World Grain - June 2018 - 30
OPENS MODERN MAIZE MILL
Brazilian facility features vertical construction,
air pressurized building and total automation control
by Susan Reidy
lready among Brazil's top coffee roasters, São
Braz Industria de Alimentos Ltda. was ready to
invest in new products and technologies to bring
quality foods products to the Brazilian consumer.
São Braz wanted a completely new and robust mill.
After 30 months of planning, from conception to plant
start-up, the company realized its plan and opened in
June 2016 one of the most modern maize processing
facilities in Brazil.
The maize grinding facility in Cabedelo, Paraiba,
Brazil, features vertical construction, an air pressurized building and total equipment automation control.
It has the capacity to produce up to 800 tonnes per day
of various products such as couscous, canjica (maize
São Braz's newly constructed, fully automated maize mill in Cabedelo, Brazil, which has a capacity of 800 tonnes per day.
Photos courtesy of Bühler.
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in demand for maize milling solutions in Brazil, said
Bühler, based in Uzwil, Switzerland, which designed
and constructed the São Braz project. Brazil produced
a record corn crop of 98.5 million tonnes in 2016-17
and has seen total corn area expand by 50% in the last
This year's crop is forecast at 89 million tonnes with
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farmers in the Center-West region to plant corn as a
second crop after the soy harvest. Low prices after the
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While Bühler is traditionally known for its wheat
projects in Brazil, the company has visited areas
throughout the country to showcase its capabilities in
providing solutions for maize as well. The nation presents its own challenges, including high energy prices.
June 2018 / World Grain / www.World-Grain.com