Technological innovation in the dairy sector goes hand in hand with market transformation and takes into account consumer demands and geographical areas.
There are several companies worldwide that carry out research and develop new production and processing techniques, with a particular focus on food safety and the environment. One, for example, is Tetra Pak, which launched the world’s largest capacity food processing homogenizer in partnership with the China-based food company Yinlu.
The Tetra Pak Homogenizer 500 can produce up to 63,600 litres per hour, offering outstanding product quality at the lowest operational cost available. Anders Karlsson, Technical Director of Tetra Pak, announced that the launch of the world’s largest capacity homogenizer means that customers can obtain significant economies of scale, producing more for a lower cost per litre.
Dairy has always been one of the Swedish multinational’s core businesses. The company has developed a series of technological devices and solutions to achieve efficiency and excellence in dairy production. The ultimate goal is to guide the transition from batch to continuous production, reduce running costs, increase flexibility, provide effective solutions for Cleaning in Place (CIP), and minimize losses.
Amongst other things, Tetra Pak has extended the application of its OneStep processing technology for milk production from powder. This technology provides a solution for manufacturers of UHT milk by shortening processing steps without impeding product quality; it removes the multiple steps of pasteurisation and intermediate storage in the traditional process of milk preparation.
Completely automated and able to operate continuously, Tetra Pak’s OneStep technology reduces the amount of milk normally wasted between processing phases and improves consistency in product quality. It also provides drying solutions designed to capture economies of scale and transform surplus milk into powder. In countries where producing milk from powder is common practice due to an insufficient supply of raw milk, such as the Middle East, the Far East and Africa, this is considerably important.