The transportation of the milk from farm to production location involves far more than transport alone. When the milk arrives at the factory, it must be just as good and safe as it was when it left the farm. We achieve this by systematic inspection before, during and after transport.

Specialist drivers

Our milk truck drivers play an important role in inspecting the milk they transport. The drivers have been trained to carry out professional inspections and they keep their knowledge up to date with regular ongoing training.

Inspection at the farm

On arrival at the farm, the driver always starts by inspecting the milk in the storage tank. Measuring instruments show if the milk has been stirred with the proper frequency, whether the storage temperature is accurate and if the tank was thoroughly cleaned after the prior delivery. Only if the milk has been stored at or below six degrees Celsius is the driver allowed to pump the milk from the tank to the milk truck. But before the milk is pumped into the truck, its odour and colour are assessed. A sample is then taken, to be tested later by an independent laboratory.

Tracking & tracing

The sample is furnished with a chip which connects with the GPS system via the milk truck. This facilitates accurate tracking & tracing and allows continual retrieval of place, time, analysis data and all other particulars of the milk supply.

“We inspect the milk during collection from each dairy farm and on delivery at the production location. We meticulously monitor the temperature. Not even the slightest deterioration of the milk’s quality is permitted during transport.” - Ab Niebeek, milk truck driver for FrieslandCampina in the Netherlands

Cleaning the truck

It is not only the truck’s contents that have to be in shipshape order, the transport itself and the drivers must also meet stringent criteria. Each tank or truck must be demonstrably clean before it can transport raw milk or milk products to the production location.