Tetra Pak introduces 14 state-of-the-art lines for cheese manufacturing

Tetra Pak has developed unique lines to achieve peculiar types of cheese.
Tetra Pak introduces 14 state-of-the-art lines for cheese manufacturing

Leveraging over 50 years of experience in the cheese category, the biggest dairy food segment in the world at 42 per cent share (and more than 27 Bn Kg), the new BPL concepts provide a complete production solution for customers, optimised to fit their needs. The processing lines utilise proven equipment combined with industry-leading expertise to create a safe and easy route to profitable cheese production with a higher yield, while incorporating the traditional cheesemaking techniques. The hygienic production process enables a longer product shelf life, as well as consistent and replicable quality. Sustainability is also a factor, with solutions focusing on reducing water, steam, and power consumption.

Fred Griemsmann, Vice President-Cheese & Powder Systems at Tetra Pak says, “Cheese is consumed on every continent around the world, and consumer appeal shows no signs of abating. In fact, it’s quite the opposite.”

“We’ve expanded and deepened our expertise and knowledge over the last decade, consolidated our proficiency and sites in the US, and recently invested Euro 25M to create a world-class cheese production centre in Poland. With 50 years of expertise, we are the only supplier for complete solutions from milk intake, cheese production, through to packaging. This provides us with a sophisticated toolkit that enables us to tailor solutions to be completely suited to the customers’ needs, and we are so confident in these new Best Practice Line solutions that they come with performance guarantees,” Griemsmann adds.

Investing in Innovation: The most popular cheese is yellow cheese, accounting for a 34 per cent share of the global cheese volume, and includes both hard and semi-hard cheese varieties. The Tetra Pak draining belt portfolio provides continuous production of fused and stirred Cheddar and Pasta Filata cheese types. These enclosed belt systems are designed to automatically drain, acidify and texture, mill, salt and mellow cheese curd, similar to the traditional cheese method. Fines from whey are captured by a fines saver screen integrated in the belt machine maximising yield. This design allows for consistent curd production resulting in uniform acidity, moisture, salt concentration and loading rate.

The second most popular cheese category is Mozzarella. With a focus on yield improvement, product quality, and reduced environmental impact for the production of Mozzarella, the Tetra Pak Cooker Stretcher DDA dry cooker uses a (patented) heated auger and dimpled heated jacket technology to heat the product indirectly resulting in higher fat retention in the final product. Employing nine independent heating zones with integrated ingredient addition capabilities, it offers producers unprecedented control of the cooking process.

Tetra Pak´s draining and forming systems set the benchmark in the industry. The Tetra Pak Blockformer system - where curd is compacted in a series of vacuum and pressure relief cycles - employs an advanced design enabling it to run Parmesan cheese as well as Cheddar cheese. Meanwhile, Tetra Pak Casomatic systems efficiently drain and form semi-hard cheese and promote high-quality whey production. These reliable systems maximise yield with a highly controlled process that eliminates weight and moisture variations in the final cheese product. The hygienic design enables long production runs and short cleaning cycles to optimise uptime.

Growing Consumer Appetite: COVID-19 has shifted consumer behaviours in many ways and cheese is no exception, with a third (36 per cent) of consumers saying they have significantly increased their intake of cheese throughout the global pandemic. This is due, in part, to the fact that we are spending more time at home, providing us with increased opportunities to eat cheese, such as when watching TV (36 per cent), with a drink (35 per cent) or as a quick lunch (35 per cent).

People are very attuned to the wellbeing benefits of cheese, acknowledging that it is healthy (56 per cent), nutritious (51 per cent) and high in protein (42 per cent) and calcium (41 per cent).

It is apparent that there is real demand from consumers to know the origins of their food, with an overwhelming majority (77 per cent) expressing an interest in the process of cheese production, specifically the ingredients and where they are from (72 per cent), where the product is made (52 per cent), the heat treatments used (41 per cent) and the sterile production (37%). Over a third (36 per cent) also place particular value on environmentally friendly packaging.

Fred Griemsmann continues, “Cheese has been an essential part of our diet for centuries and it is set to remain so for many years to come. People are becoming more adventurous in terms of taste and texture, and we have the facility to accommodate this, ensuring that there is no compromise on the overall quality of the end result.”

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