Welcome To Ehrmann Yogurt Factory

Welcome To Ehrmann Yogurt Factory

Milk products are extremely popular in Russia. Kefir, ryazhenka and sour cream are considered to be healthy food.  Not long ago, a new product appeared in the list – yogurt. To see which yogurt they eat in Russia, we are heading to Ehrmann company producing ‘Ermighurt’, ‘Prebiotic’, ‘Ermic’, etc.

Alois Ehrmann launched his company in Germany in 1920. It was the first company to produce yogurt containing pieces of real fruits which caused a stir among customers. Today, it is the most technically advanced yogurt factory in Germany. It began exporting its produce to Russia in 1997 and when its turnover reached 100 million German marks, the owners of the company decided to build a yogurt factory in Russia too. The factory opened in 2000 in Ramensky District, the Moscow Region. Today it produces a variety of yogurts and yogurt products such as sour cream, cottage cheese, puddings, desserts, milk shakes and yogurt drinks.

Welcome To Ehrmann Yogurt Factory

A yogurt factory needs a lot of milk. They deliver milk to the factory from several regions of the country such as the Moscow Region, the Smolensk Region, the Vladimir Region, the Ryazan Region.

Welcome To Ehrmann Yogurt Factory

The milk tanker you see in the photo has brought about 20 tons of milk. Each milk tanker is equipped with a computer that makes accounting, prints bills and controls the temperature inside.

Welcome To Ehrmann Yogurt Factory

The factory needs about 215 tons of milk daily.

Welcome To Ehrmann Yogurt Factory

They test their milk before accepting it.

Welcome To Ehrmann Yogurt Factory

“Microbiological Laboratory”.

The production laboratory includes two departments, microbiological and physicochemical. In these departments, they examine raw produce (milk, ingredients), semi-finished products and finished products to make sure they are safe and of high quality.

Welcome To Ehrmann Yogurt Factory

A density test.

Welcome To Ehrmann Yogurt Factory

They store their refrigerated and filtered milk in these huge stainless steel reservoirs.

Welcome To Ehrmann Yogurt Factory

It should be sterile at the factory so they ask all visitors to put on a special overall, hat, shoes, put off their watches, rings and bracelets, and disinfect their hands.

Welcome To Ehrmann Yogurt Factory

The factory is a combination of pipes, sensors, wires and cables and it looks really impressing. Besides, they try to eliminate any contact between ingredients and environment or people which prolongs the shelf life of their yogurts.

Welcome To Ehrmann Yogurt Factory

This is a separator. It separates milk into non-fat milk and cream (to later mix them again but in other proportions).

Welcome To Ehrmann Yogurt Factory

In this sterile reservoir, they heat up their milk to +80C for a few days to kill bacteria to later refrigerate it which is called pasteurizing. Then, they add special ferments.

Welcome To Ehrmann Yogurt Factory

And this is where they turn their milk into yogurt by adding live yogurt bacteria delivered to the factory in hermetic packing. They ‘revive’ the bacteria by warming them up to +20C and add them into their milk.

Welcome To Ehrmann Yogurt Factory

The next stage includes homogenizing. In other words, they make sure that fat spreads evenly in their yogurt.

Welcome To Ehrmann Yogurt Factory

They control their production from this office.

Welcome To Ehrmann Yogurt Factory

These metal tanks contain fruit jam they add into their yogurt. In their yogurt, they add either natural fruits or fruit or berry puree or juice. To ensure that they do not go bad in several months, they pasteurize or, to put it simple, boil them.

Welcome To Ehrmann Yogurt Factory

The next stage includes refrigerating and another heat treatment (+60C to +80C).

Welcome To Ehrmann Yogurt Factory

Out of this purple thing, they make plastic containers (preliminary disinfecting it).

Welcome To Ehrmann Yogurt Factory

Foil gets into the packing machine at the same time as that purple plastic tape and seals up the containers.

Welcome To Ehrmann Yogurt Factory

Four containers are for the four members of a regular family (consisting of four persons, parents and two children).

Welcome To Ehrmann Yogurt Factory

After that, they sort them out and pack.

Welcome To Ehrmann Yogurt Factory

At the factory, you will see a lot of specialists from German who supervise the equipment.

Welcome To Ehrmann Yogurt Factory

Many of them have stated their families in Russia.

Welcome To Ehrmann Yogurt Factory

They take samples of yogurt for tests on a regular basis.

Welcome To Ehrmann Yogurt Factory

There are 11 production lines working at the factory at the same time.

Welcome To Ehrmann Yogurt Factory

One of them produces bottled yogurt.

Welcome To Ehrmann Yogurt Factory

Welcome To Ehrmann Yogurt Factory

They fill each bottle in two stages to make the line run faster.

Welcome To Ehrmann Yogurt Factory

They fill the bottle with nitrogen to oust the oxygen before sealing.

Welcome To Ehrmann Yogurt Factory

Every 30 minutes, they take 10 bottles from the line to make a check weighing.

Welcome To Ehrmann Yogurt Factory

Then they stick a label to each bottle.

Welcome To Ehrmann Yogurt Factory

Trial consignment.

Welcome To Ehrmann Yogurt Factory

In the lab, they carry out different tests, including sampling.

Welcome To Ehrmann Yogurt Factory

A centrifuge to determine the amount of fat.

Welcome To Ehrmann Yogurt Factory

Welcome To Ehrmann Yogurt Factory

Here they store their finished products.

Welcome To Ehrmann Yogurt Factory

Finally, it’s ready to be delivered to the stores of the country!

Location: The Moscow Region

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3 thoughts on “Welcome To Ehrmann Yogurt Factory”

  1. Very similar to where I work, except for the production lines. Most of the 2.5 million kilos of milk we process a day, goes to liquid sales of cream and condensed milk, the rest is made into butter, or milk powder. Cool post!

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