Starch is used in its natural form, but to a greater extent in its various modified forms, such as malto dextrin and glucose.

The starch product
Starch is a natural, environmental compatible and very versatile ingredient group playing an increasingly important role in the modern food industry.

The natural ingredient is a mixture of two glucose polymers, which are initially enclosed within a semi-crystalline granule formed inside starch-synthesising plant organelles.

 



Starch processing and equipment
Starch processing require hydrolysis, i.e. partial or total splitting of the long starch molecules into smaller fragments, chemical or enzymatic processes, refining concentration and other unit operations to obtain the required sweetener. The process and equipment are designed with respect to process type, raw material and final product specification.

GEA Niro has developed state of the art process equipment for starch processing, which requires minimum energy consumption, minimized effluents loads and reduced fresh water consumption. This evolution is a result of the increasing requirements and environmental demands from the starch industry. This equipment allows optimal raw material utilisation for starch recovery from products such as:

  • Rice 
  • Wheat 
  • Tabioca 
  • Corn 
  • Sorgum

Starch processing involve hydrolysis, i.e. partial or total splitting of the long starch molecules into smaller fragments, chemical or enzymatic processes, refining concentration and other unit operations for obtaining the required sweetener. Both processes and equipment are designed with respect to process type, raw material and final product specification.

More than 70 years' experience in world-wide industrial process development, design, construction and maintenance of production facilities enables GEA Niro and other GEA companies, to provide sweetener technology and equipment, tailor-made to meet any specific needs including:

Spray drying is GEA Niro's core business, and perhaps the most important continuous industrial drying technique for converting liquid sweetener formulations into powders.
The feed is atomized into droplets, which are directed into a controlled flow of hot air. Particles are formed as moisture evaporates from each droplet, and the dried product is discharged from the drying chamber.

Types of sweetener
Your choice of spray dryer depends on the type of sweetener you wish to produce.

The online news service, Dairy Reporter has a brief description of GEA Niro in which, they inform their readers about GEA Niro' knowledge of starch processing.