DPC 90, On-Farm and Small-Scale Dairy Products Processing

Item #: DPC-090

Published: 2003

Pages: 11

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:
INTRODUCTION
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?
REGULATORY CONSIDERATIONS
     Labeling Requirements
PERMITS, LICENSES AND ZONING REQUIREMENTS
MARKETING AND SALES
     Marketing Considerations
     Advertising
     Pricing
     Sales Strategies
PURCHASING AND PROCUREMENT
PRODUCT DEVELOPMENT AND TECHNOLOGY
     Product Mix: Your Marketing Plan will Determine this
     Technical Information from Suppliers
CONSTRUCTION
     Building Design, Construction Materials and Erection
     Equipment Design, Construction and Installation
     Building Maintenance
PLANT OPERATIONS AND SANITARY CONTROLS
     Employee Training
     Pasteurization
     Staffing
     Production Scheduling
     Allergens and Product Cross Contamination
     Product Controls
     Charts and Records
     Filling and Capping
     Protection from Contamination
     Quality controls
     Product Shelf Life Issues
     Technical Issues
     Plant Sanitation and Pest Control
     Plant Engineering and Maintenance
     Waste Water Collection and Disposal
RESOURCES AND REFERENCES
    

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