April 25, 2018

26/04/2018: Nutreco launches its Sustainability Report

Nutreco’s 2017 Sustainability Report, launched 25th April, shows the company is on track with its 2020 targets. These targets, focused around the four pillars of ingredients, operations, nutritional solutions and commitment, are a key part of the company’s sustainability programme Nuterra.
 


Sustainability is at the core of Nutreco’s mission ‘Feeding the Future’; the company’s ambition to contribute to producing enough nutritious and high-quality food for a growing population in a sustainable way. 


Read more on the Milling and Grain website, HERE.
 

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26/04/2018: BAKERpedia partners with AIB International on new food safety section

BAKERpedia, the world’s largest go-to digital technical resource for commercial bakers and food innovators has partnered with AIB International (AIBI) to develop a new food safety section for bakers, bakeries, and quality assurance managers.
 


The new section on the BAKERpedia website features 30 topics. This recent collaboration is a direct response to the increased demand by bakeries for assistance with interpreting the Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) Food Safety Modernisation Act (FSMA). Timely knowledge and information sharing is critical as bakeries and bakers work to comply with new regulations.


Read the full news article on the Milling and Grain website, HERE.
 

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26/04/2018: Grinding and packaging: Technology for easy cleaning and minimal fines

by Andrew Huynh, Sales Engineer, MPE (Modern Processing Equipment Corporation), USA

SaltWorks® is a sea and mineral salt company located in Woodinville, Washington producing a range of specialty salts for wholesale customers, private label, and direct to consumers.
 


They produce custom order salts with varieties like Himalayan pink, red Hawaiian, Mediterranean black, Andres Mountain, Balinese, Mexican, French, and others; and offer grind sizes ranging from extra coarse, to medium, extra fine, and powder. What makes SaltWorks unique is their infrastructure that applies advanced process technologies such as light sorting, specialty grinding and packaging to their gourmet salts.

SaltWorks reached out to MPE because their previous grinder was not doing a great job at grinding to the desired grain size. The yields might contain up to 25 percent fines by weight, which would mean more product was used than necessary to fulfill the order.

While excess fines were still valuable for use in other products, they basically had to be processed a second time, which was not ideal in terms of production efficiency. The company wanted to achieve a significantly lower fines rate and give managers repeatable accuracy as they move from one order to the next, something which other competing grinding technologies could not be relied upon.

Switching between salts also requires cleaning the inside of the grinder to ensure batch purity and integrity. However, cleaning the old grinder was a laborious and time-consuming process. They wanted a grinder that could be wet-washed and corrosion resistant by design for quick transitioning between varieties.

“SaltWorks maintains the highest salt purity standards and the ability to sterilise the grinder without having to hand dry between batches was a huge factor for us moving forward with the MPE Graun-U-Lizer,” says Colin Mclane, Engineering Manager, SaltWorks.

MPE engineers set out on delivering an industrial grinder that would solve all of SaltWorks’ needs.

Solution
MPE built a custom IMD 79 Gran-U-Lizer for SaltWorks (model IMD79) with two roller stages, affording an ideal amount of control and particle size reduction precision. The programmable logic controller (PLC) allows operators to electronically adjust the roll gaps for nimble transitioning between orders of varying grain sizes—with repeatable accuracy. Additionally the IMD79’s 4 rolls are stainless steel and can be quickly wet-washed as part of SaltWorks’ CIP system.


Read the full article, HERE.
 

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Profile: Norwood and Company




With almost 100 years of collective experience in the family business, Norwood and Company has provided multiple services to our customers that have been used to help launch their projects and keep them under budget and on time.

According to Norwood and Company they know the mechanical workings of the grain, feed, and milling industries like no one else, and their knowledge can make the difference between a successful project and a costly one.


Visit the Norwood and Company website, HERE.
 

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April 23, 2018

24/04/2018: Bühler LumoVision: Saving lives and improving livelihoods with revolutionary data-driven grain sorting technology

At Hannover Messe, Bühler has revealed a breakthrough in sorting technology that will minimise toxic contamination in maize and improve yield, by identifying and removing cancer-causing, aflatoxin-infected grains.
 
 LumoVision™
Image credit: Bühler

It does this more accurately and at greater speed than any previous solution. Developed in partnership with Microsoft, the launch of LumoVision™ is a significant advance for the maize processing industry in its fight against fungal moulds called mycotoxins, the most poisonous of which is aflatoxin.


Read the full article on the Milling and Grain website, HERE.
 

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24/04/2018: Code of Conduct on agricultural data sharing sets the scene for digital farming

Image credit: Yanni Koutsomitis on Flickr
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A coalition of associations from the EU agri-food chain launched a joint EU Code of Conduct on agricultural data sharing in Brussels on the 23rd April, 2018.
The Code promotes the benefits of sharing data and enables agri-business models, including agri-cooperatives and other agri-businesses, to swiftly move into an era of digitally enhanced farming. The Code sheds greater light on contractual relations and provides guidance on the use of agricultural data, particularly the rights to access and use the data. 

Read the full article on the Milling and Grain website, HERE.


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24/04/2018: Phytogenic feed supplements: Natural breeding is the goal

by Fabián Alberto Jijón Tinoco, Species Manager Aquaculture, Dostofarm, Germany

In shrimp or fish farming, the topic of sustainability is omnipresent. Antibiotics and growth promoters can no longer be an option for optimal health management with regards to animal nutrition. Natural phytogenic feed supplements such as oregano are a viable alternative. We concentrate solely on aroma premixes and feed supplements made of pure natural oregano oil and are known as the market leader in this sector.

Shrimp and fish farming are gaining in importance, since the demand for seafood from aquaculture is rising. Challenges in this sector not only include new production technologies and special animal nutrition, but also optimal health management. The latter is particularly relevant in view of the occurrence of new viral diseases in shrimp farming, such as the white spot syndrome virus (WSSV) or bacterial diseases like acute hepatopancreatic necrosis syndrome (AHPND).
 

Image credit: DOSTOFARM

Phytogenic feed supplements
Phytogenic feed supplements are used with all livestock species and domestic animals to stabilise the gastrointestinal tract and to promote the immune status. Oregano's antibacterial mode of action is also interesting for the aquaculture industry. The phytogenic additive can be mixed in directly at the compound feed factory or added directly to the feed at the farm.

Our goal is to achieve health-stabilising and performance-enhancing effects. Using the example of shrimp breeding, Dosto-oregano can naturally increase the survival rate and growth of the animals, as shown by current trials in Ecuador.

Feed supplements and their use in aquaculture operations is a huge topic worldwide. Through regulation of the use of antibiotics and growth promoters in the animal feed, alternatives must be found for the farms. Natural breeding with high profitability is the goal, both in the organic sector and for conventional breeding.

Strengthening of the animal's immune system is the central factor of testing. Thanks to the improved gastrointestinal health of the animals, they are more resistant to bacterial diseases and are able to overcome them better. We did not observe any side effects. Based on our positive experiences, the same can be expected for other animal species.

Can you use kitchen oregano?
Using kitchen oregano would not deliver the desired results. The same can be assumed for nature-identical oregano. Dostofarm stands for consistent high quality of our products, which we guarantee thanks to exclusive contract farming and a continuously controlled process chain, from seeding to processing. The constituents of the essential oil are standardised, so we can always ensure constant quality. Moreover, we are extensively certified. This is the requirement for success with livestock owners.

Read the full article, HERE.
 

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