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Dairy processing is rising rapidly around the globe to meet the increasing appetite for milk and milk products from an ever-growing population. GEA’s years of experience and comprehensive know-how is leading the way in processing one of the world’s most important and versatile foods.

Expertise on a worldwide scale

GEA excels in building the large-scale facilities that the dairy processing industry needs to satisfy demand for its products, keep on top of new trends and remain competitive.

We design, engineer and supply complete plants, processing lines and equipment for treating raw milk and also for manufacturing, filling and packaging milk and milk-based products – from butter, ice cream, yogurt and cheese, to infant formula, milk powder and whey and its derivatives. 

Our expertise covers project management, plant installation, commissioning and after sales service.  All GEA dairy processing technology is designed and engineered to meet strict hygiene, food safety and quality standards, while operating efficiently and sustainably.

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GEA offers products and services for processors and producers across all major industry applications. As engineers and innovators, we’re committed to developing solutions that increase our customer’s efficiency and improve people's everyday lives.

Ensuring Your Peace of Mind

As global dairy producers constantly strive for higher quality, value added products, they often turn to proven technology providers for processing support.

GEA GMP Pharmaceutical Spray Drying Facility

Development of new dairy products can be a costly and labor-intensive investment for many customers. Add to that complex formulation, detailed process design and plant validation, this can become a daunting process for some customers to undertake alone.

GEA understands this very well and this is why we built dedicated test centers designed to help you to confidently trial your products before scaling up production.

Critical process technologies including separation, formulation, mixing, evaporation, and drying are available in our many small-scale test plants enabling you to conveniently prove your product or process before making a large-scale investment.

Working alongside our team of dedicated process experts, you will be able to formulate your products, refine recipes and then produce them at a small scale. We will then help you to evaluate the final product properties and to refine the process design before you scale up.

With decades of process experience gained from food processing plants all over the world, our test centers give you the confidence that the process units we deliver are optimized to suit the local process and environmental conditions. In addition, the ongoing refinements that we make through offline testing will ultimately benefit the final solution for your production facility.

Process design is only part of our offering. With GEA, you have access to the latest technologies, equipment and engineering expertise, which we will combine to deliver your complete end-to-end solution.

Our test centers are:

  • Liquid Mixing – Copenhagen (Denmark), Ahaus (Germany) 
  • Heat treatment – Ahaus (Germany)
  • Aseptic Processing – Ahaus (Germany)
  • Homogenization – Parma (Italy)
  • Separation - Oelde (Germany)
  • Powder mixing – Hamilton (New Zealand)
  • Spray Drying – Copenhagen (Denmark); Maryland (USA)
  • Freeze Drying – Copenhagen (Denmark)
  • Evaporation/distillation/membrane filtration – Karlsruhe (Germany)
  • Filtration – Hudson (USA) 
  • Freezing – Vancouver (Canada); Bakel (Netherlands)
  • Thermoforming packaging – Wallau (Germany)
  • Slicing and loading – Kempten (Germany)
  • Vertical packaging – Weert (Netherlands) 
  • Food processing and packaging – Frisco (TX, USA)

Contact us to find out more about how GEA can ensure your peace of mind.

Customer case

Aurivo significantly reduces on-site fossil fuel consumption by some 80% with GEA solution

Aurivo, Ireland’s second largest liquid milk processor, has cut CO2 emissions at its Killygordon site by 80%, thanks to GEA’s integrated milk processing and refrigeration & heat pump system.

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Delivering solutions for sustainable baby formula manufacturing at Danone

Danone’s recently commissioned baby formula production facility in the Netherlands is reaching new benchmarks in efficiency and sustainability thanks in part to GEA evaporators, spray dryers and high pressure homogenizers.

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