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Commercial Processing & Manufacturing of Almond Milk

Published : Jun 14, 2023 3 mins read Updated On : Sep 18, 2023

What is Almond Milk?

Almond milk is made by blending blanched acacia, blanched almonds, water, and sugar. The beverage is lactose-free and has fewer calories, phosphorus, and sugar than milk derived from dairy products. Almond milk offers several health benefits, including protecting heart health, managing blood sugar levels, and constructing muscles and bones. It is widely used in the food and beverage (F&B) and personal care industries all over the world. 

 The key factors influencing the almond milk industry include the rise in incidences of hypercholesterolemia around the world, lactose intolerance, and rising consumer awareness of health issues. Since almond milk is made from plants, it is growing in popularity with vegans. This is another significant growth-inducing factor, along with people's constantly rising propensity for a vegan diet.


Commercial Processing & Manufacturing of Almond Milk

Soaking & Cleaning

When whole almonds are used as a raw material they are blanched to soften the almond skins, they are transferred to a roller peeling machine where the skin is removed. The peeled almonds are then moved to a drum washing machine where they are cleaned and disinfected. The obtained almond paste is put through a filter and then moved by a pump to a mixing tank where it will be combined with additional components like water and sugar. The almond milk is then homogenized, sterilized, and poured into small packaging containers after being thoroughly blended.

After filtering, pumping into the blending tank, and then transferring to the high-pressure homogenizer and UHT sterilizer to do the heat treatment and homogenizing, the almond paste is added along with dissolving ingredients like sugar, flavour agents, and an emulsifier in the high-speed dissolving tank. At this point, the almond milk can be packaged into bottles, cans, or cartons.

The wet-type milling machine is advised when processing big quantities of almonds to create almond pulp. Pure water must also be added to the grinding machine to boost productivity and produce high-quality goods.

The homogenization of the prepared almond milk is done in two phases while maintaining a temperature of 60 to 70 degrees. The Hoover deaerator may get rid of the odd odour and air in the almond milk, giving the finished product an excellent flavour and significantly extending its shelf life.

Almond milk is sterilised using two different methods, the first of which is HTST pasteurisation (75–80°C for 15S). Once the pasteurisation is finished, the product is chilled to roughly 4 degrees to prepare it for filling.

The material is cooled to 89°C for hot filling or 30°C for aseptic filling after sterilisation with UHT sterilisation (135-137°C for 3-55) or DSI sterilisation. Additionally, some brands may include stabilisers to increase shelf life and emulsifiers to give the milk a smoother texture. Additionally, some commercial almond milk includes sugars and flavours.

Nutrient Profile:

Almonds may include potassium, calcium, zinc, iron, selenium, and iodine, as well as other vitamins and minerals. In addition, it has linolenic acid, protein, and 18 amino acids. Almonds are rich in polyphenols and flavonoids as well. In addition to lowering the body's cholesterol levels, it can significantly reduce the risk of heart disease and many other chronic illnesses.

About the Manufacturer:

By cutting expenses and integrating innovation with environmental consciousness, Almas serves customer needs. All of its customized plant-based goods are also made using its own on-site production methods. Thanks to a unique combination of ingredient and process optimization, we can be more daring and develop personalized recipes. Almas is still striving to achieve its goal of achieving both sustainable growth and economic success.

In order to be environmentally sustainable, manufacturing processes must be designed and organized to decrease emissions and waste while preserving energy and natural resources. Due to our long history of using a process-water recycling facility, Almas has experience in these fields.

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