Leading international specialists address the critical needs for sustainability in the global food chain at Gulfood Manufacturing 2014
The Bühler Group, a global technology partner for the food processing industry, brought together a team of leading international experts to the Gulfood Manufacturing Exhibition 2014. There they discussed the increasingly central role of pulses in ensuring the future of global nutrition, as well as addressing key industry issues, including food safety and security.
Speaking at the symposium at Gulfood, Hakan Bahceci, President of the Global Pulse Confederation (CICILS) endorsed Bühler’s commitment, acknowledging the impact pulse crops has on food security and environmental sustainability. “In 2013, we worked with member nations at the UN to have 2016 declared the International Year of Pulses (IYOP). The IYOP has the goal of raising the profile of beans, chickpeas, lentils and all other pulses around the globe. As members of the pulse industry, we know that pulses have immense benefits for consumers in developed and developing countries. It is also an opportunity to increase the awareness of issues faced by pulse farmers around the globe, and draw attention and resources to key areas of activity and research aimed at improving pulse productivity worldwide.
“It is wonderful to see the work Bühler is doing in the area of sustainability and nutrition to support this effort. We are encouraged to see our partners in the value chain taking action on such an important global issue. The sustainability benefits of pulses are plentiful. We believe that the IYOP is not only an opportunity to benefit us in the pulse industry, but advance the benefits of pulses to address worldwide issues of food security, nutrition and environmental sustainability.”
Dr. Beatrice Conde-Petit, Global food scientist and technologist for Bühler added, “The growing interest of the wider food industry to include pulses in new food formulations is opening up a vast range of processing opportunities for this valuable crop. Pulses can be transformed into flour and be processed
with other ingredients to deliver, for example, pasta-style products, baked goods, extruded snacks and breakfast cereals. As consumer awareness increases for this food group, the up-take of pulses within food products will grow rapidly supported by pioneering processing technology. With many food multi-nationals around the world already effectively working towards utilisation of pulses in their products, we look forward to the transformation 2016 and the IYOP will bring to this underused food group.”
Bühler is committed to innovations in pulses processing, as highlighted by pulse processing specialist Prasad Jaripatke, who addressed recent market trends and challenges in food sustainability as well as Bühler’s vision to deliver increases in yield, safety and hygiene.
Prasad, Bühler’s Head of Pulses, Spices and Seasame Segement, also shared the company’s vision for innovation across the value chain from post-harvest to consumer plate. “We can help pulse processors reduce food waste and energy consumption with smarter, more efficient processing technology that achieves higher yields and productivity.
“We recognise that hygienic processing is vital, along with gentle handling, to ensure optimum product quality that is free from impurities, uniform in size and colour and meets stringent food safety standards. Through industry collaborations, we will develop processes that can deliver a range of new pulse products, combining ingredients and textures that appeal to consumers in specific markets.”
Bühler’s capabilities for leveraging the value of pulses and pulse by-products, through post-harvest stabilisation, cleaning, dehulling, sorting and further food processing were also addressed during the symposium, highlighting the opportunities for healthy food meeting both local tastes and cultural requirements. It continues to proactively develop new technologies for processing pulses and pulse based products, in order to address the growing demands from processors and consumers alike and in support of the IYOP. An example of such developments include the incorporation of the hull of pulses (otherwise a waste product) in conventional foods like pasta or baked products to supplement dietary fibre.
Bühler is a global leader in the field of process engineering, in particular production technologies and services for making foods and advanced materials. Bühler operates in over 140 countries and has a global payroll of over 10,000. In fiscal 2013, the company generated sales revenue of CHF 2,322 million.