Boccard delivers plant & process solutions for Danone’s newly-opened production facility for highly-specialized infant formula
Boccard delivers plant & process solutions for Danone’s newly-opened production facility for highly-specialized infant formula

Danone's new Nutricia flagship factory producing highly-specialized infant formula has just been inaugurated in Cuijk, in the Netherlands. In constructing the plant –  one of the company's biggest investments in Europe - Danone turned to Boccard's technological and processes expertise to meet extremely rigorous quality & food safety standards. 


Boccard and Danone have a long collaborative working history. This now results in a new major development: the Nutricia Cuijk production plant in Cuijk, built in just over three years and inaugurated last March 2019. At full capacity, this major investment for the multinational food-products corporation will be able to produce more than 600 different products per year, for its customers in over 90 countries. 


A super-modern greenfield plant

Boccard designed, built and performed the start-up for the entire preparation and production and wet phase section, from raw ingredients, in both liquid and dry forms.  The staff had to rise to a lot of challenges on several levels: food and dairy industry expertise, technology, processes, safety, and adapting to environmentally-friendly and sustainable production. This is a super-modern, greenfield plant; the site combines green technology and the most efficient and innovative production processes to cut its environmental impact down to a minimum. Nutricia Cuijk also meets very high health and safety standards.  


Expertise, in close collaboration with Danone

The exceptionally high standards required were the starting point of the actual design of the processes. The major challenge was to create an optimized energy consumption factory, that was also compliant with the strictest quality and food safety standards that apply when producing highlyspecialized infant formula. This requires absolute mastery of control settings and the production processes. Among the issues: particularly delicate areas include the dosage and blending of ingredients, heat treatment, ultrafiltration, and hydrolysis, as well as evaporation. Mastering these have been the key to success.

Thanks to the great collaboration between all those working together on the project, the roll-out of all the required expertise went very smoothly, right from the initial installation, qualification, validation and startup of the entire wet phase,” commented David Boulanger, Senior Vice President of Operations at Danone Specialized Nutrition.  
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