INDIA TO SUPPORT HERMETIC STORAGE

August 17th, 2017 by GrainProMarketing No comments »

The Indian Institute of Food Processing Technology (IIFPT) is strongly pushing the use of hermetic technology as a permanent solution against food losses in India. IIFPT is studying multilayered bags, Cocoon storage, and on-bulk grain silos.

Improper storage and infestation are threats that cause postharvest losses in quantity and quality. In India, 12 to 16 million metric tons of foods produced are lost each year. Chemicals are used to fight off infestation. However, the use of chemical pesticides is affecting the environment and the health of consumers.

Hermetic technology is very appealing in many developing parts of the world as a solution because it provides a sustainable and affordable alternative. GrainPro Cocoons and SuperGrainbags, for example, do not require the use of chemicals to stop infestation and inhibit the growth of aflatoxin producing molds.

These solutions present a long-term solution for the storage of locally produced grains and seeds such as wheat, rice, maize and high-value spices. For more information about GrainPro and its line of hermetic solutions, visit www.grainpro.com.

USING HERMETIC STORAGE TO PRESERVE PADDY SEEDS IN PANAMA

August 10th, 2017 by GrainProMarketing No comments »

Fincas Azuero in Panama found a way to properly store paddy seeds and retain seed germination thanks to GrainPro and its distributor Potuga. Five 100MT GrainPro® Self-Verifying Cocoons™ (SVC) are preserving 82 tons (180,000 pounds) of certified paddy seeds at their facility in Panama. Research and field trials show that Cocoons can store seeds as well as conventional cold stores. The patented SVC is an Ultra Hermetic™ storage solution for the long-term storage of bagged seeds and other agricultural commodities. It can be installed outdoors or indoors, and requires minimal cost to install and use. For more information about this product and worldwide distributors, please visit www.grainpro.com.

VILLERS TO SPEAK AT COFFEE CONGRESS IN GUATEMALA

August 3rd, 2017 by GrainProMarketing No comments »

 

Phil Villers, GrainPro® President, will be at the 28th Guatemala National Coffee Congress organized by Anacafé on August 11 at 11:45 am at the Anacafé Building in Guatemala City. Phil will talk about the benefits of using solar drying and Ultra Hermetic™ storage during the event’s Master Conference. His presentation will include many interesting data and success stories gathered from users around the world. Everyone is cordially invited. See you there!

 

 

GRAINPRO LAUNCHES A NEW ICON FOR ITS BRAND AND LOGO

July 28th, 2017 by GrainProMarketing No comments »

Concord, Mass., USA, July 28, 2017

GrainPro®, the leader in Ultra Hermetic™ technology, today introduces its iconic corporate brand and logo. The new branding strategy reflects GrainPro’s increasing role in leading the way in innovating Ultra Hermetic™ postharvest solutions that are helping create a more food secure future.

GrainPro's launches new logo

Since its humble beginnings in 1992, GrainPro has been recognized as a leader in hermetic storage and postharvest solutions. The company has been helping food producers of all sizes reduce their food losses and increase overall profits. its technology has continued to evolve to fit the needs of farmers as the world becomes more connected.

Today, GrainPro’s products are being used in more than 110 countries worldwide. Its name has become synonymous in solar drying, and the safe and chemical-free storage of a wide range of dry agricultural commodities. Its impact and positive contributions are felt especially in developing parts of the world where 25 to 40 percent of staple food crops are lost due to infestation and fungal growth because of improper handling and management.

GrainPro’s rebranding reflects its successful and ongoing growth in the food security sector. Today, the company is also leading the way in innovative solar drying and transport solutions – providing a full suite of products designed to protect food from farm to market to tables.

“We’ve been working on a brand that captures our leading role in the industry,” says Tommy Ng, Vice President for International Sales and Marketing at GrainPro. “Its implementation is a step in the right direction as we continue to position our company as more than a product or service, but as an inspiration in the marketplace, in the industry and within the communities we live in.”

The new logo – the first in 10 years – echoes a contemporary look and feel that appeals to this generation’s food producers. It evokes the radical evolution of the symbolic stem and leaves that used to stand out alone into what appears to be embraced and connected to the rest of the image. This signifies GrainPro’s link to its focus on sustainability and growth, and in earning the lifetime loyalty and trust of customers. The green tint mirrors its mission of developing solutions that are safe for consumers and the environment, while raising the quality of life of food producers and smallholder farmers, especially in developing parts of the world. The new typeface lends an elegant, modern, and cleaner appearance.

“Storing the Future” will stay as GrainPro’s tagline. Timeless and on-point, this reminds customers about the company’s ultimate mission, suggesting an optimistic and brighter tomorrow – without hunger –through innovation.

GrainPro’s web presence, marketing collateral, and official documents will begin carrying the new iconic brand. In fact, a team is currently working hard at redesigning the “new” GrainPro’s official website into a more visually-appealing and user-friendly experience, while carrying the new visual themes.

Please watch this video to see how GrainPro’s logo has evolved.

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WFP MALAWI SIGNS PARTNERSHIP TO PILOT HERMETIC GRAIN STORAGE

July 13th, 2017 by GrainProMarketing No comments »

GrainPro is among technology developers working closely with WFP to help achieve its global food security goals.

The World Food Program (WFP) is working with GrainPro® to pilot the use of Ultra Hermetic grain storage solutions in Malawi, according to the latest WFP Country Brief released on May 31, 2017. This pilot is in line with ongoing WFP efforts to break the cycle of food insecurity and poverty in the African country.

Malawi, a small and land-locked country in the sub-Saharan region of Africa, is facing critical food and nutrition security issues. The country’s population explosion – expanding by 3 percent each year – and recent drops in agricultural production leave most Malawians in poverty and without food.

GrainPro and its local representative, Chemicals and Marketing, will train at least 60 WFP-beneficiary farmer organizations in 15 districts in the use of hermetic bags as part of the Purchase for Progress (P4P) program. Additionally, GrainPro will also study the perceptions and demands of the farmers to the effectiveness of hermetic technology.

The training program will include the use of the GrainPro’s Ultra Hermetic™ SuperGrainBag® (SGB), a low-cost and reusable liner bag developed primarily for smallholder farmers. Made from multilayered and recyclable polyethylene with a proprietary barrier layer, the SGB ‘s has sufficiently low permeability to air and water to stop infestation and inhibit the growth of aflatoxin-producing molds.

P4P is an innovative food security initiative launched in 2008 by WFP that seeks to help smallholder farmers better cope with fluctuations in harvests and household food security by adapting technologies that will reduce postharvest losses. The program is funded with the help of the Flanders International Cooperation Agency, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, and the German Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

One of the goals of the program is to introduce new technologies to smallholder farmers. GrainPro is among technology developers working closely with WFP to help achieve its global food security goals. The training has commenced with series of workshops in Blantyre, Lilongwe and Mzuzu with farmers organization leaders, lead farmers extension officers and farmers stakeholders.

Women play a major role in food production and farming in Malawi.

 

A female farmer gets first-hand experience in using the GrainPro SuperGrainbag.

NEW SCIENTIFIC PAPER DISCUSSES AFLATOXIN CONTROL WITH SAFER POSTHARVEST PRACTICES

June 28th, 2017 by GrainProMarketing No comments »

In human beings, high aflatoxin levels depress the immune system, thereby contributing to many health problems ranging from cancer and susceptibility to HIV, to stunted growth among children. This led governments in Africa to band together to stop the spread of Aflatoxins in the continent. At an October 2016 meeting with the Partnership for Aflatoxin Control in Africa (PACA), Ugandan President, H.E. Yoweri Museveni called for a collective effort among African countries to address aflatoxin challenges.

However, improved postharvest handling remains the most overlooked component for effectively preventing aflatoxin growth. In hot, humid climates, long term conventional storage can cause exponential growth of aflatoxins. It shows that restricting the increase in aflatoxin levels during both drying and storage is a major challenge, particularly under hot and humid conditions.

An increasingly popular and inexpensive alternative method for controlling aflatoxin growth during multi-month storage is using flexible, Ultra Hermetic™ storage containers. This storage technology relies on creating a conditions that will control increase in aflatoxin levels through the bio generation of low oxygen levels. For the successful application of Ultra Hermetic storage as well as for other storage methods, crops must be adequately dried, typically to a point below their ―critical moisture level (in equilibrium with 65% relative humidity).

This paper examines the prevention of the exponential growth of aflatoxin occurring in multi-month, postharvest storage in tropical countries, with examples from field experience and scientific data. Four approaches to modern, safe, postharvest storage methods are described, the most successful being the use of flexible, Ultra Hermetic™ airtight structures creating an unbreathable atmosphere (low oxygen, high carbon dioxide) through insect and microorganism respiration alone, without use of chemicals, fumigants, vacuum, or refrigeration.

SCHOOL KIDS IN HONDURAS ARE BENEFITTING FROM HERMETIC STORAGE

June 15th, 2017 by GrainProMarketing No comments »

Bags of rice being loaded into a Cocoon.

Children in the village of Krausirpi in Honduras are benefitting from rice that was not treated with any harmful chemicals thanks to Ultra Hermetic™ and patented GrainPro® Cocoons™. The Cocoons were delivered on March 2017 and are currently protecting food crops against insects and fungal growth.

The United Nations’ World Food Programme partnered with GrainPro to store rice as part of a feeding program aimed at local school children. The Cocoons were delivered to the beautiful La Moskitia region – a large wetlands area in Honduras considered by many as the “Amazon” of Central America – using dugout canoes.

Preserving highly nutritious stocks of staple grains is a serious problem for the locals due to it’s location and the atmospheric conditions in the region. To safely preserve the shelf life and protect staple crops against infestation and fungal contamination, new storage methods – such as the Cocoon – are immediately needed to make an immediate impact.

The Cocoon is a hermetic storage container that comes in various capacities of 5MT to 1050MT. It is made from flexible polyvinyl chloride (PVC) with gastight and watertight properties to prevent the exchange of air and moisture. It effectively preserves and extends the shelf life of dried agricultural commodities using inert gases such as carbon dioxide to kill all insects. This means that the stored food crops won’t have any residues of harmful chemical fumigants.

The Cocoons were transported in canoes.

Scenic and pristine community.

A Cocoon storing bags of rice.

PACIFIC ISLAND EXPLORES SUN DRYING AND ULTRA HERMETIC™ STORAGE

June 8th, 2017 by GrainProMarketing No comments »

New Caledonia is getting much needed help to safely dry and store locally produced food crops as it attempts to invigorate the agricultural sector. Tom de Bruin, President of GrainPro® Philippines, recently visited the area to train government personnel in the use of innovative sun dryers and Ultra Hermetic™ storage solutions.

The island chain in the Pacific Ocean has big hopes of achieving food and agricultural independence. Called the “Heart of the Pacific”, this French territory is known for its rich deposits of nickel, which play a crucial role in the international nickel trade.

Despite its status as a major economy among the many island countries in the Pacific, it is very dependent on imports to feed an estimated population of 670,000. For example, rice, the staple food of the islands, is imported from Thailand and nearby Australia. An estimated 6000 tons of brown rice are imported each year with only one mill to process everything.

To turn things around, the French government assigned the Agence de Développement Economique de la Nouvelle-Calédonie (New Caledonia Economic Development Agency) or ADECAL to diversify the islands’ agricultural resources. ADECAL is currently developing the rice seed business to provide local farms with acclimatized rice seeds that fit the islands’ tropical climate.

GrainPro is working with ADECAL to test innovative postharvest solutions to safely dry and store rice seeds. Using Solar Bubble Dryers™, harvested seeds at 22 to 17 percent moisture content are dried down to a safe 12 percent. The seeds are then stored in SuperGrainbags® and Cocoons™ to ensure optimal storage conditions and good germination. New Caledonia is now planning to use the Cocoons to store consumption paddy in the next harvest season.

Food sufficiency is a common challenge among small island countries. Their isolation requires them to be self-sufficient, but the lack of resources make it difficult to achieve this. Whether grown locally or imported, dry agricultural commodities can rely on GrainPro’s line of Ultra Hermetic storage solutions and innovative sun dryers to safely preserve quality and quantity of seeds and dry agricultural commodities without using harmful chemical fumigants.

COMMITMENT TO QUALITY INSPIRES GRAINPRO® TQM STRATEGY

June 5th, 2017 by GrainProMarketing No comments »

Quality is extremely crucial in delivering satisfaction to customers and retaining their loyalty. This understanding is GrainPro’s® driving force in constantly improving its processes to ensure the delivery of top quality postharvest solutions, which led to the official implementation of its Total Quality Management (TQM) program on May 2, 2017 at its plant in Subic Bay, Philippines.

Having been in preparations since 2016, GrainPro’s TQM strategy will involve all the areas of production to check and evaluate all phases of the production process. By getting everyone involved and accountable, problems and defects will be immediately discovered and corrected before products reach completion. Additionally, employees will have a direct hand in improving processes that directly affect their work.

TQM aims to deliver customer satisfaction through a management approach that involves all members of an organization in the continual improvement of all processes, products, and services. It uses strategy, data, and effective communications to integrate the quality discipline into the culture and activities of the organization. This is an integrated, process-centered and fully involved strategy that pushes quality to create a quality-focused working culture within the organization.

Data on performance measures are necessary to determine how well an organization is performing. TQM encourages fact-based decision making among managers by constantly collecting and analyzing data to improve decision making accuracy.

“Collaboration plays an important role in achieving our TQM strategy,” says Hazel Valera, Supply Chain Manager, who was a driving force in embracing a culture focused on delivering quality. GrainPro has a longstanding commitment to quality and holds an ISO 9001:2008 certification since July 2008. The company is currently working on getting its ISO 9001:2015 certification. “We believe that this will transcend our operations, streamline and improve our process efficiency, and guarantee the timely and defects-free delivery of our products.”

FOR LILO FRUITS, QUALITY PRESERVATION A REALITY THROUGH HERMETIC BAGS

May 24th, 2017 by GrainProMarketing No comments »

LILO Fruits is not your typical fruit trading company. Based in Costa Rica, owners Kris Carvajal and Junior Quesada are passionate about employing innovative and improved ways to protect the quality of their organically-grown products. Their obsession gained the trust and confidence of their customers, both locally and abroad. One of the ways they safely preserve their coffee and turmeric, is by packing them in GrainPro® SuperGrainbags® (SGB) — an Ultra Hermetic™ liner with super low permeability to air and moisture.

The company grows organically different types of foodcrops at their Finca Lilo de Biolley, situated inside the largest rainforest park in Central America. The beautiful and lush location is perfect for growing various food crops that include various fruits-bearing trees such as lime, graviola, rambutan, banana, and coffee, and spices such as black pepper and their prized turmeric.

“LILO Fruits strives to inspire our buyers and our communities to lead an active, healthy lifestyle by offering simple and convenient options that are always fresh, safe and healthy,” explains Jennifer Long, a partner and spokesperson. Their commitment to their customers, farmers and the communities they belong to motivates them to utilize bio-intensive, bio-dynamic and permaculture techniques to ensure that they have the best, healthiest, cleanest, and the freshest offerings.

However, protecting their organically-grown commodities against insects and fungal growth is a major cause of concern. This is when LILO Fruits began using SGBs.

Other similar companies would’ve resorted to chemical fumigation. A common problem among companies that promote organically-grown commodities is that they employ inorganic measures along their production processes. Chemicals tend to kill adult insects, but leave eggs to develop and do damage later. Additionally, chemical residues are left on the commodities, which are eventually ingested by consumers. These are some of the reasons why international regulations are implementing tighter policies on the use of chemical fumigants on food crops.

The SuperGrainbag is just one of many Ultra Hermetic solutions developed by GrainPro. It’s an affordable liner bag designed to protect dried agricultural commodities against infestation and mold growth, while preserving freshness and aromatic qualities for more than a year. What’s more is that using the SGB can kill all insects, including their eggs, without chemical fumigation.

“We’ve had positive results from using the GrainPro bags (SGB) in shipping roasted coffee and powdered turmeric,” says Long. She described that they store the commodities in double layered SGBs for added protection. “I am happy that the bags organically control insects without any chemical residues. GrainPro truly pleases us!”

The combination of the quality of their products’ and their handling make them stand out in the market. They have big plans ahead, too. Organic medicinal food products made of raw materials grown from the region are already in the works.

It’s all about quality. Through Ultra Hermetic storage, LILO Fruits has a sustainable way to safely preserve quality without putting in chemicals that could harm those they serve their products to. The future is looking bright for LILO Fruits.