Dairy products factory in Africa Milk, yogurt, cheese, etc.

Dairy products are the primary food industry worldwide. In Africa, there is a long tradition of consuming fermented products.

Sterilised milk
Pasteurised milk
Concentrated milk
Yogurts
Processed cheese
Cheese analogues
And many, many more.

SIA offers a full range of product lines and methods for manufacturing widely consumed and often long-life products.

We have experience in manufacturing the following products:

  • UHT long-life sterilised milk,
  • Pasteurised milk,
  • Sweetened and unsweetened condensed milk,
  • Traditional, stirred and flavoured yogurts, with or without fruit, drinking yogurts,
  • Processed cheese,
  • Cheese analogues.
SIA covers all dairy products currently consumed in Africa.

Sterilised milk

UHT (Ultra High Temperature) milk is a long-life product, allowing for sales outside of refrigerated distribution networks, staying fresh at room temperature for many months. There are two main technologies for producing long-life milk: milk heated at a high temperature (140-150°C) and then aseptically packaged, and milk stored in HDPE bottles and sterilised in an autoclave.

Pasteurised milk

Pasteurised milk is easier to produce and less expensive in terms of packaging. Its disadvantage is that it must be distributed via the cold chain system at +4°C and stored at a low temperature. Pasteurised milk must be produced, distributed and purchased every day.

Concentrated milk

Sweetened or unsweetened types of concentrated milk are two milk preservation techniques that are very different from each other, and usually packaged in metal tins. For unsweetened condensed milk or evaporated milk, the milk concentration is achieved during the powdering process for reconstituted milk or by evaporation, then the metal tin is sterilised in an autoclave. Sweetened condensed milk is a yellowish product with a very high sugar concentration which allows it to have a long shelf life.

Yogurts

Two technologies are available: set yogurt or traditional yogurt (plain or flavoured, sweetened or unsweetened) and stirred yogurt packaged in pre-formed or thermoformed pots. A third product, derived from stirred yogurt and popular in hot countries, is drinking yogurt, which is packaged in PET or HDPE bottles, usually flavoured, or packaged in plastic sachets if the law allows it.

Processed cheese

Processed cheese is obtained by melting cheeses together with milk products and milk proteins. While the “triangle” shape is the most traditional and most developed, it is also the most expensive in terms of investment. Other less expensive packaging might be considered: rectangular cheese or cheese in a container.

Cheese analogues

Worldwide, the consumption of pizza, cheeseburgers and lasagne is increasing. Cheese is ubiquitous in these products: gouda, emmental, mozzarella, etc. However, these cheeses are replaced with speciality cheeses made from milk proteins and palm oil which are simpler and less costly to produce. A simple production process and a moderate investment allow for production of all cheeses in blocks, as wheels or grated.

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