The Dairy Processing Technology Centre (DPTC) is an industry–academic collaborative research centre, hosted by the University of Limerick, with a research agenda driven by the long-term growth opportunities for the dairy sector created by the removal of milk quotas in 2015.
DPTC has been established as a centre of excellence for dairy processing research and innovation. The Centre will help to fuel growth in the Irish dairy sector by performing research focused on cost-efficient processing, facilitating a step-change in environmental sustainability and creating, validating and commercialising a pipeline of science and technology-based manufacturing platforms for dairy ingredients. The foundation of the DPTC is a strong, long-term industry–academic collaborative partnership that will develop, build and translate the knowledge and capabilities in dairy processing that are needed today and for the long-term growth development of the sector. Current members of the Centre are the industry partners Arrabawn Co-op, Aurivo Co-op, Carbery Group, Dairygold Co-op, Glanbia Ingredients Ireland, Kerry Group, Lakeland Dairies and Tipperary Co-op, and together with Teagasc, University College Cork, University College Dublin, and NUI Galway, and collaborating partner institutions Dublin City University, Dublin Institute of Technology, and Institute of Technology Tallaght.
- Efficiencies – cost competitiveness in dairy processing
- Process development – next generation dairy processing science and technology
- Product innovation – innovating for value through dairy processing
- Quality and safety – product quality and safety by design
- Environmental sustainability – towards a zero emissions dairy industry
Research performed by:
- University of Limerick
- University College Cork
- University College Dublin
- NUI Galway
- Dublin City University
- Trinity College Dublin
- Dublin Institute of Technology
- Institute of Technology Tallaght