Bühler Insect Technology Solutions and Alfa Laval have formed a new insect processing partnership, which will see both companies combine their expertise to develop advanced solutions for the insect protein industry.
The two companies have been working together in this area since early 2018, and in this time they have jointly developed tailored solutions for heat transfer, solid and lipid separation, and fluid transfer that can be integrated seamlessly into modular insect processing plant solutions.
According to a statement from Bühler, these solutions allow insect product producers to efficiently increase production as demand increases.
As part of the new formal partnership, both companies will further leverage their expertise to develop new solutions for this market, while also co-operating on further research and development, marketing and after-sales services. Products developed through the partnership will be sold by Bühler Insect Technology Solutions.
The potential health benefits of insects, the rising costs of conventional proteins and a focus on sustainability are driving the growth of the insect protein market, and a number of major food companies including Canadian meat producer Maple Foods have invested in this segment over the last year.
Andreas Aepli, CEO of Bühler Insect Technology Solutions, said: “In Alfa Laval we are proud to have found a partner who shares our approach and vision in this exciting new industry.
“Thanks to this collaboration, we can further increase the efficiency and reliability of our solutions, setting high standards for the industry right from the start.
Sumit Pingle, vice-president Agro & Protein Systems at Alfa Laval, added: “With the combined offering, we are in a unique position to provide the best insect processing solution in the market with unmatched product quality and safety.”
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