Alltech Global Feed Survey

The 2019 Alltech Global Feed Survey, estimates that international feed tonnage has increased by a strong 3 percent to 1.103 billion metric tons of feed produced in 2018, exceeding 1 billion metric tons for the third consecutive year. 

The eighth edition of the annual survey, released yesterday, includes data from 144 countries and nearly 30,000 feed mills. The feed industry has seen 14.6 percent growth over the past five years, equating to an average of 2.76 percent per annum. As the population grows, so does the middle class, which is well reflected in an increase in overall protein consumption.  

The top eight countries are China, the U.S., Brazil, Russia, India, Mexico, Spain and Turkey. Together, they produce 55 percent of the world’s feed production and contain 59 percent of the world’s feed mills, and they can be viewed as an indicator of the trends in agriculture. Predominant growth came from the layer, broiler and dairy feed sectors.  

“Alltech works together with feed mills, industry and government entities around the world to compile data and insights to provide an assessment of feed production each year,” said Dr. Mark Lyons, president and CEO of Alltech. “We are proud to present the eighth annual Alltech Global Feed Survey and share the results publicly to demonstrate the importance of the animal feed industry as we strive to provide for a planet of plenty.”  

The Alltech Global Feed Survey assesses compound feed production and prices through information collected by Alltech’s global sales team and in partnership with local feed associations in the last quarter of 2018. It is an estimate and is intended to serve as an information resource for policymakers, decision-makers and industry stakeholders. 

Regional results from the 2019 Alltech Global Feed Survey 

  • North America: North America saw steady growth of 2 percent over last year due to an increase in the major species, with beef and broilers leading the growth at 3 percent each. The U.S. remained the second-largest feed-producing country globally, behind China. Feed prices in North America are the lowest globally across all species, and with the availability of land, water and other resources, the region is expected to remain a primary contributor to feed production.  
  • Latin America: As a region, Latin America was relatively stagnant this year. Brazil remained the leader in feed production for the region and third overall globally. Brazil, Mexico and Argentina continue to produce the majority of feed in Latin America, with 76 percent of regional feed production. Brazil stayed flat, while Mexico and Argentina saw growth of 1 percent and 4 percent, respectively. Colombia’s feed production grew by approximately 8 percent, primarily due to an increase in pork and egg production. Several countries saw a decline in feed production, such as Venezuela (-27 percent), El Salvador (-16 percent) and Chile (-8 percent).  
  • Europe: Europe saw an overall growth of about 4 percent over last year, making it the second-fastest-growing region in the survey, resulting from feed production increases in layer (7 percent), broiler (5 percent), aquaculture (5 percent), dairy (4 percent) and pig (3 percent). Beef was the only primary protein species to decline, though it was less than 1 percent.  

Much of the region’s growth can be attributed to smaller countries, such as Turkmenistan, Macedonia, Azerbaijan, Montenegro, Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan, which all saw increases in overall production estimates of 20 percent or more. Additionally, larger-producing countries like Russia, Spain and Turkey saw strong increases in feed production estimates, which added to the overall production growth.  

  • Asia-Pacific: The Asia-Pacific region is home to several of the top 10 feed-producing countries, including China, India and Japan, and accounted for more than 36 percent of the world’s feed tonnage. China maintained status as the top feed-producing country in the world with 187.89 million metric tons, with 10 million metric tons more than the U.S. Increased production for Asia-Pacific came from India with 13 percent due to growth in dairy, layer and broiler feeds. Other countries that demonstrated higher growth variance included Pakistan, Myanmar and Laos. Southeast Asia’s feed production represented over 20 percent of the Asia-Pacific region’s feed production, with Indonesia, Vietnam, the Philippines and Thailand contributing to 93 percent of Southeast Asia’s feed production.  
  • Africa: Africa continued strong growth with a 5 percent increase in overall feed production, and no country in the region saw a decline. Morocco demonstrated strong growth across dairy, beef, layers, broilers and turkeys. The areas that declined for feed production were equine (-4 percent) and pets (-14 percent). These two areas represent a very small proportion of Africa’s overall production, so the impact is very minimal. Most of the major animal production species in ruminant and poultry contributed to the overall growth of the region. 

Notable species results from the 2019 Alltech Global Feed Survey  

  • In the poultry industry, major growth areas for layer feed included Europe, Latin America and Asia-Pacific. In Europe, Poland and Uzbekistan each saw growth of around 200,000 metric tons. Latin America had increases in Colombia, Peru, Brazil and Mexico. In the Asia-Pacific region, South Korea, India and Indonesia all saw growth of several hundred metric tons. North America experienced overall growth of 2 percent, in which both the U.S. and Canada saw increased production. Africa saw a small decrease in layer production due to declines in both Egypt and Seychelles. 

Globally, broiler production increased by approximately 3 percent in 2018. There was growth in all regions, except for Latin America, in which a very small decline was observed. Africa showed 9 percent growth, demonstrating an overall trend that as populations grow and become wealthier, interest in protein — particularly in palatable chicken — does as well.  

  • Pig feed production saw an increase of nearly 1 percent in 2018. The primary producing region for pig feed is Asia-Pacific, but this was also the only region that saw a decline in pig feed production as Mongolia, Vietnam, China, New Zealand and Japan experienced decreases. From a tonnage standpoint, Europe saw the largest growth at approximately 2.2 million metric tons. Russia and Spain accounted for the majority, while Finland, Denmark, France and Poland also contributed. Latin America saw the greatest growth in pig feed as a percentage at 5 percent, with the largest growth seen in Mexico and Argentina. 
  • Global dairy feed production saw growth in North American, Europe and Africa, while Latin America remained flat. Europe, a global leader in dairy production, grew on average by approximately 4 percent. The largest increase was in Turkey with 10 percent, while Ireland, Russia and the U.K. also contributed to the region’s growth. Africa’s growth was primarily due to a significant increase in both Morocco and Nigeria.    
  • North America has always led beef feed production and continues to do so with an increase of 3 percent in 2018. Europe saw a small decline at barely 1 percent and remained in second place. Latin America saw strong growth of approximately 8 percent, with Mexico and Argentina as the primary contributors. As a result, the Latin American region has taken third place in beef feed production, moving ahead of the Asia-Pacific region.  China and Australia both saw growth in the Asia-Pacific region but could not offset the overall decline in countries such as Bangladesh, Mongolia, Indonesia, Taiwan, Vietnam and Pakistan. 
  • Overall, aquaculture feeds showed growth of 4 percent over last year. This was primarily attributed to strong increases in the Asia-Pacific and European regions. The traditional Asia-Pacific leaders in aquaculture, Vietnam, India and Indonesia, combined for an additional 1.58 million metric tons of feed in the region. China, the region’s leader, also saw an increase of 1 percent over last year. The primary European leaders either experienced strong growth or remained relatively flat. Those that did grow included Norway and Turkey, both at 7 percent, and Spain at a substantial 31 percent. The other regions remained relatively flat or saw only a 1 percent increase or decrease in feed production, demonstrating the continuity of the industry as a whole.  
  • The pet food sector saw growth of approximately 1 percent, primarily attributed to an increase in the Asia-Pacific region, which was offset by a decrease in the Latin American and African regions. North America and the Middle East both remained relatively flat. In previous surveys, Europe had been the top-producing region for pet food production, but after a reassessment of 2017 numbers and despite growth of 2 percent, it ranks just behind North America. Europe is estimated in 2018 to have produced 8.6 million metric tons in total, approximately 200,000 behind North America. Africa saw a small decrease in production, but the actual tonnage is quite small compared to many of the other regions. The Latin American region experienced a decrease of about 5 percent, which was spread across several countries, including Chile, Venezuela, El Salvador, Colombia, Argentina and Ecuador. 

To access more data and insights from the 2019 Alltech Global Feed Survey, including the results booklet, an interactive global map and a pre-recorded video presentation of the results by Dr. Mark Lyons, visit

Mycotoxin challenge with Biosupply

January 25, 2019

UK firm Biosupply is helping to tackle the scourge of flour producers – mycotoxins.

Mycotoxins can be describes as a family of poisonous secondary metabolites which can be generated from specific moulds. 

In general, they are able to grow on many different natural materials which can include foodstuff and crops for example: apple juice, dried fruit, coffee, nuts, cereals and many spices. 

Under suitable moisture and temperature conditions, in particular fungi are able to rapidly proliferate to generate a large number of mycotoxins. 

At present, there are more than 500 different mycotoxins which have been discovered and there is a gradual increase in this number has each year passes by.

Listed below are some of the most common types of mycotoxins.

1. Aflatoxins: belong to a family of mycotoxins which are produced by different strains of Aspergillus. There are many foodstuff where these mould can be found to grow, some of the most common are: cereals, oilseeds, corn, cotton seeds, peanuts, spices, unrefined vegetable oils, cocoa, coffee and dried fruits. Sixteen different types of aflatoxins have been discovered and the most common types are aflatoxin B1, B2, G1, G2, M1 and M2.

2. Fumonisins: these moulds are predominately discovered as contaminants in countries that have a temperate climate, Corn is an example of one of the most frequent contaminated product. There is also evidence to indicate that this mould may also be present in malt brewing and grains. Fumonisin B1 and B2 are typical examples.

3. Trichothecene: these are members of the sesquiterpene family of compounds and there are 150 chemically related mycotoxins which are present in this group. These mycotoxins are produced from Stachybotrys and they have been found in many different types of grains such as oats, wheat and maize. Satratoxin-H, T-2 mycotoxin and vomitoxin are common examples.

4. Ochratoxin: these are mycotoxins which are often produced from specific types of fungi, in particular aspergillus ochraceus or penicillium verrucosum. Naturally, they can be present in a number of different plants such as cocoa, beans, coffee, nuts and cereals. Ochatratoxin A, B and C are some of the common typical example of these mycotoxins.

5. Zealalenone:are estrogenic metabolite which are formed from Gibberella and Fusarium species. It has a property of being heat stable and can be present throughout the world in many different cereal crops such as wheat, oats, rice, sorghum and maize. Typical example of toxic substances produced by Fusarium species include zearalenone, HT-2 toxin, deoxynivalenol and diacetoxyscirpenol.

ELISA procedure for screening mycotoxins

The enzyme linked immuno-sorbent assay (ELISA) procedure has been used over a decade in order to either screen or detect specific mycotoxins. 

One of the main advantages of this method is to provide a rapid means of analysis in order to eliminate negative samples and therefore reduce the overall analysis number. 

This technique relies on the ability of specific antibodies which are able to distinguish the three-dimensional structure of certain mycotoxins. 

At present, the majority commercially available ELISA kits that can be used for detecting mycotoxins are working in the kinetic phase of antibody-antigen binding, this has the added advantage of reducing the incubation times into minutes rather than hours.

General steps involved in an ELISA test
1.  Extract mycotoxin from a ground sample with solvent.
2. Mix sample extract with an enzyme coupled mycotoxin.
3. Add this mix solution to an antibody coated microtiter wells.
4. Mycotoxins in the sample extract or control standards are allowed to compete against the enzyme-conjugated mycotoxin for antibody binding sites on the microtiter wells that are not already occupied (Step 1 in figure below).
5. A wash step is then carried out (Step 2 in figure below), followed by the addition of an enzyme substrate. This will result in producing a coloured solution (Step 3 in figure below). The intensity of the colour is inversely proportional to the amount of sample mycotoxin or standard that is present.
6. Finally a solution is then added in order to stop the enzyme reaction.
7. An ELISA reader is used to measure the intensity of the colour at an absorbance filter of 450nm. 
8. The reading obtained for the samples can be compared to the reading obtained for the standards used. A standard curve (see figure below) is drawn and an interpretative result for the sample readings is obtained.

ELISA kit methods are widely accepted as the favoured options for high throughput analysis since this procedure requires low sample volumes and the potential of less sample extract clean up when compared to other conventional methods such as HPLC and TLC. 

Mycotoxins can be classified as secondary metabolism products from molds and the subsequent uptake of mycotoxins through moldy foostuffs. 

These are responsible for causing mycotoxicosis, where even tiny concentrations are sufficient to cause a toxic effect, some of these effects can be fatal by damaging the immune system, skin, liver and kidneys. ELISA kit procedures are the favoured choice for detecting mycotoxins, since they are simple, specific, sensitive, rapid and can be portable to be used outdoors in the field. BioSupply offer a wide range of ELISA kits which can be used for food analytics and safety analysis, some of the more popular ELISA kits which are used routinely to detect mycotoxins include: aflatoxin B1,aflatoxin M1,fumonisin,T2-toxin,deoxynivalenol and zearalenone

Government plan for antibiotic resistance

The Government has taken the bull by the horns when it comes to antibiotics resistance.

Health Secretary Matt Hancock, launching the government’s 20-year vision at the World Economic Forum at Davos, Switzerland

Health Secretary Matt Hancock is launching the Government’s 20-year vision at the World Economic Forum at Davos, Switzerland. He will say: “Each and every one of us benefits from antibiotics but we all too easily take them for granted and I shudder at the thought of a world in which their power is diminished. 

“Antimicrobial resistance is as big a danger to humanity as climate change or warfare. That’s why we need an urgent global response.”

One firm tackling the antibiotic challenge head on is Dutch firm Nutreco which makes nutritional feed for animals and fish. Here Nutreco explains why it is so important to act now:

 The feed-to-food chain is currently facing a serious issue as the overuse of antibiotics in farming comes ever closer to a causing a global health crisis. Their improper use is leading to the growth of antibiotic-resistant bacteria that is becoming a major threat to human health. 

“It’s an issue that every player in the food chain needs to take seriously — and we need to work together to solve,” said Rob Koremans, CEO of Nutreco, a global animal nutrition and aqua feed company. 

“As a company, Nutreco is committed to finding new methods to grow healthy animals without the use of antibiotics, in partnership with our customers and others in the industry, and we are making strides every day.” 

The heavy use of antibiotics on farms creates resistant bacteria that gets into soil, water and even the fruits and vegetables we eat through animal manure, eventually spreading to humans. 

“If we don’t change our farming methods, the problem of antimicrobial resistance (AMR) is set to become a major human health crisis,” says Nutreco Corporate Sustainability Director José Villalón. 

“The World Health Organisation (WHO) is predicting that if no action is taken today, by the year 2050, more people are estimated to die of bacterial infections due to resistant bacteria than of cancer. 

“The WHO anticipates that up to 10 million people will die each year because of AMR compared to eight million, due to cancer. This is the principle health risk that our children and grandchildren will be facing in their lifetimes”, Mr Villalón says. 

José stressed that there is an urgent need for all players in the food chain to play their part in solving this issue — and it can be done if we work together. 

“The problem with antibiotic use on the farm is not one of use, it’s one of abuse,” said Otto Seijler, General Manager at Nutreco company Trouw Nutrition Hifeed. “Antibiotics are useful tools for treating sick animals, but the problem comes in when they’re used prophylactically, something that is unfortunately still a common protocol in animal husbandry. 

“When we see antibiotics used prophylactically on a farm, it’s often covering up poor farm management, that leads to increased stress and disease in farmed animals,” says Mr Seijler. “For example, some farms inoculate hatching eggs, so the 

bird is treated, just in case there is any disease, even when no symptoms are present.” 

Antibiotics are also used to address poor nutrition and stimulate improved growth performance. 

“All of this misuse can be significantly reduced or eliminated by a holistic approach to farm management combined with functional health diets and better animal nutrition.” 

Nutreco and its divisions, Trouw Nutrition and Skretting, are putting a major focus on addressing this problem by helping customers improve how they manage their farms. 

Mr Seijler said that a focus on early life nutrition can have a significant impact on reducing the need for antibiotics. 

“On a poultry farm, often the strongest chicks hatch first. But they have to wait for the weaker to hatch before they get their first feed, in the process becoming weaker themselves and more susceptible to disease. 

“In nature, most animals are born healthy, and we need to support them from that moment. Focusing on how to manage this phase of life is a better way to avoid antibiotics.” He said it’s not about replacing antibiotics – just reducing their misuse. 

“There is no silver bullet — we have to look at every aspect of how farms are managed and where we can make improvements to health outcomes”, concluded Mr Seijler. 

Nutreco is working with customers all over the world, to educate them on the dangers of antibiotics and how to manage their farms better and improve animal health. The first step is to build awareness. 

“There is still a widespread lack of knowledge about the severity of the problem,” said Mr Seijler. It’s also about creating a sense of responsibility among the top leadership of professional farms and integrators. 

“We need to educate customers about the urgency to act and how it can even be a differentiator for them. Animal production is an extremely competitive business — particularly in the area of poultry — and producers need to be able to see the advantage for their business. So, we work with them to create a new value proposition and communicate to their customers why it’s worth paying extra for products raised without antibiotics.” 

Once the producer is on board, Nutreco sends a team to the farm to analyse the situation and determine where positive changes can be made. 

“First, we study the environment, auditing the general bio security and looking at things, like whether the proper ventilation is in place,” said Mr Seijler. 

“We check the water quality, because gut health is very important in creating stronger animals that are resistant to disease, so we need to prevent infections from coming in via the water system. And finally, we analyse the feeding systems to make sure the animals are getting optimal nutrition.” 

Mr Seijler described a customer in the Middle East that recently went through this process. 

“This customer now produces over 25 million birds per
year with no antibiotics because of a successful integration of improved nutritional concepts, farm management and close control on gut health and water management. They are producing healthier birds at a feed conversion rate that is identical to the competition.” 

The customer had already been looking to differentiate better in their market, and the team from Trouw Nutrition Hifeed helped them to see that they could produce a product that was perceived as healthier for families. Trouw Nutrition Hifeed even went to talk to local retailers and fast food chains, to educate them about the problem and help build a market for the product. 

“Ultimately, the customer boosted market share by 6 percent, and even more importantly, achieved a 12 percent rise in fresh market share. Our teams cooperate on the farms consistently throughout the year, to ensure that the farmer or integrator is receiving the support they need,” he said. 

“We believe this is the future – we do not accept that antibiotics will be the next cancer and want to do everything we can to prevent that.” 

To succeed, however, will require partnering across the food chain. 

“The issue of AMR is a significantly important and complex one,” says Mr Villalón. 

“It cannot be resolved by one entity alone. There needs to
be global alignment across the industry and the geographies.” He said there have been successes already in certain national industries, such as Norway, which has nearly eliminated antibiotic use in farmed salmon in the last decade and
the Netherlands, where governmental regulation and multi- stakeholder commitments between 2006 and 2009 led to a 63 percent drop in its usage in poultry.
“But, eliminating the health threat to the global population at large can only be done if the entire global industry abides by reform and adopting the animal nutrition and best practices technologies to reduce use and eliminate abuse.” 

Nutreco contributes to the global effort by aligning with the 

WHO One Health programme, collaborating with the UN Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) — which works to raise awareness on AMR and advise nations on building biosecurity protocols — and leading the discussion on this topic in the International Feed Industry Federation (IFIF). 

“Animal nutrition is our expertise. It’s what we live and breathe every day, and as a major company we feel we have a significant contribution to make,” says Mr Koremans. 

“You cannot be a serious industry player and look the other way on such a critical issue as the AMR challenge. The ‘call to action’ has been raised, so as a responsible industry we need to work together to address the issue with practical and effective solutions.” 

Do you use chemicals?

By Matt Holmes, January 23, 2018

The UK Government is encouraging a range of industries to prepare for chemical use in the event of a no-deal EU exit.

 The UK Government has issued guidance to businesses that use chemicals on the actions they should take now to minimise any disruption in the event of a no-deal Brexit.

 If the UK leaves the EU on 29 March without a deal, UK businesses that manufacture or import chemicals from the EU will have to register those chemicals to a new UK regulatory system. 

UK REACH (Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and Restriction of Chemicals) will replace EU REACH and will require businesses to demonstrate how a chemical can be safely used with minimal risk to human health or the environment.

The chemicals sector is the UK’s second biggest manufacturing industry and UK businesses currently hold over 12,000 registrations with REACH. A ‘no deal’ would mean that a range of other key sectors would also be required to register any imported chemicals they use on UK REACH. This would include the motor manufacturing, cosmetics, construction and cleaning products industries.

Environment Minister Thérèse Coffey said:Delivering a negotiated deal with the EU remains the Government’s top priority, but it is the job of a responsible Government to ensure we are prepared for all scenarios, including no deal.

“It is not just chemicals producers that could be affected by this change so I encourage all businesses that use chemicals to read the guidance on the HSE website and check whether they need to take action.”

Therese Coffey

Under the new requirements, if the UK leaves the EU without a deal:

·      UK businesses that manufacture a chemical (those currently registered to EU REACH) will need to validate their existing registration with the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) within 60 days of the UK leaving the EU.

·      UK businesses that import a chemical substance from the EU will need to setup a new registration with HSE within 180 days of UK leaving the EU.

·      UK businesses that export chemicals to the EU will need to have an EU REACH registration in place once the UK leaves the EU.

In addition, more technical information will need to be submitted by businesses to HSE within two years of EU Exit. The requirements are part of the Government’s commitment to maintain environmental standards after we leave the EU.

In order to register on UK REACH in a no deal scenario, businesses need to take the following action:

·      Identify the chemical and quantity that they use;

·      Understand how to register that chemical by reading the EU Exit guidance; and

·      Prepare the information for that registration.

·      Businesses that may be affected should read the latest guidance on requirements for using chemicals after the UK leaves the EU on HSE.GOV.UK/EuExitReach

AIC says take Lancet report in moderation

The Lancet has reported we should all be eating less red meat.

The 50-page Lancet report includes a huge roll-out campaign with launches in 40 cities. The dietary recommendations include encouraging consumers to eat red meat no more than once per week and to slash their total consumption of beef and pork by 90%.

It says: “Food systems have the potential to nurture human health and support environmental sustainability; however, they are currently threatening both. 

Picture: Flickr

“Providing a growing global population with healthy diets from sustainable food systems is an immediate challenge. 

“Although global food production of calories has kept pace with population growth, more than 820 million people have insufficient food and many more consume low-quality diets that cause micronutrient deficiencies and contribute to a substantial rise in the incidence of diet-related obesity and diet-related non-communicable diseases, including coronary heart disease, stroke, and diabetes. 

“Unhealthy diets pose a greater risk to morbidity and mortality than does unsafe sex, and alcohol, drug, and tobacco use combined. 

“Because much of the world’s population is inadequately nourished and many environmental systems and processes are pushed beyond safe boundaries by food production, a global transformation of the food system is urgently needed.”

According to the report, “The Commission quantitively describes a universal healthy reference diet, based on an increase in consumption of healthy foods (such as vegetables, fruits, whole grains, legumes, and nuts), and a decrease in consumption of unhealthy foods (such as red meat, sugar, and refined grains) that would provide major health benefits, and also increase the likelihood of attainment of the sustainable development goals.”

Recommendations generated by the EAT Lancet Commission report will need to be used wisely to help to address the twin challenges of adequate food consumption and climate change, says Robert Sheasby, Chief Executive of the Agricultural Industries Confederation.

“The global debate is an important one, but we would like it to be viewed at a national level   considering the land capability, climate and the benefits offered by the UK’s food chain, its farming systems and the nation’s landscape,” says Mr Sheasby.

“Meat and livestock products are amongst the UK’s best assets for not only achieving a balanced healthy diet for domestic and overseas needs but also in creating a balanced and healthy farming landscape.

“A dramatic shift from established national guidelines for a balanced diet including high quality red meat and animal protein, as suggested by the EAT-Lancet Commission report, needs to be carefully considered, domestically, if it is to deliver the right outcomes locally and globally for food producers and consumers alike.” 

AIC Members are investing heavily in how to further reduce farm emissions as far as technically possible using up-to-date knowledge, and novel solutions, alongside the offsetting of emissions in the countryside through carbon storage in unfarmed corridors between fields and in woodlands. And through its associate the UK Former Foodstuffs Processing Association, it is working to retain over 650,000 tonnes of food products within the circular economy, rather than letting it become waste.

AIC and UK farming bodies are leading action to minimise emissions from both livestock production whilst producing high quality nutritional food to high welfare and continually improving environmental standards.  Some 5000 professional advisers, trained in crop and livestock nutrition are on hand to help farmers make essential and innovative changes. 

“The challenges rely on everyone consuming in moderation and reducing food waste. In this way, we can achieve national ambitions for sustainability and contribute to international goals,” concluded Mr Sheasby

Resolution needed to secure UK animal health and welfare says NOAH, after Brexit landmark vote

By Matt Holmes, January 17

The National Office of Animal Health is urging politicians to work together to agree an urgent resolution to Brexit negotiations in order to provide certainty for animal health businesses. 

Prime Minister Theresa May beat a vote of no confidence in her Government after the House of Commons voted down her Brexit plans this week.

MPs will be able to vote on   ‘Plan B’ on January 29, it has been confirmed.

It comes after the Commons emphatically voted down Mrs May’s deal with the European Union on Tuesday evening.

Companies are working hard to finalise plans to protect and ensure supply of vital veterinary medicines within the UK, as 29 March rapidly approaches.

“Leaving the EU without a deal will present a serious risk to the seamless supply of the medicines our animals need to protect their health and prevent disease and suffering, despite the extensive preparation our members have been carrying out to prepare for the many Brexit scenarios that have been under discussion,” NOAH Chief Executive Dawn Howard explained.

“We need a decision to be made that means that we do not leave the EU on 29 March without a transition period. Should ‘no deal’ prevail, then it is vital that government guarantees veterinary medicines are given the same customs priority afforded to human medicines. Many vital medicines, including vaccines, have short shelf lives and specific transport conditions. They must not be caught up in potential backlogs with other commodity goods.

“Our members look forward to continuing to work with Government and the authorities to the best of their ability to help protect the nation’s animals by ensuring medicines are available, whatever the final outcome of deliberations,” she added. “We await the next stage in the process.”

Dawn Howard, CEO NOAH

Brexit and the UK poultry industry

A REPORT into the UK poultry industry by an independent think tank says maintaining a relationship with the EU is vital to the British economy.

The report by ResPublic – an independent non-partisan think tank that seeks to establish a new economic, social and cultural settlement for the United Kingdom – looks at three possible Brexit scenarios for the poultry meat industry.

The report – Coming Home To Roost – outlines the importance of the poultry sector in its executive summary: “The poultry meat sector is a vital British industry. Over 50 per cent of all meat consumed in the UK is poultry of which 88 per cent is chicken.

“The industry directly employs over 37,000 people and sustains a total of 87,700 jobs, turning over £7.2bn and contributing £5bn Gross Value Added (GVA) to the UK economy.

“For every £1bn the sector contributes in GVA, it also generates £1.2bn in the rest of the economy  and it also contributes over £1bn in direct and indirect tax revenue.

“Ensuring the sustainability of the sector post-Brexit is fundamentally important to Britain’s economy.”

The UK is the fourth largest poultry meat producer in the EU and is about 60 per cent self-sufficient. UK consumers prefer to eat white breast meat rather than dark cuts like wings, legs and thighs. This means the UK is a net importer of poultry – predominantly of chicken breast – while producers have to export surplus dark meat to maximise revenue.

“The profitability of the sector is therefore dependent upon finding a market for 75 per cent of the bird that is left over after removing the breast,” the summary continues.

“At present about 70 per cent of our dark meat exports are to the EU and the majority of the poultry meat that is imported into the UK, including fresh chicken breast comes from the EU.

“Maintaining this relationship is therefore vital to both the sector and the British consumer.”

The report identifies three scenarios the UK is possibly facing post-Brexit:

  • Scenario 1 Evolution which maintains the status quo
  • Scenario 2 Trade Liberalisation where the UK reverts to World Trade Organisation (WTO) terms and then unilaterally removes tariffs on imports from all countries worldwide (Including the EU.)
  • Scenario 3 Fortress UK or “no deal” where the UK fails to agree a trade deal with the EU, reverts to WTO terms and applies these to imports from the EU.

“We argue that Fortress UK represents a worst-case scenario for the poultry industry and British consumer,” says the report.

“In this scenario the UK reverts to WOTO rules, resulting in additional trade friction costs of eight per cent with the introduction of new checks to ensure regulatory equivalence that would create significant delays.”

The report goes on to say that any restrictions on the free movement of labour will result in increasing wage and labour costs of 50 per cent.

A ‘no deal’ Brexit also threatens the values which UK consumers hold.

“It presents an unprecedented challenge to the quality, availability, affordability and choice of poultry meat in the UK,” it says.

The UK has some of the highest health, environmental and welfare standards in the world.

“Should the UK fail to agree a free trade agreement (FTA) with the EU and/or unilaterally removes tariffs for all trade partners, there is a danger that UK consumers will be faced with a lowering of standards and poorer quality foods with imports from non-EU states.”

Chlorinated chicken from the US is already a concern, the report says, and the US has already said that abolishing EU health, safety and welfare standards is essential for any future trade deals with the UK.

“Given the less vigorous nature of US food standards, increasing the import of US poultry meat in a Fortress UK scenario would expose UK consumers to inferior standards at the expense of higher standard UK poultry.

“These values are important to British consumers and must not be sacrificed by the UK leaving the EU.”

Another impact of a no deal Brexit is the possibility of the creation of a two-tier food system where only the wealthy can afford to eat fresh home reared chicken because of the increased costs of production.

Rolling back the EU’s regulatory net would have ‘significant impacts’ upon the environmental sustainability of the poultry meat industry.

“Consumers and producers care about the sustainability of poultry meat and by forfeiting access to EU regulatory bodies, the UK could lose monitoring, scrutiny, transparency, accountability and enforcement powers for its environmental policies that make it Europe’s leader in this field,” says the report.

“Brexit therefore poses economic, social and environmental risks to the UK and its consumers.”

The report goes on to make a number of recommendations which could be put in place to offset the risks.

“Brexit must be used as an opportunity to re-focus our attention on British values, to state boldly that prioritising high standard, affordable and sustainable British produce, for all, is at the top of our agenda.”

Rhodimet powder gains European approval

By Matt Holmes, January 14, 2019

Rhodimet® A-Dry+, Adisseo new methionine product has been authorized as a feed additive in the European Union

Rhodimet® A-Dry+, an innovative new powder methionine product, based on the liquid methionine (OH-Methionine) technology developed by Adisseo is now authorized in European Union as a feed additive for all animal species. 

This new value-added methionine source is a formulation of Adisseo liquid OH-Methionine (Rhodimet® AT88) with a calcium salt of OH-Methionine, containing min 88% of OH-Methionine and min 8% calcium. 

Rhodimet® A-Dry+ is now authorized in all European Union Member states, as a feed additive in animal nutrition. The regulation has been published in the Official Journal of the European Union on the January 3 2019 and will enter into force on the January 23 2019.

For this product, Adisseo has built a new production unit in its Burgos industrial plant in Spain. As expected, during the first semester 2018, the production of OH-Methionine in powder at Burgos has been started and is progressively ramping-up.

With this new authorization of Rhodimet® A-Dry+ in the European Union, Adisseo will propose Rhodimet® A-Dry+ to European customers who do not have the ability to use liquid additives in their process and want to get the benefits of this OH-Methionine form (piglets feed millers, mineral producers, etc). 

Rhodimet® A-Dry+ is a calcium salt-based product where liquid OH-Methionine is sprayed on a calcium salt of OH-Methionine. This innovative process allows the product to reach a high concentration of 88% OH-Methionine and a great flowability.

With this new innovative product, Adisseo is completing its methionine sources portfolio to satisfy all customers’ needs and reinforces its position as a leader in the methionine industry.


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.

Dinnissen apply for the GRAPAS Innovations Awards

Dinnissen’s Pegasus Wingdoor Mixer

Image credit: Dinnissen


The latest applicant for the 2019 GRAPAS Innovations Awards is Netherlands-based company, Dinnissen, with their Pegasus®Wing-Door Mixer.

Dinnissen Process Technology, founded in 1948, are machine specialists for the food and feed industries. Their Pegasus Wingdoor Mixer is one of their latest, refined designs, what ensures easy cleaning and accessibility for the food industry. The front-to-front system enables users to completely empty the mixer, whilst the large wing doors enable easy access – giving the machine an easy advantage for inspection, cleaning and a variety of purposes. The quick-action locks also create a safe, optimal environment, that is also ergonomic, for operators” ease-of-use.

The GRAPAS Innovations Awards are a yearly award, held at Victam International, and awarded to the most innovative machinery in the food industry. The winners are announced during the one-day GRAPAS Conference, on June 13th, 2019 at Victam International, attended by a variety of CEOs, directors, mill managers, plant managers and nutritionists.

Nominations are being called for from all sectors of food milling and from non-exhibiting and exhibiting companies alike. Those shortlisted for the award will have the opportunity to display their product in a special awards area at the entrance to the Victam International exhibition hall for all visitors to view. Extensive exposure will also be granted to applicants, in Milling and Grain”s magazines (in print and online), as well as on our blogs and newsletters.

How to enter

To participate a nomination must be an innovation, process or service and comply with the following:

  1. Have been introduced to the market after January 2017
  2. Be new
  3. Make a contribution to efficiency and/or safety
  4. Demonstrate significant practical value
  5. Be used in the food industry

Applications can be made by both exhibitors and non-exhibitors.

To submit your entry please contact Rebecca Sherratt ( and request an application form. The form must be submitted by March 31st, 2019.

As the shortlist of nominations will be displayed at Victam International 2019 for final voting, please be prepared to supply a small display (details of size and dimensions to be forwarded following application submission) to be set up in the Awards Area at Victam.


More information about GRAPAS is available HERE.

Discover more about Dinnissen”s product HERE.