Danish dairy company Arla Foods has announced the development of a new mobile milk powder packaging facility to test new markets for milk powder in Africa.
The packaging facility was built out of three 40ft containers and is 90m² in total. The roof is covered with 96 solar panels, making it self-sufficient for 12 hours of production daily.
The facility is capable of handling 40 25kg sacks of milk powder at one time. The sacks are emptied into a large funnel, which sends the milk powder into a packing machine through a closed pipe system. The powder is packed into 25g bags, sufficient for one glass of milk.
Bent Strandfelt, who is responsible for the new packing facilities, said that it is important to be close to the market to be able to adjust the production according to demand.
"With the new mobile packaging facility we don't have to build a permanent facility straight away," Strandfelt added.
The facility will be shipped to the Ivory Coast in early August, and stationed with an Arla partner in the city of Abidjan to sell milk powder in small consumer-friendly packages.
Arla expects the mobile facility to be up and running by 1 October.
Image: Arla developed the mobile packaging facility out of three 40ft containers. Photo: courtesy of Arla Foods.