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Darling Acquires Grease Collection Business

Darling International, Inc., the largest publically traded U.S. food processing by-products recycling company, has completed its acquisition of all the assets of API Recycling’s used cooking oil collection business. API Recycling is a division of American Proteins, Inc., with three facilities in Georgia that service surrounding states.

“These modern facilities will help us continue our strategy of broadening our national footprint in the restaurant services segment,” said Randall Stuewe, Darling’s chairman and chief executive officer.

American Proteins has operated API Recycling for eight years. Finding it more difficult to compete with larger companies on a national level, Stan Gudenkauf, vice president of sales and marketing at American Proteins, said the company is focusing on its core business, which is providing rendering services for the growing poultry and pet food industry.

Rendering to be Included in Poultry Show

With the close relationship of the rendering and poultry industries in mind, the National Renderers Association (NRA) will have a presence at the 2009 International Poultry Expo (IPE) and International Feed Expo (IFE).

The American Feed Industry Association’s IFE, the largest animal feed and ingredient show in the world, has co-located with IPE for three years. The 2009 IPE/IFE will take place January 28-30, 2009, at the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta, GA.

The NRA will join both shows in January by co-sponsoring the Animal Agriculture Environmental Sustainability Summit January 27-28, 2009, and have a centrally located booth in C-Hall to promote the rendering industry. The objective of this historic partnership is to increase cross-over with the IPE/IFE, and the U.S. Poultry and Egg Association’s and NRA’s technical and educational programs. U.S. Poultry President John Starkey and NRA President Tom Cook are discussing areas where future mutual cooperation can improve opportunities for both organizations.

For more information about the 2009 IPE/IFE, go to

Research Scholarship in Memory of Champion

A new research scholarship is being launched at Harper Adams University College in the United Kingdom in memory of the late Paul Foxcroft, a tireless champion of the animal by-products industry, who passed away in November 2007.

The Paul Foxcroft Research Scholarship will be awarded to a researcher conducting innovative research in the field of livestock production, in particular maximizing the utilization of animal by-products. The scholarship will be available to master of philosophy or PhD students in the Animals Group at the college. The Paul Foxcroft Research Scholarship Committee will make a recommendation to Harper Adams University College, which will make the final decision.

The committee includes Stephen Woodgate, Beacon Research; Carwyn A. Ellis, head of the Animals Group at Harper Adams; and Bob Bansack, Red Meat Industry Forum director.

“Paul was a remarkable man, both as a personal friend and as a great colleague,” said Woodgate. “I hope that this scholarship in Paul’s memory will help us to remember him for many years to come.”

“The opportunity to develop the research skills of a young applied scientist in this area will be a worthy legacy to Paul’s memory for years to come,” Ellis added.

Foxcroft worked for Prosper de Mulder for more than 25 years and was instrumental in its development as a modern, dynamic company that has used research and innovation as the cornerstone of its success. Prosper de Mulder has made a significant contribution to start building the scholarship fund.

Harper Adams University College is an independent institution founded in 1901 and is the premier provider of higher education to the rural sector within the United Kingdom. It has its own research degree awarding powers and had developed a reputation for applied research funded by the industry.

Sanimax Buys Companies

Sanimax, a leading North American food processing by-products recycling company that creates environmentally responsible solutions for the agri-food industry and renewable energy market, has completed the acquisitions of Kendallville Fertilizer, US Proteins, Environmental Bio-Fuels, and A&A Grease.

“The completion of this acquisition represents a significant step for Sanimax in our strategy to accelerate growth in our core rendering and restaurant services business,” said Michael Langenhorst, president and chief executive officer of Sanimax. “The alliance provides a stronger footprint for Sanimax in the Michigan and Indiana market and reinforces our commitment to continue to grow in the industry and re-invest in the company to deliver added value for our customers.”

U.S. Poultry Produces Driver Awareness DVD

A new fleet safety training DVD has been produced by the Poultry and Egg Institute of the U.S. Poultry and Egg Association. The driver training program is entitled “Single Vehicle Rollovers – Driver Awareness Program,” and focuses on the major factors that can increase the chance and frequency of rollover accidents. It examines the three likely causes: high centers of gravity, road and weather conditions, and driver behavior.

The DVD training program is designed to increase understanding of rollover accidents – what causes them and how they can be prevented. It depicts actual situations and realistic animation to enhance the awareness of drivers and supervisors, leading to safer fleet operations.

“The DVD was produced with the input of our advisory committee of industry safety professionals and trucking specialists,” according to Paul Pressley, vice president of the Poultry and Egg Institute. The DVD is 20 minutes in length and is available at no cost to members of the U.S. Poultry and Egg Association. Non-members may purchase the training DVD for $200.

Webcast Focuses on Exporting

The American Feed Industry Association (AFIA) will present a webcast on November 13, 2008, entitled “From Your Floor to Their Door – Understanding the Trade Maze.” This educational presentation on exporting procedures will feature Dr. Joyce Bowling, assistant director of the National Center for Import and Export (NCIE) of the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service. Bowling’s team represents the United States when negotiating trade requirements with other countries for animal products, such as feeds, feed ingredients, and pet food.

Designed to help exporters better understand the process of exporting, the webcast will focus on the responsibility of animal product exporters, explain who to contact within NCIE with questions related to health certificates and facility inspections, and provide receiving-country requirements, including important updates on current trade requirements with Canada, Mexico, and China.

Questions may be submitted by participants before, during, or after the webcast. Following the broadcast, each participant will be sent a copy of the webcast in compact disc format.

Registration fees for AFIA members are $275 per person; non-members $550. The deadline for registration is November 11, 2008. Questions can be directed to Veronica Pedrotty at For online registration, see the events link at

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