Soy food and drinks are famous for their high protein content, and are highly perceived as healthy eating products. Soymilk is safely used as a substitute for cow milk.
Traditionally coming from South East Asia, soybeans are nowadays cultivated in many different countries worldwide for diverse uses: soy products for human consumption, for animal consumption and for biodiesel production.
Soy puree is the most processed product out of the soybean. The soy puree manufacturing plants are normally located next to the soybean growing areas. These plants have soy extraction lines to convert soybeans into soy puree and/or soy concentrate; which is then distributed worldwide to manufacturers of soy products, soy milk, and other various types of soy beverages.
MachinePoint supplies processing lines for the production of soy drinks, soy milk and soy juice.
The general process for producing soy beverages in large quantities consists of a continuous mixing system where soy puree can also be mixed with flavourings, sugars and vitamins. The liquid is then sterilized and homogenized. The hot milk passes on to a cooling tank and once cooled is sent to aseptic packaging.
Equipment necessary in a soymilk processing plant:
- UHT Sterilizers & HTST Pasteurizers
- Formulation Systems
- Mixing Tanks
- Chilled Soymilk Storage Tanks
- CIP Systems
- Aseptic Buffer Tanks