Swiss Bühler Group and Hosokawa Alpine Group from Germany have signed a strategic collaboration agreement. The companies will work together to accelerate and strengthen the production of sustainable plant proteins.
Bühler offers solutions for the intake, cleaning, dehulling and grinding of pulses, and further food processing with its extrusion technology. Hosokawa Alpine complements the production process by adding its technology for the dry separation of pulses’ protein: fine grinding and air classification. The combination of Bühler’s upstream pulses process and Hosokawa’s process for size reduction and classification produces the highest yields of high value protein concentrates. The partnership offers customers process technology and expertise along the complete field-to-fork pulses protein chain. Apart from this cooperation agreement, both companies will continue to market their solutions independently through their own existing distribution channels.
“Hosokawa Alpine will be our preferred partner for integrated solutions for customers that are processing sustainable proteins. We can now cover the entire value chain for plant-based protein – from any kind of pulses to dry extrudates ready for consumption,” says Johannes Wick, CEO Bühler Grains & Food.
Dr. Antonio Fernández, chairman of the executive board at Hosokawa Alpine: “By working with Bühler, we can fully realize the potential of the value chain. With our combined technologies, we meet the market requirements and drive developments in the process chain forward.”
The strategic partnership will strengthen the innovation and development capacities of both companies. The market for sustainable proteins has been growing significantly over the last years. This is fueled by end consumers demanding more sustainable proteins. “With this cooperation, we can address customer needs from the harvest to the final product. We operate in an integrated and collaborative way to ensure a seamless experience for our customers,” states Andreas Risch, Head of Special Grains & Pulses at Bühler.