Evonik acquires Norel probiotic business

Evonik signed a purchase agreement on July 4, 2016, for acquisition of the probiotics business of the Spanish company NOREL.

The agreement sees Evonik acquiring NOREL’s probiotics product portfolio as well as the company’s site in Leon (Spain). The business will be integrated into Evonik’s Animal Nutrition Business Line.

Evonik is currently expanding its portfolio of sustainable and healthy solutions in the field of animal nutrition and striving to provide innovative solutions for antibiotic-free livestock management.

“For us, this acquisition marks an important step into the probiotics market. By combining the technologies of NOREL and Evonik we can create a platform for the development of new customer solutions, which are built around probiotics product families and application services,” says Dr. Emmanuel Auer, head of the Animal Nutrition Business Line of Evonik.

NOREL’s probiotics business gives Evonik access to this product range and to more than 20 markets including the European market.


CPF reports soaring profit

Charoen Pokphand Foods (Plc) has reported consolidated revenue for Q1, 2016, of 105.5 billion baht, up 10%. Net profit was 3.764 billion baht, up 27% Y-O-Y.

Overseas businesses accounted for 60% of total revenue. Turnover in 13 vibrant markets, including China, Vietnam, India, Russia, and the Philippines, grew 12%.

Domestic and export businesses, currently 40% of revenue, also grew 6%. The growth is attributed to a recovery in meat prices.

Adirek Sripratak, president and CEO, said CPF will maintain long-term growth by organic growth together with mergers and acquisitions and development of value added products.

The company’s board of directors has approved CPP’s plan to invest in Hubei Chia Tai Co Ltd, the largest broiler integration in west-central China.

He expects turnover growth of 10-15% and all around gross margin improvements. Broiler exports to Europe and Japan have grown 17% in Q1.

Opportunities in 2016 include low prices for feed raw ingredients, the rising price of meat, rebounding shrimp production, and handsome profits from overseas investments.

CPF will invest 700 million baht to manufacture ready-to-eat meals for various market segments such as health-conscious consumers, the elderly and infirm as well as new sauces and seasonings.

JFC and Cargill to build poultry processing plant 

Jollibee Foods Corporation & Cargill Jollibee Foods Corporation (JFC) have joined forces with Cargill Philippines Inc, a wholly owned subsidiary of Cargill Inc, to build and operate a poultry processing plant in Santo Tomas, Batangas, in the Philippines.

Cargill and JFC will have a 70% and a 30% stake respectively in the joint venture named Cargill Joy Poultry Meats Production Inc. Cargill will oversee the setting up, management and operations of this facility.

The partnership will create an estimated 1,000 new full time jobs and develop new contract growing opportunities in the farming community in the Batangas and nearby provinces.

JFC will invest Php244.9 million (US$5.2 million) for 30% of Cargill Joy Poultry Meats Production Inc.

The JFC Group of Companies is one of the largest buyers of chicken in the Philippines, with brands Jollibee, Mang Inasal, Chowking, Greenwich and Burger King franchises.

Livestock producers need to start thinking ahead, says CPF’s Somkuan


Thai livestock producers should adopt a more pro-active stance to ensure that they can withstand future risks, steeper hurdles and higher operating costs, according Somkuan  Choowatanapakorn, COO pork business, Charoen Pokphand Foods Plc.

Before expanding their operations, producers must invest in environmental management strategies to ensure that they will be able to comply with more stringent environmental regulations. Neglecting to do so could result in greater risk of exposure to contagious diseases and end up provoking hostile sentiments from nearby communities.

Higher land costs, rising wages, volatility in feedstuff prices and unpredictable availability, as well as trade barriers, are making the livestock business more and more difficult and complicated, he added.

As a result, small operators are unlikely to expand, and large producers are experiencing resistance from local communities. At any rate, unbridled expansion can lead to oversupply and price instability, said Mr Somkuan.

Producers need to incorporate technology and automation to overcome labour issues. Other proactive steps might include looking into building supply chain partnerships with suppliers in neighboring countries or exploring offshore investment opportunities.

Collaboration could improve the fortunes of smaller farms, he added. For example, forming agricultural cooperatives or business entities gives groups more power to negotiate with suppliers or access capital from financial institutions.

Prices should be driven by market forces, he said. For its part, the public sector should provide appropriate land use planning rules that would optimize and demarcate land for for agriculture and livestock production.

Also, the government needs to continue to invest in research and development, particularly in disease prevention, new technologies to improve productivity, access to new markets and sources of investment capital.

Hubbard appoints incubation specialist

Dante RIVERAHubbard appoints Mr Dante Rivera to the role of Incubation Specialist. Dante will report to Yann Thoueille, Global Quality Director.

Dante will play an important role within Hubbard’s technical team, delivering high level hatchery management and incubation support to Hubbard customers across Asia, EMEA and South America.

Stern-Wywiol Gruppe reports 12% sales growth

The Hamburg-based Stern-Wywiol Gruppe achieved a record sales figure of 444 million EUR in 2015 – resulting in 12 percent growth for the family business.

The number of employees in Germany and abroad rose to nearly 1,000.

It is planned to continue this positive development in the growing international market for food and feed ingredients with investments of 25 million EUR in the next two years.

The Stern-Wywiol Gruppe comprises eleven independent specialist firms in Germany which develop, produce and market functional ingredients for the production of food and feed, including Hydrosol, Mühlenchemie, SternMaid, SternVitamin, Sternchemie, SternEnzym, HERZA Schokolade and Berg+Schmidt.

Progressus AgriSchools training programs in 2016

Progressus, in conjunction with Kasetsart University – Kamphaeng Saen Campus and worldwide industry experts, has created a comprehensive and detailed set of chapters for each AgriSchools course. AgriSchools are ‘certified’ residential short-courses (5 days) specifically designed to bring professional in the fields of Agriculture, Livestock and Aquaculture up-to-date with the very latest management methods and technologies.


The university certified courses are independent, unbiased, set in a university setting and are delivered by university and independent Industry experts. All materials are constantly reviewed and updated to ensure AgriSchools’ participants receive the latest industry industry knowledge, best practices and standards.


All participants will be presented with a Certificate of Completion at the end of the AgriSchool from Kasetsart University and Progressus.



Scheduled in 2016:

  • Certificate in Layer Production and Management          23-27 May
  • Certificate in Livestock Feed Mill Management               11-15 July
  • Certificate in Aqua Nutrition Management                      26-30 September
  • Certificate in Ruminant Production and Management  10-14 October
  • Certificate in Aqua Feed Milling                                          21-25 November



For more information about Progressus AgriSchools Courses, please go to www.progressus.asia

Nabel Asia new office

NABEL ASIA SDN. BHD has moved to new premises with effect from
11 March 2016.
Details of the new premises as follow

No 5, Jalan Anggerik Mokara 31/55,
Seksyen 31, Kota Kemuning,
40460, Shah Alam Selangor

Tel:+603-5120 1866 (Main Line), 03-5120 1566 , 03-5120 1766 , 03-5120 1966
Fax: +603-5120 1660

New software offers energy savings

How efficiently is your business utilizing energy?

ASIS EE, a newly launched real-time  monitoring software from Agentis Innovations,provides the means to collate energy-related data from multiple sources and forecast electricity demand.

That means plant managers can precisely identify how energy is flowing and is utilized through a facility as a whole as well as through individual machines and identify opportunities to reduce energy-related production costs.

In addition, ASIS EE provides automatic or manually controlled load optimization by using forecast demand and scheduled control functions ensure that energy consumption patterns are maintained and kept within target parameters.

For further information, on ASiS EE please visit the Agentis Innovations booth (#A009) at Victam Asia 2016 or visit the company’s website at www.agentisinnovations.com.

Bentoli Thailand’s relocation notice

Effective March 15, 2016, Bentoli AgriNutrition Co., Ltd.  has been relocated to the new building as stated below, the new telephone and fax numbers are as follows : 

Bentoli AgriNutrition Co., Ltd.
TIP 6 Industrial Project
777/31 Moo 9 · Soi Roongcharoen · Lieb Klong Suvarnabhumi Road
Bangplee · Samutprakarn 10540 · Thailand
Tel : +66 2 1369001-2 (ext.116)  Fax : +66 2 1369003