Bühler extends its presence in China with a turnkey project at Hangzhou Wahaha Group for processing rice and beans04/15/2014 The Bühler Group has further strengthened its commitment to excellence in China with the completion of a turnkey installation at the Hangzhou Wahaha Group’s eight porridge production plant in Haining. The new Bühler cleaning and grading plant has allowed Hangzhou Wahaha, one of China’s largest and most prestigious food and beverage manufacturers, to make dramatic improvements to the quality of its end product and reduce its costs.
Wahaha’s Eight treasure porridge is a popular favourite in Chin, made with pulses, such as red beans, cranberry beans, myotonin (Chinese barley) and oats, as well as sticky rice and black glutinous rice.
Replacing the existing, largely manual cleaning and sorting process, the Bühler installation involves two compact and advanced lines each of which can clean and grade the various raw materials. Each of which incorporates Bühler’s MTSD De-stoners, MTRC Vibrosifters, metal detection equipment and SORTEX Z+ sorting machines. Currently, one line is dedicated to rice and the other to beans and pulses.
Bühler‘s SORTEX optical sorters eliminate contaminants such as glass, stones, wood, sticks and soil blocks, as well as deformed or discoloured beans, and discoloured or unwanted varieties of rice; while the metal detector magnetically removes any residual pieces of metal.
“Our investment in Bühler’s advanced technology and custom-designed solutions has surpassed our expectations. It has drastically reduced our customer complaints about foreign body contamination; reduced our operating costs dramatically; and ensured us consistent quality,” said a spokesperson from Hangzhou Wahaha. “We trusted the Bühler team to deliver and the resulting solution fits our requirements exactly.”
Bühler’s installation of this successful turnkey solution for Hangzhou Wahaha substantially reinforces the company’s leading position and influence in delivering innovative, customised technology projects in China and underpins its reputation for technology expertise and quality.