Summer 2014 Newsletter Issue 27
The annual Barley Seminar this year was held on 3rd/4th June in Elgin, Scotland with a visit to Roseisle and Cardhu distilleries. Vic Cameron of Diageo gave a presentation on ‘Barley requirements in the distilling industry’ and Simpsons’ Andy Hindhaugh gave the UK markets presentation to complement the broad view of malting barley production in continental Europe.
BREF Document Update
Euromalt Technical committee has started to consider the view of the sector on the review of the Food, Drink and Milk BREF – the reference document of best environmental practices that is used by regulators across Europe (including our own dear Environment Agency (EA) and Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA)) to set standards when issuing permits under various legislations. Most common is the industrial Emissions Directive (IED), which is replacing Pollution prevention and Control (PPC). The topic is a veritable jungle of abbreviations! The MAGB is also working with the Food and Drink Federation in the UK to ensure a strong representation during the review process, which will take two years.
The drafting of the 2015-2019 Carbon Leakage List by the European Commission was considered to be important to the Association. Euromalt lobbying resulted in a special mention of the malting sector, such that free carbon emission allowances will continue to be received during the next five years.
Gushing – the investigations by VLB are nearing the conclusion of the first phase. Significant progress has been made to establish banks of gushing positive and negative malts and barleys, along with development of analytical techniques to investigate differences between the sets of samples.
Personnel: Katharina Keimelmayr has replaced Andreea Pricina as Policy Adviser in Brussels. We continue to receive support and service from Elena Berloni (Secretary General) and Gloria Gabellini (Policy Advisor for Trade issues).
HGCA Board - Bob King, Crisp Malting Group
RL Crops Board – Mark Ineson, Muntons plc
Meet the Processor Events
These were held at Fakenham and Bridlington in January, partnered with topic breakfasts. The Inverness breakfast was more of a brunch, and was held with a Monitor Farm meeting. The success of this latter event has prompted thoughts of similar pairings in England next year at the newly established Monitor Farms in the country.
The pilot programme will be live for the 2014 harvest, involving Muntons and merchanting businesses.
Due Diligence Corner
The European Commission is gathering data on the levels of alkaloids in various foodstuffs, including cereals. UK Maltsters have provided samples to the FSA for a survey on levels British foods, which will be passed to the EFSA.
British maltings are also building a bank of grain samples to assist with future monitoring work.
Rejections for ergot contamination at maltings’ intake of 2013 crop were the highest for over three years – but well short of previous record levels.
The Commission has issued a Guideline document for monitoring these mycotoxins. We were able to contribute results from 2013 barleys from our due diligence programme and the contaminants monitoring project managed by HGCA. There will be a review of progress in early 2015.
Climate Change Agreements
The first year of the 2013-4 two year milestone period has now concluded. Overall the sector was ahead of its weighted mean target although individual company performance was variable.
Medium Combustion Plant Directive
The European Commission is consulting on a new directive to set Emission Limit Values (ELVs) for combustion plant with capacity between 1MW and 50MW. This will apply to every malting plant in the UK. MAGB is working with Defra to inform their input to negotiations on the final shape of the directive
We have run several successful training courses in 2014, namely the Barley Identification Course, Psychrometric Charts Course, Pest Awareness, three Technical Awareness Seminars and the Malting Symposium. These events are open to anyone in the industry and generally we have excellent take up.
A new programme for 2015 will be on the MAGB website in December.
Six candidates took one or two modules of the Malting Diploma on the 23rd
June. Results will be announced at the beginning of September and we wish everyone success.
Registration for the 2015 exams will open at the end of September.
General Certificate in Malting
This exam is now managed by the IBD with input in terms of learning material and setting questions by MAGB members. The second exam took place in May, 16 took the exam at various venues around the country and 8 passed including three credits. The next exam is scheduled for 13th November and registration is now open on the IBD website: http://www.ibd.org.uk/qualifications/examinations/general-certificate-in-malting/
Fundamentals in Malting
There is a steady flow of candidates enrolling to receive the FIM workbook. Since the first tranche of 18 successes in 2012/2013 there are now 28 candidates in the process of completing their workbooks and three who have completed and been assessed.
A total of 2
4,950 visitors attended Cereals 2014 and the weather was exceptional this year with wall-to-wall sunshine throughout the two days.
There was a steady flow of people to our stand throughout the whole event right from the very start. The new look with coordinating furniture and graphics again gave a clean, fresh appearance to our stand where Maltsters, experts in the malting industry, were present to answer any questions or queries from visitors, discussing varieties of malting barley available including new additions to the IBD recommended varieties list and other current issues.
Muntons’ volunteers sporting this year’s must haves – no, not the AUKM polo shirt but the yellow rimmed sunglasses – a freebie from another stand
We were also joined by John Walker from Everards and Alan Pateman from Elgoods who gave excellent beer tasting sessions throughout the two days. They, along with other breweries, provided some great beers that were very well received with visitors enjoying the different flavours of the beers available
Date for your diary!
Next year the Cereals Event is to be held at Boothby Graffoe, near Leadenham, Lincolnshire on 10th and 11th June 2015.
Your industry website keeps evolving…!
All BRI briefing notes are now online and can be accessed by the designated person within your company. Euromalt briefing notes will be accessible soon and again these will be accessed as above.
Under the Food Safety menu there are two new pages. For public viewing is the Malting Co-Products page. The Survey Data page with the current year survey results and certificates is accessible by ‘members only’, you will need to log in to view this one
If you have questions or comments on any of the topics covered in this Newsletter contact Jennie Richards on 01636 700781 e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org