Adifo receives Dynamics First Mover award from Microsoft Belgium

Adifo has received the Dynamics First Mover 2015 award from Microsoft Belgium. This much coveted award was presented to our delegation at Microsoft’s worldwide partner conference in Orlando.

The 2015 Microsoft Worldwide Partner Conference (WPC)  is Microsoft’s largest event for partners. No other conference brings together so many of the leaders and visionaries in the Microsoft partner ecosystem. With hundreds of sessions—keynotes, breakouts and interactive presentations it is the ideal opportunity to expand Microsoft’s vision and network to provide customers with better solutions.

The award, presented to Adifo during this conference, is a recognition for Adifo’s commitment to the Dynamics AX product, international expansion and continued commitment to the cloud. It is a reward for Adifo’s vision and hard work and an important step towards winning the Microsoft Country Partner of the year award.

More info on Adifo: www.adifo.com

 

 

Seventh generation of Mosse family continues tradition of milling in Kilkenny

Small business: FutureProof – Kells Wholemeal supplies the bakery and retail trade with flour and bread mixes, by Alison Healy

Seventh generation of Mosse family continues tradition of milling in Kilkenny

Flour is definitely in the DNA of the Mosse family. They have been milling on the banks of the River Nore in Bennetsbridge, Co. Kilkenny for seven generations and managing director Robert Mosse believes the business can survive for as long more if it continues to adapt to change.

The family business started as WH Mosse, but today it’s known as Kells Wholemeal. It is the only stoneground mill using traditional methods to produce on a commercial scale for the bakery and retail trade.

It employs 27 people to make its stoneground wholemeal flours and mixes which are sold here and in Britain and France.

The milling industry has gone through many changes, but Robert’s grandfather Patrick met the challenge of flour quotas head-on in the 1960s. While the quotas restricted the production of flour, they didn’t affect the production of bread mixes so this is what he started to do. The family soon became famous for Mosse’s brown bread mix.

Read more: Seventh generation of Mosse family continues tradition of milling in Kilkenny, at the Irish Times

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.

Westeel adds Cost-Effective Catwalks to its Product Offering

Westeel today announces the addition of catwalks to its product line to better serve the global agriculture industry. The catwalk system is engineered and precisely manufactured by Westeel and the modular design requires less towers and less installation time than traditional systems.
Westeel engineers optimize every catwalk system to the location’s specific weather conditions, seismic zones and site, providing a cost-effective solution. Westeel catwalks and goal posts support high capacity conveyors of over 400 tonnes/hour (14,700 bushels/hour*) with minimal use of towers, greatly reducing material and installation costs. The product meets or exceeds European and North American codes, including EN ISO 14122-1, 14122‑2, 14122-3, 14122-4 and ANSI A1264.1-1995 (R2002).
The first Westeel Catwalk system was installed in Ontario, Canada. “The Westeel catwalks installation went seamlessly and took half the time to install compared with other systems,” said Harold Wilcocks, Manager & Sales of Wilcocks Brothers of Watford Limited. Westeel’s Ontario distributor is also very satisfied with the product “We are happy to provide our customers with this well-engineered solution tailored to their specific needs,” said Pat Fischer, President & CEO of John Ernewein Limited.
“We see grain storage and handling trending towards larger and larger operations. Along with our PTM Technology line of conveyors and bucket elevators and with our extensive line of bins, our catwalks allow us to better meet those growing needs,” said André Granger, President and General Manager of Westeel.
Westeel Catwalks can be supplied with or without conveyor path; with dual walkway; with dual conveyor path; with service platforms; with a bin peak connection and roof stairs; with punched or bar grating floor and with a number of other features. [*Based on wheat].

About Westeel
Westeel is a division of Vicwest Inc. Westeel’s comprehensive catalogue of products includes a wide range of on-farm and commercial grain handling and storage solutions for today’s agricultural industry, as well as storage and containment solutions to meet the needs of the petroleum, water and industrial sectors. Westeel has sales and engineering offices in Canada, the United States, Spain, Italy and India and manufacturing facilities in Canada and Italy. The company exports its products across all continents. Vicwest Inc. is traded on the TSX under the symbol VIC.

For more information, please contact:
André Granger, President and General Manager
Phone:+1 204 233 7133

Email: agranger@westeel.com

Adifo and LISAM enter strategic partnership

Adifo, the International Milling Directory member and leading advertiser in the area of animal feed formulation software is partnering with LISAM. Millers may want to think about their recipes utilising their products. The new press release is below:-

 

In order to make sure that customers are constantly up to date with the current legislation, Adifo has entered an exclusive partnership with LISAM, a leading provider of software and service solutions for Environment, Health and Safety compliance. This partnership provides an integrated solution with BESTMIX® for animal feed, human food and semi-processing industries. Thanks to this integrated solution, companies will have full compliance insight during formulation and will supply professional labelling of hazardous materials and MSDS authoring.

EU labelling regulation for hazardous chemicals

In December 2008 the European Parliament and the Council of the European Union passed regulation 1272/2008 to protect workers, consumers and the environment from hazardous
chemicals. The new regulation will go in full effect on the first of June, 2015. From that day on producers of hazardous chemicals will have to comply with new rules on classification, labelling & packaging of mixtures. The obligation to comply with the ever changing CLP requirements means the workload of affected producers is greatly increased.

Karel Vervaet, BESTMIX® Development Manager at Adifo:

“Adifo understands the core business of a premix supplier is not found in keeping up with regulatory restrictions and language barriers. We therefore decided to offer BESTMIX® users the opportunity to enhance their profit-driven feed formulation tool with a CLP classification module. The extra module will guarantee full CLP compliancy at all times in Europe and provides real-time CLP calculation during optimization. The resulting CLP pictograms, H and P statements, etc. are stored with the formula and are printable on the label. The new module is not limited to the European CLP standard, but also provides in the worldwide GHS standard. This partnership with LISAM is part of Adifo’s ecosystem of Partners strategy.”

Kristof Lecocq, Sales Manager at LISAM Systems:

“As a market leader, partnerships are strategically important for us in our quest for continuous growth. They give us the opportunity to cooperate with specialists from different industries and to share their insights.

With this partnership we gain access to the food and feed industry, which was until now more or less a blind spot in our customer portfolio. These companies are heavily impacted by the June 2015 GHS deadline and we are pleased that we can offer them, together with a strong partner such as Adifo, a solution so that they can remain focussed on their core business.”

 

About Lisam

Since 1999, Lisam Systems has provided software and service solutions for Environmental Health and Safety compliance management of the chemical, energy, cosmetics, detergent, paint and coverings, and special chemicals industry sectors. With over 700 customers served from offices in Europe, the Americas and Asia, Lisam Systems delivers software for Chemicals Management, SDS (MSDS) Authoring and Distribution, GHS compliant shipping and labelling, REACH Management and other hazardous chemicals volume tracking and reporting. Through its Telegis subsidiary, Lisam Systems also offers SDS (MSDS) authoring and other compliance services. www.lisam.com

About Adifo

World market leader Adifo develops and services a unique range of feed industry-specific software tools for least-cost feed formulation, quality data management, ration calculation, cloud services and ERP. 600 customers in over 60 countries apply Adifo’s software to optimize their resources, to achieve optimal animal performance, to service their clients, to be more efficient and to be more profitable. Continuous input from users, more than 40 years of experience and state-of-the-art technology guarantee innovative products that make a difference. www.adifo.com

Download here more info on the BESTMIX® CLP module

Kansas State University’s IGP Institute announces on-site and distance course offerings for professionals in the grain, flour and feed industries.

MANHATTAN, Kan. – “The challenge to feed a growing global population cannot be achieved without a steady and sustainable grain pipeline from the United States to the rest of the world,” says Dirk Maier, IGP Institute director. With that situation in mind, the IGP Institute team members have been busy making plans for 2015 and are excited to announce their new initiatives for the year ahead.

One of the new opportunities on the horizon is the expanded partnership between the IGP Institute and GEAPS (Grain Elevator Processing Society).

“In addition to coordinating distance trainings in grain handling, starting in January, we will also partner with GEAPS to offer online courses and a credential in grain-processing management,” says Mark Fowler, IGP Institute associate director. Expanding these courses to include processing trainings allows the two organizations to leverage the resources and networks for both organizations.

Along with that, in 2015, the IGP Institute is incorporating more blended-learning opportunities for its participants. Blended learning involves participants completing online training prior to coming to the IGP Institute for the hands-on education.
“By delivering the foundational knowledge through distance courses that allows us to spend the majority of the on-site time applying and demonstrating principles in the mill and labs,” Fowler says. He also says there is increased knowledge retention when material is shared with participants over a longer period of time.

“Distance courses allow students to get a theory and feel online. On-site courses are redeveloped to focus on the hands-on applications,” says Mark Fowler, IGP associate director. “We are changing; we are moving forward.”
One of the ways the organization is changing is to restructure some of its trainings for on-site courses. Two of the June courses have been renamed and refocused. The basic milling course is renamed to IGP-KSU Managing Mill Balance and Control. The advanced milling course is renamed to IGP-KSU Milling Practices to Improve Flour Quality.

“Our courses are three and a half days with the majority of the time applying the material hands-on,” Fowler says.

Another new growth opportunity is coming with an expanded offering in the feed manufacturing and grain management trainings. Plans are being made for more feed safety and feed management courses as well as activities related to grain quality management.

Finally, the IGP Institute continues to maintain its high quality grain marketing and risk management offerings. In addition, plans are underway for partnership trainings with the Northern Crops Institute both domestically and abroad.

To view the full schedules for on-site trainings and distance offerings, see below. For more information or to register for either platform, visit IGP online at www.grains.k-state.edu/IGP. For on-site training questions, contact the IGP program coordinator at telephone: +1 785-532-4070. For distance learning offering questions, contact the distance education coordinator at telephone: +1 785-532-4053.
For More Information Contact: Lisa Moser
IGP Marketing and Communications Coordinator
telephone: +1 785-477-4837; lmoser@ksu.edu.

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2015 IGP Institute On-site Courses
January
IGP–KSU Grain Elevator Managers – Jan. 5–9
IGP–KSU Introduction to Flour Milling – Jan. 12–16
February
AFIA–KSU Advanced Pelleting
March
Buhler–KSU Expert Milling (English) – March 16–20
Buhler–KSU Expert Milling (Spanish) – March 23–27
IGP–NCI Singapore
April
IGP–KSU Grain Purchasing
NGFA–AFIA–KSU Establishing a HACCP for the Feed Industry
May
IGP–KSU Grain Elevators Managers – May 4–8
June
Buhler–KSU Executive Milling (English) – June 1–5
IGP–KSU Managing Mill Balance & Control – June 2–5
IGP–KSU Milling Practices to Improve Flour Quality – June 9–12
CANIMOLT – June 15–19
USW Nigerian Flour Milling – June 16–25
August
IGP–KSU Extrusion Processing: Technology and Commercialization – Aug. 10–14
Buhler–KSU Executive Milling (Spanish) – Aug. 10–14
IGP–KSU Risk Management
RAPCO Poultry
AFIA–KSU Advanced Feed Manufacturing on Maintenance
Buhler–KSU Flowsheet Technology (English) – Aug. 17–21
September
Buhler–KSU Flowsheet Technology (Spanish) – Sept. 14–18
IGP–KSU Feed Manufacturing
October
NGFA–AFIA–KSU Establishing a HACCP for the Feed Industry
IGP–KSU Bulk Solids Handling and Flow
AIBI–KSU Grain Milling and HACCP Workshop
November
RAPCO Feed
Buhler–KSU Executive Milling (English) – Nov. 9–13
IGP–KSU Pet Food 101
December
2015 KSU-GEAPS Distance Courses
Jan. 5–Feb. 6
Registration opens Nov. 17, closes Dec. 16
GEAPS 520 – Quality Grain Management (English and Spanish)
GEAPS 522 – FGIS Grain Inspection Orientation
GEAPS 554 – Equipment Maintenance I
GEAPS 550 – Materials Handling I
Feb. 9–March 13
Registration opens Jan. 5, closes Feb. 3
GEAPS 521 – Aeration System Design
GEAPS 530 – Quality Management Systems
GEAPS 542 – Electrical Safety
GEAPS 544 – Preventing Grain Dust Explosions
GEAPS 600 – Overview of Milling Principles (Processing)
March 16–April 17
Registration opens Feb. 2, closes March 10
GEAPS 500 – Intro to Grain Operations (English and Spanish)
GEAPS 555 – Advanced Equipment Maintenance
GEAPS 540 – Entry Level Safety – new
GEAPS 620 – Grain Receiving, Cleaning & Conditioning (Processing)
April 20–May 22
Registration opens March 16, closes April 14
GEAPS 525 – Management of Insect Pests
GEAPS 545 – Grain Entrapment
GEAPS 510 – Facilities Planning & Design I
May 25–June 26
Registration opens April 27, closes May 19
GEAPS 511 – Facilities Planning & Design II – new
GEAPS 541 – Developing an Effective Safety Culture
GEAPS 551 – Materials Handling II
Sept. 14–Oct. 16
Registration opens July 13, closes Sept. 1
GEAPS 524 – Grain Drying
GEAPS 540 – Entry Level Safety (English and Spanish)
Nov. 2–Dec. 4
Registration opens Sept. 14, closes Oct. 27
GEAPS 552 – Materials Handling III
GEAPS 501 – Management Basics
GEAPS 630 – Quality Control/Quality Assurance Practices in Flour Milling (Processing)
GEAPS XXX – The Grain Industry in Canada: Climate, Crops and People – new

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.”

International IDMA reaches further than ever before

In April next year, from April 23rd to 26th in Istanbul, IDMA will take place again. The biannual exhibition will once again be a great event for the milling sectors and also a great event for distributing the 23rd edition of the International Milling Directory for 2014-15. Free copies will be available at the Perendale Publishers stands.

At this event, important companies such as Alapala, Bühler, Imas – Milleral, Tapco, Famsun, 4B, Consergra, Frigortec, Gazel, Ugur Makina, Altinbilek, Genc Degirmen, Paglierani, Satake Europe, Selis, Silos Cordoba, Suncue, Symaga, Unormak, Yenar, Zheng Chang and many more. We hope to see you there.