More yield from the same cream in butter processing

Improve profit and yield in butter processing while always meeting quality and legislative requirements.

Butter production


Quality standards are uncompromising in butter processing. At the same time, tight margins demand highly consistent processes where the best possible use of resources is a prerequisite for success.


Hitting precise production targets consistently is no easy task however. It is a matter of fine-tuning where small adjustments to key parameters such as fat and moisture can make a big difference to economy.


This is where the availability of analytical data makes all the difference. Rapid testing options allow tighter control of the whole process, from incoming milk to final product control. Solutions for use in the laboratory, control room or fully-integrated into the production line make it simpler than ever to achieve strict standards day after day while securing more profit and yield in butter processing.



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Butter process line

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First part of butter analysis process

Incoming milk

Quality assurance of incoming milk ensures safe products, longer shelf life, better taste and brand protection. Leverage the power of MilkoScan™ FT3 to analyse incoming milk with unprecedented consistency of results.
Second step on the butter analysis process

After the butter churn

Get optimal control of your butter production by producing butter closer to fat and moisture specifications and reducing process variations. ProFoss™ 2 is the ultimate solution for efficient butter standardisation with real-time measurements.

Final product control

Final product quality control ensures products are within specification and according to Codex Alimentarius. Protect your brand while saving time/labour with fast and safe analysis using FoodScan™ 2

Increase profit by reducing moisture variation

Rapid and easy to use benchtop analytical solutions based on near infrared (NIR) technology have become widely established and relied upon for accurate and rapid measurements of key process control parameters. 



For instance, the FoodScan™ 2 is a benchtop NIR analyser that is ideal for improving the quality and consistency of solid and semi-solid dairy products while optimizing production processes. Offering multi-parameter tests taking less than a minute, the instrument helps to monitor butter processing in relation to production targets.



For more precise control, the continuous flow of analysis data provided by a so-called in-line NIR analyser such as the ProFoss™ 2 analyser provides the level of detail required to monitor production more closely. Accordingly, you can bring your production closer to fat and moisture specifications for immediate and lasting improvements to yield.



The ProFoss 2 makes measurements directly in the process every few seconds. The frequency of measurement ensures that nothing gets missed and that you will always have a precise picture of any fluctuations in the process. Another aspect of the ProFoss 2 measurements is that they are made using near infrared transmittance, which penetrates deep into the sample. This avoids interference from moisture that can form on the surface of butter.



The ProFoss 2 uses the patented FOSS lateral transmittance product interface. The latest generation of the lateral probe gives a unique high-resolution signal for unprecedented accuracy. At the same time, the consistency of measurements ensures that all units can be relied on to always give the same high-quality measurements.



Learn more about the potential gains to be made with in-line control in this case story article.



Control hygienic quality for quality and optimal shelf-life


In the finely tuned butter process, the hygienic quality of incoming milk can have a profound effect on quality characteristics and shelf-life of final products. 

Analytical technology such as the BacSomatic™ analyser helps you to handle incoming milk for optimal results downstream in butter processing. You can check the hygiene quality of milk within ten minutes so that a result is available before it is unloaded from the delivery truck and mixed with the rest of the supply. 

The innovative solution involves so-called flow cytometry technology for counting bacteria and somatic cells in the raw milk.  The analyser incubates a sample of milk and then uses a laser to count individual bacteria and somatic cells that determine the hygiene quality and subsequent suitability for processing. Learn more about the potential gains to be made with the BacSomatic analyser in this video case story.

Senior Technical Manager of Müller Milk and Ingredients explains the value of rapid raw milk hygiene testing.

Profit improvement

Moving to a FOSS NIR solution delivering the highest performance for butter analysis leads to significant profit improvements in your production.


E.g., with a butter price of Euro 4 and a yearly production of 4,000 tons, achieving a moisture increase of 0,12 % will yield a profit improvement of 50.000 Euro per year.


Stretch your profit zone: Production costs can be decreased, and the higher product consistency will increase your competitiveness.


Increase your profit with benchtop NIR


The FoodScan 2 dairy analyser is a benchtop NIR transmittance instrument for rapid analysis of fat, moisture, salt and more in butter, with the highest accuracy. Results are delivered in 15 seconds with no sample preparation needed. 


Get full control of your butter value chain to stay competitive. Take a sample every 30 minutes and measure it with FoodScan 2 to optimize fat, moisture and salt levels in your butter production.



Maximize your profit with in-line NIR


ProFoss™ 2 is an in-line NIR lateral transmittance solution for continuous measurement of fat, moisture and salt in butter directly in the process line. 


Make continuous adjustment of your butter production using ProFoss 2 results and automatic regulation. Ensure that your final products meet production targets every time with the highest possible accuracy.


Performance, uptime and transparency of data


All FOSS solutions combine technology you can trust with the most advanced connectivity capabilities. This complete solution approach enables consistent high analytical performance for maximum return on investment and unrivalled service and support.

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With you in your daily work


Our integrated and remotely controlled support and optimisation services ensure maximum value from all your FOSS solution wherever you are in the world. Beyond on-site maintenance, our service engineers and application specialists are always with you online. The team monitors performance status and secures that your connected analytical operations run smoothly. Our preventive maintenance warrants up-time and quality of data - day after day. Read more



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