Resource efficiency – this is what the food and beverage industry will be striving toward in the years ahead. According to Statista, the German food industry consumes well over 320,000 terajoules (TJ) of energy during processing. The figure for losses related to processing and distributing products is 18 million tons. And that’s not all. To produce raw materials for the...
Author: Roland Sossna
Sales of dairy drinks are booming. Between December 2016 and November 2017, sales grew by 7.4 percent, reports the Düsseldorf-based Information Resources GmbH. This number does, however, include the increasingly popular plant-based alternatives. The use of sales promotions on the retail end also significantly contributed to the result.
Within the food sector, the dairy industry plays a leading role when it comes to IT-based process management. Despite their complexity, the already extremely automated processes in this industry still don’t represent real “digitalization” – but the potential is there.
Brexit is set to affect all economic sectors, and the dairy industry is no exception, as the UK’s exit from the EU will likely have a major impact. That is, unless those at the negotiating table begin to show signs of levelheadedness. However, at this stage that’s likely wishful thinking. After all, the EU is intent on setting a precedent...
The World Economic Forum was held in Davos a few weeks ago. In our fast-paced world, that means it’s generally already been forgotten. What was it exactly that Trump or Merkel said? Most of us, including the author of these lines, have to resort to a Google search to answer that question. And that’s too bad, because several items on...
The start of every year means people’s thoughts turn to the future of the economy. The dairy industry is no exception. What kind of revenue will the most important product groups bring in? And what lucrative opportunities will develop in milk processing? Dairy farmers around the world ask themselves these and many other questions each and every year.
The “Milk Focus Day” has become a firm fixture at drinktec. On September 15, the world’s leading trade fair for the beverage and liquid food industry will be completely devoted to milk.
It’s impossible to optimize processes without transparent production flows. And if individual process steps lack clarity, those hoping to make improvements will end up flying blind. Industry 4.0 can help dairies monitor and improve production steps.
The extensive needs and wishes of today’s consumers are reflected in the huge variety of dairy products that are available. Some segments are particularly successful: Lactose-free and lactose-reduced products, for example, are becoming increasingly popular. Not surprising, considering that around one in seven people in Germany suffers from lactose intolerance.
Milk crises and ongoing trade pressure have further restricted available budgets at dairies in recent years. Yet at the same time, product and food safety are the pillars of every dairy’s business. Safety cannot be compromised as a result of cost-cutting measures. The production area’s equipment and immediate surroundings are and will remain the key to producing flawless, high-quality products.