GALLERY: Wimblington firm unveils impressive new grain store
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A WIMBLINGTON firm officially unveiled their new 120,000 tonnes grain store, which has undergone £3.5 million of improvements, to industry leaders yesterday.
It includes a new 20,000 tonnes holding store, a new 350 tonnes per hour tipping point, a new drier and integration into the existing facilities.
Farmers from across the area as well as members from DEFRA and other agricultural bodies attended the grand opening.
A Fengrain spokesman said: “It has been a tough year for the grain industry, with the quality not being very good, so we have needed to process an awful lot of grain.
“A facility like this allows us to do that.
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“The farmers felt we have spent our money very wisely and that it is a fantastic project.”
The project was funded by Fengrain, its members and the East of England Development Agency.
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The first phase of the Jubilee store was completed in time for the 2012 harvest and since then the facility has been processing members’ grain so that it is suitable for millers, maltsters and feed compounders.
The first industry wide half day conference will be held at the Peterborough Showground on November 7.
The conference will explore, review, and debate the use of land to grow combinable crops and how to manage the environment and supply raw materials for the food supply chain to meet consumers’ needs.
It will be led by Fengrain chairman Paul Wilkinson and confirmed speakers include MP Stephen Barclay, Tim Smith, group technical Director at Tesco, Ed Fuchs, procurement director at United Biscuits and professor Tim Lang, professor of Food Policy at City of London University.
Other scheduled speakers are Robert Fairey, a partner at Brown and Co, Mark Buckingham, the UK corporate affairs lead at Monsanto, Edward Flatman, the senior wheat breeder at Limagrain and Christophe Alindre, director of Silos de Bonnieres sur Seine and
The conference will be followed by a networking lunch, both of which will be free of charge and open to agricultural industry members.
To view the detailed conference agenda and apply for tickets go to www.fengrain.co.uk and click the link ‘Conference Registration’.