Dirk Maier has written Grain Operations articles for World Grain since 2016. He is a post-harvest engineer with the Iowa Grain Quality Initiative at Iowa State University. Prior to that, he was a professor in the Department of Grain Science and Industry at Kansas State University and in the Department of Agricultural and Biological Engineering at Purdue University.
DUNAFÖFOLDVÁR, HUNGARY — Pannonia Bio sees great potential in the versatility, resilience and sustainability of barley, convincing the Hungarian company to add to its sprawling biorefinery plant with what it describes as “the world’s first high-capacity production plant for barley protein concentrates.”
Located on more than 40 hectares along the Danube River near the town of Dunaföfoldvár in central Hungary, the plant has the capacity to process 800 tonnes of barley per 24 hours and is designed so that production capacity can be doubled in the coming years.
Pannonia Bio hired Uzwil, Switzerland-based Bühler to be its primary equipment supplier. Equipment installed in the plant includes Bühler’s LAAB grain cleaner, MTRC separator, MTSD destoner, BSPB polisher, MDDZ Diorit roller mills, MPAK Sirius sifters, DFZC hammermill, AHHD pellet mill and MSDH and MSDM scales.“While barley is already known for its role in beverages, like beer, as well as animal feed, we firmly believe in its vast untapped potential as a nutritious and adaptable food source,” said Pavel Kudriavtcev, chief executive officer of Pannonia Bio.