In 2016, Arla Foods Ingredients opened the doors to one of the world’s most advanced hydrolysate factories. Located in Denmark, the €40 million facility can produce approximately 4,000 tonnes of high-quality whey and casein hydrolysates annually. The factory features state-of-the-art manufacturing technology as well as pilot plants, analytical laboratories and R&D facilities. It complies with – and exceeds – the strictest quality and safety standards in the industry.
With 250 employees working in shifts around the clock, producing more than 80 different protein ingredients and 25 lactose ingredients for customers all over the world, the new factory is equipped to answer growing demands for whey proteins in medical nutrition and many other applications. Yet it’s not so much the size of the facility we emphasise. It’s the extreme levels we go to to ensure product purity and safety.
Meeting medical demands for whey proteins
For example, incoming whey is constantly tested, with the pH and nitrate content of samples tested at unloading. We also take samples and monitor the temperature, immediately analysing the chemical components and sending bacteriological samples to our factory lab for analysis. Everything is checked before it can move to the next stage – and traced throughout the entire production process.
The hygiene of a hospital operating theatre
Products are processed in individual production areas, where, in several cases, the hygiene level exactly matches that of a hospital operating theatre – despite being over 150 times the size. And the final result is bagged automatically without contact with humans or unfiltered air.
For all of our customers, including manufacturers of medical nutrition products, our new production plant ensures access to a safe and secure supply of the world’s best-quality whey proteins and functional solutions.