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Poultry experts from NOVUS are sharing the latest research in trace minerals, footpad health, and carcass quality at the International Production and Processing Expo (IPPE), taking place from 30 January to 1 February 2024 in Atlanta, Georgia

Marel introduces automation in the packing of chicken tenders – a process usually performed manually – with the launch of the new RoboBatcher 

Featuring a new gripper, the new RoboBatcher Flex for tenders outperforms manual operation by speeding up the process, minimising giveaway and achieving state-of-the-art styling results, thereby saving several workers per shift on this monotonous packing job. Besides reducing the need for labor, the robot also improves hygiene and food safety since fewer people are handling and touching the meat. If required, the dedicated tender gripper on the robot arm can be changed over in a couple of minutes to batch and pack fillets, legs or drumsticks.

In addition, Marel has also developed a fourth gripper, especially for tenders, which features state-of-the-art technology, resulting in the precise, careful handling of tenders. The gripper works by picking up the tender and descending into the tray, which moves along with the belt to achieve a perfect styling.

The RoboBatcher Flex for tenders operates at high speeds, with acceleration forces reach up to 10G. The gripper is also easier to clean, and features several 3D-printed parts that require fewer bolted joints, thus making it lighter and able to move faster.

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Evonik China Co., Ltd and Shandong Vland Biotech Co., Ltd, have mutually agreed to build a joint venture to expand their presence in farm animal gut health solutions products globally

The joint venture which will be headquartered in Binzhou, China, will combine the specific strengths of both partners and is planned to enter the market in Q1/2024. Besides benefitting from Vlands market access, regulatory capabilities in China as well as its fast innovation cycles, the joint venture will also benefit from Evonik’s global sales force and market access, R&D and global regulatory capabilities.

Both partners will bring their gut health businesses – such as probiotics and formulated products – into the joint venture to cover the Greater China Region, which accounts for more than 20% of the global feed additives market.

“This joint venture combines the strengths of two successful players in the feed additives business and provides a solid platform for future growth,” said head of Evonik’s Animal Nutrition business line, Gaetano Blanda. “Together, both partners gain broader market access for their products and combine their innovative strength.” 

Chairman and president of the Vland Group, Arron Chen also expressed his delight to join forces with Evonik, stating that the two companies were now taking their successful cooperation to a new level. 

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