Wheat counts among one of the oldest cultivated plants on earth. Having originated about 7000 B.C., it is one of the most important agricultural raw materials. Wheat is an important staple in many countries. Especially bread and baked goods are made from wheat flour that is high in nutrients. Today, they cover about 20% of the world’s calorie consumption. Wheat grain’s valuable ingredients are also very healthy for animals. For an optimal diet, they also need carbohydrates from plants, as an important source of energy, and fibre. In addition, the ingredients of wheat are used for technical applications. Here, the natural raw material provides a valuable contribution to efficient and sustainable production.
As a specialist for the separation of wheat, Crespel & Deiter’s vision is to develop the great variety of possibilities offered by the natural raw material, and to utilise and perfect these for industrial applications in the food and non-food sectors. For this purpose, predominantly German wheat is processed into flour in regional grain mills. At the company’s headquarters in Ibbenbüren, the wheat flour, which is separated by centrifugal force, is suspended to a dough by adding water. High-quality wheat starch, wheat proteins, wheat fibres, and wheat extracts are obtained by means of physical separation, such as evaporation, sieving and extraction. During refinement, these natural ingredients are processed into functional products by means of mixing, extrusion and modification, which can be efficiently used in a great variety of different applications and industries.