KernAktuell July 2019, News

Redesigned cake mill

Enhanced expertise in the production of pumpkin seed press
cake meal

Pumpkin seed press cake is a “waste product” that arises during the production of pumpkin seed oil and that has until now been used as animal feed.

To make pumpkin seed oil, pumpkin seeds are finely ground and roasted, and the resulting mass is pressed at 300 bar to extract the oil. This results in leftover sheets of pumpkin seed press cake, which must be processed by being finely ground.

The redesigned cake mill was brought into operation in the autumn of 2018. At the heart of the system is the powerful new mill which has doubled production capacity. It is equipped with four detection devices to detect and remove foreign bodies, thereby ensuring the highest level of product safety. It also incorporates an automatic sampler that enables homogeneous samples to be taken across an entire batch. The use of the new sieving machine has trebled the capacity for ground and sieved press cake meal and taken product safety to an even higher level. The pumpkin seed press cake meal process is certified to IFS Food, Pastus+ and GMP+ standards.

With the new plant we are enhancing our technological expertise in the production of pumpkin seed press cake meal.


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Traditional Styrian
stamp press process

While modernity has brought progress in many areas, the traditional Styrian stamp press process is still the best way of making pumpkin seed oil. The main difference between this and other pressing methods is that we work with open roasting pans. At our plant, people check when the pumpkin seeds are perfectly roasted and so will yield the very best oil. This enables our experienced oil millers to produce the pumpkin seed oil that has won more prizes than any other – and which as a result of this type of pressing retains all the natural constituents. The untreated oil is not filtered; the particles that make it cloudy settle naturally when the oil is left to rest.

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