Hamlet hosts seminars on leadership and nutrition

22nd May, 2020: Hamlet Protein, global producer of specialty ingredients for young animal nutrition, has hosted a series of online events to engage with customers and business partners on topics ranging from animal nutrition and health to change management. The sessions saw record attendance and were much appreciated in times where travel restrictions have brought physical meetings to a standstill.

In China, Hamlet Protein hosted an online event for the Chinese feed industry. Dr Eugene Li, Technical Director APAC for Hamlet Protein, presented on a range of topics related to piglet feed formulation. Following an online poll in preparation of the event, several topics was selected for discussion. There was a clear interest in learning about novel ways to address the upcoming ban of AGP-s in China. The experience of Hamlet Protein in Europe in general and Denmark in particular, proved to be valuable for the participants. With more than 20,000 attendees, the Hamlet Protein reached a record crowd.

Following the huge success, Hamlet Protein will present a series of online seminars and meetings in China in the coming weeks, with topics ranging from feed management of Danish breeds, sow milk replacer formulation to the impact of anti-nutritional factors in soy products.

A completely different focus was on display when bestselling author and behavioral scientists Dr Ben Tiggelaar presented a lecture titled ‘From good ideas to real results.’ Dr Tiggelaar highlighted that changing behaviour of people is key to successfully changing an organisation. The variety in questions and observations during the sessions clearly reflected the different cultural backgrounds of the participants. The drive to successfully implement changes was the common denominator.

In the US, Hamlet Protein organised a webinar addressing the current market situation and outlook. In a discussion facilitated by Joseph Kerns a variety of topics were addressed. Guest speaker Dr Tim Fakler provided insights on feed ingredient availability in the market, where Hamlet Protein presented an update on its supply chain and manufacturing outlook.

Hamlet Protein CEO Erik Visser commented, ‘We want to keep close to our customers, also during these unprecedented times. Online events, whether for group sessions or smaller meetings, have proven very effective in continuing our technical support to customers around the world. At the same time, we want to be more than a partner on nutrition and health alone and provide some new insights to our business partners, when most of them are working from home. Seminars on leadership and change management have been very much appreciated as an interesting diversion in this challenging period.’

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

Visit the Hamlet Protein website, HERE.

ADM announces aggressive new goals to reduce water intensity and landfill waste

22nd May, 2020: ADM has recently announced commitments to reduce water intensity by 10 percent and achieve a 90 percent landfill diversion rate by 2035 as part of an aggressive plan to continue to reduce the company’s environmental footprint.

The commitments were announced as part of the company’s Corporate Sustainability Report, which also includes updates on ADM’s overall sustainability journey.

‘The importance of these commitments becomes even clearer amid an unprecedented challenge such as the COVID-19 pandemic,’ said Chairman and CEO Juan Luciano. ‘Companies like ADM are playing a critical role in supporting and maintaining the global food chain. And while we are focused on operating safely and effectively today, we cannot lose sight of tomorrow. Even amid these global challenges, we are continuing our work to ensure that ADM and the natural resources on which we depend remain strong and vital in the years to come.’

Earlier this year, ADM announced plans to reduce absolute greenhouse gas emissions by 25 percent and energy intensity by 15 percent during the same timeframe. In addition, ADM will develop water reduction plans for high-risk and water-scarce areas.

The new targets align with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, and will be achieved through reusing and recycling water, and finding alternative uses for waste. They follow ADM’s original ’15×20′ plan, unveiled in 2011, in which the company committed to per-unit improvements in energy use, greenhouse gas emissions, water and waste to landfill by 2020. As detailed in the Corporate Sustainability Report, ADM achieved all of these benchmarks ahead of schedule.

‘We know that the health of our natural resources is critical to our future, and that our commitments to sustainable practices will result in a stronger ADM and a better world,’ Luciano said. ‘We are proud to be the go-to sustainable sourcing partner for our customers, and more widely, we are committed to driving change through good practices, progressive solutions and mindful actions that make a positive impact.’

For a more in-depth look at ADM’s plans, as well as progress against goals, view the full Corporate Sustainability Report, HERE.

Wheat supply target description of Pakistan Punjab province

May 22nd, 2020: The Punjab Food Department has reached 32% of its wheat supply target, according to a statement from an Pakistani state official. In addition, it was reported that wheat purchases in all segments are continuing and the government has set the wheat purchase target more than 158 billion Rs and farmers are given 1,400 Rupees per 40kg of wheat.

Stating that the country’s economy is under pressure due to the coronavirus epidemic, the authorised government informed that those who struggle in the front line had up to 8 million Rupees of life insurance and that they were strictly struggling.

It was also reported that those who kept the basic commodities had to face serious penalties and strict steps were taken against wheat stocking in Punjab. While it is informed that 436 places have been raided and 33 thousand tons of wheat have been seized so far, it has been said that there will be no tolerance in this regard.

Alltech ONE Virtual Experience opens to global audience, offering insights for agriculture and beyond


May 18th, 2020: The Alltech ONE Virtual Experience launched today with more than 21,500 registrants from 126 countries, uniting for a unique exploration of the future of agriculture, business and the world around us the Alltech ONE Virtual Experience is the transformation of Alltech’s flagship event, ONE: The Alltech Ideas Conference (ONE), which typically attracts more than 3,500 attendees from more than 70 countries to Lexington, Kentucky, USA, each May.

The virtual experience provides on-demand focus sessions, streaming keynote presentations and live Q&A chats with select speakers. Attendees can now exchange innovative ideas and find inspiration in way that is accessible to everyone from anywhere. 

‘Welcome to the new ONE,’ said Dr Mark Lyons, president and CEO of Alltech, in his opening remarks. ‘This is a journey of discovery and renewal. For the first time in the 36-year history of our conference, we are connecting virtually. This is an opportunity to shape the future of agrifood — together.’

Cady Coleman, former NASA astronaut and Air Force Colonel, was the opening keynote speaker on Monday. Having spent 180 days working on the International Space Station, she shared her inspiring experience with fostering teamwork and staying focused on the mission amid the most challenging circumstances. It is a timely message that resonates with viewers as the world grapples with a global pandemic.  

‘I think the world understands missions in a different way because of this pandemic,’ said Coleman. ‘COVID-19 has created this need to solve problems together and be on the same mission. People are coming together, helping each other. It’s hopeful.’

Cady Coleman
Image credit: Alltech

Mr Lyons and Ms Coleman had an insightful conversation during her presentation, in which Ms Coleman conveyed the importance of inclusion in creating innovative and productive teams. 

‘It’s a proven fact that diverse groups are more successful, but that doesn’t mean they’re always comfortable,’ she said. ‘Put that on the table. Recognise there will be challenges and help each other through them.’

During launch week, the Alltech ONE Virtual Experience will feature a new keynote speaker and special presentations each day. 

Tuesday, May 19
9:00 a.m. EST
Keynote: David McWilliams, Economist and Adjunct Professor of Global Economics
Topic: Currency and Confidence in an Uncertain Market

Wednesday, May 20
9:00 a.m. EST
Keynote: Jessica Adelman, CEO, ESG Results
Topic: In the Market: How the New Consumer Checks Out

11:00 a.m. EST
The Next Normal for Agri-Food
Panel discussion moderated by Professor Damien McLoughlin, Anthony C. Cunningham Professor of Marketing, University College Dublin Michael Smurfit Graduate Business School

Thursday, May 21
9:00 a.m. EST
Keynote: Jack Bobo, CEO, Futurity
Topic: Farming, Food and the Shifting Horizon

11:00 a.m. EST
Science: The Source of Our Strength
A conversation with previous Alltech Medal of Excellence winners about a new era of innovation.

Friday, May 22
9:00 a.m. EST
Keynote: Dr Frank Mitloehner, Professor and Air Quality Specialist, Animal Science
Topic: Clearing the Air: Debunking the Myths of Agriculture

11:00 a.m. EST
Keynote: Dr Mark Lyons, President and CEO, Alltech
Topic: Planet of Plenty: We’re in This Together

Live Q&A chats with select speakers are also featured daily, giving attendees an opportunity to ask questions in real time. 

Additionally, 40 on-demand focus session topics explore challenges and opportunities in agri-business, aquaculture, beef, crop science, dairy, pig, poultry and sustainable agriculture.

Registration for the Alltech ONE Virtual Experience will remain open, offering attendees 24/7 access to all on-demand content, including keynote presentations and focus session topics, until May 2021.

To learn more about the Alltech ONE Virtual Experience and register for access, visit the website, HERE.

American Feed Industry Association’s Board Chair shares message of support during COVID-19

May 15th, 2020: Tim Belstra of Belstra Milling, the American Feed Industry Association’s board chair, delivered a short video message recently to members detailing how the animal food industry is supporting local communities throughout the COVID-19 pandemic.

In it, he talks about how the industry is supporting the healthcare community, ‘the real heroes’, through to feeding Americans to supporting pet owners, some of whom have recently lost their jobs.

He said the AFIA Board will be examining the industry’s response to the public health emergency at its meeting this week and looking for ways to best represent the industry moving forward.

Watch the three minute video, HERE.

IFEEDER board charts path forward at annual meeting

Tim Belstra of Belstra Milling Co. will serve as the 2020-21 chair of IFEEDER’s Board of Trustees
Image credit: IFEEDER

May 15th, 2020: This week, the Institute for Feed Education and Research (IFEEDER) held its annual Board of Trustees meeting to review the public charity’s accomplishments over the past year, set new priorities for the upcoming fiscal year, as well as install new trustees and Board leadership. In addition, the Board approved the launch of a strategic planning period to evaluate how IFEEDER can continue meeting the research and education needs of the animal food industry for the next three-to-five years.

‘As anyone working in agriculture can attest right now, the novel coronavirus has changed the landscape for the animal food industry – both from how it is operating today to how the industry will continue feeding America’s livestock, poultry and pets into the future,’ said Robert Cooper, IFEEDER’s executive director. ‘To successfully navigate this uncharted territory and emerge even stronger than before, the IFEEDER Board committed to identifying compelling projects that address the animal food industry’s research and knowledge gaps as well as looking for opportunities to boost stakeholder engagement.’

Trustees Chad Risley, Ph.D., of Berg+Schmidt America, LLC, and A. Wayne Rod, of The F.L. Emmert Company, along with IFEEDER’s Marketing and Education Committee, will lead the planning effort to strategically position IFEEDER for the future. In addition to this effort, the Board approved three new research projects, including:
• Updating the 2016 U.S. Animal Food Consumption Report to reflect the industry’s current production and provide expert economic analysis on how the COVID-19 public health crisis will shape future production.
• Launching a research project that will examine how swine diseases could spread through the movement of feed or feed ingredients through the use of a dynamic transmission model.
• Issuing a request for proposal to better define the industry’s sustainability efforts, in partnership with American Feed Industry Association leadership and the AFIA Sustainability Oversight Committee.

As part of the business meeting, the trustees recognised Bruce Crutcher of Micronutrients USA, LLC, for his leadership as chair for the 2019-20 fiscal year and tapped Tim Belstra of Belstra Milling Co. as the 2020-21 chair. Several new AFIA members joined the IFEEDER Board of Trustees, including: Scott Druker of Church & Dwight Company, Inc.; Kevin Halpin, Ph.D., of International Ingredients Corporation; Steve Lerner of Chr. Hansen Animal Health and Nutrition; and Joe Lucas of CJ Bio America, Inc. The Board also thanked several outgoing trustees for their service: Dean Warras of Phibro Animal Health Corporation; Cathy Bandyk, Ph.D., of AB Vista, Inc.; and Ross Hamilton, Ph.D., of Darling Ingredients Inc.

Visit the IFEEDER website, HERE.

Overwhelming response leads to prolonged Bühler Virtual World access

May 15th, 2020: Due to the positive response and over-subscription of virtual meetings, Bühler has decided to keep the Bühler Virtual World open at least until the end of May. Over the three days, more than 12,000 people from 132 countries visited the digital platform, around 500 private meetings are ongoing. ‘We are amazed by this level of engagement and positive feedback,’ says Germar Wacker, CEO of Bühler’s Consumer Foods business.

Image credit:  Bühler Group

In just six weeks, Bühler transformed its physical interpack program into a fully digital experience, which was planned to be open until May 15. The positive feedback from customers and the market has now prompted Bühler to extend the digital show. ‘This is one of the key benefits of being digital. We are always available, continuously addressing customer needs,’ says Germar Wacker. The platform will be accessible until end of May and Bühler invites everyone who has not yet experienced the Bühler Virtual World to use the opportunity to join and sign-up for a virtual meeting with Bühler experts. 

The Bühler Virtual World, a unique platform consisting of a fully interactive visitor experience, with solution spaces, virtual meeting rooms and a live program with a wealth of insightful material and know-how sharing to address the following key topics:
• Resilience in the current environment, e.g. by digital customer services to maximise utilisation of the existing asset base
• Bouncing back by the ability to quickly commercialise consumer and market trends by highly flexible, integrated solutions and equipment
• Sustainability and how to turn the many challenges into good business. 

The content from the live program, held on 12-13th May, is fully available on the platform, with speeches of Judson Althoff, Executive Vice President (EVP) at Microsoft, Henning Hartnacke, President Europe, Africa and the Middle East (EAME) at Givaudan, and Paul Beck, Head of Production and Logistics at Maestrani, to name a few. Bühler experts explain how to increase capacity, yield, reduce plant downtime, energy and waste consumption through intelligence services. They introduce fantastic food creations from Bühler’s global application centers and new solutions, for example ChocoX, that will unlock the innovation capability of the industry. ‘This is a unique platform that combines inspiring knowledge on new products, Bühler’s leading processes and solutions, market trends and business disruption,’ says CTO Ian Roberts.

Bühler’s Virtual World is accessible, HERE.

Russia provides humanitarian support to North Korea in the form of 25,000 tonnes of wheat

May 15th, 2020: According to a recent report from Reuters, Russia has sent 25,000 tonnes of wheat in humanitarian aid to North Korea after last year’s drought hit its rice production, the Russian embassy to North Korea said on social media on Thursday.

The vessel Polina delivered Russian wheat to the country from the Black Sea port of Novorossiisk, it said. Its crew had been put in quarantine amid the global coronavirus outbreak.

The vessel was being unloaded in an isolated zone of a North Korean port and the process would be completed on 26-27th May as rains are expected to arrive soon, the embassy added.

Defra Minister and NFU President to speak at Cereals LIVE 2020

May 15th, 2020: Do you want more clarity on the likely impact that coronavirus and Brexit will have on UK farming, food security and global trade? Join Cereals LIVE to hear Defra Minister Victoria Prentis discuss the Government’s plans and support for coronavirus and get the lowdown on where Brexit negotiations currently stand.

The webinar is chaired by Jane King, AHDB and speaking with Mrs Prentis will be NFU president, Minette Batters, who will review the opportunities and challenges for UK arable farmers.

In addition, Professor Tim Benton from the Chatham Organisation will examine how food security has taken on a new imperative. Dr Ludivine Petetin from Cardiff University will also review how Coronavirus and Brexit are impacting and informing the UK’s food security and trading position.

With the Cereals Event going online, the comprehensive seminar timetable will be delivered via live webinar for BASIS & NROSO CPD points.

Register for this online edition, HERE.

See the webinar schedule on the Cereals LIVE 2020 website, HERE.

Five more ICU proning beds in Italian hospitals thanks to Ocrim’s generous donation

May 14th, 2020: Ocrim have generously donated €100,000 euro which has enabled the purchase of five proning beds which are now being used in hospitals in Cremona and Crema. Italy has been one of the countries worst effected by COVID-19, currently there have been over 220,000 cases.

‘These are very special beds that assist in the treatment of patients with severe respiratory failure. They are in fact actual therapeutic tools that promote the patient’s recovery in a shorter time. They make the work of healthcare professionals easier, promote patient comfort and reduce the risk of bedsores to a minimum. State-of-the-art equipment that will be useful to everyone,’ said Marina Zanotti, Head of Arco Onlus Fundraiser.

Matteo Tedoldi, chairman of Arco Onlus thanked Ocrim, ‘I wish to thank Ocrim, which responded to our appeal and made a very substantial donation that allowed us to donate these very sophisticated beds, not only in Cremona but also in Crema. COVID-19 has hit our area very badly, and it has reacted with tangible, extreme generosity and this is an example.’

Ocrim CEO, Alberto Antolini, commented, ‘We are proud of what we have been able to accomplish together. In an emergency like this, the least we could do was support our healthcare system and the incredible work carried out by our doctors, nurses and healthcare professionals. Thanks to the strong bond that the Arco Onlus association has with the region, we have managed to make the donation immediately accessible’.

Visit the Ocrim website, HERE.