Arnreiter Mühle mills and refines a variety of raw materials containing starch like spelt, rye and wheat, and oilseed products like soya and poppy seeds. These are refined into high-quality end products like roasted and pregelatinised flours, flakes, wholemeal and conventional grain flour products and malt products. This flexible and innovative company uses a range of processing techniques like roasting, extruding, flaking, coarse grinding, steaming and drying. Arnreiter Mühle is one of the few companies in Europe to supply this range of techniques. The advantages for our customers are clear: reliable high-quality products from one source.
Arnreiter Mühle uses state-of-the-art technology – a fully automated, programmable logic controller and visualisation in its production lines. This is much more efficient than conventional operating procedures and ensures the production of high-quality foodstuffs. Qualified technicians carry out preventative, regular maintenance of machinery, also ensuring production line efficiency.
A heat recovery system based on rotary regenerators uses the waste heat generated by production equipment to heat our premises. . Our preference for raw materials from the state of Upper Austria and from Austria reduces transport distances. The great range of processing methods used in Arnreiter Mühle also has a positive effect on the environment as it is not necessary to transport materials to separate processing facilities.
Waste products produced by grain cleaning are disposed of carefully, including transport to a biological gas plant.
Arnreiter Mühle is located in the state of Upper Austria, in close proximity to the majority of suppliers.
The quality of the grain used is the foundation of our business. Quality covers the comprehensive monitoring of raw materials: from their cultivation to the delivery of the final product to the client.
We focus on reliable and experienced suppliers and place great importance on maintaining excellent relations with local farmers and established grain dealers.
The experience, specialised knowledge and effectiveness of the team at Arnreiter Mühle makes an important contribution to our success. Our staff continually improves their expertise in trainings and seminars.
The determination of our staff to update their knowledge and ability to take on responsibility means they can produce premium products. For our part, we ensure reliable employment as well as meeting comprehensive health and safety standards.
The first official record of the “Mühle zu Wallern” – today known as Arnreiter Mühle – was as a combined sawmill and flour mill that was under the trusteeship of Steinhaus bei Wels.
The mill changed hands many times during its first decades. Local tradition states this is due to its location on the Trattnach River. The river used to flood regularly; the weir and parts of the mill were destroyed several times.
The Hirschvogel family from Saint Marienkirchen took over the mill on 7th April 1877 and managed the “Mühle zu Wallern” for two generations. The new owners extended the mill and also rented land for farming nearby.
A new weir was built in 1890, which protected the mill from flooding. After 1900, the Hirschvogel family used the mill only for processing flour and closed down the sawmill section. The Hirschvogels also added more storeys to the thatched residential and commercial buildings at the turn of the century.
The mill played a crucial role in food supply during the First World War, thanks to its high rate of efficiency. A bakery for brown bread was also added, in use until 1923.
The Hirschvogels renovated and invested in the mill during the difficult years of the depression, thus laying the foundation for its long-term financial success. In 1923 they replaced the old water wheel with a Francis turbine. It was time for the team of horses to be replaced by a lorry, also available for public transport and for employees. The next major change came in 1930 when modern roller mills took over from the old millstones.
As the Hirschvogels did not have any children, they gave the mill to their nephew Josef Eder and his wife Maria in 1938. That couple had one son, who died during the Second World War in Russia in 1943, and so it was their daughter Anna who inherited the family business. Anna Eder married Josef Arnreiter, who came from an old miller family from the Mühlviertel region, in 1947.
The mill has since been known as Arnreiter Mühle, and it survived the financial difficulties of the postwar period when many other mills closed down.
After several stages of modernisation and increases in the mill’s capacity, Josef Arnreiter introduced automatisation during the 1970s and adapted the warehouses to meet the demand for fast goods turnover. The storage capacity was increased to 1 500 tonnes and four more circular silos with a capacity of 1 000 tonnes were added. In 1988, Walter Arnreiter senior had a machine installed for removing husks from spelt and also increased storage capacity to meet growing demands.
Arnreiter Mühle has adhered to HACCP regulations for in-house quality and foodstuff hygiene procedures since 2001 and also has organic certification.
A fully automated monitoring system for PLC control (SPS) that regulates machine operations has been in use since 2003. A second grain destoner for the refining section has improved the quality assurance process.
In 2005, Walter Arnreiter junior took over as managing director and the Arnreiter Mühle became a limited company (GmbH).
Arnreiter Mühle GmbH was awarded further certification in 2007 – the IFS (International Featured Standard) – by ISA Cert. This certification rates products quality and foodstuff safety.
was the year when Arnreiter Mühle opened a second fully automated mill, including refining technology and a second millstone. Capacity was thus increased fourfold. The new refining technology enabled resource-conserving methods of grain processing. Up to 80 tonnes of grain can be ground and 20 tonnes of grain can be refined every day.
The foundation for Arnreiter Mühle’s ongoing success and growth is its commitment to keeping ahead of market developments and meeting the needs of its customers. This philosophy will continue to define the company, and its success in the market. Today Arnreiter Mühle is one of the most modern and diverse milling and foodstuff refining operations in Austria.