Fast-growing Devon dairy business Langage Farm embraces innovation to increase its competitiveness and has linked up with University of Plymouth experts to help them uncover the science behind its branded range of products. A collaboration with the university through its Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP) programme will enable Langage Farm to address the cause and effect of production variations needed for enhanced quality, waste reduction and new product development across its range of more than 100 different ice creams, creams, cheeses and yoghurts.
The firm, which is based just outside of Plymouth, has embarked on its second KTP with the University experts in food quality, to gain a greater understanding of small seasonal variations in the dairy products’ appearance and texture. KTP Associate Anna Tatkiewicz will spend 30 months with the business to ascertain what causes these changes and determine how the firm can alter its processes to deliver more consistent products to its customers, which include some of the UK’s leading supermarkets.
The dairy had noticed small differences in the consistency of different batches of its soft cheese and by accessing the latest technology in Scanning Electron Microscopy, the team were able to examine the products more closely. By spending a day generating high resolution images of the cheese using the powerful electron microscopes, the firm was able to analyse the different micro-structures across a range of batches.
Just a short time in to the project, the company are very pleased to report that the company recently achieved a grade A in their British Retail Consortium (BRC) audit and that Anna contributed to this success particularly through her work with supplier surveys.
KTP is a world-leading programme that helps businesses succeed by connecting them to the UK's rich academic resources. Part-funded by government, it's a partnership between a business seeking expertise, an academic institution (such as the University) and a recently qualified graduate – known as an Associate.
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