Understanding the nutritional and economic value of secondary dairy products in regards to opportunities for processing, beneficial reuse and waste disposal (2016-17)

Project outcomes

Sponsored by Fonterra Australia Pty Ltd

This project is proudly funded and supported by The Gardiner Dairy Foundation


Project title: 
Understanding the nutritional and economic value of secondary dairy products in regards to opportunities for processing, beneficial reuse and waste disposal
Description of the project: 

This project will investigate the various constraints and opportunities associated with handling factory product streams such as lactose, mother liquor and product residues. This will include evaluating whether they are best processed on-site or diverted to third parties for beneficial reuse or disposal.

The scope is likely to include:

  • A review of the site’s existing dairy manufacturing processes to identify contributors to the generation of secondary products and potential for further processing (ie. powders)
  • Research alternative uses for dairy product streams
  • Establish criteria/parameters for determining product suitability for various reuse opportunities 
  • Research safety/quality/nutritional requirements for using dairy product streams in stock food supplements or as ingredients

Project brief

Project brief

Sponsored by Fonterra Australia Pty Ltd

This project is proudly funded and supported by The Gardiner Dairy Foundation

Location: 
Spreyton, North West Region (Tasmania)
Description of the project: 

This project will investigate the various constraints and opportunities associated with handling factory product streams such as lactose, mother liquor and product residues. This will include evaluating whether they are best processed on-site or diverted to third parties for beneficial reuse or disposal.

The scope is likely to include:

  • A review of the site’s existing dairy manufacturing processes to identify contributors to the generation of secondary products and potential for further processing (ie. powders)
  • Research alternative uses for dairy product streams
  • Establish criteria/parameters for determining product suitability for various reuse opportunities 
  • Research safety/quality/nutritional requirements for using dairy product streams in stock food supplements or as ingredients

Project outcomes

This project has been closed
Project Aims: 

The aim of this project is to establish engineering, environmental and/or financial requirements that may be required to maximise processing capability of these product streams on site, implement an alternative treatment technology or enable off-site reuse.

Faculty or Department: 
Engineering-Chemical
Engineering-Environmental
Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences
Science
Disciplines: 
Biological Science
Chemical Engineering
Chemistry
Earth Atmosphere and Environment
Environmental Engineering
Nutrition Science
Sector: 
Dairy
Manufacturing
Employment Type: 
Scholarship

Applications for this project are welcome from penultimate and subsequent year undergraduates, Masters and PhD students (coursework and research) who are enrolled full-time at Monash.

Selection Criteria: 

Your application will be reviewed by senior faculty members and assessed against the following criteria:

  • Quality of covering letter, resume and on-line application form including spelling & grammar
  • Relevance of your degree to the project(s) you select
  • Skills, ability, knowledge and experience relevant to the project (s) you apply for
  • Extra - curricular activities (i.e. sports/clubs & societies/memberships)
  • Career goals & ambitions
  • Academic performance
  • Successful completion of group activity
  • Successful interview with industry partner

 Please note:

  • Scope for MITI projects are determined by the industry partners, this includes student disciplines and whether they require students at undergraduate, Masters or PhD level.
  • The final selection of the MITI project team will be made by the industry partner.
  • Each industry project will run for 12 weeks over the summer vacation period that is December 2016 through to February 2017.
  • If selected you must be available and agree to commit for the entire 12 week period.
Duration: 
12 weeks
Max number of recipients: 
3
Application process: 

Applications are submitted online via the MITI website and must include a cover letter (no more than one page) and current CV.

Your cover letter should include the following information:

  • why the project is of particular interest to you
  • an outline of relevant experience either through vacation work, study or other extra curricula activities
  • what you can contribute as a member of the team

Please note: 

Prior to applying for this opportunity please consider the location of the project. Spreyton is situated in the north west region of the state of Tasmania - please click here for location map.  It is approximately 5kms away from Devonport, a busy port-side city. 

You will be living away from home for the duration of the project. 

  • Suitable local accommodation + appropriate transport will be provided.

Fonterra Australia Pty Ltd

Fonterra is a global, co-operatively-owned company with its roots firmly planted in New Zealand’s rich land, working to unlock every drop of goodness from the 22 billion litres of milk we collect each year and sharing it with the world.
Our Australian business is one of our largest and operates 8 manufacturing sites with 1,800 employees providing Australians the great-tasting dairy brands they know and love.
In Australia, we are a leading dairy consumer business and our vision is to be the natural source of dairy nutrition for all Australians.
We collect close to 1.8 billion litres of milk annually from up to 1400 farmer suppliers and their 300,000 dairy cows.
We process this milk into the many Fonterra dairy foods that generations of Australians have grown up with and love. Today, these everyday products include our great tasting cheeses, yoghurts, dairy desserts, fresh milks and spreads.
We also sell ingredients to many of the world’s leading food companies, operate a dedicated sales channel for the foodservice industry and provide a full range of dairy products specifically designed for commercial kitchens.