HGCA and nabim: 2014 Milling Wheat Challenge annouced!

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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.

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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.

Introducing: Lotexim Consortium

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The International Milling Directory  (IMD) is pleased to welcome Lotexim Consortium. This Kiev-based group provides services in the fields of worldwide supply and delivery of cereals and similar commodities.

The International Milling Directory has wanted to break into this region’s grain industry and service providers and this is a great starting point for the local industry to feature in the International Milling Directory. See Lotexim Consortium’s online page here: https://www.internationalmilling.com/company_5355.html.

 

The company’s free online IMD synopsis describes Lotexim as:-

 

Emerging Lotexim Agro Consortium consolidates a range of productive, foreign trade, logistics and marketing companies and entrepreneurs from Russia, Kazakhstan, Ukraine, Germany, Turkey, India. Lotexim Consortium supplies cereals (wheat, rye, corn, barley, oats, buckwheat), pulses, oilseeds; sugar; as well as their processed products origin Russia, Ukraine, Kazakhstan. The main product is soft milling wheat, big industrial volumes available. Lotexim: your reliable Russian grain supplier! Welcome collaboration with Mills, whom we furnish in a best way!

 

Registration is also still open for the new edition – register or update your listing in time for July 2014’s publication of the new edition of the International Milling Directory 2014/15 –  click here!

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Introducing: Campden BRI

ImageThe International Milling Directory is pleased to welcome Campden BRI as a new member today.

Campden BRI offer consultancy and quality assurance within the flour and cereal milling sector.

Their synopsis states: 

Campden BRI provides practical scientific, technical, legislative and information support to the food and drink, feed, and allied industries. Its services are underpinned by a strong programme of research and development, and include analysis and testing, product innovation, process validation, consultancy, auditing, and training. Many of its service activities are independently accredited and can be tailored to meet specific needs. Expertise is matched with extensive pilot plant, laboratories and training facilities.

Registration is also still open for the new edition – register or update your listing in time for July’s publication of the new edition of the International Milling Directory 2013/14 –  click here!

 

 

Cereals 2013 offers arable opportunities

The International Milling Directory (IMD) is happy to say that it will be at Cereals 2013, the UK’s leading show for agricultural technology.

 

The International Milling Directory's publisher Perendale Publishers was present at Cereals 2012

IMD’s publisher Perendale was present at Cereals 2012

On 12th-13th June 26,000 visitors and 490 exhibitors will descend on Boothby Graffoe, near Lincoln, for business-to-business (b2b) opportunities, crop plots and live demonstrations, including ones in the natural habitat of the Syngenta Sprays and Sprayers Arena. With over 64 hectares of stands, visitors are sure to get a comprehensive rundown of the arable industry.

Hot topics on this year’s agenda include recovering from the awful weather hitting the UK in the last few months, driving business efficiencies and adapting to the challenges of Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) reform.

Charles Blessley, Case IH‘s UK and Ireland marketing manager, expects it to be a good exhibition for machinery manufacturers.

“Cereals attracts progressive large-scale farmers and operators, so it provides the ideal venue to showcase our range of technically advanced machinery. Since last year’s event we have introduced a number of exciting new products which will be on display at Cereals 2013.”

Marketing manager at New Holland, Richard Spencer, believes Cereals 2013 is an “ideal platform” to discuss business with customers.

“The event attracts the key decision-makers in the arable sector. Cereals offers a great opportunity for visitors to talk through the options, and our technical staff look forward to showing what we can offer.”