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Finding Solutions to Obstacles in the Dairy Industry

The dairy industry is facing many problems, now more than ever. For example, supply issues, climate change, and fluctuating consumer demand are all playing a part. Many of these challenges are outside of the scope of what the manufacturer and/or farmer can alter. That said, there is still leeway to bring about improvements and keep your business on track. We look at some of the recent obstacles and provide suggestions on how to handle them.

Finding Solutions to Obstacles in the Dairy Industry


With the focus on sustainability, all producers are in the spotlight and expected to use scarce power and water responsibly. The hype also touches on the well-being of dairy animals, farming and production methods, as well as the type of packaging being used.

All resources must be ethically sourced. Waste and carbon footprint must show a marked decline and how waste is dealt with is also important. Processes need to be scrutinized and adapted if necessary. Customers are turning to producers who take sustainability seriously and rejecting those who are not falling in line.

Managing Product Variety

Many manufacturers are producing more than one product. Then, it becomes essential to determine how to handle multiple lines for efficiency without contamination. Adverse consumer responses to just one product can affect the whole business.

Quality and Safety

Quality and safety are the buzzwords manufacturers need to pay attention to. You just cannot afford to make mistakes as this will impact your entire business. Choosing equipment designed for hygiene in the manufacturing process can keep your company in the green. For example, a slurry circulating pump that meets the hygiene requirements of the dairy industry is essential.

Fluctuating Demand and Supply Chain Disruptions

Little can be done to combat the rise in consumers insisting on vegetarian products instead of meat and dairy. Demand within the dairy industry is being reduced, causing competition among manufacturers and it is becoming harder to stand out unless you have great products that tick all the boxes and no negative feedback. At the same time, the Covid pandemic has caused major disruptions to the supply chain.

What can dairy manufacturers do to sustain their businesses? Here are some moderating factors worth considering.


Use equipment that is designed to deal with the challenges inherent in processing dairy products. These should ensure 100% hygiene (see above), and they must be accurate and quick to use. Get advice from expert suppliers if you are unsure of the optimal products for your operations.

Manufacturing dairy requires optimal temperatures and, again, the right equipment for that is essential. With many delicate processes required to produce a perfect, safe, and hygienic product, processes and equipment must work correctly together. Use the right tools for the job, as the saying goes. This will also reduce wastage and by-products that must be disposed of correctly.


When you are producing a multitude of separate products at one plant, you need to pay careful attention to each line. This will ensure consistent productivity. It also means determining the perfect equipment solution and/or integration for each step and ensuring that there is no cross-contamination.

Eco-Friendly Manufacturing

Audit every aspect of your production lines and processes to reduce waste. This includes superior products and minimal wastage on poor quality produce that has to be thrown out. Only do business with sustainable-minded partners. Use equipment with lower energy consumption. Speedier processes will also reduce the use of power. Use eco-friendly packaging.

While some obstacles are beyond your power to overcome, following this guide will maximize your overall performance and produce some wins.