DPC 90, On-Farm and Small-Scale Dairy Products Processing
Item #: DPC-090
This guideline has been designed to help those persons interested in processing and marketing milk and milk by-products that are produced and packaged in small-scale plants located on farms or in nearby non-farm sites. (Milk, Yogurt (Stirred and Set), Soft Cheeses, Hard Cheeses, Semi-Hard Cheeses, Butter and Ice Cream).
This guideline provides general information about a wide range of business, production and marketing subjects to help guide prospective processors toward the production and sale of safe wholesome dairy products. This guideline starts postproduction with the fresh raw milk and ends with the sale of finished product to the consumer.
DISCLAIMER: The DPC is not responsible for the use or application of the information provided in this Guideline. It is the responsibility of the user to ensure that the information addresses their needs and that any action taken complies with appropriate regulations and standards.
Table of Contents:
DEVELOPING THE IDEA AND GETTING STARTED
What do you want to achieve?
Are you ready?
How will the business be organized?
Do you know the costs and rewards?
How much does it cost to get started?
Where does the money come from?
Where will the business be located?
What about regulatory requirements?
What about labor?
What about family members working in the business?
What are your employee tax and employee benefit obligations?
How do I know if we are making a profit?
This seems complicated, where can I go for help?
PERMITS, LICENSES AND ZONING REQUIREMENTS
MARKETING AND SALES
PURCHASING AND PROCUREMENT
PRODUCT DEVELOPMENT AND TECHNOLOGY
Product Mix: Your Marketing Plan will Determine this
Technical Information from Suppliers
Building Design, Construction Materials and Erection
Equipment Design, Construction and Installation
PLANT OPERATIONS AND SANITARY CONTROLS
Allergens and Product Cross Contamination
Charts and Records
Filling and Capping
Protection from Contamination
Product Shelf Life Issues
Plant Sanitation and Pest Control
Plant Engineering and Maintenance
Waste Water Collection and Disposal
RESOURCES AND REFERENCES
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