New AHDB branding launched at Cereals

The International Milling Directory was keen to find out more about the HGCA/AHDB’s recent changes…

New branding and a proposed new way of working for the Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board (AHDB) was formally launched at Cereals event in Lincolnshire, UK.

This will see AHDB’s sector-focused activity delivered under six brands, AHDB Beef and Lamb, AHDB Cereals and Oilseeds, AHDB Dairy, AHDB Horticulture, AHDB Pork and AHDB Potatoes. Cross sector projects will be delivered as AHDB.

The main AHDB Board agreed to start a reorganisation of AHDB’s senior team into wider functional roles. This is to drive collective delivery of activity in five areas covering industry strategy, technical, communications and market development, finance and HR.

AHDB Chair Peter Kendall (pictured) [image source – AHDB:]

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Alapala win the GRAPAS Innovation 2015 first prize award in Cologne

On June 11 2015,  the GRAPAS Innovation Award winners were announced at FIAAP/VICTAM/GRAPAS COLOGNE 2015. Exhibitors could enter their products and services in three different categories; the Aquafeed Innovation Award, the FIAAP Animal Nutrition Award and the GRAPAS Innovation Award. The Innovation awards were to be given to the most innovative and economically beneficial equipment, process or service for the miller as part of another successful GRAPAS Conference and Awards 2015.

Alapala was nominated from the category, ‘Milling Industry’  and won first place for innovation for its roller-mill Similago II launched in April 2013. Similago II redefined grinding technology and has become a symbol of power, passing all the details meticulously reviewed by an independent judging panel.

The Grapas Award was received by Sales Director Mr Stefano Soldi and Area Sales Manager Mr Cagdas Ingin on behalf of the Alapala Group.

Stefano (left) and Cagdas (second left) hold the winning GRAPAS Innovation award and certificate

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Accurate analysis and prompt response

Seasoned millers fear colour deviations and a high number of specks in the end product. The new online colour and speck analyser MYHB from Bühler enables real-time analysis of colour and specks in flour as well as semolina. The data allows direct corrective measures in the continuous production process without waiting for laboratory results.
Flour is not just flour. Different qualities of flour are distinguished by colour and the number of specks, among other things. The lightness or colour of the flour is influenced by three factors:

  • Contamination of the endosperm through bran particles
  • The natural pigment content that colours flour/semolina yellow
  • The granulation.

Specks can be visible all the way through to the end product, for example as dark spots in pasta. For consumers, these dark spots create a feeling of ‘low quality goods’. Therefore, for certain applications the following rule applies: The ‘whiter’ the flour and the fewer specks it has, the higher its quality.

Colour: An eye and experience
The accurate determination of colour and the exact analysis of the number of specks is of central importance in fine-tuning mills and defining the quality of the flour. For hundreds of years, millers have depended on their eyes and experience for colour and speck control. However, with all due respect for the abilities of the miller, “eye-balling” is a subjective judgment and dependent on soft factors such as the type of lighting and the observer’s current condition. To compensate, millers have also recently been using hand measurement and laboratory devices with which the colour of a flour sample can be determined by its position in the so-called tristimulus colour spectrum (L*a*b*).

Specks: Counting
Brown specks are small bits of the grain hull while black specks come from impurities which end up in the milling product through suboptimal settings in the cleaning. The volume of brown and black specks contained in the flour allows inferences to be made about errors in various process steps.
Determining the number of specks, however, is painstaking work. One possibility is to count the number of specks on an exactly defined surface. The accuracy of this depends on the judgment and physical condition of the person counting on that day and the lighting. Counting can also be done by laboratory equipment.

Continuous Analysis
Whether the colour analysis and number of specks is determined by visual inspection or using measurement devices – in both cases the results are a snapshot based on sampling. With the new online colour and speck analyser MYHB, Bühler has revolutionised colour and speck control. The system allows continuous monitoring of speck count and product colour in the on-going production of flour and semolina (soft wheat/durum). The core of it is a high-resolution special camera which is directly integrated into the gravity spouting. The camera delivers reproducible colour values in the CIE colour spectrum (L*a*b*) and continuous images of the product as it passes by. The constant analysis enables averaging the colour and speck values for a large measuring surface. Colour deviations from ΔE = 0.2 can be identified. In comparison, the human eye can only identify colour deviations of ΔE = 0.5. The analyser MYHB also recognises brown and black specks starting from a minimum of 80µm and can classify them according to their size.
The MYHB software reports unacceptable deviations according to individually defined alarm thresholds with no time lapse. The images and the speck reports enable the miller to more accurately limit the causes of the colour deviation and specks and to introduce corrective measures.

Combination with NIR
The MYHB system for colour and speck analysis is excellently suited for combination with the NIR multi online analyser MYRG. This system is based on the near infrared (NIR) generation with diode array technology and is used for continuous monitoring of ingredients such as protein, ash, moisture or starch damage in raw, intermediate and end products in the grain processing industry. Both systems can be used for multiple measuring spots in the most varied combinations, and are operated with a common software. The software provides a clearly structured user interface with current measurement values and trend charts. Finally, integrating it with the process management system, WinCos, ensures seamless documentation and traceability.


Take advantage of the 66th JTIC International meeting to present your innovations!

Take advantage of the 66th JTIC International meeting to present your innovations!

JTIC 2015

This year, the AEMIC organizes the 22nd Posters Session and the 7th Workshops edition in the JTIC International Milling and the Cereal Industries Meeting, on November 4-5th, 2015 in PARIS.




Laboratories, research institutes and industrials.


Cereal industry suppliers (seeds, phytosanitary products, equipment & machinery, packaging, handling, I.T., labs, etc…)


“Bridging the all-too-common gap between
research and practice” (Henri Nuret) by presenting your scientific and technical researches in the form of a poster.


A real forum of innovation, the Workshops are a venue for presenting the latest products and services developed specifically for cereal producers, processors and users.


  • Display of a poster 80×120 cm during the JTIC meeting (authors are in charge of their poster printing and setting up).
  • Possibility to have your poster published in Industries des Céréales magazine, in the form of a poster or an article.
  • 1 free admission* to the JTIC conferences and exhibition (excluding meals)
  • Possibility to be awarded for the quality of your work.
* Subject to conditions, see the call for abstracts.


  • 30-mins session with PowerPoint presentation during JTIC meeting.
  • Presentation in the Show press pack.
  • Visibility on the website.
  • Possibility of publishing a press release or article in the magazine Industries des Céréales.


The submission of a poster is subjected to the approbation of the editorial staff of Industries des Céréales magazine.


The submission of a workshops is subjected to the approbation of the jury for their innovative character and their applications in the cereal sector.
The cost of submissions for a workshop session is:
  • 850 € for an “Innovation” package (1 emailing + 1 workshop)
  • 1500 € for a “New Idea” package (1 emailing + 1 workshop + 1 ad spot)


To submit your poster and get more information, download the poster call for abstract 2015

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To submit your workshop and get more information, download the workshop call for abstract 2015

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Christy Turner

Christy Turner debuts E R & F Turner’s new Flaking Mill at VICTAM

Christy Turner Ltd is re-launching its new high capacity E R & F Turner 600 Flaking Mill, re-engineered specifically for the animal feed market, at VICTAM, on stand no. G057.

As one of the most established manufacturers of flaking mills, E R & F Turner’s new 600 mill; designed to handle steam flaked, micronized and extruded grains, maize, wheat, barley, beans, peas and soya, takes the proven chassis and roll design of its 600 mill, already used extensively across the breakfast cereal industry, and simplifying it to meet the needs of the animal feed market. The new mill also offers a more hygienic flaking process and a newly restructured pricing tariff, enabling the purchase of a premium brand at various price breaks, dependent on the ancillary elements specified by the purchaser. Chris Jones, managing director of Christy Turner Ltd (which brings together E R & F Turner, Miracle Mills and Christy & Norris), comments: “The redevelopment of our 600 flaking mill provides real benefits to animal feed producers by offering a premier mill at a competitive market price and reinforces our position at the forefront of the industry.”

Benefits of the new 600 flaking mill include:

  •  High precision, rigid bearing arrangement, enabling the production of very fine flakes, if required
  •  Heavy duty construction
  • Chilled iron rolls – manufactured from high quality spun cast chilled iron, allowing for a long life and considerable number of regrinds
  • Pneumatically operated scrapers as standard
  • Common chassis supporting mill and motors is isolated from the surrounding structure on anti-vibration mounts
  •  Fully guarded rolls at all times, including when the covers are open
  •  Facility to insert sampling tray during flake production

The following upgrade options are also available:

  • Fine adjustment mechanism to enable in process roll gap adjustment, or fully automated plc control of roll gap via servo valves fitted to the hydraulic pressure assembly
  •  Integrated variable speed feed roll unit or standalone vibratory feeder
  •  Water cooled rolls

Chris Jones concludes: “We are proud to count many of the world’s leading animal feed producers as clients, and our new 600 flaking mill further reinforces the reliability and quality craftsmanship for which E R & F Turner is renowned.”


About Christy Turner Ltd:

Christy Turner Ltd combines more than a century and a half of experience and innovation, the latest design tools, and sound engineering. Formed from five separate companies, each with its own individual expertise, Christy Turner’s worldwide reputation is based on the design, manufacture and supply of British engineered high quality flaking and hammer mills, pulverisers, grinders and associated plant.

Christy Turner machinery is used by international clients across many different industries and applications, including: the food industry, the animal feed industry, chemical and pharmaceutical industries, biomass processing, waste recycling, and mineral reduction.

Mixolab 2 – Chopin Technologies

International Milling Directory member, Chopin Technologies have launched the Mixolab 2 measures the characteristics of dough during mixing, as well as the quality of starch and protein.

The Mixolab analyzes the characteristics of dough during mixing, as well as the quality of starch and protein.

Applications :

For Breeders
Facilitates wheat seed variety selection from generations F4-F5
For Millers
Wheat testing at point of delivery
Detection of pest-infestation in wheat
Wheat and our blends optimization
Adaptation of flours for final uses through precise dosing of additives
Analysis of different flour mill streams
Assessing the impact of damaged starch
For Bakers
Verifying the conformity of delivered ours
Studying the rheological behavior of fiber-rich flours
Facilitates the elaboration of gluten-free products
Studying whole-wheat formulas
For All
Optimization of customer specifications and quality control.

For more applications, you can read or download the Mixolab Application HandBook here.

News: IAOM MEA – Dubai 2015

Mr Essa al Ghurair from al Ghurair Resources, Local Host and Farewell Cocktail Dinner Sponsor of the 26th Annual IAOM MEA Conference & Expo has written a letter to the milling industries with key news and details about the events later this year in Dubai:–


Dear Colleagues,
I would like to personally invite you to the 26th Annual IAOM MEA District Conference & Expo happening on 31st October to 3rd November 2015 at the Dubai World Trade Centre (DWTC), UAE.
This year, we’ll transform DWTC Sheikh Maktoum Hall‘s 3,800 sqm floor area into a ConFex venue combining conference, expo, lunch and coffee break areas. This will certainly increase interaction among delegates, exhibitors, and visitors.I’m also delighted to inform you that the Expois sold out with almost 130 stands booked by over 100 companies including machinery manufacturers, food processing, and packing companies.

IAOM MEA Leadership Council and Education Committee members worked closely with speakers to develop a highly educational conference program featuring technical, what’s new, feed milling, and trading topics:

  • New Industrial Process for Whole Wheat Flour/ Old Stone Mills/ Chakki Mills
  • Alternative Pest Management for Grain, Food & Feed Processing Facilities
  • Replacement of Azodicarbonamide (ADA) in Flour Treatment & Baking Improvers
  • Mid Chain Fatty Acids (MCFA) Applications and Benefits in Agribusiness
  • Reduced Feed Cost & Improved Performance with Altered Feed Particle Size
  • Binder Technologies for Food and Feed
  • Global Grain Trade Trends–The Importance of the Supply Chain
  • Managing Strategies & Price Risks for Flour Milling Firms
  • US, Black Sea, Canadian, Baltic Sea, Australian, French Markets Outlook
Reputable industry speakers, market leaders, and distinguished professors from North Carolina State University, and North Dakota State University will deliver high-calibre presentations, and engage with you during the panel Q&A sessions.Marketing keynote speaker will be Mr. Keith Chambers, Marketing Expert to the Fortune 500. Mr Chambers has lead marketing strategy and executional tactics for more than 160 goods and service providers, including some of America’s biggest household names like Arm & Hammer, Hormel, Coppertone, Claritin, 3M, McCormick, Clorox, General Mills, Dole, Frito Lay, and many, many more.  In his keynote, he will share this extraordinary process as well as many of the new marketing insights he has produced.

We are also pleased to announce the participation of Ms. Dorie Clark, an adjunct professor of business administration at Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business, and guest lecturer at Harvard Business School, and the Harvard Kennedy School. A frequent contributor to the Harvard Business Review, TIME, Entrepreneur, and the World Economic Forum blog, Ms. Clark will demonstrate how leaders cultivate a powerful professional reputation.

Dr. William Wilson, a University Distinguished Professor at North Dakota State University, will moderate the trading session and deliver the keynote presentation, “Managing Strategies and Price Risks for Flour Milling Firms.” He was recognized as one of the top 10 Agricultural Economists in 1995 and more recently as one of the top 1% of agricultural economists by RePEc (Research Papers in Economics).

IAOM MEA will also be launching the Arabic edition of the Future of Flour book. The first 2,000 copies of the Arabic book are going to be sold during the conference.

I look forward to see you in Dubai!

Best personal regards

Essa Al Ghurair 

IAOM MEA 2015 Conference Chairman

Chairman, Al Ghurair Resources, LLC

Mathews Company Awarded CSA Certification for New Standards

Mathews Company

Mathews Company

Mathews Company (M-C), a global manufacturer of grain dryers, has been awarded the certification, “CSA Standard for Gas-Fired Equipment for Drying Farm Crops (CSA 3.8-2014)” meeting the new standards for its dryers to operate in Canada. The certification was issued by Intertek, a Nationally Recognized Testing Laboratory (NRTL), which is an independent laboratory recognized by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), to test product safety standards. In October, 2014, the Standards Council of Canada announced a change in certification standards that impacted M-C grain dryers sold in Canada. The purpose of the standards, according to the Standards Council of Canada, is to “…establish accepted practices, technical requirements and terminologies for products, services and systems…Standards help to ensure better, safer and more efficient methods and products, and are an essential element of technology, innovation and trade.” The council announced that all grain dryers must meet the new CSA Standard for Gas-Fired Equipment for Drying Farm Crops (CSA 3.8- 2014) in order to operate in Canada.

Mathews Company’s engineering team worked diligently with Intertek to obtain this certification so that M-C grain dryers could be sold and installed for the 2015 harvest season. “It was a tight timeline as the certification was a process of schematic reviews and on-site equipment inspections,” says Michael Wilke, Mathews Company’s Director of Engineering and Support Services. According to Wilke, the certification covers four of M-C’s dryer series including the Legacy, Infinity, Trilogy, and its 10’ diameter Modular
Tower Series. Approved dryers will carry the official certification mark, as required by the council, to denote that it is a grain dryer that meets Canadian standards.

Intertek confirmed that Mathews Company is one of the first companies to have met the certification standards. According to Wilke, “What this means for our customers is that they can now accept any one of M-C’s approved grain dryers and put them into operation this fall with the confidence that they are designed and built to meet the required CSA standard and they won’t incur the additional costs of having the dryer field inspected and approved to see if they meet the CSA standard.”

Headquartered in Crystal Lake, IL (U.S.A), Mathews Company has been a leading global manufacturer of
high quality innovative agriculture equipment, since 1954, specializing in grain drying. M-C is committed
to “Building for the Future,” striving to provide superior products and unmatched service through
innovation, expertise and quality. M-C dryers are available through authorised dealers worldwide. The
company’s web site is

IDMA 2015 – Bühler demonstrates processing expertise

The Bühler Group is prominently on display at the IDMA technology trade show in Istanbul, Turkey from April 23 until 26, 2015. The Business Area Grain Milling will be showcasing the entire breadth of its processing expertise at its approximately 600 m2 booth (B-17) in Hall 2. Under the motto, “One step ahead in processing grains to food”, Bühler is presenting various new or improved machinery and plants to the technical public. Besides the two roller mills, Dolomit and Antares, Bühler will be demonstrating the innovative plansifter Seginus. With a seamless synchronous processing set-up that is unique worldwide, this plansifter uses a minimum amount of space while maintaining top sanitation and enables flexible sifting and sorting of flour and semolina at a throughput capacity of up to 20% more.



Bühler also showcases its sorting skills with the colour sorter from the Sortex A series that has sophisticated and multifaceted sorting functions. In addition, Bühler is also displaying the newly developed destoner, Combistoner, the latest generation of the moisture control unit MYFE and the water proportioning unit MOZH as well as the flexibly usable, automatic Bühler bagging line for free flowing and non-free flowing products. To round up, the new impact machine Matador for reliably destroying insect eggs in flour and semolina as well as three measuring systems for continuous particle size measurement (Online PSM MYTA), the NIR Multi-Online Analyzer for determining moisture, protein, ash and starch damage (MYRG) and the sensor MYHB for colour and speck analysis will all be on display at the Bühler trade show booth at the IDMA 2015.


IDMA – advert from Milling and Grain



Milling Wheat Challenge 2015

The sixth Milling Wheat Challenge competition was launched on the 12th January with a closing date of 1st May. The Challenge is open to all UK farmers growing bread-making (Group 1 & 2) wheat.

The aim of the competition is to find the UK’s outstanding growers of quality milling wheat and to identify those who have a good understanding of their end market, their business costs and an ability to reflect both in their marketing of milling wheat.



The competition has become established as a way for Britain’s flour millers to formally recognise the value of the country’s best growers to the processing trade.  Millers are committed to working with UK wheat growers and the Challenge aims to identify farmers who combine attention to detail with end-customer awareness and business acumen to create a win: win for the whole wheat chain.

Entry forms are available via the nabim and HGCA websites. The three finalists will be announced at the Cereals Event on 10th June. On-farm judging of the finalists will take place in late June.

The competition judges are Martin Savage from nabim, Richard Laverick from HGCA and Lincolnshire Farmer Mark Ireland.