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For centuries, dairy production has been a specialty in the Netherlands. In the past, milk was processed directly at farms in privately owned plants, and in cooperative processing plants. Merger upon merger led to a few very big cooperatives. These cooperatives run a small number of highly specialised high- capacity processing plants. Research and development is foundational to the innovation of large varieties of high quality milk products.

The Netherlands has become one of the world’s largest exporters of dairy products, such as butter, cheeses (Gouda and Edam types), milk proteins, lactose, powders, and canned evaporated milk. Our dairy experts give direct, factory-floor advice concerning the small-scale processing and hygienic handling of raw milk. This direct support is available to dairy plants of all sizes. Topics range from processing & marketing, to managerial skills.

A good description of your questions and concerns is essential to the selection of the right expert for you. The expert most suitable for the job will be selected based on the description you provide. In addition to their practical experience, our experts have solid theoretical backgrounds. This enables them to analyse and evaluate a wide range of situations and to propose effective measures for improvements.




PUM has experts available for assistance with: Management, business planning, finance & administration, production & technology, logistics, products, equipment selection and procurement, new products, process optimisation, hygiene, product quality, Quality Assurance, Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Point System, Good Manufacturing Practice, sales, marketing, distribution, energy, plant processing, factory design.


PUM can assist a family farm business, or small dairy enterprise, regarding the production and the distribution and sale of a variety of consumer products, such as pasteurised/long-life milks, yoghurts, cheeses, and ice cream.


Our experts are specialists in the product development of soft and hard cheeses, and of butters and creams, of yoghurts and yoghurt desserts, of ice cream and sorbets, of baby food, dairy powders, and of all the other products made from milk. The milk can be from a variety of sources: cows, goats, sheep, and camels.


Our experts are very experienced in all areas of dairy processing such as evaporating & drying, pasteurisation, sterilisation, Ultra-high temperature processing and aseptic processing. We also have experts who know a lot about filling & packaging, cheese processing, QA, and about the implementation of HACCP systems.


In the area of management & organisation, we have experts, as well as in the areas of plant design, plant production processes, plant management, efficiency enhancement, and the marketing & sales of all the above mentioned products and services.

Naila Chaker
Owner of Nalilait, Algeria

We are grateful for the collaboration with PUM, in the past, present, and future. Thanks to PUM expert Roelof, we now realise that if we want to grow, we need to not only focus on production, but we also have to think in terms of marketing, distribution, finance and strategy.



A leading dairy company with three production plants decided to concentrate its dairy activities in one new plant. It also wanted to become the leading dairy company in order to be able to export its products to surrounding countries. The PUM expert gave instructions for the construction of the new plant within the existing structure. In the course of inspecting operations, the expert noticed a problem with the quality of the raw milk. The causes of this defect were assessed and a solution was arrived at. The visit of the expert led to a proposal for a ‘Business Link’ visit to the Netherlands. This resulted in the purchase of a number of cooling tanks from Dutch suppliers.


A brand-new processing plant started producing Gouda and Edam cheeses, and butter. The expert was closely involved in the selection of production methods and packaging materials and in the purchasing of appropriate equipment. Since then, our PUM expert has made three follow-up visits. The expert and the company are still in close contact.