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

 

 

The UK Environment Secretary calls for more CAP simplifications for farmers from the EU Agriculture Commissioner

Simpler and fewer farm inspections plus an overhaul of greening requirements were amongst a list of changes to the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) Environment Secretary called for from EU Agriculture Commissioner Phil Hogan on Monday 20 July.

While welcoming recent moves to make it easier for UK farmers to meet CAP rules, the Secretary of State told the Commissioner at the Royal Welsh Show that there is still more to do to reduce the burdens of the current scheme.

 

The priority areas outlined by the Environment Secretary were:

  • More flexibility for each country to adopt EU guidance in ways that reflect their national circumstances.
  • Allow more forms of evidence such as geo-tagged photography and satellite imagery to be used to check that farmers are meeting requirements.
  • Simpler inspections to reduce the burden on farmers, including a reduction in the number of inspections to check Ecological Focus Areas and a reduction in the overall number of CAP inspections.
  • An overhaul of the greening requirements, including scrapping the ineffective ‘three crop rule’ which requires farmers to plant three different crops each year.
  • A refreshed EU fruit and vegetables scheme to support growth of the horticulture industry and encourage more growers to join producer organisations. The revised scheme would be simpler to administer and help growers secure new export opportunities.

In addition, the Secretary of State called for a review of the EU’s system for controls – known as the Integrated Administration and Control System (IACS) – resulting in a more pragmatic and proportionate approach to inspections, checks and penalties. This would reduce the risk of farmers facing severe penalties for minor errors.

Environment Secretary Elizabeth Truss said:

Food and farming is a thriving sector in the UK but the potential to further grow this sector is being held back by overly complicated and bureaucratic rules within the Common Agricultural Policy that our farmers have to follow.

That’s why I am continuing to push the Commissioner to look at further ways to simplify the regulations, including reducing the number of farm inspections, guidance that’s easier to follow and scrapping the ineffective three crop rule.

This is part of our commitment to do everything we can to help our farmers grow more, sell more and export more.

Commissioner Hogan is expected to set out the next set of simplification proposals of the Common Agricultural Policy in the autumn.

Three improvements the UK requested formed part of the Commissioner’s initial tranche of changes. These include giving farmers more choice of hedgerows on their land that can be used to meet greening requirements, and making it easier for the Rural Payments Agency to process farmers’ claims by removing the requirement to have detailed maps of landscape features such as hedges which are not used by claimants to meet the Ecological Focus Area requirement.

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Christy Turner debuts E R & F Turner’s new Flaking Mill at VICTAM

Christy Turner Ltd is re-launching its new high capacity E R & F Turner 600 Flaking Mill, re-engineered specifically for the animal feed market, at VICTAM, on stand no. G057.

As one of the most established manufacturers of flaking mills, E R & F Turner’s new 600 mill; designed to handle steam flaked, micronized and extruded grains, maize, wheat, barley, beans, peas and soya, takes the proven chassis and roll design of its 600 mill, already used extensively across the breakfast cereal industry, and simplifying it to meet the needs of the animal feed market. The new mill also offers a more hygienic flaking process and a newly restructured pricing tariff, enabling the purchase of a premium brand at various price breaks, dependent on the ancillary elements specified by the purchaser. Chris Jones, managing director of Christy Turner Ltd (which brings together E R & F Turner, Miracle Mills and Christy & Norris), comments: “The redevelopment of our 600 flaking mill provides real benefits to animal feed producers by offering a premier mill at a competitive market price and reinforces our position at the forefront of the industry.”

Benefits of the new 600 flaking mill include:

  •  High precision, rigid bearing arrangement, enabling the production of very fine flakes, if required
  •  Heavy duty construction
  • Chilled iron rolls – manufactured from high quality spun cast chilled iron, allowing for a long life and considerable number of regrinds
  • Pneumatically operated scrapers as standard
  • Common chassis supporting mill and motors is isolated from the surrounding structure on anti-vibration mounts
  •  Fully guarded rolls at all times, including when the covers are open
  •  Facility to insert sampling tray during flake production

The following upgrade options are also available:

  • Fine adjustment mechanism to enable in process roll gap adjustment, or fully automated plc control of roll gap via servo valves fitted to the hydraulic pressure assembly
  •  Integrated variable speed feed roll unit or standalone vibratory feeder
  •  Water cooled rolls

Chris Jones concludes: “We are proud to count many of the world’s leading animal feed producers as clients, and our new 600 flaking mill further reinforces the reliability and quality craftsmanship for which E R & F Turner is renowned.”

 

About Christy Turner Ltd:

Christy Turner Ltd combines more than a century and a half of experience and innovation, the latest design tools, and sound engineering. Formed from five separate companies, each with its own individual expertise, Christy Turner’s worldwide reputation is based on the design, manufacture and supply of British engineered high quality flaking and hammer mills, pulverisers, grinders and associated plant.

Christy Turner machinery is used by international clients across many different industries and applications, including: the food industry, the animal feed industry, chemical and pharmaceutical industries, biomass processing, waste recycling, and mineral reduction.

www.christy-turner.com

News: IAOM MEA – Dubai 2015

Mr Essa al Ghurair from al Ghurair Resources, Local Host and Farewell Cocktail Dinner Sponsor of the 26th Annual IAOM MEA Conference & Expo has written a letter to the milling industries with key news and details about the events later this year in Dubai:–
IAOM MEA 2015

IAOM MEA 2015

Dear Colleagues,
I would like to personally invite you to the 26th Annual IAOM MEA District Conference & Expo happening on 31st October to 3rd November 2015 at the Dubai World Trade Centre (DWTC), UAE.
This year, we’ll transform DWTC Sheikh Maktoum Hall‘s 3,800 sqm floor area into a ConFex venue combining conference, expo, lunch and coffee break areas. This will certainly increase interaction among delegates, exhibitors, and visitors.I’m also delighted to inform you that the Expois sold out with almost 130 stands booked by over 100 companies including machinery manufacturers, food processing, and packing companies.

IAOM MEA Leadership Council and Education Committee members worked closely with speakers to develop a highly educational conference program featuring technical, what’s new, feed milling, and trading topics:

  • New Industrial Process for Whole Wheat Flour/ Old Stone Mills/ Chakki Mills
  • Alternative Pest Management for Grain, Food & Feed Processing Facilities
  • Replacement of Azodicarbonamide (ADA) in Flour Treatment & Baking Improvers
  • Mid Chain Fatty Acids (MCFA) Applications and Benefits in Agribusiness
  • Reduced Feed Cost & Improved Performance with Altered Feed Particle Size
  • Binder Technologies for Food and Feed
  • Global Grain Trade Trends–The Importance of the Supply Chain
  • Managing Strategies & Price Risks for Flour Milling Firms
  • US, Black Sea, Canadian, Baltic Sea, Australian, French Markets Outlook
Reputable industry speakers, market leaders, and distinguished professors from North Carolina State University, and North Dakota State University will deliver high-calibre presentations, and engage with you during the panel Q&A sessions.Marketing keynote speaker will be Mr. Keith Chambers, Marketing Expert to the Fortune 500. Mr Chambers has lead marketing strategy and executional tactics for more than 160 goods and service providers, including some of America’s biggest household names like Arm & Hammer, Hormel, Coppertone, Claritin, 3M, McCormick, Clorox, General Mills, Dole, Frito Lay, and many, many more.  In his keynote, he will share this extraordinary process as well as many of the new marketing insights he has produced.

We are also pleased to announce the participation of Ms. Dorie Clark, an adjunct professor of business administration at Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business, and guest lecturer at Harvard Business School, and the Harvard Kennedy School. A frequent contributor to the Harvard Business Review, TIME, Entrepreneur, and the World Economic Forum blog, Ms. Clark will demonstrate how leaders cultivate a powerful professional reputation.

Dr. William Wilson, a University Distinguished Professor at North Dakota State University, will moderate the trading session and deliver the keynote presentation, “Managing Strategies and Price Risks for Flour Milling Firms.” He was recognized as one of the top 10 Agricultural Economists in 1995 and more recently as one of the top 1% of agricultural economists by RePEc (Research Papers in Economics).

IAOM MEA will also be launching the Arabic edition of the Future of Flour book. The first 2,000 copies of the Arabic book are going to be sold during the conference.

I look forward to see you in Dubai!

Best personal regards

Essa Al Ghurair 

IAOM MEA 2015 Conference Chairman

Chairman, Al Ghurair Resources, LLC

Milling Wheat Challenge 2015

The sixth Milling Wheat Challenge competition was launched on the 12th January with a closing date of 1st May. The Challenge is open to all UK farmers growing bread-making (Group 1 & 2) wheat.

The aim of the competition is to find the UK’s outstanding growers of quality milling wheat and to identify those who have a good understanding of their end market, their business costs and an ability to reflect both in their marketing of milling wheat.

HGCA

HGCA

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.  Millers are committed to working with UK wheat growers and the Challenge aims to identify farmers who combine attention to detail with end-customer awareness and business acumen to create a win: win for the whole wheat chain.

Entry forms are available via the nabim and HGCA websites. The three finalists will be announced at the Cereals Event on 10th 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 Lincolnshire Farmer Mark Ireland.

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

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.”

Single-Piece Flow/No Flow Detection Sensor

International Milling Directory member BinMaster is launching a new product for the grain and feed storage sectors. The new Flow Detect 2000 from BinMaster is a single-piece, non- intrusive solution for reliably detecting flow and no flow conditions. The Doppler sensor, power & output connections, and user adjustable controls are packed into in a NEMA 4x enclosure. This new low-cost, microwave-based sensor can be used in gravity chutes, feeders, pipelines, or bucket elevators. It prevents downtime and equipment failure caused by blockages, conveyors running empty, no material flowing to-and-from a process, or loose slide gates.

In silo discharge of grains or feed, it detects no-flow conditions due to bridging or rat holing. Monitoring the correct functioning of gates and valves to reduce material loss or accidental use of incorrect material.

The new Flow Detect 2000

The new Flow Detect 2000

Installation is simple, via a 1-/14? NPT opening. It provides a single analog relay output to alert to flow or no flow status on your PLC.

It detects solids, granules, pellets, meals and powders and is suitable for feed, grain, milling, or ethanol operations. It can prevent cross contamination of ingredients by ensuring flow has stopped before a new material is introduced into the flow stream.

If you’re interested, please contact Todd Peterson, Vice President of Sales at BinMaster, if you have an application that you would like to discuss for the new flow/no flow sensor.

 

Binmaster Level Controls

BinMaster

Oilseed Rape Trial Results are Released

The International Milling Directory can reveal the results of the Winter Oilseed Rape Trial Results from the East & West and Northern regions of the UK. As oilseed processing and raw materials make up many of our listed members’ activities such as: ADM Oilseeds, InstaPro International, Vantage Organic Foods Pvt Ltd, these results hint at a very relevant trend towards a good harvest this year, more so in the Northern region but generally positive mean results. The result tables from their website are below:-

 

HGCA results

HGCA results

HGCA results

HGCA results