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July 2019


In this issue:

grapas - THE WINNERS • The animal feed and nutrition awards winners • Lab solutions for glutenfree applications • Maximising rice processing efficiency

Milling and Grain . Volume 130 . Issue 7 . July 2019

• Efficient grain reception, safe storage • Sustainable packaging for flour and seeds • VICTAM International

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48 The GRAPAS Conference and Awards for Innovations 56 Lab solutions for gluten-free applications


12-42 61 The latest in COFCO innovation

62 Tubex Pro Smart access point to Bühler’s expanding digital universe

64 Rapid ELISA test

126 People news from the global milling industry






68 Four countries led grain fortification progress in 2018 72 Modernisation of the milling industry

76 Maximising rice processing


96 Event listings, reviews and previews


80 Build My Feedmill #2 Grain drying STORAGE

82 Sustainable packaging


44 Feed and poultry nutrition training hosted by IGP Institute


10 Rebecca Sherratt 24 Mildred Cookson 10 GUEST EDITOR Selçuk Ataseven

92 MARKETS Mehmet Ugur Gürkaynak,

COVER IMAGE: The GRAPAS Award for 2019 - See more on page 48

124 INTERVIEW Luigi Nalon

Milling from past to present Grains have been the most important source of food throughout human history. A significant portion of the energy we require on a daily basis is provided by cereal-based foods. In many regions of the world, wheat and corn are most commonly used. Therefore, the processing of these grains has made milling an important area of industry. Throughout human history we have developed and used various tools to enable the milling of grains. What started as a small enterprise has evolved and grown in to an intensive industrial activity. We have come a long way since the days of water and wind mills. During the 1970s large facilities had a capacity of 30-40 tons per day. By 1990 that figure had grown to 120-150 tons. These days there are even some facilities that can process up to 1500 tons. One of the most important actors in this sector, Değirmen Makina, has a dynamic structure in the milling machinery sector which can move with new developments in technology to continuously renew the machines it produces. We are now producing factories equipped with automation systems that eliminate human error from production with Industry 4.0 solutions, part of a digital revolution that has taken place in the industry. All the raw material inputs, finished materials, wastes and laboratory results of the factory are checked and recorded by software. Machine performance and malfunctions can also be recorded and analysed. At Değirmen Makina, we are not satisfied with just refining our machines and ensuring that they can carry out multiple functions. We are also looking to further and better our company in any way we can.


The grapas Innovations Awards Winners

Rebecca Sherratt

This years Grapas Innovations Awards sees three joint winners! The OptoSelector OS 901 by Petkus, The Dynamic Angular Positioning System (DAPS) by Selis and LumoVision by Bühler

You will find a full write up of the award winners as well as the grapas conference on page 46 of this edition. I wanted to say a huge thank you and congratulations to all of those companies who took part in the 2019 grapas Innovations awards, which Milling And Grain had the pleasure of presenting at the VICTAM show in Cologne, Germany. The competition this year was especially fierce with some of the biggest names in the industry fielding the most amazing products. A big thank you also to our judges, who had the very difficult task of picking the winners from a stellar field.

Selçuk Ataseven, CEO, ASG Group



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Livestock Philippines 2019 postponed


everal exhibitors attending Livestock Philippines 2019 heard of the postponement of the event while en-route to Manila, using the opportunity to take in other visits and meetings along the way. Obviously, the majority of exhibitors and delegates planning to attend immediately altered their plans and cancelled reservations on hearing the news that just nine days before the event it had lost its Government licence due to the threat from the devastating African Swine Fever (ASF), which is spreading across Asian borders. It’s obvious that those planning to attend Livestock Philippines 2019 were disappointed and upset about the postponement (now to be rescheduled for May 28-30, 2020, and excluding a pig sector) as flights, hotels, the shipment of goods and equipment were well advanced and would incur substantial losses from this pull back. The impact was especially felt by the show organisers UBM who had been building a significant reputation for itself throughout the country’s diverse livestock and aqua sectors for bringing together the latest advances in farm and feed technologies from across the country and from around the world. It is clear the Government’s decision to pull back was not an easy one to take and with a clear understanding of the negative impact it would have on the development of its agriculture and aquaculture sectors, it felt responsibility to protect just one. In its defence, UBM had pre-planned

strict bio-security measures leading up to the show by eliminating the pig farming technology focus and introducing personal hygiene measures for all visitors prior to entry and ‘fogging’ the halls and all equipment and stands at the show. However, this was not considered sufficient by those within the Philippines’ pig sector nor with the relevant and responsible Ministries. The population of The Philippines reached 106 million last year and is expected to reach just short of 110 million by the end of next year. The country is ranked 13th in pig numbers worldwide, with a national herd of 12.5 million head, and its pig production sector is the country’s second largest economic activity in the sector. In addition to this, the country’s large population base is critically dependent on its locally-produced pig meat supplies to meet the food needs of its people, and the introduction of ASF would have serious consequences in terms of human nutrition. The Philippines is a transitional country. In the past decade the country’s GDP has doubled to US$2669/capita to become the sixth richest country in Southeast Asia with agriculture taking an increasingly growing share. It is understandable to adopt the precautionary principle in the face of ASF, but it will not have been met with unanimous support from those committed to helping the development of the non-pig livestock and aqua sectors in The Philippines.

MAG talks to Khun Rose, ASEAN Group Director, UBM and organiser of Livestock Philippines 2019 about the postponement:

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In this month’s issue of Milling and Grain we have featured a variety of event reports from our very busy month in June. At VICTAM International our team not only had a nosy round at the various enticing booths and stands at the very important feed show in Köln, Germany, but we also hosted two conferences: The GRAPAS Conference and the Grain Storage Seminar. Our Features Editor Rebecca Sherratt hosted the GRAPAS Conference on the second day of the show and it proved a very successful day of presentations from all the GRAPAS Innovations Awards applicants. Members of Dinnissen, Brabender, Bühler, Petkus, Eye-Grain, Ocrim, Selis and Balaguer Rolls all captured the audience’s attention with their exciting discussions about the best new milling technology. On the final day of VICTAM, Managing Editor Vaughn Entwistle took to the stage to present the Grain Storage Seminar, which featured four industry professionals speaking on various aspects of grain preservation and storage from Cimbria, FrigorTec, Eye-Grain and SCAFCO. The event also proved very popular and each speaker did a brilliant job engaging the audience with the best tips and tricks for dealing with the storage of raw materials. Read more about each of our conferences, as well as what we got up to at VICTAM International, in our event report later on in this issue!



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he International trade show organisers behind VIV and VICTAM are combining their events planned for Bangkok, Thailand, in the early part of 2020.This new partnership unites arrangements relating to the Animal Feed and Grain Industries Show VICTAM Asia in March 2020 and the VIV Health & Nutrition Asia Trade Fair and Forum originally planned to take place in Bangkok in January 2020. VICTAM Corporation and VNU have signed a partnership agreement to co-locate the two events in Bangkok, Thailand. This means that there will be no Health & Nutrition event in January and that the two events will be hosted together from March 24-26, 2020 at BITEC. The plan is to organise the events in Bangkok together every two years, as it will be in the best interest of all market players. It is believed the partnership will result in a larger and more complete event as both exhibitors and visitors do not have to choose between the two events and that the union will create synergy in their marketing and visitor promotion activities.

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FEFAC releases publication detailing the use of co-products in feed industry


n June 3rd, 2019, FEFAC released its publication called “Co-products, an essential part of animal nutrition”, which aims to create increased awareness among EU stakeholders and policy makers about the feed industry’s extensive use of co-products. The publication describes how co-products such as brewers’ grains, sugar beet pulp and wheat bran are generated during food and biofuel production, as well as what their value is in compound feed. The use of co-products is an illustration of the role European compound feed manufacturer’s play in the food chain’s circular economy, creating economic and environmental benefits for both the original production

process and the livestock sector. FEFAC President Nick Major said, “A key strength of the European feed industry is its capacity and knowledge to safely convert co-products into nutritious animal feed. However, there should be increased awareness of the fact that the use of these co-products resulting from food, drink and biofuel production plays key role in (food) waste prevention and helps to significantly reduce the environmental footprint of industrial compound feed and livestock production”. The co-products brochure will be handed out at FEFAC’s 60th Anniversary Event on June 6th, 2019 in Brussels with the conference theme “Resource Efficiency Champions of the Food Chain for 60 Years”.

new study shows access to international export markets for US grains supported nearly US $38 billion in business sales in the US economy during 2016, beyond the value of the products themselves. The analysis commissioned by the US Grains Council (USGC) and the National Corn Growers Association (NCGA) found a total economic impact of US grains exports of $55 billion that year, supporting 271,000 jobs directly or indirectly. These sales supported US gross domestic product (GDP) by $19 billion over what would have occurred without such exports. The analysis dives deep into the

benefits to farmers, rural communities and the nation as a whole derived from overseas sales driven by strong trade policy and robust in-country market development for grains and grains products. “Every sale counts for farmers, especially in this market, and this analysis shows just how much the grain sector is supported by regular and growing purchases from our overseas customers,” said Jim Stitzlein, the Council’s Chairman. “These numbers out today take the analysis one step further to look at the whole economy, in our rural and farm communities but also in cities where people have jobs transporting,

processing and shipping ag products.” Informa Agribusiness Consulting conducted the study, which examined the economic contributions to each state and 52 congressional districts from exports of corn, barley, sorghum, ethanol, distiller’s dried grains with solubles (DDGS), corn gluten feed and meal as well as the corn equivalent of meat on the US economy. The new study is an update to similar research done with 2014 and 2015 data, showing similar results. Breaking down the numbers, these results showed every $1 of grain exports supported an additional $2.20 in business sales. Every job directly created by the export of grain and grain products supported an additional 3.9 jobs in the United States.

Vortex wins Export Award

Handling Industry Innovation Award, and Spirotech, who was named the Solids Handling Industry Company of the Year. Entry to these awards was open to all UK-registered, SHAPA member and non-member companies and institutions operating in the solids handling and processing industry. In order to be considered for each award, companies must have demonstrated achievement, improved sales success, or deployment of industry best practices. Joining Vortex Global on the 2019 Export Award shortlist were Russell Finex and Vent-Tech. Vortex Global’s award recognition is largely due to its demonstrated achievement in

exportation activities. This includes a significant percentage increase in export sales, as well as successful entry into new global markets. “We are grateful and honoured to be recognised by SHAPA with this award,” said Laurence Millington, Managing Director at Vortex Global Ltd. “This award embodies our employees’ dedication to providing solutions that truly enhance our customers’ dry bulk solids processes. The Vortex customer service and technical support network currently spans more than 120 international markets. Our goal is to continue exportation growth for the future, so that Vortex products and services are made available worldwide.”


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ortex Global Ltd, a solids and bulk handling components company, has been recognised by Solids Handling and Processing Association (SHAPA) with the 2019 Solids Handling Industry Export Award. The award was presented on May 8th, at the SHAPA AGM & Solids Handling Industry Awards Dinner. The event was hosted at the Royal Armouries Museum in Leeds, West Yorkshire, England. Other companies honoured on the evening include Lontra, who received the Solids 18 | July 2019 - Milling and Grain

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Major players of animal production attracted to Novus International’s ALIMET® event


lobal animal nutrition company, Novus International, Inc, recently hosted a group of major producers from Latin American poultry companies to hear “The Success Story of ALIMET®”. The event took place at Novus’s ALIMET® manufacturing facility at Chocolate Bayou in Texas, USA from May 13-16th. The event provided a showcase for ALIMET® feed supplement (HMTBa), a liquid source of methionine activity that delivers an organic acid effect in poultry, swine, ruminants and aquaculture. The visit included a tour of the manufacturing facility where ALIMET® is made, presentations from Novus executives as well as talks from Harvard Business School professor Thales Teixeira, and Douglas Zaviezo, an international consultant on animal nutrition who has worked with ALIMET® for years. “The acceptance of liquid methionine by feed mills has been very rapid due to many operational and zootechnical advantages over powdered methionine. Among them,



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automated dosing, improved mixing and reduced particle loss,” Mr Zaviezo said. After more than 30 years research, Mr Zaviezo said that ALIMET® has been shown to be an extremely effective source for methionine inclusion in animal diets. Jackson Willian da Motta, Supply Manager at Lar Cooperative Agroindustrial, praised the event, especially for the technical content and the opportunity to exchange information with poultry producers from different countries such as Brazil, Chile, Peru, Colombia, Mexico and United States. “The experience has broadened my understanding of the product and confirmed its zootechnical and operational advantages in our farms. Currently, ALIMET® represents our entire supply of liquid methionine precisely because of this,” he said. Studies have shown that HMTBa allows for easier absorption in the gastrointestinal tract, even when faced with gut health challenges or thermal stress, and has antimicrobial properties against E. coli, salmonella and campylobacter. Novus has a solid portfolio of solutions that, in addition to ALIMET®, includes eubiotic (essential oils and organic acids), enzyme and organic trace mineral products. The products support clients on different strategies of optimisation of costs/profitability, alternatives to growth promoters/antibiotics, and programs aimed at improving productive performance.

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A & R Tod’s Steam Mills before the 1874 explosion

The flour mills of East Scotland: Part two Milling journals of the past at The Mills Archive by Mildred Cookson, The Mills Archive, UK

As the National Convention in 1902 took place in Edinburgh (see my article in last month’s Milling & Grain), the local mills and their owners attracted a lot of attention. I am therefore moving on from the mills of Fife to those in Edinburgh and Leith, a short distance north of the capital city. Over half of the local reception committee came from the two main milling families of the area, the Tods and the Herdmans.

Leith Flour Mills: Messrs A&R Tod Ltd

In 1851, Robert Tod entered into partnership with his brother Alexander as corn merchants. After a year or two they leased several small mills and in 1859 they built the Leith Flour Mills. For many years these were the largest mills in the country, having at one time 80 pairs of millstones in operation, more

than any other mill in Scotland. The mills suffered a flour dust explosion in 1874 in the stive room situated above the boiler house and, sadly, six people lost their lives in the fire. Alexander then retired and Robert carried on the business, converting it into a private limited company in 1894 with himself as chairman until his death in 1897 and his sons Thomas and George as managing directors. The mill was reconstructed, divided into separate blocks as a safeguard against the spread of fire. The walls were all of solid stone and the floors concrete. In1882, roller mills were installed and two years later a flour dust explosion blew apart an outside wall with the debris killing two people in the street. The capacity of the mill was 45 sacks-per-hour and it was arranged in three plants, one used for soft and two for hard wheats.

A & R Tod’s Leith Mills in 1902

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Ruins of the stive room and boiler house after the 1874 explosion

John Herdman & Sons’ Haymarket Flour Mills, Edinburgh

Plants one and three together had 70 sets of roller mills, many of which were doubles, and 13 were of the Turner’s latest pattern, all fitted recently. Both plants had only been installed since the turn of the century and were driven by Douglas & Grant engines. The mill manager had full charge of the mills and had been with the firm for 31 years; it was suggested that it would have been possible to run the mill, bar accident, for a year without stopping, although Mr Tod had it rested every Sunday. The dressing, dusting and grading machinery consisted of 16 Robinson large size iron frame centrifugals, and 12 other makes. There were also five large oblong ‘Haggenmacher’ plansifters, nine reels and eight sifters each about 10 ft x 18 inches. Invented in 1888 by Hungarian miller Carl Haggenmacher, the sifter was a productive innovation that avoided the excessive gyration found in earlier designs and produced more grain from a single bushel than previous sifters. The break rolls and some of

the reductions were connected to fans for cooling purposes, and cyclones were used for dust collection. Plant two was for grinding hard wheat and its roller surface was spread over 30 mills. The five breaks had a large share of the surface and worked well. The purifiers, 12 in number, were double machines; five were Higginbottom’s ‘Victoria’ dustless pattern. The dressing was done on Robinson’s centrifugals, and the grading and dusting on sieves and reels. The power for driving plant two was a converted beam engine with Corliss valves and jet condenser. The roof of the plant was flat with a large tank over one end. One of the staircase towers rose above the roof surmounted by a high-pressure water tank, beneath which was a well stocked pigeon-cote. The wheat and flour stores were capable of storing a vast quantity, but the flour was not long in the store as demand was high, as their A, B and C hard wheat flour were difficult for competitors to equal. +44 (0)1404 890300

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Haymarket Mills, Edinburgh: Messrs John Herdman & Sons

John Herdman ran a watermill at Ford in the heart of Midlothian for over fifty years. The mill was passed to his son George and then to his two grandsons, John and James. Shortly after they took over, they purchased the Haymarket Mills. They were widely recognised as skilful millers and their commercial expertise established a reputation for high-class stone-ground flour. By 1884, they had moved from working a combination of rolls and stones over many years to complete adoption of the roller system. In 1902 Robinsons had installed a new, enlarged roller mill system comprising two separate large capacity plants, one for hard wheat and one for soft wheat. The basement for the hard wheat plant was arranged with five-line shafts for driving five lines of double roller mills on the floor above. Ten of these were of the Robinson new patent diagonal type, which had fast rolls, three inches greater in diameter than the slow. This method caused the fast rolls to work nearly as cool as the slow; the greater area of metal absorbing any warmth generated by friction on the feeds. This equality in temperature of both rolls assisted in grinding and explained why Robinson’s new diagonal rolls were much favoured at the time by millers. The soft wheat plant, still in the course of erection in 1902, would consist of five double Robinson diagonal roller mills, two double Koh-i-Nor purifiers, eight single ‘Rochdale’ centrifugals along with reels and sifters. The scalping of two of the four breaks would be done on Robinson rotary sieves and the third and fourth on reels and centrifugals. In the cleaning plant, a great improvement over the older forms of dryer was to be the ‘Rochdale’ dryer and cooler with the hot and dusty air conducted by tubes and fans to a settling receptacle instead of being allowed to enter the room. A feature of this mill was the “Humphrey” passenger elevator, running from the basement to the top floor. It provided an endless band with projecting ledges for a passenger to stand on, enabling three men to ascend at the same time. The whole premises were surrounded by railway sidings, those on one side for the wheat trucks, which having emptied their cargo into the wheat receiving house, would be passed around the mill to the loading stages where they would be filled with flour and offals. Please email me at if you would like to know more, or if you have any information, material or images that you would like to share. Milling and Grain - July 2019 | 27

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Alapala and Sena Kalyan agreed to build the Sangstha flour mill


lapala, one of the world’s leading companies in the field of mill machinery, signed an agreement to construct a flour mill with a capacity of 300 tonnes-per-day for Sena Kalyan Sangstha’s production facility in Dhaka, Bangladesh. Alapala aims to complete and deliver the project of Sena Kalyan Sangstha, one of the largest holdings of South Asia and Bangladesh and an affiliate of Bangladesh army, according to the plan in parallel with the agreement. CEO of Alapala, Görkem Alapala, spoke about the agreement. “Sena Kalyan Sangstha flour mill has a special place and importance for the people of Bangladesh. Sena Kalyan, one of the largest conglomerates in the country, is working for its people and country and a reference for the

country. The facility, which is also one of the affiliates of Bangladesh army, produces the highest quality flour imported from different countries. “As Alapala, it is an honor for us to undertake a project of a giant holding that operates in many fields, including

cement, water plants, textile and technology. To make sure that Sena Kalyan Sangstha is able to grind the raw materials imported from countries with different production conditions such as Canada, Australia, Ukraine, Russia, Argentina and India in accordance with the standards” he continued. “We need to perform the milling operation without compromising the flour quality and nutritional values in all stages rather than adopting standard processes and we believe that we can do this. We will work to ensure that the Sena Kalyan Sangstha facility will be one of our reference projects in Bangladesh and South Asia. “Thanks to our tailor-made milling concept, this mill has been designed to meet the needs of our customer by making additions and removals even after years. We will continue to establish facilities that can be developed with small additions even years rather than adopting the standard processes without giving up this understanding,” he concluded.

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IoT solutions connect crops and livestock


y 2024, over two million farms and 36 million cattle will be connected, announced ABI Research, a market-foresight advisory firm providing strategic guidance on the most compelling transforming technologies. A new report unveils the opportunity for the Internet of Things (IoT) within the agricultural market, specifically connected agriculture in field crops, tree crops, and livestock. For field and tree crops, the primary driver for the introduction of connectivity and the IoT is not only to irrigate sufficiently but also to limit excess water application for usage efficiency and to align with government regulation.  For livestock, it is about collecting data relating to the health of the animals, including birthing activities, as well as knowledge of their whereabouts. Across all agriculture sectors, the benefits are improved yields, a higher quality product, and greater insight for farmers to more efficiently manage their operations. “Hi-tech systems involving drones are sometimes referenced when discussing the future of farming, but a drone’s primary function is to provide high-level aerial imagery, including strategic analysis of large areas to provide analytics on indices like chlorophyll content. “While this is useful, it is time-consuming and can lack granular information. Ground-based sensor-based systems are more insightful and cost-effective for focusing solely on monitoring soil under the crops and animal behaviour.

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This is exactly the information farmers need to map out their plan of action to secure the optimum yield,” explains Harriet Sumnall, Research Analyst at ABI Research. The technologies that will power IoT in connected agriculture will heavily rely on gateways and low-power wide area products. LoRa is increasing finding preference in supplier solutions, particularly for sensor-to-node connections. The cost of connected agriculture system depends upon the number of sensors, with vendor pricing strategies ranging from a single upfront fee and an inclusive subscription to a data management platform (as with Sensoterra), to a zero upfront cost but a data subscriptiononly model (as with CropX). The former may be preferable for large farms, and the latter better for smaller ones. “The reasons for adopting IoT in agriculture are universal – cost reduction, improved productivity, and better profit margins – but the specific prompts in terms of readiness to adopt can be more pragmatic and localised. For example, in North America, the political climate is proving challenging for the immigrant workforce required by the agricultural sector, and more automation could make up for this lack of manual labour” Sumnall concluded. These findings are from ABI Research’s Agriculture’s Digital Transformation – AgTech and Farming application analysis report. This report is part of the company’s M2M, IoT and IoE research service, which includes research, data, and ABI Insights.

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I’Anson to invest UK £12m in new production facility

nimal feed manufacturer, I’Anson Brothers Ltd, has unveiled plans to build a new 23,000 sq ft production facility at Dalton New Bridge in Yorkshire. It has been designed to be as commercially and energy efficient as possible, employing computerised operations to deliver precision usage of ingredients, variable speed control of electrical drives and vehicle routing to save road miles. It also includes stringent environmental controls, with solar panels and heat pumps installed to maximise green energy use. Producing an initial 150,000 tonne capacity-per-year – with two production lines producing over 30 tonnesper-hour – this increased production will enable I’Anson to meet the growing demand of existing customers and expand its export operations. The business’s headquarters will remain in Masham,

Alapala delivers its ninth project in Mongolia


lapala continues to build turnkey mills all over the world with different project design models. The facility built for Ensada, one of the leading companies in the field of agricultural equipment in Mongolia, is the ninth project completed by Alapala in the country. Alapala, one of the world’s leading companies in the field of milling machinery, completed the Undurhan flour milling facility of Ensada Tractron LLC, a leading agricultural equipment company in Mongolia. Completed as a turn-key project in a way to include factory building, office buildings, silo and factory equipment and technological infrastructure, the facility is also the ninth project completed by Alapala in the country. Three types of flour will be milled for bread production at the Ensada facility, which has a daily production capacity of 120 tonnes.

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where the company was founded in 1900. It will continue to manufacture an extensive range of micronised feeds, specialty rations and horse feeds. The new facility will focus on the production of bulk farm feeds, with the capacity created enabling the business to expand its UK and overseas sales of its British Horse Feeds and The Golden Paste supplement range, as well as the development of new products. Chris I’Anson, Chairman and Managing Director of I’Anson Brothers Ltd, said, “This is an exciting time for I’Anson, and everyone connected to us. For the last 60 years we have been based at our Masham mill and have continually invested in new technology to increase production volumes and our efficiency. However, the physical limitations of the site mean we have reached production capacity, constraining our ability to grow.”


Lambton completes project in Thailand ambton Conveyor Limited recently completed a feed-mill expansion project, the biggest of the year in Bangkok, Thailand. They provided over 400 pieces of equipment including bucket elevators, chain conveyors, screw conveyors and feeders, slide gates, diverter valves, butterfly valves, airlocks and pipe magnets and many more. Lambton partnered with a long-time dealer in Bangkok to successfully complete the project. They contributed on site design and construction, while Lambton handled the manufacturing and equipment design. Lambton’s engineering teams in Canada and China worked closely with the customer on all the aspects of this project from designing to final installation of all the equipment on site. This new facility is next to their already existing feed mill and will handle multiple commodities like corn, soybean and soybean meal along with other feed ingredients.




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Hands Free Hectare broadens out to 35-hectare farm


he Hands Free Hectare (HFHa), a project run by Harper Adams University and Precision Decisions, a Map of Ag company, has received funding from Innovate UK to create a Hands Free Farm. HFHa started in 2016 with the aim to be the first in the world to grow, tend and harvest a crop without operators in the driving seats or agronomists on the ground. The project has been taken through two successful cropping cycles, and won a number of awards; including the prestigious BBC Food and Farming Future Food Award. The new Hands Free Farm will be a three-year-long project, run in partnership between Harper Adams and Precision Decisions, along with a new partner; the UK division of Australian precision agriculture specialist Farmscan AG. The project has just got underway and is based at the university’s campus in Shropshire. The Agricultural Engineering Precision Innovation Centre (Agri-Epi Centre) are providing the team with development space and project management support at their Midlands Agri-Tech Innovation Hub, which is also located on the university’s campus. Jonathan Gill, Mechatronics Researcher at the university said, “This time, we’re planning to grow three different combinable crops across 35 hectares. We’re moving past the feasibility study which the hectare provided us with, to now a vision of the future of farming. We want to prove the capability and ability of these systems in reducing the levels of soil compaction and precision application.” Martin Abell, Mechatronics Engineer for Precision Decisions, said, “With the farm, we’re looking to solve problems like fleet management and swarm vehicle logistics and navigation. We still believe that smaller vehicles are best, so we’ll be using up to three small tractors for the project, including our original ISEKI tractor, and a CLAAS combine will be joining our old Sampo. “This time, we’re moving away from the perfect hectare and to real world situations. The fields will be irregular, there’ll be obstacles, undulating land and pathways. Precision Decisions will be handling vehicle and data management through our MiFarm platform.” Additional elements to the project include: Professor James Lowenberg-DeBoer, the Elizabeth Creak Chair of Agri-Tech Economics at Harper Adams, conducting an economic outputs study in relation to the project; and in the final year of the project, alongside being run at the university, the system will be evaluated by partner farmer David Blacker. The team is supported by the same consortium of in-kind sponsors as HFHa, along with welcoming a number of new organisations on-board.

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Leaders of agriscience and journalism honoured at ONE: The Alltech Ideas Conference


NE: The Alltech Ideas Conference (ONE19) brought together the brightest international minds in science, agriculture, technology and business recently in Lexington, Kentucky. Among them were young leaders in agriscience participating in the Alltech Young Scientist (AYS) competition and more than 100 agricultural journalists as part of the International Press programme. Deeksha Shetty, representing the University of Saskatchewan in Canada, was selected as the 2019 Alltech Young Scientist after presenting her research to a panel of international judges as the final stage of the world’s largest agriscience competition for graduate university students. Winnings include US $10,000, career mentorship and networking opportunities with innovative scientists from around the world. Now in its 14th year, the AYS competition has received entrants from a total of 120 universities and 40 countries. In conjunction with the International Federation of Agricultural Journalists (IFAJ), Alltech was proud to announce a new award that recognises excellence and leadership by young journalists. After a nomination process by IFAJ guilds around the world, international judges from Alltech and IFAJ declared Denene Erasmus, editor at Farmer’s Weekly, the largest English language agricultural publication in South Africa, the recipient of the inaugural IFAJ-Alltech International Award for Leadership in Agricultural Journalism. These awards are representative of the legacy of the late Dr Pearse Lyons, the founder of Alltech. As an accomplished scientist and passionate storyteller, he strongly supported the importance of mentorship and education through programs and partnerships such as AYS and IFAJ. “We are proud to honour the next generation of agriculture scientists and journalists, as it is more important than ever to support these young leaders and their futures,” said Dr Mark Lyons, president and CEO of Alltech. “Through the AYS program and continued partnership with the IFAJ, they connect the agriculture industry to a global audience.” ONE19 attracted approximately 3,500 attendees from 68 countries across the globe. The conference will return to Lexington, Kentucky, USA, May 17–19, 2020.

Alapros is chosen for the largest flour mill project in Uzbekistan


lapros Grain Milling Technology, which is rapidly rising to notice with R&D investments and machine designs in Italy, recently signed a contract with Beshear Biznes LLC, which owns 35 percent of the flour trade in Uzbekistan, for the establishment of two new projects which are 600 and 400 tonnes-per-day respectively. Alapros signed the agreement during at the IDMA exhibition in Istanbul, and the member of the board, Mehmet Alapala said, “we will establish the facility with daily capacity total of 1000 tonnes-per-day in Tashkent for Uzbekistan’s top flour industrialist Beshefar Biznes LLC”. Alapala continues, “The plants will be commissioned shortly before end of the year.” Bekzod Makhmadaminov, General Director of the commissioning plant said, “We preferred Alapros because we care about the quality of the project and we are looking for a reliable solution partner which can offer the most modern and newest technology” With this new plant, Beshefar Biznes LLC is doubling their production capacity in Uzbekistan.

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With the hope of educating milling industry executives on the underlying principles of milling process and the parameters that can be influenced by the milling system, the Kansas State University IGP Institute hosted the Buhler-KSU Executive Milling training May 20-24th, 2019.

IGP Institute hosts Buhler-KSU executive milling course “This training is designed to benefit current mill owners, directors and managers in the milling industry,” says Jason Watt, Kansas State University Buhler Instructor of Milling. Six participants from four states and El Salvador gained an understanding of the challenges of the operating staff, and learned which critical control points to check in order to judge whether an operation is running well. Along with classroom discussion and instruction, executives toured the Hal Ross Flour Mill and were able to gain a hands-on experience working with mill machinery, systems, processing and handling. The course participants represented a wide range of industry jobs. “We had individuals from backgrounds of maintenance, wheat purchasing and finance. There was a large amount of discussion throughout the course, and everyone seemed to get the most out of it,” Mr Watt says. Mr Watt explains that he and Michael Albers, flour milling expert from the Buhler Training Centre in Uzwil, Switzerland, saw deep interest by the participants during the hands-on milling experiences as they took the theory from the classroom and applied it in the mill. “I understand more about what our milling teams are talking about, and everything will seem more relevant to me from a financial standpoint,” says Betsy Horton, Chief Financial Officer of Miller Milling Company. “There’s a few things I plan to take back to our

company about how we can make more money off the mills we already have.” This is one of several partnership trainings with Buhler, Inc in the flour milling and grain processing curriculum. In addition, courses are also offered in the areas of grain marketing and risk management, and feed manufacturing and grain quality management.

Buhler-KSU executive milling course participants observe the proper adjustment of the purifiers

Michael Albers demonstrates the proper adjustment of the Midds Rolls

Michael Albers discusses the importance of proper adjustment to the Buhler executive participants

In an effort to reach an international audience while teaching the basics of essential feed processing, the IGP Institute held the US Soybean Export Council (USSEC) Middle East and North Africa

Feed and poultry nutrition training hosted by IGP Institute 4th Poultry Feed Manufacturing course, April 22–26th, 2019. The course had 19 participants from countries including, Egypt, Tunisia and Morocco. “It was a good group with diverse technical backgrounds, but all from the animal feed and production sector,” says Carlos Campabadal, IGP Institute Outreach Specialist for Feed Manufacturing and Grain Quality Management. “The group was interested in improving their knowledge on the different technical areas on feed operations.” The course covered topics that included US feed production; particle size reduction; batching and mixing; energy audits; feed mill management; quality control in a feed mill; pelleting; extrusion; feed ingredient storage, and the effects of feed processing on poultry nutrition among other things. Having the opportunity to meet other participants from other countries that are professionals within the poultry and feed industries, USSEC consultant and course participant, Miguel Escobar, explains the benefit this course brought to him and the others. 44 | July 2019 - Milling and Grain

Course participants join course instructor, Carlos Campabadal, for a tour of the OH Kruse Feed Technology Innovation Centre at Kansas State University’s Department of Grain Science North Complex

Course participant, Mostafa Kamal is learning about US feed ingredients during a visit at Countryside Feed Mill in Seneca, Kansas

“To have all the participants thinking and collaborating with each other problems in our own feed mills was beneficial,” says Escobar. “The professors summarised pros and cons of poultry feed manufacturing and we were able to discuss different situations that we have come across in our daily activities within our own companies.” Escobar adds, “For me, I found that questions and comments outside of the classroom were always an initial point for other in-depth conversations.” Looking toward the future, Campabadal recognises the value in hosting the USSEC-sponsored courses. “At the IGP Institute, we are always looking in supporting USSEC and the Kansas soybean producers on helping increase the international markets for US soybeans and co-products,” Campabadal says.

SSSDynamics Texas Shaker

PRODUCT FOCUS July 2019 In every edition of Milling and Grain, we take a look at the products that will save you time and money in the milling process.

A straight-line motion rectangular screen, the Texas Shaker® is designed for precision screening and sizing of dry granular materials in aperture ranges from approximately 1.5” to 300 microns. Its long stroke, slow-speed horizontal reciprocating motion promotes rapid stratification, and constantly changing velocities yield the highest throughput of undersize per cycle. It is available in arrangements for one-to-five cutpoints in one machine. The Texas Shaker differentiates itself from other types of screening machines with unmatched capacity, maximum screening efficiency, outstanding reliability and superior vibration isolation.

Milli-Temp 4-20 mA Bearing Temperature Sensor 4B Components Ltd has developed a new looppowered analog sensor with a 4-20 mA linear output that is scaled across a temperature range for continuous temperature monitoring. The Milli-Temp series can be used on any application where bearing temperature monitoring is needed. The sensor has been designed to allow the depth of the probe to be adjustable depending on the application. This adjustability allows the tip of the probe to be placed in the optimal position for monitoring bearing temperature and also enables verification using the 4B ADB Tester. The sensor screws directly into the bearing housing using the threads of the existing grease zerk. The body of the Milli-Temp has an integrated zerk, allowing lubrication of the bearing without the need to remove the sensor.

Counterflow Cooler Plus™ Recently launched at VICTAM International last month, the Counterflow Cooler Plus hosts a variety of new features. Customers who are keen to avoid insufficient or excessive product moisture after cooling, due to fluctuations in raw materials or ambient circumstances, can use Evaporation Control™ to select the ideal air volume and cooling time to maximise or minimise evaporation in the cooler. The new Topdrive product distributor has its gear motormounted outside of the cooler, lowering the risk of pollution and overheating. The short vertical drive shaft in solid stainless steel minimises the need for horizontal surfaces inside of the cooler, keeping the process as clean as possible. The drive of the product distributor is controlled by frequency converter to allow the corners of the cooler to be reached, leading to a very even product distribution.

Alfa Laval’s LeviMag

Brabender Smart Workflow

Alfa Laval’s LeviMag magnetic mixer delivers low-shear mixing, gentle product treatment and easy cleanability. It is capable of operating at a broad range of speeds, and the new magnetic mixers feature a specially designed four-wing impeller that delivers high pumping efficiency. The mixers have the capability to run dry, keeping the product homogeneous and promoting 100% yield. The mixer has been fitted with low maintenance, stresstolerant male bearings to minimise the generation of wear particles that can contaminate the product, and it complies with the stringent requirements for operation in the most demanding sterile applications.

In the demanding daily laboratory routine, precise measurements on different devices pose a real challenge in terms of time management. With the Brabender MetaBridge the workflow can be made more efficient. With the Smart Workflow concept, Brabender devices are digitally networked. Networking enables access to several devices and automatic data transfer. Test sequences can thus be optimised. Results are provided without delay. Users benefit from efficient processes and the faster availability of measurement results. The heart of the Smart Workflow is the Brabender MetaBridge: software that can also be retrofitted to older USB-capable Brabender devices. Newer Brabender devices,are already equipped with the MetaBridge as standard. The MetaBridge software allows the different devices to be networked with each other. This enables simultaneous access to all devices in the MetaBridge network, as well as automatic data transfer and the central provision of acquired data. 46 | July 2019 - Milling and Grain



Gericke GMS Batch Mixers

Gericke is a pioneer in the designing powder mixers for demanding applications. Based on sound scientific knowledge, extensive trials and the experience from many installations around the globe, the double shaft mixer GMS Mixer is the technological leading mixer on the market. With new options and functionalities the GMS is the optimal process solution for many applications. The batch mixer is now available in sizes from 140 litres up to 5,000 litres. Homogenous mixing of microingredients (down to <0.001%) has never been easier and faster and effectively substitutes the need of expensive premixes. The effectiveness of the mixing (RSD <1.0%) can easily be checked in one of Gerickeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s test centers around the globe. The design of the GMS mixer and the high mixing dynamics with the fluidised zone do not only allow for mixing of powders but also for the efficient addition of liquid ingredients. The new optional cutters (patent pending) can be added in the front door to disperse agglomerates. With its large diameter and optimal location in the mixer process chamber it works highly efficiently. With this new feature the GMS becomes even more flexible to meet additional process requirements. The GMS also comes with inflated double shell housing, which allows users to control the temperature and safeguard the product quality. The active cooling or heating is achieved by the means of efficient heat transfer from the jacket to the mixer. Typical applications for controlled heat transfer are mixing of synthetic products that are sensitive to high temperatures and the addition of liquids that tend to crystalise on the cold mixer housing. The Swiss Gericke Group has been designing and manufacturing equipment and systems for modern bulk material processes, as well as providing design and consultation services for 125 years. Gericke bulk materials processing technology can be found throughout the world in many sectors including the food, chemical, pharmaceutical, plastics and construction material industries.

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The GRAPAS Conference and Awards for Innovations: A day of brilliant innovations by Rebecca Sherratt, Features Editor, Milling and Grain

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illing and Grain were thrilled to once again play host to the GRAPAS Innovations Awards and GRAPAS Conference as part of VICTAM International. This year we received more applications for the GRAPAS Innovations Awards than ever before - an astounding 15 entries – and each one was very worthy of recognition for its unique and commendable service to the flour, rice and pasta processing sector. On June 12th, during the VICTAM International Network Reception, myself and our Publisher, Roger Gilbert, took to the stage to announce the winners of the GRAPAS Innovations Awards 2019. The audience of industry professionals and leading businesspersons applauded our winners as, one by one, they received their prizes for their astounding innovations in milling technology. Our international panel of industry expert judges certainly had a tough time deciding the winners for this year’s GRAPAS Innovations Awards, but they finally came to a decision as to which solutions truly reflect the brilliant level of innovation that the milling industry possesses:


the internet for those who need assistance with initial set-up, development or just those who have any questions about the many fabulous features of this unique device. The OptoSelector comes in two models- each of which boats their own innovative features: 901t: The OptoSelector 901t enables users to inspect seeds based upon translucent effects, and the excellent optical components are powered with high-functioning LED lights to ensure the best clarity and best results through analysis. Defects within the kernel, not otherwise visible to the outside, can also be detected with the 901t, a feature especially useful for raw materials such as durum vs wheat and red rice vs rice. 901i: The OptoSelector 901i comes with NIR/SWIR (near infrared) options, in order to carry out special operations for advanced analysis. Using InGaAs sensors, the 901i can recognise the slightest changes in colour deviations within samples, to select only the best kernels for use.

Winner One: Petkus’ OptoSelector OS 901

The GRAPAS Innovations Awards’ first winner was Petkus, for their brilliant optical sorter, the OptoSelector OS 901. The high advanced software within the solution processes and analysis each individual kernel passed through the chutes, utilising size and shape recognition technology to clearly mark defects and erroneous samples to remove them with both ease and speed. The device can also be set to also remove and reject broken or deformed samples, for those who want only the best and most visually pleasing kernels. In the machine menus, further information about each sample can also be analysed at the user’s leisure, such as the sample colour content and geometric characteristics, to name a few. GRAPAS Innovations Awards judge Mildred Cookson of The Mills Archive voiced how very impressed she was with the Petkus OptoSelector, for its ability to “detect even the slightest difference of shades of colour and recognise different characteristics” to ensure optimal “safety and quality.” In addition, the automatic wiper system has been enhanced, when compared with previous models, to ensure that cleaning the 901 is always a quick and easy process. Minimal damage to the sample is also ensured, as advanced coating technology ensures that the product is smoothly carried through the feeders with no risk of damage. Remote support for the 901 is also available for users, should you be in need. Petkus have you covered, with support via

Winner Two: Selis’ Dynamic Angular Positioning System (DAPS)

The Dynamic Angular Positioning System (or DAPS for short) is another brilliant innovation that brings a great deal of enhanced features to the table that boast a great deal of time saving and efficiency advantages for millers. So, what exactly does the DAPS system do, you ask? Selis’ new innovation allows users to completely control and adjust the milling gap between cylinders, granting users the ability to position rolls angular to one another, in order to facilitate an equal milling gap along the milling line. The resulting benefits of this newly-found adjustment ability are plentiful: users get a much more effective and homogenous milling experience and rolls are proven to have a much longer shelf-life through the use of the DAPS system. Trials and tests of the DAPS system at work showcased that the solution enabled millers to run roller mills from between 15-40 percent less amperes, proving a significant energy-saving cost. The need for auxiliary equipment was also reduced, thereby saving both time, manpower and energy. Cylinders are potentially able to run for months on end, without any need for interference or adjustment. Milling and Grain - July 2019 | 49


Winner Three: Bühler’s LumoVision

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Recently revealed at Hannover Messe, Bühler’s LumoVision is an astounding innovation in the field of sorting technology that can identify and remove aflatoxin-infected grains from samples. The latest optical sorting solution from Bühler, the LumoVision does not disappoint and boasts a variety of new features and advancements that make anyone, and everyone, understand why it is a very worthy winner of the GRAPAS Innovations Awards. Developed in partnership with Microsoft, the LumoVision can eliminate up to 90 percent of contaminated maize and helps us ever more in the fight against dangerous mycotoxins. “Advances in digital technology, together with our sorting and food safety expertise, make this an unrivalled system that contributes to solving a major global food safety and security challenge” says Matt Kelly proudly, Managing Director of Digital Technologies at Bühler. LumoVision works by analysing the colour of each kernel as it passes under strong UV lighting. As contaminated kernels show up as a bright, ominous green, the LumoVision captures and separates them within milliseconds via air nozzles. Up to 15 tonnes of product can be processed-per-hour, an impressive amount that certainly helps secure the safety of food for future generations. The Bühler LumoVision also couples up with Bühler’s own cloud-based service which enables the LumoVision to reduce yield losses to only five percent on average, an amazing feat when considering a great deal of solutions reduce yield losses only by 25 percent. “We are incredibly excited about this achievement. As an organisation we have strived to solve the problem of aflatoxin contamination for many years. Now, with today’s technological advances we’re able to bring this ground-breaking solution to market,” says Ben Deefholts, Senior Research Engineer for Digital Technologies at Bühler. “With data science techniques and tools, we can develop sorting algorithms, while connectivity and IoT solutions allow us to combine our optical sorting with real-time risk models,” he adds.

Runner-up: Balaguer Rolls’ Optical Fluting Test 2.0

Following in the path of the already very successful OFT 1.0, Balaguer Roll’s upgraded model of the Optical Fluting Test is specifically designed to further assist millers to easily check and measure roll profiles by optical vision. In only a few simple steps, the OFT 2.0 provides users with a certificate which shows the existing fluting profile of a fluting roll, which makes it both easy and quick to analyse your rolls and to make the decision when they are in need of changing. The device measures various parameters, including pitch, dull angle, sharp angle, land and roll wear percentage. The OFT 2.0 is also 30 percent smaller than the previous model and 70 percent lighter, ensuring that it remains compact and easy to transport so it can be carried with ease, wherever you may need it. For all these reasons, it is clear why the GRAPAS Innovations Awards judges described the OFT 2.0 as “revolutionary”.


The following day, June 13th, each of our 15 innovations and presenters came together for the GRAPAS Conference, a one-day conference dedicated to the best solutions for milling technology. Each applicant for the GRAPAS Innovations Awards from Brabender, Bühler, Eye-Grain, Selis, Ocrim, Balaguer Rolls, Petkus and Dinnissen presented why their innovations are worthy of being recognised as the best solutions for the food processing industry to an audience eager to learn more about pioneering milling technology. Also joining us at the GRAPAS Conference were keynote speakers George Marriage of nabim and Christoph Beck of The Crop Trust.

Keynote speech: Innovation: A Family Flour Miller’s Perspective

by George Marriage, President of nabim George Marriage started by looking at a definition of innovation and took the words of the Concise Oxford Dictionary which defines innovate as “make changes in something already existing as by introducing new methods, ideas or products”. He said that, while innovation was very popular in business at present, it did not in itself guarantee success. There is the more difficult stage of evaluating the costs and benefits of what is going to be or has been done. While innovation was a very broad subject, George Marriage chose to talk mainly about his experiences with IT, as it is a topical business subject. Before that, he explained a bit about himself and the family firm’s history. While he had worked in various jobs in the mill in school holidays George did not go into the family business straight on leaving school. He worked in the packaging and engineering industries and gained degrees in both engineering and business. At the age of 29 he joined the family firm and then, like his father, grandfather and daughter did his nabim flour milling exams. The family firm started in 1824 when, on their father’s death, William and Henry Marriage aged 17 took on his milling business of a water mill and windmill. Their first significant innovation

was the installation of a steam engine. The twin brothers were successful in the milling business and moved into roller milling in 1891 and built a completely new mill in 1899. That building forms part of the present operations that have grown to include a significant element of feed milling as well as flour milling. George did not dwell on the many innovations and changes that had occurred over the years. He felt most of the audience would know the general changes for themselves. As he was currently engaged in a company ERP project, he thought it would be useful to share some of his IT experiences past and present. He had found that, while software obsolescence had caught them out on a control system, keeping old systems for too long could also be a problem. It was important to find suppliers who were truly committed to giving service and over the years they had had good experience with their plant control system IT company. Also, it was important not to believe things, however attractive, that were too good to be true. He then came onto some cautionary tales about ERP systems. He had found that IT companies that possess relevant industry experience was very important. The time available for employees to learn a new system is limited by the spare time they had at work. This made a user-friendly new system important as it would be learnt more quickly. They had also found that a more integrated system multiplied problems. He said that seemingly clear requirements can be open to interpretation and concluded the cautionary tales by saying Rebecca Sherratt and Roger Gilbert from Milling and Grain, at the opening the conference

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coming generations as the human population continues to rapidly expand. The MoisturePro, with its energy efficiency and reduced need for raw materials, can significantly help alleviate this labour on the planet.

Keynote speech: With so much rice and wheat in the world, why do we need to conserve them?

that the process was more about people and communication than the technology. George said he was pleased he did not have the difficult challenge of deciding who should get the prize among the exciting milling innovations that were going to be presented at GRAPAS. He thought the audience would enjoy the presentations and ultimately their decisions would settle the business winners in the long run.


Following George Marriage’s brilliant discussion on the importance of appreciating how far technology has come throughout the years, the first session of talks from the GRAPAS Innovations Awards applicants were underway. Ulrike Ito, Product Manager for Brabender, began festivities with her presentation on the FarinoAdd S-300, a very impressive add-on for the Farinograph-TS. The FarinoAdd, Ms Ito explained, helps users to analyse gluten-free flours to an even better extent, and she provided a variety of charts and graphs to help illustrate the various benefits of the solution. Following this, we were joined by Janine Wegmann, Product Manager for Bühler’s GrainiGo service. With an active demo of the machine on show, Ms Wegmann went into depth upon how the GrainiGo assists users with the easy analysis of grain on the go, hence the catchy product name. The third innovation presentation was the iGrain-HACPP-App by Eye-Grain’s Director of Marketing and Sales, Peer Hansen. Moving on from discussions of raw material analysis, Mr Hansen discussed how the iGrain-HACPP-App enables users to easily and safely monitor their stored grain, with alarms and various alerts available, should users need to check on their stored materials. To close session one, Paul McKeithan, Head of Digital Services at Bühler spoke on the MoisturePro solution. Mr McKeithan gave a very engaging presentation, focussing upon the upcoming food and feed challenges we as a race will soon come to face in the 52 | July 2019 - Milling and Grain

by Christoph Beck, Head of Corporate Operations, The Crop Trust The GRAPAS Conference’s second keynote speaker, Christoph Beck, began his presentation with a very informative video, helping to explain exactly what The Crop Trust does and how they ensure the preservation of crops for generations to come. Inside the Svalbard Global Seed Vault, halfway between Norway and the North Pole, lies a treasure trove of seeds in storage, kept safe in the face of any natural disasters or manmade catastrophes. The permafrost, deep in the mountain, offers the vault a natural, cost-effective freezing method to easily and effectively preserve all materials inside. Mr Beck’s discussion was a welcome wake-up call to the dangers that could easily pose a threat to our food supply, and The Crop Trust need all of our help to raise enough funds to ensure that our food supply continues to be accessible and responsibly stored, should any emergencies occur.


Nicholas Trounce kicked off session two of the GRAPAS Conference with his presentation on the Bühler NOVABLUE sieve cleaner. A sieve cleaner without any bristles is probably something you haven’t seen before, but at the GRAPAS Conference Mr Trounce made sure to emphasise that this new method of sieve cleaning is the way of the future. Temperature-, fat- and enzyme-resistant, as well as optically detectable, the NOVABLUE is easy to use, to clean and extremely efficient. Next up was Francisco Sanchez, Area Manager for Balaguer Rolls. Mr Sanchez gave an enticing presentation on the GRAPAS Innovations Awards’ Runner-Up, the Optical Fluting Test 2.0. As well as providing all the technical specifications for the OFT 2.0, Mr Sanchez also provided figures to reflect just how efficient and beneficial the solution is to millers. The third speaker for session two was Patrick Guster, Product Manager for Bühler’s Particle Size Measurement DYTA (PSM DYTA), who also spoke about the OLCC Cracking Mill. For the PSM DYTA, Mr Guster discussed why exactly particle size is so important for the milling and feed industries, in order to tailor food perfectly for the right animals. In regard to the OLCC Cracking Mill, Mr



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F Guster gave impressive news that this innovative roller mill can exchange its rolls in only two hours per roll pair, as well as going into discussion regarding the OLCC’s automation and integration capabilities. Robert Michels, Accounts and Sales Manager of Dinnissen also spoke on Dinnissen’s innovative Pegasus Wingdoor Mixer, which serves as an innovative solution for both the food and feed industries. Along with playing an informative video about the mixer’s many skills and benefits, Mr Michels also explained how the Pegasus is also capable of several processes, from hygienisation of product, heating/cooling and processing.


With the LumoVision, these problems can hopefully come to an end, with its ability to exclusively target infected grain and separate them from healthy, viable samples. The conference was then brought to a conclusion by Milling and Grain Publisher, Roger Gilbert, who commended each and every presenter and innovation for GRAPAS 2019 and voiced his deepest thanks to each and every individual involved in the awards and conference this year, for their part its being a major success.

Another brilliant year for milling innovations

With the GRAPAS Conference and Innovations Awards completed for another year, Milling and Grain are happy to have once again brought to the attention of the industry the variety of amazing solutions that companies worldwide continue to create to make the everyday lives of millers even better. This year’s applications were even more innovative than before, and we look forward to discovering even more technological marvels next year at GRAPAS 2020!

The final session of the conference played host to Luigi Caterina, Area Manager for Ocrim, who spoke about Ocrim’s patented titanium rolls. As well as delving into some of Ocrim’s fine Italian history, Mr Caterina captured the audience’s attention with the news that pcirm’s new titanium rolls are four times higher in hardness than the average roll (2200 HB, if one wants to be precise). Following Mr Caterina was Adrian Hinderling, Sales Director for Bühler. Mr Hinderling spoke on the PreMa solution, with an emphasised focus on the sustainability advantages of the Bühler solution. The PreMa is also very intuitive, and the PreMa app ensures ease of use and easy monitoring. The first winner of the GRAPAS Innovations Awards was next to speak, Dr Khaled Raed, Chief Innovation Officer for Petkus. Dr Raed provided a wealth of diagrams for the intrigued audience to learn more about exactly hoe this award-winning solution does what it does, as well as an in-dept look into the various menus and functionalities of the OptoSelector OS. Business Development Director for Selis, Temel Harmankaya was the next one to present at the … because that’s what we do, too. On every single conference on the DAPS system. FILIP cleaner, we monitor every detail throughout the Last, but certainly not least, was entire manufacturing process. We know that our Ben Deefholts, Senitor Research proven quality will guarantee effective sieve cleaning Egineer for Bühler. Mr Deefholts within your plansifters. And that, in turn, will ensure spoke on the third GRAPAS a high yield from your passages. Innovations Awards winner, the LumoVision. Mr Deefholts Efficient. Quality. Cleaning. provided attendees a rich history of the perils of aflatoxin and the dangers it poses to people worldwide. Over 500 million people in subSaharan Africa, Latin America FILIP GmbH • Müllereibürsten • Anemonenweg 4 • D-33335 Gütersloh and Asia are at risk to this fungal Telephone: +49 (0)5241 29330 • Telefax: +49 (0)5241 20321 infection, which can cause SIEVE CLEANERS E-mail: • liver cancer, immune system suppression and stunted growth.

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Gluten-free snack products, breakfast cereals, flatbreads, pastas, purees, confectionery products, pet food, and other extruded products can be produced on a laboratory scale with Brabender single or twin-screw extruders

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he global market for gluten-free products continues to grow; according to statistics recently published by, global sales are expected to reach US $7.6 billion in 2020, double the figures for 2013 ($3.8 billion). The US-based market research firm Grand View Research forecasts annual growth rates of approximately 10 percent by 2025, particularly in the important baked goods, pasta and rice, and (extruded) snack foods product segments. According to Euromonitor, gluten-free products play an important role, particularly in the Western European markets, for example Italy (with a share of 13%), the United Kingdom (9%) and Germany (8%) as well as the US market (24%). For Germany, the sales figures for gluten-free products in the food retail sector (including drug stores) have doubled in the last three years from 89 million in 2015, to 134 million in 2016, and finally to 174 million in 2017 (Source: Statista 2016 and 2018). At the same time, GfK ConsumerScan has determined a household-related market penetration of 14 percent for 2017, with young people in particular being “extensive gluten-free buyers” with purchase motives largely beyond medical dietary requirements. Gluten-free products play a special role in product innovations in the context of “free-from” claims, as revealed by research conducted by the market research firm Mintel in 2016: In Germany, 11 percent of all newly imported foods and drinks were labeled as “gluten-free” (Austria, 11%; Switzerland 6%) – almost twice as many as in reference year 2011 with a share of six percent. And product developers are setting their sights on laboratory analytics for the “gluten-free road” to innovative recipes.

Challenges of “gluten-free” rheology

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gluten and its structure-forming properties. Therefore, attempts to mimic the rheology of wheat doughs are usually based on rice flour, corn flour, corn starch or potato starch. There are also other gluten-free ingredients in product development, such as millet, pulses (peas, lentils, soy, etc.) or pseudo-cereals (amaranth, quinoa, etc.). Gelatinisation properties are crucial in starch-based recipes. Brabender’s Viscograph-E, a standard instrument which has been used worldwide for decades, provides a complete picture of the gelatinisation behavior of native and modified starches from start to finish – including the maximum, the temperature and the holding time. The viscogram reliably and reproducibly displays properties such as thick-boiling or thin-boiling, thickening efficiency, gel formation, stability, and swelling behavior. The latter is of particular importance, because additional recipe components that control the flow behavior of dough through water-binding ingredients can rarely be dispensed with for gluten-free products; these components might be plant fibres from psyllium, or thickeners such as hydroxymethyl cellulose, xanthan gum, guar gum, and many more. Mixing these ingredients with water usually produces highly plastic, visco-inelastic doughs, which are “rheological problem children”; kneading behavior and dough stability, mechanical stress and degree of softening, water absorption, and immobilisation change over time in a way that is completely different from what the “wheat practitioners” are familiar with based on their experience.

New Brabender tool for “gluten-free farinograms”

The Farinograph, a classical instrument for laboratory analysis, provides reliable and reproducible results for evaluating the viscous properties of dough. However, in practice, the extreme plasticity of doughs made from gluten-free flours has often meant that the capacity of the measuring mixer was virtually “blown open” on the Farinograph. The Brabender engineers have produced a remedy for this with their “gluten-free product development.” The FarinoAdd-S300 is a new accessory tool whose ingenious simplicity is sure to


The Brabender Break Mill SM 4 grinds not only the classic varieties of grain but also various glutenfree materials such as rice, corn, pseudo-cereals, and pulses. The Quadrumat Junior is suitable for the production of practical test flours made from rice and other grains

The FarinoAdd-S300 is an accessory for the Farinograph mixer which allows for quality testing on gluten-free flours or kneadable doughs

impress; it can be mounted on an existing Sigma Mixer S 300 in three easy steps. For visco-inelastic doughs such as these, which do not form a gluten network by themselves and have to be “forced to knead,” the new Farino Add-On, an accessory set for measurements on the Farinograph-TS, prevents the dough from pushing the kneading lid open during kneading. A “stamp” with a clip attachment and integrated water supply (for Aqua-Inject or burette) enables water and flour, which remain in the measuring area in the mixer bowl, to mix well instead of pushing the material upwards. Thus, the measurements can be successfully performed in such a way that Farinograph quality results are also generated on this type of “problem dough.” The high-precision measuring electronics measure the kneading resistance, or torque, acting on the blades of the measuring mixer as a function of the viscosity

The FarinoAdd-S300 is composed of a bolt for use in the mixing bowl of the S300 mixer, a clamp for closing the mixer, and another bolt for closing the water-dosing aperture in the lid

The Viscograph-E has been established for decades as a standard for quality testing gluten-containing and gluten-free starches

of the sample, and the software registers and logs it online as a function of time in a clearly arranged color diagram. This makes it possible to evaluate the rheological behavior of kneadable, even highly plastic doughs under constant conditions according to the usual standards – of course always with a view to the quality features desired or sought in the end product. Due to the different properties typical of raw materials, it is useful to be able to set the testing time and target consistency individually for each product. Numerous individual experimental designs can be implemented in combination with the MetaBridge software (standard in the Farinograph-TS). This makes the new tool interesting for companies that are on their way to becoming (or want to be) gluten-free, eg, manufacturers of baked goods and/or baking mixes, the noodle industry, or the snack and confectionery industry. In addition, colleges and research institutions are now


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Rice case study from the “Brabender gluten-free laboratory”

Each quality inspection begins with skillful milling. The Break Mill SM 4 by Brabender is a sample laboratory all-rounder: Compact, sturdy and designed to process a hitherto unknown variety of raw materials as semolina. Of course, all types of grain are reliably ground to the desired fineness; in addition, the new SM 4 is available as a multifunctional laboratory mill for a variety of different applications. For example, it can be used to grind ancient grains such as spelt, emmer wheat or einkorn wheat, as well as pseudo-cereals, pulses, pasta products, spices, coffee beans, or nuts. The Quadrumat Junior from the Brabender program can also be used for to grind rice to production-like flours. For a “gluten-free rice trial,” flours were produced from three different varieties of rice (basmati, rice pudding, and arborio) using a laboratory mill and then tested using the FarinoAdd-S300 on the Farinograph-TS with the following parameters: Target consistency 500 FE, speed 63 rpm, weight 240 g, premix time 60 s. The result was amazing – and will give any product developer something to think about when selecting their raw materials (see Figures 5 and 6). The three rice flours from the raw material suppliers with nearly identical nutritional values show clearly different curves; this underscores the practicality of using the Farinograph to study these

types of raw materials with regard to processing operations. Ulrike Ito, who wrote her bachelor’s thesis on the possible applications of the Farinograph in the Brabender laboratory commented, “Studying rice pudding and Arborio flour was relatively unproblematic, because the curves are similar to those of wheat flour. “However, the result for Basmati flour was significantly different. The optimal water absorption was difficult to determine with this sample. Even small changes in the addition of water caused large differences in the consistency. In the long term, we observed no clear softening of the dough, even after a measuring period of 1.5 hours, and a noticeable “buckling” also occurred after approximately 45 minutes of kneading time with the addition of varying amounts of water and thus no measurement error.” The example clearly shows the potential of the new tool for quality control of incoming and outgoing goods and production, for process optimisation, and last but not least, for the “pre-checking” of gluten-free raw materials for product and recipe development. For this purpose, other commercially available gluten-free flours were tested with the FarinoAdd-S300 on the Farinograph-TS in the Brabender laboratory, which confirm the realistic application potentials.

Future prospects for the “gluten-free laboratory”

Extruded products are key drivers of the gluten-free snack market, particularly in North America and increasingly in the Far East, with momentum coming from East Asia to target new food textures. Therefore, practical equipment with extrusion devices are now necessary “tools” for product developers in the food industry. With this modern key technology, newly developed snack products, breakfast cereals, flat breads, pastas, purees, confectionery products and pet food can be prepared on a laboratory scale. As an “entry-level model” Brabender, offers the Stand-Alone Extruder KE 19, a sturdy, independently operating single-screw extruder for laboratories and technical centers. Based on a wide selection of screws and tools, this machine is the ideal solution for the development of new materials and products, for testing processing behavior in recipe development and for product and quality control. The current top model from Brabender’s broad “extruder family” is the TwinLab-F 20/40, which can also be used as a stand-alone device: a food-grade laboratory twin-screw extruder for materials development and process simulation. When it comes to texturing through laboratory scale extrusion, Brabender’s modular cooling die — introduced as an add-on module for lab extruders at the beginning of the year — is an investment in the future, even a psychological investment. This die can be used to produce meat-like structures from vegetable-based raw materials (eg, soybeans). Therefore, innovative food textures can be tested and subjected to sensory analysis, because the mouthfeel of snack products is increasingly important to consumers. Last but not least, as with everything in the “gluten-free” world: No cross contact! Because everything applies to production must also be a matter of course in the laboratory – this means a dedicated measuring device for gluten-containing raw materials and different one for gluten-free raw materials.


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Smart access point to Bühler’s expanding digital universe An interview with Stefan Birrer and Matt Kelly, Bühler

applications. Stefan Birrer, Bühler’s Head of Milling Solutions, and Matt Kelly, Managing Director of Digital Technologies, explain how this smart device contributes to yield management, food safety, and traceability, and why they take copying as a compliment for Bühler.

is incorporated in the new Tubex Pro. Matt: Tubex was also groundbreaking thanks to its new measuring and control algorithms, and its first connectivity features. Tubex already performs three times more measurements than its predecessors, and it has a modern on-site control with an adaptable, user-friendly interface. With Tubex Pro, we have made the next step in advanced connectivity. It will be even easier to integrate the scale into plant control systems, and transfer data into cloud applications, allowing our customers to analyse and visualise their data streams for better yield management and predictive maintenance, and enabling us to support our customers remotely through the Bühler global service network.

In 2017, you introduced the Tubex. You are now bringing Tubex Pro to the market. What is this update about?

What are the benefits that Tubex Pro offers Bühler customers?

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Stefan: With Tubex, we brought an entirely new generation of scales to the market. One key innovation was the use of an electromechanical drive system instead of pneumatic cylinders. This has saved our customers up to 95 percent of energy in the last two years. Keep in mind that a traditional scale can easily consume up to US $10,000 of energy a year. The electromechanical drive of the Tubex hopper scale not only reduces energy costs, it also enables considerably more precise motion and position control. An integrated diagnostic system contributes to early problem detection and troubleshooting. Drive components are wear-free, which substantially lowers maintenance costs. In the two years that Tubex has been on the market, we have carefully gathered customer feedback and made many upgrades – all of this learning 62 | July 2019 - Milling and Grain

Stefan: Customers increase food and feed safety with the stainless-steel structure and superior hygienic design. Easy access for cleaning enables fast product change over. With intelligent drives and long-life components, we bring maintenance costs to an absolute minimum while saving up to 95 percent of energy costs. And with the next generation of measurement technology and selfmonitoring, we reach accuracy and precision levels that were unthinkable until recently.

F Matt: With advanced connectivity functionalities that allow integration to our sophisticated online sensors, Tubex Pro is not only a high precision scale, but a key component in Bühler’s universe of digital applications and services. We have massively invested into this, built a close partnership with Microsoft, and developed our own IoT platform for digital applications, Bühler Insights. We bring all digital applications to this platform, which ensures highest security, performance, and reliability standards. Tubex Pro is a key element in this concept, because it enables transparency and traceability of processes.

Can you give a specific example of a digital application, and what it means for milling operators?

Matt: Take our Yield Management System. This cloud-based solution, integrated into Bühler Insights, enables yield monitoring from anywhere at any time. Deviations are identified and made visible so that yields from various production sites can be monitored and benchmarked. Moreover, thresholds and real-time notifications can be set to keep the process running in optimal conditions, to achieve the highest possible yield and, consequently, maximise our customers’ profitability.

How large an impact will digital technologies have on the food and feed industry?

Matt: I would put it this way: Digitalisation is revolutionising our industry. So far, we have optimised components or subsystems. Now, with devices such as Tubex Pro, which can be connected via plug and play, complete systems such as milling plants become transparent, comparable and can be optimised. We can reach a new level of efficiency and food safety. I guess it is fair to say that, with our partnership with Microsoft, Bühler is leading this trend. Stefan: The challenges from markets and from a sustainability standpoint are becoming more demanding. Consumers want to enjoy a broader variety of products, and competition has become fiercer. To be successful, you must be very efficient and very flexible. Furthermore, contamination events and product recalls have made customers insecure. The demands increased dramatically. With digital applications, services and technologies, such as blockchain, we can achieve breakthroughs and meet these challenges.

Is this how you differentiate against competition?

Stefan: Yes. In the combination of all its functionalities and technologies, Tubex Pro is unique. It contains over 100 years of our weighing experience and intellectual property, and we added our latest innovations with digital technologies. However, you should not be surprised to see copies pop up, in this case not from Asia but from Europe. But we take copying as a kind of a compliment. It seems that we have done a good job and set the benchmark for the industry. However, rest assured that we protect our intellectual property, not only for the benefit of Bühler, but for the sake of our customers.

When will you release Tubex Pro to the market?

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by Fernando Rubio, Lori fields and Thomas Glaze, Eurofins Abraxis, USA continues, consumer concerns about glyphosate in the food chain lyphosate or N-(phosphonomethyl) grow. The EPA (40 CFR Part 180) has established tolerances for glycine (See Figure 1) is the various commodities, grain cereals: oatmeal, wheat and barley world’s most widely used broadat 30 ppm or 30,000 ng/gm but organic standards for some spectrum herbicide and crop commodities are as low as 10 ppb (10 ng/gm). desiccant, accounting for about Glyphosate analysis in environmental matrixes is often 25 percent of the global herbicide problematic because it is a small molecule with structural market. similarity to many naturally occurring plant materials such as An organophosporous compound amino acids and secondary plant compounds. Its high-water (phosphonate), it was first solubility, makes solvent extraction difficult, posing a serious discovered to be an herbicide by Monsanto and introduced into challenge to chemists needing to remove matrix effects prior the market in 1974 under the trade name ‘Roundup’. Glyphosate to instrumental analysis. In addition, plant and soil matrixes is sometimes applied on barley, wheat and other crops as a precontain co-contaminants that increase complexity of sample harvest drying agent to speed up harvesting operations. preparation and make instrumental analysis costlier and more While glyphosate formulations such as Roundup have been time-consuming. approved by regulatory bodies worldwide, concerns about their Enzyme-linked immunoassay (ELISA) is an analytical effects on humans and the environment persist. Contradictory findings on carcinogenic risks have thrust glyphosate into the center of dispute between EU and US politicians, regulators and Table 1: Evaluation of Glyphosate ELISA reproducibility researchers. Sample # Extract 1 Extract 2 Extract 3 Average Stdev %CV Mean ELISA Mean ELISA Mean ELISA ELISA In March 2015 the World Health concentration concentration concentration concentration Organization (WHO) International Agency for (ng/gm) (ng/gm) (ng/gm) (ng/gm) Research on Cancer classified glyphosate as 1 640 603 570 604 35.0 5.8 “probably carcinogenic in humans” (category 2 15 8 14 12 3.4 27.4 2A) based on epidemiological, animal and in 3 18 19 20 19 1.1 5.9 vitro studies. In November 2015, however, 4 22 22 19 21 1.3 6.4 the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) 5 8 <7.5 <7.5 <7.5 0.7 9.2 published a report concluding that “glyphosate 6 26 29 29 28 1.8 6.5 was unlikely to be genotoxic or pose a carcinogenic threat to humans”. 7 202 182 234 206 26.3 12.7 Amidst this contradictory information, in 8 18 22 20 20 2.0 9.9 June 2016, the European Commission could 9 846 656 714 739 97.4 13.2 not agree on re-registration of glyphosate 10 787 646 731 721 71.0 9.8 for another 15 years. Instead, it granted a 11 48 46 47 47 1.1 2.3 temporary license extension pending further 12 14 17 19 17 2.7 16.2 scientific studies. As the scientific debate

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Table 2: ELISA run-to-run correlation data Sample

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Table 3: Spike recoveries at 0.5 ng/gm glyphosate equivalent * This is the raw concentration from the ELISA plate analysis of the sample extract prior to application of the dilution factor (100x) associated with the sample extraction procedure. Calculated values for the raw wheat sample are 100x higher Sample #

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Figure 1: Glyphosate structure


technique that has been widely employed for decades across a variety of clinical and industrial applications ranging from blood, water, mycotoxin, pathogens, etc., to provide near real time answers regarding contaminant concentrations in numerous sample matrices in a timely, accurate and cost-effective manner. This study evaluates the Eurofins Abraxis Glyphosate ELISA test kit (Part #500086, see Figure 2), a commercially available ELISA test kit for the quantitative analysis of glyphosate, as a means of obtaining sample results in three-to-four hours to support on-site decision-making for agricultural testing applications.





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Twelve raw durum wheat samples with unknown concentrations of glyphosate were obtained for this study. A 0.5 g subsample of each raw durum sample was ground and extracted in 10 mL deionized water a total of three times according to the protocol outlined in the Eurofins Abraxis Technical Bulletin, “Glyphosate in Oats, Wheat and Barley”. Duplicates of all sample extracts, standards and controls were subsequently derivatized and analyzed per test kit instructions on a single lot of the Glyphosate ELISA plates (Part #500086) for a total of 72 determinations. Data is presented in Table 1.

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F Figure 2: Glyphosate ELISA test procedure 1: Addition of Standards, Samples Add 50uL of the derivatised standard solutions, control, or samples.

5: Addition of Substrate/Colour Solution Add 150uL of substrate/colour solution. Incubate the strips for 20-30 minutes at room temperature and away from direct sunlight.

2: Addition of Antibody Solution Add 50uL of the antiGlyphosate Antibody solution. Cover and mix for 30 seconds. Incubate for 30 minutes at room temperature.

6: Addition of Stopping Solution Add 100uL of stop solution.

3: Addition of Enzyme Conjugate Add 50uL of the enzyme conjugate. Cover and mix for 30 seconds. Incubate for 60 minutes at room temperature.

7: Measurement of Colour Read the absorbance at 450nm using a microplate ELISA reader. Calculate the results.

4: Washing of Plates Wash the plates three times with 250uL of 1x washing buffer.

Only one sample, #5, was determined to have glyphosate concentration below detectable assay limits (<7.5 ng/gm). All other samples were determined to have glyphosate concentrations ranging between 12 and 739 ng/gm. The %CV between the three extracts for each sample ranged from 2.3 percent to 27.4 percent. Only one of the twelve samples displayed a %CV above 20 percent across the three extracts, indicating excellent assay reproducibility. Data plotted between two separate ELISA analyses of durum wheat sample extracts from the same raw durum sample (see Table 2), demonstrated excellent correlation with one another as indicated in Figure 3, the r2 value between the two analyses was 0.991.

Spike recovery

Duplicates of durum wheat sample extracts previously determined by ELISA to have a glyphosate concentration equivalent below detectable assay limits (<7.5 ng/gm) were spiked with a known quantity of glyphosate (0.5 ng/gm equivalent). Duplicates of another raw durum wheat sample previously determined to have a glyphosate concentration equivalent of 21.5 ng/gm by ELISA were also spiked with 0.5 ng/gm of glyphosate. A 0.5 ng/mL spike check was also prepared with deionized water (LOQ in water = 0.05 ng/mL) to evaluate any potential matrix effects on sample recovery. All spiked sample extracts, deionized water spike checks, standards and controls were subsequently derivatized and analyzed in duplicate as described in the Eurofins Abraxis Technical Bulletin, “Glyphosate in Oats, Wheat and Barley” and Glyphosate Test Kit User’s Guide. As indicated in Table 3, the mean concentration of the 66 | July 2019 - Milling and Grain

Figure 3: Glyphosate ELISA run-to-run correlation graph

spiked extracts was determined to be 0.486 and 0.518 ng/ gm respectively. Comparing the concentration of the ground and extracted sample to the spiked concentration of 0.5 ng/gm glyphosate equivalent, sample recovery was determined to be 97-103 percent.


The Eurofins Abraxis Glyphosate ELISA test kit is capable of analyzing durum wheat samples for glyphosate concentrations. Evaluation of the test kits for this application suggests that data is both reproducible and accurate. The %CV was less than 20 percent, across three sample extracts of the same durum sample prepared and analyzed separately according to kit instructions. Correlation between ELISA runs were greater than 0.990. Likewise, the assay demonstrated good recovery of spiked samples with percent recovery ranging from 97 percent to 103 percent.

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Four countries led grain fortification progress in 2018


by Sarah Lynn Zimmermann, Communications Coordinator, Food Fortification Initiative

state in India, plus Afghanistan and Pakistan, led global progress in wheat flour fortification in 2018, according to an annual survey by the Food Fortification Initiative (FFI). In addition, Solomon Islands led progress in rice fortification by passing standards to require fortification of its imported rice. India’s Haryana state began distributing fortified atta (stoneground, whole-wheat flour) to some of its Public Distribution System beneficiaries in March 2018. The program has expanded and is now benefitting 177,000 people. Haryana leaders plan to scale it up to eventually reach 12.6 million people across the entire state. Afghanistan and Pakistan fortified less than five percent of their industrially milled wheat flour in 2017, according to the FFI survey. But in 2018, the Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition (GAIN) reported that 73 percent of Afghanistan’s industrially milled wheat flour and 51 percent of Pakistan’s industrially milled flour was fortified. In Solomon Islands, all of the domestically produced wheat flour is fortified, but the population consumes more rice than flour-based foods. Consequently, national leaders approved a standard in 2018 to require rice to be fortified with iron, zinc, folic acid, thiamin, and niacin. Requiring fortification of both rice and wheat flour will significantly increase vitamin and mineral intake of the country’s nearly 600,000 residents. In each of these countries, the prevalence of anemia in at least one population group is a “severe public health problem” - the World Health Organisation (WHO) classification for anemia prevalence higher than 40 percent. Anemia is a grave concern because: Pregnant women with severe anemia are twice as likely to die during or shortly after pregnancy than non-anemic women Anemic women in low and middle-income countries have a significantly higher risk of having a low-birth-weight infant

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than non-anemic women. Low birth weight means less than 2500 grams at birth; infants that small are prone to death and diseases while they are young. If they survive, they are more at risk for poor mental development in childhood and chronic health problems such as diabetes and heart disease later in life In childhood, anemia from iron deficiency stunts cognitive development which hinders academic performance and future earnings potential Anemia reduces productivity which may in turn reduce wages. Anemia is frequently caused by nutritional deficiencies and is estimated to contribute to 17 percent lower productivity in heavy manual labor and five percent lower productivity in other manual labor-based jobs Deficiencies of iron, riboflavin, folic acid (vitamin B9), zinc, vitamin A, and vitamin B12 can each cause anemia. Fortifying commonly consumed grains with these nutrients can lower the anemia prevalence. Also, adding folic acid (vitamin B9) to grains has lowered the prevalence of brain and spine birth defects in countries that measure this component of the fortification program. Research published in 2018 credited fortification with preventing 50,270 brain and spine birth defects in one year for an average of 137 healthier babies a day. Yet this is likely only 18 percent of the brain and spine birth defects that could be prevented globally through grain fortification. Of the four countries that led progress in 2018, only India has reported birth defect prevalence. Research there shows that 41to-45 of every 10,000 live births are affected by a brain or spine birth defect; in Haryana that translates to at least 2,400 babies a year. Adequate folic acid intake could drop the prevalence to six per 10,000 births. About 75 percent of children with brain and spine birth defects die before their fifth birthday. Spina bifida, one of the birth defects that can be mostly prevented with folic acid, has varying degrees of severity. Children with spina bifida who survive past their fifth birthday often have life-long disabilities.

F Grain fortification in Africa

While India, Afghanistan, Pakistan, and Solomon Islands are building their grain fortification programmes, many countries in Africa have required food fortification for several years. Legislation to require millers to fortify is a “push” or top-down approach to fortification that does not always lead to nationwide fortification. In 2018, FFI led a “pull” project in Malawi and Uganda to involve stakeholders such as consumer associations and groups of parents of children with disabilities. The goal was to create consumer demand for quality, fortified foods. FFI taught participants the value of fortification and asked them to gather market samples of fortified wheat flour, maize flour, and edible oil. The samples were tested with simple qualitative fortification tests. The samples that passed were sent to a laboratory for quantitative testing. In both countries, a number of samples which were labelled as fortified were not actually fortified according to the qualitative tests. Quantitative testing showed that other samples that were fortified contained vitamin and mineral levels below the country’s minimum amounts for compliance. The pull strategy will complement the government’s external monitoring and the industry’s internal monitoring to create a robust process for ensuring that the population receives the intended vitamins and minerals from fortified food. In another part of Africa, leaders from countries in the Southern African Development Community (SADC) came together in October 2018 and identified numerous approaches and tools available for a robust monitoring and surveillance framework for fortification programmes. FFI is working with the SADC Secretariat to formalise the

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F framework and move forward in key areas of support to each SADC country over the next four years. SADC Member States frequently trade grain products and having a uniform monitoring system among countries will enable consistent application and enforcement of quality measures. Global fortification progress FFIâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s annual survey for 2018 reports that 32 percent of the worldâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s industrially milled wheat flour is fortified, up from 31 percent in 2017. The proportion of industrially milled rice increased from 0.8 percent in 2017 to 1.1 percent in 2018. The volume of industrially milled and fortified maize flour increased in 2018, largely due to increased maize flour fortification in Uganda. The percent of industrially milled maize flour that is fortified decreased from 65 percent in 2017 to 54 percent in 2018 largely because FFI recalculated the amount of maize flour that is industrially milled. The maps indicate the proportion of industrially milled grain fortified in each country. The WHO recommendations for wheat and maize flour note that if the estimated per capita consumption in a country is less than 75 grams-per-person-per-day, enough nutrients cannot be added to the grain to meet the nutritional needs of women of childbearing age. Consequently, countries where the food availability of each grain is less than 75 gramsper-person-per-day are not included in the maps. In some countries, consumption patterns vary widely among urban and rural residents. FFI is taking a closer look at countries where the average consumption of one grain is less than 75 grams per-person-per-day. In those places, consumption of industrially milled grain in urban areas may be high enough that fortification is an opportunity to improve health of urban residents.

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Source: World Health Organization. The global prevalence of anemia in 2011. Published in 2015.

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n the countries of the former Soviet Union, for some years now, a modernisation process of the milling industry has been underway and Ocrim, thanks to its cutting-edge technology, is making an important contribution to this development. In fact, in Russia, Kazakhstan and Belarus, Ocrim is the main actor in terms of increasing the presence of semolina plants. The Cremona-based company offers a meticulous and versatile process, since it is able to provide traditional plants for large-scale production, as well as more complex and customised plants, which require very Makprom - Plant from the outside

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specific technical features, suggested to customers by Ocrim or requested directly and designed together. Furthermore, some companies have developed a certain sensitivity towards organic raw materials and, for this reason, they have chosen Ocrim as a partner for their projects, as it is a company fully in line with this choice, as shown by its participation in The Italian Agri-Food Chain Choice project over the last years. In these countries, there has also been an increase in demand for the use of stainless-steel and, in general, for innovative materials in the plants, in order to guarantee the wholesomeness


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and excellence of the finished products and the utmost attention to sanitation. Finally, another important factor in Ocrim’s rise in the market of the former Soviet Union concerns the aspects related to automation. Increasingly more companies belonging to this geographical area, in fact, feel the need to renew themselves and to simplify the work inside the mill, while maintaining a high yield index that ensures production characterised by high-level performance characteristics. In Russia, Ocrim is the official partner of the two major pasta manufacturers, Makprom and Makfa. After eight years, Makprom, a CI GROUP subsidiary, has once again chosen Ocrim to build its second durum wheat semolina mill, with a capacity of 400 t/24h. The semolina will be processed at the new pasta factory, just like eight years ago with the first mill.

The new plant will have the same characteristics as the previous one, as all the machines are made of stainless steel and designed and configured in the same way, but with Ocrim’s current technological standard. This shows that the positive results achieved by the company for some years now have led Makprom to choose Ocrim again. Also in Russia, in the city of Cheljabinsk, Makfa has two semolina mills provided by Ocrim, one featuring a capacity of 330 t/24h and another one with a capacity of 360 t/24h. Both mills have been equipped with stainless-steel machinery, in line with customer requirements. Ocrim is a historic partner for Makfa, as it has followed several projects for the Russian company, as well as providing the two mills. In Kazakhstan important companies such as Agrimer-Astyk, belonging to the Agromean group, and Kostanay Melkombinat

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have identified Ocrim as their trusted partner. In the city of Kokshetau, Kazakhstan the new Agrimer-Astyk 200 t/24h plant for organic durum wheat processing was tested last June. The Kazakh company has chosen Ocrim for the design and construction of the plant, both for its high technological profile, and for the attention and sensitivity that Ocrim generally pays to organic products, an approach witnessed, as mentioned before, by the important path of the agri-food chain. Also in Kazakhstan, in the city of Kostanay, the Kostanay Melkombinat company turned to Ocrim for the reconstruction of the milling section of its 300 t/24h mill, requiring stainless-steel rollermills, for greater attention to sanitation and, therefore, for a very high quality final product to be processed at the pasta factory for their Korona pasta line. In Belarus, the presence of Ocrim is very strong thanks to new

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Maximising rice processing efficiency by So Komori, International Business Division, Satake Corporation, Japan


orld rice production has continued to grow over the past years, approaching near 770 million tonnes in 2017, according to the latest Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) report. This growth is not only in regards to production for traditional rice usage, such as paella in Spain or sushi in Japan, but also from increases in new usage areas such as rice bread, even in regions where rice is not considered as a staple food. Regardless of the final product, all rice produced must be processed before hitting the market, whether it be husked for brown rice, milled for white rice, etc. Many rice processing business owners who place importance on both their product quality such as taste, moisture content, appearance to satisfy their customers, processing efficiency or volume for profitability, put enormous effort into the design of their processing facilities. They realise that, along with the selection of equipment in the process line, the auxiliary equipment such as holding bins and conveyors also dramatically affect their production flow and product yield. In other words, optimising the design of the total processing line is key to the success of the final result. In 2019, Satake launched a new product - REACH System 7.0. REACH defines a pre-assembled rice processing line, from receiving to packing and is designed to provide several key qualities of a well-designed rice milling facility. First, it provides astonishingly short machine installation time of two weeks when compared to the usual three-tofour months. Pre-assembled in Satakeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s manufacturing facility in Thailand, it provides hassle-free installation and better final product output. In a typical rice milling plant, designers often face difficulties designing the flow due to combinations of equipment and accessories from multiple companies. Unmatched machines and pipes are often forcibly assembled, resulting in unnecessary damage to the product, resulting in a deterioration of product quality. An

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increase in broken rice levels is one example of this, another being a sacrifice in product flow rate. REACH System 7.0 is completely engineered at Satake by thoroughly reviewing plant design from scratch. As a result, the number of components are reduced, such as pipework, tanks/hoppers, product handling equipment, and pedestals. The load on the rice is therefore also reduced, resulting in a more compact production line in terms of size and an improvement in rice quality. Second, the REACH System 7.0 provides for a more stable operation with reduced control requirements. Operators of different skill or experience level are able to process rice to a specification. This allows for easier and more accurate calculation of product yield, which greatly benefits the facility and business management. This stable operation inherent in the REACH system is provided by the following two features: 1: Efficiency improvement by thorough review of plant design

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2: the tank-less system. In a typical rice milling plant, the flow rate continues to change due to the processing conditions before and after the rice milling machine processes, and the provision of a tank above the rice milling machine. Therefore, the operator is forced to check the appearance of the rice and adjust the load of the rice milling machine to match the flow rate. Since the flow rate and whiteness vary greatly, depending on the skill of the operator, a highly skilled operator is needed in the rice mill. This is even truer in a plant where rice is milled multiple times a day. The REACH tank-less system solves this issue. REACH both removes the tanks of the rice milling sections and stabilises the rice milling flow without independent of the operatorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s skill level. In order to stabilise the whiteness, it is necessary to maintain the internal pressure of the rice milling machine to certain level. To keep the pressure constant, it is necessary to keep the flow rate constant. To facilitate the constant flow rate, The REACH system removes the requirement for tanks/hoppers, and a rotary valve is attached after each weighing machine prior to any rice milling machinery for a constant rice flow.

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As a result, a certain level of brown rice is maintained inside each rice milling machine, making it possible to apply a certain pressure to stabilise the whiteness. Instead of adjusting the process by looking at the polished white rice, the operatorsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; main task now becomes the following: 1. Decide the flow rate and set the load of the milling machine 2. Maintain the flow rate of raw materials In accomplishing these two tasks, the flow rate and the product whiteness are maintained and the need for constant re-adjustment is eliminated. Since the various methods of milling differ from country to country and from factory to factory, the operating system proposed by REACH may not apply to every rice milling facility. However, REACH is one of the most feasible solution for those looking for stable operation with constant product quality. Satake also plans to introduce both 3 and 14 ton per hour systems in the near future.


#2 Grain drying

by John Bowes, International Sales Director, Sukup Manufacturing Co.

Feed industry professionals, academics and business people learned about inner workings of a feed mill at the Build my FeedMill Conference on March 13 at VIV Asia. In conjunction with Milling and Grain, VIV Asia hosted 12 speakers who presented information about their feed mill and storage products. Those in attendance were led through the entire milling process, from intake and conveying to weighing, grinding, pelleting, drying and cooling and storage. Best practices in grain storage were presented by John Bowes, international sales director at Sukup Manufacturing Co. Following are highlights of his presentation.

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rops store best if they are cool, dry, and clean. Mould growth is dependent on both temperature and crop moisture content. Crops that contain considerable foreign material or broken kernels will be more susceptible to mould and insects, so it is important that crops are cleaned to reduce this hazard or dried to between one and two percent lower moisture

Checking grain

All stored grain needs to be checked on a regular basis. Check stored grain bi-weekly during critical fall and spring months when outside air temperatures are changing rapidly. Check at least once a month during winter, but more often if there are problems. Search for small changes that are indicators of potential problems, such as crusting or condensation on your bin roof. It may also be necessary to check the moisture of grain with a moisture meter. Any increase in temperature indicates a problem, unless outdoor temperatures are warmer than the crop. Check and record temperatures at several points in your grain bin. Testing the weight of your crops is another evaluation to ensure it is at its best quality and in peak condition.

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Filling and coring the bin

Best storage results are obtained when crops are level in the bin (See Figure 1). Lowering the centre core of stored crops improves airflow and makes checking the crop easier. Levelling can be done with a grain spreader or by withdrawing grain from the centre after filling. In most bins, normal grain discharge flow creates a centre core that flows directly down to the unload conveyor or unload spout. This creates an inverted cone in the surface grain that gradually increases in diameter. As unload continues, grain funnels down the centre core and to the conveyor or unload spout. A bin filled to the peak will not have uniform airflow. Peaked grain is hard to manage and is especially risky when grain is stored above its safe moisture content. Part of the peak in all bins should be removed by coring the bin. It is important to core bins filled with moist grain, especially if the bin does not have a powered grain spreader that levels the surface and spreads fines and trash. Coring bin will remove the majority of fines and foreign material because most fines tend to accumulate in centre of bin. This is important since fines are more susceptible to spoilage and will restrict airflow. This practice obviously improves airflow through grain, which reduces chance of spoilage and helps aeration fans work more efficiently.


Moisture migration

Crops are normally placed in storage at temperatures much warmer than winter temperatures. Since crops are good insulators, grain in the centre of the bin will be the same temperature as at harvest, even after outside temperatures have dropped well below freezing. This temperature differential causes moisture migration. Air near bin wall cools and sinks to bottom of bin, pushing air up in the centre. When grain near the surface cools the warm air, moisture in the air condenses. Cool air cannot hold as much moisture as warm air. As this circulation continues, moisture begins to accumulate near top centre of the bin (See Figure 2). Crusting is an indication of moisture accumulation and mould growth. An aeration system cools grain uniformly, limiting moisture migration. In spring and summer months when outside air gets warmer, moisture migration can occur the opposite way and moisture will accumulate at bottom of bin.




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Properly installed transitions will help prevent pressure loss and air loss if improperly installed. The outlet area of transition must be adequate for airflow produced by fans. The shape should provide a smooth airflow route without any abrupt direction changes. If any bin stiffeners need to be cut to install transitions, suitable alternative support must be provided to prevent bin wall collapse. Transition must be properly sealed at both ends to prevent air loss. Temperature sensors help to accurately trace progress of aeration cooling or heating cycles. They help identify hot spots in grain. They also indicate overall heating and approximate average grain temperature. Check with your bin manufacturer to be sure cables, supports, and the roof can withstand the drag from grain filling and unloading. Breakaway anchors should be used at bottom of the cables to ensure alignment but allow for a bin sweep. Cables suspended from the roof should be properly supported and secured to floor by a professional. Absolutely no weights or plates should be attached to the bottom of temperature cables. Temperatures may change only 0.5°-1 °C per week, so read and record them accurately. A continual increase in temperature is a warning that must be heeded, especially if one spot in the bin is heating faster than grain as a whole. Experience indicates that once heating starts, it continues to escalate at an increasing rate until cooling is applied. Cleaning grain before storing improves storage. Fines, foreign material and broken kernels are grain-handling problems. Kernels break during harvesting and handling. Select a grain cleaner that collects and conveys debris away. The most common locations are at receiving, after dryer just before delivery to storage, and at load-out. Cleaning is easier at low flow rates. Coring bin also will remove a major portion of fines and foreign material. Roof vents ensure proper airflow and prevent snow or rain from entering the bin. Roof vents also increase efficiency of aeration system and should always be used in drying. Without adequate open area to let air and moisture out of bin, the aeration or drying system will not work sufficiently. There should be a 1ft2 (.093 m2)

opening for every 1500 CFM (2550 m3/hr) the fan will produce. Have at least a 1-1⁄2” (38.1 mm) eave opening. Keep centre cap and manhole open during cooling and drying but closed during storage. Also, roof vents need to be cleaned of dust and debris after each season in order to prevent roof damage. Grain spreaders are available for bins up to 60’ in diameter and provide a more level grain surface in the bin. Peaked grain results in increased airflow resistance in the peak portion of the bin. Furthermore, fines and foreign material in grain tend to gather in the centre of bins. These fines result in increased airflow resistance. Properly adjusted and operated grain spreaders will leave top surface of grain level, with fines and foreign material more evenly distributed throughout grain mass. The level surface and more evenly distributed fine material results in uniform airflow resistance throughout the entire bin.

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SUSTAINABLE PACKAGING How paper packaging for flour and seeds can minimise the impact on the environment


by Tomas Larsson, BillerudKorsnäs, Sweden ou have probably watched them. Video clips and images from various corners of the world, showing the effects of garbage on oceans, wildlife and people – often from non-biodegradable packaging. At BillerudKorsnäs, we are working actively to address the challenging concerns for our planet. We know that better packaging can do much for the environment and there are many benefits from choosing a smarter solution.

Protecting goods and the planet The most important task for packaging is to protect goods, save resources and minimise waste. Regardless of the choice of materials, strong packaging from strong materials can do much. However, excessive heavy

packaging is not the answer to the challenge of protecting products – we must also reduce the material usage for packaging. Waste, unnecessary resource use and climate change often go hand in hand. Biodegradable packaging can help Normally, the product inside determines which packaging material is the most suitable. Plastic is a fantastic material, but due to its environmental impact, it shouldn’t be used when other, more environmentally friendly, alternatives are available. If a biodegradable paper packaging does end up in the nature, it breaks down within just a couple of months. This can be compared to a plastic bag which requires around 500 years to decompose. When it comes to climate change, BillerudKorsnäs’ packaging materials have shown significantly lower climate impact in life cycle assessments where they have been compared to the corresponding similar plastic alternatives. Strong fibres make stronger packaging At BillerudKorsnäs, we have produced and developed strong biodegradable packaging materials for centuries. Our papers are made from 100 percent primary fibres, mainly from Scandinavian forests. They are a perfect mix of short and long fibres that together result in very strong packaging that can withstand tough handling in demanding transport chains. Moreover, the stronger the fibres, the less material is needed to create a strong packaging solution. Responsible forestry is the key However, even though many market players are aware of the benefits of renewable and biodegradable materials,

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there is resistance to converting to paper packaging. At BillerudKorsnäs, we often hear that people believe that using paper results in deforestation and that the paper industry fells all of the trees. This perception is unfortunate and incorrect. Trees are a renewable resource and replanting is a prerequisite for our industry’s entire existence. Thanks to responsible forestry, the Swedish forest industry, including ourselves, has lasted for hundreds of years. Primary fibres enable recycling Paper fibres can be recycled up to seven times before the fibre quality is lost. To maintain paper recycling, it is thus necessary to add primary fibres continuously to the recycling loop. In short, our primary fibre papers contribute to the whole existence of recycled papers. Beneficial for the whole value chain As an example of how our papers can contribute to both packaging performance and sustainable development throughout the whole paper packaging chain, we can mention our product family, BillerudKorsnäs Axello®. This is a paper range especially developed for bag packaging, in particular for sugar, flour and grain packages and their demanding fast-fill processes. Pure to carry food Food safety is another major concern for us at BillerudKorsnäs, and pure paper packaging is necessary for packaging that comes into direct contact with food. Naturally, BillerudKorsnäs’ products comply with FDA and BfR directives on direct contact with food. Paper packaging is a “breathable” material that is ideal for flour packaging, as excessive amount of moisture can leave the flour, preventing possible mould problems. The right paper characteristics For high efficiency and low waste on flour filling lines, the right packaging solution and paper is needed. During the filling process, it is essential that the flour can settle (compact) quickly to form a brick shaped bag. BillerudKorsnäs, together with Fawema GmbH, has performed a study to find the right paper characteristics for fast flour settling. The result of this study will be presented in an article in a later edition of Milling & Grain magazine. Axello® is the result of years of research and development and offers these important characteristics. The first sealed paper packaging In collaboration with the machine technology supplier Bosch Packaging, BillerudKorsnäs has developed a filmfree sealed packaging solution for dry food. Axello® ZAP is the only paper that can run on the new vertical fill form and seal (VFFS) machine from Bosch, which is equipped

with the new ZAP Module. The result is dust-tight, insect-proof and rigid packaging with an eco-friendly, tactile profile, enabling maximal brand expression. The recyclable, renewable and biodegradable mono-material packaging also gives the added benefit of reduced packaging waste costs. A small carbon footprint BillerudKorsnäs has commissioned The Swedish Environmental Institute (IVL) to perform life-cycle assessments on a range of our papers. IVL’s study includes a comparison between an Axello® package and a plastic package. It shows that the carbon footprint of the BillerudKorsnäs Axello® flour bag is 65 percent lower compared to the one made from plastic. Discover the potential for improvement In order to minimise bag breakages and food waste in the supply chain, BillerudKorsnäs has put a lot of effort into building knowledge. We give the right recommendations for various packaging concepts, including the right choice of paper for the different supply chains. Using unique equipment, we can examine the function by simulating a package’s path through demanding logistic chains until it reaches the store shelf. If our technicians find weaknesses in the design or choice of material, depending on different supply chains or production conditions – we can suggest improvements. Mission: To downsize packaging material We have noted that some markets, including the American one, frequently over-perform packaging by using a two-ply bag construction. One example of where this has changed is in Korea, where flour producers have started to use single ply bags utilising BillerudKorsnäs paper grade QuickFill® Single 120 gsm for 20kg flour, instead of the traditional solution of a two-ply made out of two 80 gsm papers. Another example is South Africa, where flour is sometimes packed in 10 and 12.5kg bags. Previously, mainly two-ply bag constructions were used, resulting in a 200-gsm paper requirement. Now, the dominating solution is to use a single-ply bag made out of a 120-130 gsm paper. Looking at the whole picture BillerudKorsnäs challenges conventional packaging for a sustainable future. And we believe that everything has potential for improvement. By taking an overall view of packaging – from material, to construction and supply chain prerequisites throughout the value chain and all the way to the consumer – we can identify potential for improvements. We’re on a mission to contribute to a cleaner and greener planet. We are happy to help. Milling and Grain - July 2019 | 85

Industry Profile



Sustainable by design

he Swiss Gericke Group has been designing and manufacturing equipment and systems for modern bulk material processes, as well as providing design and consultation services for 125 years. Gericke bulk materials processing technology can be found throughout the world in many sectors including the food, chemical, pharmaceutical, plastics and construction material industries. Gericke’s fully owned group companies employ more than 300 experienced professionals and are located in Switzerland, Germany, Great Britain, The Netherlands, France, USA, Brazil, Singapore, Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand and China. In its 125 years of history, Gericke has often been the leader in the development and implementation of sustainable and energy saving technologies, sometimes years before attention was drawn to these topics. Saving of energy and other resources are a key driver in the design of machines and complete processes. Gericke is a leading supplier of dense phase conveying systems as well as continuous mixing plants. Both technologies can have a significant impact when it comes to saving energy. Dense phase conveying systems have proven not only the

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potential to gently convey fragile goods in many installations. The system design perfected by Gericke also limits the use of conveying air, directly reducing the consumption of air and energy. Continuous mixers like Gericke’s GCM are in many applications a perfect alternative to the classic batch mixers, saving space, time and most of all energy. The potential energy saving can be more than 80 percent! Also, a long service life of the equipment helps to save raw materials and energy associated with the production, transport and installation of equipment. Gericke machines have been known to be in daily use for 50 years and more.

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Beside ISO 9001/2015 and 14001/2015 Gericke is also certified for responsible sourcing following SEDEX requirements (SMETA 4 Pillars). As a supplier of equipment for use in hazardous areas, Gericke knows how to design systems following international standards such as ATEX and IECEx. But attention to safety does not stop there. Avoidance of accidents and high product and production safety are also key aspects in the designs and the use of such systems by many well-known global companies prove the trust in Gericke’s expertise.

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Efficient grain reception, safe storage By expanding the existing facilities with Bühler, BayWa can now handle 60,000 tonnes of grainper-year at the Großmehring site.


n addition to the general increase in capacity, the focus of the expansion was on upgrading the systems to the latest food and feed safety standards and on centralising regional maize processing. Whoever wants to view the new BayWa steel silos in Großmehring from the top has to make quite an effort. A ladder runs 28 metres straight up the wall - of course, with a safety basket behind and an intermediate platform every eight metres. But the climb is worth it: The best way to get an idea of the size of the plant is from the ceiling bridge with the railings next to the conveyor system.

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“We receive any and all types of grain that are regionally grown. From wheat to brewing grains to feed and rape seed for oil. The last crop in the year is maize”, says Josef Bittl, Product Manager Grain at BayWa. Commissioned in 2016, 60,000 tonnes of grain are turned over here annually. BayWa has 17 operation sites in Upper Bavaria, but Großmehring is now the largest. The Bühler plant not only increased the storage capacity during the expansion of the site. The new conveyor system, the chain conveyors and the six elevators mean that grain can be handled much more efficiently. In addition to the 120 t/h processed by the current plant, BayWa can now take another 150 tonnes of grain arriving by tractor or

truck, and the same amount again brought in by train. The product is pre-cleaned and dedusted immediately afterward, where the installed machines can process up to 150 tonnes per hour. The plant is equipped with the latest standards for food and feed safety. This is an especially important aspect for BayWa.

Using the possibilities of digitalisation

Joneck is convinced that the topics of food safety and sustainability are inevitably linked to the new possibilities offered by digitisation. Along the entire value chain, product data can now be recorded and checked using sensors. In the area of grain handling, this means that it is possible to collect data about smaller and smaller processing lots so that any quality defects can be recognised in a very short time and eliminated. This development also doesn’t stop for farmers, according to Peter Joneck, “We live digitally. The farmer lives digitally. He combines digital elements with classic elements when handling commodities. “And that doesn’t stop with the grain storage, where we also collect much more accurate information about individual lots and can forward these to our buyers in the food and feed industry.” For Josef Bittl, it was clear that after the installation of the first two construction phases in 1998 and 2008, Bühler would once again be the partner for the plant expansion. “We were used to very good collaboration from the past. And the link between the old and the new plant was particularly important for us. It was appropriate that we contracted Bühler for the work because they had built the old

plant. In addition, it’s a big advantage for us that their site in Beilngries is only a 25-minute drive from us. It goes very fast when we need a spare part quickly or an installer.” In this third construction phase, Bühler increased the total


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storage capacity of the plant to 41,000 tonnes. In addition to the large steel silos, another maize collection system was installed for 150 tonnes with air pre-cleaner and drum sieve and an aspiration system. Josef Bittl is particularly proud of the new maize dryer, “We can kill several ‘flies’ at once with the dryer. We have more than doubled our capacity and at the same time save energy. And, very important in terms of quality assurance: The connected cooler cools the maize down after drying to below 20 degrees thus making it completely ready for storage.” A total of 54 tonnes of wet maize can be dried-per-hour now at the BayWa site. “We want to centralise the entire maize drying for the Upper Bavaria North region here in Großmehring. That’s also why we have invested in the new plant.” Since it was commissioned three years ago, business has been running smoothly. 150 tonnes of grain can be loaded onto trucks every hour and a further 150 tonnes into railway cars via the sidings. When it is harvest time, there is a lot of activity here: Every three minutes, a farmer drives onto the scales at the entrance gate of the site, ready for the first quality control, which is carried out before the actual unloading of the truck. “It is extremely important for us to satisfy our suppliers. The efficient grain recording system ensures that the farmer has as little waiting time as possible and can quickly get out to the field where the combine harvesters are waiting during the harvest,” says Josef Bittl. Customer satisfaction for BayWa’s customers is of course also central: “This new Bühler plant gives us the opportunity to separate much better, to offer larger, more homogeneous lots to our buyers, and to achieve great marketing advantages.”

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PROFILE: MONGOLIA Mehmet Ugur Gürkaynak, Milling and Grain

Mongolia’s surface area is approximately a thousand square miles. The country consists of forests, mountains, steppes and deserts. Over eighty percent of the total area consists of grasslands and the harsh climate restricts agricultural activities. There is a shortage of water in the country.

Population, political and administrative structure Mongolia is located in Eastern and Central Asia and is completely surrounded by land. The country has borders with Russia in the North, China in the southeast and West. Approximately 45 percent of the population lives the capital city of Ulanbatur, which is also the country’s largest city. It is one of the least densely populated

countries in the world. Mongolia has made significant strides towards democratisation and transitioning to a free market economy in the last 20 years. Mongolia is divided into 21 provinces. Elections are held every four years in the country. The Mongolian parliament consists of a single cabin with 76 members. The parliament has the right to determine the candidate for President. The president has two assistants. According to the Constitution, the president is elected directly every four years by a vote of the people. The president has the authority to reject the candidate for prime minister indicated by the Parliament and to reject the laws adopted by the parliament. Population and labour force Mongolia’s population was doubled between 1960 and 1990, but there are only 1.5 people per square kilometre. Although half of the population migrated to cities in 1990, high unemployment again caused rural migration. Currently, approximately a third of the total population lives in the capital of Ulan Bator. 92 | July 2019 - Milling and Grain

Natural resources and environment Mongolia’s surface area is approximately a thousand square miles. The country consists of forests, mountains, steppes and deserts. Over eighty percent of the total area consists of grasslands and the harsh climate restricts agricultural activities. There is a shortage of water in the country. Agriculture and animal husbandry Agriculture’s labour force share in Mongolia’s economy is 35 percent. However, some climatic characteristics of the country, such as long winters, low humidity and changes in temperature, make agriculture difficult. The growth season of plants is between 90-110 days per year and the country’s harsh climate is not suitable for many plants. Among the most commonly grown agricultural products in Mongolia are wheat, corn, barley and potatoes. Animals such as goats, sheep, horses and camels are also preferred in livestock breeding. These animals are bred for their meat but are also valuable in terms of wool. Until the 1970s, animal husbandry was an important source of income for the country’s economy. After 1920, livestock became the raw material source for the industry and became its main export product. According to 1918 records, Mongolia had 13.8 million animals in 1924. In 1941, the number of animals reached 27.5 million, but in 1945, the tax rate increased and resulted in a decrease in the number of animals, which fell to 20 million. Until now, this number varies between 20-24 million. However, towards the end of the 1980s, livestock became one of the important elements of the national economy. In 1985, approximately 22.5 million animals (59 percent sheep, 10.7 percent cattle, 19 percent goat, 8.8 percent horse and 2.5 percent camel) were distributed. This year, there were also 271,300 head poultry. Other than for the purpose of meat, cattle, camels, sheep and goats were obtained for the use of milk, wool and hides.

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At the end of the 1980s, livestock faced problems such as bad weather conditions, shortage of workers, and diseases, and the eighth plan dealt with some of these problems and tried to solve them. Measures such as high income, mechanisation, and better working conditions in rural areas have been applied to increase livestock labour again. Techniques have been developed in order to increase meat, milk and wool production. Veterinary services have been improved to reduce the loss rate due to diseases and animal shelters have been constructed to protect animals from harsh winter conditions. Production In 1941, the state established 10 farms and 26,000 hectares in the field of planting. Studies have been initiated to promote agricultural product cultivation after World War II, to expand mechanisation and modern irrigation systems in agriculture. In 1960, 532 thousand hectares of arable land, while this ratio in 1985 was 1.2 million hectares. With the support of the Soviet Union, the use of machinery on farms increased in the 1950s. For example, machines were used for all potatoes production and 85 percent of harvest in 1985, which were cultivated on state farms. In 1941, grain production was carried out in 95 percent of the cultivated areas. In the 1960s, Mongolia became a self-sufficient country in the field of grain production. The main agricultural

products are barley, wheat, oats, vegetables, potatoes, grass and green plants. Forestry Mongolia has vast wooded areas. These lands, which are around 15 million hectares, are used for wood production and hunting. According to information from Mongolian sources, Forestry constituted a sixth of the country’s GDP in 1984. Until December 1987, the use of these resources was under the Ministry of Forestry and was managed by The Forestry and Hunting Department. After this period, this section was connected to the Ministry of Environment and Forestry. Unfortunately, a million hectares of forest land were destroyed in fires between 1980 and 1986, and the forest lands that were destroyed resulted in a decrease in water levels in resources that fed the Orhon and Selenga Rivers. Lumber companies and sub-industries that operate in this sector contribute significantly to the Mongolian economy. Approximately 2.5 million cubic meters of wood is cut per year, 55 percent of it will be burned and the remaining 45 percent is used as raw material in the wood processing industry. Fishing Lakes and rivers are full of fresh water fish in Mongolia. The country has a small but advanced fishing sector and exports canned fish.

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WorldFood Moscow International Exhibition WorldFood Moscow is a major exhibition serving the global food and drinks industry. Since its inception in 1991, it has grown to become the entry point for international manufacturers looking to enter the vibrant Russian market. This year it will be held at Crocus Expo, eastern Europe’s largest exhibition centre, between September 24-27th, 2019. Every year, the event connects thousands of businesses from around the world with Russia’s key food and drink buyers, including retail representatives from Russia’s leading supermarket chains, wholesalers, HoReCa sector members, and food manufacturers. Exhibitors are grouped into twelve main sectors, letting visitors easily find their products of interest and their manufacturers. The event is the perfect platform to promote new food and drink products in Russia.

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Over 30 speakers confirmed Global Grain South America is the biggest annual meeting in South America for the grain and oilseed trade, making it the best place for you to get real-time market intelligence and do business face-to-face. The event is taking place in Sao Paulo, Brazil from 11-12th September 2019. There are over 30 speakers confirmed for the two-day event including an opening keynote from David Hightower, President of The Hightower Report, giving attendees his view on the wheat, corn and soybeans fundamentals for the next 12 months. Other topics confirmed to be discussed during the event include weather volatility, the fundamentals of global production and milling, crushing capacities and margins, macroeconomic outlooks and much more. Registration also gives attendees access to the official networking app, where users can search for delegates up to four weeks before the conference and send messages and arrange meetings. The event is sponsored by The Grain and Feed Trade Association (GAFTA). Global Grain is an annual event and proves to continually grow and build up its success. The 2018 rendition of the event also took place in Brazil last September.

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29-30 Organic & Non-GMO Forum 2019 Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA

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19-21 VIV Qingdao 2019 Qingdao, China

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IGC Conference 2019


by Vaughn Entwistle, Managing Editor, Milling and Grain

he 29th International Grains Council meeting was held on the 11th and 12th of June 2019. The main purpose of IGC Grains Conference is to highlight the key challenges facing the international grains and oilseed industry. This year, speakers attended from around the world, and a special focus was placed

on Africa. The meeting was chaired by Mr Shuichi Akamatsu, Minister, Embassy of Japan. Overall grain production in 2019/2020 is produced to rise by two percent; However grain consumption is forecast to exceed supply. World production of rice has gone up over the last three years. While production of wheat has fallen slightly over the last few years, due to weather events such as the spring flooding in the American West, world wheat prices have increase. In 2018, the major reason for wheat price jumps was due to currency issues with the US dollar. Michael Scandrell of the European Commission explained that, in general, the EU generally enjoys stable grain markets. However, there is a growing consensus from the public and regulatory agencies for greater environmental sensitivity in all forms of agriculture, as well as a focus on sustainability while reducing greenhouse gas emissions. Mr Shuichi Akamatsu, Minister, Embassy of Japan

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Trade wars and political issues

Trade disputes continue to cause instability in the markets. A particular concern has been the damaging effects of politicallymotivated trade wars, such as the battle over soya beans currently raging between the USA and China. The full effects of the trade ban by China on US soybeans has been somewhat ameliorated by the prolonged impact of African Swine Fever on Chinese demand. Meanwhile, three years on, Brexit continues to loom over the economies of the UK and the EU, with no one able to guess how a no-deal Brexit will impact cereals trading. And, as always, the weather is always a factor as continuing poor weather in the American Great Plains delayed the spring planting. After the first dayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s session ended, H.E. Mr Koji Tsuruoka, Ambassador of Japan to the UK, and Mr Shuichi Akamatsu, IGC Chairman, welcomed IGC Council delegates and conference participants to a reception at the Japanese embassy. Day two of the conference featured workshops covering biodiesel trends, prospects for wheat products, pesticide MRLs and their importance for the international trade of agricultural commodities, managing price risk in the rice trade and future of the grains shipping sector. The IGC presented a panel on its work with industry and governments to achieve a market and regulatory environment supportive of trade that avoids disruptions in the international movement of grain, oilseeds, pulses and derivatives products.



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After the 15th TUSAF International Conference and Exhibition TUSAF, which is a roofing organization, organizes national and regional meetings as well as international congresses and exhibitions, and brings industrialists and pioneers together to support the development of the sector with the contributions of expert trainers and managers. This year in Antalya, on 24-25 April, at the Sueno Deluxe Hotel Belek, before the Conference and Exhibition of Turkish Flourmillers Industrialists Federation (TUSAF), with the cooperation of TUSAF and IAOM a workshop was held on the benefit of flour industrialists and industry stakeholders. The main goal of our flour

from Turkey and abroad. During the conference and exhibition where current issues in the sector were discussed, the participants had the opportunity to conduct their current business meetings and establish new connections. Speakers and guests from Turkey and the Black Sea region countries, International Millers Unions, the European Flour Millers Association, civil society organizations, flour and wheat producers, machinery industrialists, engineering companies, banks, stock exchanges, traders and media took part in the congress and exhibition. On the first day of the two-day conference,

industrialists and thus TUSAF, who have been at the summit of flour export to the World for the past 6 years, is to sustain their exports to the existing markets, to enter new markets, to continue education and scientific activities and cooperations in order to share the international experiences and experiences that will contribute to Turkey in food and agriculture. After the workshop between 25-28 April 2019 this year, TUSAF organized the 15th Conference and Expo under the name “Global Trade Wheat and Licensed Warehousing” and brought together the flour industrialists, traders, suppliers, milling machineries, bread and bakery products manufacturers. The event, where approximately 1000 people participated and had 50 exhibition areas, contributed to the conference by sharing the innovations and experiences related to the valuable expert sector both

TUSAF Chairman Eren Günhan Ulusoy shared information about the latest situation about the sector in his opening speech and thanked the participants for coming. Sefa Yeğin from Yenar A.Ş. which was one of the main sponsors of the organization together with Motorcu Yasin, shared his opinions about the sector, their roll and fluting machine production and which innovations they brought to the Turkish and world milling market. Jeff Hole, President of the International Association of Operative Millers (IAOM), in his opening speech, expressed his satisfaction to be in cooperation with Turkish Flourmillers Industrialists Federation (TUSAF) and to be in Turkey and TUSAF Conference and Exhibition. One of the most important authorities in the sector and sharing important information in the TUSAF - IAOM Workshop held prior to the TUSAF Conference and Exhibition,

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Prof.Dr. Dr. Gordon Smith made a opening speech as well and said that he was happy to be there. Afterwards, he introduced his assistants Hüseyin Doğan and Jason Watt to the participants. At the TUSAF Conference and Exhibition, which lasted for two days with 7 sessions, industry experts shared their views and experiences and made significant contributions to the sector. Agriculture and Technology, Agricultural Policies and Foreign Trade, Licensed Warehousing, Economic Policies and Financial Markets, Global Trade and Wheat, Black Sea Wheat Markets and Derivatives Transactions, Rise of Blockchain - Effects on Wheat Trade and Finance were discussed in the conference. Among the moderators were Irfan Donat, the producer of Bloomberg HT Agriculture and Analysis program, Former Deputy Minister of the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry, Former General Manager of TMO İsmail Kemaloğlu and Erdal Sağlam, Hürriyet Newspaper Editor. A total of 312 companies and over 1000 people participated in the conference and exhibitions from Turkey and abroad. Among these, Intermilling - Kastenmüller co-production of the mobile flour factory has attracted great interest. The mobile mill, which has a daily production capacity of 24 tons of flour, is able to produce the necessary flour by going to the region in case of war, disaster and other situations. The project, which was realized after a long R & D process, was presented to the appreciation of the sector as a result of significant engineering work. As in previous years, TUSAF Conference and Exhibition provided important opportunities for the participants to develop their social relations as well as the possibility of commercial meetings. Aybakar Makine, which has been operating since 1932 and has established turnkey facilities in many regions of the world, sponsored the Opening Cocktail and provided the participants to have a joyful and enjoyable time. Similarly, Genç Değirmen, one of the most important companies in the sector, which has turnkey facilities on different continents, made a significant contribution to this issue by receiving the Gala Dinner Sponsorship this year. Participants had the opportunity to chat in a beautiful environment during the dinner accompanied by the songs of the vocal artist Ebru Gündeş.


Update from the nabim convention in Bath by nabim, UK

epresentatives from the UK flour milling industry gathered in Bath on Friday May 17th, 2019, for the National Association of British & Irish Millers’ annual convention; two days of meetings, talks and debate addressing the key issues facing the industry. Updates on the areas of management development and the home baking sector were provided to the Heads of Member Companies by James Wright, Chairman of the industry’s Development Group and Hannah Marriage, Chairman of the Pre-Packed Flour committee. In his speech to the Annual General Meeting, President George Marriage acknowledged the detailed and diligent work undertaken by nabim Director-General Alex Waugh on the issue of Brexit, which is a major concern for the industry due to the volume of exports to the Irish republic. The President made the point that sooner or later Brexit would be concluded in some form, so the convention’s speaker programme had been designed to address other significant issues currently facing the industry, or those likely come in the future. The convention heard about the subtleties of the Climate

Change Levy legislation from Mark Helsby from SLR Consulting. Abigail Hirshman, Head of Mental Health and Wellbeing for ACAS outlined co-operative and practical strategies for dealing with mental health issues at work. The nation’s nutrition was examined in detail by Professor Judy Buttriss, Director General of the British Nutrition Foundation, in her talk. The Eatwell guide was shown to indicate that carbohydrate foods are a key part of a healthy and balanced diet. Also, higher fibre breads were to be encouraged in the nation’s diet. The future for UK agriculture post-Brexit and the new Agriculture Bill with its environmental emphasis, was considered and debated. The discussion started with short speeches by the three panellists, Guy Smith, Deputy President of the NFU, Helen Browning OBE, Chief Executive of the Soil Association and Neil Parish MP, Chair of the Parliamentary Select Committee for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs. A lively discussion ensued and the views on the usefulness of GM foods and various methods of farming and farm support. All the participants agreed that in the long-term business of farming a sudden change to the wheat and other markets, and farm support, arising from Brexit would be very undesirable. Left: Professor Judy Butriss delivering her presentation Right: James Wright and Hannah Marriage

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VICTAM International 2019 by Vaughn Entwistle, Managing Editor, Milling and Grain

VICTAM International 2019 took place at the KoelnMesse Hall 6 in the beautiful and historic city of Cologne, Germany, on June 12-14th. The show, which welcomed over 5,000 visitors, is run every four years. VICTAM is the worldâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s largest event for the animal feed processing industries. The show runs concurrently with GRAPAS EMEA, which focuses on the grain, flour and rice milling industries. In addition to technical conferences and seminars, the large show hall hosted manufacturers from around the world, who brought their latest and greatest equipment to show off to interested buyers.

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GRAIN STORAGE CONSERVATION The Grain Storage and Preservation Seminar

The GRAPAS Innovations Awards This year, Milling and Grain magazine presented the GRAPAS Innovations Awards for the best in cutting edge technology from food industry manufacturers. There were some amazing innovations on show from both feed and food processors. Although the feed industry is dealing with problems such as African Swine Fever (ASF) and geopolitical unrest, such as the ongoing trade war between the USA and China, the mood at the show was upbeat and positive, which reflects increasing investment in the industry and impressive advancements. In his opening remarks, Sebas van Ende, General Manager of VICTAM International, noted that the need for food safety, sustainability and traceability has clearly been recognised by the industry which is responding with new practices and innovative technology to address these issues. On June 13th, Features Editor Rebecca Sherratt hosted the GRAPAS Conference to an audience eager to learn more about the latest in milling technology. Find out more about this in the following report.

On June 14th I presented the Grain Storage and Preservation seminar, an article on which will be available to read in Milling and Grainâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s August issue. Featuring a variety of expert industry speakers from organisations such as FrigorTec, GSI, SCAFCO and Eye-Grain, we covered a variety of topics such as alfatoxins, storage management and risks, silo construction and much more. Milling and Grain will also be publishing our new Grain Storage Annual in August, loosely based upon such topics covered in the seminar, as well as many other topics related to grain storage and preservation. We at Milling and Grain also made sure to visit plenty of booths at VICTAM and set our sights on the newest technological innovations by exhibitors at the show. Here are some of the innovations that really stood out to our team:



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The Animal Feed and Nutrition Awards During VICTAM’s Network reception, Milling and Grain magazine were also very proud to present the Animal Feed and Nutrition Awards for the most innovative solutions that benefit the animal feed industry. Three awards were presented to companies that truly excelled in their creation of technology to help make the feed industry safer, more environmentally friendly and efficient.

Winner One Geelen Counterflow’s Electric Dryer

For the category of ‘Environment’, Geelen Counterflow’s latest dryer took home the gold. With its ability to reduce energy consumption by up to 65 percent, as well as its complete

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removal of CO2 emissions, the Electric Dryer is an incredible innovation that truly shows that reliable and efficient machinery can also be energy efficient and environmentally responsible.

Winner Two: Van Aarsen’s Hot Start Steam Mixer

Van Aarsen’s Hot Start Steam Mixer was selected as the winner for the ‘Process’ category, and it is easy to see why this innovative solution won the award. The Hot Start Steam Mixer optimises feed safety by adding steam into the conditioning process.

Winner Three: Famsun’s SWFL170 Vertical Pulveriser

For the category ‘Aquaculture’, Famsun’s SWFL170 Vertical Pulveriser won the feed awards. The SWFL170 boasts a variety of new features, such as its alloy enhanced blade and new toothbeating system. The device is able to seamlessly and efficiently help assist in making optimal feed for aquatic species.


VICTAM International was an especially busy event for Bühler, who held their media tour during the first day of the event. During the tour, various members of Bühler provided us with intriguing previews of how a variety of their latest innovations work. Product Manager Volker Josel discussed the latest in Bühler’s silo solutions, and how their various solutions reduce energy consumption, remove contaminations and ensure homogenous drying. Patrick Guster of Bühler, who also presented during the GRAPAS Conference, spoke on the various uses of Bühler Insights and the digitl reports it generates via the Cloud, as well as its easy implementation with all Bühler solutions he also discussed GRAPAS Innovations Awards-entry PreMa, whilst Product Manager Janine Wemann also discussed fellow GRAPAS applicant the GrainiGo and its portable grain analysis features. The highlight of the media tour was the following, much anticipated reveal of Bühler’s new solution. The excited crowd were up in applause as the curtains fell and Bühler’s PolyOne was revealed. The new single-screw extruder PolyOne serves both the aquafeed and pet food industries with its exemplary sanitation standards, modular design and enhanced workmanship. “PolyOne enables our customers to maximise their productivity, and helps to prevent product recalls,” says Christoph Naef, Head of Business Unit Nutrition at Bühler Group. PolyOne meets highest food and feed safety standards thanks to its perfected hygienic design. It is a modular system so Bühler can adapt PolyOne to customers’ specific needs, such as higher capacities. Another innovation present was the Kubex T, which provides highest processing transparency thanks to an application that connects it to Bühler Insights, the pioneering cloud platform for the food and feed industry. A dashboard visualises data for customers, making their processes transparent. This allows for seamless tracking and brings production downtimes to a minimum. Algorithms and Bühler experts help millers to optimise the mill’s parameters. With it, customers achieve higher profits and lower production costs thanks to innovations in intelligent process optimisation. Kubex T is designed for high-capacity pelleting. Customers will use up to 20 percent less energy compared to conventional pellet mills, benefit from high production capacities of up to 80 tonnes-per-hour, and a customer-driven design, all of which are the result of extensive Bühler research and development in cooperation with leading feed millers.

The PolyOne single-screw extruder for pet food and aqua feed industries

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Andritz were showcasing their latest singlescrew extruder at VICTAM International: Extruder 1021, with CM 750 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; SC 250. The undeniably very impressive machine boasts a high capacity, of between 2-12 tonnes-per-day. The 1021 processes materials especially efficiently, with its v-belt transmission, and is low-cost to maintain, with parts that are especially resistant to wear and breakage. When discussing the new features of the 1021, Andritz employees referred to its unique knife arrangement, due to is throw-away Stanley knife blades. Displacement pumps also control the liquid easily and there are multiple connections for both liquid and steam injections, as well as pressure and temperature measurements. Optional accessories are also available, such as a forced feeder, to ensure a consistent flow rate, as well as single and/or dual conditioners for optimum retention time and high mixing efficiency.

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AgroLog by SuperTech Agroline

Grain monitoring innovators SuperTech Agroline were also present at VICTAM International, advertising their latest new technology for grain safety and control. Along with their various hardware for silo maintenance, such as their terminals, Netlink, Netcontroller and Sensor lines. They also discussed, their software solution to help users monitor their storage facilities better than ever before. Critical tasks are automatically carried out via the app and it can be accessed via PC, tablet or smartphone. You can control your site remotely from anywhere in the world and it creates automated reports, saving usersâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; worktime significantly. 3D visualisations also quickly illustrate where problems have occurred in the silo and email alerts can be set-up and configured to inform users of even the slightest change in their crop.

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Lumex Instruments

Laboratory machinery-specialists, Lumex Instruments, were also showcasing their latest innovation, the Near-IR Fourier Analyser InfraLUM FT-12. Through using near-IR Fourier spectroscopy, the analyser is able to observe and record data regarding the composition and properties of samples with extreme precision. Most samples can be analysed without the need for grinding, and turnkey calibration models are also available. No reagants, nor consumables are needed and no preparation needs to be done to samples, proving that the Near-IR Fourier Analyser InfraLUM FT-12 is an especially efficient solution.


The Fragola Continuous Mixer was Fragolaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s main event on show at their booth, and the new mixer hosts a variety of new benefits for the consumer. Available in three models, the MCF5/20, 25 and 30, each one is perfectly designed for a variety of applications. The MCF5/20 is the smallest model, with a potential processing quantity of up to 30 tonnes-per-hour, whilst the largest model, the MCF5/30 can process up to 100 tonnes-per-hour. The MCF5/20 model also has an engine power of 37kW, whilst the larger models have 45 and 55kW power respectively. This mixer is designed specially with molasses in mind but is suitable for a variety of different liquids and oils to be distributed within powdered material such as meal. The innovative and particular shape of the shaft in the mixer allows for entry of liquids of between 0.5-15 percent. Fragola ensured to emphasise that one of the best features of their new continuous mixer is the low maintenance aspects of its design. The new continuous mixerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s robust and exceptional construction, as well as larger components mean inspecting the tank is much easier than when compared with other models. The same can also be said of the shaft, which can be inspected and cleaned via special hatches. 116 | July 2019 - Milling and Grain



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the interview

Mr Luigi Nalon, CEO of Omas Industries

Luigi Nalon was born in 1973 in Padua, Italy. After studying mechanical engineering in school, he attended a business course at Cà Foscari University in Venice. Mr Nalon declares himself very much in love with his business, as well as his wife and three children- soon to be four! In 2003, Luigi’s family founded a group, which consisted of four smaller companies: Omas, Apros, Omix and Doppio Erre. Mr Nalon has been CEO of Omas Industries since 1998 and has seen the business grow from a small company to a hugely successful industry leader that is only continuing to expand.

How did you come to be involved in this industry?

I became an entrepreneur thanks to my father, who introduced me first of all in the engineering industry, and then into the milling industry. We were a very small company, subcontractors of large milling companies of the past located near Padua; from there the idea of making and building products for us and for others!

How exactly does your technology make processes easier to carry out, for the average farmer or factory worker?

Very simple: we invented the iPhone of the milling industry; that is, we have designed products which have been transformed from electrical to electronic. Therefore, our artificial intelligence helps operators, especially the less experienced ones.

What would you say are the most significant benefits your products give to companies and their workers?

In short, by going back to what I have just said, Omas products, particularly our Leonardo range, make operations and any related aspects much easier for users, such as maintenance, set up, installation, security and control, even remotely.

What makes your systems unique and truly special, when compared to products manufactured by your competitors?

Our system is really unique; an international patent allows us to be the only ones in the world who do what we do. We have applied the Kinetic Energy Recovery System concept (KERS) to the milling industry!

The agriculture industry is advancing at such a rapid rate and only continuing to evolve and adapt. In what respects do you think technology such as yours has most benefitted the industry?

Agriculture is not exactly a science, nor are its crops, harvests and various other factors that people in the industry deal with on a regular basis. It is, therefore, necessary to adapt machines and processes by using specific solutions to get the maximum output in quantitative and qualitative terms: the previous technology cannot do it, but Omas technology can!

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How is technology important to the future of the industry and how do you think we will continue to see its development?

Technology is the borderline between mediocrity and genius: we want the excellence of our products, for those who want to make a difference!

How do Omas Industries ensure their solutions for the milling industry are both sustainable and environmentally friendly?

Our technology has undergone, in just a few years of application, many releases and upgrades, making today’s Omas systems both stable and very reliable! We now have many milling plants and single machines which work 24-hours-a-day seven days a week. Furthermore, after having eliminated the kinematics, there is no need for belts, transmissions, unnecessary maintenance, excessive energy consumption and inefficiencies…in short, we have created a sustainable system that reduces costs and wastes.

Are your company working on any big project at the moment, that you think consumers would love to hear about?

Of course, we are a company full of ideas…and we have many of them to be developed. Our only problem is the lack of time we have to develop all of these ideas… Surely the target of customers we want to serve helps us in this mission, since their needs will become our products! I love my company, and when you associate job to passion, then there are no limits!

PEOPLE THE INDUSTRY FACES Hamlet Protein appoints Erik Visser as new CEO


he Board of Directors of Hamlet Protein, a world leader in soy-based specialty proteins for young animals, has appointed Erik Visser as Chief Executive Officer effective June 1st, 2019.

Kjeld Johannesen, Chairman of the Hamlet Protein Board of Directors, said, “On behalf of the Board of Directors, I am pleased to announce Erik Visser as our new CEO. Erik has held positions in various multinational companies, based across Europe and Latin America, and has extensive experience in the animal feed industry through senior management roles at Provimi, Nutriad and Adisseo. We are convinced that Erik’s industry knowledge and network, global orientation and drive makes him very well suited to help Hamlet Protein execute its growth agenda.”

AFIA’s John Stewart to take on new membership role


he American Feed Industry Association (AFIA) is pleased to announce that John Stewart, AFIA’s Manager of Government Affairs for the past two years, will transition to the newly created role of director of membership and stakeholder engagement in early May.

In this new position, Mr Stewart will be responsible for prospecting, attaining, retaining and servicing AFIA member companies. He will work with second-year AFIA Board of Directors to provide proactive leadership in the focus, design and implementation of the association’s membership programme for all segments of membership; develop and continuously improve a system of involving members in the association; and retain members through recognition of the value they bring to AFIA.

“John Stewart’s knowledge of how AFIA operates, the issues facing the animal food industry and the engagement opportunities in the legislative and regulatory process make him a great fit for this role,” said Sarah Novak, AFIA’s Vice President of Membership and Public Relations. “We are very excited for him to talk with current and potential members about getting more involved with AFIA.”

US Grains Council name LeGrand as new CEO


he US Grains Council (USGC) have announced that their Board of Directors has assigned Ryan LeGrand as their new CEO and President.

“We are very pleased to announce the selection of Ryan LeGrand as the Council’s new President and CEO”, said USGC Chairman Jim Stitzlein. “His steadfast and level-headed leadership comes at a critical time amid challenges around the world for US trade”. LeGrand joined the organisation in Mexico in 2015 and has served as the Director of the Council’s Mexico office since 2016.

IGP Institute names Associate Director


eading the administrative initiatives of the Kansas State University’s IGP Institute is Associate Director Shawn Thiele. He had been serving in the interim Associate Director role and plans to continue leading the grain processing and flour milling curriculum.

“Shawn has served as a great ambassador for the IGP Institute and the Department of Grain Science and Industry to all our constituents,” says Gordon Smith, IGP Institute Director, and Grain Science Department Head.

“I am fortunate to work with a talented team of professionals at the IGP Institute. In this joint position, I hope to continue to strengthen and expand the IGP Institute’s trainings and foster new educational partnerships,” Thiele says.

Daniel Jackson joins Milling and Grain’s editorial team


aniel Jackson has recently joined Milling and Grain as an Editorial Assistant based in our Cheltenham office. In this role he will be writing news items, features and assisting with the magazine’s editorial responsibilities and direction.

He is looking forward to learning more about the industry and contributing to discussions about its future, around issues including growth, sustainability, technological innovations and the evolving demands the sector faces as a result of demographic change.

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