Jordan Family now Lead Shareholders as European Oat Millers targets further growth

Two of the shareholders of European Oat Millers, David and Bill Jordan, have acquired the shares of the company’s chairman Moez Karsan and his wife Naseem Karsan. This gives the two Jordan brothers majority ownership of the business as it embarks on the next phase of its development.

European Oat Millers

European Oat Millers

Founded by the Karsan and Jordan families 30 years ago, European Oat Millers has grown to be the second largest oat miller in Europe in terms of capacity and the largest in terms of b2b market share. Moez and Naseem Karsan managed the company on behalf of the shareholders until 2012, when Alk Brand was appointed as Managing Director.

The Bedford-based company supplies oats and other grain based ingredients to most of the major producers of porridges, muesli, granola and other oat products such as biscuits. The company also operates a world class retail cereal plant producing private label breakfast cereals such as flakes, extruded products and granolas to many of the top retailers in the UK and Europe.

The deal with the Jordan brothers is the latest in a business relationship which dates back to Moez Karsan joining Jordan’s Cereals in the 1980s to help it to introduce the first granola bars into the UK market before the Jordan family sold Jordan’s Cereals to ABF in 2008. Moez and Bill will continue to work together promoting their passion for bio-diversity through the Conservation Grade programme.

“I’m delighted that David and Bill wanted to buy my stake in this great business,” said Moez. “It cements a friendship that has lasted for over 30 years and I know the company will go from strength to strength under their stewardship. After dedicating most of my life to growing European Oat Millers to the sizeable business it is today we have decided to focus our time on other pursuits and family interests.”

Commented Bill Jordan: “The contribution Moez has made to this sector and to European Oat Millers in particular cannot be underestimated. We wish him and his wife an extremely long and happy future. The greatest testament to his achievement will be the continued growth and prosperity of this business, to which we and the management team are dedicated.

“The new European Oat Millers Board will be backing our management team with an investment programme aimed to create substantial additional capacity in our milling business. European Oat Millers will continue to invest to make sure we keep delighting our customers with world class technical and service standards and to help the company to keep expanding its horizons.”

Operating from three sites in Bedford, European Oat Millers employs 150 people and has grown rapidly in recent years with a particular emphasis on export markets. The company has recently joined The Sunday Times International Track 200 league table, highlighted for its export growth over a two-year period which includes exporting globally to markets including India, China and South Africa.

Managing director Alk Brand, who joined the business with a successful track record in grain processing, is bullish about its prospects. “We are seeing sustained growth in export and domestic markets, reflecting the increasing popularity of oats as an ingredient among manufacturers and consumers,” he said. “We are proud to supply blue chip food manufacturers and retailers from our production facilities and will continue to support our customers through investment in innovation and expansion.”

Variety choice could explain variation in oilseed rape yields

Performance in line with the five-year average hides wide variability in oilseed rape yields. Oilseed rape yields this summer have been highly variable, but several varieties have demonstrated remarkable consistency.

“Across the country yields have been reasonable, albeit with a few poor crops,” says Openfield national seeds and technical manager Lee Bennett.  “But while final performance is likely to mark a slight gain in overall output we have not seen the outstanding yields expected before harvest,” he adds.

The reasons for this, he believes, largely comes down to the growing season and variety choice.

“The crop sat with wet feet all winter with no or few frosts. It then got away early in the spring drawing on mineral nitrogen reserves to produce a large canopy before growers had opportunity to apply fertiliser. It is possible that the applied N went on too late in some cases.

Lee Bennett

Lee Bennett

“The forward nature of the crop continued into flowering starting and finishing early to leave an unusually long grain fill period which didn’t quite live up to its purpose, perhaps because the crop had exhausted its nutrient reserves,” he says.

The mild weather also favoured disease, which will have impaired performance in some cases.

“Varieties with only moderate disease scores have had a tough year. In particular, Verticillium wilt has spelled the end for a couple of varieties,” he says.

CONSISTENT VARIETIES

The less-than-perfect season may be partly responsible for the variable performance, but variety choice too has been a decisive factor, suggests Lee Bennett.

“Across eight trial sites and 30 varieties we have seen huge variability between varieties, but also within varieties. Only four varieties have been consistently good performers, but apart from one, they make up only a small percentage of the national crop.

“For several years and across all sites from Yorkshire to the Cotswolds and to East Anglia, our most dependable variety has been DK Extrovert and it is again this year with a gross output of between 4.8-5.8t/ha.

“Similarly, Trinity and Popular have both produced consistent performances which has been reflected in sales of commercial seed on farm,” he says.

A pleasant surprise has been the performance of V316OL, a high oleic, low linoleic variety and a candidate for the 2015-16 HGCA Recommended List.

“The yield penalties once associated with HOLL varieties are clearly behind us with the introduction of V316OL. At the Somerset, Cornwall, Wiltshire and Gloucestershire sites it out-performed all others with a gross output ranging from 4.5-5.9t/ha.”

The performance of V316OL mirrors that seen in official HGCA trials where it tops the East and West results list with a 2014 mean gross output of 116% of controls while Popular is second with a gross output of 110%.

 

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.

International IDMA reaches further than ever before

In April next year, from April 23rd to 26th in Istanbul, IDMA will take place again. The biannual exhibition will once again be a great event for the milling sectors and also a great event for distributing the 23rd edition of the International Milling Directory for 2014-15. Free copies will be available at the Perendale Publishers stands.

At this event, important companies such as Alapala, Bühler, Imas – Milleral, Tapco, Famsun, 4B, Consergra, Frigortec, Gazel, Ugur Makina, Altinbilek, Genc Degirmen, Paglierani, Satake Europe, Selis, Silos Cordoba, Suncue, Symaga, Unormak, Yenar, Zheng Chang and many more. We hope to see you there.

Milleral – Your global solution key for milling technologies for 25 years

The International Milling Directory member, Milleral is an important partner with great exposure with the International Milling Directory and is an important manufacturer with a worldwide customer base. See their International Milling Directory entry online here: http://www.internationalmilling.com/company_2989.html

Milleral is known in the industry for being a global solution partner in these products and services, amongst others:-

  • Turn-Key Projects for Wheat Flour, Semolina and Maize Mills
  • Grain Cleaning Machinery
  • Roller Mills and Quadro Plansifters
  • Semolina Purifiers
  • Bagging Scales & Extraction Scales
  • PLC / Automation Systems and Complete Electric Systems for Mills

Single-Piece Flow/No Flow Detection Sensor

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

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

The new Flow Detect 2000

The new Flow Detect 2000

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

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

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

 

Binmaster Level Controls

BinMaster

Oilseed Rape Trial Results are Released

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

 

HGCA results

HGCA results

HGCA results

HGCA results

 

Perstorp acquires Chemko’s calcium formate and penta businesses

International Milling Directory member, Perstorp, a world leader in specialty chemicals, announces the acquisition of the penta and calcium formate businesses from Chemko a.s. Strážske, a Slovakian chemicals producer. The transaction is part of Perstorp’s ambitious investment plan to increase polyol and calcium formate capacity.

 

Perstorp has signed an agreement with Chemko a.s. Strážske for the acquisition of its penta and calcium formate businesses, related technology and certain assets. It does not include the manufacturing plant in Strážske, Slovakia, any real estate or employees. The transaction is fully in line with both companies’ strategies going forward. For Perstorp, this is part of an ambitious investment plan to increase its polyol production and presence on the calcium formate market.

Ulrika Andersson, VP Business Unit Penta, says,


“Perstorp plans to satisfy all customer needs out of the plants we are running at present and we will have sufficient capacity to supply

both our current and new customers. Going forward, we plan to further increase capacity to support our customers’ long-term growth”,

Calcium formate is a source of highly digestible calcium for farm animals and it has antimicrobial properties in feed. A lowered pH-value in the feed supports the acidification of the stomach contents. Perstorp markets its feed grade calcium formate as ProPhorce™ AC 200.

The polyalcohol Penta is used in applications such as alkyd resins, PVC stabilizers, synthetic lubricants, varnishes, and other products. Perstorp is now producing Penta in three different production plants in Germany, the US and Sweden.