Tetra Pak has recently announced the opening of a €25 million (approximately Rs 200 crore) site with sales, engineering, and manufacturing plant for cheese production solutions in Poland. Building on the company’s global expertise in cheese, the center claims to have full-scale engineering capabilities, from cheese-making process design to mechanical, automation and electrical engineering through to manufacturing of processing solutions itself.
According to the press statement, employing over 350 staff across engineering, production and business management, the 12,000 sqm site in Olsztyn, north-eastern Poland will double Tetra Pak’s cheese-making solution capacity in the country and allow extensive equipment testing.
Ola Elmqvist, executive vice president – Processing Solutions and Equipment at Tetra Pak said, “As the only company able to deliver a completely seamless integrated solution for cheese production, this investment demonstrates our commitment to helping customers meet rapidly changing consumer demands and capture emerging growth opportunities.”
The overall global cheese market is forecast to grow at a CAGR of 2.3%, reaching 31,000 kilotons by 2023, largely due to semi-hard cheese and mozzarella demand. Tetra Pak supports customers in their development of new production methods and processes that meet trends for cheese as an ingredient, on-the-go snack and high protein diet addition.
“One of the main reasons we chose Olsztyn is its excellent location in the heart of a region with a great dairy tradition and excellent food engineering talent base. This means we’re perfectly placed to serve not only our customers in Poland but also wider Europe”, adds Elmqvist.
Embodying the company’s commitment to environmental sustainability, the site has been designed and constructed in full compliance with the Building Research Establishment Environmental Assessment Method (BREEAM) requirements. Among its many features to minimize its environmental footprint, the site has a fully automatic “weather control” system that manages ventilation and sunlight, and a rainwater collection system that supplies water for site maintenance.