Managing Director, Tetra Pak
Todd Hutson has been in the membrane filtration industry for over 30 years. He brings a lot of experience in a variety of applications both dairy and non-dairy. He currently is the managing director of the Tetra Pak Filtration Solutions group here in the USA.
Today's customers are more and more demanding for higher quality dairy products. There is greater desire for low spore powders, extended shelf-life milk, and zero defect cheese. Ceramic membrane systems, or a bactocatch, is a membrane technology used to produce all of these high value products. A bactocatch system removes bacteria and spores from dairy streams at 5-7 log reduction. They are unique in the way that they can extend the shelf life of milk without more damaging heat treatments. Ceramic membranes are capable to withstand higher processing temperatures. They have a unique and more uniform pore size distribution which make them an ideal technology for this application. There are many line solutions with microfiltration ceramic membranes for spore removal as well as certain equipment set-ups that minimize product waste.