Processing applications for ​​whey powder

Traditionally, whey was regarded as a useless by-product of cheese production. ​Now, thanks to the development of industrial methods like centrifugation, filtering and spray drying, it has become possible to produce a variety of very pure whey derived powders. They can be made efficiently on a large scale for use in applications requiring very high levels of food safety.  All this, combined with a deeper understanding of its nutritional value, means that whey is today regarded as an equally high-value ingredient as the curds.

Whey protein concentrate / isolate

Containing 0.8% protein, 4.5% lactose and 0.2 % minerals and salts, whey can be dried directly or fractionated into a variety of products. Whey protein concentrate (WPC) and whey protein isolate (WPI) are suitable ingredients for infant formula, sports drinks, and fortifying protein beverages for the sick and elderly. They are also used extensively in the food industry, to increase the nutritional value and improve the texture of products such as processed meat, sausages, health foods and candy bars.

Demineralised whey powders

The permeate generated during WPC and WPI fractionation can also be dried directly for use in food applications or further purified into lactose for use in infant formula, food and pharmaceutical applications. Finally, demineralised whey powders are also used in infant formula, chocolate and other applications that require a less salty flavour.

Making whey derived powders

After the 10% dry matter in your milk has been made into cheese, how do you extract and turn the whey into valuable whey derived powders? We support customers with expertise and equipment in whey processing, such as protein-extraction fractionation evaporation and drying, and powder handling.

Processing equipment for whey

Tetra Pak Whey Tray system for semi-hard cheese

Tetra Pak® Whey Tray system

Tetra Pak® Whey Tray system

The Tetra Pak® Whey Tray system is an advanced solution used for pressing and forming of semi-hard and hard cheeses including whey tray mould and lid handling

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.

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.

Sustainability

Whey water recovery

The high water content of whey (94%) poses challenges in the dairy industry. Reverse osmosis (RO) effectively removes water from whey, reducing the need for fresh water and streamlining transportation, leading to cost savings and environmental benefits. Watch the video to learn more.

 

Download here to read more how to add value to your whey with membrane filtration

Sustainability

Whey water recovery

The high water content of whey (94%) poses challenges in the dairy industry. Reverse osmosis (RO) effectively removes water from whey, reducing the need for fresh water and streamlining transportation, leading to cost savings and environmental benefits. Watch the video to learn more.

 

Download here to read more how to add value to your whey with membrane filtration

Customer case

Customer case: Making the most of whey

Mammen Dairies, a leading cheese producer, has partnered with Tetra Pak to implement a reverse osmosis membrane filtration system to efficiently concentrate whey protein from cheese production. This valuable by-product is now being transformed into a key ingredient for infant formula and sports nutrition drinks.

Whey insights

A filled infant formula bottle next to a bag of whey

Enhancing value in whey production through separation

What steps should you take to ensure your separation process enhances the value of your whey products?

Man with tablet, automation and digital solutions

Increased capacity for milk, whey powder producer

Tetra Pak PlantMaster enables a milk and whey-based powder ingredient producer to streamline their daily production, make quick changes and ensure full traceability throughout the plant.

Cheese categories

Cheese wheel gouda

Semi-hard and hard cheese

Semi-hard and hard cheese

Our sophisticated technologies and cheese production knowledge can help you achieve a product of uniform quality, with consistent weight and moisture levels.

Mozzarella cheese on pizza

Pasta Filata cheese

Pasta Filata cheese

Pasta filata cheese becomes elastic when heated and forms long strings when pulled, key characteristics associated with pizza cheese.

Spreadable cheese on bread

Spreadable cheese

Spreadable cheese

With our processing solutions for spreadable cheese food manufacturers have the ability to produce a product that is healthy, tasty and convenient.

Fresh cheese Varieties

Fresh cheese

Fresh cheese

Processing applications for​ other cheese varieties; cottage cheese, fresh cheese, ultra filtration and liquid filled cheeses, cream cheese and quark.

Cheddar cheese

Cheddar

Cheddar

This firm, cow's milk cheese ranges in flavour from mild to sharp, and in colour from natural white to bright orange.

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