The best dairy manufacturing or processing innovation category saw a great many new technologies saving time or money in dairy manufacturing and throughout the distribution chain, improving environmental sustainability criteria, packing line efficiency, safety and tracking this year.
In processing, the Nutrilac solution for acid whey dip from Arla Foods Ingredients offers a way to use acid whey, which is a waste product of Greek-style yogurts and produces an eco-friendly dip with a smooth structure and a creamy mouth feel – as does Watershed Foods, which offers a unique way to consume dairy with a freeze-dried yogurt, which suspends the nutritious elements of real yogurt while creating a convenient on-the-go snack; the patented formula contains real fruit, real yogurt and healthy probiotics.
Burgu Cheese machine from MuratBey creates a unique new spiral shape for cheese, which not only helps position cheese as a product that can be consumed at any hour of the day but also is appealing and engaging for children.
The production area on the other hand saw new technologies and products to enhance manufacturing.
Eco Gold Bio Ksheera from Biogold Industries is a multi-purpose cattle feed supplement that increases milk yield and quality. It also increases health, works as a natural dewormer, offers nutrition for pregnant cows and helps to avoid abortion. And the hydrodynamic cavitation technology from SPX Flow Technology marks a technological breakthrough in efficient microscopic mixing and scale-free heating based on hydrodynamic cavitation, which is effective both in viscosity reduction and microstructural conditioning.
Parker Hannifin Manufacturing has designed the Valairdata 3, which is a portable unit designed to verify the integrity of sterile gas filters quickly and easily while the Genetic Optimizer from Junction Solutions enables manufacturers to reduce the workload associated with scheduling and optimising the most complex multi-step production and packaging schedules.
Among innovations that improve packaging, we have Chobani’s integration of flip and in form-fill-seal systems to produce Greek yogurt pouches and pouches for tots as part of a more comprehensive growth strategy with investment reinforcing the brand’s resonance with young people, as well as reaching new consumers. The Roll ‘n’ Blow bottle thermoforming machine by Serac offers an economical technology for the manufacturing of bottles from a plastic sheet, with the added benefits of better resistance to vertical compression compared to flat thermoforming and reduced footprint of packaging production.
Finally, I’m Green polyethylene from Braskem is an alternative raw material that is 100% renewable. The thermoplastic resin is produced with ethylene made from sugarcane ethanol and provides an opportunity to enhance product and brand value by delivering an innovative and sustainable packaging solution to the market.
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