February 20, 2018

21/02/2018: User-friendly moisture testing according to the drying chamber method

With particular high precision, the Brabender Moisture Tester MT-CA provides an individual and serial determination of the water and solvent content of different kinds of sample material, such as flour, grain, starch, bread, noodles/pasta, cocoa, chocolate, tobacco, coffee, spices, herbs etc. 

Why is this important?
- Moisture is an indicator of storability of different materials, such as grain and flour. High moisture content attracts mould, bacteria, and insects. Wheat or flour with low moisture content is more stable during storage
- Determining moisture content is an essential first step in quality analysis (e.g. of grain and flour), since this data is used for other tests
- Flour millers adjust the moisture in wheat to a standard level before milling
Brabender Moisture Tester MT-CA
Image credit: Brabender

How is the test performed?
- The pan with the sample material is weighed and put onto the positioning wheel
- By using the principle of the drying chamber with moving air, the sample is dried and re-weighed at the end of the test
- The instrument determines the moisture content by the loss in weight of the sample material which results from drying. It can be displayed as a percentage or in a drying curve. 
- Additional samples can be put into the drying chamber at any time, even if there are other samples still drying

What are the benefits?

- Measuring principle based on the internationally recognised drying chamber method
- High accuracy of 0.1 percent (values between 99 percent can be recorded)
- Efficiency: Measure up to 10 samples at a time
- New browser-based software MetaBridge for tracking measurements from any end device and location, at any time and by several users simultaneously
- Large touch screen (external screen can be connected alternatively)

For more information visit the Brabender website, HERE.

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21/02/2018: FEFAC welcomes commission initiative to launch European protein plan

FEFAC welcomes the announcement by European Commissioner for Agriculture & Rural Development Phil Hogan to launch a market report and the stakeholder survey linked to the European Protein Plan, first announced at the XXVIII FEFAC Congress in Cordoba in June 2017

The European compound feed industry represents the largest user of plant proteins grown in Europe and imported from third countries. FEFAC members look forward to providing their animal nutrition expertise and economic impact assessment throughout the survey period and during the planned thematic DGAGRI workshops. 

FEFAC members will highlight the need for consistency across different EU policies which directly and indirectly affect the EU protein supply, including the CAP “post 2020” framework, the current review of the EU policy on renewable energies (REDII), the Circular Economy package& EU Resource Efficiency agenda 2030.

FEFAC stresses the need to focus on the competitiveness of home grown plant protein sources in the market study, noting the importance of EU cereal and oilseeds production as the key source of vegetable proteins in EU feed use as highlighted in the new EU protein balance sheet. The nutritional expertise provided by the feed industry allows to make the most resource efficient use of available protein sources responding to the physiological requirements of the EU farm animal population, minimising nutrient losses.

This has led to a decrease of crude protein levels on monogastric feed by app.3 percent over the past two decades (to an average of 15.5 percent in pig finisher diets), by improving the digestibility and quality of plant protein sources.

FEFAC considers additional research efforts are needed to raise both yields and protein quality of EU plant protein sources (amino-acid profile and anti-nutritional factors), including oilseeds. European research programmes are crucial to increase the efficiency of protein production and consumption by farm animals (digestibility).

At the same time, FEFAC reminds all stakeholders on the need to set realistic targets for EU plant protein production as the EU will not become self-sufficient for its needs in protein-rich feed materials on the short or medium-term.

In the interest of the sustainable development of European livestock farming, a comprehensive responsible protein supply chain framework needs to be developed to ensure that both imported protein-rich feed materials (mainly soybean meal) and home grown protein sources are produced responsibly, meeting GAP, environmental and social standards.

The FEFAC soy sourcing guidelines launched in 2015 in partnership with ITC, provide an independent benchmark system for famer-owned and other supply chain partner programmes for the production and distribution of responsibly produced soy products.

Visit the FEFAC website, HERE.

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21/02/2018: Microwave blocked chute detection system improves animal feed production

by Hycontrol, UK

Hycontrol’s Microsense microwave-based blocked chute detection systems are playing a critical role at a major animal feed plant in the UK. The Microsense installations provide the early detection of product bridging on feed production vessels, resulting directly in significantly reduced cleaning requirements and improved production. 

Image credit: Hycontrol UK
During the manufacturing process, animal feed pellets are produced by mixing dry powder product with molasses and steam. This combination produces a challenging product to manage and periodic bridging across the chutes of the process vessels is inevitable. Without an effective way of detecting the start of a blockage, the process continues until the chute becomes completely blocked. This then requires a time-consuming cleanup procedure, resulting in loss of production time and product wastage, together with additional costs from wasted energy for the unnecessary steam production.

Given the challenging characteristics of the materials involved in the feed manufacturing process, any control system for these applications has to be non-intrusive. Probes or sensors mounted within the chute would rapidly become coated in process material and rendered ineffective. In addition such sensors can be prone to damage during routine cleaning.

The manufacturer had already tried several different measurement technologies to resolve the problems, but without success. However, based on their successes in similar difficult applications, Hycontrol engineers were confident their innovative Microsense system would provide a practical solution. As a result, it was agreed to set up a trial on one of the chutes to provide an early warning of when bridging starts to occur.

Microwave technology in level measurement has previously been regarded as unreliable, due to the low signal strengths over distance. By comparison, Hycontrol's range of Microsense microwave level switches are based on a new generation of sensors utilising superior heterodyne detection methods. The technology has the ability to obtain a proportional output to the power received, a distinct advantage over older, unreliable diode microwave sensors. The result is an increase in operating range up to 40 metres and far superior product penetration, all without having to increase power.

The switches are simple to install and set up, offering a safe, non-contact, non-intrusive alternative to expensive nucleonics for many applications on powders, liquids and solids. They have a proven track record and are suitable for demanding applications involving, for example, corrosive, high dust, gaseous or vibration environments.

The Microsense system utilises a matched pair of devices, consisting of a transmitter sensor and a receiver sensor. During operation the transmitter emits a continuous, safe low-power microwave beam and the output relay of the receiver ‘head’ is energised or de-energised by the beam being obstructed by material. This has the obvious advantage of being completely non-contact – a distinct advantage when dealing with a sticky, difficult product like molasses and damp powder.

Read the full article, HERE.

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TSC Silos company profile

As a specialist in the building of square silos TSC Silos supplies an end product that meets the highest quality requirements and is used in a variety of industries.

According to TSC Silos, “We use our focus and expertise to design suitable rectangular silo installations of which we are proud. That is all we do: we design, calculate and build silos; day in day out, year in year out. For your benefit.”

The rectangular silo concept is characterised by an optimum storage capacity and flexible layout options. A clever design produces the best possible product discharge with maximum storage capacity.

With a TSC silo you are also investing in a safe, hygienic working environment.

The organisation is 100 percent focused on this silo concept, from sale and design to production and installation.

They are able to handle projects from A to Z: from the steel support structure to the insulating cladding and from functional design up to and including fitting.

At TSC safety is a given. Their well-trained engineers carry out sound calculations for your silo. TSC designs, calculates and manufactures all the silos in accordance with the latest standards (EN 1991, EN 1993 and EN 1090).

TSC Silos are familiar with ATEX, earthquake coefficients, snow loads and the effects of wind. Everything is worked out using advanced computer software down to the smallest detail.

If you so desire, you can have the calculations checked by independent parties; that’s not a problem.

Their experienced installation teams have all the necessary training and are at home on construction sites.

Visit the TSC Silos website, HERE.

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February 19, 2018

20/02/2018: ADM opens innovation centre in Singapore

Archer Daniels Midland Company recently celebrated the opening of a cutting-edge flavour and ingredient creation, application, development and customer innovation centre at the Biopolis research hub in Singapore.

The opening of the 8,900-square foot (825-square meter) space was announced at a dedication and ribbon cutting ceremony with the Singapore Economic Development Board (EDB). 

“Consumer tastes and preferences are changing, as people look to balance busy lifestyles with healthy eating habits. Our goal is to be the first-call ingredient and flavour experts for customers working to meet those consumer needs throughout Southeast Asia,” said Donald Chen, ADM’s president, Asia. “Singapore is a critical hub of innovation and growth in the food and beverage world, and we are excited to leverage our technology, expertise and global scale to help Southeast Asian food and beverage customers remain at the forefront, and to offer job creation and talent development opportunities for scientific, technical, marketing and regulatory professionals in the food and beverage industries.”

The Singapore innovation centre will serve as the gateway to consumers in Southeast Asia and beyond, and enable ADM to work closely with customers to create complete flavour and specialty ingredient solutions that meet consumer preferences for taste, nutrition, function and texture. It will be staffed by a team of food scientists, flavourists and applications experts, along with sales, marketing and regulatory personnel.

“We are heartened that ADM has chosen to locate their innovation centre for flavours and specialty ingredients in Singapore. The opening today demonstrates Singapore’s value as a hub for agri-commodity companies to co-innovate with their downstream customers. With Singapore’s focus on building consumer market insights, food and agriculture technologies, Singapore is well placed to serve innovative agri-commodity companies in building their capabilities in ingredient valorisation, and cater to Asian customers,” said Lee Eng Keat, Executive Director for International Organisations Programme Office, Logistics and Natural Resources, EDB.

“This new facility is yet another important step as we continue to enhance our portfolio and our capabilities around the globe,” said Vince Macciocchi, president of ADM’s WILD Flavours and Specialty Ingredients business. “Consumers are looking for new, innovative foods and beverages, and ADM continues to invest to ensure that we are the go-to solution providers for clean labels, sustainable ingredients and great taste.”

The new innovation centre features a wide range of capabilities, including a food and flavour analytic lab; a beverage and dairy applications lab and pilot plant; a bakery and confectionery lab; a meat and savoury lab; a sweet and savoury creation lab; sensory evaluation facilities; and a customer innovation centre.

Singapore is home to approximately 100 ADM employees. ADM has more than 1,000 employees throughout the wider Asia-Pacific region, where the company operates a wide range of processing facilities, including several animal feed facilities; a flavour and ingredient facility; a sweetener and soluble fibre complex in China; food and flavour labs in Japan, China, Singapore and Australia; and sales offices in every major market in the region. ADM also owns a 24.9 percent stake in Singapore-based Wilmar Limited, the region’s leading agribusiness and packaged food Oils Company.

Visit the ADM website, HERE.

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20/02/2018: US consumers want protein raised with the same natural health supplements humans use

Cargill survey indicates popularity of natural supplements to aid digestive health, animal wellbeing

Millennials, ever interested in where and how their food is produced, want their protein to be raised with the same natural health supplements they would use themselves—and they are driving this trend among the general US consumer base.


Cargill’s latest Feed4Thought survey, which polled more than 1,000 people in the US in December 2017, found 62 percent of millennials want the protein they eat to be raised with the same health supplements used in humans, such as probiotics, plant extracts and essential oils. Consumers in general report they are three times more likely to prefer protein that were fed those natural feed additives to improve the animal’s digestive health and overall well-being.

“We’ve seen a rise in the popularity of digestive health supplements for humans, which is echoed in the demand for protein raised with natural supplements,” said Chuck Warta, president of Cargill Premix and Nutrition. “People want natural, wholesome and sustainable ingredients. In turn, they are increasingly seeking out protein options in line with their values and personal natural health routines.”

Additional results from the Feed4Thought survey include:
• Probiotics were the most well-recognised natural supplement for animals (43 percent).
• Almost three-quarters (72 percent) of respondents were aware of the availability of natural health products to feed animals.
• More than 80 percent of respondents reported adjusting or supplementing their diet to achieve better gut health.

Investing in Natural Feed Additives
Other consumer research confirms this trend, which is driven by rapidly increasing demand for quality animal products. A recent MarketsandMarket™ study projects the total probiotics animal feed market will reach about $5.07 billion by 2022, growing at a rate of nearly 8 percent per year. Meanwhile, a senior industry analyst from Nutrition Business Journal, said global supplement sales for humans will also grow steadily through 2020.

“It’s important for the animal agriculture community to remain in touch with food trends so that we can continue to provide the choices consumers demand,” said Hannah Thompson-Weeman, vice president of communications at the Animal Agriculture Alliance. “Just as human health supplement offerings expand and improve, so do the options to raise animals with natural supplements. Consumers can now find the meat, milk and eggs raised with the same natural health supplements they personally use.”

“Cargill is expanding its efforts in healthy, naturally supplemented protein,” Warta said. "We are doing that through our acquisition of Diamond V and equity investment in Delacon. These two global businesses are leading the way in the production of sustainable and wholesome food that consumers want.”

Iowa-based Diamond V produces natural immune support products for animal feed, contributing to an overall safer and more sustainable food supply. Austria-based Delacon makes phytogenic feed additives, which use ingredients like herbs, spices, and other plants to improve animal performance.

“Our mission is to develop products that are natural, research-proven solutions that help optimise animal health and productivity,” said Diamond V’s president, Jeff Cannon.

“Our technology works naturally with the biology of the animal to strengthen the immune system, which supports benefits beyond health and performance.”

Visit the Cargill website, HERE.

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20/02/2018: Handling, storage, blending for fertiliser or animal feed

Consideration of a fertiliser blending plant set up and operation

by Mr Gustaaf Zeeman, Managing Director of EMT, The Netherlands

This article will describe what is necessary to set up a blending plant and how this plant can handle the fertiliser and animal feed based on storage of the products on the floor in boxes. EMT is producing blending and bagging equipment and has major experience in this industrial sector.

The rest start for a consideration of a blending plant is to determinate the needed capacity per year and also the second capacity. A general capacity of a blending plant mostly always has a seasonal production pressure. So the capacity is based on this. This can be from 10 till 200 ton per hour. This is a high capacity in a short period of time. Many times a capacity of 50 till 100 ton per hour is an average. The second consideration is how the raw materials for the blending plant are supplied to the warehouse. Is this in 25-50 kg bags (Africa, Asia) or in big bags of 1000 kg (Africa, Asia, South America, Europe)?


Or are these raw materials arriving in bulk like Europe, North America, and South America. The number three thinking is how many raw materials are necessary for this blending operation; in general, this is four to six basic raw materials. These are 90-95 percent of the big blending components and the micro components, which are usually supplied in bags. Also liquid product can be added to all the blended raw materials, this can be slow release inhibitors or anti caking liquids. To have a good blend operation these raw material components are also necessary to be available for the blending plant.


This means enough space or storage boxes to store these products. The size of these boxes is more difficult to determine. This is depending on the input of the raw materials. This is done by sea ships (big quantities per raw material input or done by regular transport like train or trailers), which every day continues input and every day continues blended product output. So when the shipment quantity is an option then this can be a need for storage space between 2000 till 10.000 ton per raw material component for daily input this storage can be much lesser, like 500-1000 ton per component.

Nevertheless the blending plant capacity will stay the same, this is not depending on the storage capacity of the raw materials.

Before the raw materials (when they are in bulk arriving it is possible to screen these products. This screening operation can be done for the big materials and are for the fine (dust) particles to screen this out before storage. This has the benefit that this screen out particles can be stored as one raw material and be re-used or sold.

Note: when the screening is done after blending then this screen out particle are also a blending and then more difficult to re-use or re-sell. Many times the dividing of the bulk materials inside the warehouse is done by an overhead conveyor system to divide to the different boxes. For all these machines it is possible to have mild or stainless steel construction.

To have an operational blending plant, then all raw materials need to be available. The bulk materials are picked up by a loader with bucket to bring the raw materials to the blender line. When the raw materials are stored in bags or big bags, then a forklift is used to transport these products.

Read the full article, HERE.

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