Market Focus 1: Chemicals in Dairy

Welcome to our brand new feature, Market Focus. We will delve into a variety of different industry sectors in this feature exploring chemical trends and the variety of applications for each. At Airedale Chemical we take great pride in being able to connect with our customers from each and every market providing chemical solutions that meet their individual business needs. We hope that our Market Focus blogs provide you even more information on chemicals relevant to your own industry.

In this 1st edition of Market Focus we put the Dairy industry under the spotlight. We look at its size, production techniques, chemical applications and many relevant products for the dairy industry that are available from Airedale Chemical

Dairy Market: How big is it?

  • The UK is the 3rd largest milk producer in the EU after Germany & France and the 10th largest producer in the world.
  • Milk accounted for 16.1% of total agricultural output in the UK in 2013
  • Around 14 billion litres of milk are produced each year
  • Most of this is consumed within the UK, as liquid milk and dairy products.
  • The industry was worth £4.27 billion at market prices in 2013

Dairy Market: Production Levels

  • While the number of UK dairy cows has decreased, the yield per cow has been increasing year on year
  • As a result, total domestic milk production has been fairly static between 2008 and 2013
  • In 2014 (Jan-Nov) around half (48%) of the milk processed in the UK was used for liquid milk
  • A further 26% was processed as cheese.

Dairy Market: Primary Applications

Dairy utensils, after use contain milk residue which after drying forms a thin film which encourages the bacterial growth. This film or dried milk is difficult to clean and remove in order to produce milk with low bacterial content and high keeping quality, it is absolutely necessary to clean and sterilize the utensils.

Milk readily absorbs taints from vessels which are not properly cleaned and sterilized. Unclean surfaces also cause biological fermentation which lowers the quality of milk. Milk often develops a metallic taste from can surfaces which are not kept clean or are not coated properly with tin. Unclean cans cause unnecessary financial loss by reducing the keeping quality of milk.

The operation of cleaning dairy utensils is achieved by employing detergents. The detergents are a substance which functions to remove milk deposits and other foreign matter from the surface to be cleaned. Many detergents however, combine the action with sterilizing action. For a substance to act effectively as detergent, it should have good wetting properties i.e. the ability to spread itself uniformly over the surface to be cleaned.

Main Chemicals Used within Dairy

Learn more about the various chemicals, specific for the Dairy Industry are available to purchase from Airedale Chemical today.

Click any of the below product links below to discover more about how this chemical could work for you:

  • Peracetic Acid – Biocidal product used for the sanitation of industrial processing equipment
  • AntifoamsSilicone and non-silicone based defoamers that work well in dairy processes, especially whey concentration
  • Caustic Soda – Treatment of cereals, legumes, oilseeds
  • Citric Acid – Provides acidity and enhances flavours.
  • Copper Sulphate – Remains the most proven compound in controlling Digital Dermatitis and helping hoof health.
  • Emulsifiers – Reduces fat, provides structure, stability and softness as well as nutritional values
  • Formic Acid  – Used in silage for Dairy Cows
  • Glycerine – Used as supplementation in Dairy Cows and calves
  • Nitric Acid – Used in acid cleaning cycles to remove scale from production equipment and piping
  • Phosphoric Acid – Removes milkstone and mineral deposits
  • Potassium Chloride – Used as a flavour enhancer
  • Potassium Hydroxide – Dairy pipeline cleaning
  • Sodium Benzoate – Preservative
  • Sodium Hypochlorite – General all-purpose sterilant for dairy farm use
  • Sulphamic Acid – Cleaner & descaler for Dairy equipment

If you are interested in any of the above product please call our sales team on 01535 637876 or email

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