September 16, 2019


Dutch food industry innovator creates processing line for traceable milk



TOP BV,  a Dutch service provider of innovation for the food industry, has developed a new processing line to make traceable milk a reality, the company announced on September 10.


"Milk from one cow individually packaged. That is the vision with which the project, 'ElkeMelk', responds to the growing interest in local products from known origins," TOP BV said in a press release.

The concept of ElkeMelk was created in consideration that the milk of each individual cow has a unique taste. Processing milk separately per cow gives the milk a more natural perception than the standardised, homogenised and fractionated milk from standard factory processes, TOP BV explained.

In order to make ElkeMelk technically viable, dairy farmer Matthijs Baan turned to TOP BV for assistance.

"TOP BV was happy to take on the challenge and has since developed a completely new process from scratch for this milk pasteurisation concept," the company said.

"The process line consists of a pasteuriser 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."

According to TOP BV, the pasteuriser was designed to function as a stand-alone unit and is very suitable for small food producers who are looking for a professional industrial machine for the pasteurisation of various liquid foods. The filler was designed to work in line with the pasteuriaer.

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