Bühler creates the Bühler Virtual World to support food industry resilience
Bühler is to host a fully digital experience giving its partners and customers access to new services for operational efficiency and capacity improvement, new product proposals to delight consumers, and inspiration to ensure the long-term sustainability of our global food supply.
All of this from the safety and convenience of their own homes and offices. The publicly accessible Bühler Virtual World, with its content-rich programme will open its digital doors from 12-15 May at: virtualworld.buhlergroup.com.
The Virtual World addresses three key questions Bühler has asked itself for 2020:
How does Bühler increase its contribution to the business resilience of its industry in the next 24 months?
“In today’s world, we see it as our responsibility to ensure the continuity of food supply chains, but also to keep business afloat by enabling close collaboration among industry partners and with our customers,” said Germar Wacker, CEO of Bühler Consumer Foods.
With digital capabilities underpinning a service portfolio increasing yield and capacity, ensuring consistent product quality and reducing unplanned downtime, waste, and energy consumption Bühler said it can contribute to support its customers to deliver the strong demand they experience today while securing their operational results.
How can Bühler support its industry to bounce back strongly once the new normal is established?
Relevant differentiation is the key to unlock consumer demand and is transforming the food industry at an extraordinary rate. Natural, clean label, on-the-go, regional origin, increasing varieties, bite size, healthy, organic, and local are all trends of importance.
Bühler food technologists will present a variety of products that address these trends, from savory wafer products, low fat products, filled wafer pillows, eatable coffee cups, vegan chocolates, to plant-based chicken pieces, to mention but a few.
How can we build a sustainable food industry to nourish and delight 10 billion people in 2050 within the planetary boundaries?
“We are convinced that our sustainability goals will produce good business models, and we will make this case at the Bühler Virtual World,” said Stefan Scheiber, Bühler Group CEO.
Bühler focuses all research and development spendings on its targets of reducing waste, energy, and water consumption in its customers’ value chains by 50%.
New solutions such as the modular moulding line ChocoX deliver the flexibility needed for high innovation rates with the efficiency of a mass production line. The new?SWAKT-Eco wafer oven reduces energy consumption by 30%. Bühler’s service portfolio for chocolate mass has increased overall equipment effectiveness (OEE) by up to 30% in some cases.
The company’s?SnackFix?and?ChoCoat?solutions reduce changeover times to only minutes. Bühler’s cross-value-chain capabilities in plant protein processing provide nutritious options to meat with a CO2 footprint that is less than half of chicken or 15 times less than beef.