Seminar: drive your business at full speed. How feed industry-specific IT solutions support your business.

International Milling Directory member Adifo are holding a conference at the Lotus F1 team centre near Oxford in the UK.

When: 17 November 2015
Where: Lotus F1 team centre, Enstone, Oxfordshire, UK

Feed Seminar

You are active in the feed manufacturing or trading industry and you want to be updated on which tools can boost your business? Stay ahead of the pack and join this free seminar at the Lotus F1 team centre.


Get introduced to specialized tools for the feed, premix, petfood and trading industry. Have a fun day at the Lotus F1 team centre, network with fellow feed manufacturers over a Belgian beer and be inspired on getting the most out of your business.

For whom?

For general managers, financial controllers, nutritionists, IT managers, purchase managers, R&D managers, QA managers and traders.

Why attend?

Draw inspiration from the testimonials of fellow entrepreneurs. Learn how software supports their business processes: from profit-driven feed formulation to customer-oriented services, from well-considered purchase and risk management and thorough quality control to sound management decisions. Learn what the cloud can mean for the feed industry.

Agenda 17/11

09.00 – 09.45 Coffee and cake

09.45 – 11.15 Session 1

  • 09.45 – 10.30  Feeding 9 billion people in a sustainable way. How to cope with volatility and the need for transparancy – by Jan Nickolai, expert agri commodities sourcing
  • 10.40 – 11.15  Case study: Mole Valley Farmers – Implementation highlights,  by Alan Parsons, CRM manager at Mole Valley Farmers Ltd.

11.15 – 11.30 Coffee break
11.30 – 13.00 Session 2

  • 11.30 – 12.15 MILAS-AX: Added value for feed and milling – by Valerina De Lille, Operations manager ERP at Adifo
  • 12.20 – 13.00 Using cloud and big data. Discovering opportunities in the Supply Chain – by Reinhart De Lille, R&D manager at Adifo

13.00 – 14.00 Lunch + time to try your luck on the F1 Simulator or the Batak machine
14.00 – 15.10 Session 3

  • 14.00 – 14.30 Business case:  Pågen AB – assuring availability and quality of Sweden’s favorite bread products – by Jacob Malmros, Business Solutions IT manager at Pågen AB
  • 14.40 – 15.10  BESTMIX LIMS – How to capitalize on smart quality management – by Paul Smolders, BESTMIX LIMS product manager at Adifo

15.10 – 15.30 Coffee break

15.30 – 16.00 Final session

  • 15.30 – 16.00  Formulation as a Service. How to use cloud-based technology in the formulation industry – by Karel Vervaet, BESTMIX development manager at Adifo

16.00 – 17.00 Pit stop challenge (prize for the winner)
17.00 – 18.00 Beer tasting + networking


Best wishes to Richard Sago from everyone at Perry’s

International Milling Directory member Perry of Oakley from the UK has news this week of Richard Sago’s retirement. Richard is a well known and well liked individual. A note from David Perry is here below.
Tuesday, September 8, 2015

Dear All,

I am writing to you to announce that after 12 years of diligent and accomplished service with ourselves and over 51 years of work within the grain handling and drying trade in general Richard Sago will be taking full retirement as of the end of September.

Richard will be missed by all of us at Perry’s and all his customers alike. Although he has agreed to carry out some consultancy type work for us from time to time as needed.

Richard started work 4th August 1964 at Eastern Counties Farmers Ltd Ipswich Suffolk as an Agricultural Engineering Apprentice (5yrs) and during those early years spent 12 months in the Grain installations department, both in office on the drawing board and out on installations.

He was first involved with Perry’s in 1969 – 70 when we supplied an inclined conveyor in Suffolk from inside a Jack Olding Bin store to fill a 21’-0” dia silo outside.

Richard remembers going to the factory at Oakley to collect it and being outside the yard when Nigel Perry opened the gates at 7.30am, he can’t remember what time he left home in the morning or what route he took, but it must have been early bearing in mind there were no bypasses (Colchester – Chelmsford) or M25 in those days.

Married Jane in April 1971 (2 children and now 5 grandchildren)

Late 1971 till 1983 Richard went on road as retail sales representative later specializing in grain equipment, sprayers, fertilizer spreaders and drills. After the grain department closed in 1972 he also drew basic schemes for external grain bins and silos for Planning and Ministry grant applications. For himself and 4 other colleagues

1983 – 1986 Richard worked for Bamletts as Eastern Area Sales Manager selling drills, fertilizer spreaders and cultivation equipment, an enjoyable time and some good years but unfortunately the banks were not helpful in those days and they decided to close in September 1986.

October 1986 – September 2003 Richard joined Carier at Braintree as they were looking for an area salesman at that time, (his old boss from the grain department days at ECF Clive Simpson was working there) for the Eastern region which eventually spread from Suffolk to South Wales then with colleagues retirement Southern England as well.

Richard had many enjoyable years working both in agricultural with farm work as well from Grain merchants and into Industrial sites – Maltings – Feed & Flour mills – Tea – Rice – Breweries to name a few similar to today’s job with Perry’s if its dry, free flowing and in bulk we can normally handle it.

During late 2002 and 2003 he was asked by Nigel Perry to consider a move to Perry’s on the industrial side and agreed to join in October 2003.

Richard says his last 12 years have flown by with a good family company, good colleagues and an excellent range of products to promote and sell some times in difficult circumstances. He has made many friends along the way and wishes to pass on his many thanks for their help when needed.

Richard arrived at Perry’s during a time when we were just beginning to push in a more industrial, non grain direction to spread our product range to a wider audience. At the time I remember saying to Richard that I never saw him coming to Perry’s as being an extra cost as I knew we could develop the business to our benefit in this direction” and today this has proved to be more than correct. Richard was influential in helping chose some of the directions to head in and influential in helping us to bring a few ex Carier employees into the fold when they unfortunately ceased trading.

Richard has been and will always be seen as a friend of both myself and my parents and we very much hope to stay in touch over the coming years and we, and all the staff at Perry’s, wish Richard and Jane all the best in the future and hope that they have a very enjoyable retirement.

Yours sincerely

David Perry

Managing Director


Read more here

Cargill on Fortune’s list of companies that are “Changing the World”

Cargill has been listed on Fortune’s first ‘Change the World’ list, which recognizes the top 51 companies that have made a sizable impact on major global social or environmental problems as part of their competitive strategy. Fortune said that the goal of the list is to “shine a spotlight on instances where companies are doing good as part of their profit-making strategy, and to shed new light on the power of capitalism to improve the human condition.”

Two hundred companies were nominated by editors of Fortune and FSG, a non-profit social impact consulting firm who reached out to dozens of business, academic and nonprofit experts worldwide for their recommendations. Editors at Fortune then reviewed the companies and ranked the top 51. Four criteria were taken into consideration: Business innovation, measurable impact at scale on an important social challenge, the contribution of shared value activities to the company’s profitability and competitive advantage and the significance of the shared value effort to the overall business.
Cargill was nominated for its pioneering efforts to curb malnutrition in India by fortifying its edible oils with vitamins A and D. India is home to 194 million malnourished people of which 40 per cent are children. Cooking oil is a staple product found in almost 99 per cent of homes. Cargill’s decision to fortify its edible oils in 2008 is largely seen by the industry as the catalyst for the oil fortification trend in India.
Siraj Chaudhry, CEO of Cargill Foods India said: “We are constantly looking at innovating our products, solutions and services to better meet the needs of our customers. Back in 2008, we saw the potential of fortifying our edible oils to bring a better product to the market and help nourish the millions of people suffering from malnutrition with the vitamins they desperately needed. We are glad that the industry thereafter acknowledged the need for oil fortification and that we triggered such a positive change.”

Operating responsible and sustainable supply chains

On top of producing safe and wholesome food, Cargill is focused on respecting people and human rights; treating animals humanely; promoting responsible agricultural practices; and reducing its environmental impact. The company has also been at the forefront of improving smallholder farmer livelihoods around the world.

  • ‘Cargill’s Cocoa Promise’ is improving the livelihoods of more than 115,000 cocoa farmers, their families and communities in Brazil, Cameroon, Côte d’Ivoire, Ghana and Indonesia. The program includes technical training and demonstration farms for farmers, as well as sustainability certification for their cocoa. Farmers’ incomes are being raised, including $44 million of premiums paid to farmer cooperatives for certified sustainable cocoa since 2009, half of which is paid directly to their farmer members.
  • In its palm oil supply chain, Cargill has presented $1.98 million in RSPO and International Sustainability and Carbon Certification (ISCC) premiums to smallholders in South Sumatra, Indonesia, since 2011, including $1 million to 8,800 smallholders from 18 cooperatives in 2014 for the oil palm they grew as part of Cargill’s PT Hindoli oil palm plantation. This is in addition to Cargill providing free medical clinics, free day care for children, providing local schools, book mobiles and training for its employees.
  • Cargill also has played a key role in reducing deforestation in Brazil through their Soy Moratorium. The program is credited for reducing deforestation in the Amazon from agriculture by 80%.

Given Cargill’s broad presence in food and agriculture, the company believes it has a fundamental responsibility for its environmental and social impact. It recently released its 2015 Corporate Responsibility report which recounts its efforts to create more sustainable supply chains and to increase food security while protecting the environment.

Anpario CEO and Finance Director Invited to Buckingham Palace

Anpario, a leading manufacturer of high performance natural feed additives, has received the Queen’s Award for Enterprise in International Trade. The products that Anpario produce are designed to protect and improve the health of animals worldwide.

David Bullen, Chief Executive Officer and Karen Prior, Group Finance Director attended a special ceremony to recognise the achievement at Buckingham Palace. They were introduced to The Queen and Prince Philip and spoke with Princess Anne who was very interested in the group and its products. Other members of the royal family were also present, including The Duke of York and Princess Eugenie.

Such an achievement warrants an internal presentation ceremony and celebration, so that’s just what the Anpario team did.

The whole Anpario team came together to celebrate with colleagues from across all three trading brands: Kiotechagil, Optivite and Meriden. The team were joined by the Lord-Lieutenant of Nottinghamshire, Sir John Peace who presented the award to David Bullen, CEO. The event was held at Hodsock Priory near Blyth, and began with welcome drinks and a short presentation ceremony. Other dignitaries from around Nottinghamshire joined Anpario for the occasion and stayed to enjoy the festivities.

The purpose of the event was twofold, firstly to welcome all employees to join in the presentation ceremony but also to celebrate and thank everyone for their hard work.

The ceremony was followed by a hog roast and lawn games in the grounds of the venue. Please check our website for the link to a video from the event, covering everything from the presentation to the fun and games afterwards.

David Bullen, Chief Executive Officer, commented, “The Queen’s Award is a great honour, not just for the company but for all of our individual employees in the UK and internationally who have helped contribute to the company’s success. We look forward to building on our success and achieving even further growth in the future.”

Anpario has over 100 employees based at its UK manufacturing HQ and international offices in China, USA, Brazil and Malaysia, Anpario exports animal health products to over 70 countries and continues to expand its overseas activities by targeting regions and countries that offer the greatest potential to its brands.



IFEEDER Funds Three-year University Research Project

The Institute for Feed Education and Research, the American Feed Industry Association’s 501(c)(3), announces its selection of a recipient for its first research grant chosen through a competitive process to help further education and research within the animal food industry. IFEEDER sought requests for proposals (RFPs) earlier this year from those dedicated to education and research within the animal food industry, primarily land grant universities.

Mark Hanigan, Ph.D., the David R. & Margret Lincicome professor in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, submitted a proposed project on an industry-specific project, “Assessing Intestinal Absorption of Amino Acids from Various Feedstuffs.” As a grant recipient, Hanigan will receive up to $75,000 in three installments during the next three years. His submission was one of 12, which came from 11 different universities.

The RFP that IFEEDER’s Research Committee laid out contained specific parameters, requirements and submission points for each proposal. The committee designated four research themes that IFEEDER is focusing on:

  • Legislative and Regulatory Issues
  • Feed Safety/Food Safety
  • Animal Nutrition and Health
  • Sustainability – environmental, economic, social

Hanigan’s research project was chosen because of the potential improvements it will have on the American feed industry such as the impact on nutrition of the animal, health of the animal and aid in the sustainability of our industry from both an environmental and social aspect.

“Industry representatives, university scientists and feed industry consultants are the backbone of progress for the feed industry,” said Chad Risley, Ph.D. (CEO of Berg+Schmidt America), who chairs IFEEDER’s Research Committee. “Our commitment to research, education and sustainability for the robust future of animal feed and the needs of a growing world population, compels us to collaborate closely with allied groups for ideas and answers.”

In addition to its newest research project, IFEEDER plans to continue its search for grant candidates in the future and will monitor its previous commitments–thus far $631,000 has been donated by the nonprofit foundation to research and education projects since its inception in 2009.

You can learn more about IFEEDER’s projects at

Created by the American Feed Industry Association in 2009, the Institute for Feed Education & Research (IFEEDER) was formed to support the future of the feed industry as it is challenged to sustain the escalating world population. The IFEEDER foundation broadly represents the feed industry, including representation from academia and experts in science and technology. Through education and research, IFEEDER is paving the way for future generations to meet these enormous challenges, ensuring the long-term viability of the global feed industry. IFEEDER is a 501(c)(3) charitable foundation.

GEAPS President Appoints Third Vice President, Board Director

The Grain Elevator and Processing Society announced two appointments to the International Board of Directors today. David McKerchar, CGOM, Parrish & Heimbecker Ltd., Canadian Prairies Chapter, was appointed to the office of third vice president, responsible for representing Canadian members’ interests on the Board. Jeff Jones, MKC, Great Plains, was appointed as a Board director. Both appointments were made by International President Matt Kerrigan, Bunge North America, Gateway.

For the first time in GEAPS history, the office of third vice president will transition from father to son. McKerchar takes over the position from his father, Jim McKerchar, who held the office from 2011-2015.

“David McKerchar did some great work with the GEAPS/K-State Distance Education Program, and that’s one of the main reasons why we are appointing him,” explained Kerrigan. “He is a younger member in the organization. We are really excited for the perspective he will bring to the Board, coming from something of an outsider’s point of view. He should provide some new insight for an experienced industry.”

Jones was appointed to fill a director position that was vacated after the 2015 elections. He has been a GEAPS member since 2013, and currently serves as his chapter’s treasurer.

“Jones was highly recommended by Board director Barb Grove,” Kerrigan said.  “Grove noticed his enthusiastic involvement in their chapter and learned that he wanted to get more involved with GEAPS. Jones is relatively new to the industry, and his position at MKC adds to the Board’s broad range of experience, with members from many different-sized companies.”

For Jones, the position is an opportunity to build relationships with others across the industry. He looks forward to educating members and promoting GEAPS’ relevance within the industry.

“Industry safety is number one in my thought process,” Jones said. “It’s followed by promoting industry relevance and education. I look forward to promoting GEAPS’ position as The Knowledge Resource in the local community, and helping shape education and training options that help our members work more safely and efficiently.”

McKerchar and Jones will both hold the positions until GEAPS’ annual meeting in July 2016.

Fidel Castro’s daughter to offer unique perspective on Cuba’s history and future at Oilseed & Grain Trade Summit


BOSTON, August 11, 2015 – After half a century, discussions are progressing to restore full diplomatic relations with Cuba, including lifting the trade embargo. How will this affect the estimated $1.2 billion worth of trade opportunities with the U.S, particularly in the ag sector?

Alina Fernandez, daughter of Fidel Castro, Cuba’s leader for nearly 50 years, will begin to answer this question during her keynote address at the 10th annual Oilseed & Grain Trade Summit, which will be held next month in Minneapolis, Minn. In her presentation “Unique Perspective on Cuba by Fidel Castro’s Daughter” on Wednesday, September 30 at 5:30 p.m., Fernandez will share insight on her very unique relationship with Cuba, the changes the nation has undergone in the past few decades, and the economic opportunities that lie ahead.

Alina Fernandez

Alina Fernandez

A strong advocate of her uncle Raúl Castro’s regime, Fernandez will highlight the positive economic, political and agricultural changes in Cuba since his reign of power began in 2008. This includes presenting the details of the current agricultural relationship between the U.S. and Cuba, and what post-embargo Cuba might look like for U.S. agriculture.

During subsequent sessions on Thursday, October 1, a group of agricultural experts on Cuba will elaborate on the potential impacts of a lifting of the trade embargo, outlining the specific opportunities and challenges that improved relations will present for the oilseed and grains sectors.

This panel discussion, “Capturing the Market Opportunity in Cuba and the Caribbean Basin” will bring to the forefront the plausible implications of this historic shift in diplomatic relations by experts in the field, including:


  • Ron Gray, past chairman (2015), U.S. Grains Council
  • Bill Messina, agricultural economist, University of Florida
  • Thomas Marten, manager, Stark County Farm Bureau of Illinois


The Oilseed & Grain Trade Summit is the premier annual event providing actionable content and networking opportunities for key decision makers in the global oilseed (soybeans, canola/rapeseed, sunflower seed and oil palm) and feed grain (corn, wheat, sorghum and barley) value chains.


Hosted by HighQuest Group, the 2015 Summit will be held at the Hyatt Regency Minneapolis, September 30-October 2. Learn more and register with a 10% discount using code: PR#3-OGTS15 at Or join the conversation on Twitter @oilseedandgrain, Facebook and Linkedin.




August 2015 – Milling and Grain magazine is now online

This issue features:

  • The Feedmill of the future
  • Stablising rice bran through high shear extrusion
  • Why India’s agri-food policies need a holistic review
  • Mycotoxins and mycotoxicosis in livestock production
  • Preventing bread waste in Turkey
  • David Sugden – Obituary
  • Wheat trials and biodiversity in the UKScreen Shot 2015-08-07 at 17.00.04

SOLIDS 2015 sets new exhibitor record

Solids Dortmund 2015

Solids Dortmund 2015

Even before its opening, the trade show’s 7th edition indicates outstanding growth.

Munich, 7 July 2015: Four months before the expert trade show for granules, powders and solids technologies is scheduled to open, 425 companies have already booked – nearly 10% more than last year. Halls 4, 5 and 6 in Dortmund are already sold out; show organiser Easyfairs is expanding the show into Hall 7.

SOLIDS will take place on 4 & 5 November 2015 in the Messe Westfalenhallen Dortmund. The 7th edition will again be complemented by RECYCLING-TECHNIK Dortmund 2015, the recycling and environment technologies show, as well as the Urban Mining conference. For the first time in the show’s history it will cover four exhibition halls. The newly-opened Hall 7 will be devoted thematically to suppliers of recycling and solids technology: crushing machinery, packaging and storage systems, sorting and conveying machinery, shredders and crushing equipment, and separation and processing technologies for recyclable materials.

“This strong resonance among the exhibitors really confirms the concept behind SOLIDS as a straightforward, two-day show focused on innovations and doing business; more than ever, this show fulfils a real need on both sides of the supply-demand equation,” says Daniel Eisele, Event Director for Easyfairs. “For many companies, this format works exceptionally well for presenting products, discussing technical solutions with trade visitors and making new or solidifying existing business contacts.”

In total, the show organiser expects over 450 exhibitors at the event in November, covering the entire spectrum of process engineering in solids and recycling technologies. 75% of the exhibitors from 2014 have already re-booked for the upcoming show. In addition, a number of new enterprises have joined their ranks, including: Ambros Schmelzer, B&F Metallbautechnik, Dustcontrol, Erhard Muhr, Eriez Europe, F&D Wägetechnik-Waagenbau, HSM, Intensiv-Filter, Kloska Group, Köllemann, Komptech, Mahle Industriefiltration, Orbinox, Otto Ganter, Schreier Maschinen+Apparatebau, ReSiTec, RMS, Rosenbauer International, Sigma Maschinenbau, steute Schaltgeräte, Tedima, Stokkermill, Sympatec, Vautid, Wrights Recycling Machinery and many more.

In addition to the exhibition, a rich show programme will offer more than 100 lectures taking place in open forums, the so-called “InnovationCenters” and “SolutionCenters”. In-depth seminars will also be held within the framework of two expert conferences running in parallel with the exhibition: the 2nd German Fire and Explosion Protection Congress and the 6th Urban Mining Congress.

Cooperation partners of this year’s show are Martin Engineering GmbH, Rema Tip Top West GmbH, Rembe GmbH Safety & Control, SEW-Eurodrive GmbH and Welding Alloys Deutschland GmbH.



Within the last 9 years, SOLIDS Dortmund has established itself as a fixture in the diaries of industry professionals. It has become the most important business and innovation platform for solids technologies in Germany. The range of the exhibition spans the entire value chain of process engineering for bulk solids and powder technologies. On display are machinery and techniques for incoming goods as well as the handling (sieving, filtering, agglomerating, dosing, weighing) and processing (crushing, cooling, heating, milling, mixing, disaggregating) of solid goods, through to in-house mechanical or pneumatic conveyance and procedures for filling, packing, storage, transport and shipment. Solids technologies are important to such diverse industries as food and drinks, chemicals, pharmaceuticals, cosmetics, plastics, metals, logistics, agriculture, construction and mining. Topical specialists and procurement professionals will find machinery, components and complete solution systems. The show is held every 18 months. In 2014, 393 exhibitors and approximately 5,000 visitors participated in the show.

For more information on SOLIDS 2015, please see



Facts and figures


Dates: Wednesday and Thursday, 4 & 5 November 2015

Venue: Messe Westfalenhallen Dortmund, Halls 4, 5, 6 & 7, Rheinlanddamm 200, 44139 Dortmund

Opening hours: On both show days from 9:00-17:00

Organiser: Easyfairs Deutschland GmbH, Balanstrasse 73, House 8, D-81541 Munich

Show website:

Conference websites:



SOLIDS European Series – SOLIDS shows across Europe


With shows in Antwerp, Basel, St Petersburg, Rotterdam, Krakow and Dortmund, the SOLIDS European Series counts as Europe’s most extensive solids network. In total, across the six events some 1,000 exhibitors will meet 14,000 trade visitors:


SOLIDS Rotterdam 2015: 30 September – 2 October 2015                 Ahoy Rotterdam

SOLIDS Kraków 2015 / SyMas: 6 & 7 October 2015                 EXPO Kraków

SOLIDS Dortmund 2015 / SCHÜTTGUT: 4 & 5 November 2015  Messe Westfalenhallen Dortmund

SOLIDS Russia 2016: 18 & 19 May 2016                 ExpoForum St. Petersburg

SOLIDS Antwerp 2016: 19 & 20 October 2016                 Antwerp Expo

SOLIDS Basel 2016 / SCHÜTTGUT: 16 & 17 November 2016                 Messe Basel






About Artexis-Easyfairs


Artexis Easyfairs enables professional and private communities to “visit the future” at must-attend events that anticipate their needs and present solutions in the ideal format.

Under the brand name Easyfairs the Group currently organises 125 events in 16 countries (Austria, Belgium, Canada, Denmark, Finland, Germany, The Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Russia, Singapore, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, the UAE and the United Kingdom).

In the DACH region alone, Easyfairs organises Automation & Electronics (Lausanne and Zurich); Empack (Hannover and Zurich); Label&Print (Hannover and Zurich); labotec (Lausanne); Maintenance (Dortmund, Hamburg, Stuttgart, Wels and Zurich); Packaging Innovations (Hamburg, Vienna and Zurich); and Solids (Dortmund, Basel and St Petersburg).

Doing business as Artexis the Group manages eight events venues in the Benelux and Nordic regions (Ghent, Antwerp, Namur (two venues), Mechelen, Mons, Stockholm and Malmö). In the most recent fiscal year, the Group employed 420 people and generated revenues of over €100 million.

Artexis Easyfairs strives to be the most adaptable, agile and effective player in our industry by employing committed individuals, deploying the best marketing and technology tools, and developing strong brands. Visit the future with Artexis Easyfairs.


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Daniel Eisele Ina Sinatsch

Show Director / Group Event Director SES Marketing Project Manager

Tel. +49 (0)89 127 165 118 Tel. +49 (0)89 127 165 127


Easyfairs Deutschland GmbH

Balanstr. 73, Haus 8

81541 München