Swiss Bühler Group and MMS AG in Urdorf, Zurich have formed an innovation and technology partnership to drive the development of high functionality ingredients for sustainable meat and dairy analogues.
MMS’s expertise in membrane technology enables the separation of valuable components with high functionality, sensory, and nutritional benefits. In combination with Bühler’s processing expertise and upstream and downstream technologies for the plant-based protein market, the partnership provides the opportunity to explore the next generation of meat and dairy analogues.
“With this exciting technology partnership, we will bring new processes to the market that unlock the next level in terms of product quality, nutrition, and sensory characteristics,” said Ian Roberts, Bühler CTO.
The plant-based protein market is growing rapidly and consumers are increasingly looking for high-quality, tasty, nutritious products as a sustainable alternative to meat and dairy. To meet these tough criteria requires ingredients with superior functionality. MMS membrane technology can deliver plant protein ingredients that are both sustainable and of highest quality.
The technology is a differentiating solution particularly in the space of sustainable protein because it allows separation of valuable components without denaturation or loss of properties of the native ingredients. MMS has a strong track record of solving complex separation and fractionation challenges in the food and bio pharma industries. With a highly skilled team, deep knowledge and experience in dairy processing, and a problem-solving culture, they continuously deliver new, innovative, and highly selective industrial membrane separation solutions. The non-thermal separation and concentration capabilities remove the need for energy intensive thermal processes and the water used is significantly reduced by recycling. This is beneficial in terms of helping customers achieve sustainability targets and is fully in line with Bühler’s target of providing solutions to reduce waste, energy, and water in its customers’ operations by 50% by 2025.