Grapas 2017 – live videos of the presentations



Achieving great synergies between milling sectors as the world wakes up to the challenge of feeding 9.5 billion people by 2050

The senior international executives that attend GRAPAS will comprise CEO’s , directors, mill managers, plant managers, transportation managers, nutritionists, etc. These influential visitors will have come from rice mills, flour mills, food processing plants, storage facilities, port terminals

Milling and Grain Magazine is excited to share with our readers the latest line up industry voices that will presenting on the day among the topic of ‘Milling Materials’, ‘Global Milling’, and ‘Milling Innovation’.



  • Raw materials, additives and product development
  • Technological developments in the milling industry
  • Challenges facing the food industry





Milling and Grain Magazine is excited to share with our readers the latest line up industry voices that will present on the day among the topic of ‘Milling Materials’, ‘Global Milling’, and ‘Milling Innovation’. Read below to find out more about our exciting line up.
1. Milling Materials – Varieties, nutrition and health

Thomas Ziolko
Topic: “Ensuring food safety in the milling process”
Title: Product Manager Industrial Milling, Bühler

Bio: Thomas Ziolko began his career studying at Hoffmann La Roche school of health care. After working for some time as product manager with Büchi Labortechnik, a Spectroscopy equipment supplier, Thomas moved began working as product manager in Bühler’s Grain Milling Business Area. He is responsible for various grain milling product groups including weighing, packing, online sensors and quality monitoring. With a vast background of knowledge in working with monitoring equipment, Thomas is working at the peak of his field with the team at Bühler.


Martin Whitworth
Topic: “Quality Evaluation of UK Milling Wheat”
& “Mechanisms of Structure Formation in Baked Products”
Title: Principle Scientist – Primary Production and Processing, Campden BRI

Bio: Martin Whitworth is a Principal Scientist in Campden BRI’s Primary Production and Processing Department. The department specialises in raw material processing and measurement, with a strong reputation in cereals research and analysis. Martin has a PhD in physics from Cambridge University, and is a Chartered Physicist. He has worked at Campden BRI since 1992.
Martin provides services for physical characterisation of food products and ingredients including colour, structure and texture, with particular expertise in the application of imaging methods. His main food speciality is cereal science and technology. He is a leading expert on bubble structure of doughs and baked products and is the inventor of the C-Cell instrument for bread analysis. His high stature has earned him two speaking roles at the GRAPAS 2017 Conference, in which he will share his unrivalled expertise.


2. Global Milling – Opportunities for the milling industry

Thomas Landert
Topic: “Rice Miling – The role of extrusion technology in the milling industry”
Title: Area Sales Manager – Europe & Middle East, Wenger Manfuacturing inc.

Bio: Thomas Landert has detailed experience in engineering and marketing worldwide. With a degree in Mechanical Engineering, Thomas previously worked in various fields including equipment design and development, and technical assistance and service, before moving in to a marketing and sales role with several international Swiss companies. From 2001 he worked as Marketing Segment Manager for Bühler, before moving on to the role of Area Sales Manager for Nutrition in places including the Middle East, Southern Africa, and the Indian Subcontinent. Currently he works for Wenger Manufacturing, where he serves in the Food and Industrial Products Division as Area Sales Manager for Europe and the Middle East. With such international involvement in milling extrusion, Thomas is perfectly equipped to explain the value of extrusion technology in Rice milling.


Alexander Waugh
Topic: “Training the millers – Are we providing enough trained mill leaders?”
Title: Director, NABIM

Bio: Alexander Waugh is the Director General of the UK flour millers’ association, NABIM, and Secretary of the Rice Association. He has a long involvement in the grain world, having worked in the farming sector before joining NABIM in 1987. Alexander is a Council member of the Campden and Chorleywood Food Research Association and a member of the Executive Committee of the European Flour Millers Association. He is a former vice-President of Euromaisiers, which represents EU maize millers, and has also been a board member of HGCA Ltd (now AHDB Cereals and Oilseeds), an organisation which brings together UK farmers, grain traders and processors to promote the wellbeing of the grain sector. Alexander is a key player of the milling industry, and a must-see presenter at the GRAPAS 2017 Conference.


Cliff Spencer
Topic: “The future importance of lesser known grains to global milling”
Title: Chairman, Milling4Life CIO

Bio: During a distinguished 40 year farming career Clifford achieved several UK crop yield records and acted as the leading nucleus seed producer to all the major European plant breeders. He has produced over 60 species of plants at farm level on a global basis, was previous Chairman of a regional Farming Group for the UK Sustainable Strategy in Farming, was a senior Agriculture and Bioenergy adviser to the United Nations Foundation (UNF) and has served as an expert adviser to the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) and the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD). He is now a Goodwill Ambassador for the African Union, a director and Chairman of Milling4Life, a UK Charitable Incorporated Organisation. There are few people more important to meet at GRAPAS 2017.


3. Milling Innovation – Technology & Development

Nicholas Trounce
Topic: “Internet of things: Sensors and online measurements for milling”
Title: Head Product Management Industrial Milling, Bühler

Bio: Nicholas Trounce has a rich background of education in Business Informatics and Administration at both Bachelor and Masters level. Working with Bühler since 2007, he began as the head of customer service, in Switzerland, before moving on to project manager for the USA in 2012. Today he is head of product management at Bühler’s Grain Milling Business Area, responsible for various grain milling product groups including roller mills and optical sorters. His background in Business Informatics and IT leaves him perfectly poised to deliver a highly informative presentation detailing the potential capacity for further development of the milling industry using the power of the internet of things.


Dr Wenbin Wu
Topic: “Present Situation and Development of Chinese Roller Machining Technology”
Title: Head, Institute of Grain Machinery

Bio: Originally receiving his PhD from Dalian University of Technology, professor Wen-bin Wu is now a visiting scholar at the Norwegian University of science and technology and leader of the Grain and oil Machinery Research Institute at Henan University of Technology. His research focuses on the modern design of milling and grain machinery and manufacturing technology. Aside from his research, Professor Wu is also a member of the China Grain and oil council, vice secretary of Food Machinery and Equipment on China’s Food Standard Commission, and committee member for the special processing branch of the Chinese mechanical engineering association. As the Chinese milling industry only continues to grow, it is more important now than ever to hear what potential it holds from one of the industry’s experts.


Dr Thomas Miedaner & Dr Friedrich Longin
Topic: “Bring Back Neglected Cereals: From Ancient Grains to Superfoods”
Title: Co-Authors – Bring Back Neglected Cereals: From Ancient Grains to Superfoods

Bio: Thomas Miedaners studied Agrobiology at the University of Hohenheim and received his PhD in Resistance Genetics at a Federal institute. He returned to the University of Hohenheim in 1987 to get the leader of the Rye & Biotic Stress Research Group at the State Plant Breeding Institute and got his Habilitation in 1998 in Plant Breeding.

Friedrich Longins studied Agrobiology at the University of Hohenheim and received his PhD in Breeding Methodology. He returned to the University of Hohenheim after a short PostDoc engagement as leader of the Wheat Research Group at the State Plant Breeding Institute, before attaining his Habilitation in 2016 in Plant Breeding.


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