O&J HØJTRYK A/S visit our headquarters in Cheltenham

(L-R): Roger Gilbert, Tuti Tan, Darren Parris and Leif Wolf

(L-R): Roger Gilbert, Tuti Tan, Darren Parris and Leif Wolf

International Milling Directory member O&J HØJTRYK A/S’ main contact paid a visit to the UK headquarters in Cheltenham today, Wednesday 5th Feburary. Battling through bad weather, unruly transportation and a disappointing meal at Brasserie Blanc in Cheltenham, Leif had a tiresome Tuesday travelling from Amsterdam to Cheltenham ready for today. However, company and familiarity of catching up over a shared passion of milling brightened up the experience.

Leif Wolf met with staff Roger Gilbert, Darren Parris, Tuti Tan and Tom Blacker to discuss our common values and to finalise the latest article which will be published in the January/February issue of Grain & Feed Milling Technology.

Both parties have met may times before at industry events and in many countries: Germany, Thailand and Turkey to name a few but hosting Leif in our main premises was a pleasure we could not refuse. We gained great mutual insights and learnt an impressive amount from Leif, and appreciate each other’s partnership in moving towards the future in feed production industries.

As all good things must come to an end, Darren voluntarily drove Leif back to the airport for him to resume business with his customers and wished him well until the next occasion. We may even drop into him at his office O&J HØJTRYK A/S in Denmark in the near future…

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HGCA and nabim: 2014 Milling Wheat Challenge annouced!

nabim

nabim

The International Milling Directory’s sister magazine, Grain & Feed Milling Technology, covered the Milling Wheat Challenge last year. There is excitement in the announcement of this year’s competition. Launched by nabim and HGCA in the United Kingdom once again, we hope many users of the International Milling Directory appreciate this news and content; a blog from the HGCA below:–

nabim, supported by HGCA, has launched the fifth Milling Wheat Challenge competition to find the UK’s outstanding grower of quality milling wheat.

HGCA

HGCA

Martin Savage, nabim‘s Trade Policy Manager said “The competition has gone from strength to strength. In the past four years, it has discovered an amazing group of finalists who are at the forefront of UK wheat production. The winners have each shown that they are progressive in their business as well as their crop husbandry and that they can consistently grow quality crops of bread-making wheats.”

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.

We are committed to working with UK wheat growers and we are looking for farmers who combine attention to detail with end-customer awareness and business acumen to create a win: win for the whole wheat chain” Martin said.

“Growing quality wheat consistently is a difficult task which requires best practice in growing, storage and delivery to meet the exacting standards of the milling trade.”

HGCA is pleased to be supporting the competition as a way of promoting best practice in both the growing and the marketing of milling wheat. Richard Laverick from HGCA said: “Our aim is to find growers who have a good understanding of their end market, their business costs and an ability to reflect both in their marketing of milling wheat.”

Entry forms are available via the nabim and HGCA websites. The closing date for entries will be Friday, 2 May 2014 and the three finalists will be announced at the Cereals Event on 11 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 Mark Ireland, a Lincolnshire Farmer and former “Farmers Weekly Arable Farmer of the Year”.

The three finalists in the 2013 Milling Wheat Challenge were Stephen Craggs, East Close Farm, Sedgefield, Stockton-on-Tees, James Loder-Symonds, Denne Hill Farm, Womenswold, Canterbury, Kent and Nick & David Philip, Church Farm, Waltham St Lawrence, Reading, Berkshire. The overall winner was Stephen Craggs.

Mark Ireland said that “All three finalists were very good producers of quality wheat” and he added that what set Stephen Craggs apart was his total commitment to detail. “Despite faming with a challenging climate he has developed a simple yet robust system to produce consistent quality. On top of a very strong business, his technical insight and attention to detail gave him the edge. He also has a very rational approach to risk management as well as a proactive approach to going beyond the basics of what a miller wants from a grower.”

Martin Savage urged growers to enter the competition, explaining: “The Challenge is a great way for growers to engage with the supply chain. UK flour millers remain committed to our farmers.”

The finalists, their partners and an additional guest, together with leaders from the UK wheat supply chain, will be invited to a celebration dinner hosted by nabim in October at the Ritz Hotel in London where the overall winner will be announced.

IPPE 2014 – Day 1

The lights that burnt late into the night have been extinguished, workers have retired after completing a gruelling marathon of tasks and dawn has broken over Atlanta city in the USA: all is ready for the opening of the world’s largest feed, poultry and meat exposition, IPPE 2014. It opened today at 15:00 GMT/10am local time.

The 'Eye' in Atlanta

The ‘Eye’ in Atlanta

Over 25,000 visitors are expected to pass through the halls of the Georgia World Congress Centre, right at the heart of the Olympic Park in downtown Atlanta, over the next three days and where a new rotating ‘eye’ overlooks the venue.

Meetings by various groups – including the International Feed Industry Federation’s ‘Feed Regulators Meeting’ – have already taken place and more are to come, co-ordinated to maximise their impact by aliening themselves with this major event.

For example, the holders of the Dutch VIV intensive livestock production exposition organisers, VNU, is hosting an ‘International Pork Production Summit 2014 USA is being hosted on January 29, 2014 right in the heart of this poultry event.

Many individual companies exhibiting at IPPE, such as AB Vista which held its reception in the Omni Hotel to welcome national and international customers to Atlanta, hosted events.

Atlanta in January is a major destination  for the Latin poultry sector as well as its feed interests. With the addition of the American Meat Institutes (AMI), the venue has widened it’s appeal and is of even more interest to other farmed species including fish!

Individual companies, such as AB Vista‘s reception in the Omni Hotel to welcome national and international customers to Atlanta.

In 2013, more than 26,000 trade visitors from over 110 countries came to Atlanta, Georgia, to see the range of products and services offered by over 1180 exhibitors. There were 5448 international visitors represented at the expo, and the largest group from a single country outside the United States was Canada. The largest region represented was Latin America / Caribbean

If you are attending the event, why not come along to stand 1700 at IPPE and have a chat with the team.

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AB Vista at IPPE 2014 – Richard Cooper hosts a special evening in Atlanta

AB Vista

Richard Cooper – AB Vista

International Milling Directory member company, AB Vista, held a cocktail reception for researchers, business partners and more. The International Milling Directory’s Lee and Darren were invited to attend this event on the eve of IPPE 2014 in Atlanta, Georgia, United States of America.

 

Richard Cooper, Managing Director of AB Vista gave an interesting speech:–

‘If I can just take a few minutes of your time, and welcome along to our reception. This is actually the third cocktail event we’ve had at [IPPE in] Atlanta. The first one a couple of years ago was for the launch of QuantumBlue Phytase which was quite a big event in AB Vista’s history. It has been a monumental two years since we launched that product and I think I’ll be fairly safe in saying that it’s really changed the way in which people think about phytase. It’s been a massive success for us, it has grown our business very rapidly – it’s kept me in a job which is quite useful as well but what I would really like to say is thank you a lot to everybody in the room here – we have a lot of customers here, a lot of distributors here, people we do research with here, and you guys have trusted us and we work really well together and being a huge part of this development. Just to finish, we have grown quite rapidly at AB Vista, the company has only really been trading properly as AB Vista for seven or eight years. We had one employee seven or eight years ago which was me, and we now have about 135. We have grown to be the number three player in the feed enzyme world. We are not satisfied with that position, we are still gaining on the ones above us and we are doing that but the only way we are going to do that in the future is by working with people like you guys in the room. We have got to deliver better products, better services and better internal investment for everybody that is buying feed enzymes. And on that note, I just want to wish everybody a happy and prosperous 2014.’

 

Please do see all AB Vista have to offer at stand 2239 in Hall A3.

The International Milling Directory is present at Stand 1700 in Hall A2.

 

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Major Australian Poultry Processor Contracts for Battelle’s PRIA™ to Help Fight Salmonella and Campylobacter Outbreaks, Improve Food

COLUMBUS, Ohio (Jan. 27, 2014)—Battelle’s unique software modeling program, PRIA, will soon be put to use in Australia to help manage the risk of salmonella and campylobacter outbreaks in poultry.

Baiada Poultry is one of Australia’s largest poultry companies, providing products throughout the country. Battelle will customize the software for Baiada, which will integrate it into operations.

View a video about Battelle’s PRIA software. “A recent Consumer Reports investigation in the U.S. found contamination in 97 percent of the chicken it tested,” said Battelle Research Leader Brian Hawkins. “Clearly it’s a risk for the companies around the world trying to provide safe products, and to the consumer who wants to eat safe food.”

Baiada’s Anthony Pavic, Chief Scientific Officer and Regulatory Affairs Manager, said he believes PRIA is the right tool that will help improve on current methods. “PRIA will let us move away from spread sheets and let us perform high quality assessments that are quicker, more mathematically robust, and better documented for regulatory purposes.”

PRIA, which stands for Probabilistic Risk Informed Analysis, is a software and modeling tool that allows food safety and defense professionals to proactively assess the effectiveness of mitigation strategies—before an event occurs.

The software was inspired by concepts developed by Battelle. As part of its expertise in working on chemical and biological defense, scientists and engineers have worked to evaluate planned responses to incidents ranging from biological and chemical attacks in public gatherings to the purposeful contamination of a water supply.

PRIA uses powerful mathematical algorithms to perform rapid simulations that take into account all the variables involved in the process, down to the granular level in order to help pinpoint areas of risk.

While currently customized for the poultry processing industry, PRIA can be adapted to address other foods with common contamination concerns, such as those that occur in the leafy greens and beef industries. PRIA is an effective, quantitative software tool for food companies to align with future regulations calling for risk-based assessments, such as those anticipated in the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA).

About Battelle

Every day, the people of Battelle apply science and technology to solving what matters most.

At major technology centers and national laboratories around the world, Battelle conducts research and development, designs and manufactures products, and delivers critical services for government and commercial customers. Headquartered in Columbus, Ohio since its founding in 1929, Battelle serves the national security, health and life sciences, and energy and environmental industries. For more information, visit www.battelle.org.

Media Contacts

For more information contact Katy Delaney at (614) 424-7208 or delaneyk@battelle.org, or

T.R. Massey at (614) 424-5544 or masseytr@battelle.org.

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Alapala – new mill project completed in Sudan

Alapala machinery installed in Sudan

Alapala machinery installed in Sudan

Çorum, Turkey – Alapala has wrapped up recently on the new mill which is located in Sudan.

El-Hamama Flour Mills, the owners Ahmed Eltigani A. Musa, Mohammed Yousif Musa has contracted Alapala to supply plant machinery and technology for their new 700 ton per 24 hour flour mill. Being one of the largest single mill in the Sudan under this contract the plant to be supplied by Alapala.

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Designing the diagram of the milling section, engineering the design of the flour-milling plant, assembly and start-up

The flour mill is completely automated, minimizing the quantity of the staff.

Commenting on the project, Bora Gökdeniz, Alapala’s sales director said: “Our brief was to build not only one of the most modern mill in Sudan but also one of the most flexible.”

The flour-milling plant completely renewed and modernized by Alapala Machine Industry & Trade Inc. with the new generation milling equipment. The plant has now been operating and is able to deliver a continuous supply of top quality flour for the Sudan market.

Alapala machinery installed in Sudan

Alapala machinery installed in Sudan

Staff from the International Milling Directory were at a recent deal by Alapala and another miller in Sudan to cover the story, press cutting from GFMT magazine attached below.

GFMT covering the deal, at the very time in April 2013

GFMT covering the deal, at the very time in April 2013

Re-introducing: BinMaster Level Controls

The International Milling Directory blog is back for the first blog of 2014 with exciting new developments. We wish all readers and users of the  International Milling Directory success for 2014.

Based in Lincoln, Nebraska, United States of America, BinMaster Level Controls have been a long-standing partner of the International Milling Directory for many years. They have already renewed their membership for 2014/15. A summary of their profile is below: –

Established in 1953, BinMaster is an ISO 9001:2008 certified company offering point and continuous bin level controls including rotary level indicators, diaphragm/pressure switches, capacitance probes and vibrating rod level sensors – complemented by Airbrator® aeration and vibration, plus flow and dust detection monitors for hoppers, bins and silos. The SmartBob2 inventory measurement system – which can be used in remote wireless networks – includes eBob inventory tracking software. 3DLevelScanner is a non-contact, dust-penetration device that takes measurements at multiple points within a bin and calculates bin volume, works in even very large bins, and has the capability to visually map uneven material surfaces.

Go and see the new listings for BinMaster here online: https://www.internationalmilling.com/company_3068.html

Register or update your listings now at www.internationalmilling.com! Starting from FREE your company can list details. Deadline for the 23rd print edition of the International Milling Directory is 31st July 2014.

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It contains over 1500 companies, 1000 products and services, more equipment guides for new products, more international organisations and a whole host of new features and a brilliant redesign.

The electronic version and website version have been rocketing in popularity – to be one of Perendale’s most popular websites of 2013! The electronic hit industry exhibitions and conferences earlier this year to great appreciation and now members of the London and South East Millers Society who met last week (see this blog post) commented that it is “an impressive publication”.

Sign up for the newsletter – out this week for December and buy direct from us for just £85/$139/€100! Go to the Perendale website. Reference = IMD.

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British and Irish Millers party at Christmas: The LSEMS Xmas Function

21 Arlington Street, St. James's, London. Home of the LSEMS

21 Arlington Street, St. James’s, London. Home of the LSEMS. [Image citation: British Listed Buildings].

The International Milling Directory‘s Tom Blacker attended the Christmas party of the London and South East Millers Society (LSEMS) in St James’s, London on Tuesday 10th December.

The new LSEMS secretary Graham Bruce met and registered all attendees in the reception hallway before all attending members of the LSEMS took the stairs to meet in the dining hall.

There was some talk about the recent IAOM conference and expo in S0usse, Tunisia; about the year in general for the milling industry and for 2014 to come. The atmosphere was friendly and exciting – the food, drink and raffle keenly caught the eyes of all and it centered the evening truly on the ‘party’ before some went over to The Clarence pub on Dover Street for an after party.

This is of course where our main archive of our sister magazine, Grain & Feed Milling Technology is based. There will be many more occasions for The International Milling Directory and Perendale to staff to be at this grand building again soon to play our part in the milling industry as we have since 1891.

 

 

 

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