Since 1952, cheddar cheese has been made on a family farm situated at the foot of the Mendip Hills, only a few miles from the village of Cheddar, home of the original cheddar cheese.  The proprietors, the UK’s leading organic cheesemaker, turned to Micromac Filtration for assistance in overcoming a wastewater treatment challenge at their rapidly growing production headquarters.

Processing over thirty million litres of milk each year within its cheese dairy, the cheesemaker produces in excess of 2,000 tonnes of organic cheese and nearly 1,000 tonnes of conventional cheese each year, and supplies many of the leading supermarket chains with cheese products.

As demand has grown for this award-winning food product, so has the challenge of wastewater treatment at the company’s main production site.  In particular, the cheesemaking process produces large quantities of effluent from milk residue and associated cleaning chemicals.

A relative newcomer to the world of environmental protection regulations, the company turned to Micromac Filtration to design and install a treatment system capable of supporting its day-to-day food processing operations.

“For a company like ours, starting out in the modern world of wastewater treatment, to have the knowledge of specialists who have come across our issues before is a great benefit and reassurance,” commented the managing director of the cheesemaker. “Micromac is a leader in industrial wastewater treatment and it has a successful track record in the dairy industry.”

After careful consideration of the factory’s needs, Micromac engineers designed and installed a Dissolved Air Flotation (DAF) treatment system – a free-standing unit with compact footprint and very few moving parts.   Installation commenced in March, and the system was up and running by mid-May.  Its maintenance is so straightforward that it is supported by the company’s own staff.

“Already, we have seen cost savings in the reduction of wastewater management time as well as costs associated with white water disposal,” explained the company’s managing director.  “We would be happy to recommend Micromac – from the beginning of the project we have had good communication, well explained technical information, a clean and tidy installation followed by good efficient back up.”

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