SWITZERLAND – The Swiss technology group, Buhler, has announced that Flavour Creation Center (FCC), part of its recently expanded food innovation hub in Switzerland, is fully operational. 

According to the company, the center combines Buhler’s proven expertise in roasting and grinding cocoa and coffee beans and processing malt and nuts to create innovative flavours and future-fit products. 

The Flavour Creation Center which has been processing coffee since 2013 and recently started processing cocoa and nuts has undergone various refurbishments and upgrades. 

The center will now run as part of Buhler’s innovation hub in Uzwil, Switzerland, which now consists of additional four application and training centers that include; Flavour Creation Center, Food Creation Center, Protein Application Center, and Energy Recovery Center. 

“In partnership with the other Application and Training Centers, customers have the unique opportunity to consider new and different technologies along the value chain to find the best possible solution for their application, from the raw material to the finished product,” said the company.  

The flavour creation center showcases Buhler’s proven expertise in product innovation, technology and process validation, process optimization, and training and education. 

“The Center is the perfect place to process cocoa beans to cocoa mass, cocoa powder, and butter; to roast coffee to perfect flavour; and to process nuts to pastes,” says Skeljzen Nesimi, Head of Product Management and MarCom, Chocolate and Coffee at Bühler. 

The processing, roasting, and grinding of cocoa beans, nuts, and coffee is now combined in one location to create innovative flavours and high-quality products.  

The technological solutions available for cocoa include cleaning, de-shelling, alkalizing, and roasting, and result in high-quality cocoa mass, cocoa butter, and cocoa powder.   

The company also provides coffee processors with diverse roasting technologies to support their search for the best coffee profile, processing time, and colour. 

Attuned to healthy food trends, the Flavour Creation Center also offers a new grinding technology, the Pulsar mill, which has been designed to grind nuts and seeds into smooth and tasty pastes. 

“With cutting-edge infrastructure and an integrated network of Application & Training Centers, customers can develop new recipes and test new processes under one roof,” said Nesimi. 

The application centers are set to offer training and education to customers, with more than 4,000 customers said to have participated in the various training courses offered as of October 2023.