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.
Author: Roland Sossna
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.
Last year, German dairy farms processed 31.5 million tons of milk. According to recent findings by the Hannover University of Applied Sciences, a third of this amount could be recovered directly from different processing stages, winning back water for production, cleaning or processing. The focus now is on vapors from milk and dairy evaporation processes, as well as on permeating...
By its nature, wine contains a good bit of energy from the sun. At the same time, producing and transporting it requires a great deal of conventional energy. For years, wine producers have been striving for sustainability and attempting to put cost-saving solutions into practice.
An increasing number of companies are adopting measures to save energy. In their efforts, these companies focus on protecting the environment and reducing costs. Whereas converting to an energy-saving system can be expensive at first, making the investment pays off in many ways.
Valves are part of the daily work of every dairy. And anyone who deals with valves on an everyday basis knows that the devil is in the detail – because even minor faults can severely disrupt production.
The number of products produced in dairies is constantly growing. It is often not the dairies, however, which take the initiative to keep increasing the variety in stores. Instead, it is the retailers themselves who want to set their own brands apart from their competitors’ with special or seasonal products. For the manufacturer, that means adjusting their process technologies.
Themed week Flavor variety: Product variations and innovations: The agony or pleasure of having to choose?
The range of dairy products is incredibly large – much more extensive than what consumers are used to with beer and other beverages. And every year new products are added to the selection of dairy products. Some of them are so-called line extensions, or expansions to existing product lines by adding new flavors. Innovations account for the other new products.