Bühler unveiled its new Food Application Center (FAC) as part of Bühler GO! 2020, its virtual networking and engagement event for food industry leaders. At the facility, the company aims “to support and drive innovation among its customers, start-ups, academia, and industry partners to create economically viable and sustainable food value chains in North America,” according to a statement.
“The FAC is a place for learning how to create and process new products, new protein sources, and new ways to strengthen our food supply chains,” said Andy Sharpe, CEO Bühler North America.
Drawing on over 160 years of food processing expertise, the FAC was created to develop new methods of transforming pulses, peas, beans, oats, ancient grains, maize, and many other crops into new food solutions such as flours, snacks, pasta, cereals and a myriad of extruded products, including plant-based meat analogues. As a new product and process development venue, the FAC features the latest in raw material processing and handling systems, capable of taking those raw materials through to finished product, ready for packaging, bringing a product from farm to fork, or from bean to burger. “The FAC is a playground for the food industry, built to foster collaboration between food processing companies and other industry organizations, who, working side-by-side with Bühler’s processing experts, can test their business ideas, perfect them, and successfully bring them to market,” Yannick Gaechter, Bühler’s Food Application Center director added.
Additionally, the FAC will act as a training ground for food processing companies wanting to educate their operations and maintenance staff on efficient processing and best practices. “The new FAC stands ready to welcome innovative food processors and other interested organizations, to collaborate, create, and perfect new and sustainable food products as we all address the quickly changing demands of consumers’ diets,” Gaechter concluded.