GERMANY, Gelsenkirchen. Müller's Mühle, one of the leading suppliers of legume and rice flours, has invested €14.5 million in new refining technology for legume flours.
With the help of a modern air separation plant, the company can now produce functional flours with a protein content of up to 65%, enabling protein enrichment and nutritional optimisation of many foods. They are particularly suitable as a basis for plant-based alternatives such as meat, egg and milk substitutes, as well as for snacks, baked goods and pasta. The company uses different legume species as raw materials, and processes them gently to preserve their valuable nutrients. The flours are marketed under the "SMART Pulses Pro" brand. At source, they are naturally free of allergens and are also clean label.
Thanks to their protein content and structure-forming properties, "SMART Pulses Pro" concentrates can be further processed into high-quality texturates that serve as a basis for meat substitutes. In addition to purely vegan and vegetarian products, pulse-based texturates are also suitable for hybrid products in which the meat content is partially replaced.
In addition to protein, the legume flours provide dietary fibre and minerals, B vitamins and trace elements and, in this respect, are superior to protein isolates. In terms of sustainability, the flours are convincing due to their resource-saving cultivation: legumes do not require artificial nitrogen fertiliser, increase soil fertility and have a low water requirement. Legume-based products therefore meet the needs of environmentally-conscious consumers who are willing to pay a higher price for food that is produced as sustainably as possible.
Müller's Mühle is part of the GoodMills Deutschland GmbH group of companies. Its core competence lies in the procurement, processing and refinement of pulses; in addition, the company is the largest rice refiner in Europe. While the company is the undisputed market leader in pulses in the German B2C segment, the focus in the B2B segment is on the production of special pulses and rice-based flours for numerous sectors of the food industry, as well as for the catering, gastronomy and hotel sectors. Müller's Mühle employs around 140 people at its headquarters in Gelsenkirchen, Germany.