CORUM, TURKEY — Alapala announced recently that it has completed the erection, commissioning and hand over of a new 400 tph flour milling line for Grand Mills in Mina Port Zayed, Abu Dhabi.
The contract with Grand Mills, which is part of The Agthia Group PJSC, involved the dismantling of the old flour milling line and the supply, erection and commissioning of a new state-of-the-art automated milling line in the existing building with the minimum of civil works and damage to accommodate the new milling line. The new milling line was handed over within the stipulated time given by Grand Mills. This was carried out by a team of supervisors and erectors from Alapala. Grand Mills has benefitted by reduction of the power consumption and less operating staff.
The new milling line has enabled Grand Mills to become a major milling company in the region.
Agthia Group PJSC is listed in the Abu Dhabi Securities Exchange (ADX) with its symbol“Agthia”, which in Arabic means nourishment. The majority shareholding is held by SENAAT General Holding Corporation an Abu Dhabi government entity and the rest being held by institutional and individual investors.
The group which has four divisions involved in the production of food, beverages and dairy products making it the largest in its sector in the UAE and one of the leading in the region. It also has assets in Egypt and Turkey and employs 2,000 people overall.
Since Russia’s invasion of Ukraine in February, the world’s wheat supply has been thrown into question, with poorer nations facing scarcity and a potential food crisis, according to the United Nations.
Following are countries among the world’s least developed that are the most dependent on Russia and Ukraine for their annual wheat supply (2020), according to the UN Conference on Trade and Development. Nations in Africa import 44% of their wheat from Russia and Ukraine, according to the UN.
In marketing year 2022-23, the world is projected by the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) to produce 779.03 million tonnes of wheat and provide 204.89 million tonnes for export.
These are the eight major wheat importing nations/regions as listed in the monthly USDA World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates (WASDE) report and their annual tonnes with production.
Russia’s invasion of Ukraine in February and the persistent La Niña climate phenomenon have combined to create some of the most volatile market conditions in recent memory, sending prices skyrocketing as nations that depend on wheat to feed their populations scramble to secure supplies.
Each month, the WASDE releases new projections to reflect the most recent global market and production conditions, and this slideshow will be updated with those changes.