Unilever has reduced electricity use by 13%, natural gas use by 16% and water consumption by more than 1.1 million gallons per year.
April 24, 2013
The Unilever Ice Cream plant in Henderson, Nev., was recognized for Outstanding Dairy Processing & Manufacturing Sustainability and Ballard Family Dairy & Cheese, Gooding, Idaho, was honored for Outstanding Achievement in Energy Efficiency.
Darigold exports two thirds of its milk powder production and three-quarters of its whey products.
April 20, 2013
Seattle-based Darigold, the marketing and processing subsidiary of the Northwest Dairy Association, announced the completion of its new milk powder dryer at its Lynden, Wash., processing plant. A fire destroyed the dryer in February 2012.
Oakhurst Dairy of Maine processes quality dairy and nondairy beverages and cultured products for its retail, commercial and private-label customers. It also operates a successful sustainability program that reduces energy, water and waste.
Ask anyone what they know about Maine and you’ll probably hear “lobster, lighthouses and L.L. Bean.” Milk? Probably not, because Maine isn’t a top dairy state. There are just four milk plants (and eight bulk tank units) in Maine, according to the most recent Interstate Milk Shippers List.
Burnett Dairy Cooperative built a 25,000-square-foot cold and dry storage addition to help it serve its growing retail customer base.
December 24, 2012
As Burnett’s foodservice and retail market continued to expand, the need for increased storage capacity had become ever more urgent. Over time the company’s existing dry storage gradually became outdated and too small for the company’s needs. The objective with the new storage space was twofold: expand volume and support growth in retail sales and service along with the existing foodservice line.
When choosing a new ERP system, look for a solution with built-in features specifically for highly regulated industries, such as dairy.
November 29, 2012
As regulations grow increasingly complex, it is ever more important for dairy manufacturers to choose the correct Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) software to manage their processes. There is no room for human error when the cost of one mistake could lead to a food recall, illness and in extreme cases death.
Matching the proper labeling supply to the application takes an understanding of the hundreds of chemicals used at chemical washdown sites.
November 28, 2012
Washdown areas in the dairy industry are among the most difficult areas to maintain OSHA compliance for food handling because bacteria can be found in almost any food handling scenario. The food industry relies on chemical washdown processes to eliminate bacteria. Signs and labels communicate safe plant procedures for these requirements. Because of the harsh environment, standard signs have a tendency to bleed or simply peel right off. The International Dairy Foods Association and the National Milk Producers Federation have introduced guidelines to ensure dairy products are protected and signs, labels and tags play an important role communicating these guidelines.
Heat exchangers are key components in a dairy processing plant that can directly affect food product quality, a supplier tells Dairy Foods. Other suppliers tell us that pasteurizers are not all alike. To learn more about processing milk and the equipment that is used, we convened a “virtual roundtable” of equipment manufacturers. What follows are edited remarks received via e-mail.