1928 Founding of the Emlichheimer Kartoffelfabrik AG. Beginning of potato flour and dextrin product production.
In the 1940s and 1950s, continuous modernisation of the starch and dextrin plants and renaming to Emsland-Stärke Hunekuhl & Co. KG. In addition to potato flour and dextrins, glucose, dry potato pulp and special starches are produced.
In the following years, large sums are invested in the Emlichheim site and the plant enormously increases production. In 1967 the amount of potatoes processed exceeds the 100,000 tonne level.
In the same year the construction of the first starch silo begins.
In the 1970s, the European starch industry booms and the newly formed affiliated company "Emsland-Stärke GmbH" also achieves record figures. Not only the quantities processed and the investments, but also the widening of the product range, such as with protein extraction from potato fruit water, contribute to this development.
in 1979 following amounts has been produced:
67,000 tonnes of potato starch are produced
3,000 tonnes potato protein
14,000 tonnes wheat starch
1,600 tonnes wheat gluten
69,000 tonnes starch derivatives
approx. 100,000 tonnes wet pulp
In the meantime, the export share was already 54 %.
By the beginning of the 1990s Emsland-Stärke GmbH had taken over three potato starch plants in Germany, allowing increased production and a greatly improved starch quality with less water content.
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