United industry action on spore control has expanded powder exports
For the United States to become a preferred supplier in the reconstituted/recombined milk segment, a key priority was to control spores to produce “high-specification” powders that met the needs of international buyers.
Some countries don’t have access to fresh milk (or sometimes not enough of it) and the use of milk powder becomes paramount. End users and manufacturers require high-specification powders that meet key parameters, such as low spore count since that can impact the processing and shelf life of products.
“We realized in order to be a great supplier to the international marketplace, we needed to consistently offer powders that met the buyers’ specifications and performed well in the applications,” said Annie Bienvenue, vice president of ingredients marketing and technical services for the U.S. Dairy Export Council (USDEC). “We wanted to help them with the technical and scientific information they needed to succeed.”
John Brubaker, an Idaho dairy farmer and board member of Dairy Management Inc. which manages the national dairy checkoff, recalls a USDEC-led trip to Vietnam and seeing the tight specifications demanded by that region.
“The U.S. needed to better compete on the world stage,” Brubaker said. “We need to remember that so much of the consumption of dairy in these other countries is through powder. They don’t have the refrigeration capacities like we do here, so it’s important we are on the cutting edge with research and technologies when it comes to powders.”