The milling industry in Morocco


“Through education and training the world of milling and flour transformation has taken a traditional form of processing and turned it into a level of expertise that will continue to meet the demands of a population looking for new food products and to feed our growing population.  Cereal and grain production and consumption in Morocco and throughout the region is …

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European regulations around food safety and pest control. Are they coherent?


“In case of a mill, food quality and safety are at the top of the list of objectives. Pests need to be controlled effectively and safely. So the need of strong and coherent legislation, certification and top pest control professionals that work according to these rules and legislations, is totally important for the whole milling sector.” Peter de Weert International …

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How to FAIL a mill fumigation!


“Fumigation shall be scheduled when insect population has grown above the ‘control threshold’ triggering a corrective action. Several corrective actions may be used to lower insect population but the value of fumigation cannot be compared to spraying, fogging and cleaning. On the day after the fumigation, grain will start coming into the mill. It is obvious that his grain must …

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Wheat Flour Quality Control for improving performance and customer satisfaction


“Flour quality control is a puzzle in which each piece corresponds to the information given by one testing method. To see the quality of the product, it is necessary to know how the results of the different tests are linked. Quality control should not be building specifications and filling in numbers: it should give the information required to improve quality …

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Ensuring Postharvest Grain Quality and Marketability with Advanced Software

“A new computational tool has been developed to perform simulations on stored grain. The software can evaluate heat transfer effects that originate from the heat produced from grain respiration, the heating of the silo due to solar radiation as well as the cooling due to wind effects. Additionally, it implements equations predicting the variations of grain moisture content. Furthermore, models …

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Digital transformation of the world and the milling sector

“It is evident that digital transformation affects many sectors. Thus, digital transformation for large or small-scale corporations, institutions and companies is becoming a necessity rather than a choice. For this reason, many sectors and workspaces continue to take firm steps towards digitization. We witness these effective and powerful transformations and changes, particularly as parts of technological developments, at industry and …

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Influence of Aged Wheat on Flour Functional Properties


“For the purpose of this research, different wheat samples were tested before and after storing them for sixteen months under controlled conditions. Based on the experimental findings and the results obtained after sixteen months of wheat storage under controlled conditions, it is expected that some of the rheological quality parameters and falling numbers shall improve much quicker under, a relatively …

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Ordering the chaos of stored product insect resistance to phosphine: distribution and methods of evaluation


There is an urgent need for the development of a standardized protocol for resistance to phosphine, that can be widely adopted by the scientific community. This protocol should be reliable, but at the same time easy to use and perhaps less laborious, as the industry usually does not have access to specialized laboratories, or when there is an access, resistance …

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Store-Way to Hunan: China’s Grain Storage Problem


“In China, open air grains storage is being blamed as approximately one sixth of domestic grain – let’s face it, it’s rice – is stored in this way. As such, the government recently announced that they will be removing 95% of open grain storage by 2020 to reduce spoilage. Beijing aims to ‘optimize the grain storage capacity’ and ‘improve the …

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