum
in Wittenburg is an expression of our
company culture and the responsibility
we feel towards the miller and his flour,
as one of the most important staple
foods. The museum is a journey through
the millennia, illuminating the development and importance of flour. It is
the only one of its kind in the world.
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After recent extensive travel, resulting in meetings

with flour and feed millers, I have gained a greater
understanding of the unique challenges they face, and
their need to satisfy a demanding chain of customers.
After a year of lots of travel and exhibitions, in this,
the last column of 2015, it is time to reflect upon an
eventful year in our industry.
It was a year with lots of new developments and
celebrations. Directory members Bhler and Alapala
jointly won the Grapas 2015 award at Victam, held in Cologne, Germany.
This award (sponsored by Milling and Grain magazine) celebrates innovative
technology, which aids efficient and productive milling. The awards were well
received and have generated excellent publicity for both companies in the
international marketplace.
With regards to key mergers, directory members Sukup and Dancorn joined
together into one family. I would also like to offer my sincere congratulations to
Balaguer rolls of Spain who have celebrated 100 years in industry. They have
also expanded globally, building new factories and offices.
On that note, it has indeed been a key year for growth with many companies
expanding their physical footprint. Those with new factories and premises
at their headquarters include Omas, Alapala, Imas amongst many more. The
joint partnership between Satake and Alapala is also certain to open new
doors for the industry too.
One issue that gained a significant amount of attention this year is that of
fortification in mills, with many countries now introducing legislation for
mandatory fortification. The first ever global summit was held this year on the
subject, by the Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition (GAIN). The 'Future
Fortified' Summit, held in Arusha, Tanzania in September generated global
attention in the national and international press. We have worked with both GAIN
and the Food Fortification initiative (FFI) this year to promote fortification.
Other notable trends also include changes to consumer demands and dietary
requirements. 2015 saw gluten-free products on the rise, such change meaning
alternatives to the white bread loaf are becoming the norm in Europe and North
The constant presence of the International Milling and Grain Directory provides
one solution for the latest information, equipment guides and more. You will
see improvements and expansions to the website and beyond in 2016. It is our
investment to make your tasks and information research as efficient as possible.
With all these dynamic events, it is also good to state that the International
Milling and Grain Directory is providing great content with new companies
joining and updating daily.
Contact me to ask questions, learn more and ensure your company is reaching
the feed and food milling industries with great value for money. It has been a
pleasure serving you in 2015. I wish all of our readers and members of the IMD
an enjoyable festive season and prosperous 2016. Keep an eye out for our new
directory, which will be reaching you very soon.

Tom Blacker
Directory Coordinator

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Bamboo Finance and Louis Dreyfus Holding

Launch Impact Investment Fund

amboo Finance, a private

equity firm specialising
in investing in business
models that benefit low-income
communities in developing economies
and Louis Dreyfus Holding, which
owns a controlling stake in leading
global agribusiness Louis Dreyfus
Commodities, have announced a
partnership to launch and jointly
manage NISABA, a US$50 million
impact investment fund project with
a focus on small-and medium-sized
agribusiness enterprises (SMEs)
in Sub-Saharan Africa. As project
sponsor, Louis Dreyfus Holding
will invest US$10 million to seed
We are excited to apply an integrated
investment approach with a vast
network of local expertise for the
benefit of smallholder farmers and their
communities, while demonstrating
the value of impact investing, said
Bamboo Finance CEO, Jean-Philippe de

Schrevel. This is a pioneer partnership

that will merge multinational sector
expertise with access to finance and
impact investment know-how, in order
to actively co-manage investments from
pipeline to exit. This type of active
collaboration represents an important
milestone in the field of impact
Agribusiness development is at the
crossroads of major challenges for
Africa. With an estimated population
of two billion by 2050, and 330
million young Africans expected
to enter the labour market by 2025,
global agricultural production is not
keeping pace with population growth.
We believe that through appropriate
financing tools like impact investing,
the private sector must take an active
role in addressing such challenges,
said Margarita Louis-Dreyfus,
Chairperson of Louis Dreyfus
NISABA will target a balanced

portfolio of countries, activities

and commodities, and will invest in
financing gaps across the agribusiness
value chain in growth markets. The
focus will be on SMEs that combine
social, environmental and financial
returns by improving efficiency
through access to data, finance
and risk mitigation, training and
technology innovation; strengthening
market access by linking producers
to end-consumers; and building
local capacity through post-harvest
handling and storage, value-addition
or processing solutions, among others.
More information is available on
Through its controlling stake in
Louis Dreyfus Commodities, Louis
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The Pelletier Column

Should the COP Conference (and others) rethink its approach?

by Christophe Pelletier
Once again, it is that time of
the year. The 21st edition of
the Climate Conference will be
held in Paris. It is difficult to
tell what to expect. A string of
nasty climatic events seems to
have stimulated more good will
than previous years, but talk is
cheap. My expectation is that, as
with previous COP conferences, the outcome will be the
same ritual of impasses and last minute statement about
an agreement on the will to take action that will have to be
elaborated at next years conference. I hope I am wrong,
but such conferences have a flavour of dj vu.
I believe a large part of the problem lies in the processes
of the conference. There is too much emphasis on the
problems and not enough on the solutions. There is too
much finger pointing and blame on which countries
cause the most damage and which ones should put their
economy in reverse instead of developing scenarios
about an entirely new economic model. Timelines about
reduction of greenhouse gasses without explaining how
to do it and how the future economy would function
and why it would function are simply useless. Id rather
see such conferences would work as a forum where the
participants could brainstorm about solutions to create
the new model, how to make it work and how much
time is needed to implement it in the shortest period as
possible. The mindset in such conferences should be about
helping others succeed in meeting future goals instead
of imposing goals that everyone knows will not be met
because of many economic, social and political reasons.
Imagine a business where the different departments would
not support each other without ongoing monitoring of
performance but that just be run on a one-time set of
instructions and an evaluation on a vague later deadline.
The very nature of the future challenges to meet requires
a collective and collaborative approach. Mutual help and
support is indispensable, and that part is lacking.
The issue of climate change should not focus only at
countries, but it should look at the different economic
activities. Different industries present different profiles
per country and a more tailor-made approach is necessary.
Countries must address their problems but climate change
is such a cross-border issue that it requires a country
x industry matrix approach that must be tackled by all
stakeholders across the borders as well.
Among industry sectors, animal husbandry is considered to
be the major contributor for greenhouse gases emissions.
Animal husbandry covers many different situations and
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differences in environmental impact should be mapped per

production system, per species and per location to give a
more accurate picture of what, where and which are the
highest greenhouse gases producers and develop programs
to alleviate and solve the problem. This is especially
important as, for a large part, future food demand is going
to be about animal protein. Unfortunately, it is rare for food
producers to have an opportunity to be an active part of
such conferences.
Yet, I believe that the best solutions for the future will
come from those who are involved in the field day in, day
out. I also believe that it would be quite healthy for the
food and agriculture sector to proactively do the matrix
exercise, determine the objectives and set brainstorming
conferences as I mentioned above, with as main purpose
to stimulate and generate solutions that actually works. I
would like to see the food and agriculture sector, outside
of the FAO, and without company names, set a clear and
sound vision of the future and how to realise it. I believe it
would show great leadership and it could set an example
for other industries that emit large proportions of green
house gases. At the same time, the food sector should
also send clear signals about what kind of help, be it in
resources, in innovations and in support from all other
stakeholders from governments, NGOs and businesses it
needs to succeed in meeting targets and overcoming the
threats of the future.
In my opinion, another major shortcoming in the approach
of climate change lies in the reward/penalty system. Our
world always seems to give the preference to punishment
before reward. It is not a conducive approach. Of course,
those who do evil must be held accountable and face the
consequences of their actions, but that triggers mostly
hiding, dodging and escaping behaviours.
Creativity is used for a negative purpose, which is not
being caught. A culture of reward works much more
positively. Energy, time and money are all put to work
for the better. It focuses on solutions, while punishment
always focuses on problems. Further, a lot more people
prefer reward and praise than punishment and criticism.
Then, why a reward system is not used more often is a bit
of a mystery to me. Perhaps, this is where change ought to

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.

Milling News

Hi Roller Conveyor relocates to

new production facility

i Roller Conveyors, a division

of Winnipeg, MB based Ag
Growth International (AGI)
has relocated to their new production
facility. Hi Roller is a leader in the
design and manufacture of enclosed
belt conveyors.
The 130,000 square foot structure
is located in Sioux Falls, South
Dakota, a few miles from their former
location. All manufacturing and
office personnel work in the same

The new facility includes a powder

coat line. They have also installed
numerous overhead cranes to facilitate
the smooth movement of product
through the facility. The outdoor
bridge crane used for loading finished
product on to trucks can be seen from
a great distance.
Great thought was put into the layout
of individual production cells based
upon lean principles. Subcomponents
are staged such that minimal handling
is required. Raw product comes

IFIF launches Global Animal

Nutrition Programme Train the
Trainer in Nigeria

he International Feed Industry

Federation (IFIF) is pleased
to announce the launch of
the IFIF Global Animal Nutrition
Programme Train the Trainer
pilot in Nigeria. Supported by the
Nigerian Institute of Animal Science
(NIAS), the training programme
based on the IFIF FAO Feed Manual
of Good Practices for the Feed
Industry focussed on increasing safety
and feed quality at the production
level by bringing together over 30
representatives from the Nigerian
feed industries, who will act as
multipliers by sharing the training
with colleagues throughout Nigeria.
Developed by IFIF in 2015, the
Global Animal Nutrition Programme
Train the Trainer is designed to

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raise capacities for feed safety in

developing regions by training key
individuals who can then act as
trainers on site within a country.
This reflects IFIFs mission to
promote science-based solutions
and information sharing for the feed
industry, as well as stimulate the
adoption of international standards
and global equivalency.
Alexandra de Athayde, IFIF
Executive Director, explains, We are
pleased that we were able to launch
the pilot of the IFIF Global Animal
Nutrition Programme in Nigeria, a key
player in agriculture in Africa, with
the support of NIAS and the Nigerian
Federal Ministry of Agriculture and
Rural Development. IFIF members
represent over 80 percent of animal

in one end of the building and the

finished product comes out the other.
We are building the same quality
product here as we did at the former
facility. However, we are doing it
more efficiently, said Mike Spillum,
Sales Manager. We are definitely
much prouder as we host customers.
It is also a great facility for our
employees from their workstations
to the break room. We owe our
success to our employees and this
space provides them with an excellent
work environment.
Hi Rollers new address is 4511 N
Northview Avenue, Sioux Falls, SD
57107-0833 (

feed production worldwide and

capacity development for feed safety
is one of the key priorities for IFIF.
Ms de Athayde added IFIF now
has the opportunity to evaluate the
learnings from the pilot programme
in Nigeria, and based on that, take the
programme to other parts of the world
to support, train and develop local
feed industry to raise feed and food
safety standards globally.
Dr Godwin Oyediji, Registrar and
Chief Executive of the Nigerian
Institute of Animal Science (NIAS),
said, current laws in Nigeria are
still weak and some are without
enforcement powers. But Nigeria
is making steady progress on feed
legislation to achieve international
benchmarks for animal feed safety
and human food safety. Dr. Oyediji
added the industry is being mobilised
to embrace the FAO/IFIF Code of
Practice for Good Animal Feeding and
other Codex standards on traceability,
contaminants and HACCP.

Milling News

Future prospects within the agri tec industry
by Chris Jackson, Export Manager UK TAG
As winter
draws upon us
in the Northern
and harvest has
had a few rain
in Australias
Queensland and
New South Wales once more I have been
travelling looking at different markets in Asia
This time with a visit to the Philippines to
investigate their future prospects within the
agri tec industry. All of the countries that I am
privileged to visit have agriculture high on
their Governments priority lists but sadly as
they become more urbanised and reliant on
manufacturing and consumer spending they
tend to take food security for granted
In Asia the Philippines is serious success story
in the last decade has turned itself from the
sick man of Asia to a tiger
How in such a short time has this been
achieved in a country that has not discovered
Politically the country has stabilised with
democratic elections and strong Presidential
leads, there are however still some on going
minor security issues in some of the more
remote areas
In terms of the world economy the USA is
maintaining its status quo but with the Federal
Reserve Bank being expected to increase
interest rates growth is expected
Taking Europe as a whole their economic
recovery is underway and performing well
Asia has slowed down due to China suffering
from growing pains
Within the region up to 2014 Chinas economic
growth ran at 7.3% ( the highest) with the
Philippines taking second place at 6.10%
making the Philippines one of Asia sunniest
regional economies helped by the steady rise
in income from the Overseas Foreign Workers
receiving higher incomes and sending more
money back to support their families which in
turn boosts consumer spending
Demographically the population increase has
slowed down but at 1.2% but it now heads
up regional growth however poverty is still
an issue that needs to be addressed, as high
incomes are slow to filter through to the rural
With a stable currency on the foreign
exchange markets and the countries fiscal
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policies aimed at reducing overseas debt the

government is able now to start to expand
its infra structure programme long been
recognised as one of its major shortfalls this
issue is particularly challenging for a country
consisting of more than 7000 islands
Luzon the biggest island Mindanao the second
but the most significant for the agricultural
industry where rice production is the most
important farming crop by using modern
varieties and growing technologies the country
has turned a deficiency into a small surplus
Rice being the staple food across the whole
It has a near perfect climate for crop
production with warmth and sunshine year
round and adequate rainfall.
Pigs and poultry are the main source of
protein. The biggest handicap to increasing
livestock output is capital investment, whereas
the banks are aggressively lending to industry,
small scale family farms are unable to source
capital for expansion.
The Government runs an effective scheme
to ensure that both imports and exports of
food items can be traded effectively without
corruption. Products include seasonal fruits,
seafood sugar and rice and are tackling
corruption at all levels
The population is over 100 million slightly
more than Vietnam but less than half of its
neighbour Indonesia with an average age of 23
it has a long term future, education is improving
rapidly with more than 1 million now employed
in the IT industry overtaking India
The down side is that in the farming industry
the average age is 53 this is becoming a
worldwide problem that demands an answer
by improving the standards of living and
incomes, encompassing new skills, adopting
new technologies and attracting back highly
skilled and trained people.
We look forward to helping UK business
and others to meet potential clients at the
forthcoming INAHGEN exhibition in Manila
in February 2016
With forthcoming Presidential elections there
is some political uncertainty but with the
Government programmes now set in place
whoever becomes the next President will take
over an improving economy and will see the
country continue to prosper with the dedicated
and increasingly trained and happy workforce.

ADM Expands Food-and FeedIngredient Production in China.

With the opening of two plants
in China Archer Daniels Midland
Company (NYSE: ADM) has
increased its capacity to serve
growing regional demand for
value-added food-ingredients and
animal-nutrition products. ADM
began operations in China in the
mid-1990s, when the company
acquired an animal feed premix plant
in Dalian, in the countrys northeast.
In recent years, ADM has grown to
become one of the top exporters of
agricultural products to Asia, and
the company markets an extensive
range of food ingredients and animal
feeds and feed premixes through
its network of sales offices located
throughout the Asia-Pacific region.

Ag Growth International (AGI), a

leader in grain handling,
conditioning and storage equipment,
plans to expand their sales force
with the development of a North
American-focused commercial sales
team. David Wernsing, director of
North American commercial sales
will lead a team of 14 experienced
commercial sales representatives;
12 representatives based in the
US and 2 based in Canada. The
team will support AGIs full
commercial product line, including
industry leading brands such as
Union Iron,Tramco, Airlanco and
Westeel. The Hi Roller portfolio will
continue to be a prominent part of
AGIs commercial and international
product offering and will continue to
be led by Mike Spillum.

Biomin has now launched a new

website for Austria. The new
website will cater specifically
to ruminant, poultry and swine
farmers. In an age of increased user
mobility, the new Biomin website
presents a fresh look with ease
of navigation on all technology
platforms - desktop and laptop
computers, and mobile devices
such as tablets and smartphones.

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Global Trade Discussions Spearhead

AFIA Equipment Manufacturers
Conference - EMC

he American Feed Industry

Associations annual
Equipment Manufacturers
Conference, November 5-7, brought
attendees to St. Petersburg, Fla., to
discuss Global Warming: Dont get
Burned in a Sizzling World Market.
Trade experts Joel G. Newman,
AFIA president and CEO, and
Gina Tumbarello, AFIA director of
international policy and trade, led this
years educational seminar, covering
trade-related topics on Capitol Hill,
such as passage of Trade Promotion
Authority, and trade barrier issues
members are experiencing.
This year has been quite the year
for global trade changes and it was
convenient, yet pertinent, that this
years EMC theme was centred around
just that, said Gary Huddleston, AFIA
manager of feed manufacturing safety
and environmental affairs. AFIA

wants its members to be ahead of the

global trade markets and it is important
everyone fully understands what TPA
and future trade negotiations mean for
the market.
EMC guest speakers included
Carlos Campabadal, PhD, Kansas
State University; Rick Held, Held
and Associates; Eric Johnson,
US Department of Commerce,
International Trade Commission;
Angela Lambert, Clarion Safety
Systems; Joanne Loce, Loce
Consulting; and Jay ONeil,
Kansas State University. Speaker
presentations addressed the cost
of exporting, international trade
risks, International Organisation for
Standardisation/Technical Committees
293 (ISO/TC 293), safety labels and
how culture is changing the trade
market and workplace.
During Loces presentation,

Preparing for Generational

Workforce Impacts, she explained
different generations have a lot in
common; however, it can appear
different based on experience.
She said, The needs and wants of
employees are evolving to match the
evolving workplace, and aspects of a
companys hiring process need to be
refined to identify top talent.
The conference kicked off with
its annual four-person scramble
golf tournament and putting contest
to raise funds for the Equipment
Manufacturers Committee Scholarship
Fund. Participants made donations
through a raffle for an Apple Watch,
which was donated by Maxi-Lift Inc./
Southwest Agri-Plastics, Inc. These
raffle donations along with meeting
proceeds will be contributed to the
scholarship fund.
The Equipment Manufacturers
Committee Scholarship Fund,
partnered with AFIAs foundation,
the Institute for Feed Education and
Research, offers scholarships to
assist students pursuing feed related

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ConAgra Foods announces plans to separate

into two independent public companies

onAgra Foods, Inc. have

announced plans to pursue the
separation of the company into
two independent public companies:
one comprising its robust consumer
portfolio of diverse and leading
brands and the other comprising its
market leading foodservice portfolio
of innovative frozen potato products.
The consumer brands business will
be renamed Conagra Brands, Inc.
(Conagra Brands) and the frozen
potato business will operate under
the Lamb Weston name. Immediately
following the transaction, which is
expected to be completed in the fall
of 2016, ConAgra Foods shareholders
will own shares of both independent
companies. The transaction is
expected to be structured as a spin-off
of the Lamb Weston business, tax-free
to the Company and its shareholders.
The decision to separate into
two pure-play companies reflects
our ongoing commitment to
implementing bold changes in order
to deliver sustainable growth and
enhanced shareholder value, said
Sean Connolly, president and chief
executive officer, ConAgra Foods.
We carefully considered a variety of
strategic alternatives, and believe that
the separation of our Lamb Weston
specialty potato business from our
consumer brands business is the best
way to drive shareholder value. The
separation will enable each company to
sharpen its strategic focus and provide
flexibility to capitalise on the unique

growth opportunities in its respective

market. Shareholders will gain direct
exposure to more focused consumer
and commercial foods businesses,
each with distinct customer bases and
investment profiles. We are confident
that this separation will best position
each company to compete and win
while creating compelling long-term
value for shareholders and delivering
benefits to employees, customers and
other key stakeholders.
The two businesses operate in
distinct markets and possess unique
and compelling growth prospects and
investment requirements. In addition,
ConAgra Foods believes that the
separation will result in other material
benefits to the standalone companies,
Greater management focus on the
distinct businesses of consumer brands
and foodservice frozen potato products;
Increased flexibility, agility and
resources to capitalise on their
respective long-term opportunities and
growth strategies;
Tailored capital structures and
financial policies and targets
appropriate for each companys
unique business profile; and
The ability for investors to value
the two companies based on their
particular operational and financial
characteristics and invest accordingly.

Conagra Brands

Conagra Brands will be comprised

primarily of the operations currently

International Year of Pulses 2016

he Food and Agriculture

Organisation of the
United Nations (FAO) has
been nominated to facilitate the
implementation of the Year in
collaboration with Governments,
relevant organisations, nongovernmental organizations and all
other relevant stakeholders.
The IYP 2016 aims to heighten
public awareness of the nutritional
benefits of pulses as part of sustainable
food production aimed towards food
security and nutrition. The Year
will create a unique opportunity to
encourage connections throughout the
food chain that would better utilise
pulse-based proteins, further global

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production of pulses, better utilise crop

rotations and address the challenges in
the trade of pulses.

What are pulses and why are

they important?

Pulses are annual leguminous crops

yielding between one and 12 grains or
seeds of variable size, shape and colour
within a pod, used for both food and
feed. The term pulses is limited to
crops harvested solely for dry grain,
thereby excluding crops harvested
green for food, which are classified
as vegetable crops, as well as those
crops used mainly for oil extraction
and leguminous crops that are used
exclusively for sowing purposes (based

reported as the companys consumer

Foods segment, which generated
approximately $7.2 billion in fiscal
2015 revenues, as reported. The
Consumer Foods segment consists of
popular leading brands such as Marie
Callenders, Hunts, RO*TEL, Reddiwip, Slim Jim, PAM, Chef Boyardee,
Orville Redenbachers, P.F. Changs
and Healthy Choice.
Conagra Brands is also expected to
include several businesses currently
reported within the Commercial Foods
segment, including the traditional
foodservice business (sales of branded
products to foodservice companies),
Spicetec Flavors & Seasonings and
JM Swank, as well as certain private
label operations which were moved
to the Consumer Foods reporting
segment in the first quarter of fiscal
2016. These businesses generated
approximately $1.8 billion in fiscal
2015 revenues, as reported. Conagra
Brands is also expected to retain the
Companys stake in the Ardent Mills
joint venture.
Conagra Brands core strategy will
focus on further strengthening its
consumer and foodservice portfolios,
driving innovation and improving
margins. Conagra Brands will remain
committed to its plans to optimise
operational efficiency to provide
additional resources to invest in
the business and pursue strategic
acquisitions while also returning
capital to shareholders. Conagra
Brands expects to maintain an
investment-grade profile following the
separation, and to remain committed to
a strong and attractive dividend.
on the definition of pulses and derived
products of the Food and Agriculture
Organization of the United Nations).
Pulse crops such as lentils, beans,
peas and chickpeas are a critical part
of the general food basket. Pulses are
a vital source of plant-based proteins
and amino acids for people around the
globe and should be eaten as part of a
healthy diet to address obesity, as well
as to prevent and help manage chronic
diseases such as diabetes, coronary
conditions and cancer; they are also
an important source of plant-based
protein for animals.
In addition, pulses are leguminous
plants that have nitrogen-fixing
properties which can contribute to
increasing soil fertility and have a
positive impact on the environment.

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Bhler opens customer service centre in Thailand

n October, Bhler opened its newest customer service

and roll refurbishment centre in Thailand. Bhlers
1800 square metre facility offers a range of local
services for its customers. Being close to our clientele is
essential to offer tailor-made customer and engineering
services, along the whole lifecycle management of our
plants and equipment, says Mark Ledson, Managing
Director, Bhler (Thailand) Ltd.
The new centre is located in the Hemaraj Saraburi
Industrial Land, in the province Saraburi and employs
over 30 service technicians and customer service
managers. Services range from roll refluting for roller
mills, production of new fluted rolls and an applications
area, where customer trials can take place on optical
sorters. Furthermore, there are ejector repair facilities and
a comprehensive stock of spare parts in order to support
customers more efficiently.
On October 1, the centre was opened in the presence
of Swiss Ambassador Ivo Sieber, who congratulated
Bhler on the successful opening ceremony: Bhler has
established, over the years, very strong partnerships with
its customers. I am impressed by their professionalism and
wish Bhler continued success with their operations here
in Thailand.
More than 40 customers, representing a cross section of
industries rice, flour, snacks, feed, die casting, Inks and
paint production came to the opening ceremony to see
the newest services and latest technologies. This included
optical sorting demonstrations, automated packing
machines, ejector repair, simulation of full automation
control, demonstrations of Bhlers RollDetect service and
the grinding and fluting of rolls.
Customers showed a lot of interest in our
demonstrations, especially our RollDetect service, which
now allows mills to be run at maximum efficiency and
roll changes to be managed in line with plant maintenance
scheduling says Mark Ledson. By providing local
services and specialist knowledge, we can support our
customers to further reduce maintenance costs as well as
downtime while boosting efficiency. A well maintained
mill, for instance, achieves up to two percent higher yield
with significantly less energy consumption, explains
The customer service centre in Thailand further expands
Bhlers unique global service network. Now with 82
service stations, Bhler takes another step towards its goal
of 100 service stations worldwide, ensuring proximity to
its customers.

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Milling News

Chain approach in feed safety control is crucial

by Mireille Tulp, Program Manager Marketing and Communication, GMP+
Livestock production and the
consumption of animal products
are crucial to the economic and
nutritional wellbeing of millions
of people around the world.
Animal feed plays a leading
role in the food industry and is
the largest and most important
contributor to safe, abundant
and affordable animal proteins for a growing population.
The role of animal feed in the production of safe food is
recognised worldwide.
China has a crucial position in the global feed market. With
its leading position in the world as a feed producer and
biggest exporter of feed ingredients (amino acids, vitamins
and microelements), but also as one of the biggest importers
of soy and fishmeal. At the same time, with increasing
wealth, China has become one of the major producers and
consumers of animal food products.
In recent years, public concerns about the safety of foods of
animal origin have increased because of incidents related
to bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE), dioxin and
melamine contamination and outbreaks of food borne
bacterial infections. There are also growing concerns about
veterinary medicines residues and microbial resistance to
antibiotics resulting from in-feed medication, as well as the
impact of animal feed on animal, human and environmental
These concerns have lead to awareness for Feed Safety
Assurance, which is the reason why many companies in
the world have chosen for a GMP+ Feed Safety Assurance
certificate. A crucial lesson learned from the past, is that
safe feed can only be produced and delivered to a farmer
when the whole feed supply chain is involved in feed
safety assurance. To ensure adequate control of feed-related
hazards that could cause public health risks.
Already in 1992 GMP+ Feed Safety Assurance started in
The Netherlands. At that time, the scope of the scheme
only covered the production and delivery of compound
feed and single feed to farmers. The Dutch feed industry
imported about 75 percent of its feed ingredients from
other parts of Europe, Asia and North and South America.
Practical experiences learned that, although these companies
controlled all their processes, feed was still contaminated:
the source of contamination was often related to feed
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ingredients, supplied through the

supply chain.
Due to these kinds of experiences, the scope of the GMP+
Feed Certification scheme was
extended to involve the whole feed supply chain. From 2000
onwards, therefore producers of feed ingredients, traders,
storage, and transport companies can also participate in
the GMP+ FC scheme. Special standards were published,
created together with the industry with conditions
for implementing and operating a proper feed safety
management system.
Assuring the feed safety in whatever phase or stage in the
feed chain is built on the same principles, laid down in a
similar way in all these standards: a sound prerequisite
programme, a detailed and exhaustive hazard plan, and a
supporting management system. These three pillars are the
base of a complete management system for assuring feed
safety. Specific requirements for suppliers are designed to
create a feed supply chain where all involved companies
assure the safety of the feed in all stages of production and
distribution in the same way. With a GMP+ certificate, they
can demonstrate they meet the highest standards for feed
It is crucial that risks are controlled early, where they might
occur during production, storage and transport. Every
entrepreneur in the feed chain must show responsibility for
the safety of the feed, placed on the market, and implement
proper measures to control these risks. This will avoid, or
in case of failure of the control measures for any reason
whatsoever, reduce distribution of contaminated feed
ingredients lots.
The international coverage of GMP+ Feed Safety Assurance
enables such companies to act properly. This is in the
interest of all links in the feed chain, and also of farmed
animal and aqua feed producers and the following links in
livestock and aqua production.
The GMP+ Feed Safety Assurance scheme can support
Chinese soy and fishmeal importers, to source safe and
high quality products with over 14,500 certified companies
in 75 countries. Chinese exporters on the other hand, can
benefit from the experience and excellent reputation of the
GMP+FSA logo to build trust and reputation while acquiring
new markets.
To learn more about what a GMP+ FSA certificate can do
for your company check



17 students from 13 countries were recently awarded the coveted

diploma of the prestigious Swiss Institute of Feed Technology
(SFT) in Uzwil, Switzerland. The 33rd specialist course in feed
manufacturing technology was held in English. This years
best in class came from Brazil. SFT Director Ernst Nef is now
handing over responsibilities for the SFT to Daniel Mller and
retiring early.

Swiss Institute of Feed

Technology awards Diplomas
to 17 Feed Technologists
From a total of 20 males and one female participant who had
started the 33rd Diploma course of the SFT in spring 2015, 17
successfully completed their training as Feed Production Engineers.
The road to success was not easy. It led the students up a steep
and arduous path, as the institutes director Ernst Nef said at the
Diploma awarding ceremony. Nef was very happy to see the ninth
woman in the SFTs history successfully completing the course the
Norwegian Aina-Elin Karlsen (Ewos AS): This proves that animal
feed production is no longer a pure mens domain.

Reaching the summit

Following intensive ten-month training, the graduates of this years

course received the Diploma awarding them as Feed Production
Engineer or a confirmation of course attendance from the SFTs
director Ernst Nef in the Hotel Uzwil. In his speech, which as
usual was full of humor, Nef stressed the significance of lifelong
continuing education and praised the graduates for their decision to
go back to school once more:
With this decision, you took up a big challenge, which you have
now successfully mastered. Today you have reached the summit.
With the acquired knowledge and your great dedication, you are now
equipped with the tools you need to meet the high requirements for
a safe and economical production of formulated feeds. He said that
on the one hand the goal is to satisfy consumers needs for hygienic
feeds that are safe for humans and animals alike. On the other hand,
he continued, feed manufacturers were increasingly being forced by
regulations and legislation to produce and market animal feeds more
efficiently and, especially, more responsibly.

A Brazilian as best in class

Ernst Nef personally handed over the Diploma or the confirmation

of attendance to each student, adding some amusing personal
anecdotes from the class to his congratulations. In line with a longstanding Diploma ceremony tradition, the SFT always distinguishes
the student who has achieved the best final score. This years
distinction went to the Brazilian Leonardo Miyata, employee at
Bhler AG in Joinville, Brazil. Peter Hofer, Vice President of the
SFT Board, congratulated the best in class for his outstanding
average grade of 5.53 out of 6, by handing over the traditional
commemorative plate. Leonardo Miyata outperformed the Canadian
John Smillie by a hundredth point and Aina-Elin Karlsen by four
hundredth points, who ranked second and third, respectively.
Ernst Nef honored SFT Director Ernst Nef will retire at the end of
2015. He is handing over the SFT responsibilities to Daniel Mller.
Marcel Scherrer, the new President of the SFT Board, and his
deputy Peter Hofer took advantage of the 33rd diploma ceremony to

acknowledge Ernst Nefs accomplishments and to thank him for his

immense dedication and efforts. As a farewell gift, they handed the
visibly stirred fresh retiree a large engraved original cowbell from
Appenzell. Nef successfully completed the SFT Diploma course in
1992. Only two years later, he took charge as Director of the Swiss
Institute of Feed Technology, holding a total of 20 Diploma courses
to date together with his lecturer colleagues.

New concept

The 2015 Feed Production Engineer Diploma course was based

for the third time on the new concept. The course starts in spring
with a 15-week preparatory correspondence course. This is followed
by a four-week intensive course in Uzwil. In autumn, the second
block is then held with a preparatory correspondence course of the
same length and the final intensive training in Uzwil. In the two
preparatory courses, students had to work through 21 subject areas.
During the two intensive courses, they must pass a total of 14 written
examinations. The highlight and finale of each block are the two oral
examinations in the core subjects in front of a panel of experts. The
new concept reduces the students absence from their jobs.
The 34th Specialist Course in Feed Manufacturing Technology will
start in January 2016 and will be held in German.

Focus on practice

The SFT is a none profit association that is recognised by the

Association of Swiss Feed Manufacturers (VSF) as an institution of
training and continuing education. The SFT imparts practice-oriented
specialist knowledge of feed production processes to professionals
from the feed manufacturing industry and related industries. A
successful completion of the specialist course provides the basis for
graduates to understand state-of-the-art process technologies and to
apply this expertise to practice. The international Technology Group
Bhler AG is the partner of the SFT. To date, over 520 men and
women from 69 countries have successfully completed the Specialist
Course in Feed Manufacturing Technology.

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ABP120UR multi-spout system

In every edition of Milling and Grain,
we take a look at the products that will
be saving you time and money in the
milling process.

The ABP120UR is a multi-spout system designed for the high-speed

bagging of cereal flour and other powdered products that need
to be densified or compacted. Placing, filling, and densifying at
the same time enables a production capacity of up to 1000 bags
(10-50kg) per hour.
The empty bag pick-up system utilised by the ABP120UR means
that it is capable of handling open-mouth bags made of various
materials (PP woven, PP laminated, multiwall paper or coated
The enclosed design ensures minimal levels of dust generation
throughout operation. Last but not least, the coloured touch
screen operation interface ensures easy management and
control of the machine.

QualySense AG - QSorter
QualySense AG is a Swiss company providing innovative solutions
for analysing and sorting grains. By combining state-of-the-art
algorithms with Machine Vision (MV) and hyperspectral sensing
technologies (NIR), the QSorter Explorer analyses each individual
grain based on their physical and biochemical properties. Protein,
oil, amylose content, vitreousness, shape, and others, can be
quantified and sorted into different classes. The QSorter Explorer is
a reliable and customizable
solution to increase the
quality and safety of
food products.
It is currently
being used
in breeding,
and priming
towards dietspecific and
premium foods.

We take a look at some of
the Equipment on diplay at
JTIC 2015 - see the full show
review on page 78

Granolino II

The LabMill

Agromatic AG Switzerland have released the Granolino II, an

updated version of the original Granolino whole kernel humidity

CHOPIN Technologies latest solution, the LabMill, is designed

to evaluate wheat milling behavior (resistance to crushing and
extraction rate) and produce flour that is representative (ash,
damaged starch, and rheology) of the wheat being milled.

This highly efficient lab-instrument enables fast measurement of

temperature, volume and water content of whole kernels. The
flow through design of Granolino II allows for fully automatic
measurements within
seconds for a wide variety
of products.

It incorporates patented innovations

allowing for the combination
of performance, precision,
reproducibility, sturdiness, and ease
of use.

The featured keypad has

only 5 keys allowing for
intuitive operation and a
display unit that presents
humidity (%), volume
(HL) and temperature
(C or F) on an easy to
read alphanumerical
LCD display in English,
German, French or Italian.

The LabMill features a unique

milling diagram (2 breaking
steps, 1 reduction step, 2
converting steps),
a very precise
feed system
(equipped with
a scale) and
adjustable rolls.

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Darren Parris and Mark Cornwell of the Milling and Grain team
travelled to Cremona, Italy, to visit OCRIMs headquarters to
learn about their new innovative system the Multifunction
Grain Analyser (OnlineMGA).
Chief of OCRIMs electrical department, Engineer Paolo
Molinari took them on a tour of the factory and shared
information on the OnlineMGA.
The OCRIM research and development team obviously realise
that there is a market need for having control and management
over the milling process. The key objective of OnlineMGA
is to provide significantly improved management throughout
the process, in particular giving real time data on the levels of
moisture and protein within the wheat.
Having real time control of the production process means that
the wheats chemical parameters can be managed throughout the
conditioning and cleaning phases making this an important aspect
of this system.

Key objectives

Controlling the protein and moisture levels is beneficial when

milling because it allows the production of flour that has constant
timing characteristics. While at the same time the control of
wheat moisture at the various phases of water addition is of
fundamental importance for the conditioning process.
The device itself is compact enough that it can be inserted at
several critical points throughout the milling process without
occupying much space. This automated management system

provides a continuous and constant analysis of cereals that

enables the control of protein and moisture values. This machine
was installed online, it will mean that product incoming and
outgoing will not have its flow disrupted, says Mr Molinari.


The main problem that we have met during our experience is

that of measuring moisture in the second tempering stage, this
is due to the naturally occurring tendency for wheat grain to be
changing. This said change makes it difficult to analyse, but with
NIR technology we have solved this problem explains Paolo.

Online Multi-Grain Analyser

This innovative product has been developed using VIS-NIR
technology, based on near infrared Spectroscopy. The equipment
targets the contained substances with a beam of light that has
a defined frequency range. As a result a different absorption
spectrum, composed of various wavelengths is obtained.
This spectroscopic process provides accurate readings in realtime, this is possible because it acts directly on the water and
protein molecules within the wheat.

Moisture and protein analysis

According to OCRIM the most innovative aspect of the

OnlineMGA is the continuous retroactive adjustment that
can be carried out on the amount of water added in both
dampening phases. This feedback throughout the first and second
conditioning phases produces a value of the percentage of
moisture required, constant in time, of the wheat that is used in
the milling process.
The device contains two step-by-step motors, one of which
has a function to regulate product moving past the camera, this
must remain constant. The second motor switches off the entire
analysis camera periodically; it needs to be reset every 15 and 30
minutes. This is done to make sure the machine is empty, when
the device detects it is empty it will produce a receipt.
Paolo explained that when light is put through the column of the
machine, a shadow is obtained. The curve of this shadow goes
into an automated system that matches the recording against a
shadow with the same characteristics by searching through a
dedicated database. This
is how the percentage of
humidity and protein in the
product is derived.
OnlineMGA can also be
used during the raw material
reception of the plant. When
positioned before the storage
stage, the device can measure
the moisture of the whole
amount of the product, allowing
for the immediate evaluation of
all incoming cereals.
All information on
parameters measured from
delivery to final product can
be recorded and combined
which in turn guarantees
excellent traceability.
The measurement of the cereals protein value can be performed
at the same time as the wheat moisture analysis, using the piece
of equipment.


OnlineMGA was first on show at IPACK IMA in May this year.

OCRIM have already carried out all the tests in order to prove the
correct operation of the machine, and it is now available.
Paolo suggested that the main way this system will lead to cutting
costs is by means of ensuring that users are paying for grain
rather than water upon product reception into the plant.
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A Flour World
Museum story
No. 7

Flour as a gift
from the gods

A cultural
On the initiative of Mhlenchemie, the Music
Festival of Mecklenburg - West Pomerania
presented the Russian master pianist Evgeni
Koroliov on the occasion of its 25th anniversary

The success of a harvest is a matter of

divine providence. That is the belief
of the Hopi Indians, a people living in
close contact with nature, who have
developed agriculture in spite of poor
soil. The secret of their success: friendly
relations with the gods. In order to
gain heavenly favour, they initiate a
nine-day ceremony every two years to
be sure of rain. The emissaries of the
Hopi gods are poisonous rattlesnakes;
on the ninth day they are passed
round, taken into the participants
mouths and sprinkled with flour. After
ritual washing, the snakes are set free
in order to take the prayers of the
Hopi to the gods. That none of these
ceremonies ended fatally provoked
the curiosity of the zoologist Charles
Mitchell Bogert. In 1941 he discovered
why: Poisonous snakes make Hopi
wishes come true even when they are
The Mhlenchemie FlourWorld Museum
in Wittenburg is an expression of our
company culture and the responsibility
we feel towards the miller and his flour,
as one of the most important staple
foods. The museum is a journey through
the millennia, illuminating the development and importance of flour. It is
the only one of its kind in the world.
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hat flour is for human nutrition, so

music is for the mind and soul, a
truth that transcends all national
boundaries. Volkmar Wywiol, the
owner of Mhlenchemie and a
managing director, recently created a
very special bridge between cultures.
On the initiative of Mhlenchemie,
the Music Festival of Mecklenburg West Pomerania presented the Russian master pianist Evgeni Koroliov on the
occasion of its 25th anniversary.
In the context of Germanys third-largest festival of classical music, Koroliov
gave a concert in the historic St Bartholomews church in Wittenburg in August.
On the same occasion the Hamburg businessman invited the concert audience
to visit the nearby FlourWorld Museum. After the musical performance, the
companys guests, including numerous customers, were able to experience a
vital staple food at the exhibition of flour sacks that demonstrates the historic
and cultural significance of flour.
Mhlenchemie has made a major contribution to Wittenburgs development
as an industrial location. The production facility for the Stern-Wywiol group
of companies was established in 1998 and has since established itself firmly
as a contract manufacturer for the international food market. And the town of
Wittenburg, situated between Hamburg and Berlin, is acquiring more and more
appeal as a cultural centre.
After founding the unique flour sack museum, Volkmar Wywiol has now

A Flour World
Museum story
No. 8

The historic St. Bartholomews church in Wittenburg was filled to

the last seat

The millers love

The best stories are real-life ones.

Evgeni Koroliov interpreted works of Johann Sebastian Bach and

Franz Schubert

For example, the song cycle Die





Daughter) written by Wilhelm Mller

Before and after the concert, the event was celebrated at the
FlourWorld museum with the Director of the festival, the artist and
representatives of the international milling family

in 1821 and set to music by Franz

Schubert in 1823. It came out of
a group of songs thought up by a
circle of young people including the
writer Clemens Brentano, the painter
Wilhelm Hensel, his sister Luise and
the composer Ludwig Berger. They
sang about the tragic fate of a young





unrequited love with Rose, a millers

daughter. The unhappy story found
its counterpart in reality, as almost all
of the men in the group fell in love
with Hensels sister Louise. None of
them were able to win her heart, but
it inspired the classic German song
Das Wandern ist des Mllers Lust
(The Wandering Miller).
The Mhlenchemie FlourWorld Museum
in Wittenburg is an expression of our
company culture and the responsibility

opened up a new venue for the famous music festival. The start there was
made with the Russian pianist Evgeni Koroliov, one of the most celebrated
contemporary performers of the works of Johann Sebastian Bach. The master
pianist and winner of numerous awards lives in Hamburg, where he holds the
post of a professor at the Academy of Music and Performing Arts. In the historic
church, which was filled to the last seat, the audience listened to works of Johann
Sebastian Bach and Franz Schubert, performed to perfection by Koroliov. His
outstanding technique and the supreme expressiveness of his music captivated the
Before and after the concert, the event was celebrated at the FlourWorld
Museum with the Director of the festival, the artist, and representatives of the
international milling family. Volkmar Wywiol thanked the distinguished, yet
modest musician for the unforgettable experience of the concert.
For us as an enterprise operating internationally it is both a duty and a pleasure
to live out the principle of international understanding. Culture is an important
bridge towards this goal. And Evgeni Koroliovs performance is a highlight in this

we feel towards the miller and his flour,

as one of the most important staple
foods. The museum is a journey through
the millennia, illuminating the development and importance of flour. It is
the only one of its kind in the world.
Milling and Grain - December 2015 | 37

Breaking new ground with feed machinery standards

A new ISO technical committee (ISO/TC 293) is created to supply the global
industry with standards for feed machinery used to produce formulated feed in
feed processing mills
by Sandrine Tranchard

he worlds soaring population and

growing demand for animal-derived
food has spurred enormous development
in feed machinery manufacturing and the
feed industry in general. But with policies
and technologies differing widely across
countries, there is a substantial imbalance in
the field. To help harmonise market practices
worldwide, a new ISO technical committee
(ISO/TC 293) was created to supply the
industry with standards for feed machinery
used to produce formulated feed in feed
processing mills.

A global feed industry

Feed mills purchase feed machines worldwide to

maintain, alter, extend or build anew their feed production
lines. Yet in the absence of harmonised International
Standards, each feed machinery manufacturer produces
feed machines to its own specifications, while each
individual feed producer procures said machinery to suit
its needs. Inconsistent requirements have notably hindered
international trading of such machinery and there is urgent
demand for International Standards to coordinate business
across borders.
Ms Lujia Han, Chair of the new ISO/TC 293, laments the
lack of harmonisation: When international trade in any
industry reaches a certain level, International Standards are
inevitably required to coordinate relevant technological
matters. Feed machinery and its specific component parts
are numerous and diverse, and there are a large number
of terms defining the feed processing technology. Due to
disagreement among countries over terminology issues
as well as the application of graphical symbols for feed
machinery and feed processing technology, barriers to
international trade and technological communication on
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feed machinery have emerged.

Terminology, safety and hygiene

Feed mills all over the world have suffered innumerable

accidents due to the lack of proper safety measures for
feed machinery, including safety design, safety protection
design, dust explosion prevention, electrical systems, and
the safety requirements involved in layout, installation and
the manufacturing of equipment. Dust explosions in feed
mills, for example, are a worldwide problem.
In feed processing machinery, many factors can affect
feed hygiene, the environment and operators wellbeing;
so concerted solutions need to be found. The health
of humans and animals and the security of people
and property, are the top priority of standardisation,
underpinned of course by a robust terminology base.
To address these issues, three groups have been created
within ISO/TC 293 to work specifically on terminology,
safety and hygiene.
ISO/TC 293s objectives are:
Develop International Standards on terminology and
graphical symbols, safety, hygiene and test methods
for technical requirements, as well as the performance
of single equipment and feed production lines that can
impact on feed quality, production efficiency and energy
Facilitate international exchanges on technical issues,
promote international trade, minimise security risks in
the feed production process, as well as the risks inherent
to feed hygiene, workplace sanitation and environmental
Propose the best solutions for the security and hygiene of
feed machinery
Supply the technical basis for conformity assessment and
provide an impartial technological foundation for orders,
project inspections and acceptance of complex production

Hydronix Moisture Sensors

Accurate and Reliable
Hydronix digital, microwave moisture sensors provide
accurate and cost effective moisture measurement and
control in feed meals and pellets, grain, cereal and pulses.

Control moisture in the grain drying process to save

energy and ensure quality
Control moisture content during the pelletising process

Hydro-Probe XT

The Hydro-Probe XT measures moisture as the material

flows over the sensor head. Install in or under a hopper /
silo or in the material on a conveyor

Looking to the future, Ms Han forecasts a score of

benefits for the sector: The achievement of these
objectives will guarantee the feed quality, hygiene,
production safety and environmental protection, create
a safe and hygienic environment for operators, enhance
the efficiency of feed engineering, save on cost, protect
the interests of both manufacturers and users, promote
manufacturing technology while meeting the authorities
need to regulate the field and consequently benefit
stakeholders immensely.


Future challenges

Going forward, the work of ISO/TC 293 will also focus on

the intelligence of feed processing lines and service networks
following the modernisation of agricultural processes.
According to Ms Han, the biggest challenge will
be to attract and gather the worlds most outstanding
experts as many of them as possible and get support
from governments in order to keep track of the latest
technological achievements in feed machinery and
develop International Standards that not only provide
international trade with technical support, but also
promote manufacturers techniques and ensure users get
good-quality products.

Facts and figures:

There are more than 30 000 feed mills in the world.

More than 100 countries and regions are involved in the
import and export business of feed machinery every year.
The worlds population is projected to reach 8.5 billion
by 2030, 9.7 billion by 2050 and in excess of 11 billion by
If the global population reaches 9.1 billion by 2050, the
world food production will need to rise by 70 percent,
and food production in the developing world will need to
(Source: UN, FAO)

The Hydro-Mix measures moisture in a mixer or an auger

or before / after grain dryers.


The Hydro-View displays a simple way to calibrate,

configure and display readings from up to 16
Hydronix moisture sensors
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US Wheat Associates road trip 2015

by Roger Gilbert, Milling and Grain Magazine, Publisher

ix classes of US wheat is planted and

harvested in almost every month of the
year and is recognised as being one of
the most reliable globally which can fit
precisely to almost every end-use product.
In early November, the US Wheat
Associates, which helps to develop markets
for US wheat and is working in over 80
countries undertook its annual road trip
around Europe to explain the current years crop outcome in
detail for buyers and users.
Rutger Koekoek, US Wheats marketing specialist based in The
Netherlands, summarised the World Wheat Supply and Demand
Situation for 2015-16 by identifying global production would
reach 733 million tonnes, up eight million tonnes on the previous
year with major exporter supplies being up by 11 million tonnes:
with major exporter ending stocks increasing by five million
tonnes and US ending stock in particular being the largest since
2009-10 at 23.4 million tonnes or 17 percent above their fiveyear average of 20 million tonnes.
He also recorded the world consumption is set to post a new
record. While the trade itself will see a decrease from 2014-15
levels, based on consumption in South East Asia expected to
increase, and world feed use up by some five million tonnes.
The US farm gate average price is to decline, he projected
and suggested an average price of between US$175-193 per
The average farm gate price in 2014-15 was US$220 and $252
per tonnes in 2013-14.
The global crop outlook will be impacted by: El Nino; the
lingering drought in Australia which has reduced yield potential;
floods in Argentina resulting
in lost wheat area and despite
moisture conditions in the US
for HRW and SRW improving
due to recent rains the US SW
crop remains dry.
Finally, lower winter wheat
area in the Ukraine and poor
early crop establishment with
increased risk of winterkill
have to be considered
alongside improved recent
rains in southern Russia that
will impact its winter wheat
crop, he adds.
He told invited delegates
that production from the
top exporting countries for
2015-16 would be up by

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three million tonnes over 2014-15 at 377 million tonnes while

beginning stocks were significantly higher at 63 million tonnes
compared to 54 million tonnes in 2014-15, resulting in total
supplies being up by 11 million tonnes.
The forecasted change in world wheat production in 2015-16
shows a positive increase of seven million tonnes with RussianUkraine producing an additional seven million tonnes, China four
million tonnes and North America three million tonnes. These
increases are offset by declines in production in India of seven
million tonnes, Canada three million tonnes and Argentina two
million tonnes.
The forecasted change in world wheat exports in 2015-16
would be down by two percent at 161 million tonnes with
Canada down four million tonnes, India down three million
tonnes and the EU down two million tonnes. These declines
would be compensated for increased exports from RussiaUkraine by five million tonnes and a likely two million tonne
addition from Australia.
Finally, all major wheat importers are expected in increase their
demand: Egypt to 11.5 million tonnes; Indonesia to 7.8 million
tonnes; Algeria to 7.7 million tonnes; Brazil to 6.7 million tonnes;
EU to six million tonnes and Japan to 5.8 million tonnes.
In summary, world wheat production is up between five and
seven million tonnes, world wheat consumption up by nine
million tonnes and all this supported by a big supply of better
quality wheat than we had last year, says Mr Koekoek.
And this will leave world ending stocks for 2015-16 at a record
high of 228 million tonnes which is well above the 10-year
average of 177 million tonnes and having 72.6 million tonnes of
that buffer available to world markets, when the 10-year average
has been 66 million tonnes.
Global stocks-to-use ratio stands at 32 percent up from 30 percent
in 2014-15 and up on the 10-year average of 27 percent.

testing in food

by Claire Milligan, Product Manager, R-Biopharm Rhne Ltd, UK

or as long as humans have cultivated and

stored grain we have been at risk from
mycotoxins with outbreaks of Ergots
being reported since the Middle Ages
in epidemic proportions. Humans have
linked the occurrence of mould with
sickness since the 7th and 8th centuries
and hence conducted a festival to
celebrate the Roman God Robigus who
was the protector of grain and trees in order to protect from rust
and moulds.
The problem of mycotoxin occurrence has only gotten larger as
our societies have grown more complex and our ever increasing
population. The more grain and cereal we consume the greater
the chances of us coming into contact with moulds and the
mycotoxins that may be present.
Fungal growths may be present in cereal grains and can if
not detected can cause serious health issues like damage to the
immune, cardiovascular, endocrine and nervous systems. Grains
such as wheat, barley, oats and rye are extremely susceptible
and diseases like head blight can cause substantial agricultural
losses, and also lead to problems of mycotoxin contamination by
Fusarium fungi. This occurs pre-harvest on the growing crop and
can lead to the occurrence of a number of different mycotoxins
including deoxynivalenol (DON), zearalenone (ZON), T-2 and
HT-2 toxins.
Once harvested further problems can arise if the drying is
inadequate or cereals are poorly stored. This post-harvest
infection can occur with different fungal species leading to
contamination with yet other chemically different mycotoxins
such as ochratoxin A (OTA) and citrinin (CIT).

prone to fungal contamination is also uniquely susceptible to

Fusarium species, which specifically produces mycotoxins
known as the fumonisins (FB1 and FB2). In regions with higher
temperatures and moisture conditions Aspergillus infection can
also appear with subsequent formations of aflatoxin B1, B2, G1
and G2.
All of these mycotoxins are unlikely to contaminate the
same sample at the same time, but co-occurrence of more than
one mycotoxin is certainly common in maize or cereal grain.
These mycotoxins are chemically different in structure and
therefore each exhibit different toxicological effects, which
can be triggered at different levels of exposure. Additionally
human and animal species have significantly different degrees of
susceptibility to the toxicological effects of these mycotoxins.

Occurrence of multi-mycotoxins in foods


Grains are not simply prone to one mycotoxin as where they are
grown and environmental conditions can leave them susceptible
to more than one toxin. For instance maize while particularly
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Mycotoxin EU regulatory limit g/kg

Cereal type DON




FB1 + FB2






Cereal-based baby food






Maize breakfast cereals






For these reasons and because of the importance of cereals in

human diet and animal feed, mycotoxins are tightly regulated in
many countries around the world by setting of maximum residue
levels (MRLs). As with many other regulations, these limits
are much lower for infant and baby foods compared to foods
intended for adults. This is because of the additional protection
needed during growth and development and the lower body
weight of infants
In the EU aflatoxins, DON, ZON, FUM and OTA are all
regulated in cereals and cereal products, with one limit applying
to unprocessed cereals and a lower limit being applied to

cereals intended for direct human consumption. There are some
reductions in toxin levels during processing such as milling, but
as the toxins tend to concentrate in the fractions such as bran
there are consequent risks for animal feed.
The EU regulations for mycotoxins in cereals are complicated
with levels varying from one commodity to another and varying
significantly for different mycotoxins. This can be illustrated by
the example of EU regulations for bread, processed cereal-based
foods and baby foods for infants and young children and maizebased breakfast cereals shown in the table above. Different limits
apply to unprocessed cereals and maize, pasta, refined maize oil
and various milled fractions from maize as well as to animal feed.
Understanding the complexity of these regulations and carrying
out analytical determinations to ensure compliance is a significant

Analysis of multi-mycotoxins

Analysis of mycotoxins in cereals and cereal products

(including animal feed and pet food) is carried out on the raw
materials (grain and flour) and on finished products. Analysis
is expensive to carry out and it therefore makes sense to target
monitoring on those mycotoxins, which are known to be
associated with specific cereal products and which are covered
by legislation. With the strong possibility of multiple occurrence
it also makes sense to determine more than one mycotoxin in an
analytical run.
Most official methods, which have been rigorously validated,
stipulate the use of immunoaffinity column clean-up (IACs) prior
to HPLC analysis. Recognising the importance of analysis of
multiple mycotoxins, R-Biopharm Rhne supply immunoaffinity
clean-up columns specifically targeted at extraction and

purification of different combinations of mycotoxins in cereals.

The DZT MS-PREP immunoaffinity columns are intended
for clean-up of DON, ZON and combined T-2 and HT-2 toxins,
whereas the AOF MS-PREP columns are aimed at the analysis
of aflatoxins, OTA and fumonisins.
The DZT MS-PREP columns are particularly relevant for the
analysis of cereals and cereal products from wheat, oats and rye,
whereas the AOF MS-PREP columns have more relevance to
the analysis of maize and maize based products where aflatoxins
and fumonisins are more likely to be a problem.
By a simple procedure of coupling two IACs in tandem, i.e.
DZT MS-PREP and AOF MS-PREP it is possible to detect
all six mycotoxins that need to be monitored in processed cereal
based foods and baby foods for infants and young children which
include maize.
When single mycotoxins such as aflatoxin B1 or OTA are
determined, it is often better to use HPLC with fluorescence
detection to reach lower limits of detection. However, DON,
fumonisins, T-2, HT-2 toxins require different analytical
strategies, and when they are brought together into one method
the use of more sophisticated analytical systems such as LC-MS/
MS is the preferred approach.

Analysis without clean up?

Some laboratories will argue that with the specificity of mass

spectrometric detection systems it is unnecessary to carry
out immunoaffinity column clean-up and crude extracts from
cereals can be directly analysed. This approach is acceptable for
screening but it has been demonstrated that without adequate
clean-up, co-extractives from the matrix can cause interference
which impacts adversely on identification and quantification. AARSEN5039

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The EU Rapid Alert System for Food & Feed (RASFF)

The EU Rapid Alert System for Food and Feed (RASFF)

provides good intelligence information on the extent of cereals
being rejected by the authorities and as containing multiple
mycotoxins exceeding EU limits. Aflatoxins and fumonisins
have been frequently found to co-occur at levels exceeding EU
limits for both groups of toxins in the same sample. For example,
popcorn from Argentina containing aflatoxins and fumonisins,
DON and OTA in cornflour from Poland, aflatoxins and OTA
in maize from Ukraine were all rejected by the EU. Along with
the notifications sent out by each designated national contact to
the EU Commission, the RASFF portal has a searchable online
database open to members of the public. This system of alerts has
helped avert many food safety risks.
Many consignments of cereals and cereal products are rejected
by the EU as containing high levels of individual mycotoxins
such as DON, ZON, fumonisins and aflatoxins but it is unlikely
these consignments would have been identified as a potential risk
to human health without an initial multi-mycotoxin screening.


A solution to the problem

Immunoaffinity columns targeted at DZT and AOF analysis

meet the needs of mycotoxin laboratories engaged in ensuring
compliance of cereals with regulatory limits. These columns
have been used for the development of validated methods by
R-Biopharm Rhne, where the method performance has been
demonstrated to exceed the minimum requirements set out both
by the EU and standardisation bodies such as CEN. Methods can
be supplied to customers in a format compatible with method
SOPs to enable ready adoption into an accredited environment.
With products that are manufactured to ISO 9001 and employing
an ISO 13485 quality management system R-Biopharm Rhne
products are widely used by 17025 accredited laboratories in the
EU and elsewhere, and are widely appreciated as being reliable
products of consistently high quality.

Final thoughts

Although application of good agricultural practice can reduce

the risks of fungal infection of cereals and can minimise
mycotoxin levels, the co-occurrence of mycotoxins in cereals is
an inevitable fact of life.
There is considerable variability in levels of Fusarium toxins
found in cereals from year to year as climate can have a
significant impact on toxin formation. Wet conditions during
the growing season and during harvest have a major impact
on fungal infection, and climate change resulting in less
predictable conditions is leading to increased risks of mycotoxin
contamination. Testing for the presence of mycotoxins will
continue and as trade between countries across the globe grows
we can expect legislation to be tightened beyond the EU and its
current trading partners.

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Ensuring that the peak being measured is in fact the mycotoxin

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that are required for baby food and argues strongly for carrying
out adequate sample preparation and clean-up. Interferences
can lead to false positives and wrong decisions about rejecting
commodities, whilst ion suppression can lead to under estimates
of true concentrations and the risks of accepting a batch of
material that should be rejected. These are both unnecessary
risks to the food industry and to the food control laboratories
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Milling and Grain journalist Roger Gilbert reports on the predictions made by Mr Harm Klein, from Tebodin
Netherlands BV an international operating consultancy and engineering firm.

lternative raw materials, more

focus on the working and living
environment, and highly specific
technical developments. Thats
the answer of Mr Harm Klein,
Business Development manager
at Tebodin Netherlands B.V., part
of Bilfinger SE, on the future
feed mill in Europe. He has been
designing feed mills for approximately 40 years and shared his
vision on the feedmill of 2025 during the Victam Conference.
Mr Klein took on the difficult task of foreshadowing what the
feed mill in Europe might look like in 2025, just 10 years away:
This question had been posed to Tebodin before, in 1990, and we
then created a concept that has basically been realised over the
Separation of process lines, roller mills in combination with
hammer mills, and sophisticated car loading systems were
important issues. Because of the growth market in Western
Europe in the 1980s-90s, construction of new factories was
common. Engineers could 'go wild' in green field projects. Now,
growth in Europe is stagnating. Today and probably in 2025,
improvements and extensions will take place at existing plants

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and not so often by the realisation of new plants. The latter will
be more current in other parts of the world, where significant
growth is expected.
Mr Klein identified three important issues to be taken into
consideration for a reliable vision of a future feed mill. The most
important of these was alternative raw materials, followed by
adjustments to the working and living environment, and thirdly
the current technical developments.
These issues are the starting points for my glance into the

Alternative raw materials

Until recently in developed countries, a silo storage volume for

raw materials for 1-2 weeks of production was sufficient, because
of a guaranteed supply of raw materials and restricted fluctuation
in market prices. From now on, there will be more instability
in availability. Causes include the recurrent dryness in grainproducing countries, the increase of prosperity in large parts of
the world, the growing demand for meat, and the disappearance
of surpluses. More attention will need to be focused on dayto-day purchasing and alternative raw materials will become
critically important.
Consequently, the need to maintain your own supply of

sufficient raw materials will increase and setting up more and
more flexible storage will be necessary. This trend has already
started. Soy will be partially replaced and alternatives, such as
duckweed, algae, insect meal and seaweed are becoming more
common. Some of these raw materials will be available for feed
on a wider scale within 10 years.
Mr Klein suggested that the use of sugar beets would find a
more valuable market in being reprocessed for colouring agents
and thereby disappear from feed industry use. He also reported
that the demand for GMO-free raw materials was increasing
with several chains of supermarkets aiming to go GMO-free in
all products after 2016: This is important for the design of new
projects and the manner in which we set up production, such as
strictly separate production lines.
Allowing animal proteins back remains a question, but we
cannot rule it out, so it has to be taken into account when making
new plans. The issue cannot be ignored.

Working and living environment

Another area of change involves what Mr Klein referred to as

the working and living environment: No matter how important
operational efficiency is, the welfare and health of the operators
and life stock always come first. Security gets more and more

attention: we continue to collectively strive for zero accidents.

For the operational management in our market, the food
processing industry can serve as an example, with attractive
management tools such as Lean approach and Team
responsibility, where the Technical Department and Production
operate as one team, with very good results. For example,
downtime and maintenance costs are reduced by over 25 percent.
Concerning legislation, change of behaviour by governments is
of great importance. In this respect, animal feed producers joining
forces in lobby groups is of utmost importance in determining
the approach of governments. The experience we have had in the
Netherlands is a very good example of how this might work.

Reducing energy

Part of improving the working and living environment is

reducing power consumption: By far the most energy in our
plants is used for the grinding and pelleting processes. The
pelleting process alone currently consumes half of the 35-50
kWh/tonne usage and gas uses about 2-6 m3/tonne.
The pelletizer in combination with the conditioner has to
become more energy efficient and also more suitable for a
wide package of raw materials. The pelleting process should,
if possible, take place in its entirety within the die with a great
variety in its specification. Current tests with slowly rotating
larger dies in the pelleting process show positive results.
A flexible milling process leads, in general, to a significantly
lower energy use. Utilisation of roller mills for meals, in
combination with hammer mills in the case of pellets, show
good results for energy use, says Mr. Klein: In daily practice, a
combined roller mill and hammer mill installation can achieve for
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press meal an energy savings of about 25 percent. In all cases, the

processing line, with pre-screening and such, has to be executed

Single treatments per material

Concerning the diversity in raw materials, the preferred

situation is to install different treatments, depending on individual
properties. In the future, there will be single treatments per
material, instead of dose everything at once and then rolling,
grinding, expanding and such. Think of the separate treatment
of raw materials with high starch content and their individual
expansion, for digestibility and protein efficiency. This selected
treatment will also prevent 'over-processing' of other raw

The chain approach and data

The use of collected production data will also become more

important. For control and automation purposes, the data will
be based on information, gathered online. For example, infrared
analyzers, capable of executing moisture, protein and fat
analyses. By analysing during dosing continuously, parameters
can be adjusted online and an optimal preparation is reached. The
optimal level of humidity is achieved by moisture measurement,
positively influencing energy use and pellet quality.
By scanning the performance of an individual animal or
species, the manufacturer can produce the best feed. It is very
well possible that, in the future, the animal feed producer
becomes less of an isolated link in the chain, but is expressly
forced towards integration, possibly by taking a step back or
forward in the chain.
Mr Klein mentioned more technical improvements: Talking
about new developments in engineering, and as a feed specialist
at Tebodin, I cannot omit mentioning giant steps to be taken
in efficient design of processes, building and logistics with
3D design and other tools, for instance those related to clean
Finally, another development already ongoing, is the request
for a more concentrated product for self-mixing farms that can
be mixed locally with self-bought or self-produced materials.
This will increase the quantity of minerals and other small
components, requiring adjustments in the production process: a
higher dosing capacity and larger scales are necessary.

Unmanned is unrealistic

In his presentation, Mr Klein shortly addressed some

interesting, but unrealistic looking developments: Whether feed
mills can technically be run unmanned or not in the future, they
are simply not allowed in certain regions, due to a variety of
concerns. Legislation will most likely restrict their development.
Likewise, using mash instead of pellets seems not feasible, too,
because of the lack of homogeneity, hygiene and improving

Less but more concentrated

Mr Klein summarised his vision: We designers are making giant

steps in efficient design. It gives the industry a clean production
process which will lead to more concentrated products which can
be mixed for feeding purposes on farm. In the future, we might not
produce 12 million tonnes of animal feeds in the Netherlands, but
we will produce more concentrated feeds for much bigger farms.
To stand still in the feed industry is to regress. That is why Victam
has proven to be so vital for our industry.
Harm Klein, firmly concluded that feed mills designed 20-30
years ago will not be suitable in the future.


2015/16 industry profiles

In our annual end of year company profile section, Milling and Grain invited advertisers to share thoughts about the industry in
2015, as well as specific company details achievements and plans for the year ahead.
We wish to thank all of our advertisers for their continued support and offer our sincere congratulations for what has hopefully
been a prosperous year for you. We look forward to serving you in 2016.

During 2015 OCRIM celebrated its 70th anniversary by organising

several important events which have involved the company team,
customers and Cremona citizens.
FLOUR AND), was celebrated at IPACK-IMA 2015 and also
involved the famous Chef, Davide Oldani who prepared a special
course, made of grain, dedicated to OCRIM.
All customers were introduced to the new OCRIM line Superior
Time and other devices presented, like the onlineMGA and the @
mobile (tablet application), which have been designed to improve
and optimise the milling plants automation. These technological and
engineering developments showcase the big steps in research and
development made during these last few years.
OCRIM is considered one of the most important companies in
the milling industry. It was founded in 1945 and in a short time the
company became widely known all over the world and gained the
right trust and consideration.
OCRIM specialises in milling plants, feed mills and general cereals
processing, including - and especially - turnkey formula systems. The
company invests heavily in research, training, customer services and
OCRIM has two sites in the city of Cremona: the original
headquarters in Via Massarotti and the premises at the canal port area.
From the outset, OCRIM has specialised in turnkey projects, and this
is why its customers regard the company as a reliable and experienced
partner. The company therefore offers oversight of the entire process.
OCRIMs aim is to supply its customers with long-lasting machinery
and high quality, efficient services. Innovative solutions have been
introduced in order to reduce energy use and minimise operation and
maintenance costs. Automation is a crucial factor for a plant since it
has the aim to guarantee maximum performance in terms of yield.
OCRIM invests very much in technological research in order to let
the automation dept. study and design the best solutions for each
In recent years, OCRIM has succeeded in giving tangible form to the
Italian Made project: the production process takes place exclusively
within the company, which believes wholeheartedly in Italian Made
quality. The partnership between the futuristic approach of the
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engineers and the expertise of the workers provides the winning key
for creating excellent, high quality products to meet the demands of
the milling sector market.
OCRIM also believes in research and development since it is a
crucial factor in becoming a benchmark in terms of quality and
expertise in the milling sector. In fact, OCRIM has always created
innovative systems to improve and simplify the work of design,
production, assembly and testing.
OCRIMs commitment to training dates back to 1965, when the
first International School of Milling Technology was founded. Today
the School is considered one of the companys flagships. Theoretical
courses are accompanied by practical experience, thanks to a pilot mill
with capacity of 24 T/D and a well-equipped laboratory.
OCRIM uses numerous methods of communication to broadcast its
philosophy. Indeed, the company benefits from considerable visibility,
both through national and international publications of the sector and
via its three websites.

2015/16 industry profiles

Sukup Manufacturing Co.,
Sheffield, Iowa, U.S.A, is a familyowned, full-line grain drying,
handling and storage equipment and
steel buildings manufacturer, serving the grain industry since 1963.
In July of 2015, Sukup Manufacturing Co. acquired a majority share
of DanCorn, a leading dealer in grain drying, storage and handling
products located in Denmark. Sukup products will be sold throughout
Europe under the Sukup Europe name. Sukup Europe management,
product distribution and customer service will be handled through the
DanCorn offices and facilities in Hedenstad, Denmark.
Sukup Manufacturing Co. manufactures non-stiffened and stiffened
grain bins for on-farm storage, as well as commercial operations.
Sukup bin sizes range from 4.57M diameter, 4.67 M peak height farm
bins to 47.55 M diameter, 37.49 M height commercial bins. Sukup
commercial bins are available with 3629; 6804; 13.608 or 22,680 Kg
peak load roofs.
Sukup also manufactures single and multiple module grain dryers,
modular tower dryers and stick-built tower dryers. Sukup Continuous
Flow Grain Dryers feature the patented Quad Metering Roll System,
which prevents overdrying and ensures more consistent moisture
content. Sukup Continuous Flow Stacked Dryers also feature the
patented Grain Cross-Over System, which reduces variation in

Excellence in Food and Feed Analysis

Founded in 1988 as a subsidairy of Rhm

GmbH in Darmstadt Germany R-Biopharm
AG is a leading developer of test solutions
for food and feed analysis. It has grown to
include sibsidiaries of its own including
R-Biopharm Rhne (RBR) in the UK along with companies in
the USA, Italy, France, Spain, Argentina, China, India, Brazil and
Australia and over 90 worldwide distributors.
With its years of high quality reasearch and design behind it
R-Biopharm continues to offer a consistently impressive range
of approved tests in the formats of enzyme immunoassays,
immunoaffinity columns, dip sticks, card tests and ready-to-use media
sheets. The test kits themselves have undergone official validation and
certification and manyare recognised as offical AOAC methods and
have a high worldwide reputation under the RIDASCREEN, RIDA
QUICK, EASI-EXTRACT and PREP trademarks.

The tests you need

With an impressive portfolio of tests R-Biopharm can offer analysis

over a range of areas. From looking at consitiuents such as sugars,
acids, vitamins or amino acids which are of interest to manfacturers
of processed foods and drinks, to animal species indetifications which

moisture content between the inner and outer portions of the columns
as well as between the two sides of the dryers. Sukup Tower Dryers
have capacities up to 7000 bph.
Sukup QuadraTouch Pro Computerized controls are standard on
all models of Sukup Dryers. QuadraTouch Pro Controls feature
a touch screen display that leads you through start-up and all dryer
functions. Remote monitoring of the system is also available.
Sukup has long been known for efficient in-bin drying systems. Their
accessory line includes axial and centrifugal fans and heaters, stirring
machines, bin floors and supports, and unloading equipment. Sukup
fans and heaters lead the industry in performance and efficiency. The
first product developed by Sukup was the stirring machine with the
other accessory products following shortly thereafter. Since Sukup
originally built their company on accessory equipment, it had to be
top-notch, and it still is.
A complete line of material handling equipment completes the
Sukup product line. Chain Loop Conveyors, Double Run Conveyors,
Drag Conveyors and Bucket Elevators from Sukup will gently and
efficiently move grain through any size grain storage facility. With
their complete line of products, Sukup can supply all the equipment
you need to construct an efficient, high-quality grain storage, drying
and handling facility.

became a world wide concern due to food fraud. Cross contamination

of allergens such as peanut which can cause life threatening reactions
to gliadin and gluten or mycotoxin residues like aflatoxin, ochratoxin
or deoxynialenol present in grains. Whatever your requirements,
R-Biopharm can offer a test to suit.

Support and training

While high quality test kits are essential the area of product
support can be crucial to a customer who has questions or whose
results are not what they expected. Whether by telephone or e-mail
the technical team at RBR offer a range of support services to
make it easy for customers to obtain assistance if required along
with literature, publications and posters which can provide basic
information, technical specifications and data on our products.
Instructional videos on specific products are also online and free to
view at the R-Biopharm Rhnes Food and Feed YouTube channel.
The professionally shot videos which include short written captions
provide an easy to follow step by step visual guide to the use of the
product. In addition RBR also offers training in its well-equipped
laboratories which gives customers the provision of practical hands on
training with the very people who they can call on for help.

Quality first and foremost

Quality Management Systems are designed to give a frame to an

organisations activities, and R-Biopharm Rhnes fully ISO 9001 and
ISO 13485 accredited Quality Management System ensures that a
high level of quality is maintained, from Research and Development
right through to Sales and Dispatch. Backed up by the consistent use
of internal auditing, to systematically check completed work, the
establishment of formal procedures, ensure consistency of operations,
regular maintenance and calibration of equipment to ensure accuracy
of measurements and quality control analyses on intermediate and
finished products. An R-Biopharm customer can be confident the
product they buy and the support they get is the best that the company
can give.

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apco Inc., St. Louis, MO, USA manufactures the

most widely accepted line of nonmetallic
elevator buckets in the industry. Buckets are available in polyethylene, nylon, polyurethane, ductile
iron, aluminum and fabricated steel. Popular styles
include CC-HD (Heavy Duty), CC-XD (Xtreme
Duty), Super EuroBucket, AA, AC and Continuous.
With 1 million buckets in 178 sizes in stock for
immediate shipment, Tapco has what you need,
when you want it. Certified FDA-compliant (food
grade) resins are standard in polyethylene and
urethane buckets. FDA-compliant nylon buckets
are available by request. Tapco inventories 15
million elevator bolts in six styles (No. 1, No. 3,
Fanged and Pointed Fanged, Western 3-Prong,
Reference 70) along with belt splices, abrasion
resistant sheeting, drag flights, and hanger bearings.
Call +1 314 739 9191 for more information or
free samples.

Company profile
The Brabender company from Duisburg (Germany) develops, manufactures
and distributes instruments and equipment for the testing of material quality
and physical properties in all areas of research, development and production. As a leading supplier for the food and chemical industries worldwide,
Brabender offers a broad range of solutions for sample preparation, quality
control and process simulation on a laboratory scale.
One of the companys core markets is the milling and baking industry. In this
area, it is famous for its three-phase-system, consisting of three standard
instruments worldwide for measuring the product quality of flour and dough
Farinograph, Extensograph and Amylograph. New developments like
the GlutoPeak for quick gluten quality checks or the Brabender MetaBridge
cross-platform and cross-location software stand for the companys innovative spirit.

Since its foundation in 1923, Brabender has generated a steady growth

in recent years. The family-run Brabender group today employs around
450 people and has a presence in over 116 countries with 80 distributors.
However, all Brabender instruments, equipment and application software
are developed and produced in-house.
Customer orientation is a crucial part of the Brabender corporate philosophy. Hence, the company provides its customers with an ongoing and
comprehensive advice and support. At the companys headquarters, they can
carry out measurements with their own material at the technical applications
laboratory. Over the course of the instruments long lifetime, customers
can also benefit from a number of services to maintain functionality and

Brabender GmbH & Co. KG

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2015/16 industry profiles

Global Industries: Its About
Global Industries, Inc. was founded in
1996, but its roots extend back to 1954
when company founder, Virgil Eihusen,
started his first construction business.
That company would grow and evolve into
Global Industries, thanks in large part to
an unwavering focus on Eihusens mission to create a single company
that could meet all the grain storage, handling and conditioning needs
of farmers and commercial interests around the world.
Global and its family of companies know their continued success
is driven by this singular mission and never losing sight of the core
values on which the company was founded:

Quality. Innovation.

Global seeks out the best craftsman and skilled employees, and
then provides them with the highest quality materials, manufacturing
techniques and processes available to create products with
unsurpassed quality, toughness and durability. They invest heavily in
state-of-the-art equipment and technologies to insure the accuracy and
repeatability of every product and component they produce, and have
even created a dedicated Research and Development Center solely for
the purpose of testing and verifying the capabilities and benefits of the
products they deliver daily to their customers.

Strong Work Ethic and Family Values

With over one million square feet, under roof, its still Globals 600
plus employees that are the true strength of the company. They take
great pride in the work they do. Even with advances in equipment
and technology its still the passion and expertise of these people that
help Global continue to deliver the best products and service in the

Customer Relationships

People want to do business with people they know and trust will be
there when needed. Since the beginning, Global has strived to build
Since the foundation of the
company in 1896, Satake
has been working for
mankinds three staple foods
rice, wheat and maize. Today, Satake serves 150 countries through
14 manufacturing and marketing operations in nine countries. Satake
is dedicated to serving the needs of customers wherever they may be,
in countries both large and small. When customer satisfaction leads to
trust in Satake, our dream is fulfilled.
In the field of Rice, Satake has always been one step ahead. Satake
invented Japans first power-driven rice milling machine in 1896
and has continued to respond to customers demands as they change
over time. Satake has established the global standard of modern rice
milling through its ability to continually develop innovative products
and processes. Today, Satake focuses on the value-added functionality
of rice to increase the profitability from rice.
In the field of Wheat, Satake has developed the spirit and technology
of Robinson Milling Systems (formerly Henry Simon Ltd.) since
1991. Satake adopted its rice milling technology to Robinsons/
Simons wheat processing systems and launched its PeriTec wheat
debranning system in 1996, much earlier than others. Today, Satakes
capabilities include the ability to design, manufacture and install
complete flourmills.

long-lasting relationships based on honesty, clear communication,

respect and trust. Customers know Global will answer when called
upon and have long understood that Global stands behind everything
they sell, and that customer safety, productivity and satisfaction
remain Global Industries highest priorities.
As Global Industries plots its course into the future, they vow to stay
true to the vision of providing complete grain storage, handling and
conditioning systems to farm, co-op and commercial customers. Their
position as a privately held, family-owned company gives them the
ability to respond quickly to customer needs and identify and react to
future growth opportunities that best
fit their expertise and vision.
In the field of Maize, Satake also adopted its rice
milling technology for maize. Maize degermers and
Corn Fractionators are based on vertical rice milling
machines to efficiently separate bran and germ from
endosperm. Satake offer a Modular Maize Mill,
which produces first class finished products but also
has the benefits of fast installation within a very
small building footprint.
In other fields, Satakes technology cultivated
through grain processing and optical colour
sorting is now widely utilised not only in pulses
and nuts, but also in industrial applications such
as plastic pellet polishing and sorting and car
bumper recycling. In 2008, Satake opened the
Sorting and Processing Integrated Centre to
help our customers find solutions to all of their
sorting and processing problems. At the centre,
Satake performs sorting and processing tests
on a wide variety of materials, from rice and
wheat to food products and industrial plastics.
When you think something new,
Think Satake.
Milling and Grain - December 2015 | 53

2015/16 industry profiles

VIGAN, the reliable partner in ship unloading and dry bulk

Belgium-based VIGAN Engineering SA designs and manufactures
handling equipment for dry agribulk cargo: grain pumps, ship
unloaders and loaders (pneumatic or mechanical), reaching capacities
up to 1,500 tons per hour.
Widely recognised worldwide as an expert in pneumatic bulk
handling technology, VIGAN also delivers turnkey projects for port
terminals that include conveyors, silos, warehouses and bagging lines.
Since its foundation in 1968, VIGAN has sold more than 1,300
machines all over the world.
Successful 2015 - Basically, the sales pattern has been similar to
previous years. The interest in VIGAN technology in ship unloading
remains important, with numerous inquiries from existing ports or new
facilities. We have also seen a growing demand for ship unloaders with
larger capacities, and repeat orders from existing customers.
A reliable solutions provider - For more than four decades, VIGAN
has forged its reputation by offering reliable equipment adapted to the
customers requirements: value-for-money machines and solutions.
To remain competitive, VIGAN offers a highly professional technical
assistance, a strong after-sales service and the guarantee of long-term
supply of spare parts from well-known suppliers only. Moreover,
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VIGAN maintains permanent technical development, keeping in mind

major concerns: the environment, dust suppression, safety, efficiency
and reliability.
A bright 2016 - With several long-term projects in the pipeline,
VIGAN is confident for next year. The demand for grains remains
strong. As grains are a basic staple food in many countries,
governments and private companies are both continuing to invest in
handling equipment.

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Health Safety

Making employee health and safety your highest priority

lobal Industries, Inc recently
announced that two of their
divisions were honoured at
the annual conference of the
Great Plains Safety and Health
Organisation. MFS/York/Stormor
was named as a silver award
winner. Additionally, Nebraska
Engineering Company (NECO)
was named a bronze award winner for their continued efforts
and improvements in creating a safe work environment for their

Global safety priorities

At Global Industries, Inc. safety is the highest priority, and that

message is continually communicated and reinforced throughout
the company and its various divisions. Global Industries has
always taken the position that safety is not just for manufacturing
employees to practice or upper management to be concerned
about. It is a function that everyone is responsible for, and this
message is continually reinforced through ongoing training and
education that includes, but is not limited to the following actions
and processes:


Frequent safety training is scheduled at allGlobal facilities, and

encompasses all levels of employment. Manufacturing personnel
sit alongside upper level managers when attending these in-depth
training sessions so all employees understand the importance of
safety and the proper safety requirements and procedures at every


Weekly Safety calls are conducted with all facilities and the
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related matters and discuss any changes in procedures or policies

to insure and/or enhance employee safety.
Comprehensive internal safety audits are conducted annually at
all facilities by the divisional safety coordinators and the Global
Vice President of Manufacturing.
Voluntary Department of Labor safety audits are conducted
approximately every three years.
Every division and corporate meeting begins with a report on
safety There are no exceptions! All meetings.
Active employee safety committees, made up of employees
from all departments and levels, have been created at each Global
Safety competitions in conjunction with governmental Safety
and Health Organisations are held at all Global facilities.
Safety investigations and specific safety communications are
spread across the entire company when an incident occurs to
prevent any like and similar incidents.
A safety coordinator is on site at each facility, reporting to the
Division General Manager and the Corporate Vice President of
Manufacturing Safety Business Operating System in place with
discrete metrics and goals for each Division.

All existing equipment and
machines are equipped with the
safeguards and shielding that
OSHA mandates. Additionally, the
specifications for any new equipment
purchases includes OSHA safety

Company ethos

According to Chief Davidson,

Global Vice President of
Manufacturing, Maybe most
important of all, Global is creating
a culture where safety is personal to
all employees and is both discussed
and supported from the company
president all the way down to the last
employee hired.
Our stated goal is to have zero
unsafe behaviors within any of our
facilities, Davidson continued,
and we base our training and safety
expenditures not around compliance
but rather around zero unsafe
behaviors.We also strive to train
employees to be not only safe at
work but also safe at home, because
we believe that if we are safe at work
and home, then safety truly becomes
part of our culture.

Milling and Grain - December 2015 | 57


Storage project
New examination facilities put Felixstowe ahead
A new ambient-temperature food examination facility has been
formally opened at the Port of Felixstowe, the Port of Britain, by
Transport Minister, Robert Goodwill MP.
The 4 million investment included a major refurbishment and
expansion of the examination facilities and the provision of new
offices for Suffolk Coastal Port Health Authority.
Commenting on the new facility, Robert Goodwill MP said:
This new state-of-the-art facility will ensure that vital imported
products stay as fresh as possible. Some 40 per cent of the food
on our supermarket shelves arrives by sea, so it must be checked
efficiently in the most hygienic conditions.
The significant investment currently underway across the UK
means our major ports remain world leaders, contributing billions
to the UK economy and creating thousands of skilled jobs.
Steve Gallant, Suffolk Coastal District Council Cabinet Member
for Community Health, said:
The new inspection facilities are built to an incredibly high
standard safe, clean and hygienic to maintain the integrity
of the food chain to the highest requirements of upcoming
We have a very productive partnership with the Port of
Felixstowe, and this is delivering best practice in terms of Port
Health. Now our staff are next door to each other, we can get
examinations done even more quickly. Being neighbours will also
allow a closer understanding of each others business and that
can only lead to even better efficiency and effectiveness in the
Clemence Cheng, Chief Executive Officer of the Port of
Felixstowe and Managing Director of HPH Europe division,

We are committed to a programme of investment across all

parts of the port to ensure our customers receive the highest
possible levels of service. The new ambient-temperature facility
is the latest example of this commitment. The dedication of our
experienced examination facilities team, and the close working
relationship they have with the Port Health authority, will ensure
that together we deliver the very best, most efficient inspection
process of any UK port.
The new facility covers an area of 3,045 square metres with a
further 840 square metres of office space and meeting rooms for
both port and Port Health staff. Separate examination chambers,
including segregated areas for dusty products such as chilli,
spices and other powders, allow multiple consignments to be
examined without the risk of contamination.

Port focus

Port of Felixstowe (PFL) is the largest container port in the

UK, and one of the largest in Europe. PFL is a member of the
Hutchison Port Holdings (HPH) Group. Hutchison Port Holdings
(HPH), a subsidiary of the multinational conglomerate CK
Hutchison Holdings Limited (CK Hutchison), is the worlds
leading port investor, developer and operator. The HPH
network of port operations comprises 319 berths in 52 ports,
spanning 26 countries throughout Asia, the Middle East, Africa,
Europe, the Americas and Australasia. Over the years, HPH has
expanded internationally into other logistics and transportationrelated businesses. These include cruise ship terminals, airport
operations, distribution centres, rail services, and ship repair
facilities. In 2014, the HPH port network handled a combined
throughput of 82.9 million TEU worldwide.

Storage News

Sweet Introduces New Flite-Veyor 3026 Incline Conveyor

Sweet Manufacturing Company is excited to announce the introduction of a new Flite-Veyor 3026 incline flat bottom drag conveyor.
The new conveyor is designed for capacities up to 20,000 BPH (508 MTPH) and provides a new incline conveyor option for our
Monarch and Titan model Silver-Sweet bucket elevators. The new Flite-Veyor 3026 incline conveyor ships with preassembled
trough sections to reduce installation time. It offers either a gear motor or v-belt drive and is made of heavy-duty all galvanized
construction with USA prime steel. The Flite-Veyor 3026 incline conveyor features a heavy-duty drop forged chain with a
resilient ductile core for shock resistance and an extremely hard exterior surface for superior wear resistance. This chain has
a working load of up to 20,200 lbs. and includes easy to maintain chain links. This new
conveyor also includes a removable head shell and trough bottom for ease
of access, maintenance and replacement of key internal components. Many
options are available to tailor this new 3026 conveyor for your particular
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by Andrew Wilkinson, staff writer, Milling and Grain Magazine

ats are a hardy cereal grain able

to withstand poor soil conditions
in which other crops are unable to
thrive. Although oats, or Aveena
Sativa to give the Latin name, are
more commonly eaten in the form
of oatmeal or rolled oats, they
also offer a vast array of other
uses; from use as an ingredient
in baked goods to use as a treatment for skin complaints. Oats
have also found fame in recent years as a health food and are
widely believed to be able to help combat a whole raft of serious
ailments such as heart disease and diabetes.
Although the crop is considered to be very resilient, a great deal
of thought and planning is still required to ensure that the best
quality product is delivered from seed to spoon. The very first
stage of this journey involves the tending of the soil and seed


When planting oats, the ground is prepared immediately after

the previous crop has been harvested, which is usually during the
late summer months time. The soil is then ploughed, a process
which vastly reduces the risk of cross contamination of seed from
the previous crop.
Once the soil has been prepared, the seed is then sown. Once
the seeds have been fully planted, the crop will then need to be
tended right up until maturity.


The biggest problem when tending oats is weeds. To prevent

the spread of weeds, a pre-emergent herbicide is applied within a
week of sowing the field. The crop is then continually monitored
for any pests and diseases. The soil is also tested every four to
five years to ascertain the nutrient level. The results of the tests
are then used to apply fertiliser, which provides the right amount
of nutrients that the oats require. This stage is facilitated on
some farms with the use of satellite navigation technology that
steers the tractor in a perfectly straight line, thus saving time and
ensuring even coverage.
When spring arrives, nitrogen is then applied to the crop with
the help of a nitrogen sensor mounted on a tractor, which can
calculate how much nitrogen the crop needs. It then adjusts
the application rates accordingly, in real time, as the tractor
and spreader is moving through the crop. This new technology
improves the efficiency of nitrogen application; so only what is
needed is used. Once the crop has fully matured, it is then ready
to be harvested.


The method that is usually used for harvesting oats is direct

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heading. This process involves the cutting of standing grain

as soon as the crop has fully ripened. If the grain moisture is
consistent throughout the crop and is less than 12 percent; then
this is considered to be the method most likely to avoid mass
shedding of grains.
Whilst direct heading is the least expensive method of
harvesting oats, the danger is that there may be long periods of
high relative humidity in which the harvesting dry grain is not
possible. This problem can cause considerable delays to the
harvesting operation and increase the risk of head loss or grain
washed out by rain. Once the matured crop has been cut, the crop
is then gathered up into swathes.


Swathing is a term used to describe the process of cutting the

oat crop and placing it in rows held together by interlaced straws
that are supported above the ground by the remaining stubble.
Swathing is considered best practice where the crop is uneven
in maturity; or the climate does not allow for rapid drying of the
grain naturally. Swathing is also ideal for where there is a risk of
crop losses from shedding and lodging.
High yielding crops may gain more from swathing than low
yielding crops. Generally, crops expected to yield less than two
tonnes per hectare should not be swathed. Picking up swathed
oats is significantly slower than direct heading because of the
large volume of material.
However, if the crop is either too thin or the stubble is too
short to support the swath above the ground, then the crop
should not be swathed. The main problem with swathing in these
circumstances is that the heads on the ground may sprout and
when attempts to pick up heads that are lying close to the soil
surface are made, the crop may become contaminated with soil.
Although it is better to swath early to prevent losses from
shedding and lodging, one should not do so when the ground
is wet after rain. Although it may be easier to swath later, the
swaths of a ripe crop may not interlock well enough to withstand
disturbance from strong wind.

Harvesting the swath

Once the crop has been swathed, the harvesting must be carried
out as soon as possible, ideally within 10 days of swathing. If
the crop is left exposed to the elements for too long too long
and subjected to long periods of wetting, the grain may sprout
and become stained. In more extreme cases the swath could also
become contaminated with bronze field beetle.
The stubble being torn out of the field during the swathing
operation is one of the major sources of contamination in swathed
oats. This usually occurs when the swather is operated at too high
a ground speed or when trying to swath when the straw is tough
due to it being cool or damp. As well as stubble contamination,
another issue that can hinder farmers when harvesting oats is

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known in the industry as lodging. In tall varieties of oats, lodging
of oats is a more common problem. Due to the heavy mat of
stems that is formed in a lodged crop, ripening can be delayed
as a result of reduced airflow, increased shading and higher soil

Storage of Oats

When destined for human consumption, correct storage of

oats is of paramount importance. Purchasers of milling oats
will generally require farmers to have a quality management
program in place. A suitable program should be able to show
that considerations had been taken prior to harvest, that all grain
handling equipment - harvester, truck, silos and augers have been
thoroughly cleaned and that all residues have been removed.
Grain stores should also be maintained and kept watertight
as water can cause mould and sprouting of grain which could
render the crop unsellable. Once the crop has been harvested,
the grain must be stored safely, effectively and efficiently. When
maintaining oat grain quality in storage, there are a number of
important factors that need to be considered.

Grain moisture

The two biggest considerations that must be taken into account

when storing oats is that they are kept both dry and free from
fungal growth. The maximum moisture content at which oats
can be safely stored is 12.5 percent unless the temperature is
reduced below 15 celsius (C). Above the safe limit, fungi may
develop and cause grain spoilage. As well as moisture, another
key consideration when storing oat grain is contamination from
insects and other pests.

Insect Contamination

For obvious reasons it is vitally important that stored grain

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does not become contaminated by an invasion of insects. Serious

infestation will usually occur within three months of harvesting,
even in cases where risk of contamination has been reduced to
an absolute minimum by application of strict hygiene guidelines
throughout the harvesting process. However, in cases where these
precautions have not been taken, insect contamination can occur
in al little as six to eight weeks. Poor hygiene can also increase
the risk of moisture problems and fungal growth.
Grain that has been infested can be cleaned up using Fumigants.
These chemicals can also be used as preventative agents in
sealed silos. Currently, the only approved fumigant for oats is
phosphine. When applying a phosphine releasing fumigant,
the silo must be sealed otherwise the treatment may not be
completely successful.
Due diligence is of vital importance throughout the harvesting
and storage process in order to ensure that the quality of
the harvest is preserved for as long as possible. As well as
contamination, another key consideration is the duration of the
grains storage.

Duration of storage

In most cases, correctly stored grain should have a shelf life of

at least 12 months. For this duration of storage to be achieved,
the initial moisture content should be lower than 12.5 percent for
longer periods of storage.
Thorough aeration is also necessary for long-term storage of
oats. Aeration helps to preserve the quality by keeping an even,
cool temperature within the storage vessel. It is also a valuable
tool for reducing the loss in grain quality caused by moisture,
grain insects and mould.
There are many considerations to take when storing oats, and each
process is required to ensure that the crop reaches the purchaser and
in turn the consumer in the best condition possible.

Industry profile

Fawema: Know how and experience since 1920

by Tom Blacker, Milling and Grain magazine

estled in a beautiful area of North RhineWestphalia, Germany is the River Agger. In

the rivers valley is the area of Engelskirchen
and Fawemas main international headquarters,
situated about 40 kilometers east of Cologne.
Fawema was founded by Heinrich Kleinjung in 1920 and
called Fabrik fr Werkzeuge und Maschinen. At first, the
company manufactured twist drill milling machines, drilling
machines, bow saws, grinding machines and other metal
working tools. Later on, these products were also exported to
the UK.
From the mid-thirties onwards contract work and government
orders, above all the processing of spare parts for locomotives
for the National Railway, contributed to the companys growth.
By the end of the forties there was an increased demand
for portioned foodstuffs, and Fawema, together with their
engineer Julius Schwirten, an expert for packaging machines,
concentrated on the development and manufacture of dosing
Mark Wild, International Sales Director, described how it was
in the 1950s when an order for 200 packaging machines set
Fawema on course into the industry it is renowned for today.
Factory workshops and a multi-storey administration building
were erected. Continuously improved and new Fawema products
resulted in further expansion. The production programme was
systematically broadened, first by adding bag filling and closure
machines and later by combining them with collating and
packing machines into state-of-the-art packaging lines. Now
of course, Fawema are a household name for their machine
packaging for flour bags, animal feed, pet food, and rice.
Fawema are a part of a group. The sister company, HDG, is
located near Lindlar in the Rheinisch-Bergischer Kreis also,
like Fawema, near Cologne. HDG specialise in the forming,
filling and sealing systems for sealed rim pouches of food,
pet food, pharmaceuticals and cosmetic products. With both
companies in the same local region, the solutions and knowhow is well shared and a good partnership exists to provide

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packaging solutions.
During the tour of the company site, Mark provided an
afternoon tour of all the offices and production facilities. Mark
invites and shows customers their products through all stages
of the manufacturing process. We began in the reception where
an original 1922 bohrmaschine is located.
We walked through Marks office first, admiring a very
large map of Africa. Africa represents an important market
for Fawema due to the rapid and constant population growth
and the consequent rise in demand for commodity food
products such as maize meal and wheat flour packed in
retail size packs of between 1 kg and 5 kg. With hundreds
of reference installations all across the continent, the earliest
of which date from the early 1970s, the Fawema brand is
favoured by African mills thanks to the unique heavy-duty
manufacture which meets the requirements in Africa perfectly
and allows the miller to ensure that his products are packed
efficiently, speedily and with the minimum of down-time and


After the office, we went to a storeroom with many bags

and packages organised in the style of an archive. Packaging
for tea, pet food, flour and many more were on display. After
gaining an insight into the different types of packaging, the
route down to the machine shop and production area beckoned.
Thirty people work in production and the machine shop in
total. The machines begin their journey as steel. Six people
work for Fawema in the steel intake and frame building
assembly section. The stainless steel, sourced from quality
European steel mills, is built to specification from the in-house
designers plans. There is also an in-house paint shop with six
people employed in this section. Mark said that these in-house
sections mean certain security and quality control requirements
are upheld when they do not have to be there at all. It also
affects the cost for the customer. However, the outcomes and
results are an all-round higher quality product for the customer.

In the first assembly hall, mechanics and electronics experts

work on the stage of fitting the packaging machines with
the correct engineered parts and systems to bring the steel
structures to life. There are many other branded products such
as new Mettler Toledo combi-unit metal detector and check
weighers attached to the model. Mark and I mused on the
progress in these technologies and how the food production
industry uses x-ray machines as well, and Mark did not rule
this out in featuring in flour, rice, pet food or feed packaging
machinery in the near-future as well.


A section of the production area is set aside for testing. I

was told how products undergo a Factory Acceptance Test
(FAT). Fawema rigorously test run their customers new
machines before delivery to check through the capabilities and
reliabilities and iron out any problems at this stage. Customers
frequently are interested in the results and changes from the
FATs. Mark invites customers personally to observe these
tests, which again showed dedication to meeting customers
expectations and co-operating as partners. The model I saw
undergoing FATs was the FA325, which was set up for 10kg,
11.5kg and 12kg bags.
Wrapped in plastic ready for delivery were three machines:
two FA10s for 1 to 5kg wheat flour paper bags and one FA325
for 10kg to 12kg wheat flour. The destination was for an
existing mill in Durban, South Africa. These machines have
SEW branded motors, again a European-made quality part
and the electronics and mechatronics are also European-made.
Electronic suppliers vary in all Fawemas machinery but
Siemens and Schneider are the most likely.
Altuglas CS sheets is an interesting product used on all

the packaging machines in the assembly halls I saw on the

day. Altuglas is used for all the screens and doors around
the steel frames. It is a French-made European standard, EN
263-compliant PMMA sheet used to manufacture sanitary
appliances. Mark told me that a lot of their investment goes
into the door parts. They commonly measure at around one
inch thick for their customers needs. The hygiene and sanitary
conditions of the assemblage of Fawema packaging machines
is common throughout all products and stages.
I was able to see many machines at the near-completion
stages. They all differed in some ways. This was due to the
unique specifications of each customers requirements. For
example, one machine had an extra long caterpillar-track style
conveyor belt in a long s shape.
After the assembly halls and packaging areas, Mark directed
me around the offices of the administration, accounts and
design offices. I found the designs down in the steel assembly
halls to be very interesting. One rising star, Christopher
Hoffman, was working independently on new designs and
specifications. He stopped to tell me about the top three
innovations that he recognises in Fawema machinery:
1. Servo-driven, not mechanically driven, which results in less
maintenance for the operator.
2. The many varieties of closing options.
3. Quick change-over time in bag sizes with an average time of
30 minutes.
Mark concluded to me that, the future is in innovation,
innovation is in people like Christopher. This was a brilliant
perspective for innovation is nothing without people.
Milling and Grain magazine wish to thank Mr Mark Wild,
and the staff at Fawema.
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HRS Heat Exchangers

help Muntons close the
Muntons is a company with
sustainability at its core and this
project will create a closed loop
system, exemplifying the circular

alted ingredients company

Muntons (Stowmarket,
Suffolk) is putting the
finishing touches to its 5.4
million on-site anaerobic
digestion (AD) plant which
will help reduce the firms
CO2 emissions from 27,264
to 26,605 tonnes per annum.
Integral to the success of the 499 kW facility is a three Tank Batch
Sludge Pasteuriser System with Energy Recovery from HRS
Heat Exchangers, which will help turn up to 80,000 tonnes of
Muntons liquid malt waste into quality organic fertiliser (known
as digestate). This will be used on local farmland, helping the
companys network of growers to produce some of the 250,000
tonnes of barley needed to make Muntons malt, around 180,000
tonnes per annum.
Muntons is a company with sustainability at its core and this
project will create a closed loop system, exemplifying the circular
economy. The company became interested in AD after analysis
showed that 60 percent of the carbon footprint of its supply chain
came from the artificial fertiliser used by its barley growers. The
firm realised that using its liquid malt waste as feedstock for an
on-site AD plant would not only produce a high quality digestate
for its farmers to use instead of artificial fertiliser, it would also cut

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3,000 tanker movements per year and generate 25 percent of the

sites electricity demand.
The digestate will be pasteurised to meet stringent PAS 110
standards using the HRS Heat Exchangers three Tank Batch
system, ensuring that the final fertiliser is free from plant
pathogens or other biological contaminants. The beauty of the
closed-loop system is that the waste feedstock which is turned into
digestate during the AD process has come only from the processing
of barley. It is then applied to the next barley crops for use in the
As well as a comprehensive proposal, the Muntons team was
impressed by the HRS system, which can save up to 70 percent of
heat required, as well as its ability to run at a half flow rate, should
the volume of digestate stock reduce. Additionally, the equipments
monitoring feature enables Muntons to track every batch of
digestate back to the feedstock from which it was produced. The
fact that the HRS system offers batch reporting was also a big
draw; traceability is very important to us, remarks Lawrence
Howes, Project Engineer at Muntons.
Matt Hale, International Sales Manager at HRS: For Muntons,
this whole project has been about maximising efficiency. Although
they have an abundance of heat, they still wanted to recapture what
they could - our heat exchangers will provide at least 40 percent
heat regeneration.
The HRS system works on a three tank principle; while one tank
is being filled, the second tank holds the sludge at 70C at the
same time as the third tank is being emptied (each process lasts
one hour). Waste cooling water from the CHP engine is used to
heat the sludge in corrugated tube-in-tube heat exchangers, which

is more efficient than heating an entire tank of digestate. HRS has

also incorporated an energy recovery section into the process to
make it even more efficient: energy is transferred from the hotter
(pasteurised) sludge to the colder (unpasteurised) sludge, reducing
energy consumption by up to 70 percent compared to normal
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Black Sea crop outlook underpins forward market

by John Buckley

"MAIZE prices
proved surprisingly
resilient to the
USDA issuing a far
more bearish than
expected set of US
and global supply/
demand data in
November. As many in
the trade anticipated,
it raised its estimate
for US yields but
by more than most
analysts expected, to
a new peak of 169.3

CONCERNS about the long-term impact of a weather-challenged autumn sowing campaign in

the former Soviet Black Sea countries have dominated market sentiment since our last review,
keeping wheat prices off the rock-bottom levels that might have been demanded by this seasons
huge surplus crop.
All three of the regions wheat exporters Russia, Ukraine and Kazakhstan have had
problems with lack of rain, delaying and/or downsizing planting intentions. Although some
moisture has been seen in the last few weeks it has not yet been enough to rescue crops from
their shaky start. For those even yet being planted, well beyond optimum dates, there is the added
threat of cold snaps that may prevent, or make for uneven, germination. Many of the fields that
have sprouted and got underway are not in the best shape to resist winterkill if the weather, as
it often does in this region, gets bitterly cold. All in all, it doesnt look promising for next years
CIS yields.
At this early stage, forecasts circulating in the market obviously tend to be fairly tentative but,
based on likely lower sown areas alone, many traders and analysts within the region are looking
for a significantly smaller crop. Ukraines could be down by as much as one third from this
years 27m tonnes, Russias by perhaps 3m to 5m, maybe more (from 60.5m), Kazakhstans by
maybe 2m or 3m, again possibly more (from 14m). Overall, the three main exporters could see a
drop of up to 10m tonnes maybe considerably more from this years combined 101.5m tonnes.
The decline might also be less than this but only if all three get adequate winter moisture and are
lucky with spring and summer weather next year. Doubtless some unplanted or lost fields will
be sown with spring wheat but that yields significantly less than winter wheat. There is also the
possibility that maize, sunflowers and other spring sown crops may compete more effectively for
this land.
Funds and other speculators
who have reacted to this sort
of scenario in the past with
heavy buying, dont, so far,
seem to be rushing to invest
in a Black Sea based boom
in wheat prices, as theyve
done with resounding results
at least three times in the
last decade. This is partly
because it is still early days
to be writing these crops off
and partly because the sort of losses mentioned above can probably be accommodated without
too much trauma by a wheat market currently that is sitting on its largest ever crop and carryover
stocks (the latter equivalent to almost four months supply).
Also, the funds have had a disappointing year with their commodity investments all round,
thanks partly to Chinas economic wobbles undermining confidence in world raw material
consumption and, in the crop markets, due to several successive years of larger than normal (and
larger than expected) supplies.
Nonetheless under the worst case scenario, the CIS outcome could have a significant impact
on forward prices. Russia is now the worlds second largest wheat exporter, moving narrowly
ahead of the former leader, the USA, if some way yet off the EUs total. Ukraine is now the sixth
and Kazakhstan seventh largest exporter. In total, they are expected to account for 45m tonnes of
shipments 28% of world export supply versus the EUs 33.5m and the USAs 22m.
The former Soviet countries have not been the only region suffering weather challenges.
In Australia too, crop estimates appear to be sliding after dry weather linked to the El Nino

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phenomenon curbed yield potential in some states. In the east of

the country, excessive rains have now arrived at the wrong time
on harvest-ready crops, currently threatened with quality loss.
Argentina, where sowing of wheat has declined to its lowest
level in many years, has also had some erratic weather lately
including rain on the harvest there too. Like Australia, Argentina
is technically on the 2015/16 world crop balance sheets although
harvesting about halfway through the season, so marketing into

the next one too. At least, as far as this supplier is concerned,

markets have had time to adjust. Although once one of the Big
5 wheat exporters, Argentinas role has been shrinking for years
due to government interference in export policy and better returns
coming from other crops, like soyabeans.
The USA has also had some weather problems slowing its
autumn planting campaign and may well see some downsizing of
its 2016 wheat crop, probably mainly the soft red winter wheat.
The effect on this market has been muted, however, partly by
some recent rains improving the crop outlook and partly by the
unusually large stockpile being carried forward from season to
season. At the last count, this was expected to approach 25m
tonnes by next July, compared with just 16m only two years
earlier and more than the US expects to export for the first time
in many years..
Poor exports are to blame. Unable to compete with the CIS
countries and Europe in the most active and most contested import
markets of the Middle East and North Africa, US shippers have
seen their sales slide relentlessly in recent years. The USDAs
current forecast, down by a quarter from two years ago, would be
the worst performance in 44 years.
The bottom line is that the US has plenty of wheat to sell if the
world needs it this season or next. The question is, how far do
world prices have to rise (or US prices fall) to get it back in the
competition for foreign sales?
The EU is in a similar, if currently less acute position, of having
more wheat than it needs to offer domestic or overseas users. At

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the last count, this years crop had jumped yet again to a new peak
of 157.3m tonnes, even bigger than last years record 156.5m
and it might even exceed that when all the recounts are done.
EU domestic wheat use is estimated to edge up by about 3.3m
to almost 127m tonnes this season. Even if the Union exported
the 33.5m tonnes USDA have projected (down 5% on the year),
it will add 3m tonnes to already ample carry-out stocks next
summer (currently seen around 16m tonnes). The trouble is,
exports are nowhere near the required pace, currently running
31% down on the year as the Russians and Ukrainians continue
to undercut most of their rivals (apart from the EUs own Black
Sea supplier Rumania).
This would be weighing on EU wheat prices more, if not for the
weakness of the euro. This has an immediate firming impact on
the mostly euro-zone producers wheat values through the Paris
futures markets and, further forward, at least raises European
hopes of becoming more competitive on export markets.
However, that effect may be muted until the CIS suppliers have
got through their usual front-loading of their exports which at
present seems to be still going on.
Another factor that might help EU wheat exports rally is the
above threat to the Black sea exporters 2016 crops. If these
do seem to be getting into serious trouble, Russia would likely
re-impose the export duties it used early this year (when its 2015
crop seemed to be at risk although less so than now) to control
trade. There were even rumours in early November that Ukraine
was already looking at ways to put an informal cap on exports
but, at time of going to press, that was so far unconfirmed.
Overall, the various weather issues overhanging 2016 crop
prospects will at least demand some caution from those who
might have sold the wheat market down, regardless of whether
prices fall below the cost of production.
But plenty of maize
MAIZE prices proved surprisingly resilient to the USDA issuing
a far more bearish than expected set of US and global supply/
demand data in November. As many in the trade anticipated, it
raised its estimate for US yields but by more than most analysts
expected, to a new peak of 169.3 bu/acre. That boosted the US
production estimate by 2.5m to 346.8m tonnes - 14.3m less than
last years record crop but still more than enough to meet foreseen
domestic and export demand which the Department reduced by
a combined 2.3m tonnes. It means US carryover stocks will rise
rather than fall this season, going out at a hefty 44.7m tonnes their highest for some years and a good cushion if anything goes
wrong with the 2016 crop.
The key factor weighing on US and global maize prices
remains export competition amid yet another year of big
production in South America. Although Ukrainian and EU crops
are well down this year, so is global consumption and import
demand (by over 4m tonnes).
Ukrainian production and export supply is still large in
comparison with earlier years while Russias crop is a post-Soviet
era record 12.75m tonnes (up 2m on last years).
The next Latin American crops, which arrive halfway through
the world 2015/16 season, are expected by the USDA to dip as
farmers shift some land to soyabeans and Brazils delayed soya
sowing results in a smaller Safrinha or second crop of maize when
the soya crop is likely harvested late too. Some local analysts

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disagree with that scenario, however, looking for a similar

Brazilian maize crop to this years and even a bigger Argentine
one as farmers respond to their new presidents expected
loosening of the taxes and quotas that have held back production
and sales over recent seasons.
Even if Brazils next crop does drop by 3.5m tonnes, as USDA
suggests, it still expects the worlds second largest maize source
to export a record 33m tonnes in 2015/16 11m more than last
season as it clears some of the large stocks it has built up three
huge crops in a row.
The USDA also made another interesting adjustment in
November, when it cut its estimate of maize consumption in
China (second only to that of the US) by a combined total of 24m
tonnes for the three seasons from 2013/14 to 2015/16, blaming
substitution by imported sorghum and other corn substitutes in its
ever expanding feed industry. That amount has been dumped onto
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needs to around 16m tonnes. But with less being imported by

China and others and world total import demand seen down,
that factor sheds much of its bullish clout. European demand
for maize is also being held in check to some extent by the
huge wheat crop, more of which will supplant maize in EU
Maize markets still have to find out what weather lies in store
for the recently-planted Latin American crops but so far these
appear to be proceeding normally. After that, the next talking
point will be how much maize US farmers might sow next
spring and weather there in the planting and growing season.
In the meantime, barring a lat-Am weather upset, there seems
little justification for sustained maize price rallies.

this seasons global ending stocks estimate and along with the
higher US stocks, it paints a far more bearish picture for maize
prices than expected a month ago.
True, there is still the question of an 18m tonne slump in this
years European maize crop, expected to double its import


The CIS countries have a bigger 2015/16 crop to dispose
of than markets expected earlier in this challenging
growing season faced with expensive inputs and often
uncooperative weather. So far, Russia and Ukraine have
been aggressive sellers , winning the bulk of contested
orders from the US, Europe and other rivals and setting a
low world price for wheat. But will that role change once
the FSUs front-loaded campaign uses up the larger share
of their surpluses and the focus turns back to the problems
faced by their winter-sown crops for harvest 2016? A return
to export control cant be ruled out. The EU, US and others
have plenty to of wheat to step into any CIS gaps and

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The USDAs revisions to its estimate of Chinese maize usage
and stocks are primarily responsible for it adding a whopping
24m tonnes to its forecast global stockpile for 2015/16. If
correct, that grain was always there, so markets perhaps
shouldnt over-react. Nonetheless, the US will also have 5m
tonnes more than it thought to end the season thanks to a larger
crop and lower consumption in ethanol. That is more bearish
for maize prices going forward.
Markets have adjusted to lower than expected European and
CIS maize crops, heavily offset by larger than expected South
American and US production for a larger world crop total than
expected last month. The Lat-Am crops (arriving first quarter
2016 onward) may yet be under-rated while the CIS countries
may well sow more maize next spring on land vacated by
failed winter wheat crops. Depending on what the US and
Europe decides to sow too, next season could be well supplied
Maize has met increasing competition in feed outlets (in
China from sorghum, barley and other substitutes), in the EU
( from a large domestic wheat crop) and in the US ethanol
outlet (mainly sorghum again). That seems likely to continue
in the months ahead, demanding some restraint from maize

more. World stocks are also huge and able to meet a large
chunk of new crop demand from next July onward. But less
CIS competition could be a key factor later in 2016, allowing
wheat prices to rise off their current low levels in the second
half of the 2016/17 season and maybe earlier than that.
Wheat area is seen slightly lower in 2016/17 by the IGC. Yields
might also be affected if farmers try to cut costs at these low
prices by reducing use of inputs. Controlling a price-depressing
global wheat surplus may not be such a bad thing if it helps
farmers pay their bills and secures future output at the needed
level. (After all, world consumption of wheat does grow each
year and has put on over 100m tonnes in the past ten years alone.
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And yet more soya meal

THE latest USDA outlook has raised world soyabean crush to a
new record high of over 273m tonnes with increases for China,
the US, Brazil, Argentina and Europe.
This still nowhere near uses up all the excess soyabean
stocks carried in from last year and expected to be boosted
dramatically again in the new 2015/16 season that started on
October 1.
However, it does translate to yet more soyabean meal. In
world total terms, production of the leading oilmeal rises to
215m tonnes from last years 206.5m, the previous seasons
under 90m and the average 1890m of the two years before
An estimated 11m tonnes rise in global soya meal
consumption basically accounts for all the increase in
world total use of oilmeals in a year when virtually all the
other major items - sunflowerseed, rapeseed, groundnut
and cottonseed meals and cottonseed fail to show any
worthwhile growth or contract.
The only other major exception is palm kernel meal, output
of which rises from 8.6m to 9.1m tonnes. Soya thus goes on to
expand it share of the oilmeal market to over 70%. While its
good to have some variety in the supply chain, this increasing
dominance by soya should be welcomed by most consumers,
especially compounders in the developed world relying on its
high protein and usually consistent quality.
ASll the bnsigns are that soya will remain in heavy supply for
the foreseeable future.
The US almost finished bringing in what is now thought to
be its largest ever crop at 108.4m tonnes up 1.5m from last
years record level and compared with a range of 84m to 91m
tonnes in recent seasons.
Latin America, which also harvested a record crop last
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While trimmed a bit from last month, massive soyabean crop
surpluses across the Americas continue to offer the promise of
cheaper global oilmeal costs going well into 2016 - despite the
downturn in alternative oilmeal supplies from rape, sunflowers,
cottonseed etc.
A new and highly influential factor may be a new businessfriendly president in Argentina the worlds largest soya meal
exporter where soyabean stocks have been held back and built
up by red tape in the past
Lower costs and big supplies might encourage more demand
for these feed ingredients indeed the USDA has recently
uprated its forecasts for soya meal consumption although
the strong US diollar in which commodities are mainly traded
offsets some of this price advantage, particularly in countries
with weak currencies.
Amid these huge soya stocks, there is clearly plenty of room to
meet bigger feed demand without tightening supplies or raising
Soya meal will continue raise its already dominant share of the
protein market, demanding price restraint across the oilmeal


ahead as a potential 4m to 5m tonne increase in Brazil

outweighs a possible 3m to 4m drop in Argentina (which some
analysts think may be too pessimistic). Weather for these two
major exporters of beans and products started out a bit dry in
some areas and too wet in others but seems to be levelling out
nicely now.
These crops are being sold now at quite a fast pace. Both
countries also have large stocks built up over the past two
years, as farmers held onto them as a hedge against their
depreciating national currencies and rocketing inflation.
Brazil also had some port logistical problems and both
countries some labour disputes that contributed to the bottling
up of therse huge crops.
That seems to be changing now, however as Brazil exports
for strong US dollars and Argentina looks to a new more
business-friendly president Macri to lift the barriers that
have long hampered trade under the previous administration
export quotas, exchange controls etc. Thats also expected
to feed back to larger crops in the future of greains and
oilseeds. All the Lat-Am suppliers need now is good weather to
continue into harvest in the spring of 2016 to realise their crop
The US is meanwhile expected to bump up its own soyabean
acreage again next spring as rthe crop offers beter potential
than maize, its main competitor.
Elsewhere, the oilseed crop outlook is less certain. Rapeseed
supplies are still going backwards after several years of
rising production, thanks to smaller crops in Canada and
Europe. Canadas crop was recently uprated by 1.3m tonnes
but remains 900,000 smaller than last years while the EUs
harvest fell by a hefty 2.9m tonnes.
Although carryover stocks are being drawn down to
supplement crush, rape meal output will still decline by about
1m tonnes. Next years crop outlook remains uncertain with
some estimates pointing to slightly lower, others to higher
plantings for the EUs mainly winter-sown crop.

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Industry events
n 01-03 December

Food Ingredients Europe (Fi) & Natural Ingredients (Ni)

Paris, France

n 01-03 December

IFF Conference Hygienisation in the Food Chain

Paris, France

n 08-10 December

Agra Innovate East Africa

Nairobi, Kenya

n 09 December

IFF Conference Hygienisation in the Food Chain

Braunschweig, Germany

n 26-28 January 2016

International Production & Processing Expo 2016

Atlanta, USA

n 15-17 February 2016

Abu Dhabi, UAE

n 22-26 February 2016

Aquaculture 2016
Las Vegas, USA

n 03-04 March 2016

12th TUSAF Congress: Global Trade and Milling

Sueno Hotels Deluxe, Tasliburun Mevki Kadriye, Belek,

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120th IAOM International Association of Operative

Millers Annual Conference & Expo
Greater Columbus Convention Center, Columbus,
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n 18-21 April 2016

15th ICC Cereal and Bread Congress

Istanbul Military Museum, Turkey

n 29-31 May 2016

PIX/AMC 2016 - 2016 Poultry Information Exchange

(PIX) and Australasian Milling Conference (AMC)
Gold Coast Convention and Exhibition Centre, Gold
Coast, Australia

n 08-11 October 2016

International Baking Industry Exposition

Las Vegas Convention Center, Las Vegas, NV, USA

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2016 IPPE Exceeds 1,200


ith two months remaining until the trade

show, the 2016 International Production
and Processing Expo (IPPE) has surpassed
1,200 exhibitors with more than 456,000 net square
feet of exhibit space.
Comprised of the three integrated trade shows
International Poultry Expo, International Feed Expo
and International Meat Expo the worlds largest
annual feed, meat and poultry industry trade show
will be held Tuesday through Thursday, January 2628, 2016, at the Georgia World Congress Centre in
Atlanta, Ga.
We are pleased that more than 94 percent of the
show floor has already been booked. We anticipate
more than 28,000 attendees at the 2016 IPPE to learn
about the latest products and services offered for the
feed, meat and poultry industries, said IPPE show
The Expo will highlight the latest technology,
equipment and services used in the production
and processing of feed, meat and poultry products.
IPPE will also feature dynamic education programs
addressing current industry issues, combining the
expertise from AFIA, NAMI and USPOULTRY.

Poultry Information Exchange

and the Australasian Milling
Conference 2016

IXAMC, the Poultry Information Exchange and

the Australasian Milling Conference 2016 will be
held at the Gold Coast Convention & Exhibition
Centre from Sunday 29 May Tuesday 31 May 2016.
Being the leading conference within the poultry and
milling industry, it will attract over 1400 decisionmaking buyers at the one time and in the one place.
This makes it an ideal opportunity to engage with
your target market directly through an exhibition
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the many sponsorship options.
The theme of the conference is Sustainability Key
concepts for our future and we are looking forward to
exploring this theme in many different ways.
The conference boasts a strong and broad program
covering a wide range of topics, which will attract
an excellent cross section of delegates. It includes
several international keynote speakers, concurrent
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Fantastic sponsorship and exhibition opportunities
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Cheers to 100 Years!

AACC International celebrated its 100th years

in its Centennial Meeting in October 18-21 in

by Professor Dr M. Hikmet Boyacog

lu, International Editor, Milling and Grain Magazine

ACC International celebrated its 100th years in its

Centennial Meeting in October 18-21 in Minneapolis,
MN, US. More than 1,100 attendees from 38 countries
gathered for the AACC International Centennial
Meeting to celebrate 100 years of cereal grain science and discuss
the future of the industry.
The AACCI Annual Meetings bring together hundreds of
individuals from industry, academia and government dedicated to
sharing science, networking and discussing global solutions. The
2014 Annual Meeting brought together nearly 1,000 attendees from
39 countries and more than 100 exhibitors.

About AACC International

AACCI is a professional association for scientists who contribute

to research, development, and processing of grains and grainbased products. The association has been an innovative leader in
gathering and disseminating scientific and technical information to
professionals in the cereal grain industry worldwide for 100 years.
According to History of the American Association of Cereal
Chemists by former Executive Vice president of AACCI Raymond
J. Tarleton, in 1914, 11 chemists gathered in Wichita, KS, USA and
identified the need for a cereal science association. The AACC was
born in May 8, 1915 at first Annual Convention in Kansas City,
MO, USA. In 2005, name changed to AACC International, AACCI
to better reflect the global nature of its membership and industry.

Opening Centennial Celebration

The centennial celebration at the 2015 Centennial Meeting started

on Sunday, October 18 with a fun and relaxing Opening Reception
where attendees reconnected with friends and colleagues and made
new connections. Eat, drink, and celebrate 100 years of cereal
grain science.

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Opening General Session, Awards, and Keynote Speaker Jack

Uldrich, Global Futurist
The 2015 AACCI Centennial Meeting formally commenced with
Opening General Session in Monday morning, October 19. Its
down to business with an impressive opening session including
updates on how AACC International is looking forward in the
advancement of grain science, honoring members who have made
significant contributions to the field of grain science, and the
presenting of several of the society awards. This years Opening
Session also included global futurist, author and speaker Jack
Uldrich presented The Big AHA: How to Future-Proof Your
Business Against Tomorrows Transformational Trends, Today.
In this enlightening, energetic, entertaining and educational
session, global futurist Jack Uldrich shared insights from his
new book (Business as Unusual: The Big AHA) and guided
participants through a conversation about how industry leaders can
future-proof themselvesand organisationsagainst the tides
of tomorrow. Among just a few of the topics Uldrich discussed
are: How individuals can become more aware of transformational
change and then use this awareness to improve business outcomes,
Why humility will be integral to future success, How taking small
actionsand some risksmay very well be the smartest and
safest thing AACCI leaders can do to position themselves and their
organisations for future success

The Science

From emerging technologies to nutrition to trends, the scientific

programming covered a wide range of important industry topics
with more than 40 symposia and technical sessions and 200+
The new general and plenary sessions brought attendees
together each day with topics that encouraged looking at the big

potential employers, funders, and potential collaborators.

Expanded Centennial Exhibit Hall Experience

The action took place this year in the expanded exhibit hall
the place to be for networking, relaxing, dining, connecting with
exhibitors, and sharing the latest in our science and you can meet
with over 120 of the industrys leading suppliers while enjoying
lunch and networking with colleagues.
What was new this year in AACCI Centennial Exhibit Hall;
Cooking Demonstrations featuring All Star Grain Chefs on
Monday, October 19 and Tuesday, October 20. All Star Grain
Chefs Tim Christensen, Cargill; Michael Hollerman, InHarvest;
Jim Kyndberg, Radisson Blu and Cookbook Author Robin Asbell;
prepared one of their favorite grain based recipes right before your
eyes, including tasty samples.

Bundy Baking Museum Display

This year attendees had a chance to enjoy a journey through

history as you view a variety of memorabilia and historical artifacts,
which were displayed in Bundy Baking Museum Display. This
curated display from the Bundy Baking Museum in Urbana,
Ohio, was a unique journey through time and tradition of baking
equipment provided by the Bundy Baking Solutions. The Bundy
Baking Museum generously offered to display a selection of its
vintage signage and turn-of-the-century baking equipment during
the Centennial Meeting. The museum collection started in started
in 1972 by founder Russell T. Bundy and is located at the corporate
headquarters of Bundy Baking Solutions in Urbana, Ohio. The
museum is dedicated to preserving the heritage, history and spirit of
the baking industry.
picture and considering alternate perspectives: Biotechnology
and Sustainability, Chemistry and Interactions, Engineering and
Processing, Food Safety and Regulatory, Health and Nutrition,
Ingredients and Innovations, Quality and Analytical Methods, and
Emerging Topics.

Plenary Session, Dr Mehmood Khan, PepsiCo

Dr Mehmood Khan, Vice Chairman and Chief Scientific Officer of

Global Research and Development, PepsiCo was keynote speaker
of plenary session held in Tuesday, October 20. In his presentation
titled as The Growth of Grains: The Role of Cereal-Based Products
in Nourishing A Growing Population, he Dr Khan will discussed
the crucial role grains can play in shaping future food and nutrition
trends to meet a growing population that is set to reach nine billion
by 2050. He noted that from ancient grains to advantaged grains
to innovative new convergence products that combine grains
with dairy, grains are enjoying a well-deserved surge in popularity
Closing General Session, Awards, and Keynote Speaker Valeri
Lantz-Gefroh, Alan Alda Center for Communicating Science
In closing session, Wednesday, October 21, AACCI President
Gerard Downey, TEAGASC, Ireland passed the presidency gavel
to Lydia Tooker Midness, General Mills, USA. After presentation
of awards and keynote speaker Valari Lantz-Gefroh from the Alan
Alda Centre for Communicating Science at Stony Brook University
in New York presented Distilling Your Message Communicating
Your Science. Through interactive discussions and practice, Valeri
provided the fundamental skills necessary to effectively discuss
cereal grain science with the general public, the media, students,

Student Product Development Competition Presentations

Student product development competition finalist presentations

were made on Monday, October 19. This competition provided a
great opportunity for students to apply the knowledge and skills
acquired in school to create new food products professionally and
intelligently for the real world. Winners received financial awards
and industry recognition, and a chance to cooperate with potential
food companies to launch their innovative products to food markets.

AACCI Announced New Strategic Science Focus Areas

for 2015 and Beyond

The AACCI Board of Directors met during the Centennial Meeting

and prioritised four key areas of strategic science focus for AACCI
as we enter into the next 100 years of the association: Researching
Health Benefits of Grain and Components, Promoting Sustainability
and Benefits of Grain Consumption, Supporting Quality, Food
Safety and Regulatory Considerations and Advocating Transparent
and Proactive Communication.

AACCI and ICC Continue Collaborations

AACCI and ICC met at the Centennial Meeting to develop a future

plan for a platform for collaboration and defined the first step in
the process. At this meeting, significant strides were made toward
a plan of collaboration. The first step is to create a platform to
accelerate collaboration to advance knowledge, create a worldwide
network of experts, develop global standards and analytical
methods, and inform regulatory policy and research funding.

Future Annual Meeting

2016 AACC International Annual Meeting will be held in

Savannah, Georgia, US in October 23 26, 2016.

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Event review

Nelly Duprat, Organiser of JTIC (C) with Darren Parris (L) and Peter
Parker (R) of Milling and Grain

by Peter Parker, Milling and Grain Magazine

Alapala showing off the inner workings of the new roller mill

n Wednesday 4th and Thursday 5th November, Milling

and Grain team members attended the 66th JTIC
International Milling and Cereal Industries show, held
this year in Paris.
The autumn weather outside was dismal, but that was soon
forgotten when the smell of warm freshly baked organic breads hit
visitors senses as they arrived at the Paris Event Centre hall.
The event was organised by Aemic, members of their team were
in attendance overseeing that the event ran smoothly. As well as
making themselves available to approach, there was an excess of
additional event staff present to assist visitors with any queries.
With 127 exhibitors and almost 1300 visitors each day (up on
1000 previous years), the return to Paris is a winning return, says
Jean-Marie Poncey, Aemics president, to close the two days of
exhibition and conferences.
This exhibition primarily catered towards the milling and baking
industries. While the majority of attendees were French, JTIC
has reported that 18 percent of visitors were international (mostly
representing Italy, Belgium, Morocco and Turkey).

The venue

Laurent Brehm and Philippe Counet from Sefar AG

This year the event was held at the Paris Event Centre at Porte
de la Vilette, France. According to Aemic Director, Nelly Duprat,
the shift from Reims where previous JTIC events had been held,
back to Paris was due to better accessibility for visitors, especially
those who fly in from abroad. During the event I managed to speak
to Mr Poncey who said previously a trip to JTIC for international
visitors meant a plane, train or car to Reims from Paris, I believe
this change in venue will attract more international visitors from
places such as Africa and Lebanon.
The building A that housed JTIC boasted 4250m and within
this there was an exhibition hall larger than previous years JTIC
at 2500m (excluding conference and eating space), Everything
other than the Masterchef inspired food truck was housed inside
the event hall. The hall was well lit and each day the stands
were bustling with millers, bakers, business people, members
of the press, equipment manufacturers, scientists, students and
others from all around the world all with at least one interest in
common, cereals or milling.

Opening ceremony

President de IAemic, Jean-Marie Poncey gave the opening

speech in French. He began by acknowledging that this event they
were celebrating 90 years of existence, in his opinion, quite good
for such a small organisation.
(R) Muhammed Uzun, Marketing Director, Imas Milleral looking through
the Arabic language version of Milling and Grain

Jean Marie said that figures were looking good, with 127
exhibitors in attendance this time around, 26 of which being new
to JTIC. He explained that with the change of venue from Reims to
Paris, they are somewhat sampling everything collectively as a team
this event.
It was announced that for the first time at a JTIC event organic
breads would be baked throughout the conference for visitors to
sample free of charge. In addition to this some complimentary
coffee, champagne and beer was available from a booth in the heart
of the event hall.
Mr Poncey closed by wishing us all an excellent, technical, couple
of days.

Abdullah Ghandoura, Molino


There were four two-hour plenary conferences held which focused

on technical, economic and societal themes. This was achieved in
partnership with Inra and Arvalis - Institut du Vegetal.
On the Wednesday there were two conferences held, the first
was on the control and treatment of air within the context of the
cereal industry. It was chaired by Chilles Renaud and animated by
journalist, Jrme Bergerot. The talk covered a wide range of air
related topics including issues with air conditioning in secondary
processing and the role of air in finished products.
The next conference was on milling and biorefining, it was
charied by Jol Abcassis of Inra, and moderated by journalist,
Fabienne Chauvire. The talk proposed a review of the state of firstgeneration bioethical process, from both an environmental and an
economic point of view. Bio-sourced materials and advances in the
green chemistry sector were discussed during this talk.
Thursday saw two more conferences, the first was a talk about the
2015 soft wheat harvest, it was organised by ARVALIS - Institut du
Vegetal Partnership and chaired by Chistine Bar lHelgouach. A
panoramic overview of the global market was given as well as an
update on the technological quality of the harvest.
The final conference for the 66th JTIC was Co-chaired by Aliette
Verel and Olivier Descamps; Mac Lesggy moderated it. The
discussion was around the innovation of the bakery industry and
how the sector and its suppliers are responding to changes in the
increasingly globalised market.


JTIC lunches

The dining at JTIC was very accommodating, enabling successful

networking and lively debate during the lunch breaks.
Each day a three-course meal was served with wine. All of the fine
dishes were quite novel for one who has not experienced French
cuisine before. The dishes served were quite decadent ranging from
duck foie gras as an entree to a delicious dessert of poached pears
lathered in a rich caramel sauce wrapped in a crepe.

Dinner Pau Brazil-Champs

On the Wednesday evening there was a Brazilian gala dinner.

According to organisers the event was a real success, with more
than 200 people in attendance the event was convivial and festive.
The Pau Brasil (near the Arc de Triomphe) proposed traditional
meals and a show of lively dancing.
After the show, Tony Estanguet, three-time Olympic gold medalist
and world champion in canoe/kayak slalom proposed a flashback
on his last victory at the Olympic games to the attendees. He shared
about the preparation, feelings and concentration that went into his
achievements he went on to give out the best exhibitor awards.
The three best exhibitor awards went to MillBker, TVI, and
Minoiterie Suire. Vivescia won the award for new exhibitor,
SB International for International exhibitor and AgriEthic for
promising exhibitor.

Francis Xi and George Yang from Gime Tech Ltd.

Ricardo Pereira, President, Sangati Berga (L) with Tom Blacker from
Milling and Grain

Ocrim Cremona Italy & Paglierani srl

Frederick and Bernard from Phenix Rousies Industries,

part of Chief Industries, Inc.

Valentine Veyssiere, Communications Manager at

Chopin Technologies

Qualtech with the Brazilian-themed

gala dinner entertainers

The FOSS stand

The Erkaya stand

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DJT awards

The Perten stand

Aemic organised a cereals innovation challenge called the Dfi

Jeunes Talents competition (Young Talent Competition). This
competition gave hands to the stage for students to share their
innovative ideas for developing and promoting the cereals industry.
This year the Ensmics team who created a game about the
cereals market won the DJT. Student team members Vincent Gorry,
Benjamin Restoux and Florentin Boudoire gave the following
explaination of their game.
The game Cereopole is a project describing the grain chain.
People dont know very much about the grain chain. Our game is
a strategy and economics game. First, it allows everyone to learn
about the wheat to bread chain, and second, it also allows users to
learn about the processing of cereals into malt, semolina and animal
The game will be an educational tooI for schools. It will also help
to promote the sector.

Poster awards

The Ocrim stand

Kassem Nameh and Sebastien Garcia from Satake

The R-Biopharm stand

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The scientific poster award for long term

application that was supported by
Industries des Crales was
awarded to Nesrin Hesso, for her
study on Formulation/process
impact on pound cake quality:
Study of staling/a material
science approach. As a
reward Ms Hesso received a
diploma and 250 euros.
The scientific poster award
for short term application
was delivered by Chopin
Technologies to Lempa and
Lesaffre for their study on
Describing crusty breads using
Bread word for word, an example
with the aspect of a traditional baguette.

Closing cocktail reception

On the Thursday afternoon as the show was coming

to a close everyone gathered around the bar in the
centre of the hall to share a variety of available
drinks and canaps.
During this closing reception I managed to
speak to Ms Duprat, she commented that she was
pleased with how the event had gone.
For me the final reception of the 66th JTIC
summarised the event, you had young French
milling students socialising with company
owners, all attendees appeared to have been
happy with how the event had served them
and the comfort of French cuisine was
once again breaking down barriers and
connecting individuals irrespective of
Jean-Marie closed by saying getting such
results will be a new challenge for next year.
Take part to the 67th JTIC, on November
9th and 10th of 2016!

See all of our photos from JTIC 2015 on

the Milling and Grain Facebook page

Darren Robey (R)

from Foss Analytical

The Brabender stand

Bastak Gida Makine Medikal Pazarlama

Qualisense - (right) Sbastian Kulling

Laurent Guerindon and Fabien Varagnac from Mhlenchemie

Milling and Grain - December 2015 | 83

Event review

rom 31st October to 3rd November 2015,

the milling industries of the Middle East
and Africa came together in Dubai for
the annual conference and expo of the
Middle East and Africa division of the International
Association of Operative Millers (IAOM MEA).
New heights were reached at this year's event for
many reasons, not least that the host hotel, the JW
Marriott Marquis hotel is officially the world's tallest
The opening evening of Saturday 31st October
featured a night at the host hotel's outdoor rooftoppark. With familiar faces such as Martin Schlauri
from Buhler's African Milling School greeting all
attendees. The views out over a warm, clear night's
sky and the lights of Dubai were impressive. Food
and drink were dotted around an open space, where
much networking was facilitated.
The venue for the conference and expo was inside
Dubai's World Trade Centre, in the Sheikh Maktoum
Hall. It was a large, modern venue with plenty of
road, train and taxi stations all linking to Dubai's
transport network. Most delegates and attendees
used the free shuttle bus service arranged by the
Registration desks were staffed by local hostesses
at the entrance to the hall and provided all
conference materials, a copy of this magazine and

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a local gift of an Arabian porcelain china coffee

set. There were also many copies of the Arabic
language edition of The Future of Flour book,
published by Muhlenchemie and IAOM for sale at
the desks too.
The opening morning started promptly with an
address by Conference Chairman, Mr Essa Al
Ghurair, followed by a welcoming speech by the
regional director of IAOM MEA and Director of
Oman Flour Mills and Atyab Investments, Mr
Ali Habaj. He mentioned to the audience that the
conference and expo has grown again with over 800
delegates from 60 countries, 230 millers from 125
mills and 190 international exhibitors. At present,
these are preliminary figures that will be confirmed
by the organisers at a later date. The sponsors
present were; Cargill, Glencore, Bunge, Louis
Dreyfus Commodities, US Wheat Associates, France
Exportes Cereals, Copenhagen Merchants, Grain
Corp, Al Ghurair Resources,Noble Agri,Ameropa,
Buhler, Alapala,CBH Group, Ugur Makina,
Agromatic, Sefar, Neuero Industrietecknik, IFFCO
Emigrain and PTM.
This 2015 event was set to surpass all
expectations and be a great success. The exhibitors
welcomed existing and new customers and a range
of visitors. Visitors in the region from nations such
as Egypt, Kenya, Sudan, Saudi Arabia, Turkey all
travelled to see new innovative products in the
exhibition hall, and hear a range of presentations.
The two keynote management presentations from
Keith Chambers and Dorie Clark were very well
received, and later in the day, presentations about
industrial innovations from Omas, Buhler and
Chopin Technologies were also well attended.
Later that evening, the Trader's Dinner was held
at the Music Hall at Jumeirah Zabeel Sara, on one
part of The Palm Jumeriah. The Palm is a haven of
luxurious beaches, hotels and residences. The Music
Hall held over 600 delegates for a night of fine food
and a variety of musical groups playing live on
stage; jazz, arabic and pop music all featured.
The impressions and feedback are yet to be
confirmed via the organiser's surveys but there
were a lot of positive experiences for work
and pleasure as a result of participating at this
year's IAOM MEA events. A popular evening's
dinner outside of Dubai at a desert camp was
very memorable on the evening of day two. All
delegated were treated to a buffet dinner, admiring
the backdrop of a castle, hawks, camels and henna
tattoos as well as entertainment in the form of a
whirling dervish and fire-eating performers.
After some brilliant sessions on day two and
day three about feed milling, international trading
markets and new innovations to the industry, the
IAOM President, Mr Roy Loepp, then officially
closed the 2015 IAOM MEA conference and expo.
He announced that the 2016 venue will be Addis
Ababa, Ethiopia. There are high expectations and
much anticipation again for a successful event.
All conference sessions with photos and
important slides can be found via our Twitter
coverage with the hashtag '#IAOMMEA15'.
Milling and Grain - December 2015 | 85

Honesty is the most important thing

This years IAOM Middle East and Africa event was hosted in
Dubai, the second largest of the seven Emirates countries and the
gateway between the Middle East and the rest of the world.
In its 26th year, the conference was held in the citys World Convention
Centre and was opened by His Excellency Essa Al Ghurair, the IAOM
MEA 2015 Conference Chairman and chairman of Al Ghurair Resources.
His Excellency introduced a revamped conference program that
included technical, Whats new? and feed milling sessions plus
trading and management topics.
A record number of 800 registered visitors from 60 countries,
including some 450 millers from 150 mills joined over 90 exhibitors.
In opening the event, His Excellency Essa Al Ghurair referred to the
lifting of the sanctions on Iran and the potential to do business with
that country. He also pointed out two important keynote presentations
that would give delegates an insight into brand building and brand
awareness; one by Dorie Clark and the other Keith Chambers.
I want to leave you with one thing I have thought about a lot recently.
It is to remind you that this industry touches the rich and the poor, the
young and the old and the one thought I have had is honesty.
How to be honest is the most important thing in any industry, he
told delegates. How can we translate that into our industry. Milling
is an industry that is not here for just 10 years or 20 years but has
been with us for 1000s of years and will continue, he concluded
and declared the conference open.
Honesty is a guiding principle for all participants working in
the milling industry, he concluded before declaring the 26 IAOM
Middle East and Africa 2015 event open.

His Excellency Essa Al Ghurair, the IAOM MEA 2015 Conference Chairman and chairman
of Al Ghurair Resources receives recognition for his services to the organisation

See all of our photos from IAOM MEA 2015

on the Milling and Grain Facebook page


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Franciscis Franky Welirang

Indonesia is a country of complexity - through its geography, economy and, not least, its diverse population.
The root cause of this complexity is largely down to the countrys make up; of five large islands including
the main one of Java that is at its centre both geographically and economically and its many thousands of
smaller islands. The country has a population in excess of 250 million of which some 90 million live on Java
and is proving to be one of the most challenging growth areas in South East Asia.
Franciscus Franky Welirang is the Chairman of APTINDO, the Association of Flour Producers in Indonesia
and Director of PT Indofood Sukses Makmur Tbk, better known for it division Bogasari Flour Mills which was
formed in 1971 and of which at 64-year-old Mr Welirang is Director in Charge. Milling and Grain had the
opportunity to meet him in Jakarta at IAOMs 6th Annual Southeast Asia District Conference in early.
Note: Indonesia supports over 55,000 small medium enterprises (SME) processing flour base product and 200
modern big manufacturers such as biscuits, noodles and bread industries and 31 milling companies of which
have flourmills providing their own production. Future development is likely to happen earlier in the East of
the country once the current economic condition improve.

To set the scene Mr Welirang, just how many flour mills

does Indonesia have?

Before deregulation we had built just five flour mills from 1970.
That was in the Bulog Era. In the 10 year period following
deregulation in 1999, we build a further six flour mills and
between 2009-2013 12 new mills. In 2014-2015 investors have
built and commissioned a further eight new mills. By the end
of this year we will have in total 31 mills with 26 mills on Java
and 5 outside Java. Today, we are using roughly 60 percent
of their combined total capacity.

Indonesia relies on wheat imports yet we hear

the government is keen to focus on reducing that
dependence. Can you explain the breakdown of
where wheat comes from? And do you import wheat

We imported a total of 7.4 million tonnes in 2014 made up

of 65 percent from Australia, 21 percent from Canada and
6.6 percent from the USA. Other supply countries included
the Ukraine. We also import from India, Russia and Turkey
from time-to-time and today with new technologies around,
such as the use of enzymes and additive pre-mixes, anything
can happen in terms of where we import from. Yes, we also
import flour, approximately 205,000 tonnes in 2014, with most
90 percent coming equally from Sir Lanka, India and Turkey.
We are also exporting wheat flour which has seen an almost
50 percent growth in value since 2010 to US$37 million.

Was deregulation necessary in such as important food

industry as flour production?

Deregulation was the best way to keep our industry growing.

We have 31 large and small flour mills that had milling
capacity 10-11 million tonnes of wheat for milling per year.
National demand for flour-based products continues to
grow and they are nutritious. We are a centre for wheat flour
production in ASEAN and we can supply East Asia which
will be a cheaper supply if it was available. However, our
economy is a little but flat at present and therefore demands
for flour is flat as well. For over 20 years we have had an
average growth rate of around five percent per annum. The
real question for us is when is that going to pick up again?

The government would like to believe Indonesia could

become self-sufficient in wheat production. How
realistic is this goal?

Thats impossible. The priority for the country is to produce

rice and its second priority is for us as a country is to produce
corn. We import approximately 7.4 million tonnes of wheat
annually and this is quite a sensitive area for the government.
We might not be able to become self-sufficient in wheat, but
in some area wheat could be grown. For example, we should
try to produce tropical wheat varieties. And we do hope the
government moves in that direction. We have government

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research centres that have never been pushed. Our industry

promotes an alternative at village level food, and we could
plant more specialist wheat varieties.

Are multi-nationals assisting in the development of

flour milling in Indonesia?

We see the industry moving outbound rather than remaining

inbound. Nestle & Mondelez, for example, are here in the
country and many other global industry players. In fact, they
are all here and it has made us a very competitive market
place; the availability of modern mills to make flour and
flour-based products very competitively for the consumer is
proving critical. What makes prices rise and fall in the main is
the international price of wheat and the exchange rate with
our Indonesian Rupiah. They have a significant effect given
that raw material costs are 85 percent of our production

How do you see the role of flour in nutrition?

One of the cornerstones of flour milling in Indonesia is

providing nutrition for our people. Flour provides the
carbohydrates people need and is only second to rice. It is
very important and is specifically supplied through the variety
of products consumers can buy today. Most importantly,
flour provides carbohydrates at a price lower than that of
rice and is higher in its protein content than rice as well. Flour
fortification is a must in Indonesia. We have been fortifying
since 1998 as advised by WHO and UNICEF. We fortify our
flours with a range of nutritional additives including iron, folic
acid and vitamins. Thats one of the main reasons why the
demand for flour is increasing in Indonesia.

You have spoken previously about the importance of

training? What role do you see the association playing
in developing a training facility in Indonesia?
Training is very important. We have 31 major mills using new
technology in Indonesia and no training or educational
institute to support millers. There are some nine mills in
Malaysia, 16 in The Philippines and eight in Thailand. As a
region we need to upgrade our knowledge all the time
on flour technology. Not necessarily on the principles of
milling wheat itself, but the wheat flour technology, the use
and application of pre-mixes and enzymes, etc. With this
knowledge we can become a service provider for ASEAN
countries themselves.
We could liberalise flour production across the region,
to countries such as those that are liberated including
Philippines and Vietnam and to help liberate those such as
Thailand and Malaysia that are still protected.

And in five years?

We could be leading the flour milling Industry and its

development across ASEAN.


Milling and Grain Executive Editor Oliva
Holden returning to legal career

Olivia Holden

t is with a heavy heart we say a farewell to our very own Executive Editor, Olivia Holden. Having
passed the English Bar exam before joining us, Olivia was always destined to return to the legal
sector. Going back to law school, Olivia reflects on her time with Milling and Grain, "I have had a
wonderful time overseeing and helping to implement many fantastic changes to Milling and Grain
magazine, meeting many great people involved in the feed and flour milling industries. A particular
highlight was attending the World Expo in Milan where the topic of feeding the planet, energy for
life really instilled the fundamental importance of this industry. Olivia leaves us in December having
edited the last 12 editions, we wish her all the best and I am no doubt we will stay in touch.

Valentine Veyssire joins Chopin

Valentine Veyssire

ecent new appointment at CHOPIN Technologies, Valentine Veyssire, is now the

Communications Manager. Valentine joins Chopin with a Masters degree in Communications
and Intercultural Management from ICD International Business School in Paris. Managing
Chopins events such as the sponsorship of ICBC 2016 in Istanbul or the AACCI annual
meeting, and promoting Chopins innovative products in grain analytics. Valentine will be based at the
Chopin global headquarters in Villeneuve-la-Garenne near Paris.

IGP Institute names interim associate director

he Kansas State University IGP Institute has a new administrative leader. Brandi Miller is
serving as the interim associate director of the institute. Ms Miller was formerly the institutes
assistant director and distance education program coordinator.

Brandi Miller

Under Brandis leadership the distance education program has grown significantly. We are
excited to have Brandis innovative ideas and outstanding leadership guiding the programming and
team at the IGP Institute, says Gordon Smith, IGP Institute director and grain science and industry
department head.

Ms Miller joined the institute in January of 2010. Since she began, the distance education offering has
grown from nine courses in 2010 to 34 in 2015. She was promoted to assistant director in September 2014 to assume some of the
administrative duties of a growing IGP Institute program.
She holds a bachelors degree in bakery science and management and masters degree in adult, occupational and continuing
education. Both degrees were obtained at Kansas State University.

In regard to her new role, Ms Miller says, I am excited to be stepping in as interim associate director. IGP has a strong history
with internal and external stakeholders and I look forward to continue to build those relationships to strengthen our programming.
Along with fulfilling her administrative duties, Ms Miller plans to continue her leadership of the distance education program.
She assumes this new administrative position from Mark Fowler, associate director and flour milling curriculum manager, who
announced his departure effective in December 2015.

DuPont Board of Directors Names Edward

D. Breen Chair and CEO

he DuPont board of directors has announced it has named Edward D. Breen the companys chair
and chief executive officer (CEO), effective immediately. Breen has served as interim chair and
CEO of DuPont since October 16, 2015, and joined the companys board in February 2015.

Ed Breen brings to DuPont an exceptional track record of business leadership and value
creation. As a chief executive, he has consistently delivered superior returns through robust growth
Edward D. Breen and portfolio strategies, across a range of industries. As a DuPont board member and interim chair and
CEO, Ed has rapidly and actively engaged in advancing the transformation of DuPont, said Alexander
M. Cutler, DuPonts lead independent director. The board has concluded he is the right leader for the
company. We could not be more pleased to appoint an executive of his experience and calibre to lead DuPont through its next
stage of growth and achievement.

From 2002-2012, Breen served as chief executive officer of Tyco International plc. Prior to joining Tyco, Breen held senior
management positions at Motorola, and at General Instrument Corporation, including as chairman, president and chief executive
officer. Mr Breen currently serves as chairman of Tyco and a director of Comcast Corporation. Breen has been awarded numerous
governance awards including being named one of the 100 Most Influential People in Business Ethics by Ethisphere.
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