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 Processors Upgrade Equipment Amid Projections for Dairy Market Growth  

 Dairy product sales are expected to reach $494 billion by 2015, and global milk production is projected to jump 19% by 2020, compared with 2010, according to a report by the Association  for Packaging and Processing Technologies. The forecasted growth has driven 80% of dairy processors to invest in equipment upgrades, the study says, including robotic controls, energy-saving capabilities and inspection systems. 

The 2013 edition of “Dairy Industry — A Market Assessment,” is a new study that PMMI, The Association for Packaging and Processing Technologies, will release during  PACK EXPO which will be held in Las Vegas, Nevada on September 23 – 25, 2013.

“The dairy industry is very interested in optimizing production, and with that comes a willingness to adopt new technologies and doing more with less,” says Jorge Izquierdo, vice president, market development, PMMI.

As a result, 80 percent of the processors interviewed for this study reported that they’re evaluating their machine needs, and out of that group, 75 percent plan to purchase equipment in the next 12 to 24 months. Wish lists include robotic controls, greater output, more inspection systems and energy-savers like sleep mode.

Dairy manufacturers are also looking at product innovations, including aseptic processing, and changes in packaging shapes and materials, and food safety is always top-of-mind. However, in an industry that is already heavily monitored and regulated, good food safety practices are in place, so dairy processors are focusing more intently on the documentation and record-keeping requirements of the Food Safety Modernization Act.

“The study found that increasing production is their first priority, and FSMA is second for two-thirds of the manufacturers,” says Izquierdo. “Dairy processors are performing internal audits and acting upon them, implementing or upgrading their track-and-trace programs, creating a compliance manager job function and working on FSMA documentation. Their future machinery needs will center on easy-to-clean features and data collection that facilitates documenting operations,” he says.

Source: PMMI News Release

Editorial Contact:
Kate Achelpohl
Director, Member Communications

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