Fonterra doubles lactose recovery

23 Jun 2016

The upgrade underway at Fonterra’s Edgecumbe site will allow Fonterra to capture lactose that was previously unable to be extracted from the site’s waste stream by creatively applying existing filtration technology.

Fonterra doubles lactose recovery

The upgrade underway at Fonterra’s Edgecumbe site will allow Fonterra to capture lactose that was previously unable to be extracted from the site’s waste stream by creatively applying existing filtration technology, the company has announced.

While the project will cost NZ$8 million, it will double the amount of lactose the site is able to recover in a day, Fonterra said, reducing its reliance on imported lactose from overseas suppliers and delivering significant and ongoing cost savings.

Fonterra Director New Zealand Manufacturing, Mark Leslie says the upgrade will play a vital role in the Co-operative’s ability to provide high quality milk powder to the world.

“Lactose is used mainly in standardising milk powder, and the additional volumes of lactose we’re now able to capture will be essential in supplying the new dryer opening soon in Lichfield – one of our most strategically important builds,” said Leslie. “We are continually looking for ways to get the most out of our milk and this is another good example. We have found a creative way to use existing technology that will bring great results, save us cash and deliver real value for our farmers.”

Fonterra believes that not only will the upgrade generate savings for the co-operative, by removing even more solids from the site’s waste water, it will also reduce Fonterra Edgecumbe’s environmental footprint.

“Important to Fonterra is our commitment to creating a more sustainable dairy industry. As with any project we undertake, reducing our emissions and our environmental impacts is one of the first considerations,” said Leslie. “This project, and several others planned for the Edgecumbe site in the coming months demonstrate that ongoing commitment.”

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