Processing applications for dairy products

If there’s one supplier of processing solutions that’s really equipped to help you handle the challenges of the dairy business, it’s Tetra Pak. Whether you’re making milk for ambient or chilled distribution, fermented products or dairy powders, we thoroughly understand the complexities of dealing with this sensitive product.​

Cost reduction challenge

Given the extreme price pressure on milk, the biggest challenge confronting producers is to keep total cost of ownership in check.  That is why all Tetra Pak dairy production equipment is designed to optimize efficiency, and to help you achieve the desired product quality at the lowest possible cost - without compromising food safety. However, 'efficiency' is a moving target in this a huge, dynamic industry. Mega dairies are springing up in the major milk producing regions, enabling unprecedented economies of scale.

100 years and counting

At Tetra Pak, we are continually increasing the efficiency and accuracy of our systems – bringing our 100 plus years of application experience together with the latest technologies to help all kinds of dairy customers get the most out of their milk.

We are driving the industry's transition from batch to continuous production, which delivers numerous advantages. It reduces the surface footprint of dairy production lines, lowers CIP requirements, saves ingredients and minimises product losses. Automation is another key feature of the modern dairy, increasing efficiency and providing valuable data for continuous improvement.

Environmental challenges

Reducing environmental impacts is important for the dairy industry, and something that matters increasingly to consumers. In all our equipment and solution development, Tetra Pak focuses on minimizing utilities consumption and reducing the product losses generated by the process. To further minimize losses we offer systems that enable the recovery of proteins from filtration or separation processes for use in other products. Recovery and upgrading of wastewater is another way we help dairy customers reduce environmental impact.

Stay on top of the trends

The 'target' is continually moving in terms of trends and lifestyle too. For example, 'healthy' products have long been popular, but the consumer's definition of healthy has changed over time. Once synonymous with low fat, it later came to mean 'fortified' (with e.g. calcium, minerals and Omega 3), and more recently, the focus has shifted again. Nowadays, healthy is more about reducing lactose and adding protein. Our market intelligence experts keep abreast of these global consumption patterns, analysing and applying their learnings to help you satisfy continuously evolving market needs.​​

New consumers; new products

Moreover, today's health conscious consumers are not only found in the developed markets but are springing up in the developing markets too. Whey protein beverages for the elderly in China? Probiotic milk for colicky babies in North America?  There is always room for an innovative product! If you're working on a new idea, the food processing experts at our Product Development Centres can work alongside you to develop recipes and design the best production methods. Why not get in touch and book a time in the lab?

Dairy Processing Handbook

Read all about dairy processing the in Tetra Pak Dairy Processing Handbook

Applications for dairy

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Lactose-free milk and drinks

Lactose-free dairy products are growing worldwide, with consumers looking for a wide range of products that support digestive health and well-being.

UHT milk

Processing applications for UHT milk

Our processing solutions for UHT milk are proven to be the most reliable on the market with the highest level of hygienic design

Milk poured into glass

Pasteurized & ESL milk

​​​​​Processing applications for pasteurized & ESL milk Efficient and safe production with our expertise knowledge in chilled dairy processing

Milk pouring into glass

Recombined milk

Tetra Pak technology for recombined milk production gives you the lowest total cost of ownership, consistent product quality with maximum flexibility

Condensed milk in bowl

Concentrated & condensed milk

We offer both the technology and the knowhow to advise customers on the most suitable equipment and production method to achieve your desired result

Milk with flavors

Flavoured and formulated dairy products

By adding flavours and formulating dairy products, producers around the world are reaching whole new consumer groups with tasty, healthy products.

Bowl with cream

Cream processing and separation

Good news for cream producers. Fat is no longer enemy number one, and indulgence is a well-documented consumer trend!

yoghurt in bowl

Yoghurt and fermented dairy products

With deep knowledge of the essence of yoghurt, we develop processing solutions for the best taste, mouthfeel and texture for your yoghurt product

Milk powder

Milk powder

Milk powder has a longer shelf life than UHT milk and it compares favourably with the environmental cost of transporting UHT milk.


Other dairy products

Processing applications for smaller volume products based on milk, or at least include a certain amount of milk, examples are coffee and tea whiteners

Expanding the powder potential

Whether you produce basic ingredient powders from milk, whey or plants, or highly specialised powdered food and drinks, as your partner we make sure you get the exact properties you strive for. We combine our knowledge about consumer trends and behaviours, with expertise in recipe handling, powder properties, and food safety, to help you launch new quality powders on the market. And yes, we have processing and powder handling equipment too.