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Bühler joins “Partners in Food Solutions”

Uzwil, Schweiz / Minneapolis, USA, 05/22/2013 – Bühler has joined “Partners in Food Solutions” as its fourth partner. PFS is a nonprofit organization founded by General Mills, which also includes the other leaders in the global food industry, Cargill and Royal DSM of the Netherlands. They collaborate with the development organizations USAID and TechnoServe. The aim is to make the technical and business expertise as well as other resources of the companies involved accessible to small and growing food processors and millers in African developing countries through voluntary employee missions. With its commitment, PFS is striving to improve food security and general nutritional conditions in the target countries. At present, these include Kenya, Zambia, Tanzania, Malawi, and Ethiopia. Rather than simply sending technical staff to Africa, PFS is relying on a sustainable knowledge transfer system on the basis of personal employee missions of the companies involved. On the one hand, PSF is working closely with TechnoServe, which offers in-depth country knowledge that helps make for successful on-the-ground program implementation. The second experienced cooperation partner, USAID, helps shape and guide PSF by sharing strengths, experiences, methodologies, and resources through a public private partnership formed in 2010.

Jeff Dykstra, CEO of PFS, comments the new membership of Bühler as follows: “This alliance to which Bühler has now been added strengthens and expands our base of knowledge, deepens our expertise, and ultimately moves us much closer to our goal of helping more than 500 Africa-based food processors. PFS’s unique consortium of world-class industry players connecting their employee expertise with small and growing food companies has the power to improve the whole food sector in Africa and beyond.”

Ian Roberts, Chief Technology Officer of Bühler, adds: “The PFS business model fits perfectly with our culture of commitment to improve the food chain. The over 150-year history of Bühler as a leading supplier of capital equipment to the food industry can now be made available by PFS to the small and growing food companies throughout Africa. We think this is a perfect opportunity for us to use our core competencies for improving food security in Africa.”

Impressive track record
PFS’s track record is second to none. To date, the organization has worked with some 300 companies in the target countries mentioned. Its projects have involved more than 131,000 local smallholder farmers who in turn support an estimated 786,000 family members. The three existing corporate partners – General Mills, Cargill, and Royal DSM of the Netherlands – have provided nearly 500 skilled employees, who have volunteered more than 40,000 hours on more than 150 individual projects. Bühler’s contribution of experts will substantially enrich this bench of talent.

Targeted expansion planned
Over the next five years, the alliance plans to broaden its work to include as many as 10 corporate partners and 500 food processors, who purchase from more than 500,000 local smallholder farmers in 12 African nations. Ultimately, this will benefit millions of consumers. 

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About Bühler
Bühler is a global leader in the field of process engineering, in particular production technologies and services for making foods and manufacturing advanced materials. Bühler operates in over 140 countries and has a global payroll of over 10,000. In fiscal 2012, Bühler Group generated sales (turnover) of CHF 2.4 billion.

About Partners in Food Solutions (PSF)
PFS is a nonprofit organization that links the technical and business expertise of employee volunteers from General Mills, Cargill, Royal DSM, and Bühler to small and growing mills and food processors in the developing world. Its goals are to improve the ability of those companies to produce high-quality, nutritious and safe foods at affordable prices, and to increase demand for the grain grown by small-holder farmers who supply those businesses.

About General Mills
General Mills is one of the world’s leading food companies, operating in more than 100 countries. Its brands include Cheerios, Fiber One, Häagen-Dazs, Nature Valley, Yoplait, Betty Crocker, Pillsbury, Green Giant, Old El Paso and Wanchai Ferry. Headquartered in Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA, General Mills had fiscal 2012 worldwide sales of USD 16.7 billion.

About Cargill
Cargill is an international producer and marketer of food, agricultural, financial and industrial products and services. Founded in 1865, the privately-held company employs 142,000 people in 65 countries. Cargill helps customers succeed through collaboration and innovation, and is committed to applying its global knowledge and experience to help meet economic, environmental and social challenges.

About Royal DSM
Royal DSM N.V. is a global science-based company active in health, nutrition and materials. By connecting its unique competencies in Life Sciences and Materials Sciences, DSM is driving economic prosperity, environmental progress and social advances to create sustainable value for all stakeholders. DSM delivers innovative solutions that nourish, protect and improve performance in global markets such as food and dietary supplements, personal care products, feed, pharmaceuticals, medical devices, automotive, paints, electrical and electronics, life protection, alternative energy and bio-based materials. DSM’s 22,000 employees deliver annual net sales of about EUR 9 billion.

About USAID
The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) is an independent agency that provides economic, development and humanitarian assistance around the world in support of the foreign policy goals of the United States. USAID, PEPFAR and their corporate partners (General Mills, Cargill and DSM) are sharing their respective strengths, experiences, methodologies and resources through a public private partnership.

About TechnoServe
TechnoServe is a nonprofit organization that works with enterprising people in the developing world to build competitive farms, businesses and industries. They develop business solutions to fight poverty by linking people to information, capital and markets. TechnoServe is the implementing partner of PSF in Africa and is involved in every aspect of PFS’s assistance to the small and growing businesses with which they work.

For more information, please contact:

Bühler (for European media):
Corina Atzli, Head Corporate Communications, Bühler AG, CH-9240 Uzwil
Phone +41 71 955 33 99, Fax +41 71 955 38 51, E-mail: media@buhlergroup.com

Partners in Food Solutions (for non-European media):
Susan Langer, Vice President of Development and Communications, Minneapolis, MN 55427, USA
Phone +1 715 977 1222, E-mail: susan@partnersinfoodsolutions.com

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