Formuła odżywcza

Supplying global plants for nutritional formulas

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Every day, around the world, millions of liters of milk are processed into dried or liquid nutritional products and formulas. Each will have a precisely defined composition of proteins, carbohydrates, fats, vitamins and minerals, which can offer complete nutrition for infants, or key nutritional supplementation for children and adults who have special dietary needs.
Formuła odżywcza w proszku

Offering decades of experience as a technology partner to the industry, GEA is one of the world’s largest suppliers of complete, integrated plants for processing the highest quality dairy-based nutritional formula products.

Complete nutrition and dietary supplementation for every age

Our detailed know-how spans:

  • Infant milk formula

    Infant milk formula is fed to children from birth until the age of six months and can represent the baby’s only source of nutrition if the mother does not breastfeed. Infant milk formula recipes are developed to mimic as closely as possible the composition of human breast milk, and must meet precise specifications for chemical composition and microbiological safety. These products are typically served by volume, which means that bulk density is a critical parameter, but physical appearance is also important.

  • Follow-on/follow-up formula

    From the age of six months children progress to follow-on/follow-up formula. The composition of these products, for example, the percentage of fat, carbohydrate and proteins, is different to that of infant milk formulas as they no longer represent the child’s only source of nutrition.

  • Growing up milk

    Growing up milk is a supplementary food intended for toddlers aged 1-3 years. For this category of products the composition gradually changes to become more similar to cow milk. Some products may have specific nutritional benefits, for example, high levels of polyunsaturated fatty acids. GEA can provide key dosing equipment for processing precisely defined growing up milk products.

  • Dietary formula

    A wide range of dietary formulas is available to meet specific nutritional needs that children and adults may have at different stages in life. These include special medical nutrition, and nutritional supplementation for individuals with a high physical activity, pregnant women or elderly people with low appetite.

Formuła odżywcza
From milk reception and spray drying to powder packaging

GEA is uniquely positioned to offer end-to-end process technologies and solutions for dry and liquid end products.

Expert project management, automation and traceability

Our dedicated project management teams oversee each project, from conceptualization to final commissioning of complete plants and systems. 

GEA technologies can be configured with full automation to ensure optimum efficiency and performance. We have also developed the GEA Cube® software modules to offer an even greater level of supervisory control of the plant. Legislators, retailers, and insurers are placing increasingly stringent demands on the traceability of nutritional formula, and the GEA Cube® software modules ensure transparency at every stage of processing. The GEA Cube® Traceability module, for example, provides full and transparent traceability of raw material and ingredients, throughout the process and into the final product. GEA Cube® software modules give our customers the assurance of increased process oversight and control, and so more effective use of resources, leading to higher product quality and lower costs. 

Dedicated test centers and process expertise

New product development can be a labor-intensive, costly investment, so we have built dedicated test centers where you can access critical process technologies, including separation, formulation, mixing, evaporation, and drying. Please click on the “Test Center” tab here to find out more.

Resource-saving technologies help to meet sustainability goals

GEA’s experts design customized systems that not only meet process-critical cooling needs, but also reduce energy costs by use of heat pumps and minimize the use of natural resources.

We understand the need to focus on environmentally sound, sustainable production, and have used our expertise to identify every energy-saving and energy-management opportunity. GEA technologies are designed to reduce resource use, minimize waste, and where possible recover and recycle heat and water.  

Some of the largest nutritional formula plants delivered by GEA feature processes that extract water from the milk during evaporation, and then filter and recycle the water for use elsewhere in the plant.

Hygienic plant design for product safety

GEA technologies comply with the most stringent food hygiene, quality and safety standards, while ensuring maximum plant efficiency and output. With our solutions you can be assured of complete and efficient cleaning and drainage. 

We select the best equipment and components to configure reliable and durable plants that can be cleaned efficiently using CIP (clean-in-place) systems, which means maximum productivity due to reduced maintenance. Solutions tailored to meet your requirements ensure efficient commissioning, and optimize the use of water and detergents, which ultimately reduces the total cost of ownership.

Flexible service options ensure optimized plant performance

Working with GEA means partnering with a dedicated team of service experts. Our focus is to build, maintain, and improve your performance throughout the entire life cycle of the plant and its equipment.

Nutritional formula customer factory

Process line - Powdered nutritional formula

Wirówka — Odstojnik CSI do mleka lub serwatki

Liquid ingredients including raw milk, vegetable oils, and whey-based products are received into the plant where they are stored and are handled gently and hygienically. Raw milk typically undergoes heat treatment and cream separation before further formulation. We can offer a range of technologies to remove bacteria and spores from liquid ingredients to ensure maximum microbiological safety without damaging sensitive products.

Nowy system HYGiTip od GEA z całkowicie automatycznym i higienicznym systemem rozładunku worków 25 kg (zdjęcie: GEA)

Large quantities or powdered dry ingredients are added when manufacturing Nutritional Formula. These ingredients need to be tipped from 25kg bags and bulk containers which can require a large input of labor. GEA can offer a full spectrum of solutions from fully manual to highly automated tipping and conveying systems depending on your scale of operation and needs.


A wide array of minor dry and liquid ingredients are added into Nutritional Formula. Mixing technology plays a key role in ensuring consistent processing of these complex formulations. Our innovative MIXING FORMULA® system incorporates a high-shear vacuum mixer that produce homogeneous, fully dissolved mixes while reducing the entrainment of air

Homogenizator Ariete 5400

High pressure homogenizers are used routinely in dairy applications as they apply dynamic high-pressure energy to break particles in the fluid down to the smallest, potentially nanometer-scale size. The high pressure homogenization process creates an emulsion that is stable when the mix is concentrated, dried, packed and resolubilized by the end customer.

Odparowanie mleka — formuła odżywcza

The formulated product mix is further heat treated on the evaporator using a range of different solutions to ensure microbiological safety and stability. This may include; our low thermophile system, UHT technology, direct steam injection, or steam infusion technologies.
Product is further concentrated before drying using a falling-film evaporator.

MSD spray dryer

Spray drying is used for final moisture removal to produce a dried powder. A GEA MSD® Spray Dryer is recommended for nutritional formula to produce consistent, precisely defined functional powders with uniform bulk density and robust agglomerates and that are readily re-dissolved in water. The new CEE cyclone design allows fines recovery from drying to be maximized while minimizing smearing and energy use. Our no-intervention fines system allows fully automated CIP, reduces the risk of contamination, and ensures less downtime on the dryer.


The dried powder is sifted using a GEA Scan-Vibro vibrating screen to remove oversized particles and then gently conveyed to storage using gravity or dense phase conveying to minimize breakdown of the powder. The powder is drawn under vacuum to minimize interstitial air and flushed with nitrogen before packing. This produces a powder with very low residual oxygen and ensures that the powder has a longer shelf-life.

Napełnianie przy ograniczonej interwencji GEA Avapac

GEA offer a range of powder filling solutions for Modified Atmosphere Packing (MAP) into 25kg bags or bulk containers. GEA 25kg Limited Intervention (Li) filling machines with fully automated bag handling improve overall operational efficiency whilst reducing labor demand.
Manual or automated palletizing options are available for integration to provide a turnkey solution for customers that require it.


GEA experts can integrate smart cooling & heating solutions into the complete Nutritional Formula process, resulting in lower energy consumption, minimized operating costs, increased sustainability and reduced carbon footprint.


GEA technologies can be configured with full automation to ensure optimum efficiency and performance. The GEA Codex® solution, for example, provides full and transparent traceability of raw material and ingredients, throughout the process and into the final product.

GEA OptiPartner — optymalizacja procesu

GEA OptiPartner

GEA OptiPartner combines GEA’s process know-how with operational expertise to optimize the productivity of spray drying plants for powder production.

Customer case

Delivering solutions for sustainable baby formula manufacturing at Danone

Nagranie z zakładu produkcji formuł odżywczych Danone Nutricia w niderlandzkim Cuijk/Haps opatrzone komentarzami oraz zdjęciami naszych suszarek rozpyłowych Niro MSD, parowników MVR oraz homogenizatorów Ariete.
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