Cereal chain

The Soufflet Group meets up with its South American partners

12 June 2017

Last April in Argentina, staff from the Soufflet Group presented the results of the last harvest and their solutions to make the best products. A first in South America.

Every year, the Soufflet Group’s subsidiary, AIT Argentina, compiles a survey on the quality of Argentine wheat, presenting quality trends by production area. This year, the results of the survey were presented by staff from AIT Ingredients at the first Rencontres ActualiT Sudamerica, on 4 April in Cordoba and 7 April in Buenos-Aires.

These days for discussion between Soufflet’s experts and its customers (millers, plant bakers, biscuit manufacturers, retailers, caterers, etc.) brought together more than ninety participants in workshops on various themes, such as damaged starch, adapting flour based on Argentine wheat to the Brazilian market, the description of processes including chilled phases and new technologies for biscuits.

 

AIT, partner in the cereal supply chain

In addition to presenting the quality of the year’s wheat, the Rencontres ActualiT enabled AIT staff to offer advice and technical solutions to their customers to add value to their products and meet the special requirements of South American markets. Partner to millers and bakers, AIT Ingredients develops ingredients and improvers (such as flour correctors, taste solutions, roasted malt and blended flours), tailored to the results of each harvest and to its partners’ applications.

 

Improved baking quality

Marked by weather favouring yield, the 2016-2017 Argentine harvest was more than 60% up at 18.3 million tonnes. As regards quality, in spite of huge disparities between different production areas, AIT Ingredients’ experts noted a 0.5% increase in protein content compared to the previous harvest. The analyses, undertaken by AIT’s Buenos Aires laboratory, also revealed that with appropriate enzyme solutions, the Argentine wheat crop was typified by a net improvement in baking quality enabling bread to be made with very satisfactory volume and appearance. All of them factors that foretell good results for the sector…

 

 

 

Our approach

Right from the outset, the Soufflet Group developed itself in the wheat and barley industries by broadening the scope of its activities and acquiring more in-depth expertise from collection to transformation. Controlling all aspects of the production chain, in order to serve all its stakeholders, has always been our culture.

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