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Driving the market for plant-based meat with PolyCool 1000

Uzwil (Switzerland), February 2, 2021 – Bühler announces the launch of PolyCool 1000, a high-performance cooling die that, together with an extruder, provides an efficient and flexible solution for food producers creating tasty and sustainable plant-based meat or fish alternatives.
The way in which we produce food today is not sustainable. To meet the nutritional needs of the world’s growing population while adopting more sustainable practices, a major shift is required. Proteins derived from plants play a key role in driving nutritional diversity. Increasing the percentage of plant-based proteins in food products requires processing expertise. “Bühler has for many years supported food producers in developing innovative products that offer an attractive alternative to animal meat – products that are similar in terms of fiber structure, color, texture, and taste,” says Christoph Vogel, Head of Market Segment Proteins & Ingredients. As the market’s leading extrusion solution provider for food products, Bühler is well-positioned to support this growing market.

Flexibility to achieve meat-like textures

Extrusion is a highly versatile process that can be applied to a wide range of plant-based raw materials to create tasty meat or fish alternatives. An integral part of the process is the cooling die. With PolyCool 1000, Bühler adds a new high-performance cooling die to its range.

Cooling dies work with extrusion technology to enable the creation of attractive meat or fish substitutes with structures and textures that closely resemble animal-based meat products such as chicken, fish, or beef. With the PolyCool 1000 cooling die in combination with an extruder, it is possible to produce wet-textured proteins based on a wide range of raw materials including soy, pulses, oilseeds, upcycled side streams like brewer spent grains, as well as newer ingredients such as microalgae, at throughputs of up to 1,000 kilograms per hour.

The PolyCool 1000 enables production of products of different shapes and structures while meeting the standards required by industrial-scale production. The individual cooling circuits can each be controlled independently to determine the product’s final texture. The high-capacity cooling die can withstand pressures of up to 50 bar as it cools down the melt from some 150 degrees Celsius to below boiling point. With its electropolished surface, the extruder and the PolyCool 1000 are easy to clean and meet all hygienic design standards to maximize food safety. The PolyCool 1000 is also easy to assemble and disassemble.

Expertise along the entire value chain

The PolyCool 1000 completes the product portfolio of high-moisture cooling dies by Bühler, including the PolyCool 500 for mid-scale industrial production, and the PolyCool 50 for product development purposes.

“With the PolyCool 1000, customers can achieve high-capacity production, bringing down costs and making meat substitutes more affordable,” says Christoph Vogel. “As the market shifts to a more plant-based diet, fueled by consumers’ growing interest in health, sustainability and ethical concerns, the PolyCool 1000 supports food producers in grasping this opportunity.” With Bühler’s extensive processing knowledge along the entire protein value chain, food producers can develop attractive products that meet this growing demand and make a positive contribution to the sustainability of the food value chain.

For more information on PolyCool, please visit Bühler’s website.

Watch how PolyCool 1000 produces tasty fish and meat alternatives together with an extruder: Watch the video

Image to download: Christoph Vogel, Head of Market Segment Proteins & Ingredients, with PolyCool 1000 in Bühler’s Nutrition Application Center in Uzwil, Switzerland.
Image to download: PolyCool 1000 can withstand pressures of up to 50 bar as it cools down the melt from some 150 degrees Celsius to below boiling point.
Image to download: The PolyCool 1000 cooling die in combination with an extruder can produce wet-textured proteins at throughputs of up to 1,000 kilograms per hour.
Image to download: The chicken substitute in this dish has been produced with Bühler extrusion technology.
Image to download: Extrusion is a highly versatile process that can be applied to a wide range of plant-based raw materials to create tasty meat or fish alternatives.
Image to download: Wet-textured product (squash)

Media contacts:

 

Burkhard Böndel, Head of Corporate Communications

Bühler AG, 9240 Uzwil, Switzerland

Phone: +41 71 955 33 99

Mobile: +41 79 515 91 57

E-mail: burkhard.boendel@buhlergroup.com

 

Dalen Jacomino Panto, Media Relations Manager

Bühler AG, 9240 Uzwil, Switzerland

Phone: +41 71 955 37 57

Mobile: +41 79 900 53 88

E-mail: dalen.jacomino_panto@buhlergroup.com

 

Markus Reber, Media Relations Manager

Bühler AG, 9240 Uzwil, Switzerland

Phone: +41 71 955 12 44

Mobile: +41 79 864 29 41

E-mail: markus.reber@buhlergroup.com

 

Trade media contact

 

Rahel Natterer, Marketing & Communication Manager

Bühler AG, 9240 Uzwil, Switzerland

Phone: +41 71 955 33 16

Mobile: +41 79 639 22 70

E-mail: rahel.natterer@buhlergroup.com

About Bühler
Billions of people come into contact with Bühler technologies as they cover their basic needs for food and mobility every day. Two billion people each day enjoy foods produced on Bühler equipment; and one billion people travel in vehicles manufactured using parts produced with Bühler machinery. Countless people wear eyeglasses, use smart phones, and read newspapers and magazines – all of which depend on Bühler process technologies and solutions. Having this global relevance, Bühler is in a unique position to turn today’s global challenges into sustainable business. Bühler contributes to safely feeding the world and is doing its part to protect the climate, producing machinery that makes cars, buildings, and machinery more energy efficient. Its aim is to reduce energy, waste, and water in its customers’ value chains by 50% by 2025. Bühler’s purpose is creating “innovations for a better world.”

Bühler invests up to 5% of turnover into research and development. In 2019, some 12,800 employees generated a turnover of CHF 3.3 billion. As a Swiss family-owned company, Bühler is active in 140 countries around the world and operates a global network of 98 service stations, 32 manufacturing sites, and 25 application centers.
www.buhlergroup.com

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