Three technologies from Fonterra to preserve milk quality | Sunday Observer

Three technologies from Fonterra to preserve milk quality

7 February, 2021
New-age milk fingerprinting technology has meant faster, stringent testing that guarantees quality at the source.
New-age milk fingerprinting technology has meant faster, stringent testing that guarantees quality at the source.

Fonterra has pioneered three cutting-edge technologies to drive sustainable improvement in milk quality from “rapid chilling technology” to instantly preserve milk, “milk fingerprinting” screening that ensures milk supplied is of the highest quality, to the company’s own end-to-end “traceability” system that makes the entire journey of raw milk to finished product completely transparent.

A key challenge faced by milk collectors is milking-to-chilling time. Fonterra installed rapid chilling technology, one of the first of its kind in Sri Lanka, to reduce the risk of quality deterioration.  The Milk Collection Centres play a critical role in terms of quality testing and screening of milk. Fonterra pioneered the use of ‘milk fingerprinting technology’ in Sri Lanka across all its milk chilling centres to ensure that the quality and integrity of milk supplied is intact.  

The company introduced a world-class electronic traceability system in Sri Lanka which can track milk used for its Anchor and Anchor Newdale fresh dairy products, with 100% documented traceability to the farmer. This provides Fonterra’s on-farm support team the opportunity to work with farmers to further uplift their on-farm quality practices.  “Such advanced supply chain technologies help us ensure that the best milk is supplied from our farmers and made into the highest quality dairy products for our consumers,” said Managing Director of Fonterra Brands Lanka, Ms. Vidya Sivaraja. “These efforts are reviewed by a New Zealand milk quality team through an annual audit.”

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