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.

Pinch closing station open

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

Discussion and close

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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


Best wishes to Richard Sago from everyone at Perry’s

International Milling Directory member Perry of Oakley from the UK has news this week of Richard Sago’s retirement. Richard is a well known and well liked individual. A note from David Perry is here below.
Tuesday, September 8, 2015

Dear All,

I am writing to you to announce that after 12 years of diligent and accomplished service with ourselves and over 51 years of work within the grain handling and drying trade in general Richard Sago will be taking full retirement as of the end of September.

Richard will be missed by all of us at Perry’s and all his customers alike. Although he has agreed to carry out some consultancy type work for us from time to time as needed.

Richard started work 4th August 1964 at Eastern Counties Farmers Ltd Ipswich Suffolk as an Agricultural Engineering Apprentice (5yrs) and during those early years spent 12 months in the Grain installations department, both in office on the drawing board and out on installations.

He was first involved with Perry’s in 1969 – 70 when we supplied an inclined conveyor in Suffolk from inside a Jack Olding Bin store to fill a 21’-0” dia silo outside.

Richard remembers going to the factory at Oakley to collect it and being outside the yard when Nigel Perry opened the gates at 7.30am, he can’t remember what time he left home in the morning or what route he took, but it must have been early bearing in mind there were no bypasses (Colchester – Chelmsford) or M25 in those days.

Married Jane in April 1971 (2 children and now 5 grandchildren)

Late 1971 till 1983 Richard went on road as retail sales representative later specializing in grain equipment, sprayers, fertilizer spreaders and drills. After the grain department closed in 1972 he also drew basic schemes for external grain bins and silos for Planning and Ministry grant applications. For himself and 4 other colleagues

1983 – 1986 Richard worked for Bamletts as Eastern Area Sales Manager selling drills, fertilizer spreaders and cultivation equipment, an enjoyable time and some good years but unfortunately the banks were not helpful in those days and they decided to close in September 1986.

October 1986 – September 2003 Richard joined Carier at Braintree as they were looking for an area salesman at that time, (his old boss from the grain department days at ECF Clive Simpson was working there) for the Eastern region which eventually spread from Suffolk to South Wales then with colleagues retirement Southern England as well.

Richard had many enjoyable years working both in agricultural with farm work as well from Grain merchants and into Industrial sites – Maltings – Feed & Flour mills – Tea – Rice – Breweries to name a few similar to today’s job with Perry’s if its dry, free flowing and in bulk we can normally handle it.

During late 2002 and 2003 he was asked by Nigel Perry to consider a move to Perry’s on the industrial side and agreed to join in October 2003.

Richard says his last 12 years have flown by with a good family company, good colleagues and an excellent range of products to promote and sell some times in difficult circumstances. He has made many friends along the way and wishes to pass on his many thanks for their help when needed.

Richard arrived at Perry’s during a time when we were just beginning to push in a more industrial, non grain direction to spread our product range to a wider audience. At the time I remember saying to Richard that I never saw him coming to Perry’s as being an extra cost as I knew we could develop the business to our benefit in this direction” and today this has proved to be more than correct. Richard was influential in helping chose some of the directions to head in and influential in helping us to bring a few ex Carier employees into the fold when they unfortunately ceased trading.

Richard has been and will always be seen as a friend of both myself and my parents and we very much hope to stay in touch over the coming years and we, and all the staff at Perry’s, wish Richard and Jane all the best in the future and hope that they have a very enjoyable retirement.

Yours sincerely

David Perry

Managing Director


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Cargill on Fortune’s list of companies that are “Changing the World”

Cargill has been listed on Fortune’s first ‘Change the World’ list, which recognizes the top 51 companies that have made a sizable impact on major global social or environmental problems as part of their competitive strategy. Fortune said that the goal of the list is to “shine a spotlight on instances where companies are doing good as part of their profit-making strategy, and to shed new light on the power of capitalism to improve the human condition.”

Two hundred companies were nominated by editors of Fortune and FSG, a non-profit social impact consulting firm who reached out to dozens of business, academic and nonprofit experts worldwide for their recommendations. Editors at Fortune then reviewed the companies and ranked the top 51. Four criteria were taken into consideration: Business innovation, measurable impact at scale on an important social challenge, the contribution of shared value activities to the company’s profitability and competitive advantage and the significance of the shared value effort to the overall business.
Cargill was nominated for its pioneering efforts to curb malnutrition in India by fortifying its edible oils with vitamins A and D. India is home to 194 million malnourished people of which 40 per cent are children. Cooking oil is a staple product found in almost 99 per cent of homes. Cargill’s decision to fortify its edible oils in 2008 is largely seen by the industry as the catalyst for the oil fortification trend in India.
Siraj Chaudhry, CEO of Cargill Foods India said: “We are constantly looking at innovating our products, solutions and services to better meet the needs of our customers. Back in 2008, we saw the potential of fortifying our edible oils to bring a better product to the market and help nourish the millions of people suffering from malnutrition with the vitamins they desperately needed. We are glad that the industry thereafter acknowledged the need for oil fortification and that we triggered such a positive change.”

Operating responsible and sustainable supply chains

On top of producing safe and wholesome food, Cargill is focused on respecting people and human rights; treating animals humanely; promoting responsible agricultural practices; and reducing its environmental impact. The company has also been at the forefront of improving smallholder farmer livelihoods around the world.

  • ‘Cargill’s Cocoa Promise’ is improving the livelihoods of more than 115,000 cocoa farmers, their families and communities in Brazil, Cameroon, Côte d’Ivoire, Ghana and Indonesia. The program includes technical training and demonstration farms for farmers, as well as sustainability certification for their cocoa. Farmers’ incomes are being raised, including $44 million of premiums paid to farmer cooperatives for certified sustainable cocoa since 2009, half of which is paid directly to their farmer members.
  • In its palm oil supply chain, Cargill has presented $1.98 million in RSPO and International Sustainability and Carbon Certification (ISCC) premiums to smallholders in South Sumatra, Indonesia, since 2011, including $1 million to 8,800 smallholders from 18 cooperatives in 2014 for the oil palm they grew as part of Cargill’s PT Hindoli oil palm plantation. This is in addition to Cargill providing free medical clinics, free day care for children, providing local schools, book mobiles and training for its employees.
  • Cargill also has played a key role in reducing deforestation in Brazil through their Soy Moratorium. The program is credited for reducing deforestation in the Amazon from agriculture by 80%.

Given Cargill’s broad presence in food and agriculture, the company believes it has a fundamental responsibility for its environmental and social impact. It recently released its 2015 Corporate Responsibility report which recounts its efforts to create more sustainable supply chains and to increase food security while protecting the environment.