SWITZERLAND – Swedish-Swiss multinational food packaging and processing company, Tetra Pak has announced 14 new Best Practice Lines (BPLs) for cheese manufacturers in an effort to bolster sustainable production of high-quality cheeses.

Cheeses that will benefit from the new BPLs include Mozzarella, Semi-hard cheese, Cheddar, Fresh cheese production, and Cottage Cheese. Together, these cheese types make up 79% of all cheese volumes and have a CAGR forecast of 3% (2021-2025), according to Tetra Pak.

The processing lines utilise proven equipment combined with industry-leading expertise to create a safe and easy route to profitable cheese production with a higher yield, while incorporating the traditional cheesemaking techniques,” Tetra Pak said.

The company further noted that the hygienic production process provided by the new BPLs  enables a longer product shelf life, as well as consistent and replicable quality.

The new BPLs also factor in sustainable cheese production, with solutions focusing on reducing water, steam, and power consumption incorporated into the lines.

Tetra Pak is advancing technology in cheese production at a time when there is a growing consumer appetite for cheese. In a study cited by Tetra Pak, a third (36%) of consumers said they have significantly increased their intake of cheese throughout the global pandemic.

This is due, in part, to the fact that consumers are spending more time at home, providing us with increased opportunities to eat cheese, such as when watching TV (36%), with a drink (35%) or as a quick lunch (35%).

The study also found out that people are very attuned to the wellbeing benefits of cheese, acknowledging that it is healthy (56%), nutritious (51%) and high in protein (42%) and calcium (41%).

The growing demand for cheese, which already is  the biggest dairy food segment in the world at 42% share (and more than 27Billion Kg), provides dairy companies with an opportunity to tap into.

With 50 years of expertise, Tetra Pak has distinguished itself as a supplier with complete solutions from milk intake, cheese production, through to packaging.

The company recently invested €25M to create a world-class cheese production centre in Poland further expanding its ability to tailor solutions completely suited to customer needs.

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