The importance of maintaining the supply of flour

by Alex Waugh, nabim

April 8, 2020 – UK: COVID-19: Flour is a staple food throughout the world, and the UK is no different with about 12 million loaves of bread, two million pizzas and 10 million cakes and biscuits made every day.

This can be achieved thanks to a daily production of about 14,000 tonnes of flour. Roughly one third of all the food and drink product lines in a typical UK supermarket contain flour, so it really is central to the food production system.

Since the early outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic, nabim has highlighted the milling industry’s desire to play its part in meeting people’s food requirements. To be sure of doing this, we need to ensure that logistical challenges are addressed. Our supply chain operates on something close to a just-in-time basis with around three-to-five days of grain supply at mills; one-to-three days’ worth of flour at mills; one-to-two days’ flour requirement at bakeries and daily deliveries of bread to supermarkets and other retail outlets.

We need a steady supply of wheat to mills and flour to bakeries in order to make this work, so the continuing availability of key staff including millers, engineers and drivers, flexibility on the hours they can work and delivery times, and the continued availability of fuel and electricity are the most immediate priorities.

nabim has been making the case to the government, and we are very hopeful that the critical nature of the industry will be recognised and addressed in various ways so that it can continue to operate at or close to capacity, despite staff absence related to illness or quarantine. Meanwhile, the industry has taken steps to protect its own staff by adapting working practice to minimise personal contact, extend the use of sanitisers and personal protection equipment

Ultimately, it is critical that all nations acknowledge the necessity of allowing food production to continue and the importance of trade in both grain and ancillary materials such as packaging in the manufacture of food. Flour is at the heart of the food chain, accounting for 20 percent of the energy and protein in our diets and nearly one third of dietary iron and calcium and an even bigger share of dietary fibre, as well as providing a range of other minerals and vitamins. It is the job of the milling industry to ensure that people get the food they need, and the role of government to facilitate this in difficult circumstances. By working together, we can ensure both that the challenge of coronavirus is addressed, and people are fed.

Live Webinar on new Belt Conveyor

April 8, 2020 – Switzerland: Buhler offers Live Webinar on Belt Conveyors

‘How to benefit from Bühler’s new belt conveyor portfolio’
Thursday, April 16, 2020 – 10:00 AM Central Daylight Time
(Please join 15 minutes earlier)

Belt conveyors are the backbone of many grain handling facilities and grain trading terminals. In this live webinar you’ll learn how you can select the appropriate belt conveyor for your company and how to avoid unplanned downtime through correct maintenance. Explore the exciting webinar about Bühler’s state of the art conveying solutions and get to know the brand new belt conveyor portfolio.Join us for this 45 minute webinar where you will:* Gain a deep understanding of the differences between open and enclosed belt conveyors* Acquire in-depth knowledge of the benefits of the new enclosed belt conveyor* Learn all about maintenance, the main topics to be aware of, and how we can support you in reducing downtime

Tobias Staudigl
R&D Project Manager for Belt Conveyors, Bühler Group
Tobias Staudigl is R&D project manager and has a background in mechanical engineering. Tobias joined Bühler in 2012 as dual student both getting working experience and advanced education. After completing his Masters in 2017 he joined Bühler fulltime and directed his focus on the conventional belt conveyor portfolio completion and the enclosed belt conveyor development. His projects are characterized by his highly-organized and structured working method. With his international experience he has global experience in manufacturing standards and process all around the Bühler SAS`s.

Vincent van der Wijk
Product Manager for Belt Conveyors, Bühler Group
Vincent van der Wijk is Product manager and has a background in International Business and Management Studies. Vincent joined Bühler in 2011 as dual student completing his masters while working. Vincent shows an extensive knowhow in the international grain terminal business after and beyond. In his role, he drives product innovation and market introduction for Bühler`s belt Portfolio and ship loading and unloading equipment. His broad background and enthusiasm ensure Bühler is prepared for the future.

Register here for the Webinar

Calling all feed machinery manufacturers

February 16, 2020: A soaring world population and growing demand for animal-derived food has spurred an enormous development in feed machinery manufacturing worldwide. But with policies and technologies differing widely across countries, there is a substantial imbalance in the field. To help harmonise market practices, a new ISO technical committee (ISO/TC 293) has been created to supply the industry with standards for feed machinery used to produce formulated feed in feedmills. The feed industry is working with ISO Technical Committee to develop a standard for feed machinery. There are two components to ISO/TC 293 comprising one standard for ‘terminology’ and one for ‘safety’.

A standard for single feed machine, processing systems and complete production lines will cover safety, hygienic requirements, environmental protection and a number of specific technical requirements of feed machinery used in feedmills (but excludes non-commercial, domestically-used, agricultural machinery).

The ISO 293 standard will contribute to six of the United Nation’s ‘Sustainability Development Goals’ including: No Poverty (1); Zero Hunger (2); Decent Work and Economic Growth (8); Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure (9); Responsible Consumption and Production (12) and Life on Land (15). The next meeting of the working group is April 20-22, 2020 in Winterthur, Switzerland.

Become involved, contact:

  1. Your national ISO representative to register your interest
  2. Register with the secretariat at:
  3. A feed industry representative:
    Ms Jean Walsh, Standards Administrator at the
    American Society of Agricutlureal and Biological Engineers at:

The IMD at IPPE 2020

January 28, 2020: Today was the opening day of the 2020 IPPE event in Atlanta, USA which runs over three days for the feed and poultry industries including the USA meat industry. Feed hall A, where the International Milling and Grain Directory was promoted at the Milling and Grain booth (Stand A1371), attracted a healthy attendance from visitors from throughout the America and beyond. Visitors could leave their business cards at the stand if they wanted a copy of the 2020 edition of IMD mailed to them. Please feel free to email if you would like a copy mailed to you!

This year’s Perendale team at IPPE included members from its Latin American office, the USA office and the UK office

The true cost of livestock production

January 24, 2020: A new publication from Evonik and KPMG examines the impacts of poultry and swine production and outlines the potential societal benefits of using feed additives which reduce protein intake.
Current livestock farming practices contribute to serious global challenges, including climate change, land degradation, and pollution. Therefore, more sustainable methods are urgently required to meet the increasing demand for meat, fish, milk and eggs.

To build the case for using innovative animal feed practices on a large scale, Evonik partnered with finance and sustainability professionals at KPMG member firms to measure and evaluate the impacts of livestock production.

Societal impacts
The analysis, using the KPMG True Value methodology, compared the societal impacts of using innovative animal feed versus conventional feed. It covered the economic, environmental and social impacts of meat production across the value chain, from the cultivation of crops for animal feed through to animal husbandry.
The analysis was based on 2018 market shares of innovative feed in chicken production in Brazil and pork production in China, and on the most advanced innovative feed composition available at the time. The team quantified the impacts in financial terms using valuation data selected from a wide variety of sources.
The Evonik/KPMG True Value approach assigns a financial value for each impact. Once this was established for each impact, the total value of impacts could be calculated for production using innovative animal feed and conventional feed. The two calculations revealed significant differences between the two types of feed in terms of their social and environmental impacts.
The analysis valued the environmental and social impacts of poultry production in Brazil at €1,345 per ton of live weight (t/lw) when conventional animal feed is used. The most significant impacts are land use to produce crops for animal feed and air pollution from the chickens’ waste.

Reductions quantified
However, when innovative animal feed is used, the negative environmental and social impacts of chicken production are reduced by one third. The biggest reductions are in land use and its effect on biodiversity, air pollution and the potential for soil acidification and pollution of waterways.
If innovative animal feed replaced conventional feed, the industry would create a net benefit of €85 per t/lw for Brazilian society compared to a net cost of €180 per t/lw when using conventional feed. “The results clearly show a huge potential to positively influence societal value creation when using innovative animal feed and calls for transparency on the overall societal value creation of products”, said Martin Viehöver, Senior Manager Sustainability Services, KPMG in Germany.
The KPMG True Value analysis of pig farming in China showed similar results. Using innovative feed for pigs could have significant effects on the industry’s social and environmental impacts, potentially reducing the ‘true’ price of pork by almost 12%.
The analysis estimated the potential to protect societal value of another €5.5B in the chicken market in Central and South America and another €12.3B in the pig market in North Asia – together €18.3B annually for these two key markets if conventional feed is replaced by innovative animal feed.
“The results of this analysis could change perceptions within the livestock production industry. They could trigger meaningful dialogue across the value chain and help to shift farming towards more sustainable practices”, said Dr Emmanuel Auer, Head of Animal Nutrition, Evonik.
“We are sharing the results of this study widely with suppliers, customers, regulators, policy makers, academics and others to help drive positive sustainable change in the global livestock industry. Our goal is to generate engagement and debate around how the livestock industry can work together to address its social and environmental challenges.”

Reducing protein intake
Conventional animal feed is high in protein, which leads to high levels of nitrogen in animal waste. Evonik has developed amino acids for animal feed that help to reduce animals’ protein intake. This, in turn, decreases the level of nitrogen excreted. The innovative animal feed also improves the efficiency of the animals’ digestion, reducing the amount of food and water consumed and the amount of waste produced.
“We see this analysis as a tool to guide decision-making in innovation and product portfolio management to develop new products and services with a positive effect on society,” said Dr Auer.
With the livestock industry under increasing scrutiny for its environmental and social impacts, Evonik believes that changing the composition of animal feed can help farmers to engage in fact-based discussions about the societal value they create – potentially helping strengthen their social license to operate.
Evonik therefore plans to expand the scope of its research to measure the impacts of its feed in other major poultry and swine producing regions, as well as in the dairy and aquaculture sectors.

Download the publication at:
Sources include:
The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) and The Economics of Ecosystems and Biodiversity (TEEB)

US Feed and petfood exports quadruple

January 24, 2020: The long awaited free-trade access the US now enjoys with Canada and Mexico, has sent exports of feed ingredients, feed and pet food soaring!

Since the vital implementation of the much-welcomed, North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), these key exports have now more than quadrupled to over over US$3.2 billion. Back in 1993 exports of these products to Canada and Mexico were just US$669 million.

Constance Cullman, President and CEO of the American Food Industry Association (AFIA), said:“I am excited for the opportunities that will come from the implementation of – the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA). The USMCA access builds on the success of NAFTA by facilitating greater market access, regulatory transparency and accountability among the three trading partners.

New standard
For sure, it also sends a message to our other trading partners that the United States is serious about enhancing trading relationships, supporting U.S. businesses and exports and setting a new standard for how trade agreements with the United States are expected to appear.
In addition, many American Feed Industry members operate integrated businesses – where they have operations in the United States, Mexico and Canada – and, thus, the USMCA trade agreement will certainly further facilitate activity growth across all their variously located business units,” added Ms Cullman.

American Feed Industry Association
2101 Wilson Blvd, Ste 810, Arlington, VA 22201 USA
Tel: +1 703 524-0810

IPPE ‘TECHTalks Event’ to present key research

January 24, 2020: Information on key research projects, vital to the progress and benefit of the US Poultry and Egg industry, will emerge from ‘under the microscope’ at the popular TECHTalks Event, scheduled at this year’s International Production & Processing Expo (IPPE), taking place at the end of the month.

The Expo, representing the entire chain of protein production and processing is jointly sponsored by the American Feed Industry Association (AFIA), North American Meat Institute (NAMI) and U.S. Poultry & Egg Association (USPOULTRY). It is in fact a collaboration of three shows – International Feed Expo, International Meat Expo and the International Poultry Expo.

Vital research
On a yearly basis, USPOULTRY and the it’s Foundation funds more than $1 million in vital research projects which benefit the Poultry and Egg industries. This year, no fewer than six expert university researchers will be presenting the detailed findings emerging from recently completed projects.
Topics on the 2020 research projects agenda at the TECHtalks Event, will include peracetic acid-based disinfectants, variant strains of IBV antimicrobial efficacy of organic acid blends, an update on blackhead research, broiler welfare and woody breast detection.

This will be the third year that the IPPE Expo has staged presentations highlighting key completed USPOULTRY research projects. In previous years these presenations have proved to both successful and revealing
Says Dr Denise Heard, director of research for USPOULTRY. “Funding research on this scale is possible due to the continued success of the International Poultry Expo, a key part of IPPE. This will be the third year of the IPPEoffering presentations of recently completed USPOULTRY research projects, and each year it has proved to be a most successful programme.”
The research presentations will be given in the special TECHTalks Theater in C-Hall, Booth C9249, from 9:30 a.m. – 12 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 30. All of the TECHTalk presentations are free to registered IPPE attendees. The agenda line-up for ‘the reveal’ of these vital research discussions and presentations can be found below.

Alltech to boost relief to Australian ‘wildfire’ farmers

January 24, 2020: Kentucky US company, Alltech, a leading animal nutrition company with a strong presence in all regions of the world, has stepped forward to help and support Australian farmers and producers whose lives and properties have been devastated by the recent horrific ‘down-under’ wild-fires. 

The fires have already destroyed an estimated 10 million hectares, extensively killed wildlife and livestock and most tragically of all claimed 30 lives. The loss of the livestock is expected at the finish of the tragic events to exceed100,000. 
Both the Alltech Lienert and Keenan Australia companies are to use their resources to distribute supplies, either donated locally or purchased using donations from the Australia Farming Relief Fund. Alltech will also match all donations – dollar for dollar! 

The Australia Farming Relief Fund has been providing goods and services directly to producers and this vital challenge will be co-ordinated on the ground by the Alltech family companies, Alltech Lienert, Australia and Keenan, Australia.
Says Mark Peebles, Managing Director of Alltech Lienert, which is located in Roseworthy, Australia, “This activity represents a co-ordinated effort among our Alltech family, suppliers, customers and the global agriculture industry to support the producers who feed our families and are the core of our rural communities. The bush-fires have been devastating, but Australians are resilient, and we are committed to rallying around our farmers as they recover from this crisis.”
Producers, who were already contending with a three-year drought, are struggling to secure supplies and feed now. Donated supplies will include hay, finished feed, feed supplements, silage, water troughs, fencing and non-perishable items. 

The Alltech Lienert and Keenan companies will deploy their trucks and drivers to deliver keysupplies to producers in Victoria, South Australia, New South Wales (NSW) and Queensland. Team members will also volunteer their time to work alongside farmers, rebuilding fences, repairing sheds and providing any ‘on-farm’ support they need. The effort will initially focus on dairies, sheep and beef farms, and apiaries. 

Mental health 
Alltech is also exploring partnerships that will offer longer-term mental health support for farmers grappling with trauma as a result of the wild-fires. 
Donations to the Australia Farming Relief Fund, are being collected through the Pearse Lyons ACE Foundation. Alltech’s has pledged to match donations dollar-for- dollar.

Contact: Lauren Dozier, Corporate Communications Manager, Alltech 
Tel: +1 859-351-8892

China trade deal will aid US Animal Food Industry

January 24, 2020: The signing of the ‘starter’ phase of a much welcome trade deal agreement between the US and China will definitely help meet a number of the key challenges currently facing the US animal feed manufacturing industry.
The American Feed Industry Association (AFIA) President and CEO, Constance Cullman admits her organisation is ‘delighted’ with the first phase of what seems most likely to be a truly historic trade agreement between the two ‘super’ powers.  

AFIA is ‘delighted’ with the first phase of negotiations

“Addressing the non-tariff barriers that challenge our industry in the Chinese market has been a top priority for AFIA for nearly a decade. I am very excited about what this agreement means for the U.S. animal food industry and the re-opening of the Chinese market for our products!” 

Landmark opportunity 
This new agreement is seen as a landmark opportunity not only for the U.S. animal food industry, but, also for the livestock and poultry industries in China to further expand their feed ingredient inputs and technology.
The AFIA President was full of praise for the US administration both for defending the enhancement of productive trading relationships and also energetically supporting U.S. businesses and exports. She added, “Our industry is grateful for the hard work and the enduring efforts of our trade negotiators on our behalf. ”
The U.S. animal food manufacturing industry has faced various challenges since 2011, including those which have restricted any new U.S. feed additive and premix products being exported to China and those which restrict U.S. feed products with ruminant-origin ingredients and a number of poultry-derived ingredients.

This agreement directly addresses the range of constraints by streamlining and facilitating an agreed registration process for feed additives, premixes and compound feed, as well as lifting the poultry and ruminant ban for animal food products. 
Adds AFIA’s Chairman, Tim Belstra: “Representing AFIA and its members today at this historic signing was a stark reminder of the importance of trade and opening markets for our industry. I am elated by what this agreement represents for our industry and the many exports it will facilitate as a result.”

BioMar icon Niels Alsted retires after 45 years in aquaculture

By Rebecca Sherratt, January 8, 2019


Biomar Niels Alsted


Niels Alsted, Executive Vice President of Business Relations in BioMar, nicknamed ‘Mr Aquaculture’ by his colleagues, has retired after 45 years of service in the aquaculture industry.

“Niels has been one of the most important people forming, not only BioMar, but also the industry. His dedication to developing a sustainable and professional aquaculture has led to industry standards and the high-end feed ranges we see in the market.

Furthermore, he has been one of the most important people forming the culture in BioMar: A culture built upon trust, relationships, professionalism and a desire to pioneer the future of the industry”, said Carlos Diaz, CEO of BioMar Group.

There are not many in the aquaculture industry who can claim 45 years of service. Niels’ career started in 1974, on a small trout farm in Denmark, before beginning his studies in aquaculture research at the University of Tromsoe, Institute of Fisheries in 1977 in Norway. He stayed in academic research for several years and was an associate professor at Aalborg University when he accepted to undertake his commercial PhD with BioMar in 1987.

Over the last 32 years, Niels has held various positions in BioMar from R&D, sourcing, food safety and business relations and has been part of the executive management team in BioMar Group where he contributed to opening new markets like Chile and China.

Niels is valued for his broad and deep technical knowledge and, while at BioMar, has published several papers on nutrition and sustainability. He was instrumental in the creation of the first ever environmentally friendly aquaculture feed product, Ecoline and is known for his scholar approach to feed product development.

Niels has represented the aquaculture industry and BioMar at numerous NGO events and been a member of various industry committees most recently chairing the Board of FEFAC and as a valued member of both the GSI feed task force and IFFO RS.

“I am very grateful to BioMar, I have seen most of the world meeting fantastic people and really enjoying my work in the aquaculture industry. I simply could not ask for more”, concluded Mr Alsted who now looks forward to spending more time with the family, but has not closed the door on potentially doing more aquaculture related projects.