Industry News

Driver of the Year Awards
18 May 2017
For the second time in 2 years, Adams & Green are proud to announce that one of our drivers was shortlisted for the Driver of the Year Awards.

Mark Close, who has been part of the team since 2011, reached the final 3 in the Medium Distance category. There are 5 categories in all - Short/Medium/Long distance, Driver Excellence and Overall Driver of the year. Mark won a Porsche Race Day at Silverstone together with the other finalists.

Mark attended the awards dinner on May 16th at the Ricoh Arena, Coventry. Unfortunately, he was pipped at the post and did not win.

The data was collated and analysed from over 120,000 drivers in the UK and used in conjunction with manager feedback. It proves that Mark's driving standard and attitude has been consistently excellent during 2016 and he is now ranked as one of the top 15 drivers in the country.

It is still a fantastic achievement and we are proud to have such a driver on the team.
Learn about UK Egg Production
15 May 2017
The EU banned barren battery cages for egg production a few years ago. Many UK farms have invested in the enriched colony system. The following link shows what one of Adams & Green's customers, K Fresh Ltd, have done. There is also good background information about egg production including a series of YouTube videos.

http://www.kfresh.co.uk/enriched-colony.html

Argentina Trip
06.04.17
Robert and Daniel visited Adams & Green suppliers in Argentina in March taking several customers along. Building strong, long term relationships in Argentina is key to securing reliable, feed safe raw materials and introducing end users gave our suppliers important insight into the needs of UK feed mills and users. Our customers also gained valuable knowledge and understanding of the soya bean growing, crushing and shipping infrastructure in Argentina.
Oils and Fats Report - March 2017
20.03.17
Oils and Fats Report March 2017

The markets appear to have started their long awaited downtrend. Palm futures are trading at a 4 months low whilst soyabean oil has fallen nearly 80 / mt from its highs (at the time of writing).

Price Outlook:

The downtrend might have started but there will be plenty of reasons to rally from time to time. Growth in palm production will not be fully felt until May or June and demand will pick up quickly in tandem with lower prices, particularly from China.

Bumper South American crops are now being harvested but heavy rains in parts of both Argentina and Brazil keep offering price support. Along with the usual logistics issues. Big acreage increases for US soyabean this year is a significant bearish factor.

Against what could be a general downtrend in the next few months is a nagging view that increased demand from all sectors, but especially Indonesian biodiesel, will prevent the falls from being too sharp, so best not to have big expectations or forecasts of lower costs.

Some factors to consider:

Sterling remains a key factor in price setting despite more recent stability. Article 50 will be triggered soon which may be negative in the
short term but signs of worsening instability in the Eurozone may turn things decisively in Sterling's favour later this year. President Trump
can only damage the Dollar – can't he?

Palm oil production will increase this year but it is so far a very slow recovery. Recent price declines are due largely to very weak export
demand, particularly from India where there has been good recent production of domestic crops.

Current pricing puts the soyabean premium over corn at the highest in nearly 30 years. Hence the farmer intention to plant more beans this
year has increased dramatically. Question is whether these intentions remain given recent and ongoing price corrections.

RSPO Sustainable Palm Oil – what are the options?

For the last few years the UK feed fats industry have been purchasing GreenPalm certificates on behalf of customers. This method helped to support a commitment made to DEFRA to get the feed industry to support the production of RSPO sustainable palm oil.

RSPO withdrew its endorsement of GreenPalm last year. From Jan 1st 2017 it is no longer possible to purchase GreenPalm certificates. A new system, operated by the RSPO called Palm-Trace has been developed to replace GreenPalm. More details can found at www.rspo.org.

Full membership of RSPO at 2000 / year is required where usage is over 500mt. The cost of each Palm-Trace certificate has a supplementary $1.45 / certificate RSPO fee and there are annual independent audits to complete. In addition there are stricter guidelines on passing claims down the supply chain to end users.

Adams and Green is guided by its customers and the authorities on determining the best option to support the production and use of sustainable palm oil and these discussions are ongoing. For the time being, Adams and Green are not members of RSPO and are not buying Palm-Trace certificates.

Non-palm oil options

Palm based feed fats have traditionally been used as a low cost way of improving pellet quality and reducing dust. Increased prices of palm oil in recent years mean several users have reviewed the nutritional and technical value of palm oil and made changes.

Adams and Green have successfully supported their customers in making these changes and continue to develop and offer alternatives that provide the optimal nutritional, technical and operational requirements at the same time as lowering cost.

Please contact us to discuss your needs, the options available and the potential benefits.

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Anaerobic Digester Progress
24.02.17
Commissioning is now taking place at the Brocklesby Biogas Anaerobic Digester at the site in North Cave. The photograph shows the amazing progress made by the contractor in just a few months.



RSPO Sustainable Palm Oil - What are the Options?
24.02.17
For the last few years the UK feed fats industry have been purchasing GreenPalm certificates to cover palm oil used in feed fat blends on behalf of customers who requested it. This method helped to support a commitment made to DEFRA to get the feed industry to support the production of RSPO sustainable palm oil. RSPO has withdrawn its endorsement of GreenPalm and from Jan 1st 2017 it is no longer possible to purchase GreenPalm certificates. A new system, operated by the RSPO called Palm-Trace has been developed to replace GreenPalm. More details about this can found at www.rspo.org. Full membership of RSPO at 2000 / year is required where usage is over 500mt. The cost of each Palm-Trace certificate has a supplementary $1.45 / certificate RSPO fee and there are annual independent audits to complete. In addition there are stricter guidelines on passing claims down the supply chain to end users.

Adams & Green is being guided by its customers and the authorities on determining the best option to support the production and use of sustainable palm oil and these discussions are ongoing. For the time being Adams & Green are not members of RSPO and are not buying Palm-Trace certificates.

Palm based feed fats have traditionally been used in feed as a low cost way of improving pellet quality and adding energy but increases in cost in recent years has resulted in many users reviewing nutritional and technical value and making changes. Adams & Green have successfully supported customers in making changes and continue to develop and offer alternatives that provide the optimal nutritional, technical and operational requirements and reduce cost. Please contact us to discuss your needs, the options available and the potential benefits.
Palm OIl Mill Effluent (POME)
Jan 2016
The AIC issued a briefing note about sourcing and labelling of palm oil and by-products in December.

Palm oil mill effluent (POME) is a by-product of the palm oil milling process. It is a hot, acidic effluent containing oil, debris and water generated by the use of hot water and steam to clean the palm fruit and separate the shell and cake. The effluent is directed to open air lagoons such as the one shown in the photograph, prior to treatment.

POME contains around 5% of highly acidic and degraded palm oil. The oil is skimmed and used as a feedstock in bio energy applications. POME is widely offered to European shippers, traders, brokers and consumers at up to $200 / mt discount to standard crude palm oil (CPO). Effluent processing materials such as POME are prohibited by FEMAS and listed on the November 2015 vegetable oils and fats sector notes.

It is possible that POME has been used in feed fat blends supplied to UK feed businesses. It is therefore advisable for all feed manufacturers to increase vigilance and interrogation of their supply chains to ensure POME is not present in feed fats.

POME is difficult to detect in finished fat blends as it has the same profile as crude palm oil though a high FFA and a rancid taste is typical. A good indicator might be palatability issues in finished feed. POME will not always show up in dioxin and pesticide tests which are carried out under EU Regulation 225/2015.

It is possible that POME is being dioxin tested and cleared for feed use. Adams and Green do not support this activity and the testing protocols should not be manipulated to legitimise inferior or illegal raw materials.

It is alleged that POME is being shipped to Europe from South East Asia labelled as 'Palm Acid Oil' (PAO) or "High FFA CPO". It should be noted that there is little or no PAO produced in South East Asia as crude palm oil is mainly physically refined.

Adams and Green do not purchase or use degraded or high FFA CPO in feed fat blends. Adams and Green purchase CPO from approved suppliers on a FOSFA contract which puts maximum limits on Free Fatty Acids. This is quality control checked on arrival at our facility which assures that POME is not present in any of our feed fats. We are happy to share our supply source and supply chains to customers who request the information.
Market Report October 2016
28th October 2016
Soya oil and palm oil prices continue their rally, fueled by speculative fund buying, weak palm production, reducing stocks of palm oil, strong demand for US soyabeans, weak South American planting intentions, oh and some issue with Sterling.

Some factors to consider:
The downtrend in Sterling since the referendum has continued with little sign of abating. The uncertainty about the outcome of Brexit negotiations are likely to see Sterling decline further.
Palm oil exports from Malaysia remain subdued with Indian demand particularly weak. With weak production, stocks have held up better than expected through to summer months.
Palm oil production is making a seasonal recovery but monthly production is the lowest for 5 years. Peak production is expected to be a couple of months late in November this year.
Most analysts are talking about a significant recovery in palm oil production from April 2017.
The US is harvesting a record crop this year though the price benefit of this is being offset by strong demand and weaker crop planting intentions in South America.

Price Outlook:
Prices are likely to remain supported in the next few weeks as the above factors continue to play out.
A more bearish fundamental picture is emerging with a record US soybean crop nearing harvest conclusion and a big improvement is palm oil production predicted for 2017. Weak planting intentions for soyabeans in South America are a moderate counter to this.
Cover through to February or March 2017 is advisable.
AD Plant progress
24th October 2016
The AD plant is progressing, slightly ahead of schedule. Digesters and 1 and 2 are nearing completion as shown by the photo on the right. Please contact us for more images and news.
Market Report July 2016
July 2016
Vegetable oil markets have been steady to lower in the last few weeks. Bearish sentiment is dominating with good weather conditions in the US and improving production and stocks of palm oil in Malaysia. Whilst the key growing window for US soyabean is ahead current conditions are favourable. Losses to the Argentine soyabean crop have also been reduced from earlier estimates. Palm oil prices have also continued to decline with improving seasonal production and weak export demand helping stocks increase to 1.72mt, the first rise since November.

Some factors to consider:
Sterling is the main price driver since Brexit. The UK's enormous current account deficit is brought into sharper focus with Brexit, leading some to predict 1.20 against the Dollar in coming months.
Currency volatility ahead of a more settled political situation is highly likely though the ebb and flow of the subsequent exit negotiation is unlikely to settle things much.
US growing conditions are satisfactory and crop progress is good. The 'real' weather market starts in August for soyabeans though current long term forecasts are favourable.
Weak palm oil demand, particularly from China in recent months means stocks have not declined as much as expected. China has now picked up buying activity so prices may be supported a little in coming weeks.

Price Outlook:
Fats and Oils markets have turned more bearish in recent weeks. Prices are drifting lower rather than declining sharply. With the possibility of a recovery in Sterling winter cover is not advised at present.
Dioxin and pesticide test results now available online
4th July 2016
Adams and Green have created a unique customer login area to provide online access to all finished product dioxin and pesticide residue analysis. The download is the independent laboratory analysis from Nofalab, sorted by the batch number quoted on the delivery documents.

This innovative development demonstrates Adams and Green's commitment to quality assurance, transparency and ease of access to important quality assurance data.

To get access please send a login request to sales@adamsandgreen.com or contact us by telephone and we shall send you a login user name and password.

Thanks for your continued support and feedback and look out for further developments and updates in the near future.
Leciol Customer Feedback
27th June 2016
Further feedback about Leciol has been received from a satisfied customer:

"Leciol was introduced by Adams and Green in November 2015 as a replacement for crude soya bean oil in the majority of our poultry diets. Performance within our broiler division has been very satisfactory during the period we have been using Leciol. No adverse performance was experienced as we increased the levels of Leciol in place of crude soya bean oil. We have maintained the use of soya bean oil in our early diets. Overall the economic benefits of using Leciol have been very positive.

The technical input from Adams and Green has been to a high standard as per our historical experience with regular visits to support the nutritional formulation and help to ensure the processing and practical implications of changing from crude soya bean oil to Leciol all went smoothly.

In summary, we are pleased with the excellent new product development from Adams and Green and hope to continue its use for the foreseeable future."

Look out for the Adams and Green tanker fleet that now bear the Leciol branding (see image on right)
Adams and Green Feed Assurance
3rd May 2016
We are pleased to present our updated FEMAS certificate following our successful audit in March. This can be found in the quality section of the website.
Leciol - Feed Innovation from Adams and Green
11th April 2016
Adams and Green have announced the launch of Leciol, an innovative feed ingredient. This innovative natural feed helps improve livestock health and growth rates as it makes nutrients such as fats and oil easier to digest.

Oils and fats are a small component of compound feeds, but are extremely important and this new ingredient, designed for use with pig and poultry feeds helps to improve their effectiveness. A number of scientific studies show improved fat digestion, better feed conversion and even enhanced tenderness of meat.

Daniel Chilvers, General Manager at Adams and Green said: "We give our customers the best quality and safest feed products so that their livestock is as healthy as it can be. We work closely with customers to identify their requirements and we have developed Leciol as a result. This innovative product is a consistently sourced and produced feed ingredient, delivered from our FEMAS assured facility in Hull. It is an excellent source of dietary phospholipids, Vitamin E and Choline. As an additional benefit, using Leciol can also lower feed costs versus other feed fats.
Adams and Green Launch New Website
Spring 2016

Welcome to Adams and Green new website.


Please take a look around our re-designed website with new information about our product range and updated information about our industry leading quality standards. The website has been re-designed to allow for full usability of mobile and tablet devices.


There is also a news and reports section where you can access and download the latest market information and news to help and support your understanding of the vegetable oil raw material markets and make good buying decisions. Earlier access to these reports is available by signing up to the mailing list.


Please look out for further developments including a customer portal for real time access to certificates of analysis and quality assurance data. Thank you for your continued feedback and support.