GEA India has won an order to deliver a complete ultra-high temperature (UHT) production line for Creamy Foods Ltd. in Uttar Pradesh. Creamy Foods has been one of the leading dairy players in the country and is popularly known for its brand “Madhusudan.” This new plant is one of the biggest of its kind in India. It opens a new market for UHT technology for GEA in the region.
Creamy Foods has been engaged in the manufacture of a wide range of dairy products at its processing unit located in Khurja, Uttar Pradesh and they include plain milk, ghee, curd, buttermilk, paneer, cooking cream as well as milk powder. GEA continues to maintain a strong relationship with Creamy Foods, owing to the fact that it has supplied a huge range of state-of-the-art dairy processing equipment in the past. GEA’s experience with similar standalone UHT plants across Asia Pacific has been a major factor in Creamy Foods’ decision to choose GEA in such a highly competitive market.
The scope of work includes supply of a complete UHT line with a proprietary direct steam infusion technology. The line would have a milk processing capacity of 15,000 Liters of milk per hour, thereby making it one of the largest standalone UHT milk processing plants in the Indian dairy sector. The complete system, which consists of an indirect UHT, combined with a direct infusion high heating module, will be designed and supplied by the GEA Aseptic Competence Center in Ahaus, Germany. The aseptic tank, one of the most critical pieces of equipment, would be delivered from the company’s state-of-the-art manufacturing facility located at Vadodara, Gujarat.
This plant is characterized by its hybrid type. While it can process high quality products with the gentle direct infusion technology, it can also switch to the highly efficient indirect mode for processing of standardized quality products. In addition, indirect heating and cooling through special tubular heat exchangers, designed by GEA for a high heat recovery of about 88 percent over the entire production run, allows cost savings and an environmentally friendly solution for today’s ecological needs. It provides a highly effective ratio of volume to heat exchange area to guarantee optimized product quality and high heat recovery with low steam and cooling water consumption.
“We appreciate the innovative and sustainable technologies from GEA and are very satisfied with the performance of dairy processing equipment supplied in the past. For this reason, we are convinced that we have chosen the right partner for our new plant,” remarked Mr. Amit Agarwal, Managing Director, Creamy Foods.
Partnering for more sustainability
“We are really happy to partner with Creamy Foods once again with our most innovative solution for UHT technology. The dual mode operation makes it a perfect fit for the customer to differentiate their product along with taking care of consumer’ taste preferences. It has the lowest utility consumption, making it more economical and sustainable in the long run,” said Mr. Suket Gohil, Country Managing Director, GEA India.
The contract was signed in February 2020 and the plant is under delivery now.
Around 34% of liquid milk consumption worldwide is UHT, with Asia Pacific being one of the top three regions and the one where consumption is increasing. Once packed, the product has a shelf life of up to nine months at ambient temperature, making it as practical as it is nutritious, especially where cold chain distribution is difficult to maintain.
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