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Cargill, Delacon partnership to boost phytogenic feed market

Cargill said on July 6 that it has entered a strategic partnership with Delacon, a leader in phytogenic feed additives. The companies said the partnership will advance the market presence of natural, plant-based feed additives on a global scale.The deal includes a minority equity investment from Cargill. Terms were not disclosed. The partnership will connect Cargill’s expertise in applied nutrition and global presence with Delacon’s know-how and market experience in phytogenic feed additives, a category that uses natural ingredients, including herbs, spices, other plants and their extracts, such as essential oils, to improve animal performance and secure animal health for sustainable, wholesome food production. The agreement also will allow the companies to expand their technical and go-to-market capabilities to meet customers’ needs around the world as they pursue the joint mission of growing the phytogenic feed additives category. For Delacon, the partnership will give access to countries worldwide, where it does not have a market presence today. For Cargill, the investment expands its presence and capability in the additives space, with a focus on select markets outside the U.S. Delacon’s successful distribution and partnership network will be retained, and developed further to make plant-based feed additives more available around the globe. “Our agreement with Cargill represents an opportunity to accelerate growth and invest in Delacon’s future and the future of phytogenic feed additives, as our customers are looking for solutions delivered in a natural, efficient and sustainable way – from feed to food,” said Markus Dedl, chief executive officer, Delacon. “Phytogenics are one of the most promising groups of feed additives, and are turning from a niche market into a mainstream need. We are entering a new era of phytogenic feed additives, and the next five years are decisive for the developments in this growing market.” This strategic partnership builds on the successful collaboration that Delacon and Cargill have built over the last several years. By centralizing these efforts with a strategic partnership, the companies are expanding their focus, presence and reach in the micro nutrition space.

Reference: World-Grain

African Farmers Need To Bump Up Soybean Production

Maize and soybean are the key ingredients of animal feed production around the world. In the recent past, the global production of these commodities increased drastically, driven to a large degree by growing demand from animal feed and biofuel industries. The growth in animal feed demand has been spurred on by an increase in demand for high protein food – especially within the growing middle class. Notable growth in the past few years has been in Africa and Asia.The International Grains Council forecasts 2017-18 global maize usage in the animal feed industry at 613 million tonnes, up by 2 percent from the previous season and the highest level in more than a decade. At the same time, soybean use in the global feed industry is estimated at 20 million tonnes. This is a 5 percent increase from the 2016-17 season and also the highest in more than a decade. Asia, particularly China, is one of the fastest growing markets for soybean. A closer observation of the African market presents a similar trend to the global one. Africa's 2017-18 maize usage in animal feed industries is estimated at an all-time high of 32 million tonnes, up by 6 percent from the previous season. However, this has not been widespread across the region. Consistent feed usage growth has been in North Africa, particularly Algeria, Egypt, Libya, Morocco and Tunisia. The region's 2017-18 maize usage in animal feed is estimated at 18 million tonnes, up by 6 percent from the previous season. Meanwhile, sub-Saharan Africa's 2017-18 maize usage in animal feed is estimated at 14 million tonnes, which is 2 percent higher than the previous season. South Africa is the largest user of maize for animal feed in its region, constituting a share of 41 percent in the 2017-18 season. Trailing behind South Africa is Nigeria and Tanzania with a share of 11 percent and 7 percent respectively. Although maize is a well-established ingredient in animal feed production on the Africa continent, soybean usage is still relatively marginal. The International Grain Council estimates that Africa's soybean usage for the 2017-18 season sits at 470 000 tonnes, up by 34 percent from the previous season. Furthermore, this is skewed towards the sub-Saharan Africa region, with a share of 98 percent. Meanwhile, North Africa only processes about 2 percent of the estimated 470,000 tonnes. That said, this is not to suggest that North Africa does not use soybean products for animal feed. Data from the International Trade Centre (ITC) shows that Egypt imports more than 1 million tonnes of soybean oilcake a year. In 2016 alone, the country imported 1.4 million tonnes of soybean oilcake. Algeria is also the largest importer of soybean oilcake. According to ITC data, the country imported 1.5 million tonnes of oilcake in 2015. Tunisia, Libya and Morocco use or import the least amount of soybean oilcake relative to Egypt and Algeria. These particular countries use less than 500,000 tonnes of soybean a year. The import drive of soybean oilcake does not end in North Africa, sub-Saharan Africa is also a key importer for animal feed. South Africa is the leading importer in the sub-Saharan region, with annual imports of just over half a million tonnes (despite the increase in domestic soybean production in the recent past). Overall, Africa imports more than 4 million tonnes of soybean oilcake a year. This soybean and maize demand from animal feed industries is likely to prevail in the foreseeable future. Therefore, African farmers should consider increasing domestic soybean production in coming seasons as a substitute for the ever-growing imports of soybean products.

Reference: HUFFPOST

What’s new in the feed business?

Hamlet Protein has opened a new sales office to support customers in China and South East Asia with specialty vegetable proteins for young animal nutrition. The team serving the region has also gained 2 new members: Regional Sales Manager Lu Kelun and Area Sales Manager Astasit Kaewnanuer. The company has experienced significant sales growth in China and South East Asia over the past few years.Hamlet Protein opens sales office in China Hamlet Protein has opened a new sales office to support customers in China and South East Asia with specialty vegetable proteins for young animal nutrition. The team serving the region has also gained 2 new members: Regional Sales Manager Lu Kelun and Area Sales Manager Astasit Kaewnanuer. The company has experienced significant sales growth in China and South East Asia over the past few years. Product trials in China, Thailand and other parts of the region have confirmed the positive effects of the company’s specialty proteins on young animal growth and development. Neovia acquires Apligén Neovia has acquired Apligén, a Mexican company specialising in the production of premix, specialty feed, and additives. This will complete its premix business with technological and high quality products and services under the company’s Wisium Brand, to meet Mexico’s nutrition market increasing demand for more technologies, technical expertise and quality. Apligén is a family-run company which is recognised for its quality products (premix, speciality feed, additives) and services. The company has an annual turnover around €30 million, benefits from strong positions in ruminants and swine and has been steadily developing for several years. Nutriad opens new plant in China Nutriad, together with local partners, opened its new palatability factory in Nantong (China). The new factory, with a 10,000 Mt capacity/year, will operate under the FFI (Feed Flavour International) brand. Building on strong experience in swine nutrition, the new plant will also service ruminant and aquaculture applications. Stated Erik Visser, CEO Nutriad, “As the Chinese industry has developed, both government regulations as well as customer demands have changed over the years. This new factory is in full compliance with the latest environmental and safety regulations and brings together our years of experience from producing and servicing customers across the world.” New name: Kaesler Nutrition Lohmann Animal Nutrition changed its name to Kaesler Nutrition. “We were well-prepared for the name change and had paved the way for a smooth transition for our customers. Of course we are still busy with re-registrations outside the EU, but the core business in the EU was not affected“, concludes Dr Bruno Kaesler, Managing Director, some 4 months after the change. The name change was officially launched at the previous EuroTier. Improved processing for feed additives The new Optisize™ technology creates uniform, low-dust trace mineral particles that are non-reactive, non-hygroscopic and which blend and mix more evenly into feed, meaning more nutrients make their way into the animal. The technology has been developed by Selko, the feed additives brand of Trouw Nutrition, a Nutreco company. The technology help feed processors in problems they might have with feed additives: binding with other nutrients, blending unevenly or making excessive dust are all major detractors to otherwise high quality feed additives. New tool to calculate feed mill profitability improvements Kemin has launched the MillSMART™ Profit Value Calculator to help feed mill professionals easily evaluate the economic returns of incorporating the MillSMART programme into their operations. The programme preconditioning solution uniformly disperses and penetrates feed, providing a positive impact on feed mill production parameters and significant economic benefits. To use the tool, users simply enter their feed mill and lab parameters for both a control treatment and MillSMART. The app provides a side-by-side comparison of the net savings and individual KPI savings.

Reference: AllAboutFeed

Dutch project to study seaweed applications

A new Dutch research project delves into seaweed as a sustainable source of protein for people and animals alike. In the four-year Social Innovation Programme ‘Seaweed for Food and Feed’, Wageningen University & Research and the North Sea Farm foundation in the Netherlands are partnering with industry to develop a comprehensive and sustainable seaweed sector.As stated on the website of Wageningen University, the work involves multifunctional seaweed farms in the North Sea linked to a land-based chain for logistics, processing and sales to the food industry. Dutch State Secretary of Economic Affairs Martijn van Dam has pledged to invest €5 million in Seaweed for Food and Feed. The project will work on for example: the selection and breeding of high-quality varieties, optimal cultivation systems and optimal locations (to ensure the composition of the seaweed is as favourable as possible) and multiple processing of seaweed to ensure all components are optimally used at the highest possible economic value

Reference: AllAboutFeed

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