Jorge Botero, Director Consumer Foods of Bühler South America, explains the relevance of integrating production lines and the ability to offer complete, end-to-end solutions: “The Bühler Group’s portfolio covered raw material handling, flour milling, ingredient handling, and the mixing of raw materials. With the acquisition of Haas, the biscuit manufacturing chain is now fully integrated. Bühler technology now offers the whole process, including dosing, baking, forming, turning, spreading, cutting, and cooling. The end product can later be enrobed with chocolate or other confectionery ingredients. That means our portfolio is 100 % complete and we can cover the entire biscuit manufacturing chain with maximum synergies and optimized resources.”
Botero believes this will give Bühler, and most importantly, its customers, a lot of room for growth in the coming years. The 100 % portfolio also means that customers can operate their plants at optimal efficiency. “Our equipment, especially for the biscuit segments, can offer a reduction of up to 30 % in energy consumption and, for some applications, a reduction in carbon dioxide and nitrogen oxide emissions of up to 200 % compared to standard technologies,” Botero explains.
M. Dias Branco Group’s Technical Director of Industrial Operations, Sidney Leite, sees great promise in the fusion of Bühler and Haas into what is now Bühler’s Consumer Foods segment. “Bühler and Haas have always been two highly respected companies in the world market. They are the reference in technology, innovation, and, above all, in quality. We believe this business merger is beneficial because it forms a pool of solutions that complement each other, facilitating project implementation and reducing the complexity of systems integration,” Leite explains. “We look forward to even higher food safety, operational performance, and greater support for our demands. For example, in terms of sustainability, our goal is to avoid the generation of waste, reduce energy and water consumption, and seek alternative energy sources.”