​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Membrane filtration solutions for dairy, plant-based and alternative ingredient products​

Membrane filtration supports efficient production of milk- and whey-based foods and beverages as well as high-value nutrients for infants, sports people, and seniors. It is also used to concentrate plant-based proteins, to purify alternative proteins. 

 

Membrane filtration also facilitates process water recovery and reuse, meeting high-quality standards. Traditional food processing often results in wastewater being dismissed down the drain. But with membrane filtration, it can be reused for equipment cleaning or even in food processes where it has direct contact with the product itself. Treated water can surpass even drinking water standards in some regions. 

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Filtration applications

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​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Filtration solutions for milk

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Filtration solutions for milk

Membrane filtration is a core processing technology for dairies. It is a cost-effective treatment that uses no heat, thus preserving the milk’s properties.

Whey powder

​​​​​​​​​​​Filtration solutions for whey

​​​​​​​​​​​Filtration solutions for whey

One of the most common applications of membrane filtration in the dairy industry is the treatment of whey from cheese manufacturer.

Milk and Whey

Filtration for milk and whey ingredients

Filtration for milk and whey ingredients

Ingredients derived from milk and whey are one of the fastest growing dairy industry segments. Membrane filtration plays a key role in their production.

Yoghurt with blueberries and raspberries

Filtration for fermented dairy products

Filtration for fermented dairy products

Membrane filtration process ensures that the desired level of protein remains in the finished product. This optimises product yield, smoothness and mouthfeel.

White cheese

Filtration solutions for cheese

Filtration solutions for cheese

Membrane filtration allows cheesemakers to optimize their cheese milk composition and thereby ensure production quality and efficiency.

Different plant-based drinks

Filtration for plant-based and New Foods

Filtration for plant-based and New Foods

Membrane filtration is used in the dairy industry to create high-protein products and powder. For plant-based products possibilities are virtually unlimited.

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Filtration for water recovery

Filtration for water recovery

Driven by our strong focus on sustainability, protection of the environment, and reuse of natural resources, we have developed a number of innovative membrane-based solutions, which reduce the environmental footprint of the food industry.

Membrane filtration processing equipment

Multi pilot plant spiral wound 60 bar

Rental pilot plants

Rental pilot plants

We offer different types of easy-to-use pilot plants for rental. All the various dairy filtration pro­cesses can be tested by means of our different types.

Tetra Pak UF system P

Tetra Pak® UF system P

Tetra Pak® UF system P

Tetra Pak® UF system P is a pre-engineered ultrafiltration system for separating milk or whey components to make value-added dairy products.

Plate and frame ultrafiltration unit

Tetra Pak® Plate and frame ultrafiltration unit

Tetra Pak® Plate and frame ultrafiltration unit

Concentrates a yoghurt or a fermented cream cheese to achieve the desired composition and texture.

Tetra Pak Ultrafiltration unit SW

Tetra Pak® Ultrafiltration unit SW

Tetra Pak® Ultrafiltration unit SW

Concentrates fermented products to achieve the desired composition and texture.

Expert advice on membrane filtration

How we do business with you

What can you expect from us when you enquire for a membrane filtration system? Let’s show you our process. To put it simply, you can expect us to deliver the best solution for your needs.

Transportation and cost savings

Transport and cost savings are a top priority for the dairy and food industry. So, how do you achieve these savings? One option is water removal from products by using membrane filtration.

High-quality membrane filtration of whey proteins for ingredients

Processing of whey from cheese manufacturers is one of the most common membrane filtration applications in the dairy industry. Our expert explains how you get the most of your whey.

Achieve high levels of protein without additives

High-protein product like skyr, Greek yoghurt, labneh and quark are seen as superfoods by many health-conscious consumers. Learn how to achieve high-protein levels without adding milk protein powder.

How to ensure efficient operation of your membrane filtration system

How do you get the most out of raw materials, keep operating costs down, and minimise the environmental footprint? One answer is our membrane filtration service.

Spiral-wound membrane filtration - the key technology behind innovative food solutions

Spiral-wound membrane filtration is a key technology behind innovative food solutions. See how feed components are separated to let food producers put them together again in new ways (and make new products).

Our membrane expertise

Membranes are key to the performance of your membrane filtration system. We know how to help you find the right membranes for your products, and we source from all suppliers.

How does a spiral-wound membrane filtration system work?

We use the example of protein concentration for high-protein products, which is one of the most common membrane filtration applications.

Membrane filtration services and membrane types and tools

Membranes accessories

After sales service membrane filtration

Due to our high level of activity and largescale mem­brane purchase, we are able to offer extremely favourable prices and outstanding logistics to all customers

Membrane types

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Membrane types and applications​

The heart in any membrane filtration process is the membrane itself, and choosing the best membrane for a given process is often a complex task.

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Membrane tools

We offer a number of handy and easy-to-use systems and tools for installation, maintenance, and troubleshooting of your filtration system.

Membrane filtration processes

Within the dairy industry, four different membrane filtration processes are used: microfiltration (MF), ultrafiltration (UF), nanofiltration (NF), and reverse osmosis (RO). The figure illustrates which milk and whey components can be concentrated by means of each process, depending on the density of the membrane.

Microfiltration unit from Tetra Pak

Microfiltration

Microfiltration

Microfiltration uses the most open type of membrane, which is used to separate bacteria, spores, and fat globules from the stream, and for fractionation of skim milk. ​

• Bacterial removal
• Casein standardization
• Brine treatment
• Cheese milk preparation
• Fat removal
• Extended shelf life
• MCC production

Nanofiltration unit from Tetra Pak

Nanofiltration

Nanofiltration

Nanofiltration separates a range of minerals from a liquid, allowing only the fluid and certain monovalent ions to pass through the membrane.

• Demineralized milk and whey
• Salt reduction
• High solids concentration
• Infant formula

Ultrafiltration unit from Tetra Pak

Ultrafiltration

Ultrafiltration

Ultrafiltration separates the feed (e.g. skim milk) into two streams, allowing water, dissolved salts, lactose, and acids to pass through it in either direction, while retaining (and thereby concentrating) proteins and fat.

• Protein standardization
• Brine treatment
• Milk: MPC/MPI
• Whey: WPC/WPI
• Lactoferrin
• De-calcification
• Cream cheese
• White cheese
• Greek yogurt
• Skyr
• Quark
• Milk drinks
• Desserts

Reverse Osmosis unit from Tetra Pak

Reverse Osmosis

Reverse Osmosis

Reverse Osmosis is the tightest possible membrane process in liquid separation. It concentrates the total solids, and only water can pass through the membrane; all dissolved and suspended material is rejected.

• Solids concentration
• Milk concentration
• Whey concentration
• UF permeate concentration
• Buttermilk concentration

Microfiltration unit from Tetra Pak

Microfiltration

Microfiltration

Microfiltration uses the most open type of membrane, which is used to separate bacteria, spores, and fat globules from the stream, and for fractionation of skim milk.

​ • New Food fermentation
• Plant protein concentration, fractionation, and standardization
• Bacterial removal
• Juice clarification
• New protein sources
• Plant based drinks
• Plant based yoghurt
• Plant based protein ingredients
• Tofu
• Coconut, orange, and other juices

Nanofiltration

Nanofiltration

Nanofiltration separates a range of minerals from a liquid, allowing only the fluid and certain monovalent ions to pass through the membrane.

• Solids concentration and standardization
• Sugar standardization
• Tea and coffee concentration
• Plant based powder

Ultrafiltration unit from Tetra Pak

Ultrafiltration

Ultrafiltration

Ultrafiltration separates the feed (e.g. skim milk) into two streams, allowing water, dissolved salts, lactose, and acids to pass through it in either direction, while retaining (and thereby concentrating) proteins and fat.

​ • New Food fermentation
• Plant protein concentration, fractionation, and standardization
• Bacterial removal
• Juice clarification
• New protein sources
• Plant based drinks
• Plant based yoghurt
• Plant based protein ingredients
• Tofu
• Coconut, orange, and other juices

Reverse Osmosis unit from Tetra Pak

Reverse Osmosis

Reverse Osmosis

Reverse Osmosis is the tightest possible membrane process in liquid separation. It concentrates the total solids, and only water can pass through the membrane; all dissolved and suspended material is rejected.

• Solids concentration and standardization
• Sugar standardization
• Tea and coffee concentration
• Plant based powder

Nanofiltration unit from Tetra Pak

Nanofiltration

Nanofiltration separates a range of minerals from a liquid, allowing only the fluid and certain monovalent ions to pass through the membrane.

• Product recovery
• Process water recovery
• CIP chemical reclaim
• Reduction of freshwater consumption

Reverse Osmosis unit from Tetra Pak

Reverse Osmosis

Reverse Osmosis is the tightest possible membrane process in liquid separation. It concentrates the total solids, and only water can pass through the membrane; all dissolved and suspended material is rejected.

• Product recovery
• Process water recovery
• CIP chemical reclaim
• Reduction of freshwater consumption

Enhance production with membrane filtration

Are you innovating in food and beverage creation or focusing on product quality and production flexibility? Membrane filtration is the key.

 

Facing challenges like rapid product launches, quality maintenance, operational efficiency, and sustainable production for revenue growth, we understand your complexities.

 

Explore our engineered filtration solutions for both line and stand-alone applications, ensuring increased yield and maximum uptime.

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