Alpenhain dairy starts up
After around two years of construction, the new €45 million Alpenhain cheese dairy in Lehen, Germany has officially started operations. It replaces the old cheese dairy, in produced cheese in three shifts for four decades.
The German dairy has worked with cheese plant manufacturer Alpma in order to jointly develop a range of solutions. The resulting system enables the manufacturing parameters to be run within significantly narrower limits and with a higher unit output.
At the same time, physical work has been made much easier for those working on the line. For this purpose, fully automatic storage facilities for the large cheese moulds were created in a newly built extension building. In addition, there are also social rooms for the employees.
In three-shift operation, teams of eight will produce up to a million pieces of cheese every day on the area of half a football field. In contrast to other large cheese dairy facilities, the new Alpenhain facility allows to switch between five different cheese stucco formats.