Caution is vital in handling the delicate milk. The production of our branded products requires stringent quality control in all stages of processing. The chemical, microbiological and sensory qualities of the milk are tested repeatedly. Modern technology and the extensive experience of our employees is combined to ensure that every deviation from the defined quality standards is recorded.
Quality control begins with the transport of the milk from the farm to the dairy with a so-called inhibitor test. Once the tanker arrives at the dairy, a sample is sent by pneumatic post to the laboratory for testing. Amongst other things, the freezing point, pH value and fat content of the milk are measured. The laboratory technicians also test the sensory qualities of the milk. Only when they are certain that the milk meets quality standards may the raw milk be pumped into the silos.
Daily tastings are part of the daily production routine. Employees from quality management, production, the laboratory and the marketing department subject samples of the previous days milk products to quality tests. Amongst other things, they test the taste, smell and the texture of the products.
Sachsenmilch Leppersdorf GmbH near Dresden is one of the most modern dairy operations in Europe. More than €1 billion have been put into the construction and expansion of the site since 1994. State-of-the-art technology and an optimum material flow in all production sectors characterise the image of this plant with a promising future, where highly modern machinery is used to produce a broad range of products, including the regional milk brand Sachsenmilch. Each year, another two or three new products earn their place in the Sachsenmilch portfolio.
UHT milk：350 million packs
Acid curd cheese+acid curd from skim milk：19,000 tons
Lactose: 54,700 tons WPC 80:13,000 tons
Fresh products 2.6 billion pots/bottles
Fruit preparation 64,000
Semi-hard cheese: 46,600 tons
Mozzarella: 31,000 tons
Sliced cheese: 22,000 tons
Psts PS/PP:2.5 billion
preforms PET:600 million
Müller uses high quality reinforced packaging for the export.
Our outer carton uses a reinforced material (“Double E Wave”) to ensure the robustness during the long distance transportation.
Also our Tetra Pak packaging uses a reinforced material to ensure continuous high quality and long shelf life. The number of layers has been increased from 20 to 25, in order to make the whole package more robust.
The Unternehmensgruppe Theo Müller has always been an environmental responsibility company in the original sense of the word. Efficiency, productivity, process optimisation, responsible use of resources and well-trained and motivated employees are key to the whole issue. The desire to continually improve is deeply rooted in our corporate DNA. We consider environmental responsibility as a matter of course.
Waste water purification processes are performed in the sewage treatment plant in Leppersdorf, also under air-free conditions. The advantages of this anaerobic technology include lower primary energy consumption, reduced CO2 and greater reduction of sewage sludge, which can also be better dewatered. Furthermore, biogas is produced during this process and can be fully used for steam production in the plant. The biogas generated thus acts as a natural gas substitute, thereby achieving further savings in CO2 emissions. The method: In connection with the increased processing volume in Leppersdorf, modifications were made to the facility so that capacity of the plant was also expanded with the result that more waste water and a higher dirt load could be cleaned. This sewage sludge, i.e. the organic load of the waste water, is removed by means of a separation process and fed directly into the biogas reactor. The biogas extracted from the volume of surplus sludge can be subsequently fully used for steam production.
In Leppersdorf, some water waste is recycled for further use in the plant, e.g. in the evaporation capacitors. This saves fresh water, as around 1 million litres of water can be recycled rather than taking fresh water from an external source. Furthermore, several working groups at the Leppersdorf site constantly monitor drinking water consumption and continually review and optimise the specific waste water quantity.