Dairy Science & Technology

Understanding milk, its production, the physical, biochemical and nutritional properties of its components and how these can be used to create the unique diversity of dairy products.

Sharing information and insight on the technological and scientific aspects of processing, packaging, storage and distribution of dairy ingredients, and exploring innovation and optimisation of processes.

Dairy science and technology relates to the study of how physical, enzymatic, and microbial transformation and protection may be applied to milk to prolong its shelf life in the form of products such as pasteurised milk, cheese and fermented foods, butter, milk powders, protein products, nutritional formulations, amongst others, for the nutrition, sustenance and sensory experience of consumers ranging from infants to the very elderly.  

It is also is focused on innovation and optimisation of processes for the conversion of milk into dairy products from the perspective of consumer health, sustainability, environmental footprint, and food security for a growing global population, all while maintaining the nutrient richness of milk.

Supporting innovation & optimising processes

IDF work in the area of dairy science and technology focuses on a range of aspects: effective communication of new and relevant science and technology to the dairy sector, updating the dairy sector on the technological and scientific aspects of processing, packaging, storage, and distribution of dairy ingredients within the food and dairy industry, and to provide a platform for young dairy scientists to present their work.  

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