Shelf life improvements for fresh products
Arla Foods work with reduction in loss of milk – the case of Gothenburg Dairy, Sweden
|Source : Arla Foods|
- Loss of milk through processing is a focus in all Arla plants.
- Dairy at Gothenburg (Sweden) launched a specific campaign aimed at reducing production waste by actions such as changing batch size or using less machines and lines.
- 50% cut in waste has been achieved since initiating the project 5 years ago.
Improved shelf life and distribution for dairy products
|Source : Tetra Pak International|
“A package’s main purpose is to save and protect the food inside until it is consumed”
Milk distribution without refrigeration:
- Aseptic carton packages enable transportation and storage at ambient temperatures, ensuring milk to be delivered and stored without refrigeration until it is consumed. The cartons and the milk are shelf-stable and last up to 12 months without the need for preservatives, saving energy and avoiding spoilage. This is particularly important in remote or developing areas of the world.
Shelf life improvement for fresh products:
- For pasteurized milk, our Extended Shelf Life (ESL) technology enables milk to stay fresh longer. ESL has the potential to quite significantly improve the distribution of pasteurized milk and prevent milk losses.
Reduction in loss of milk and milk products - Greece
|Source : IDF National Committee of Greece|
- Shelf life improvements for fresh products: returns are minimized and used as raw material for making other milk products
- Working with retailers and consumers to reduce household waste: it is done at a very satisfactory level.
Reducing household food waste – United Kingdom
|Source : Dairy UK|
- Over the last 20 years the dairy industry has invested heavily in improvements in technology and techniques. These have resulted in dairy products with much longer shelf-lives and better packaging which have lead to significant improvements in the quality and longevity of our products. Dairy products now come in a variety of portion sizes and these continue to evolve, for example a 50g pack has been developed for butter which has been designed to avoid unnecessary food waste. In addition, milk is available in a wide range of sizes from singe portion milk pots up and 6-pint bottles and larger. In figures presented by WRAP, only a small percentage of consumers were found to be dissatisfied with the range of portion sizes available for dairy products sold in the UK.
- As indicated, the industry has also and will continue to improve shelf life of the dairy products available to consumers in the UK, with the shelf-life of milk increasing from 4 days to 12 days in the last 20 years, with consumers expecting about 10 days from purchase. In addition the shelf life of many other fresh and processed dairy products has improved in the UK.
- Dairy UK is also working with the Waste Resource Action Program (WRAP) on messages and initiatives to promote the reduction of household dairy waste including their Love Food Hate Waste campaign.
- Keeping your fridge at a cool 1-5 degrees will keep your milk fresher for longer
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