TOP BV develops new milk processing line for traceability

By Jim Cornall

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The new unit from TOP BV means milk from individual cows can be bottled for traceability.
The new unit from TOP BV means milk from individual cows can be bottled for traceability.

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Milk from one cow individually packaged is the vision with which project ‘ElkeMelk’ responds to the growing interest in local products from known origins.

Innovation company TOP BV, from Wageningen, in the Netherlands, has developed a new processing line to make this ultimate traceable milk a reality.

The ElkeMelk concept was created because the milk of each individual cow has a unique taste. Processing the milk separately per cow gives the milk a more natural perception than the standardized, homogenized and fractionated milk from standard factory processes.

In order to make ElkeMelk technically viable, dairy farmer and initiator Matthijs Baan turned to TOP BV for assistance. TOP BV developed a completely new process from scratch for this milk pasteurization concept.

The process line consists of a pasteurizer in combination with a filler and an intelligent software system. Together with the dairy farmer, a seamless connection to the milking robots was established. Also, the system was kept small enough to work well within the limited space that was available at the food grade area on the farm.

The pasteurizer was designed to function as a stand-alone unit and is suitable for small food producers who are looking for a professional industrial machine for the pasteurization of various liquid foods such as fruit juices, smoothies, etc. The filler was designed to work in line with the pasteurizer.

Because the bottles are automatically imported and exported only one person is needed to operate the complete processing line.

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