Adifo’s Scandanavian Seminar

Animal feed formulation experts and International Milling Directory member, Adifo are hosting a seminar on 17th September in Copenhagen, Denmark. This summit will have 3 practical cases as well as presentations focused on solutions. This summit is for feed millers, nutritionists, feed formulators, researchers and many more connected to the industry.

Please click on the advert below to find out more and register your attendance today or call +32 50 30 42 35 for more information.

 

Introducing: Elit

The International Milling Directory is pleased to welcome Elit as a new member. Elit started out as an enzyme, flour improver and technical bakery ingredients Istanbul, Turkey. They have amassed great resources, staff and knowledge and are currently also writing a specially-commissioned article for Grain & Feed Milling Technology magazine, to be published soon.

Today we are pleased to register Elit for the 2014-15 edition. Please see their membership page now online at: https://www.internationalmilling.com/company_5443.html

Their corporate synopsis is also here:-

As being a new organization, Elit Gida that has been taking place in the sector since 2004, is the conclusion of knowledge, experience and activities accumulated by the 15 years experiences. It displays activity in this sector regarding the subjects, starting from wheat to the conversion of wheat to flour, and coming to our tables as being various bakery products, and making up the technique and technological deficiencies and problems during these progresses.

Solving of the problems regarding the wheat quality in the agricultural conditions of our country and providing of the flour standardization, are possible with a proper laboratory service and the developers, which were prepared according to the wheat variations. Our main working logic is to conflate the dynamics, which are necessary for proper production of the wheat in accordance with its purpose and to create synergy.

We have been providing consultancy services to wheat manufacturers in our country and abroad as well as presenting wheat developers and additives as product to flour plants.

For this purpose, in order to present the truest solutions to our customers in the shortest time, we will continue to be your reliable partner for solution of any kind of problems, regarding R&D Studies, presentation and selling with quality responsibility, within the borders those were generally accepted by the official authorities of the world and within the frame of the laws, with our personality opens to development and innovations and our expertise staff as well.

Their website homepage, www.elit.com.tr is an interesting place and point of contact if you wish to find out more.

If you wish to register your company online with the International Milling Directory, then please go to our International Milling Directory website for registration. Please also remember to update your membership here too!

 

 

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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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.

VIV Europe

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!

O&J HØJTRYK A/S visit our headquarters in Cheltenham

(L-R): Roger Gilbert, Tuti Tan, Darren Parris and Leif Wolf

(L-R): Roger Gilbert, Tuti Tan, Darren Parris and Leif Wolf

International Milling Directory member O&J HØJTRYK A/S’ main contact paid a visit to the UK headquarters in Cheltenham today, Wednesday 5th Feburary. Battling through bad weather, unruly transportation and a disappointing meal at Brasserie Blanc in Cheltenham, Leif had a tiresome Tuesday travelling from Amsterdam to Cheltenham ready for today. However, company and familiarity of catching up over a shared passion of milling brightened up the experience.

Leif Wolf met with staff Roger Gilbert, Darren Parris, Tuti Tan and Tom Blacker to discuss our common values and to finalise the latest article which will be published in the January/February issue of Grain & Feed Milling Technology.

Both parties have met may times before at industry events and in many countries: Germany, Thailand and Turkey to name a few but hosting Leif in our main premises was a pleasure we could not refuse. We gained great mutual insights and learnt an impressive amount from Leif, and appreciate each other’s partnership in moving towards the future in feed production industries.

As all good things must come to an end, Darren voluntarily drove Leif back to the airport for him to resume business with his customers and wished him well until the next occasion. We may even drop into him at his office O&J HØJTRYK A/S in Denmark in the near future…

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Geelen Counterflow – Dryers and coolers produced from green and clean electricity

International Milling Directory member, Geelen Counterflow is now a major solar-power producer of electricity for production of coolers and dryers.

A major solar array of over 600 solar panels on the roofs of Geelen Counterflow’s plant in Haelen, Netherlands, was commissioned at the end of October 2013. Every year over 125.000 kWh of clean electricity will be generated for laser‐cutting and welding of stainless steel components for the company’s dryers and coolers.

The investment is part of “project 50/50” which targets a 50% reduction of the company’s CO2 footprint in 2020, compared to 2012 and an increase of 50% in the amount of CO2 reductions the company achieves for its customers by installing more efficient dryers and coolers. The company’s own CO2 footprint measures the exhaust of CO2 that follows from all company processes, from manufacturing and internal transport to heating, electricity and business travel.

Managing Director Sander Geelen said:

“As a manufacturer of counter-flow dryers and coolers we always try to improve the energy balance of our customer’s manufacturing processes. But for the energy balance of the earth, the increasing concentration of greenhouse gases causes more and more solar heat to be trapped inside our atmosphere, so land and oceans become ever warmer on average. It’s like putting on warmer and warmer sweaters when you are already warm enough. There is fast growing scientific evidence that we cannot go on like this. Rather than argue about details, we’d better start solving the problem. Sooner or later the investment will pay off. The investment in solar panels is only one step towards the target of 50% reduction of CO2 footprint for the company.

There are many things that companies can do with little investment, that save both CO2 and money. For example, timers on heating systems, double-sided printing, movement sensors on lighting etc. But even for bigger investments like efficient company cars, bikes for employees, more efficient computers, LED lighting, electric forklifts, improved insulation and solar panels, we always conclude that what is good for the environment is also good for our employees and eventually for our bottom line.”

Geelen Counterflow (85 employees) develops and builds energy‐efficient counterflow dryers and coolers for the feed and food industries. Over 80% is exported outside of Western Europe, with the help of sales and service offices in the US, Argentina and China. The company is currently preparing for the construction of a zero‐energy‐office for up to 50 office staff, to be built in 2014 according to “cradle to cradle” eco‐friendly design principles, using sustainable building materials.

Details on Muyang

Muyang’s activities cover design, development, fabrication and installation of the machinery & engineering of the following industries such as feed manufacturing, grain milling, environment protection, food processing, bulk solids handling and storage, steel structure building as well as industrial automation.

The International Milling Directory column in July-August’s issue of ‘Grain & Feed Milling Technology’ magazine

The latest column for all International Milling Directory members is online now. Published in Grain & Feed Milling Technology magazine’s July-August issue, it provides some great insight into the status of the new edition from our perspective.

Go to page 9 to see the column in the embedded magazine below.

A big thanks to all new and existing members for your commitment. Also, look out for the new e-newsletter tomorrow. If you aren’t signed up yet, register at the homepage: www.internationalmilling.com.

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Dried Pet Food Manufacturing Plant online auction

Dried pet food plant

Dried pet food plant

An interesting auction we are highlighting for International Milling Directory members is taking place online now for a dried pet food manufacturing plant. The plant is located in Peterborough, East Midlands region of England in the UK. The interesting thing is that it is relevant for all our international members as it is taking place online with electronic bidding and payment. The deadline is a few weeks away at 1pm UK time on Thursday 1st August. More information is below.

On behalf of a major pet food manufacturer due to the closure of their UK manufacturing site in Peterborough. The sale will close on 1st August at 1pm UK time, with inspections available by appointment.

The sale will include a great variety of assets, many having been installed only within the last few years. The prime process area includes Tietjen hammer mills and Guttridge hoppers and conveyors. There is a tank farm with 18 stainless steel tanks with capacities up to 30 tonnes. Flomat Bagfilla Taybag flavouring hoppers feed the soak screw platform. There are three Wenger extruders, as well as Aeroglide and Mitchells dryers. In the product distribution and pack to order section are two Storeveyors as well as numerous stainless steel storage bins. The four finished product packing lines include Ishida weigh feeders, as well as cartoners, bagging machines, labellers and palletisers. The site services are modern, and of high standard befitting a site of this scale.

Further details of the auction can be seen at www.go-dove.com or by contacting Robert Pendal, Project manager email Robert.pendal@go-dove.com