Protein in demand in food and feed production.
Due to its nutritional and technical properties, gluten is mainly used in food production and in special feeds, such as aquaculture and pet food. Our customers appreciate the high protein content (> 80 %) as well as the special protein quality and viscoelastic properties of this International Food Standard (IFS) certified product.
In the food sector, gluten is used in particular to improve baked goods and as a binding agent.
When the grain is milled at the ethanol plant in Wanze, Belgium, wheat gluten is separated and dried. Over 60,000 tonnes of gluten can be extracted there each year. The product is distributed by BENEO-Orafti, a Belgian subsidiary of Südzucker AG, under the brand name BEneo Pro W-Tex (Vital Wheat Gluten).
In Wanze, Belgium, the meat alternative BeneoPro W-Tex is also produced on the basis of gluten. The textured wheat protein meets the growing global demand for plant-based proteins and replaces meat, for example in burgers, nuggets or bolognese sauces.