Apply now ­– for the new Innovation Award “Composite Flour”

To mark our 100th anniversary, we have established an award for research into composite flour. This innovation award recognizes solutions around the production and processing of non-wheat flours and their blends with wheat flour, in particular those using local raw materials.

What is it about:

The global wheat market is under increasing pressure. Fluctuating availability and sharply rising wheat prices are endangering global food supplies. In order for flour as a food staple to continue to be available in good quality at prices everyone can afford, going forward it will be more important than ever to be independent of wheat and global markets. One way to achieve this is to use alternatives to wheat flour.

For years, we have developed ways to partially or completely replace wheat flour with non-wheat flours. However, in other areas of wheat substitution there is a lack of background knowledge. In particular, questions remain open with regard to the cultivation and processing of various wheat alternatives, such as:

  • What local crops have the ecological, economic and technical potential to partially or completely replace wheat in bread and pasta;
  • How sustainable is their production, and how do they need to be processed in order to be useful for bakers and pasta-makers;
  • How can they be standardized;
  • How do they affect production processes and final product quality;
  • What about nutritional effects;
  • What new product developments are possible with composite flour?

Who can apply:

Our Innovation Award “Composite Flour” honors innovative work on these challenges and on solutions for the milling, baking and pasta industries. The award is for completed scientific studies and practice-focused projects from 2019 to 2022.

All interested parties, institutes and research companies are invited to submit single-page summaries of their studies by 31 Jan. 2023 to

The Prize:

The total prize amount is €10,000. Awardees will receive €5,000, €3,000 and €2,000 for first, second and third place.

The Jury:

An international expert jury will review all submissions, select the most promising ones, and then request detailed descriptions of the shortlisted studies.

The Timeline:

The award ceremony will be held in June 2023.

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