moisture, water retention capacity (WRC) and neutral detergent fiber (NDF) of the HMBF were analyzed using the statistical analyses software Excelstats for Windows 2004 (Microsoft Corporation, USA).
The chemical parameters of the HMBF materials and silage effluent outputs are presented in Table 1.
The WRC varied with type of HMBF, absorbent used and moisture content of the pre-silage material alone or the mixture, with a pooled mean of 3.
Daikon by-product silages produced the most effluent relative to the other HMBF silages.
Relationships were observed between the pre-silage characteristics of the HMBF and effluent produced from the silages (Figure 1).
The pre-silage materials used in the experiments were typical of HMBF as indicated by the mean moisture value (78.
It is evident that after ensiling, the PWRC of HMBF reduces as effluent is released.
HMBF represents a strong platform acquisition for us -- a profitable, well run, regional leader with significant headroom for further growth.
Fergal Leamy, CEO of Greencore USA, commented: "The HMBF acquisition represents a significant opportunity for us to take advantage of US market growth and to leverage our world class chilled food manufacturing expertise from the UK.
Rick Walters, Managing Director of HMBF, said: "HMBF enjoys an excellent reputation in the New England, Mid-Atlantic, and Midwest regions of the United States and has strong relationships with many leading retailers.
HMBF produces over 250 different products, packages 25 private labels, and develops and manufactures numerous special recipe products for the retail, food service and institutional trades.