In 2015, an average U.S. dairy fluid milk plant processed 109.5 million pounds of milk. On average that same plant encountered an average product loss of 2.5%.
Product loss can happen throughout the entire process. Milk is left in the tanker or the lines during receiving. Losses occur during water-to-product and product-to-water interfaces during pasteurizing. Overfills contribute to produce lost in the filling area. Additional cost savings can be realized in wastewater reduction when this milk stops going down the drain.