Bühler promotes food safety with dialogue, innovations
May 3, 2012
by World Grain Staff
UZWIL, SWITZERLAND — Another Bühler Food Safety Dialogue was well received by more than 30 U.S. food engineering and food safety professionals, Bühler said on May 3.
Following a technology briefing and a panel discussion, the participants were invited to the grand opening of the new food grade Bühler Food Innovation Center.
Since 2010, Bühler has been actively facilitating a transparent exchange within the “Low Moisture Food Industry” to establish priorities for innovation and collaboration, fueled by enthusiastic support from customers.
“Our customers’ contributions to the Bühler Food Safety Initiative are overwhelming and give us a deep-felt duty to continue fulfilling that role,” said René Steiner, president of Bühler North America.
The dialogue was chaired by Bühler’s Chief Technology Officer Ian Roberts, who made Bühler’s commitment to Food Safety clear.
“As an industry leader, Bühler has a responsibility to contribute to Consumer Safety; or simply put, we must help our customers sleep well at night,” Roberts said.
Bühler’s Open Innovation Board’s new member, Stefan Töpfl, shared his view on relevant Inactivation Technologies, now and in the future.
These intimate meetings, with open and sometimes frank exchanges between Bühler’s industry partners and customers, facilitate the food processing innovation the industry requires. The talk was wrapped up by a panel discussion with customers who have been giving their time and advice from the beginning of the initiative, Bühler said.
Following the talk, Bühler opened up the doors of its first U.S.-based, food-grade Food Innovation Center in Plymouth, Minnesota, U.S. Here it exhibited a first result of the Food Safety Dialogue: the co-created AeroDry conveyor dryer, based on interviews and active feedback from customers who offered valuable insight during the development process.
The AeroDry conveyor dryer meets today’s food safety demands with its enhanced sanitary design. This investment allows Bühler to offer process trials to their customers on a complete extrusion line including raw material handling, extrusion, drying, grinding, and bulk packaging.
The intention behind the Bühler Food Safety Initiative is to better understand the challenges and requirements of Food Safety aspects in the markets.