During the height of the pandemic, interest in automation accelerated. Companies used automation to lower the density of workers on the plant floor and create a healthier environment. Now dairy companies are automating for high assured output, lower waste and the capacity to meet rising demand and changing market tastes.
My husband and I recently went grocery shopping together — a rare event — to purchase food and ingredients we needed for hosting a small cocktail party. We were in the cookie and cracker aisle when my husband spotted it: a brand of crackers touting “Plant Based” on the front panel of its packaging.
While traditional animal-derived dairy remains a popular consumer choice, producers are now faced with an exciting opportunity to capitalize on the growing popularity of vegan, vegetarian and flexitarian diets that are driving demand for plant-based dairy alternatives.
With the COVID-19 pandemic continuing to disrupt supply chains and mounting pressure from consumers to deliver safe and sustainably packaged products, we are seeing a surge of interest from beverage processors in aseptic bottle filling solutions.
Pumps are a vital part of many dairy processing facilities, but it is important to select the correct pump for both the product (for example, creams might have different requirements than fruit purees) and the process.