Food security

​​​​​​​​​Food security – the DeLaval perspective

Stephan Lais, Vice President Central Europe at DeLaval, talks about DeLaval’s and the dairy industry’s role in promoting food security in the world.

Please explain DeLaval’s approach to food security?

At DeLaval, our dairy solutions and experts around the world enable farmers to optimise their operations and milk yields, which promotes food availability. We also have a proactive beyond-compliance approach to food safety in order to ensure chemicals and bacteria don’t end up in milk.

Could you provide some examples of how DeLaval promotes food safety?

Our digital sensor solutions verify that all piping in milking lines are clean and enable farmers to easily detect and remove milk deposits that can enable bacteria growth. DeLaval has produced very high-quality milk filters for around 50 years to ensure that nothing contaminates the milk. Another example is our DeLaval VMS™ V300 robotic milking system, which is equipped with the unique PureFlow™ solution that cleans teats purely with warm water and compressed air.

How do you verify milk safety and quality?

In Germany for example, all our new installations are assessed by a third-party to verify they are operating correctly and ensure food safety. We also have a certification process for our dealers’ technicians to ensure quality (VDMA certification).

How does the dairy industry promote nutrition around the world?

Milk is one of the most important food stuffs, and is of huge nutritional importance to people all around the world – particularly for the growth and development of children. DeLaval, together with Tetra Pak, is involved in the Tetra Laval Food for Development programme, which establishes dairy hubs to educate local farmers in emerging markets to help them increase their milk yields, cooperate and find markets for their products.

Does DeLaval help farmers avoid food waste?

Besides helping farmers to produce effectively, our milking systems also help them ensure milk quality, which can significantly reduce food waste.

How will DeLaval continue to promote food security in the future?

We will continue to lead the industry by continuously developing new and improved solutions, and working with our partners and farmers to promote food safety, increase milk yields and reduce waste. By being at the forefront of the industry, I strongly believe we will ensure the dairy industry in general is well positioned to continue to promote food security for people all around the world.

Ensuring food availability during the COVID-19 pandemic

DeLaval has had a key role in ensuring food availability during the pandemic by maintaining business continuity, and securing its supply chains and deliveries to farmers to allow them to continue their dairy operations. We look at the experiences of two countries – Poland and China.

Securing business continuity in Poland

With four factories employing over 400 employees, Poland is an essential country for DeLaval to maintain production and ensure employee well-being. Procedures during the pandemic included separating different shifts, enhancing cleaning procedures, social distancing and mask wearing.

“We avoided COVID-19 outbreaks and closures at our factories in 2020, with only 17 cases in total identified among our entire work­force,” says Katarzynska Dzusajew, Factory Manager at DeLaval’s detergent factory in Wrocław. “This has maintained production and deliveries to our customers – in fact our factory set an output record in 2020 despite the pandemic.”

Maintaining supply chains in China

The entire food industry in China was disrupted by COVID-19 in early 2020, but the situation was quickly brought under control. DeLaval worked actively to minimise disruption to its supply chain and customer deliveries.

“We created procedures to deal with the pandemic together with support from DeLaval Group Management,” explains June Wang, Vice President Supply Chain Asia-Pacific. “We shared good practice internally, and asked our suppliers early on in the pandemic to prioritise us due to our importance in supplying the dairy industry.”

“I am proud that we have enabled our customers and farmers to continue their business during the pandemic, which contributed to food availability in society,” says Wang.

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Photo of Florent Duclos in France

Supporting high-quality cheese production in France

High-quality milk is essential for cheese production and DeLaval is the market leader in France for serving dairy farmers that deliver milk to cheese makers.

Unpasteurized milk is used to produce a huge variety of cheeses, with over 1,000 distinct types of cheese made in France alone. Cheese made from unpasteurized or raw milk is at a higher risk of being contaminated by bacteria that can pose food safety issues. This places greater demands on milking processes and overall milk quality management to promote high milk quality.

Market leading supplier for cheese producers

In France, DeLaval is the nationwide market leader in supplying dairy producers that produce high quality milk for cheese production. It develops close relationships with dairy producers for cheese production and has a comprehensive dealer network.

“Our ‘InService™ All-Inclusive’ concept provides farmers with everything they need to ensure high quality – from the preventative servicing of equipment to the delivery of consumables,” says Vincent Smagghe, Vice President Market Development and Sales Support at DeLaval EMEA. “DeLaval is unique in that we are the only company that designs, manufactures and delivers all the equipment, services and consumables farmers need through a customised and fully integrated multi-year contract.”

Boosting production and milk quality for French cheese production

Florent Duclos is a dairy farmer that is part of a family-run agricultural civil society (ACS) that annually produces 1.4 million litres of milk with 135 Montbéliarde cows in the Auvergne-Rhône-­Alpes region in south-eastern France. The ACS delivers milk for cheeses such as ‘Tomme de Savoie’, ‘Raclette de Savoie’ and ‘Emmental de Savoie’. “Milk quality is essential to our business and was a driving factor for choosing DeLaval equipment, including three DeLaval VMS™ V300 milking systems,” explains Duclos. “Since switching to DeLaval equipment in early 2020, we have increased production as well as further decreased our cell count, which is fundamental to milk quality. The V300 is an important part of this by providing automated milking and ensuring clean and dry teats.”