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New Possibilities in Upstream Milk Processing

By Paul Grad |

Figure 1. Spray drying is widely used to form milk powders, which is one way to increase the shelf life and improve the ability to export milk products          GEA Niro[/caption] While thermal treatment remains king, new alternatives for processing milk are promising a number of benefits to the dairy industry The dairy industry faces a daunting challenge. It has to produce — at an affordable price — milk and milk products that are safe to consume, look good and taste good, and have a high nutritional value. Fresh milk is a highly perishable product with a relatively short shelf-life among farm products, so another challenge for the dairy farmers is to lengthen milks shelf-life. The dairy industry also has to contend with increasingly stringent regulations regarding the safety of its products, its environmental performance, and the demands of animal-rights activists. In addition to those challenges, the market has not been too kind to the industry. “The downturn in demand from China and Russia has resulted in an over supply of milk solids, therefore driving the prices down, says Maren Fiorelli, manager marketing & market intelligence at GEA Refrigeration Technologies GmbH (Düsseldorf, Germany; www.gea.com). “Meanwhile,…
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