Regional starch products: Your first choice when it comes to improving environmental compatibility
At the latest since “Fridays for Future”, the flood of plastic packaging, resource consumption
or global warming have been buzzwords labelling the impact of our modern lifestyle on the world.
The starch industry offers some solutions to the pressing questions of our time. In January 2020,
at a press conference held during the International Green Week in Berlin, Dr Peter Haarbeck,
Managing Director of the German Grain, Mill and Starch Industry Association, VGMS e.V.
and Gustav Deiters, spokesman for the VGMS executive committee and managing director
of Crespel & Deiters GmbH & Co. KG, drew attention to the key significance of regional starch
raw materials for trend-setting solutions.
Wheat proteins are a building block in feeding the world
The global population is growing and, with it, the need for food. To be in a position to sustainably feed about ten billion people in 2050, the availability of high-quality proteins plays a crucial role. In the starch industry, high-quality proteins are obtained from the renewable raw material of wheat. So-called “textured proteins” are produced by extrusion and have a wide range of applications in the food industry.
“The market for textured plant proteins is growing, as are their areas of application. Extrusion offers the food industry an important tool to ensure a surface-saving protein supply for the people”, Gustav Deiters, speaker of the VGMS chairmanship, explains in Berlin. Textured proteins are used for enriching protein. They are also used to Reproduce specific textures and, in addition to optimising sensory properties, they add the desired stability to the end-consumer products when used in vegetarian and vegan products, e.g. as meat or fish substitutes.
Well packed, thanks to starch – benefits for protecting resources & a good ecological balance
Packaging plays a central role in nearly all areas of business and private life; it ensures safe transportation and protects high-value goods, regardless of whether food or car parts. The demand for sustainable packaging solutions made of paper, cardboard and paper board has been growing for years. Reasons for this are found in constantly increasing online trade and the export of goods as well as in the discussion regarding the wide-spread avoidance of plastic waste in the first place.
Using corrugated board as packaging is attractive in more way than one,” Gustav Deiters says. “On the one hand, at just under 700 kg CO2/t, the carbon footprint of corrugated board is five times smaller than that of plastic, which is about 3,500 kg CO2/t. Secondly, corrugated board is recycled up to 20 times. And, thanks to the use of starch-based, high-performance adhesives, it is 100 per cent recyclable. Packaging is good for the ecological balance, not only directly but also indirectly: It allows us to protect valuable goods and, as such, resources,” Deiters continues.
Raw material wheat: An agricultural product with multi-functional properties