This is another food processing based business manual by Peter Fellows like others I have reviewed eg
Business Manual – Setting Up and Running a Small Fruit or Vegetable Business
Business Manual – Small-scale Root Crops and Tubers Processing and Products
Free Online Information – Milling & Baking Enterprise Design
Processing Fruit & Vegetables
The latter being similar to this manual but with more of a technology focus and less of an enterprise focus.
The manual starts off with a discussion of how to identify a market, test its feasibility, serve it and maintain customers and where and how to set up the milk processing plant. Only then are processes and technologies discussed. The manual ends with sections on quality assurance & legislation and planning and managing production and finances.
All the sections of the manual contain practical calculations, tips for success, case studies, chapter summaries and checklists, which help to make the material real and reinforce the learning process.
Valuable practical information including a bibliography, a list of Institutions offering support to small-scale processors, a glossary and a list of acronyms can be found in the appendix.
This presentation on the potential of biogas production from dairy waste in California is interesting and presents some useful data.
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The market for farmers supplying fresh milk to the Sameer Agriculture and Livestock Limited’s (SALL) has increased from 50 to 120 thousand litres in the past 18 months and is expected to reach 300 thousand litres in 6 months.
Sameer is a joint venture established by Sameer Group of Kenya, which operates various businesses in East Africa, and RJ Corp, a food and beverages industry in India.
Sameer took over the Government Funded Dairy Corporation Limited (DCL) in August 2006 and invested strongly in maintenance (getting the plant operational), transport (ensuring reliable transport) and processes ( diversifying, eg drying, to be able to manage variable production) . This has allowed them to increase the amount of milk processed and capture significant export markets.
This success story should be a warning to all food processing businesses, unless you can invest in maintaining an efficient and comprehensive operation, you are not going to be able to succeed – saving by restricting investment is a sure route to failure if it effects operation efficiency.