PerkinElmer acquires Perten Instruments

PerkinElmer, Inc. (“PerkinElmer”) has agreed to acquire Perten Instruments Group AB (“Perten”), a global leading supplier of advanced analytical instruments for quality control of food, grain, flour and feed, from Valedo Partners Fund I AB (“Valedo”), the Perten family and key staff in Perten. Perten has under Valedo’s ownership since 2010 doubled in size through successful investments in product development and geographical expansion. PerkinElmer’s commitment to the food quality testing space and presence in complementary markets combined with Perten’s solid market position and leading product portfolio is an ideal match to further strengthen a leading position in this sector.

Perten, founded in 1962, develops and markets instruments, along with a market leading food quality calibration database and ancillary services, for advanced quality control of food, grain, flour and feed. Over the last few years, Perten has achieved strong organic growth and today generates an annual turnover of more than EUR 50 million with sales in more than 100 countries. Perten has a global leading position in several product segments which is the result of the development of ground-breaking products, several of which are now industry standards.

PerkinElmer, Inc. is a global leader focused on improving the health and safety of people and the environment. Through combining innovative detection, imaging, laboratory services, and informatics solutions with knowledge and expertise PerkinElmer supports the discovery of critical insights in diagnostics, life sciences, and environmental applications. The company reported revenue of approximately $2.2 billion in 2013, has around 7,600 employees serving customers in more than 150 countries.

“I am very proud of what Perten has achieved in the market. Since 2010 we have accelerated our efforts to develop and launch innovative products and services and we have significantly expanded our sales and service organization in both existing and new markets. Perten has appreciated working with Valedo and now welcome PerkinElmer as our new owner, who we are convinced will be able to contribute significant resources and competence to further develop and grow our business.” said Sven Holmlund, CEO, Perten Instruments Group AB.

“The combination of Perten’s unique capabilities with PerkinElmer’s portfolio of innovative analytical instruments will enable us to further penetrate the multi-billion dollar global food testing market, including longer-term opportunities in higher growth regions such as China,” said Jon DiVincenzo, President, Environmental Health, PerkinElmer. “PerkinElmer will now be firmly positioned to help customers address rigorous regulations for food quality control, import/export product testing, and the need to preserve the integrity of global supply chains.”

About Valedo:
Valedo is an independent Swedish private equity group investing in high-quality small/mid cap companies in the Nordic region. Valedo is focusing on companies with clear growth and development potential where Valedo can actively contribute to and accelerate the companies’ development. Being an active owner and contributing both capital and industrial experience, Valedo ensures that a company can achieve its full potential. www.valedopartners.com.

About PerkinElmer:
PerkinElmer, Inc. is a global leader focused on improving the health and safety of people and the environment. The Company reported revenue of approximately $2.2 billion in 2013, has about 7,600 employees serving customers in more than 150 countries, and is a component of the S&P 500 Index. Additional information is available through telephone: +1-877-PKI-NYSE, or at www.perkinelmer.com.

About Perten Instruments:
Perten Instruments Group is a global leader in analytical instrumentation and services to the food, grain, flour and feed markets. The company generates an annual turnover of more than EUR 50 million, has some 200 employees in 8 operational units and supplies the rest of the world through distributors and agents in more than 100 countries. For further information please visit www.perten.com.

Jordan Family now Lead Shareholders as European Oat Millers targets further growth

Two of the shareholders of European Oat Millers, David and Bill Jordan, have acquired the shares of the company’s chairman Moez Karsan and his wife Naseem Karsan. This gives the two Jordan brothers majority ownership of the business as it embarks on the next phase of its development.

European Oat Millers

European Oat Millers

Founded by the Karsan and Jordan families 30 years ago, European Oat Millers has grown to be the second largest oat miller in Europe in terms of capacity and the largest in terms of b2b market share. Moez and Naseem Karsan managed the company on behalf of the shareholders until 2012, when Alk Brand was appointed as Managing Director.

The Bedford-based company supplies oats and other grain based ingredients to most of the major producers of porridges, muesli, granola and other oat products such as biscuits. The company also operates a world class retail cereal plant producing private label breakfast cereals such as flakes, extruded products and granolas to many of the top retailers in the UK and Europe.

The deal with the Jordan brothers is the latest in a business relationship which dates back to Moez Karsan joining Jordan’s Cereals in the 1980s to help it to introduce the first granola bars into the UK market before the Jordan family sold Jordan’s Cereals to ABF in 2008. Moez and Bill will continue to work together promoting their passion for bio-diversity through the Conservation Grade programme.

“I’m delighted that David and Bill wanted to buy my stake in this great business,” said Moez. “It cements a friendship that has lasted for over 30 years and I know the company will go from strength to strength under their stewardship. After dedicating most of my life to growing European Oat Millers to the sizeable business it is today we have decided to focus our time on other pursuits and family interests.”

Commented Bill Jordan: “The contribution Moez has made to this sector and to European Oat Millers in particular cannot be underestimated. We wish him and his wife an extremely long and happy future. The greatest testament to his achievement will be the continued growth and prosperity of this business, to which we and the management team are dedicated.

“The new European Oat Millers Board will be backing our management team with an investment programme aimed to create substantial additional capacity in our milling business. European Oat Millers will continue to invest to make sure we keep delighting our customers with world class technical and service standards and to help the company to keep expanding its horizons.”

Operating from three sites in Bedford, European Oat Millers employs 150 people and has grown rapidly in recent years with a particular emphasis on export markets. The company has recently joined The Sunday Times International Track 200 league table, highlighted for its export growth over a two-year period which includes exporting globally to markets including India, China and South Africa.

Managing director Alk Brand, who joined the business with a successful track record in grain processing, is bullish about its prospects. “We are seeing sustained growth in export and domestic markets, reflecting the increasing popularity of oats as an ingredient among manufacturers and consumers,” he said. “We are proud to supply blue chip food manufacturers and retailers from our production facilities and will continue to support our customers through investment in innovation and expansion.”

New AACCI approved RVA Method for Determining the Gelatinization Temperature for Milled Rice Flour

International Milling Directory member, Perten Instruments has just gained an approval for their new flour analysis method called the RVA (Rapid Visco Analyser)

The RVA (Rapid Visco Analyser) Method for Determining the Gelatinization Temperature for Milled Rice Flour has been approved by AACCI (American Association of Cereal Chemists) as Method number 61-04.01.

Gelatinization temperature (GT) is commonly measured to assess rice cooking and processing potential. A faster method using a small quantity of sample has been desired for some time as traditional methods of estimating rice GT using the amylograph and differential scanning calorimetry (DSC) are time-consuming and, in the case of the amylograph, require large quantities of samples – not well suited to rice breeding requirements. The Rapid Visco Analyser (RVA) is a cooking, stirring viscometer with ramped temperature and variable shear capability. It is commonly used in laboratories to measure the pasting properties of rice and provides the advantages of speed, ease of use, and small sample size requirements. In parallel testing with the traditional methods, the new RVA method also provided more precise results.

Further reading:
Read more about the  New RVA Method in the Perten Science World issue No 9.
General information about The Rapid Visco Analyser (RVA) can be found here.

 

For more information please contact:

Perten Instruments Stockholm:
Mark Bason
Business Development Manager Rheology.
Phone: +46 8 505 80 900
E-mail: mbason@perten.com

The Grain Chain

The International Milling Directory is glad to promote a video from The Grain Chain. The Grain Chain programme is a collaboration of the HGCA, Federation of Bakers (FoB) and Flour Advisory Bureau (FAB). It is the successor to the Flour and Grain Education Programme which was launched in 2002. The International Milling Directory always supports training and wishes to promote this further in any small way at all.

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The Grain Chain

 

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The transformation of wheat seeds into flour. See the grain during different stages of the milling process and the machines that crush, grind, sift and separate the grain to give us flour, bran and wheat feed.”

Grainchain.com is a curriculum linked education resource for teachers and parents to inform school-aged children about the story of grain-based food – from the farm to mill to plate. Find tailored teaching materials, worksheets, videos, quizzes, recipes and activities about farming, milling and baking.

 

GRAPAS 2014 Programme

GRAPAS took place last week with over 100 registered attendees in Bangkok, Thailand. Roger Gilbert, owner and publisher of the International Milling Directory again chaired the bi-annual conference. This took place alongside Victam Asia and was also the forum for the GRAPAS award. Rice, wheat and flour milling were all discussed with real enthusiasm and purpose and all reports and feedback has been very positive indeed.0673

 

The programme of the recent conference is below.

 
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‘It’s about meeting the growing demand for better food’

VIV Europe 2014 has a strong feed flavour

Feed forms a focal point of VIV Europe 2014. Global developments in the composition and manufacturing of feeds will feature strongly at this international trade show. “We always cover the agribusiness spectrum from feed to meat in every VIV event. But Utrecht in May will underline the feed aspect in several ways,” confirms exhibition manager Ruwan Berculo. “For example, when our visitors arrive at the show they will find that a hall near to the main entrance contains displays by all the leading suppliers of feed manufacturing technology as well as for companies marketing ingredients and additives. A second hall only about a minute away on foot will have more nutritional products on show.”

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Extend automation further into the process

Preliminary calculations tell us that there will be more than 40 exhibitors with machinery or equipment for feed mills. In addition about 15 companies supplying feed manufacturing systems will be represented on the stands forming a special pavilion. In addition global suppliers will shine their light on the profitability and competitiveness of feed manufacturing, by offering a view of how automation can be extended further into the processes of the mill. Ruwan continues: “Everyone in the feed business can gain from the knowledge shared during the various sessions as well as from seeing the innovations at display.“

It is something that has been emphasised repeatedly in the series of VIV Europe Roadshows which travelled around the world to promote the main event this spring. The directors and managers of feed manufacturing companies that attended these Roadshows have already made plans to attend the show in May, because of its strong feed flavour.

Intensification has to be sustainable

“We primarily aim to be a platform for all of the leading technology and know-how in the field of animal protein production in growth countries that currently have the greatest need for this. In addition, we of course also focus our range of solutions on major European countries and the United States in order to achieve even more innovative and higher quality livestock, meat and egg production systems in those countries – all of course with clear preconditions for sustainability because the world has now discovered that intensification has to be sustainable. This is something we are already seeing in the far afield countries, where there is more interest in animal welfare and food safety than you may imagine. Meeting the growing need for animal protein products is not just simply a case of even bigger and more intensive.GITP20100421VIV0515

With the theme of ‘sustainability’ Berculo is alluding to the misconception that this only relates to organic production. “It’s about answering the question about how we can meet the growing demand for better food and how we can develop that in a sustainable manner, throughout the world. What is required for that and meets the latest requirements will be here at the show. We have what has never been on show before, like we’ve promised.”

Attending VIV Europe is free upon registration. Please click here for your free ticket.

VIV Europe 2014

VIV Europe 2014

 

Inspire Forum

The International Milling Directory is pleased to announce a great update from an event chaired by one of its member companies. AB Vista‘s Research Director Mike Bedford provided a great platform for the industry of feed nutrition to expose some great research for knowledge and understanding. A report direct from the forum is below in this post.

 

INSPIRE FORUM HIGHLIGHTS COMPLEX NATURE OF PLANT NSPs AND THE FACTORS THAT INFLUENCE THEIR NUTRITIONAL IMPACT

The inaugural Inspire: Non-starch Polysaccharide (NSP) Forum got underway yesterday with 80 delegates from 23 countries hearing presentations aimed at generating a deeper understanding of the complex structures of plant NSPs and the factors that influence their nutritional impact. It was the first of three sessions across the three days of the Forum looking, respectively at aspects of the NSP substrate, the impact of fibre on animal nutrition and feed enzyme solutions to improve efficacy and sustainability.

Chairing this first session, AB Vista Research Director Mike Bedford highlighted the importance of understanding how NSPs were synthesised and structured when the target was to achieve effective and targeted breakdown using exogenous enzymes.

The process by which cellulose is synthesised was outlined by Dr Staffan Persson of the Max Planck Institute. This was followed by a review of the arabinoxylan structure of cereal grains using a fluorescently-labelled inactivated xylanase by Joran Verspeet of KU Leuven, a technique which also highlighted clear evidence of specificity between different xylanases and different arabionoxylan structures.

Stan Cauvain of Baketran then discussed the experience of the breadmaking industry in using xylanases to overcome the water retaining ability of grain NSPs to maintain bread quality. It was problem that had grown considerably as demand for high fibre wholemeal bread increased during the past 30 years.

Mr Cauvain stated: “The problem is that we have very little idea of why xylanase works in breadmaking. We know how to control the results, but we don’t know exactly what is happening in terms of the interaction between the enzyme and grain quality.”

Mr Cauvain also highlighted the enormous challenge faced by his industry due to the variability in fibre content between flour batches, between flour types and between growing seasons. The inability to reliably predict response to xylanase addition – or the effect of the xylanase inhibitors known to be present in some grains – meant a heavy reliance on extensive and regular trial and error screening, a situation with considerable parallels in the feed industry.

The session closed with a presentation by Dr Per Aman of the Swedish University of Agricultural Science, who discussed the challenges faced when trying to analyse plant fibre.

“None of the methodologies currently used produce exactly the same substrate conditions as found in the animal gut,” he stated. “In terms of the characteristics important to animal nutrition, the molecular structure of the fibre component can be hugely important, as can agronomic conditions.

“For example, the branching on the xylose backbone of arabinoxylan molecules dictates the extent of viscosity effects, as well as how and where xylanases can act to break down those long-chain molecules. Differences between growing sites can also exceed varietal differences, and a detailed knowledge of these factors is essential when looking to understand xylanase activity.”

Those interested in receiving the latest information before and during the forum can follow @inspireforum or the #nspforum hashtag on Twitter. A full list of speakers can be found at inspireforum.com.

Croptech-FeedTech is a hot issue at VIV Europe 2014

This May professionals in milling and processing from around the world finally have the chance to return to their favourite Dutch city for global expo VIV Europe.

Utrecht in The Netherlands boasts a proud history of hosting exhibitions to welcome and inform feed industry executives from around the world. Now Utrecht is preparing to take on that role once again, when the VIV Europe 2014 world expo for poultry and livestock husbandry and processing takes place in this beautiful city from May 20th to May 22nd. A unique trade show where crop and feed technology will play a prominent role.

Special feature: CropTech-FeedTech

For instance a debate on digital engineering at the heart of feed production will take place as well as a major CropTech-FeedTech conference on Wednesday May 21st. Before the conference launches, an open discussion involving all of the participants will commence with short presentations on the digital engineering theme by six global suppliers. Key suppliers who will address automation in all parts of the feed manufacturing chain, from mixing and conveying to pelleting and extrusion.

VIV Europe The developments in this field are progressing so rapidly and are so vital for the production of animal protein that this theme has attracted massive international interest. Exhibition manager Ruwan Berculo explains: “Within the central theme of ‘Sustainable intensification’ the production of animal feeds is essential. The quality of the feed is a spearhead because this has such a massive influence on the quality of the end products for the consumer. The feed component is also a significant factor for the cost price of meat, poultry meat and eggs. The production of high-quality feed is therefore a main topic at VIV Europe. The scientific world is discovering an increasing level of how the production chain can be managed by using technology and automation. It all comes down to the ability to switch quickly between various protein-rich raw materials, depending on price and availability on the world market and tracking and tracing.” At VIV Europe experts and exhibitors will therefore be presenting their best techniques and launch a variety of ground breaking products in this particular field.

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20,000 key players, 140 countries

Berculo concludes: “Visitors will discover the combination of the technology on show and the seminars and congresses that will allow them to gain greater in-depth knowledge. We are expecting 20.000 key players from 140 countries to attend. Many are from Asia, Africa, the Middle East, South America and Russia. In addition entire diplomatic delegations will come to take a look at the world premieres. ” Complete cattle farm complexes and systems which cannot be exhibited at the show because of their size, will be visited via field-trips. Six hundred exhibitors from 45 countries have their latest products set to present to the entire industry. They are ready. Are you?

Attending VIV Europe is free upon registration. Please click here for your free ticket!

London and South East Millers Society – ‘Bin the Beetle’ evening event

Roger Gilbert at the door of nabim

Roger Gilbert at the front door of 21 Arlington Street, and the nabim plaque

(L-R) Roger Gilbert, Brian Wilkinson, Graham Henry

(L-R) Roger Gilbert, Brian Wilkinson, Graham Bruce

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nabim – 125 years – 1828-2003

The London and South East Millers Society tie

The London and South East Millers Society tie

(L-R) Roger Gilbert, Tom Blacker, Sean Parris, Bryan McGee

(L-R) Roger Gilbert, Tom Blacker, Sean Parris, Bryan McGee

The International Milling Directory again returned to London for meetings, talks and a fine reception event in nabim’s headquarters at 21 Arlington Street, London yesterday (Tuesday 11th February 2014).

We met many flour millers and managed to reconnect with many familar faces in the UK industry, and emjoyed hearing some fantastic feedback and industry news from millers.

‘Bin the beetle’ was a great presentation about various ways millers can prevent and react to beetle infestations. Our own Roger Gilbert even asked a question about inspection, and technological advancements even proactively meaning the process and problem-solving work with infestations are prevented before they happen.

The International Milling Directory was well-represented in the attendees’ companies. Register or update your company today ready for the new directory – the 23rd edition for 2014/15 – at www.internationalmilling.com.

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