Expert Topic: Chinese River Crab- International Aquafeed, November 2020

In my final Expert Topic for International Aquafeed, I discuss the Chinese river crab, commonly known as the Mitten crab. Farmed primarily in the East, this crustacean is a relatively new addition to the aquaculture industry, but growing to be remarkably popular. https://issuu.com/international_aquafeed/docs/iaf2011_w1/54

Nor-Fishing Digital- International Aquafeed, October 2020

On August 18-20th, 2020, Nor-Fishing 2020 took to the digital stage. Nor-Fishing, established and hosted by the Nor-Fishing Foundation, is one of the largest aquaculture and marine fishing exhibitions in the world, held bi-annually in Trondheim, Norway. As a result of COVID-19, the event took place exclusively online, but still showcased a variety of innovations… Continue reading Nor-Fishing Digital- International Aquafeed, October 2020

Expert Topic: Silver Carp- International Aquafeed, September 2020

My monthly Expert Topic column explores the Silver carp in September 2020. Considered an invasive species, Silver carp can now be found in over 88 countries world-wide and, as a result, have become an especially popular farmed fish within the aquaculture industry. https://issuu.com/international_aquafeed/docs/iaf2009_w1/52

Maintaining Hygienic Conditions in Grain Silos- Milling and Grain magazine, October 2020

Hygiene and sanitisation are buzz words in our current pandemic situation, but these terms have always been of utmost importance within the food industry. Silos used to store raw materials for both food and feed must be maintained to strict standards, to ensure that the population is fed safe and secure food. In this article,… Continue reading Maintaining Hygienic Conditions in Grain Silos- Milling and Grain magazine, October 2020

Expert Topic: Giant Tiger Prawn- International Aquafeed magazine, July 2020

The Expert Topic in International Aquafeed's July issue focussed upon the Giant tiger prawn, a popular prawn in the fish farming sector that is known for its resilient nature and adaptability to a variety of climates and conditions. In this article I touch upon optimal feeding solutions for Giant tiger prawns, how to distinguish them… Continue reading Expert Topic: Giant Tiger Prawn- International Aquafeed magazine, July 2020

The Aqua Feed Extrusion Conference 2020: Going Digital

In March 2019 I organised and hosted the Aqua Feed Extrusion Conference 2019 at VIV Asia in Bangkok, Thailand. The conference, a joint co-operation between International Aquafeed magazine and Texas A&M University, was a great success and featured eight expert speakers discussing how to optimise your feed processing solutions. The 2019 rendition of the Aqua… Continue reading The Aqua Feed Extrusion Conference 2020: Going Digital

Commodities Report- Milling and Grain magazine, September 2020

Raw material prices have been, unsurprisingly, subject to much uncertainty, following the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic spreading across the globe. Times are especially challenging for producers, and extreme weather conditions have also provided additional difficulties for much of the US and Europe. In this report, I examine the current state of the raw materials market in… Continue reading Commodities Report- Milling and Grain magazine, September 2020

Agriculture in Japan- Milling and Grain magazine, August 2020

Japan is a country that has always intrigued me and been a place I hope to visit, and I regularly commission content for Milling and Grain magazine from Japanese milling solution providers. In this article, I chose to explore Japan's rich agricultural history in more depth, focussing not just upon rice, but also their extensive… Continue reading Agriculture in Japan- Milling and Grain magazine, August 2020

Expert Topic: Cormorant- International Aquafeed magazine, August 2020

In International Aquafeed's August 2020 issue we renewed our focus upon predators in aquaculture, discussing the cormorant and applicable bird deterrent procedures. Many species of birds can prove troublesome for fish farms, but the cormorant is one of the better-known examples of a problematic species. https://issuu.com/international_aquafeed/docs/iaf2008_w1/52

Antibiotic Reduction in the Poultry Industry- Milling and Grain magazine, August 2020

Many industries have witnessed a growth in webinars and online seminars, as a response to COVID-19, and the feed sector is no exception. Over the past few months I have attended (and hosted) a variety of webinars, seminars and exhibitions on a myriad of digital platforms. One particularly interesting webinar I attended back in April… Continue reading Antibiotic Reduction in the Poultry Industry- Milling and Grain magazine, August 2020

Sea Feed: Revolutionising Feed Technology- International Aquafeed, May 2020

In International Aquafeed's May edition, I explore the Sea Feed range of solutions, offered by Scottish fish farming experts Gael Force Group. Whilst I have covered Gael Force Group's technological solutions in the past, this time I explore their solutions for fish feed management, including their Sea Feed Pellet Detection Software, which provides users with… Continue reading Sea Feed: Revolutionising Feed Technology- International Aquafeed, May 2020

Expert Topic: Lemon Shark- International Aquafeed magazine, June 2020

In the second article for International Aquafeed's Predator series, I take a look at the Lemon shark, a species of shark which has a particular fondness for crustaceans, bony fish and shrimp. This species of shark can be found in the South-eastern Atlantic and Western Atlantic Ocean and can prove troublesome for fish farms in… Continue reading Expert Topic: Lemon Shark- International Aquafeed magazine, June 2020

Attending the IGC Grains Conference 2020

On June 10th, 2020 I attended the IGC Grains Conference, an internationally-recognised event for the raw materials and commodities industry that features experts discussing the forecast for the upcoming harvest year as well as various challenges the year may bring. The event is formally hosted by the International Grains Council, based in London UK. Milling… Continue reading Attending the IGC Grains Conference 2020

GRAPAS 2020: Exploring the Innovations

As some may have seen in my previous post about the GRAPAS Innovations Awards, we received nine brilliant entries into the 2020 awards! The GRAPAS Innovations Awards are a yearly celebration of new milling technologies, organised by Milling and Grain magazine and hosted by VICTAM International at their annual trade exhibition. In 2019, I was… Continue reading GRAPAS 2020: Exploring the Innovations

Friends of the Wilson- Summer 2020

As a change from my usual B2B writing, I also carry out work with The Wilson Art Gallery and Museum as Content Editor for their regular Friends of The Wilson newsletters. The Wilson is a well-recognised and prestigious museum based in Cheltenham, UK. What might initially seem like a relatively humble building not far from… Continue reading Friends of the Wilson- Summer 2020

Expert Topic: Tuna – International Aquafeed magazine, May 2020

In International Aquafeed's May edition I delved into one of the more recognised fish within the aquaculture industry: tuna. Despite their popularity, tuna farming is, in actuality, quite a tricky business as tuna are such a large size when compared to many other species of farmed fish. In the below article I explore where and… Continue reading Expert Topic: Tuna – International Aquafeed magazine, May 2020

A Discussion with GODAN- Milling and Grain magazine, June 2020

COVID-19 has caused such unprecedented changes in the world and one of the most vital questions we must ask is how safe are our resources we as a species rely on? Can we ensure a stable food supply whilst this crisis continues to dominate our everyday lives? In May 2020, I was lucky to speak… Continue reading A Discussion with GODAN- Milling and Grain magazine, June 2020

Showtime magazine- Autumn 2019

The VICTAM Foundation, who host the annual feed exhibition ‘VICTAM International’ produce their own quarterly magazine entitled ‘Showtime’. This magazine serves as a informative guide to the various projects and news that companies participating in VICTAM exhibitions are doing at the moment, as well as serving as a source of information in regard to the state… Continue reading Showtime magazine- Autumn 2019

Securing the Future of Feed – Milling and Grain magazine, May 2020

In Milling and Grain's May 2020 issue I worked on a joint collaboration with animal feed experts Novus International- Novus are renowned in the animal feed industry for their innovative solutions to optimise animal health in a sustainable way. Earlier in January, Novus attended the International Poultry Processing Expo (IPPE) and several of their scientists… Continue reading Securing the Future of Feed – Milling and Grain magazine, May 2020

Expert topic: Seals – International Aquafeed magazine, April 2020

In a slight twist, International Aquafeed's April 2020 issue features an expert topic about a predator to the aquaculture industry: seals. The expert topic range of articles in International Aquafeed typically discuss farmed species, providing some information regarding their preferred diet, habitat, farming techniques and so on. Here, I instead opted to explore one of… Continue reading Expert topic: Seals – International Aquafeed magazine, April 2020

The Future of Feed Ingredients – Milling and Grain, April 2020

In both Milling and Grain and International Aquafeed magazine's April 2020 issues I examine recent studies concerning the future of the feed ingredients industry and the outlook for the sector over the next ten years. As scientific innovations proceed so rapidly, the feed ingredients sector is one that can be exposed to a great deal… Continue reading The Future of Feed Ingredients – Milling and Grain, April 2020

Preventing and Treating Sea Lice Infestations- International Aquafeed, April 2020

In International Aquafeed's April 2020 issue I discussed the plague on the aquaculture industry that is known as sea lice. Sea lice infestations are a common occurrence on fish farms and it is vital that farmers understand the negative effects they can have on both the fish and their profitability. https://issuu.com/international_aquafeed/docs/iaf2004_w1/38

Aqua Feed Extrusion Conference Series 2020

One of the key benefits of my organising conferences as part of my work for Milling and Grain and International Aquafeed magazines is that I can spend an extended amount of time working with clients who, as a result, are often more obliging and happy to produce articles for us because we have a stronger… Continue reading Aqua Feed Extrusion Conference Series 2020

Expert Topic: Grass Carp- International Aquafeed, March 2020

My species focus for International Aquafeed's March issue was the Grass carp, a very popular farmed fish that can be found throughout the world. Thanks to the many flexible ways you can eat this fish, it has been cemented as one of the most widely farmed species in the aquaculture industry. https://issuu.com/international_aquafeed/docs/iaf2003_w1/38

Showtime magazine- Spring 2019

The VICTAM Foundation, who host the annual feed exhibition 'VICTAM International' produce their own quarterly magazine entitled 'Showtime'. This magazine serves as a informative guide to the various projects and news that companies participating in VICTAM exhibitions are doing at the moment, as well as serving as a source of information in regard to the… Continue reading Showtime magazine- Spring 2019

All Extruded magazine

As well as producing editorial for Milling and Grain magazine and International Aquafeed magazine as part of my role as Features Editor for Perendale Publishers Ltd, I also provide editorial for our quarterly magazine published by our Latin American office: All Extruded. All Extruded magazine is a publication that closely relates to Milling and Grain… Continue reading All Extruded magazine

Expert Topic: Banana Shrimp, International Aquafeed magazine, January 2020

As soon as I heard that the humble banana shrimp was a thing, I simply had to write about it. And International Aquafeed's Expert Topic section is always the best excuse for me to write about the weird and wonderful farmable fish of the world. https://issuu.com/international_aquafeed/docs/iaf2001_w1/46

How is COVID-19 Affecting the Otaku Industry?

We are all aware of the ongoing threat the coronavirus is posing worldwide. The virus, which was only earlier this week officially classed as a pandemic by the World Health Organisation (WHO) has now gripped people with fear as the world seems poised to go into lockdown. Along with fears for basic human safety, COVID-19… Continue reading How is COVID-19 Affecting the Otaku Industry?

The 28th International Milling Directory

Earlier this year, Perendale Publishers released the 28th edition of the International Milling Directory, our comprehensive guide to companies involved in all aspects of the feed and food production process. This 300+ page behemoth has dedicated sections for feed milling, food nutrition, feed ingredients, conveying and handling, consultancy services and storage solutions. https://issuu.com/international_milling_dir/docs/a-z_28 Last year,… Continue reading The 28th International Milling Directory

Exploring AquaFarm 2020

I recently returned to Pordenone, Italy, for the fourth rendition of AquaFarm, the premier European event for the aquaculture sector. You can read my report on the event here. For now, please enjoy this selection of photographs from the exhibition! Products on show at the exhibition ranged from fishing equipment, netting, algae management systems and… Continue reading Exploring AquaFarm 2020

Returning to AquaFarm 2020 in Pordenone, Italy

In February 2020 I returned to the lovely town of Pordenone in Italy for the fourth edition of AquaFarm, the premiere aquaculture exhibition for the Mediterranean region. In my 2019 report, I highlighted how AquaFarm was an especially strong exhibition for the local feed industry and, this year, I was pleased to see that the… Continue reading Returning to AquaFarm 2020 in Pordenone, Italy

I Join the Legion of Fire Emblem Devotees

I recently finished playing the latest game in the tactical JRPG powerhouse series Fire Emblem and, genuinely, went through a whirlwind of emotions. The game consists of two parts, split by a five-year time skip, as is the usual format followed by each and every Fire Emblem game. In the first half of the game… Continue reading I Join the Legion of Fire Emblem Devotees

Visiting Nuh’Un Ankara Makarnasi- Milling and Grain, May 2019

As I have mentioned before on here, several of my colleagues undertake a great deal of travelling, which means they are able to gather brilliant information for potential stories our magazines, but also struggle to find the time to compose anything! This is where I come in, and often work directly with them using their… Continue reading Visiting Nuh’Un Ankara Makarnasi- Milling and Grain, May 2019

Why Hana Yori Dango has vanished from the shoujo scene

In the world of anime and manga, anything produced up until the late 90s is considered pretty old-school and retro now, simply because of how new the anime and manga industry technically is. If one thinks back to the first real manga series, we might typically think of Astro Boy from the 1960s, but there… Continue reading Why Hana Yori Dango has vanished from the shoujo scene

Our GRAPAS 2020 Applicants: Milling and Grain magazine, March 2020

Following the great success of the GRAPAS Innovations Awards and Conference 2019, Milling and Grain are now in the midst of preparing for the GRAPAS Innovations Conference at VICTAM Animal Health and Nutrition Asia in Bangkok, Thailand on March 24th. After months of organising, marketing and promotion I have been very happy to receive nine… Continue reading Our GRAPAS 2020 Applicants: Milling and Grain magazine, March 2020

Global Market Insights Study Suggests Rapid Growth for Feed Market in 2020s- Milling and Grain magazine, January 2020

In Milling and Grain's first issue of 2020 my article made the front cover, discussing a study recently conducted by Global Market Insights regarding the future of feed enzymes in the new decade. The feed enzyme market is estimated to see a significant increase in this new decade, the market exceeding US $860m by 2024!… Continue reading Global Market Insights Study Suggests Rapid Growth for Feed Market in 2020s- Milling and Grain magazine, January 2020

5) The Transformation of Gothic Libertinism: From Romanticism, Victorianism and Post-Millennial Fiction- Conclusion

'He was supposed to preserve his own life by helping his neighbour to flourish. But the philosopher does not accept such fanciful relationships. Having regard for himself alone in the world, he looks after his own interests in all things. […] He is no longer afraid to make everything serve him, to possess all that… Continue reading 5) The Transformation of Gothic Libertinism: From Romanticism, Victorianism and Post-Millennial Fiction- Conclusion

Visiting Satake Europe, UK

In May 2019, myself and Perendale Publishers' Group President were given the opportunity to visit the head offices and manufacturing facility for Satake Europe, based in Stockport, UK. We were given this chance as part of a meeting held by the North of England Flour Millers Association. The North of England Flour Millers serve as… Continue reading Visiting Satake Europe, UK

SeaQurePen- International Aquafeed magazine, January 2020

One of the regular companies we work with in International Aquafeed is the Scottish farming technology company Gael Force Group. Gael Force provide a variety of solutions for the commercial and leisure fishing industries. In this article I worked directly with Gael Force Group to discuss their latest innovation: the SeaQurePen. https://issuu.com/international_aquafeed/docs/iaf2001_w1/38

4) The Transformation of Gothic Libertinism: From Romanticism, Victorianism and Post-Millennial Fiction- Chapter Three: The Twilight Saga

‘You try very hard to make up for something that was never your fault […] you didn’t choose this kind of life, and yet you have to work so hard to be good.’[1] As the Victorian period came to an end and the twentieth century began, Gothic literature began to undergo another transformation. With civilisation… Continue reading 4) The Transformation of Gothic Libertinism: From Romanticism, Victorianism and Post-Millennial Fiction- Chapter Three: The Twilight Saga

Will 2020 be the year for Digimon?

I’ve spoken before on here about how Pokémon fans seem to finally have had enough, and the franchise is beginning to lose its ability to churn out repetitive and arguably-mediocre products which still continue to be mindlessly gobbled up by the hordes of fans out there. With the introduction of the Nintendo Switch and its… Continue reading Will 2020 be the year for Digimon?

3) The Transformation of Gothic Libertinism: From Romanticism, Victorianism and Post-Millennial Fiction- Chapter Two: Carmilla

The vampire is prone to be fascinated with an engrossing vehemence, resembling the passion of love […] it will never desist until it has satiated its passion and drained the very life of its coveted victim.[1] The Victorian era saw a drastic shift in the representation of the libertine within Gothic literature. As Gothic horror… Continue reading 3) The Transformation of Gothic Libertinism: From Romanticism, Victorianism and Post-Millennial Fiction- Chapter Two: Carmilla

Visiting The Mills Archive, UK

On December 7th, 2019 Milling and Grain magazine visited The Mills Archive in Reading, UK. We work extensively with The Mills Archive and have done so for many years. Every month I commission regular columns from their trustee, Mildred Cookson, for Milling and Grain magazine. Mrs Cookson specialises in historical columns about British milling and… Continue reading Visiting The Mills Archive, UK

2) The Transformation of Gothic Libertinism: From Romanticism, Victorianism and Post-Millennial Fiction- Chapter One: Zofloya, or the Moor

‘Few venture far as thou hast ventured in the alarming paths of sin.’[1] Charlotte Dacre occupied a unique position within the Gothic canon, as one of the few female writers who engaged in publishing such explicit ‘unabashedly libidinous’ and overtly libertine novels.[2] Angela Carter notes that, prior to writers such as Dacre, the libertine genre… Continue reading 2) The Transformation of Gothic Libertinism: From Romanticism, Victorianism and Post-Millennial Fiction- Chapter One: Zofloya, or the Moor

Krill: The Ocean’s Answer to Sustainability- International Aquafeed magazine, January 2020

I was very happy to find that my article discussing krill feed for aquatic species made the front cover in International Aquafeed's January 2020 issue! I worked on this article with Norwegian krill experts, Aker BioMarine, who I have built a close relationship with following their participation in our Aquatic Asia Conference 2019 I organised… Continue reading Krill: The Ocean’s Answer to Sustainability- International Aquafeed magazine, January 2020

1) The Transformation of Gothic Libertinism: From Romanticism, Victorianism and Post-Millennial Fiction- Introduction

Ever since I first read the works of Angela Carter in college and found out about the infamous Marquis De Sade, I was immediately entranced by his incredibly terrifying stories of lust, depravity and sin. While I was studying my MA in Gothic Literature at the University of Sheffield, UK, I was admittedly struggling to… Continue reading 1) The Transformation of Gothic Libertinism: From Romanticism, Victorianism and Post-Millennial Fiction- Introduction