IPE/IFE continues to grow

by Arvin Donley
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More than 20,500 members of the poultry and feed industries gathered at the 2012 International Poultry Expo/International Feed Expo (IPE/IFE) Jan. 24-26 in Atlanta, Georgia, U.S., to see the newest processing equipment and to learn the latest about important issues that affect their business such as feed safety.

This year’s event, organized by the American Feed Industry Association (AFIA) in conjunction with the U.S. Poultry & Egg Association, featured a number of educational programs and nearly 900 exhibitors displaying the latest products and technologies. Delegates from more than 100 countries attended the conference, held at the Georgia World Congress Center.

The annual expo is the world’s largest poultry and feed industry event of its kind.

“Every year the Expo continues to grow, cementing its status as one of the premier industry events,” said Joel Newman, AFIA president and chief executive officer. “Attendees receive an incredible amount of value in one place, with the education and networking opportunities, not to mention the latest products and technologies that are showcased.”

New equipment

During the expo, feed millers visited the Bühler Inc. booth to see the company’s new Kubex T pellet mill, which made its North American debut at the event. Brian Williams, vice-president of business development and marketing for Bühler, said the Kubex is already popular in Europe, where it was unveiled last May at the Victam International Expo in Germany.

“The Kubex has created quite a bit of buzz around the show floor here,” Williams said. “We had a lot of people come over and take a look at it. It’s certainly a game changer as far as pellet mill technology is concerned.”

One of the pellet mill’s unique features is a specially designed drive system with up to 780 horsepower.

“The direct drive system is just a quantum leap in drive technology,” Williams said. “There’s no gear box, no belts, no transmission gear of any sort transmitting power from motor to the die.”

Williams said the new pellet mill offers customers 20% to 30% in energy savings while boosting line capacity by up to 80 tonnes per hour.

“Energy consumption is a big deal if you look at the overall lifecycle costs of a pellet mill. About half of that is the power just to run it. In a couple of years you can make up the difference. The price is very competitive as well. The return on investment is very quick.”

Bühler also displayed its Granulex hammermill which features a 500-horsepower motor that enables it to mill up to 80 tonnes of corn per hour depending on the type of granulation desired by the miller. Williams said the hammermill also features minimum downtime thanks to fast and easy maintenance and a hygienic design to prevent dust settlements.

Among the new products featured in the IPE/IFE Product Showcase was 4B’s SpeedMaster with Pulse Pilot, a new maintenance tool designed to make the testing of speed switches quick, easy and accurate.

The SpeedMaster operates in two modes. Input mode is used to measure the pulse rate at normal speed. Output mode allows the user to simulate belt underspeed for testing purposes. The Pulse Pilot fits between the gap between the sensor and the target. The Pulse Pilot has no effect on the operation of the speed switch until it is connected to the SpeedMaster and set to output mode.

Education programs

AFIA hosted the International Feed Education Forum during the second day of the event.

The Forum addressed issues unique to feed manufacturers in three sessions. Tim Lease, WL Port-Land Systems, Inc., opened the program with “Selecting the Proper Equipment to Maximize Efficiency.”

Lease offered helpful tips for manufacturing plants.

“Poor water quality results in detrimental consequences to our facilities,” Lease explained. The consequences include corrosion, scaling, poor efficiency and water carryover.

Lease also recommended decreasing system operating pressure. A decrease of two pounds per square inch on a 50 horsepower air compressor could net $950 in annual savings.

Richard Sellers, AFIA’s vice-president of feed regulation and nutrition, spoke next, updating the audience on the Food Safety Modernization Act. “Facility registration is a license to operate. It’s an important distinction in this new law,” Sellers stated.

Sellers also indicated his pride in AFIA’s contributions to educating Capitol Hill about the difference between food and feed. “Neither Congress or FDA wish to make a reckless feed law.” Sellers continued, “If they do, it’s my fault; I did not provide enough education.”

Keith Epperson, AFIA’s vice-president of manufacturing and training,
concluded the program with an overview of Environmental Protection Agency and Occupational Safety and Health Administration regulations. According to Epperson, of the $584 million requested for 2012, OSHA received a budget increase of $6.4 million as well as receiving 45 new inspectors.

Another highlight of the IPE/IFE was the annual Pet Food Conference, hosted by AFIA and the Poultry Protein & Fat Council.

The Pet Food Conference covered a variety of topics ranging from regulatory issues to the technical aspects of production, food safety, marketing and use of ingredients.

Dan McChesney, FDA-CVM, spoke to attendees about FDA’s progress on the Food Safety Modernization Act, which charged the agency with improving the safety of food prevention within the U.S.

McChesney advised that anyone with a feed facility must identify what controls are already in place compared to what is being asked by FSMA. Most importantly, the facility is required to reconcile any differences and to document those controls.

“Whatever you have identified as a hazard, you have to have a preventive control to address that hazard,” said McChesney. In addition, facilities are required to keep detailed records of any controls in place.

FDA’s proposed rules for preventive controls are likely to be released in February or March, with the final rule scheduled to be published in the summer of 2012.

International Feed Regulators Meeting

In addition to the educational programming, the fifth annual International Feed Regulators (IFR) Meeting, sponsored by the International Feed Industry Federation (IFIF), was held Jan. 23-24. The meeting, which included 88 delegates from 19 countries, promoted discussion on international feed regulations and their impact.

Newman said the main issue discussed at the IFR was the differing risk assessment methods used by different countries to determine the safety of feed ingredients. IFIF presented a report at the 2011 conference that outlined and compared the processes in the E.U., U.S. and Canada, and the IFIF board is now looking to update that report and expanding it to other large feed producing countries, he said.

Technically, export documentation and harmonization between countries such as recognizing product registration from other countries present barriers to international trade, Newman said, noting that it often takes an extensive amount of time to accept standards between countries, which require laborious amounts of paperwork.

“This is one of the reasons these international meetings like the IFIF/FAO International Feed Regulators Meeting are so important,” he said. “Countries involved in international trade can be in one room at the same time and work toward global requirements and standards together.”

The IFR meeting also included a presentation on how the Japanese feed industry was affected by last year’s Fukushima nuclear accident.

“The release of radioactive waste that collected on agricultural land and products required the development of contamination thresholds for feed and food commodities,” Newman said. “Similarly, it led to the closing of particular areas to agriculture and the option to close others as waste drifted. The data Japan collected will undoubtedly be of great assistance for future events.”


Industry leaders were updated on the fundraising progress for the Institute for Feed Education & Research (IFEEDER) during a luncheon on Jan. 25. More than $174,000 was pledged at the luncheon, bringing the amount donated to the program since it was launched in 2009 to $1,020,460.

Alan Gunderson, chairman of the board for IFEEDER, said the goal for total pledges by the end of 2012 is $1.25 million.

“The donations will help us to continue IFEEDER’s mission — to sustain the future of food and feed production through education and research,” said Newman.

Recent IFEEDER projects include updating the National Academies’ Nutrient Requirements for Swine and National Academies’ Nutrient Requirements for Beef, funding research to better define the impact of Salmonella and/or other pathogens in feed, and funding research for the FAO Lifecycle Assessment (LCA) Model for Livestock.

For more information about IFEEDER, go to www.ifeeder.org.

American Meat Institute to co-locate with IPE/IFE in 2013

The U.S. Poultry & Egg Association and the American Feed Industry Association (AFIA) have signed an agreement with the American Meat Institute (AMI) to co-locate the AMI tradeshow with the IPE/IFE in Atlanta, annually in January, starting in 2013.

The three shows will operate under one umbrella creating one of the largest 50 shows in the United States. It is expected that the entire show will include more than 1,000 exhibitors and close to 1,000,000 square feet of exhibit space. The meat and poultry exhibits will be combined on one large show floor, and the IFE will be held in the adjacent hall.

All three associations will continue to operate independently, serving their respective constituents and will offer targeted education and networking opportunities that meet the customer needs and complement the expo. The operations of the show will be handled out of the USPOULTRY offices, and AMI and AFIA will be instrumental in driving attendance promotion and exhibit sales efforts.

“We are very pleased about the co-location with AMI,” said AFIA President and CEO Joel Newman. “The consolidation will provide a more diverse event for our members and allow for more educational opportunities for attendees.”

Next year’s event will take place Jan. 28-31 at the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta.