Salalah Mills Company SAOG announced the purchase of 100,000 metric tonnes of milling wheat of Russian origin through two international wheat tenders in which 12 international companies had participated. According to company sources, the first cargo of 40,000mt of wheat will be shipped in the months of July and August, while the second cargo, carrying rest of the wheat will be shipped in the month of September. The total contracted purchase of wheat by Salalah Mills since the beginning of the current year reached 265,000 metric tonnes. The company sources stated that the total sales quantity of the company had increased by 30.7 per cent during the first quarter of the current year compared to the first quarter of the year 2013.
The total sales quantity in local market reached 74.5 per cent of the total sales, while the total sales value during the first quarter of 2014 was about RO 15 million, showing an increase of 22.67 per cent compared to the same quarter of 2013. Salalah Mills recently expanded its wheat storage capacity with the setting up of 12 steel silos with grain capacity of 120,000mt. Based in Raysut Industrial Estate, the company’s main products are bread flour, baking flour, chakki atta, jareesh, harees, semolina, barley, wheat, barley and bran mix, wheat bran and feed flour. It has distinction of producing premium quality wheat products in Oman and exporting to Africa and other international markets.
Early last year the company had signed two contracts worth RO 2.2 million, one with an Italian company to supply steel silos and another with Swiss company Buhler AG to supply handling and control equipment and machinery for the silos project, which enhances the company’s capacity to meet the production requirement of 1,500mt per day. With the completion silos project, the total storage capacity of the company has been raised to 160,000mt which will meet 4 months’ production requirement of the company. “Salalah Mills’ Quality Assurance Department (QAD) is well equipped with modern equipment to ascertain the quality of raw material and finished products. Incoming raw materials are carefully inspected, analysed and stored separately as per category,” the company sources said.
The premium quality wheat used as raw material for milling or production is procured from Australia, Russia, Europe, Canada etc, while state-of-the-art technology is used in the manufacturing process. The plant is installed by Buhler (Switzerland), a leader in flour mill. - By Kaushalendra Singh© Copyright - Oman Daily Observer