GEA to build a potato protein processing line for the Emsland group in Wietzendorf


For the new construction and extension of its potato protein production line at its Wietzendorf site, the German group Emsland is once again calling on the expertise of GEA, which in 2018 built a protein line from potato in the Emsland factory in Kyritz.

The Emsland Group manufactures products from raw materials of plant origin for the food industry and other industries, and had already partnered with GEA in 2018 for the construction of its new protein line at the German factory. by Kyritz.

The follow-up order for the Wietzendorf production line, valued in the low-end range of one million euros, includes planning, delivery and installation support for the entire production line. process of transforming potato juice into high quality protein.

In addition to the required plate heat exchangers, fittings, measuring instruments and pumps, the contract includes several Master CF6000 protein settling tanks.

During the selection process, the outstanding performance of the processing line at the Kyritz site as well as the expertise of the GEA product managers were decisive factors in the decision to award the contract for the new project.

Tobias Niemeyer, project engineer at the Wietzendorf site of the Emsland group:

“When it comes to protein recovery, the quality of the end product as well as the professional management of the process to ensure high efficiency of centrifugal separation is of crucial importance. “

“In addition to the excellent advice and planning provided by the GEA product and project managers, we were particularly impressed with the outstanding performance and flexibility of the decanters. “

“They offer both the tuning options needed to respond flexibly to the quality of our natural products and the reliability we need to meet our high quality expectations with constant and fluctuating process yields. “

Ensuring reliable and precise separation of the different constituents is also important as the company uses every component of the raw material to refine other products.

This also includes potato fiber, which is refined and made into pulp that is used to make products such as animal feed. The Emsland group has ordered an additional GEA decanter for this purpose.

Carsten Koops, purchasing manager of the Emsland group:

“GEA ticks all the boxes. Thanks to its process expertise in decanter technology, GEA is a reliable and important partner for our protein recovery processes.

The Emsland Group is a leading developer of innovative product solutions based on renewable raw materials, mainly potatoes.

The Emsland Group processes around 2.2 million tonnes of plant raw materials such as potatoes, peas and mung beans each year at its sites in Germany, turning them into products exported to more than 120 countries.

The Wietzendorf starch factory is located in the middle of the Lüneburg Heath near the town of Soltau in northern Germany. Here, some 254,000 tonnes of potatoes are processed each season, producing up to 60,000 tonnes of starch products.

The product portfolio of the Emsland Group includes flakes, granules, starches and starch derivatives which are used as thickening agents and binders not only in the food industry, but also in building materials, adhesives and paper industries.

They also manufacture dextrins, fibers and proteins whose many applications include the production of animal feed.