Food and feed processing for developing markets –
a new approach

A British group with extensive experience in food and feed has moved closer to African customers with the creation of the new style technology consortium called extrusion-cooking.com, a specialist commercial group dedicated to improvement of food and feed production in less-developed areas.
UK company MJS International specialises in extr A British group with extensive experience in food and feed has moved closer to African customers with the creation of the new style technology consortium called extrusion-cooking.com, a specialist commercial group dedicated to improvement of food and feed production in less-developed areas.
UK company MJS International specialises in extrusion and other processing equipment. The company also offers project design and technical services. With almost 30 years’ experience in international agribusiness, MJS activities and core technologies already focus strongly on Africa and the Commonwealth countries.
According to Mike Strong, executive director of MJS, “neither globalization nor so-called free trade has altered the predominant supply pattern whereby ‘First World’ manufacturers export expensive Western-style technologies into less-developed areas. We strongly believe that changing this can reduce business start-up costs for our customers and open up new local development opportunities.”
Extrusion-cooking.com aims at the promotion of affordable processing solutions and appropriate technologies, utilising African design and development whenever possible.
The group comprises a number of equipment manufacturing companies, each experienced in a particular area of food, feed or related processing technology. Most are located within Africa; each member contributes a unique set of processing solutions, developed over years of manufacturing and service activity in African markets.
Complementary technologies cover a wide range of processing options:-

  • Extrusion-cooking for snacks, food and animal feed products
  • Oilseed treatment, including extrusion, expelling, filtration & small-scale refining
  • Materials cleaning, grinding, conveying and storage
  • Mixing and cooling
  • Feed pelleting
    The consortium offers single stand-alone processing machines, complete production lines and purpose-designed “turnkey” plants, according to customer requirements.
    Diversity of skills and a low-cost manufacturing base are the group’s key strengths. Contracting and marketing functions are co-ordinated by MJS capitalizing on that company’s established reputation and trading relationships. Says Strong: “We are conscious that lower pricing must not compromise quality or our hard-earned reputation for exceptional customer service.”
    Supplies are quoted in South African Rand (ZAR), US Dollars (USD) or Sterling Pounds (GBP), whichever is most suitable for the buyer.
    Prices start at about $42,000 for a fully-equipped 500-900 kg/hr extrusion unit (including spare parts); there are variations depending on the choice of end-products. For oil press equipment, pricing is somewhat lower. In every case, whether for a stand-alone machine or a complete plant, technical support personnel are available to assist with installation, commissioning and local staff training.
    Low Cost Extrusion (LCE) from extrusion-cooking.com is a relatively simple process, easy to operate and maintain. Most equipment is modular. It is easily installed with minimal infrastructure, relatively low investment and start-up costs but can be upgraded or expanded as the business grows and markets develop.
    LCE encompasses several different types of extrusion and MJS/extrusion-cooking.com can advise on the most appropriate, cost-effective level of technology.
    Extrusion processing can transform traditional cereals such as maize, sorghum and millet into highly palatable processed food products. Indigenous ingredients can be combined at the processing stage to create innovative and nourishing food products that meet traditional taste requirements. For instance, extruded maize, sorghum and millet can be “instantized”, with significantly reduced preparation time compared with traditional fermented drinks.
    Another type of extruder can produce high-quality snack foods. Specialised supplementary equipment may be needed for particular varieties of snacks. Extrusion-cooking.com offers snack food equipment at prices starting from $25,000 for a complete, stainless steel production line.
    Extrusion technology is widely used to make animal feeds and pet foods. The ability of the process to handle a huge variety of local raw materials and products offers security to would-be investors. The processing package is tailored to a customer’s individual product and capacity requirements, so prices vary accordingly.
    Extrusion-cooking.com always quotes delivered prices and there are “no hidden extras”, according to Strong.
    Technical advice is available by telephone, fax or e-mail. This organisation’s rapid customer response sets a standard which few would-be competitors can follow.
    MJS International Ltd: Tel +44 1285 851060; fax +44 1285 851070; info@mjsinternational.com
    www.extrusion-cooking.com