The popularity of the products of Finland’s leading dairy producer, Valio, continues to grow beyond the national borders. To meet this growing demand, Valio is now expanding its machinery inventory by adding a COMBISEPTIC 81-series cup filling and sealing machine manufactured by GASTI.
With an output of up to 16,000 cups per hour, the format and product flexible, two-lane machine with two dosing units will fills pre-formed 75mm-diameter cups with a broad variety of dairy items. The continuous operation of the machine means that filled cups can be transported to the sealing station at high speeds without the contents sloshing around. The modular design of the machine makes it possible to change formats in less than 30 minutes; it also has a built-in, automatic CIP cleaning function.
“We’re already working successfully with four cup filling and sealing machines from this series, as well as a DOGATHERM 81 cup filler from GASTI,” explains Martti Kimpimäki, Plant Director for Valio in Oulu. “This machine allows us to better exploit our production capacities in future and to further expand our international market position.”
Valio Ltd. is the largest dairy producer in Finland, marketing around 1,000 different products, including all kinds of milk, powdered milk, yogurt, quark, desserts, cheese and butter. In the milk market, the company is the leading producer in the nation, responsible for 85 percent of production. Valio is part of 18 dairy cooperatives with 7,900 dairy farmers. It has 15 production sites in Finland, along with two plants in Estonia and one plant and one logistics center in Russia.