Hamlet Protein strengthens NCA distribution relationships

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June 26h, 2020: Hamlet Protein, market leader in specialty proteins for young animal nutrition, announced the renewal of existing distribution partnerships and the start of new ones in Canada, Mexico and Central America. Based in Findlay, Ohio, the American branch of multinational Hamlet Protein has been steadily increasing its production capacity, technical and commercial resources. The company aims to increase its leading position in swine nutrition and has made a successful entrance in the poultry market.

The NCA region (North and Central America) combines some of the world’s top feed producing countries, with 215 MMt produced in the US, 37 MMt in Mexico and 30 MMt in Canada. Hamlet Protein increased the production capacity in Findlay, Ohio with the completion of a new production line earlier this year, and is targeting growth across the region.

Canada has long been a target market for Hamlet Protein. It renewed its already successful partnership with Jefo Canada, with the aim to increase market share in the monogastrics segment.

To be closer to customers in the Spanish speaking geographies in the NCA region, Hamlet Protein established a distribution relationship with Jefo Mexico and partnered with Profil in Central America. Distribution agreements were signed for Profil’s group companies in El Salvador (Servicios Tecnicos Avicolas); Honduras (Profilaxis) and Guatemala (Profilaxis).

Grady Fain, Regional Director NCA with Hamlet Protein commented, ‘We are very pleased to announce the extension of existing relationships and the start of new ones. Our distribution partners have deep knowledge of the local markets. Coupled with our first in class technical support, we feel confident that together we can achieve our ambitious growth agenda going forward.’

Hamlet Protein produces soy-based protein ingredients for young pig, poultry and cattle feed at two production plants in Denmark and the US. Hamlet Protein services customers around the world through a network of own sales offices and distributors.

For more information visit the Hamlet Protein website, HERE.

Bruks Siwertell launches new brand identity to reflect united strength

June 26th, 2020: Bruks Siwertell has launched a new brand identity designed to reflect the values, combined strengths and capabilities of its products, solutions and services. It includes a new Group logo, which will represent both the Bruks and Siwertell brands in all future communications. 

‘We have grown our business significantly over the last few years and this is a natural stage in our transformation process; a new look to show the market that we are bigger than our individual brands,’ says Peter Jonsson, CEO, Bruks Siwertell Group. ‘We have a market-leading portfolio of products and services for the dry bulk handling and wood processing industries. These are distinct business areas in their own right, but they have a lot of natural crossovers that deliver effective synergies. We want to highlight these so that customers can draw upon their benefits. Our new appearance is part of a recognition process, it shows customers that Bruks and Siwertell products are part of the same family, and enables the instant association of our equipment with the ability to add value to operations, generate profitability and offer an impressive return on investment for their owners.’

‘This joint branding initiative opens the door to a future of continuing our legacy of innovation, entrepreneurship, and quality design,’ says Emily Braekhus Cueva, Marketing Director at Bruks Siwertell Group. ‘Our drive for improvement and the development of new solutions and sustainable incentives is represented in our new identity.

‘The Bruks and Siwertell brands are deeply settled and respected within their respective business segments,’ she continues. ‘We have kept their separate identities, but brought them closer together for common communication purposes, so that all customers within Bruks Siwertell recognise them both. Therefore, some elements have been retained and we have also introduced new ones.

‘Worldwide, customers will still see the single product Bruks and Siwertell brands on our ship unloaders, ship loaders, conveyors, stacking reclaiming systems, wood chippers, screening and milling systems,’ Ms Braekhus Cueva explains. ‘They will also see a new logomark to show that, although they each represent different types of products, both brands are now part of a bigger family, able to offer a much wider span of equipment. Together, they complement each other and build a stronger portfolio.

‘The logomark is designed to evoke a feeling of focus and speed, with the circles signifying movement and velocity,’ she adds. ‘The semicircle can be interpreted as a belt conveyor and the sharp-edged parts potentially as wood-chipping knives, while within the visual of the complete circle you can see one of our core components, the screw conveyor. The three-dimensional angle implies movement and rotation, and the shape of a globe represents our international reach.’

In addition to the logo, the new Bruks Siwertell brand identity comprises other core elements such as signature colours. In communication material, the dark grey will be dominant, and complemented with elements of the blue and red shades from both the original Bruks and Siwertell brands. Subtle background circles, as well as new typography are also significant changes to Bruks Siwertell’s new appearance.

Visit the Bruks Siwertell website, HERE.

Using probiotics to lower feed costs while maintaining laying performance and egg quality

A study published in Poultry Science (Mikulski et al., 2020) shows the positive effect of the probiotic strain Pediococcus acidilactici CNCM I-4622 (MA 18/5M)[1] (BACTOCELL) on dietary energy utilisation in laying hens.

The study indicated that the probiotic was able to compensate for the effect of a 100 kcal ME/kg of feed energy dilution on the laying performance. Authors suggested that the probiotic supplement exerts a positive influence on the dietary energy utilization, increasing the feed efficiency in laying hens.

Energy being a major driver of feed costs in poultry production, these new findings bring egg producers and nutritionists a new tool to manage production costs. The publication concluded that Pediococcus acidilactici CNCM I-4622 supplementation on a reduced-energy diet can be a viable strategy for lowering the feed cost while maintaining laying performance and egg quality.

More about this innovative trial
The study was conducted at Olzstyn University, in Poland, in order to determine the effect of the probiotic supplementation of diets with different energy levels on laying hens productive performance. As a model, 100 kcal ME/kg of feed energy density reduction was tested. The experimental diets were formulated to contain respectively 2,550 and 2,650 kcal ME/kg of feed and equal amounts of amino acids and minerals. The trial involved 200, 31-week-old Hy Line Brown hens and lasted for 16 weeks.

Despite a 100 kcal ME/kg of feed difference, both groups displayed a similar laying rate, equivalent feed conversion rate and exported egg mass.

The concept of bioequivalence has been applied to evaluate the combined effect of the dietary energy dilution and the supplementation of P. acidilactici CNCM I-4622 on hens’ productive performance. Bioequivalence is defined by EFSA (2018) as follows: ‘if two products are said to be bioequivalent, it means that they would be expected to be, for all relevant effects, the same.’ The bioequivalence concept applied to hens’ performance criteria indicates that hens receiving P. acidilactici CNCM I-4622 with a reduced-energy diet show bioequivalent performance to hens from the standard energy diet without probiotic.

In addition, eggs from the probiotic and reduced energy diet group showed similar eggshell thickness than eggs from the control and standard energy diet.

This suggests that the probiotic supplementation is able to somehow compensate for the effect of the energy dilution (-100 kcal ME/kg of feed) on laying hens production performance.

Eventually, when comparing the effect of the probiotic with equivalent diet (same energy level), it appears that hens fed the probiotic diet repeatedly provide better productive performance than hens without the probiotic (p<0.05).

This coroborate previous findings when the probiotic is supplemented on top of the diet and has shown beneficial and consistent effects on both the laying rate and the feed efficiency.

Mikulski, D., Jankowski, J., Mikulska, M., Demey, V. 2020. Effects of dietary probiotic (Pediococcus acidilactici) supplementation on productive performance, egg quality, and body composition in laying hens fed diets varying in energy density. Poult. Sci.,99, 2275-2285

For more information visit the Lallemand website, HERE.

US Feed Industry praises FDA for creating process to improve trade

June 26th, 2020: The American Feed Industry Association (AFIA) has applauded the US Food and Drug Administration’s Centre for Veterinary Medicine (CVM) for achieving a long-awaited major milestone that will bring about improved trade for US animal food products abroad.

The federal agency announced 22nd June that it will start issuing Current Good Manufacturing Practice (CGMP) certificates to animal food manufacturers looking to export feed, feed ingredients and pet food products, making it possible for facilities located across America to obtain these certificates for export where and if required and eliminating inconsistencies in state regulations.

‘With an increasing number of international regulatory bodies requiring Good Manufacturing Practice certificates from manufacturers to document their compliance, it was imperative that the United States establish a mechanism for obtaining such a certificate. AFIA has been pushing for this process that will allow the continued flow of animal food products to our international buyers and stem the ongoing loss of millions of dollars in missed trade opportunities,’ said AFIA’s President and CEO, Constance Cullman. ‘Thanks to the hard work of the staff at the FDA CVM, animal food manufacturers in all 50 states, not just the dozen states that already had processes for issuing GMP certificates, will have the ability to obtain these certificates.’

Brazil has required GMP certificates for over a decade. Without a mechanism in place for a US federal authority to issue GMP certificates, only manufacturers operating in 12 states with a state-based GMP certification program could export their products to Brazil. Inconsistencies across the state-issued certificates also caused confusion and highlighted the need for a federal program as more countries begin requiring certification.

Mexico, the feed industry’s largest export destination, is expected to implement a GMP certificate requirement soon. Without this program, over $1.6 billion in exports to Mexico would be at risk.

The Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) gave the FDA the authority to issue and charge fees for export certificates for animal food; however, the agency opted to delay issuing the certificates until all-sized manufacturing facilities were required to be in compliance with FSMA’s CGMP regulations and could be inspected. As of last October, all-sized facilities must comply with these regulations and inspections are ongoing. Once all facilities were in compliance, AFIA sent a letter last fall urging the FDA to move forward on this process.

The CGMP compliance language will be added to the Certificates of Free Sale through the CVM’s Export Certification Application and Tracking System (CVM eCATS). Step-by-step instructions for submitting an application for a CGMP certificate into CVM eCATS are listed on FDA’s website, HERE.

Visit the AFIA website, HERE.

Bühler opens new Food Application Centre as collaboration venue for creating the future of food

Outside view of the Food Application Centre (FAC) in Minneapolis, USA
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26th June, 2020: On June 19th Bühler opened its new Food Application Centre (FAC) as the crowning moment of Bühler GO! 2020, its virtual networking and engagement event for food industry leaders. At this state-of-the-art centre, Bühler aims to support and drive innovation among its customers, start-ups, academia, and industry partners to create economically viable and sustainable food value chains in North America.

The solutions developed there will help feed a growing population of nearly 10 billion people in 2050. ‘The FAC is a place for learning how to create and process new products, new protein sources, and new ways to strengthen our food supply chains,’ says Andy Sharpe, CEO Bühler North America.

Drawing on over 160 years of food processing expertise, the FAC was created to develop new methods of transforming pulses, peas, beans, oats, ancient grains, maize and many other crops into new food solutions such as flours, snacks, pasta, cereals and a myriad of extruded products, including plant-based meat analogues. As a new product and process development venue, the FAC features the latest in raw material processing and handling systems, capable of taking those raw materials through to finished product, ready for packaging, bringing a product from farm to fork, or from bean to burger.

“The FAC is a playground for the food industry, built to foster collaboration between food processing companies and other industry organisations, who, working side-by-side with Bühler’s processing experts, can test their business ideas, perfect them, and successfully bring them to market,” says Yannick Gaechter, Bühler’s Food Application Centre Director. With the goal of building a highly interconnected innovation ecosystem, Bühler expects that the FAC will become an important resource for the North American food industry as it focuses on the future of food and learns to build a more resilient, agile and sustainable food supply chain.

Learning and education is at the core of the FAC. Bühler views the new facility as a place for instructing and understanding technology, food processing, food safety, digitalisation, and many other topics. The investment in the FAC further reinforces Bühler’s commitment to new and innovative approaches to education and workforce development, most notably, the company’s internationally recognised apprenticeship program, which will use the FAC as an educational base. Additionally, the FAC will act as a training ground for food processing companies wanting to educate their operations and maintenance staff on efficient processing and best practices. “The new FAC stands ready to welcome innovative food processors and other interested organisations, to collaborate, create, and perfect new and sustainable food products as we all address the quickly changing demands of consumers’ diets,” said Mr Gaechter.

You can access Bühler GO!2020 with all its presentations, panel discussions, and key note speeches, HERE.

De Heus accelerates growth in north of Spain with acquisition of Piensos Muga

June 26th, 2020: De Heus Animal Nutrition has recently signed an agreement for the acquisition of Piensos Muga in Spain, effective from June 29th, 2020. The acquisition of Piensos Muga is an important step for De Heus to strengthen its leading position as supplier of animal nutrition products in Northern Spain, a key region to the Spanish livestock sector.

Founded in 1992, with an annual capacity of 80,000 tonnes, Piensos Muga specialises in the development and production of a complete range of high quality dairy-, beef cattle and other ruminants feeds. With De Heus already present in this part of Spain, synergy effects are expected to improve efficiency and service towards the customers.

Piensos Muga and De Heus fit with one another well, both companies provide their customers with high quality feed products, as well as with services and in-depth knowledge about animal nutrition and animal husbandry and in this way supplies them with efficiency and technological progress. In addition, Piensos Muga will gain access to De Heus’ international knowledge, experience and research network enabling it to further improve its products and services more quickly.

Jean-François Honoré, general manager of De Heus Iberia, commented, ‘After the previous successful acquisitions of Acorex in Extremadura, Evialis in Galicia and Unzue in Navarra, this acquisition reconfirms De Heus’ consolidation strategy in the non-integrated feed market in Spain. With this strategy we can serve livestock farmers in the region even better, with the help of a local team of highly trained professionals who will add from now on the technology and international experience of De Heus. The Spanish regions of Navarra, La Rioja, the Basque Country and Aragon are areas of great relevance in terms of the livestock sector and at De Heus we want to contribute to its strength, integrating innovation and animal welfare’.

Visit the De Heus website, HERE.

EuroTier postponed to February 2021

June 26th, 2020: To ensure the success of the EuroTier and EnergyDecentral trade fairs, which were scheduled to take place at the exhibition grounds in Hanover from 17-20th November 2020, The organisers, DLG, are postponing both events until 9-12th February 2021. DLG have said this was a difficult decision to make, however, the coronavirus pandemic continues to cause international uncertainty.

Given these circumstances it has been assumed that it will not be possible to organise EuroTier and EnergyDecentral, both leading international trade fairs, in a form that is appropriate for exhibitors and visitors this year. This decision has been taken in close coordination with the trade fairs’ expert advisory boards.

DLG are convinced that EuroTier and EnergyDecentral in 2021 will be the international meeting point that their customers have come to expect.

Be there when EuroTier 2021 presents itself once again as one the best global industry events in the trade fair calendar for providing answers and solutions to the current and future challenges of animal production.

Visit the EuroTier website, HERE.

Women in Agribusiness Summit Series goes virtual

June 26th, 2020: In a pivotal move to ensure event excellence during the changing business climate, the Women in Agribusiness (WIA) Summit series has announced virtual attendance options for its 2020 U.S. and international conferences.

Its WIA Summit Europe, July 2-3, originally scheduled to take place in Paris, France will now be held completely virtual, and its flagship Women in Agribusiness Summit US has added a remote attendance choice for the September 16-18th event in Nashville, Tenn, USA. Planning is now underway to ensure these virtual experiences mirror the benefits of networking, intelligence gathering and interactivity that have come to be the hallmarks of WIA events.

‘Our robust virtual platform will supercharge attendees’ experience,’ said Joy O’Shaughnessy, WIA event director and COO at HighQuest, parent company of WIA. ‘Speaker presentations will be brought to life with embedded live-streaming video, interactive Q&A sessions and engaging polling options, not to mention networking that includes instant messaging and real-time chat, and connecting with attendees via private group video discussions as well access to a multi-tiered database of information about fellow delegates.’

Not to miss speakers and topics for WIA Summit Europe, July 2-3rd, include:
• Keynote: Minette Batters, president of the National Farmers’ Union of England and Wales, who will speak on ‘Building Back Better’ after COVID-19.
• Panel: Experts from Matador Ventures Lt, Syngenta, CapAgro and AgriSat will talk to ‘Farming 4.0: Ushering in the Digital Age in Agriculture’ and address: How are those that collect this data using it? Who actually owns the data? Who is benefitting from this and how?
• Presentation: Carol Heil, associate at Ernst & Young, will speak to ‘Agricultural Trade After COVID-19’.
• Short Pitch Series: From biotechnology advances in ag to upcycling and eco-extraction, and robots in the poultry sector, these ingenious women will provide a glimpse into the future of ag during this always lively Ag Innovation Hour.

The Women in Agribusiness Summit US, now in its ninth year, is heading to Nashville for the first time (COVID-19 restrictions permitting), offering in-person and virtual attendance. During this interactive, engaging conference – which brought together nearly 900 attendees last year – delegates will be immersed in discussions that will help them know their business better, through session titles such as, ‘Fortifying Agriculture’s Resiliency’, ‘Reducing Litigation Exposure for Ag Companies’, and ‘Leveraging Liquidity to Thrive in Business’.

Visit the Women in Agriculture Europe website, HERE.

DSM to add world-leading animal nutrition and health specialty businesses with acquisition of Erber Group

June 26th, 2020: Royal DSM, a global science-based company in Nutrition, Health and Sustainable Living, announces that it has reached agreement to acquire Erber Group for an enterprise value of €980m. The value of the transaction represents an EV/EBITDA multiple of about 14x the 2020 EBITDA (fiscal year ending September 2020). The transaction – which excludes two smaller units in the Erber Group – is expected to be earnings enhancing in the first year upon completion.

Erber Group’s specialty animal nutrition and health businesses, Biomin and Romer Labs, specialize primarily in mycotoxin risk management, gut health performance management, and food and feed safety diagnostic solutions, expanding DSM’s range of higher value-add specialty solutions. Romer Labs also complements DSM’s human nutrition and health offering to food industry customers. Sanphar and EFB, representing 7% of Erber Group’s total sales, are not included in this transaction.

The acquired businesses have combined sales of €330m and an Adjusted EBITDA margin above 20% for the twelve months to the end of March 2020, with a high single-digit organic sales growth rate over the past 5 years. The acquisition will be debt financed, with committed bridge financing in place. DSM continues to benefit from a strong balance sheet and remains committed to maintaining a strong investment grade credit profile.

With state-of-the-art research and manufacturing facilities and approximately 1,200 employees around the world, the acquisition of Erber Group is a unique strategic opportunity that provides revenue-enhancing synergies from the combined offering, global customer base, and complementary geographic strengths. Austrian-based Erber Group offers DSM the opportunity to enter the mycotoxin risk management market as the world leader and extends the company’s position as one of the top suppliers in the rapidly growing animal gut performance management market.

Wenger technical centre expansion and renovation on track for 2020 on-time completion

Aerial photography reveals steady progress on the construction with the new concrete foundations, stem walls and floors providing a visual for what the perimeter of the new tech centre will look like. The new construction will make the facility more scalable and extend its lifespan long into the future. The modernisation will include enhancing preventative measures for food safety, and the added square footage will make the centre more versatile.
Image credit: Wenger Manufacturing

June 19th, 2020: Expansion of the world-renowned Wenger Technical Centre in Sabetha, KS, USA, is keeping pace and hitting construction milestones, even in the face of obstacles created by the COVID-19 pandemic.

‘The pandemic has not disrupted plans or impeded progress with the upgrade,’ says Brend King, Vice President and Technical Centre Director. ‘We have excellent momentum—construction of the new building is hitting every milestone while the Technical Centre is still fully operational inside.’

Work already was well underway on the $13 million renovation when COVID-19 abruptly forced businesses to shift operations protocols. The new building is being constructed around the old—the modernised, tension fabric structure will completely enclose the existing facade. That original steel structure then will be taken down, revealing capacity that is 40 percent larger and able to fit full-scale, commercial versions of nearly every piece of equipment Wenger manufactures.

The new structure is scheduled for completion in July and demolition of the old building will begin in August. While the pandemic did slow progress slightly at the beginning, Mr King says they’ve amended schedules when needed and have been recouping lost time as work moves along.

Meanwhile, testing and R&D projects continue inside the building, though protocols have been modified due to COVID-19. Wenger clients depend on the Technical Centre as a low-risk testing environment for new products and processes.

‘Clients need us to continue functioning so they can meet their objectives, and we are committed to remain open and operational during this unpredictable time,’ Mr King says. ‘Our ingenuity drives us, and with persistence and flexibility we’ve found ways to work around the COVID-19 curveballs and stay open for business.’

For the time being, Wenger is unable to allow customers physically in the facility, but the team shares photos and video and provides detailed data sheets to show customers how the extruders and formulations are set up. They also send samples of the end product.

‘Thankfully, this is temporary,’ Mr King says. ‘Customers have been very understanding and cooperative with these less-than-ideal, but necessary, changes to protocol. We’re tremendously proud and grateful to have earned trust in the industry so that clients are comfortable letting us conduct runs on their behalf,’ Mr King says. And in those instances where clients must be present, Wenger has shifted projects to a timeframe when restrictions are loosened.

Justin Moore, Extrusion Coordinator for Companion Animals and Aquafood, and Topher Dohl, Extrusion Coordinator for Human Food and Industrial, have focused on scheduling and communication with customers to keep them apprised and meet everyone’s needs.

Mr King says the shuffling of schedules has opened up time to focus on Wenger R&D projects, allowing the team to gather data to validate assumptions and theories. ‘We’ve made some incremental steps on R&D processes we’ve been working on internally—and we look forward to sharing these exciting innovations.’ It also has allowed Wenger to finish internal projects early to leave more time for client projects pushed to a later date.

The general contractor PMI Nebraska LLC, along with CL Construction of Lincoln, Neb., worked through difficult weather and muddy conditions this winter and spring to keep the project pushing forward. Wenger also is working with Pinnacle Electric, PCI Mechanical, Schenck Process, Scott Equipment and IPS on various aspects of the project.

As for COVID-19 precautions, Wenger is following public health expert advice and implementing measures related to social distancing, hand washing, and sanitising high-touch areas. They take temperatures in the morning and limit contact among employees.

‘Safety is always a top priority at the Technical Centre, pandemic or not; and because many of our processes deal with food products, our standard safety practices match up well with public health guidelines for COVID-19,’ Mr King says. ‘It was easy to build social distancing measures onto the sound health and safety practices we already had in place.’

Visit the Wenger Manufacturing website, HERE.