Milk’s modern makeover: The booming global dairy processing equipment market

January 30, 2024

The dairy processing equipment market is projected to grow from €9.85 billion in 2023 to €13.25 billion by 2028, at a CAGR of 6.2%.

This growth is driven by the competitive nature of the dairy sector, where companies are constantly seeking to enhance their production processes. This competitive edge is achieved through substantial investments in cutting-edge dairy processing equipment, enabling manufacturers to maintain superior product quality while achieving cost-effectiveness. The adoption of advanced processing technologies is not just a trend but a necessity for companies aiming to streamline operations, reduce production costs, and optimise resource utilisation, thereby boosting overall efficiency.

Pasteurisers: Leading the dairy processing equipment market

Among the various types of dairy processing equipment, pasteurisers are emerging as one of the largest sub-segments. Their role in ensuring product safety and extending shelf life makes very useful in the dairy industry. In light of stringent food safety regulations, dairy processors are increasingly turning to pasteurisation technology. Pasteurisation eliminates harmful pathogens and bacteria, thus enhancing the quality and safety of dairy products. Pasteurisers are essential in processing a wide array of dairy items, including milk and cheese, and their versatility in meeting regulatory standards further cements their importance in the dairy processing equipment market.

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Navigating challenges and embracing opportunities

The dairy industry is currently navigating through the challenge of managing surplus solids non-fat (SNF), a byproduct of fat extraction from cow’s milk. Addressing this issue, initiatives like the Dairy Innovation and Investment Fund are supporting projects that focus on modernising and increasing the processing capacity for SNF.

This approach not only addresses immediate challenges but also aligns with sustainability goals by minimising waste. The sustained government funding and focus on technological upgrades and capacity expansion present significant opportunities for equipment manufacturers and suppliers.

As the dairy processing equipment market evolves, these developments are expected to play a role in shaping the future of dairy production, emphasising efficiency, sustainability, and innovation.

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