Amber Wave emerges as North America’s largest wheat protein facility
Amber Wave has launched production at what will be North America’s largest wheat protein facility, following an investment by Summit Agricultural Group. Amber Wave is now producing AmberPro Vital Wheat Gluten, a domestic source of gluten for commercial bakeries, food ingredient plants, alternative meat manufacturers, pet food processors, and specialty feed companies.
“It’s an exciting time for our organization, presenting a tremendous opportunity for our customers and growers," said Randy Cimorelli, CEO of Amber Wave. "With more than 80% of the Vital Wheat Gluten used in the USA being imported, we not only add value to the growing region but also serve as a supply chain solution provider for our customer base.”
“The reception we’ve received from our customer base has been outstanding," added Ryan Hemingson, VP of Sales at Amber Wave. "Having a reliable, domestic partner that is hours away, versus half-way around the globe is a game-changer in the vital wheat gluten marketplace.”
The state-of-the-art facility, located in Phillipsburg, Kansas, utilizes the latest technology available from best-in-class partners in milling, wheat protein extraction, and renewable biofuels – ensuring our production process is second to none. The Amber Wave facility features a premier, fully automated, 27,500-cwt Sangati Berga mill, automation technology and air handling systems implemented by Kice Industries, gluten extraction and drying equipment from Flottweg and VetterTec, and packaging equipment by Premier Tech.
“Installing best-in-class processing equipment from our partner providers was at the forefront of our project. Utilizing world class automation, superior equipment, and an exceptionally trained workforce, we will produce a high-quality domestic wheat protein ingredient. Safety, quality, and sustainability were key areas of focus as we progressed through the project phase,” said Steve Adams, COO of Amber Wave.
“After milling our wheat and extracting the protein, we use the wastewater starch slurry to produce advanced biofuels, ensuring that nothing goes to waste,” concluded Cimorelli.
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