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Tetra Pak leads Dairy Processing Task Force

July 30, 2023
Food & Drink

Tetra Pak has initiated the Dairy Processing Task Force, a joint coalition that aims to improve approaches to decarbonisation within dairy processing.

The coalition will bring in figures across the dairy sector to pre-competitively explore the innovative systems and technologies needed to further reduce greenhouse gas emissions across dairy production systems and regions.

Tetra Pak will lead discussions with pivotal players in the sector to drive the latest advances in processing technology and share best practices across the industry. The core deliverables of the task force will be developed as members join, aiming to maximise the potential value of each member’s contribution.

In general, the Dairy Processing Task Force aims to measure and mitigate emissions, identify and implement credible reduction solutions and establish industry standard sustainability guidelines and reporting frameworks to encourage consistency and joint purpose.

Charles Brand, executive VP for processing solutions and equipment at Tetra Pak, said that while dairy plays a vital role in contributing to livelihoods, food security and nutrition, it sits within an unsustainable food system.

“At Tetra Pak, enabling the transition to sustainable dairy is a key pathway in our sustainable food systems strategy,” Brand said. “We are continually striving to optimise performance for our customers, working with them, alongside suppliers and partners, in a bid to reduce pressures on finite resources – land, water and energy. The launch of this Dairy Processing Task Force will expand this approach beyond our own operations and bring together the expertise of leaders in our industry.”

The formation of the task force reinforces Tetra Pak’s contribution to the global dairy sector’s Pathways to Dairy Net Zero Initiative. The movement brings together dairy systems of every size and type including organisations throughout the dairy supply chain. Partners include Global Dairy Platform, International Dairy Federation, Sustainable Agriculture Initiative Platform and more.

Donald Moore, executive director of the Global Dairy Platform said that the impact of climate change leaves the entire value chain at risk and emphasised the criticality of the dairy sector taking climate change action.

He commented: “As a global leader in innovative systems that improve the efficiency, quality, and safety of food production and processing technologies, we believe that Tetra Pak is well suited to lead the processing component of the Pathways to Dairy Net Zero Initiative.”

By Melissa Bradshaw


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