A disruptive and sustainable processing solution for rice and other cereals.
FoundersAlec Anderson, Fiona Anderson
HeadquartersStoneford Rd, Shirley, Solihull B90 2EA, UK
Rice is an antiquated and wasteful $550 billion global industry that feeds 3.5 billion people daily, by 2050 it will be 6 billion. It also has a GHG footprint on a par with Aviation, producing 2.5% of all global CO2 and 10% of all global Methane emissions. Yet, each year enough rice to feed 600 million people will not make it from farm to fork, wasting the finite resources deployed to grow the rice that is lost. Much of this lost is due to poor post-harvest drying, storage, and processing. The annual triple bottom line loss (profit, planet, and people or economic, environmental, and social) is circa $127 billion.
This is a pioneering paradigm shift in rice processing. A simpler, gentle, ultra-low power digital technology taking rice processing from the Stone Age to the Digital Age. Working gently with the rice to generate a gentle, consistent, and controllable milling pressure, the natural efficiency delivers "cold" milled more nutritious rice with power savings of 90% and minimal lost and damaged food. The process delivers more food from existing harvest, and at a higher quality, with less loss, less power and less environmental impact. This sustainable process also transforms waste products such as bran into a valuable and nutritious human food ingredient and husk and straw into a source of power and heat.
A novel Machinery as a Service Business Model delivers Rural Industrialisation by making this technology affordable and accessible to all processors regardless of size, gender of location. A flexible and scalable process solution which at its simplest is a rice mill in a box processing 30kg/hour, alternatively, multiple machines installed in digitally connected Industry 4.0 auto tuning commercial mills processing 60,000 tonnes or more per year. Either way, the milling performance is identical empowering small processors to compete on price and quality with the best of today’s large commercial processors
Improving how the world is fed: one grain at a time.
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