AHDB – New board members appointed

The Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board (AHDB) has appointed five new members to its specialist sector boards. Dr Louise Sutherland has joined its Horticulture Sector Board, Reuben Collins the Potato Sector Board; Ben Schadla-Hall and Andrew Osmond the Cereals & Oilseeds Sector Board, and Richard Soffe the Dairy Sector Board.


They were recruited through open competition with selection made on merit.  All five members began a three-year term in office effective from 1 April 2016.

These sector boards help the main AHDB Board and executive staff to prioritise the challenges facing each sector and develop the most appropriate strategies to meet them. They also ensure an appropriate levy rate is recommended to provide adequate funding for the work needed. There is a sector board for each of the six commodity areas represented by AHDB, with each board made up of levy payers from the sector and one or two independent members.

Tom Hind, Chief Strategy Officer of AHDB, said “These new members have a wealth of experience in their relevant sectors as well as a passion for the industry that is crucial to these roles. We look forward to them making a valuable contribution to the organisation.”

Andrew Osmond – AHDB Cereals & Oilseeds Sector Board

Andrew is a farmer from Hampshire and Dorset with a mixed farm of mainly arable, sheep and beef; the farm totals 1600 acres and is comprised of family farms which are owned, tenanted and contracted. He has been on the AHDB’s British Cereals Export committee since September 2010 and chairs the NIAB TAG Wessex Tech Committee, Andrew also sits on the British Association of Seed Producers’ board.

 Ben Schadla-Hall – AHDB Cereals and Oilseeds

Ben has a BSc in Agricultural Economics from the University of Reading, as well as an MSc in Development Economics from the University of London. He is currently the Operations Director for Wellgrain Ltd and previously worked for Centaur Grain and Soufflet Agriculture. Ben currently sits on the Trade Assurance Scheme for Combinable Crops (TASCC) Working Group, represents TASCC on the Red Tractor Committee and sits on the Grain and Feed Trade Association (GAFTA) Exporters Committee.

See more at: http://cereals.ahdb.org.uk/press.aspx


IBATECH – Media Sponsor report


IBATECH İSTANBUL 2016: More “International” than ever

International Trade Fair for Bakery, Patisserie Machinery, Ice Cream, Chocolate and Technologies took place for the 9th time from 14 to 17 April in Istanbul Expo Centre.

IBATECH İSTANBUL 2016, which is the only exhibition offering the most comprehensive technologies in the region, is organized by Messe Stuttgart Ares Fuarcılık in 5 Halls on an area of 50,000 square meters. The fair hosted companies from 20 countries from 4 continents.

The exhibition hosted National German Participation for the first time presented by Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy and supported by VDMA – German Food Processing and Packaging Association.

Ibatech İstanbul is supported for the first time by the Turkish Ministry of Economy and promoted the exhibition in targeted countries through the Turkish Attaches. Visitor delegations from many countries are hosted: Azerbaijan, Uzbekistan, Kosovo, Tunisia, Oman, Cameroon, Oman, Bulgaria etc.
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The exhibition is opened by the Investment Minister; Mr. Cevdet Yılmaz. He shared the following message: “I especially invite the investors to here. Together with our support policies, we are always next to our producers.”

366 Exhibiting Companies met 74,563 Visitors

From 14 to 17 April, 74,563 visitors (2014: 63,696) met 366 exhibitors (2014: 289). Exhibitors mentioned high satisfaction level regarding the visitors.

The next IBATECH Istanbul will be held in Istanbul from 12 to 15 April 2018. The meeting place for the sector in Turkey alternates between Istanbul, Ankara and Izmir. Ibatech Izmir will be held between for the first time this year from 8 to 10 December 2016 in İzmir. Ibatech Ankara will be held from 9 to 12 March 2017 in Ankara.

Hakan Gencoglu, Messe Stuttgart Ares Fuarcılık General Manager-Prof.Dr. M. Hikmet Boyacıoglu, Milling and Grain’s International Editor.

IBATECH 2016 Opening Ceremony

Dust-tight closure for open bags

Pinch closing station closed


The pinch closing station for the bagging station Maia is suitable for dust-tight closures of pre-glued bags made of paper or woven polypropylene usable for automated processing. With the Bühler pinch closure the bags are glued instead of sewn. The result: cleanly closed bags with a flawless appearance and improved food safety, because there is no risk of thread bits falling into the product when the bags are opened. Part of the machinery is a swiveling cover which allows quick and easy access for cleaning and maintenance. The Bühler pinch closing station offers maximum flexibility. The open bags are safely guided through the process and therefore ensure top reliability and work safety. The machine can be adjusted quickly and without using any tools to different bag sizes, filling products and bag types made of paper or woven polypropylene.

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BinMaster Introduces New Mercury-Free Tilt Switch

International Milling Directory member BinMaster has a new product announcement.

(Lincol1421175596_Tilt_Switchn, Nebraska-January 13, 2015)  BinMaster announces an innovative, patent-pending tilt switch used for high level detection of powders and bulk solids. The new BM-TSM tilt switch mounts on the top of the bin and activates an alarm when material rises and tilts the switching mechanism 15 degrees. The shaft of the tilt switch is custom-made in lengths from one foot up to eight feet in length, dependent upon the distance from the top of the bin an alert should be activated. The BM-TSM is available with either a paddle or sphere mounted at the end of the shaft and can be used in materials with a bulk density of at least 15 pounds per cubic foot.

This unique tilt switch can be used as an alternative to a top-mounted rotary level indicator and is suitable for a wide range of solid materials in most any industry. The simple, mechanical design is rugged and operates reliably in a wide range of temperatures and is tough enough to withstand the harshness of granules and lump solid materials. The protective boot protects the tilt mechanism and ensures long operational life. The BM-TSM is easy to install through a 1-1/4′ NPT process connection on the roof of the bin and sends an alert status to a horn, light or control panel.

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About BinMaster
BinMaster is a division of Garner Industries – an ISO 9001:2008 certified company established in 1953 and headquartered in a 75,000 square foot manufacturing facility in Lincoln, Nebraska, USA. BinMaster is strategically focused on designing, manufacturing and marketing reliable, proven sensoring devices for the measurement of bulk solid and liquid materials for the feed and grain, food, plastics, pulp & paper, power, mining, and concrete industries. The BinMaster product line is sold worldwide and features many diverse technologies for bin level indication and measurement, being well known for its SmartBob2 and 3DLevelScanner advanced inventory management solutions. For more information about BinMaster, visit www.binmaster.com.


Educational flour milling video from Tesco

We recently came across a great educational series called the Eat Happy Project from Tesco, the UK’s biggest groceries supermarket and we like it. It is aimed at children but find their approach refreshing and good for our industry. As their YouTube channel states:


Hello and welcome to The Tesco Eat Happy Project YouTube channel.

The Tesco Eat Happy Project is all about helping children to understand more about food; where it comes from and how to cook it – we’ve got loads of resources and great videos to help you do just this.

Online Field Trips have taken schoolchildren from their classrooms to citrus groves in Valencia, Paddy fields in Thailand and banana plantations in Costa Rica, allowing them to interact with food growers and suppliers from all over the world.

Also on our channel you’ll find cooking. Cooking is an activity for all the family to enjoy – our simple recipe videos will help you and your children to learn new skills, creating delicious and nutritious dishes like mango chicken pittas and fancy fish fingers.

Let’s Cookalong is our series launching this summer and is designed to encourage all the family to cook together. Stay tuned!

For more information about the Tesco Eat Happy Project, visit our website http://www.eathappyproject.com

See the very nice video here:

Global Milling Conference – VIV Middle East 2016


Global Milling Conference Middle East 2016:

Innovations in Milling – VIV MEA 2016, Abu Dhabi

This is a half-day conference for feed producers who wish to take the opportunity while attending the VIV MEA 2016 Exhibition to learn from feed and food experts about innovative developments in milling technology. Attending the conference is free but pre-registration would be appreciated.

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THE PROGRAMME09:00 AM: Registration & Coffee

                 (Badges for those preregistering) 09:15-09:30: Welcome and Introduction

SESSION: Innovations in Milling Technology

09:30-10:00:   A Robust Compound Feed Industry – Opportunities for the Middle East & Africa, by Roger Gilbert, Publisher, Milling and Grain magazine, UK

10:00-10:30:  MultiGrain – New market opportunities for processing local grain into traditional foods, by Raphael Krucker, Head of Customer Service and Business Development – Middle East and Africa Region, Bühler DMCC, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

10:30-11:00:   Feed Equipment Innovation, (Speaker to be advised)

11:00-11:30:   The Role of Extrusion Processing in Feed Production, by Mian N. Riaz, PhD, CFS, Director, Food Protein R& D Center and Head –  Extrusion Technology Program Graduate Faculty, Nutrition and Food Science Dept. Texas A&M University, USA

11:30-12:00:    Feed safety and third party certification by Emmanuel Geneiatakis, Secretary General, FAMI-QS12:00-12:30

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More Information:

This conference will be held on the morning of February 15 2016. It is part of VIV MEA and GFIA 2016 which has co-locate to deliver the largest events on sustainable agriculture innovations in the Middle East. VIV MEA is held from February 15 – 17, 2016 at the Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Company (ADNEC) in Abu Dhabi.


Monday February 15, 2016 from 10:00 AM to 12:30 PM GST
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VIV MEA 2016: Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre


Tuti Tan
Milling and Grain magazine

GRAPAS with Global Milling Conference 2016


A unique opportunity to hear the latest from
industry experts on rice, flour, cereals and oilseed processing

Hear keynote speakers address topics of relevance to today’s milling industry. Make your plan now to join us on March 29th, 2016 in Bangkok.

The Conference forms part of the GRAPAS exhibition at Victam Asia



Register now for the Global Milling & GRAPAS Asia Conference 2016, to be held during this year’s GRAPAS Exhibition in Bangkok, Thailand on Wednesday 29 March 2016.

The Global Milling Conference will boast a series of expert guest speakers who will cover a range of exciting and relevant topics in the world of rice milling, flour milling and milling innovations.
Focusing on food, flour, rice milling and storage, the conference is split into three sessions: Session A, Session B and Session C. 
Session A – the morning session from 10:00 – will cover the processing, quality, storage and transportation of flour milling – with a view to expand on such topics as the sustainability and energy efficiency or rice processing, rice storage, as well as new analysis methods for rice and flour milling.
After lunch, Session B looks to explore rice milling with a specific focus on processing and handling, covering a range of areas from fuzzy control of high-efficient feed pelleting, to extrusion technology for processing cereals.
Lastly, following a coffee break, Session C, entitled Milling Innovation, has a keen focus on technology and development within the industry discussing a range of topics including the benefits of rice fortification, organic rice and the impact of milling on the production of seafood.
The day is rounded off with a ‘World Rice Overview’ by conference chairman Roger Gilbert, with a particular focus on the supply and demand of rice.
If you are interested in attending, head to the website where you can register to attend and find a full overview of the conference. It costs just US$10/person payable on the day in local currency if you prefer.
We look forward to seeing you there!

BioZyme® Nutrition Coordinator Lindsey Grimes Selected for International Production & Processing Expo – IPPE Young Leaders Program

Lindsey Grimes, Nutrition Coordinator at BioZyme, Inc., manufacturers of Amaferm®, VitaFerm®, Sure Champ® and other proprietary, natural supplements for cattle, swine, poultry and show livestock, has been selected to participate in the International Production & Processing Expo’s (IPPE) Young Leaders “30 Under 30” program.

Lindsey Grimes‘We couldn’t be more proud of Lindsey. Although she has been with BioZyme for less than a year, she has proven to us in a short amount of time that she has what it takes to be a leader in the feed and supplement industries,” said Lisa Norton, BioZyme Vice President of Sales and Marketing. “We are excited that she has been recognized by her peers and has earned this great opportunity to further her education and training.”

The program is designed to recognize professional leadership qualities and provide exposure to the world’s largest annual trade show involving the production and processing of meat and poultry products and the manufacture of feed and pet food products. Participants are also provided with education and training on the latest technology in their respective industries.

Selected program participants receive complimentary hotel accommodations for two nights, registration to attend IPPE and admittance to all complimentary education programs and one paid program.  The 2016 IPPE is scheduled for Jan. 26-28 in Atlanta, Georgia.

The program targets young professionals between the ages of 21 and 29 who work for companies directly involved in the production and processing of poultry and meat, or in the production of animal/poultry feed. Participants must also be a member of at least one IPPE association (American Feed Industry Association (AFIA), North American Meat Institute (NAMI) or U.S. Poultry and Egg Association (USPOULTRY).

Growing up in the beef industry, Grimes of St. Joseph, MO has a Bachelor of Science degree from Ohio State University and a Master of Science in Ruminant Nutrition and Animal Breeding and Genetics from Kansas State University.

She is a former Beef Marketing Intern at Select Sires Inc. in Plain City, Ohio and a Spring Intern at Gardiner Angus Ranch in Ashland, Kansas. She is a member of the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association, American Angus Association, Ohio Angus Association and American Society of Animal Sciences. She has also served on the National Junior Angus Association Board of Directors.

At BioZyme, Grimes is responsible for updating the online feed value barometer, developing feed rations for customers, coordinating producer meetings and dealer trainings, writing articles for publication and aiding the nutrition team.

About BioZyme® Inc.
BioZyme® Inc., founded in 1962, develops and manufacturers natural, proprietary products focused on animal nutrition, production, microbiology and reproduction. With a continued commitment to applied research, BioZyme offers a complete line of highly available vitamin, mineral, trace mineral and protein supplements for a variety of animals including cattle, pigs, poultry, sheep, goats, horses and dogs. BioZyme brands include Amaferm®, Amasile®, VitaFerm®, Vita Charge®, Sure Champ®, Vitalize®, LiquiFerm®, Digest More® and Peets Feed. Headquartered in St. Joseph, Missouri, BioZyme reaches a global market of customers throughout the U.S., Canada, South America, Europe, Asia and the Middle East. For more information about BioZyme, visit

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