If there’s one supplier of processing solutions that’s really equipped to help you handle the challenges of the dairy business, it’s Tetra Pak. Whether you’re making milk for ambient or chilled distribution, fermented products or dairy powders, we thoroughly understand the complexities of dealing with this sensitive product.
In 2013, global liquid dairy product consumption was calculated at approximately 287 billion litres. From this vast base, the industry enjoys an average of 1.8% further growth every year. While white milk still accounts for the largest volumes, these days value added products are growing even more rapidly. Since the end of quotas in Europe in 2015, milk production has increased, and the extra volumes are helping to satisfy growing demand in developing markets – most notably China, but also Africa and various parts of Asia. Global consumption is forecast to increase to about 309 billion litres by 2016.
Given the extreme price pressure on milk, the biggest challenge confronting producers is to keep total cost of ownership in check. That is why all Tetra Pak dairy production equipment is designed to optimize efficiency, and to help you achieve the desired product quality at the lowest possible cost - without compromising food safety. However, 'efficiency' is a moving target in this a huge, dynamic industry. Mega dairies are springing up in the major milk producing regions, enabling unprecedented economies of scale.
At Tetra Pak, we are continually increasing the efficiency and accuracy of our systems – bringing our 100 plus years of application experience together with the latest technologies to help all kinds of dairy customers get the most out of their milk.
We are driving the industry's transition from batch to continuous production, which delivers numerous advantages. It reduces the surface footprint of dairy production lines, lowers CIP requirements, saves ingredients and minimises product losses. Automation is another key feature of the modern dairy, increasing efficiency and providing valuable data for continuous improvement.
Reducing environmental impacts is important for the dairy industry, and something that matters increasingly to consumers. In all our equipment and solution development, Tetra Pak focuses on minimizing utilities consumption and reducing the product losses generated by the process. To further minimize losses we offer systems that enable the recovery of proteins from filtration or separation processes for use in other products. Recovery and upgrading of wastewater is another way we help dairy customers reduce environmental impact.
The 'target' is continually moving in terms of trends and lifestyle too. For example, 'healthy' products have long been popular, but the consumer's definition of healthy has changed over time. Once synonymous with low fat, it later came to mean 'fortified' (with e.g. calcium, minerals and Omega 3), and more recently, the focus has shifted again. Nowadays, healthy is more about reducing lactose and adding protein. Our market intelligence experts keep abreast of these global consumption patterns, analysing and applying their learnings to help you satisfy continuously evolving market needs.
Moreover, today's health conscious consumers are not only found in the developed markets but are springing up in the developing markets too. Whey protein beverages for the elderly in China? Probiotic milk for colicky babies in North America? There is always room for an innovative product! If you're working on a new idea, the food processing experts at our Product Development Centres can work alongside you to develop recipes and design the best production methods. Why not get in touch and book a time in the lab?
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