Uzwil (Switzerland), June 28, 2022 – Swiss Bühler Group today announces a new strategic partnership with German engineering company endeco to drive forward pulse processing, meet growing demand for alternative sources of protein, and develop pulse processing solutions with a significantly lower CO2 footprint. endeco, specialized in the design and construction of starch and protein plants, and processing technologies market leader Bühler have agreed to build a new Protein Application Center at Bühler’s headquarters in Uzwil, Switzerland, to offer customers end-to-end solutions, from bean to burger, including all wet and dry processing.
Plant protein processing is a key technology in meeting the growing global population’s needs. Proteins play a vital role in healthy human nutrition. A significant part of the current protein supply relies on the conversion of plant to animal proteins. Given that it takes on average 4 kilograms of plant-based proteins to produce 1 kilogram of animal-based protein, and that around two-thirds of agricultural land is already used for livestock, a shift to more plant-based alternatives contributes to meeting the growth in protein demand sustainably.
Together, Bühler and endeco will drive business opportunities in the growing pulse protein space. endeco brings decades of experience designing and implementing starch and protein plants, making a perfect match with Bühler’s processing technologies. “Together we can cover the whole value chain,” says Johannes Wick, CEO of Bühler’s Grains & Food business. “endeco provides the final missing piece for Bühler between the mill and pulse processing. We are already the market leader in dry processing technology. With this strategic partnership, we add expertise in wet processing technology and will be able to offer full end-to-end solutions from bean to burger.”
For endeco, the agreement represents an opportunity to contribute its expertise in plant engineering and construction to this growing market. “We offer a complete process plant for starch and protein production. When we started developing plants for pulse processing in 2005, the valuable part was the starch, today it is the protein,” says Karl-Heinz Bergmann, owner and CEO of endeco. “Together with Bühler we will not only help meet growing demand for more sustainable sources of protein, but also improve the environmental footprint of the processing technology itself.”
The new Protein Application Center in Uzwil will enable the build-up of know-how and drive the further development of processes for the production of meat substitute products. It will provide customers visiting Uzwil the chance to see for themselves how they can leverage the full integration of upstream and downstream processes, opening up many new opportunities.
Pulses are promising ingredients that provide a good source of protein. They can be used to create tasty breads, pastas, beverages, and meat substitutes. With growing consumer demand for gluten-free and vegan food, demand for pulse flour is predicted to grow by 10% by 2025 compared to 2017.
The Protein Application Center, which will be managed and operated by endeco, will be integrated into Bühler’s existing infrastructure for plant-based protein processing, connecting the Grain Innovation Center and Extrusion Application Center at Uzwil. endeco will continue with its other operations at its site in Buchholz-Mendt, Germany.
Burkhard Böndel, Head of Corporate Communications,
Bühler AG, 9240 Uzwil, Switzerland
Phone: +41 71 955 33 99
Mobile: +41 79 515 91 57
Dalen Jacomino Panto, Media Relations Manager
Bühler AG, 9240 Uzwil, Switzerland
Phone: +41 71 955 37 57
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Markus Bergmann, Human Resources Manager, Technical Purchasing
endeco GmBH, Industriepark Nord 105, 53567, Buchholz-Mendt
Phone: +49 (0) 2683/94318-32
Mobile: +49 (0) 170 2227099
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Bühler is driven by its purpose of creating innovations for a better world, balancing the needs of economy, humanity, and nature. As a relevant solution partner for the food and mobility industries, Bühler is committed to have solutions ready to multiply by 2025 at the latest that will reduce energy, waste, and water by 50% in its customers’ value chains. Billions of people come into contact with Bühler technologies as they cover their basic needs for food and mobility every day. Two billion people each day enjoy foods produced on Bühler equipment; and one billion people travel in vehicles manufactured using parts produced with Bühler technology. Countless people wear eyeglasses, use smart phones, and read newspapers and magazines – all of which depend on Bühler process technologies and solutions. Having this global relevance, Bühler is in a unique position to turn today’s global challenges into sustainable business. Bühler contributes to safely feeding the world and is doing its part to protect the climate, producing solutions that make cars, buildings, and machinery more energy efficient.
Bühler invests up to 5% of turnover into research and development. In 2021, some 12,500 employees generated a turnover of CHF 2.7 billion. As a Swiss family-owned company, Bühler is active in 140 countries around the world and operates a global network of 103 service stations, 30 manufacturing sites, and Application & Training Centers in 24 countries.