BREF Document Update
The reference document for Best Available Techniques (BREF) for the Food Drink and Milk sectors is being revised over the next three years. The process started in Seville in November: Euromalt were represented and contributed to the set-up of the process. There are no malting-specific BATs, but many unit operations such as combustion or refrigeration are featured as generally applicable BATs. The Environment Agency uses the BREF when setting conditions for permits under the Industrial Emissions Directive.
The malting sector is still on the list for direct emissions, and will thus further benefit from free allowance allocation until 2020. The second list, for indirect emissions, still eludes us – work is going on with Euromalt, the European Commission and the UK government through BIS to try to achieve recognition and compensation.
Gushing – next step
The first two-year project to investigate the causes of gushing, funded by Euromalt and the Brewers of Europe through EBC, has reached an end – but not quite a conclusion! A method has been developed that clearly distinguishes between definitely gushing positive and negative beers, and can give similar distinction for gushing potential of malts and barleys. The method is not so refined for mildly gushing beers or materials that may promote mild gushing.
The identity of the agent or agents that promote gushing has not been established – but correlation has been shown with total fusarium counts on grain, particularly with certain species, and with enniatins and hydrophobins.
A review will now take place to determine next steps.
Malting Process Outline
The Euromalt website now features a basic explanation of the malting process for visitors who would like to understand more about steeping, germination and kilning.
eGrain passport pilot enters test phase
Testing of the industry’s eGrain passport pilot has been taking place during November with pilot participants.
The project, which is looking at the feasibility of moving the current paper grain passport system online, involves Muntons, Gleadell and Openfield as pilot participants for the malting barley supply chain.
Key features of the proposed system include unique passport IDs, real time assurance checking and the creation of a platform allowing for the two way flow of data.
Full trials to test the pilot in various scenarios will be rolled out over the next couple of months.
For further information visit www.hgca.com/egrainpilot
HGCA staff are now housed in a single building with staff from the other AHDB sectors.
Planning has started for Cereals 2015, to be held at Boothby Graffoe in Lincolnshire. MAGB will have a more open stand, adjacent to Red Tractor and a display of ’50 years of HGCA’.
Three topic breakfast meetings are planned for early 2015: two will be linked with meetings on a Monitor Farm of the associated growers’ group.
Recommended List additions
Spring malting barley sees a total of six new varieties being tested: RGT Planet for brewing; Sienna, Vault, Octavia for brewing and malt distilling; Olympus for malt and grain distilling and Deveron for malt distilling. RGT Planet is stiff strawed and high yielding both when treated and untreated with fungicide. It also has similar maturity to current popular brewing varieties.
Sienna is stiff strawed, high yielding and achieves a high specific weight. Vault and Octavia are both stiff-strawed high-yielding varieties, with Octavia being an earlier-ripening variety Olympus achieves a high yield and good disease resistance, with the potential flexibility to meet the needs of both the malt and grain distilling markets. Grain distilling varieties are currently limited to one variety, so this variety will potentially lead to a yield change for growers in this market. Deveron has a high yield, particularly in the north.
Due Diligence Corner
The process to introduce controls on ergot in cereals continues: there is currently a consultation on early introduction of a maximum level (ML) for sclerotia and a move to ML for ergot alkaloids in 2017. As usual with these moves, evidence is in short supply and the response from food sectors is a mix of evidence gathering and lobbying to elicit explanations from the regulators of their thinking.
The MAGB will again be contributing 2014 data to this vital work via FERA and the FSA to EFSA. The European Commission are to review progress in early 2015. Evidence again is in short supply: it is believed that only the UK submitted data in calendar 2013.
And here we go again….
EFSA have announced that they intend to publish an opinion on nickel in foodstuffs in early 2015. Disappointingly, they have been working on this for the last two years without inviting evidence from the food and drink industries – so now everyone has to play catch-up. We have data from 2002 crop, when nickel was included in a survey and was determined not to be a risk – since then resources have been focused elsewhere.
Climate Change Agreements
The second year of the 2013-4 two year milestone period is due to be reported on. Members will be issued forms during December 2014 for return in January 2015.
MAGB is participating in a workshop commissioned by DECC and BIS for the Food and Drink sector (as one of eight high energy sectors) to draft plans and scenarios for reducing carbon emissions from now until 2050. Maltings are estimated to account for 3% of emissions from this sector.
This year saw a new trainer for the Pest Awareness training who was well received and has been booked for a session on 3rd March 2015.
The malting symposium ‘In Your Element’ was considered to be a useful event and plans are taking shape for the 2015 event. Barley ID courses, always popular; have been scheduled for 17th and 18th March. The Technical Awareness Seminars will be held at Sutton Bonington on 21st to 23rd April.
New for 2015 is the Waste Water Treatment Seminar to be held on 20th January 2015, check out www.ukmalt.co.uk for more details and registration forms.
A full programme of training and events for 2015 will be available in December.
Malting Diploma and Master Maltster
Registration for the 2015 exams is now open with a deadline for registering of Friday 19th December 2014.
General Certificate in Malting
If you wish to sit this qualification the next one is scheduled for 6th May 2015, registration is still open and available on the IBD website at:
Fundamentals in Malting
Registration is open and available on our website at: http://www.ukmalt.com/fundamentals-malting
All exams and training can be found on our website at: http://www.ukmalt.com/qualifications-careers
MAGB AGM 2014
Taking place at the Armourer’s Hall in London on Tuesday 4th November, this year we were treated to beer sommelier Steve Livens talking about the beers we were to have to complement each course of our meal.
Our Chairman Mr David Wilkes gave the annual address in which he talked about the current review of MAGB stating that the Association’s mission statement had been confirmed as still being of relevance and appropriateness.
Our guest speaker for the day was Mark Spencer MP chairman of the All Party Parliamentary Group for Science and Technology in Agriculture. His address had an agricultural slant whilst recognising the importance of the whole supply chain.
If you have questions or comments on any of the topics covered in this Newsletter contact Jennie Richards on 01636 700781 e-mail email@example.com