COVER STORY

Cover Story

NEW SEASON HARVEST RESULTS AND MARKET EXPECTATIONS

FAO lowered its forecast for global cereal production in 2019 by 2.2 million tonnes, pegging the world cereal output at 2 706 million tonnes. Global wheat production is lowered in October as smaller crops in Australia and the Black Sea countries more than offset larger crops in the European Union and India. Global trade is also lowered, driven by weaker …

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IGC: 2019/20 supply and demand outlook

“The International Grains Council (IGC) forecasts a 1% year-on-year (y/y) increase in world total grains (wheat and coarse grains) production, to 2,159m t, which would be the second largest in history. Gains in global output are wholly linked to an expansion in acreage, with average yields seen slightly lower compared to the previous season’s record. While worldwide harvests of wheat, …

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Overview of the gobal durum market

“The global durum supply demand balance outlook is very consistent with recent price behaviors. Global production is forecasted down by -2.5 Mio tons versus MY 18/19 and only partially offset by higher carryover (mainly sitting in USA) for +0.9 Mio tons. This scenario is supportive for bigger trade volumes (+0.4 Mio tons), particularly due to Italy and Turkey import demand, …

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Grain harvest results, latest trends and developments

“Weaker euro (now Eur/USD 1,09 as compared to EUR/USD 1,14 three months ago) contributes to the increased competitiveness of EU origin wheat. Both Russian and Ukrainian origin compete fiercely with French for the Egyptian wheat imports. Romanian origin is also in the race, in spite of last year’s rejections on quality issues due to Egyptian ban on ergot, a common …

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SUSTAINABLE FOOD SAFETY AND FOOD SUPPLY CHAIN

What makes food safety unique and different from other areas of public health is its multisectoral nature. Food safety is fundamentally multidisciplinary. It cuts across different sectors such as health, agriculture, fisheries, industry, trade, environment, tourism, education, and economy. Food safety must be integrated along the entire food chain, from farm to table, with the diffirent sectors: government, farmers, food …

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Sustainable food security and food supply chain

“Following the 2007/08 rice crisis, where a rapid and significant increase in prices caused substantial turmoil, many importing nations aimed for self-sufficiency to limit exposure to international markets. However, the expansion of trade is expected to raise the food security and rural economy links between Asia and Africa over the coming century, at a time when climatic risks to production …

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Why not trying the free market?

“The obstacles to international trade have never been about health and safety. They are about money, to benefit special interests at the expense of others. The solution to feed safety and the food supply chain is simple: free (liberate) everything. If you care about food, eliminate all quotas, taxes and regulations on it. That will solve any supply problem.” Prof. …

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Bühler calls on industry to act now for a sustainable future

Bühler’s second Networking Days in Uzwil took place under the motto “Creating tomorrow together” and provided a forum for manufacturers, industry partners, scientists and start-ups to share ideas and inspire each other, focusing on the key questions: How can we feed a global population of nearly 10 billion people and help fulfill their mobility needs in 2050 whilst respecting the …

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PROCESS CONTROL AND AUTOMATION IN GRAIN MILLING

For efficient production in the age of Industry 4.0, automation is a must for a facility. It is important not only in terms of increasing production efficiency and quality but also in terms of tracking the history of a product. Automation and digitalization are inspiring new solutions to optimize yield, save energy, prevent wastage or remove defective produce. With the …

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The milling industry will have to embrace IoT, or they will be left behind

“The convergence of IT and OT opens a great opportunity for everyone involved. In our industry, I see the adaptation of Industry 4.0 to be slow due to its cost, but it will happen. The milling industry will have to embrace IoT, or they will be left behind. Regulatory compliance, recall procedures, food security, and innovations will force them to …

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