Consumers today care increasingly about the environment, and they expect the products they buy to be produced in an environmentally responsible way. Milk is no exception. In fact, a study conducted for the Innovation Center for U.S. Dairy showed that frequent milk users are more engaged in environmental issues than less frequent milk consumers.
With new types of containers becoming available, milk processors need to base their evaluation of alternatives on sound science. They also need to bear in mind that packaging is just one step in producing safe, fresh milk and dairy products. In order to fully and accurately assess the environmental, social and economic impact of a container, a holistic view of processing plant operations is needed.