Tetra Pak China leads the way in milk safety in schools

In 2017, a total of 53 schools in China were named Promotion Model Schools for food safety as part of China’s National School Milk Programme. During the past three years, 132 schools have been awarded after having met strict rules of school food safety. Tetra Pak’s experience in supporting school milk programmes in China for more than a decade provided the basis for setting the safety standards.

Initiated and promoted by Tetra Pak China, the certification program was jointly launched with the country’s student nutrition and health promotion organisation and the national dairy association in 2015. The purpose is to promote a “campus operational standard” for school milk to ensure that it’s safe for students to drink.

Each school was evaluated on staff training, operational standards, process management and safety issue management, including inspections, storage, distribution and carton recycling.

Officials from China’s Ministry of Education and Ministry of Health attended the ceremony and presented the certifications. In just three years, a total of 132 schools in 16 provinces have been awarded the status of Promotion Model Schools by passing the strict regulations of school food safety.

Disaster relief after Hurricane Irma

In September 2017, Tetra Laval supported Hurricane Irma relief efforts and donated, in collaboration with Gossner Foods and Diversified Foods, nearly 1.5 million Tetra Pak cartons of shelf-safe UHT milk to storm-ravaged areas in Florida and Georgia. In addition, Tetra Pak teamed up with La Estancia to donate fruit compote to Cuba’s relief efforts. With widespread damage and extensive power outages throughout the region, Tetra Pak is committed to doing its part to make food safe and available everywhere for those impacted by Hurricane Irma

Dairy Hub project in Honduras to fight poverty and malnutrition

Tetra Laval Food for Development and Tetra Pak Central America & Caribbean have implemented a Dairy Hub project together with a local customer, Lacthosa. The customer has signed a memorandum of understanding with the government to revitalise the dairy sector by providing technical assistance and technology transfer to smallholder farmers. So far,100 smallholder farms have been trained with knowledge provided by Tetra Laval Food for Development. The project will grow with another 200 farms in 2018. The objectives are to increase milk quality, quantity and profitability for the farmers.

Food security and malnutrition are serious challenges in Honduras. According to the World Food Programme, the poverty rate is 68 per cent and one in four children suffers from chronic malnutrition. Agriculture is the most important economic sector but only about 35 per cent of the annual milk production is industrially processed. In addition, the average milk yield is only 3.4 litres a day per cow.

Tetra Laval Food for Development has supported Lacthosa with initial farm assessment and training. The project is now covering 1,013 farms with the objective of increasing coverage to 1,240. Lacthosa will collect the smallholder farmers’ milk and provide them access to the market. Lacthosa’s staff are being trained with the latest best practices on feed and animal nutrition, milk hygiene, animal health and eproduction by the Tetra Laval Food for Development specialists.

“We are very happy about the joint work we have been developing in the Dairy Hub project together with Tetra Laval Food for Development and Tetra Pak. This has contributed greatly to the strengthening of our relations with our milk suppliers,” says Christopher Millensted, Head of Supplier Development of Lacthosa.

The dairy development initiative also aims to benefit child nutrition in the future by focusing efforts on re-launching the school milk programme.

Tetra Laval Food for Development and Tetra Pak in extended partnership for a new Dairy Hub in Kenya

A new Dairy Hub project supporting 30,000 farmers will be launched in Kenya. Tetra Laval Food for Development and Tetra Pak are partnering with several public-sector organisations in Kenya in this four-year, USD 12.6 million investment project. The project will help farmers increase the quantity and quality of the milk they produce to meet the growing demand for dairy products in the Kenyan market.

In what is a true public-private development partnership (PPDP), Tetra Pak has joined forces with the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida), the customer New Kenya Co-operative Creameries (NKCC) and Heifer International, a US-based non-profit organisation. The partnership development was driven by Tetra Laval Food for Development supporting Tetra Pak East Africa and NKCC. It is the third PPDP with Sida.

According to the Kenya Dairy Board, smallholder farmers with an average of one to three cows account for nearly 80 per cent of total milk production in the country. However, many smallholder farmers struggle with low yields per cow, profitability and the need to improve quality. Due to insufficient infrastructure and cooling centres, many smallholder farmers rely heavily on informal channels to supply their milk. Unexpected weather patterns and drought has also caused farmers’ earnings to drop recently.

“We’re very excited to kick off the Kenya Dairy Hub project in collaboration with a committed group of partners,” says Rafael Fábrega, Director of Tetra Laval Food for Development. The Dairy Hub model links smallholder farmers to a dedicated dairy processor, which provides access to the market and safe distribution of UHT milk everywhere. We work closely with DeLaval and Tetra Pak to support our customers. Our role is to provide technology and hands-on training through practical knowledge transfer to smallholder farmers.”

The primary goal is to improve the livelihoods of 30,000 smallholder dairy farmers and their families, through increased dairy productivity, increased incomes and increased participation of women
in the dairy value chain.

The programme will work through producer organisations, which operate as dairy cooperatives engaged in milk production, collection, bulking, chilling and selling. It’s expected to double dairy production for NKCC, as well as growing incomes and creating important employment opportunities in the areas of agriculture and dairy.