Food Union (FUN), a European-based dairy brand, completed two new, state-of-the-art Greenfield plants in Dong Ying and Hoh Hot City, China. The dairies, which started production in June, offer fresh European-style products, including yogurt, milk, fresh cheeses and flavored nutritional beverages.
The two liquid dairy plants were simultaneously designed, engineered and constructed, leveraging technology from SPX FLOW, Charlotte, N.C. The advanced technologies include the 1-step LeanCreme microparticulation process and infusion ultra-high temperature (UHT) sterilization system.
The project also includes a multi-year preventative maintenance contract based on integrated services to keep the plants optimized and running smoothly.
“Few companies have the global capability to deliver projects such as these, and it has been delightful working with FUN, which is an innovative and forward-looking company,” says Jason Westwood, vice president, food and beverage, Asia Pacific at SPX FLOW. “The success of the project required global collaboration with the transfer of European dairy processing concepts into solutions to meet the needs of the Chinese market."
With its new dairies, FUN has the capability to locally produce and introduce new dairy products to the Chinese market.
“It is an exciting time for China’s dairy industry,” Westwood adds. “The new plants are very much in line with local government policy to enhance dairy capability, efficiency and food safety in China. It will be interesting to see just how much impact FUN has on consumer trends and what developments follow in China.”