Openfield and Bairds Malt announce new supply agreement for Angus Cereals members

Openfield, the grain marketing agent for Angus Cereals, has recently agreed an enduring supply agreement with Bairds Malt, the largest maltster in Scotland. The agreement covers much of the malting barley stored at the Angus Cereals site at Montrose.

“Working directly with key consumers such as Bairds Malt is very much at the heart of Openfield’s marketing activity,” said Openfield Group Commercial Director Graham Lacey.

“We are truly delighted that the superb facilities that the Angus Cereals members have built at Montrose can now be used to help manage the supply of malting barley required by Bairds Malt at Arbroath.”

The new contract provides for a close working relationship between the two organisations, including ensuring that members grow the varieties most needed by Bairds Malt and that they are processed and segregated accordingly to maximise the amount of grain that can ultimately be delivered.

“When we decided to build our store we knew that as a new facility in the area it would take time to find our place in the market,” said Alex Sanger, Chairman of Angus Cereals.

”Having worked closely with Bairds and Openfield this harvest we are delighted that the supply agreement cements our ongoing commitment to each other,” he added.

Mr Sanger said the agreement was evidence that the investments made by Angus Cereals members was enabling it to build closer relationships with end-user consumers.

“There are a number of key reasons why Angus Cereals is making progress,” he said.

“Our collection service is so much faster than the industry norm meaning that we create more chance of helping our members to secure their harvest quality in difficult seasons and it will be rare for us to reject deliveries as we will always try our best to allocate loads to a specific market sector whatever the circumstances.”

The Angus Cereals store also provides access to export and import opportunities that can provide premium outlets for members’ grains and opportunity to service consumer customers.

Bairds Malt, Commercial Director, Eddie Douglas welcomed agreement on a collaborative approach to supply chain partnership.

“We have been delighted to be party to this agreement and to work with Openfield and the group of farmers who have invested in Angus Cereals. As one of the largest and most modern malting plants in Scotland, it is our strategy to maximise our collection of local barley from the high quality growers in the region which helps to retain the supply chain value within the local community of our site. Alongside our commitment to our existing growers, the Montrose store adds significantly to this strategy.”

 

 

 

 

About Openfield

  • Openfield is the UK’s leading farmer-owned grain marketing business handling around 4.6mt of grain every year.
  • Openfield is owned by 2700 farmers who commit grain to the business and also works with over 4000 others.
  • Openfield markets over 1mt of grain for the Openfield Network central storage member companies every year.
  • Openfield is also one of the largest suppliers of seed and fertilisers to UK farmers.

 

 

The 23rd International Milling Directory is online

See the new e-book directory below. Thanks to all member companies, advertisers, organisations, writers, interviewees and all who contributed.

 

 

Oilseed Congress debut brings exclusive content on oilseed complex in Europe/MENA to Barcelona

DANVERS, Mass., USA– HighQuest Group will expand its oilseed conference offerings with the debut of the new Oilseed Congress Europe/MENA in Barcelona, Spain, on 9-10 February 2015 at the Hotel Arts. The event will provide exclusive content on the current state and outlook for the oilseed complex in Europe and the Middle East/North Africa and how global trends are likely to affect the sector.

This one-and-a-half day event is fashioned after the company’s successful U.S.-based Oilseed & Grain Trade Summit, which is now in its tenth year and is highly regarded for providing timely content and outstanding networking opportunities for participants operating across the oilseed and feed grains supply chain.

As with the U.S. event, the content for the Oilseed Congress has been tailored to address the needs of its audience, focusing on issues that have a direct impact on importers and exporters, merchandisers and traders, service providers, and primary processors and downstream consumption markets in feed, food, biodiesel and industrial applications. Unique challenges and opportunities facing those active in this sector in Europe and the MENA region will be addressed, including:

  • What factors will drive the trade of oilseeds and derivative products over in the next 12 months, primarily in Europe, but also in North and South America and Asia?
  • What trends are apparent in the quality level of oilseeds and their derivatives in the major origins?
  • What is the expected future competitiveness between different vegetable oils used in a range of applications (food, biodiesel and industrial) and how will this affect trade flows for vegetable oils?

The topics for day two of the conference include risk management strategies, freight market and trends, developments in trading rules and arbitration, and trade financing, including what kinds of innovative trade financing facilities are available in the European/MENA market today.

For more details, visit www.oilseedcongress.com.

Register for the event with a 10% discount using promo code: #3PR-OCE15. Also check out the agenda for the co-located Women in Agribusiness Summit Europe, which will provide insightful industry content, professional development skills and strategies for success for women across the agribusiness value chain.

 

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In Cape Town? Millers can claim a free space at the FFI conference!

See the weblink below for more about the one day conference! Free places for millers still available. Wednesday 3 December, 9am – 4pm, Radisson Blue Waterfront Hotel, Cape Town, South Africa. The conference is perfect for attendees of the IAOM MEA conference and expo taking place from Wednesday night to Saturday night and who are already in Cape Town.

FFI link to attend HERE

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Seventh generation of Mosse family continues tradition of milling in Kilkenny

Small business: FutureProof – Kells Wholemeal supplies the bakery and retail trade with flour and bread mixes, by Alison Healy

Seventh generation of Mosse family continues tradition of milling in Kilkenny

Robert Mosse with his father Bill, two of the seven generations of the Mosse family involved in flour milling in Kilkenny.

Flour is definitely in the DNA of the Mosse family. They have been milling on the banks of the River Nore in Bennetsbridge, Co. Kilkenny for seven generations and managing director Robert Mosse believes the business can survive for as long more if it continues to adapt to change.

The family business started as WH Mosse, but today it’s known as Kells Wholemeal. It is the only stoneground mill using traditional methods to produce on a commercial scale for the bakery and retail trade.

It employs 27 people to make its stoneground wholemeal flours and mixes which are sold here and in Britain and France.

The milling industry has gone through many changes, but Robert’s grandfather Patrick met the challenge of flour quotas head-on in the 1960s. While the quotas restricted the production of flour, they didn’t affect the production of bread mixes so this is what he started to do. The family soon became famous for Mosse’s brown bread mix.

Read more: Seventh generation of Mosse family continues tradition of milling in Kilkenny, at the Irish Times

PerkinElmer acquires Perten Instruments

PerkinElmer, Inc. (“PerkinElmer”) has agreed to acquire Perten Instruments Group AB (“Perten”), a global leading supplier of advanced analytical instruments for quality control of food, grain, flour and feed, from Valedo Partners Fund I AB (“Valedo”), the Perten family and key staff in Perten. Perten has under Valedo’s ownership since 2010 doubled in size through successful investments in product development and geographical expansion. PerkinElmer’s commitment to the food quality testing space and presence in complementary markets combined with Perten’s solid market position and leading product portfolio is an ideal match to further strengthen a leading position in this sector.

Perten, founded in 1962, develops and markets instruments, along with a market leading food quality calibration database and ancillary services, for advanced quality control of food, grain, flour and feed. Over the last few years, Perten has achieved strong organic growth and today generates an annual turnover of more than EUR 50 million with sales in more than 100 countries. Perten has a global leading position in several product segments which is the result of the development of ground-breaking products, several of which are now industry standards.

PerkinElmer, Inc. is a global leader focused on improving the health and safety of people and the environment. Through combining innovative detection, imaging, laboratory services, and informatics solutions with knowledge and expertise PerkinElmer supports the discovery of critical insights in diagnostics, life sciences, and environmental applications. The company reported revenue of approximately $2.2 billion in 2013, has around 7,600 employees serving customers in more than 150 countries.

“I am very proud of what Perten has achieved in the market. Since 2010 we have accelerated our efforts to develop and launch innovative products and services and we have significantly expanded our sales and service organization in both existing and new markets. Perten has appreciated working with Valedo and now welcome PerkinElmer as our new owner, who we are convinced will be able to contribute significant resources and competence to further develop and grow our business.” said Sven Holmlund, CEO, Perten Instruments Group AB.

“The combination of Perten’s unique capabilities with PerkinElmer’s portfolio of innovative analytical instruments will enable us to further penetrate the multi-billion dollar global food testing market, including longer-term opportunities in higher growth regions such as China,” said Jon DiVincenzo, President, Environmental Health, PerkinElmer. “PerkinElmer will now be firmly positioned to help customers address rigorous regulations for food quality control, import/export product testing, and the need to preserve the integrity of global supply chains.”

About Valedo:
Valedo is an independent Swedish private equity group investing in high-quality small/mid cap companies in the Nordic region. Valedo is focusing on companies with clear growth and development potential where Valedo can actively contribute to and accelerate the companies’ development. Being an active owner and contributing both capital and industrial experience, Valedo ensures that a company can achieve its full potential. www.valedopartners.com.

About PerkinElmer:
PerkinElmer, Inc. is a global leader focused on improving the health and safety of people and the environment. The Company reported revenue of approximately $2.2 billion in 2013, has about 7,600 employees serving customers in more than 150 countries, and is a component of the S&P 500 Index. Additional information is available through telephone: +1-877-PKI-NYSE, or at www.perkinelmer.com.

About Perten Instruments:
Perten Instruments Group is a global leader in analytical instrumentation and services to the food, grain, flour and feed markets. The company generates an annual turnover of more than EUR 50 million, has some 200 employees in 8 operational units and supplies the rest of the world through distributors and agents in more than 100 countries. For further information please visit www.perten.com.

Westeel adds Cost-Effective Catwalks to its Product Offering

Westeel today announces the addition of catwalks to its product line to better serve the global agriculture industry. The catwalk system is engineered and precisely manufactured by Westeel and the modular design requires less towers and less installation time than traditional systems.
Westeel engineers optimize every catwalk system to the location’s specific weather conditions, seismic zones and site, providing a cost-effective solution. Westeel catwalks and goal posts support high capacity conveyors of over 400 tonnes/hour (14,700 bushels/hour*) with minimal use of towers, greatly reducing material and installation costs. The product meets or exceeds European and North American codes, including EN ISO 14122-1, 14122‑2, 14122-3, 14122-4 and ANSI A1264.1-1995 (R2002).
The first Westeel Catwalk system was installed in Ontario, Canada. “The Westeel catwalks installation went seamlessly and took half the time to install compared with other systems,” said Harold Wilcocks, Manager & Sales of Wilcocks Brothers of Watford Limited. Westeel’s Ontario distributor is also very satisfied with the product “We are happy to provide our customers with this well-engineered solution tailored to their specific needs,” said Pat Fischer, President & CEO of John Ernewein Limited.
“We see grain storage and handling trending towards larger and larger operations. Along with our PTM Technology line of conveyors and bucket elevators and with our extensive line of bins, our catwalks allow us to better meet those growing needs,” said André Granger, President and General Manager of Westeel.
Westeel Catwalks can be supplied with or without conveyor path; with dual walkway; with dual conveyor path; with service platforms; with a bin peak connection and roof stairs; with punched or bar grating floor and with a number of other features. [*Based on wheat].

About Westeel
Westeel is a division of Vicwest Inc. Westeel’s comprehensive catalogue of products includes a wide range of on-farm and commercial grain handling and storage solutions for today’s agricultural industry, as well as storage and containment solutions to meet the needs of the petroleum, water and industrial sectors. Westeel has sales and engineering offices in Canada, the United States, Spain, Italy and India and manufacturing facilities in Canada and Italy. The company exports its products across all continents. Vicwest Inc. is traded on the TSX under the symbol VIC.

For more information, please contact:
André Granger, President and General Manager
Phone:+1 204 233 7133

Email: agranger@westeel.com