Automation is one way in which we can increase efficiency. It is all about giving customers control of their equipment, lines and all of their operations. Tetra Pak brings 40 years of experience in providing automation and information solutions tailored to the needs of the food industry and has embedded that intelligence in our equipment and production solutions. This ensures customers total control of plant operations, and the benefits that brings: enhanced and guaranteed performance, consistent product quality, uncompromising food safety and reduced environmental impact.
Here are some examples of how Tetra Pak equipment is helping customers to process and package their products in a cost-effective and sustainable way.
Bright Dairy is China's third largest dairy producer and the leading high-end producer of dairy products in China. With our help, they successfully developed and launched the world's first ever ambient yoghurt product to the Chinese market. The Tetra Pak® PlantMaster MES Suite solution we created for them is developed specifically for food production and connects processing and packaging together in one system – in one digital environment and on one screen.
Dutch cheese manufacturer CONO Kaasmakers wanted to become the greenest dairy in the world. To do this, they decided to build a new factory and asked Tetra Pak to install a complete processing solution. As well as helping CONO double its production of Beemster cheese, the new system saves 25 percent in gas and electricity use and 75 percent in water use, while creating 47 percent less wastewater per year. In 2019, production at the plant was certified climate neutral.
Mengniu is one of the largest producers of dairy products in China. When they asked Tetra Pak to help them meet tough new environmental laws and shift to a more sustainable production model, we installed our OneStep Technology. Not only did this allow the dairy to keep producing large volumes of high quality dairy products, it helped cut the plant's water use by between 30 and 50 percent, and its energy consumption cut between 30 and 40 percent.
Looking ahead, we are focusing our efforts on helping our customers further reduce their water use. Food producers are often water intensive, increasing the importance of water stewardship, and there is evidence that water may soon become a limiting factor for some of our dairy and beverage customers. In 2019, our new Water Centre of Expertise at Silkeborg in Denmark began offering customers water recovery and savings assessments.