No Hard Sell Needed for Soft Commodities Summit in 2013.

Hello to our dedicated readers and subscribers.

Welcome to a timely update from IMD HQ where we have two very important pieces of good-news for you. Firstly the great news is that we have now sent the first batch of International Milling Directories for 2012/13 to subscribers which will hopefully be reaching them soon if they haven’t already. With new subscription requests coming in everyday stock will soon be limited so visit www.internationalmilling.com to reserve your copy from the next batch.

We are also pleased to announce our partnership with the 3rd Annual Soft Commodities Trading Operations & Logistics Summit for 2013. As an active media-partner for the event IMD will be present throughout as well as offering valuable help in preparing for February 2013.

The Soft Commodities Trading Operations & Logistics 2013 Summit is a senior level forum that takes place in Geneva between February 26th-27th. Designed to help the industry embrace effective approaches to challenges, the summit will cover areas such as sustainability, integration in developing countries and also human resource asset management.

Expert speakers already booked for the summit include Hans Stoldt (Director for Eastern Europe and Black Sea with Ameropa), Anna Cheryaeva (Head of Logistics and Customer Service, Cotton Division with Olam International Ltd.) and Christophe Bourges (Managing Director – with HSBC).

www.softsummit.com

Export Exchange International Grains Buyers Conference

Fresh from the record-attendance Export Exchange conference in Minneapolis, teams of international grain buyers fanned out across America, from Ohio to Washington State, and Minnesota to Louisiana. Their goal: to gain information, assess the current U.S. corn crop, explore the availability of other grains such as sorghum and barley, and build relationships leading to future sales.

More than 200 international buyers and end-users had flocked to Minneapolis from October 22-24, 2012 to meet with U.S. suppliers and to hear from industry and government leaders about the near- and long-term prospects for U.S. export capacity. CHS President and CEO Carl Casale’s keynote address set the theme: managing risk in the face of soaring demand for feed grains, a short U.S. crop in 2012, and major uncertainties on the geopolitical horizon. USDA Chief Economist Joe Glauber, farmer and industry leaders, and observations from major foreign buyers and end-users of U.S. feed grains rounded out the picture.

“Everyone present – more than 200 foreign guests and about 300 U.S. producer and agribusiness representatives – recognized that this will be a challenging year,” said U.S. Grains Council President and CEO Tom Sleight. “That’s why our international partners are so eager to talk with U.S. producers about their intentions and prospects for next year.”

Teams from Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Turkey, Mexico and Taiwan got a head start, visiting U.S. farms, agribusinesses, and export terminals before heading to Minneapolis. Following Export Exchange, even more teams hit the road: a Japanese team to Iowa and Minnesota; a European team to Nebraska; a Chinese team to Ohio and Louisiana, among others.

“It’s one thing to sit in a conference room and hear industry and government leaders talk about how U.S. producers always bounce back strong,” Sleight continued. “Export Exchange provided that, and more. But there is still no substitute for the ground truth you get from getting out into the field, and talking directly to farmers and exporters. That’s what our Export Exchange guests are doing now.”

Many participants expressed a continuing preference for buying U.S. grains due to the consistency and quality of the grain and the transparency and reliability of the U.S. marketing and delivery systems. While price and availability will clearly be major impediments to U.S. exports this year, due to the drought, the buyer sentiment was clear: they are looking forward to a better crop next year, and a U.S. export sector that comes back strong.

 

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Global-Milling News Goes Live!

The Global Milling news portal was launched earlier this year to provide up-to-the-minute news for the global grain and milling industries. The site is already reaching viewing figures in excess of 40,000 per month, and with over 3,000 individual topics, continual updates, and an ever-increasing archive of useful information, the site is fast becoming the most popular and compressive resource for news in our sector.

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Follow the link to get an exclusive glimpse at the presentation which provides all of the information you need at Sliderocket.

www.global-milling.com

EU Opens the Door to Syngenta Corn

The U.S. Grains Council is pleased to learn of the official approval of the Syngenta corn variety MIR 162 Agrisure Vipterra in the European Union, opening the way for exports of U.S. corn co-products, including distiller’s dried grains with solubles (DDGS) and corn gluten feed (CGF). The long-delayed decision came after years of industry leadership and efforts, especially those partners of the Council in the EU, including COCERAL, a grain trade association, FEFAC, a feed millers association, and the Irish Feed Millers Association.

“This approval is a great success as it opens the window of opportunity for U.S. products, including DDGS and CGF, to enter the EU market. This is especially attractive in big markets like Ireland, Spain, Portugal and the Netherlands. Their ability to import these high-protein feed ingredients is critical at a time of crop shortage in Europe and high prices. Everyone is looking for alternatives,” said Cary Sifferath, USGC senior regional director based in Tunis.

Sifferath noted, however, the opportunity may only exist for a limited amount of time as new crop biotech events coming down the pipeline are not yet approved in Europe. Such products may be planted by U.S. farmers in the spring, meaning they may enter the market in the fall of 2013. This could again stall sales of U.S. co-products into the EU provided the approval process remains sluggish within the trade bloc.
“Corn co-products are a tremendous feed ingredient recognized as a good value by buyers within Europe and around the world,” Sifferath said. “Approvals such as this help livestock and poultry producers manage costs and expand options, and we are hopeful the availability of these options continue well into the future.”

MillingInternational takes over GFMT for Current Issue

A while back you may remember my mentioning that we at IMD HQ were given the pleasant duty of acting as guest editor for Grain & Feed Milling Technology magazine (GFMT), the longest serving magazine committed to the global milling industry.

The role involved me working closely with the production team at Perendale Publishers Limited, producers of GFMT and of course the International Milling Directory. I have to say that I have been delighted to have taken part in the process, which gave me a wonderful experience to take back into working hard already for IMD22.

I am pleased to say that the September/October issue of GFMT is at the printer and I am looking forward to seeing the end product. As usual, there’s an exciting mix of features spanning the food and feed milling industries. Two perennial problems, packaging and pest control, are given a through interrogation in two cracking features. Packaging manufacturer bpi.visqueen tells us about bagging options for eco-conscious and price savvy millers.  While Hikmet Boyacioglu tells us about pesky pest problems.

Plus there are all the regular news, events and features.

If you can’t wait to get your hands on a print copy, you can read the whole magazine online here for free on click on the image below.

I would like to take this opportunity to thank Alice Neal (Editorial Manager) and James Taylor (Production Manager) for their continued hard work on International Aquafeed, Grain & Feed Milling Technology and of course the International Milling Directory all of which are Perendale Publishers Limited productions.

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Australia Take On USA Pop Culture

They say that in every cloud there is a silver lining, a sentiment that will surely have been put to the test by farmers and millers across the world this year thanks to drought or in some cases extreme moisture.

But a global shortage of popping corn is creating opportunities for some Australian growers of grains according to ABC Rural. The world’s biggest producer of popping corn, USA, has been swept by the same circumstances of drought as its other grain exports. This has left many international markets now short in supply.

To take advantage of the situation, farmers in central western NSW, Australia, will plant the biggest popcorn crop in the region’s history. Commodity trader Tony Cogswell says it’s hoped the niche crop will be exported to a number of international buyers.

“This has got a permanent place in our program now. We have some domestic clients that are taking popcorn on a regular basis,” he said.

“It will also be going into Taiwan, Korea, Vietnam, Egypt and potentially into France.

“We have had enquires from all of those places and they are all in our targets.”

www.abc.net.au

X-XL Foods

XL Foods entered into a management agreement with a Canadian Subsidiary of JBS USA. The agreement contemplates JBS assuming management of certain XL Canadian beef packing operations at Brooks, Alberta and the XL Calgary beef plant.

“This action is another positive step to relicensing the XL Lakeside beef plant in Brooks, Alberta. We welcome the assistance of JBS and their resources,” said Brian Nilsson, Co-CEO.

The management agreement affords JBS the option to purchase XL’s Lakeside beef plant, XL Calgary beef plant and XL’s U.S beef packing operations. This agreement also includes the option to purchase Lakeside Feedyards, a feedlot and farming operation near Brooks, Alberta.

XL will continue to manage and operate the U.S beef packing operations.

VIV China 2012: WPC 2016 and VIV China 2016 Enter Strategic Partnership

We end our series on VIV China 2012 with some great news. After such an exciting and successful exhibition this year we are delighted to have been involved and look forward to attending future events along with our fellow industry peers and clients.

Our last installment relates to the event but a little before it started this year. On Monday August 6, 2012, the representatives of the World’s Poultry Science Association (WPSA) China Branch, the Chinese Association of Animal Science and Veterinary Medicine (CAAV) and VNU Exhibitions Europe have signed the agreement regarding the Strategic Partnership for the organization of the World’s Poultry Congress (WPC) 2016 and VIV China 2016 in Beijing. WPC 2016 will take place in the China National Convention Center (CNCC), September 5-9. VIV China will be held at the New China International Exhibition Center (NCIEC), September 6-8. The signing ceremony took place at WPC 2012 in Salvador, Brazil.

All 4 partners foresee in this Strategic Partnership a winning co-operation to unite Poultry scientists and businessmen worldwide in Beijing in September 2016. The XXV WPC 2016 is co-hosted by the China Branch of the World’s Poultry Science Association (WPSA-CN) and the CAAV. VIV China 2016 is organized by VNU Exhibitions Europe, the Head Quarters of VIV Worldwide, and its Chinese partner Beijing Tech Convention and Exhibition Center.

During the signing ceremony in Salvador, Ning Yang, Ph.D., President, China Branch of WPSA and Ruwan Berculo, Project Manager VIV, officially announced this exclusive co-operation. Ning Yang comments: “The exhibition has become an important activity as part of the World’s Poultry Conferences. In VIV China we have found our preferred partner to establish a high-quality international exhibition”. Ruwan Berculo adds: “At VIV, we value the opportunity to bring Business and Science together, which is in the interest of a bright future for the global Poultry industries. Our Strategic Partnership with WPC 2016 forms a true highlight in the mission to strengthen our events”.

Although it is still 4 years away from now, WPSA-CN, CAAV, VNUE E and BT have already defined an extensive program of activities to ensure that WPC 2016 and VIV China 2016 will become one combined event for all players in our industry. Over the course of time, more detailed information will become available.

Naturally we here at Perendale Publishers are very excited about this development which signifies a great enhancement in the importance for VIV China, remarking its reputation as a not to be missed event. Our representatives were so glad to have attended VIV China 2012 where we met so many of a valued clients and even made some new friends along the way.

 

 

 

 

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VIV China 2012: Food Safety Poultry Forum & Breeding Pig Industry Development Symposium

Welcome to part IV in this weeks round up of VIV China 2012, which was attended by our representatives from Perendale Publishers along with industry experts and market leaders from all across the world. Today we take a look at the Food Safety Poultry Forum and also the Breeding Pig Industry Development Symposium which were two excellent examples of why VIV China 2012 was so important this year.

Food Safety Poultry Forum

The Food Safety Poultry Forum took place on October 21, 2012 with the ambition to discuss; how to create a food safety culture “from the chain of feed to food” and the establishment of a food safety standard and supervision system to encourage the self-discipline of food companies.

Over a hundred visitors attended the forum which platformed a great debate among them thanks to both the guests and the carefully selected guest speakers. One of whom was Greg Watt, President/CEO at WATT publisher of the Poultry International China Edition and WATT. Talking to us after the forum he immediately stated his wish to repeat this valuable meeting prior to VIV China’s next edition in 2014.

Breeding Pig Industry Development Symposium

The Beijing International Breeding Pig Industry Development Symposium (BPIDS), was organized by the Chinese Association of Animal Science and Veterinary Medicine (CAAV) and took place on September 24, 2012.

Again showcasing an array of quality speakers, visitors were also treated to an opening ceremony which was seen by over 300 Chinese and international delegates.  Initiator Mr. Machuang, Director International Affairs at CAAV, looks back at success of the event with pleasure saying, “This is a great event and so many have come to see it which is why it is so good to be here.”

The International China Summit

Hello and welcome to the third installment of this weeks feature on VIV China 2012, today we will be looking at the International China Summit.

The first edition of the International China Summit preceding VIV China 2012, was visited by 266 delegates which paid tribute to the tremendous effort made by everybody involved.

One visitor representing the Product Board Animal Feed said, “The VIV-summit was a very successful exposure for our project regarding the comparison of the feed import legislation of China and the EU.”

Tjeerd den Hollander continued,  “As a result of the summit we received lots of positive comments and reflection on our project, which gave us useful information for the finalization of the project.”

The strong attendance for the International China Summit proved once again that Chinese professionals in animal protein production are very committed to be updated on trends and developments in their industry, one that should not be ignored by an ever expanding marketplace due to an increase in world population and communication connectivity.

We caught up with Marleen Boerjan of Pasreform who was also positive after her presentation when she said, “We are very grateful to VIV for their support and hospitality in hosting this event and to the hatchery professionals who attended. All their questions and involvement made it such an interesting and successful occasion. We look forward to the next seminar”.

A running theme throughout the summit was that of celebration towards the value added at VIV China 2012, too many times event organizers are guilty of missing the little touches that make a big difference. Mari van Gruijthuijsen, general manager at Jan Poultry Equipment echoed this sentiment saying, “The VIV organizers understand very well how important it is to add value to exhibitions by organizing surrounding events, like this Summit. This is very attractive for the national and international visitors, and there for also for the exhibitors. “

Tomorrow we take a look at the Poultry and Pig elements covered at the event including handling safety.