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Al-Hasad: The Jordanian Maize Mill

13 July 20206 min reading
Mariam Al-Hazaa Communications Coordinator Al Hazaa Investment Group

“The project of Al-Hasad Mill including its silos and other outbuildings and facilities cost 14 million USD and took two years to complete. The mill has today a total production capacity of 200 ton/ day. Being the only maize mill in Jordan made Al-Hasad Mill an important supplier of raw materials, including maize grits and maize flour, for many chip factories in the country. Al-Hasad Mill supplies its products to large producers like Mr. Chips, Jordina, Hala Chips and other well-known brands in Jordan and the region.”

Al-Hasad maize mill, which is the only maize mill in Jordan, was established in 2016 at first only as storage silos for its holding company Al-Hazaa Investment Group in Dabaa area in Jordan. The mill’s activities were initially confined to grain storage and grain trading through its eight storage silos that were supplied by the Brazilian company Kepler Weber, with a total storage capacity of 60,000 tons. Later Al-Hazaa Investment Group decided to expand Al-Hasad mill’s activeness and build a yellow corn mill to include the production of maize goods in order to meet the needs and continuous changes of the Jordanian market.

It is worth mentioning that Al-Hazaa Investment Group opened for business in the early 1940s with one flour mill in Iraq, since then the group strived to build strong foundations and relationships in major markets, the group’s history in the field of food production exceeds 70 years. The company now works across the Middle East in Jordan, Iraq, Egypt, the United Arab Emirates and Cyprus in various sectors and industries ranging from grain milling, storage and trading, pasta and noodles production, animal feed and plastic industry to energy engineering.

The project of Al-Hasad Mill including its silos and other outbuildings and facilities cost 14 million USD and took two years to complete. The mill has today a total production capacity of 200 ton/ day. This is the result of the distinctive efforts of Al-Hazaa Investment Group and its responsible management represented by its CEO, Mr. Jamal Al-Hazaa, who is continuously shouldering the success of the group. Sustainability and environmental responsibility are the core of our group and therefore all our project in Jordan including Al-Hasad mill are eco-friendly, operating with 100% clean energy that is generated from Al-Hazaa Group’s solar power plant, Al-Hazaa Company for Renewable Energy is the biggest, private-use solar power plant in Jordan.

Being the only maize mill in Jordan made Al-Hasad Mill an important supplier of raw materials, including maize grits and maize flour, for many chip factories in the country instead of importing them from Turkey and Europe. Al-Hasad Mill supplies its products to large producers like Mr. Chips, Jordina, Hala Chips and other well-known brands in Jordan and the region.

Products of Al-Hasad Mill include fine maize grits (108), coarse maize grits (101), gluten-free corn flour, corn germ and corn bran, the mill’s extraction rate is 75% for flour, fine and coarse maize grits while the rest 25% is divided between corn germ (7%) and corn bran (18%). Another important market for Al-Hasad Mill is the significant increase in consumption of gluten-free products in Jordan and the region, which led to an increased demand especially for the mill’s corn flour and corn germ. The outstanding products of Al-Hasad Mill are an inevitable outcome, as the company doesn’t only put immense efforts on its quality control department but also uses the best raw materials from excellent origins and operates the latest, most advanced technology in the field of grain milling. Accuracy and quality are highly sought-after at all facilities owned by Al-Hazaa Investment Group; therefore, the company always turns to its Swiss partner, Bühler AG to supply its mills with all their needs for state-of-the-art machinery, Al-Hazaa Investment Group is also Bühler’s agent in the Iraqi market. Al-Hazaa Investment Group seeks to always improve its operations and meet the highest international standards in food safety, quality and technology. Al-Hasad mill works according to the Quality Management System ISO 9001 and Food Management Systems ISO 22000.

All processes at Al-Hasad Maize Mill are fully automatic without any human touch to maintain high safety and hygiene levels, starting from the fully automatic Intake process for grains and maize until packaging the final products and transporting them to consumers. Maize is usually imported from Brazil, Argentina and the United States through Aqaba port and is transported then by trucks to the mill for storage. The silos at Al-Hasad Mill are equipped with appropriate ventilation systems to keep the high-specification corn moist and maintain the best possible conditions.

Then the imported corn is sifted in the cleaning section of the mill, the Swiss technology applied at the mill enables efficient removal of stones and other impurities accurately through Bühler’s newest optical sorter, SORTEX, and other complementary devices. After cleaning, the corn germ is extracted by the MHXM-M corn degerminator that helps maintain a low level of fat through dry degermination. During this type of degermination, the product does not come into contact with water, which has a hygienic advantage compared to wet degermination. Because the process doesn’t require the addition of water or pre-conditioning with steam, the operating costs are less. The product is handled gently so the germ, epidermis and endosperm are neatly separated with a minimal amount of fines, resulting in pure products with a consistent high quality. Finally, the corn is ground in roller mills from Bühler.

Products are then packaged in 25-kg and 50-kg woven polypropylene bags supplied by the Group’s plastic factory in Jordan, the New Plastic Industrial Co. or in one-tonne bulk packages for the use of big factories. The New Plastic Industrial Co. was established in 2006 and produces 150 million bags every year for packing flour, rice, sugar, legumes, cement and others.

All applied procedures and used machines help to achieve the best extraction rate, high-quality production and low consumption of energy. Al-Hasad mill fits nicely into Al-Hazaa Group’s existing businesses; the storage silos provide the maize mill with its corn needs while the products and byproducts produced at the mill are used in the feed mill that belongs to the Al-Hazaa group, Global Feed Mill, that produces two types of feed, cattle and poultry, for the Jordanian market as well as some exports to neighboring markets.

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