The Swiss Bühler Group and MMS AG in Urdorf, Switzerland, announce an innovation and technology partnership to advance the development of highly functional ingredients for sustainable meat and dairy products. MMS' expertise in membrane technology enables the separation of valuable ingredients with superior functionality, sensory and nutritional benefits. Combined with Bühler's processing expertise and its upstream and downstream technologies for the plant protein market, the partnership offers the opportunity to explore the next generation of meat and dairy replacement products.
"With this exciting technology partnership, we will bring new processes to market that will take product quality, nutritional value and sensory properties to the next level," says Ian Roberts, CTO of Bühler. The market for plant proteins is growing rapidly, and consumers are increasingly looking for high-quality, tasty and nutritious products as a sustainable alternative to meat and dairy products. To meet these stringent criteria, ingredients with superior functionality are needed. MMS membrane technology can deliver plant-based protein ingredients that are both sustainable and of the highest quality.
The technology makes a difference, especially in the area of sustainable proteins, because it enables the separation of valuable components without denaturing or losing the properties of the natural ingredients. MMS has a great track record in solving complex separation and fractionation challenges in the food and bio-pharmaceutical industries. With a highly skilled team, in-depth dairy processing knowledge and experience, and a problem-solving culture, the company continuously delivers new, innovative and highly selective industrial membrane separation solutions. The non-thermal separation and concentration processes eliminate the need for energy-intensive thermal processes and water consumption is significantly reduced through recycling. In this way, they help customers achieve their sustainability goals and are in line with Bühler's goal of offering solutions that reduce energy and water consumption as well as waste in its customers' value chains by 50% each by 2025.
Buhler sees many advantages in working with MMS, as the company is a leader in plant protein production technologies and can integrate this technology into the solutions it offers to its customers in the food industry worldwide.
MMS has been providing membrane systems and solutions for more than 25 years and works with customers in many industries, including dairy, food, beverage, biotechnology and pharmaceutical. The company develops and designs membrane processes and successfully implements them on an industrial scale.
"There are many complementary opportunities with different business areas that Bühler operates in, where MMS' membrane technology could be part of the downstream processing," says Ian Roberts, CTO of Bühler. "MMS is highly specialized in this technology step and, like us, is committed to problem solving and innovation. For us, they are a powerhouse for numerous liquid-liquid fractionation applications."
"By partnering with Bühler, we aim to strengthen our position in the sustainable vegetable protein sector and expand the applications of our technology to offer high-quality ingredients to customers in these sectors," says George Bou-Habib, CEO of MMS.