Pāmu deer milk powder

FOODPILOT

The first New Zealand deer milk to be exported for use in the Asian cosmetic industry was processed in FoodPilot. Pāmu approached FoodPilot in 2017 enquiring about the possibilities of drying deer milk for domestic and international use. At the time, FoodPilot had no risk management programmes (RMP) in place to allow for commercial production of deer milk powder. However, through the commitment and effort of the client and the team, FoodPilot saw the development of its dairy RMP to allow for this project to happen.

It took more than 75 years (and still counting) to establish the optimum process for bovine milk spray drying. Due to the limited studies available on cervine milk, FoodPilot had to build learnings based on the knowledge of bovine milk drying. With this, teams Pāmu and FoodPilot built a rigorous process within months; and all on what effectively is a medium scale dryer originally set up for R&D purposes. This was then quickly followed by late nights and long hours of deer milk drying trials to establish a robust processing method. “Massey Foodpilot supported and enabled Pāmu to process Pāmu Deer Milk into high value powder. Deer Milk has a completely different composition to bovine milk, as such, processing comes with its challenges, the product behaved differently at each step of the handling process. A notable hurdle was the absence of equivalent “Deer Milk” regulatory standards, therefore producing compliant product was an ambiguous task, due to a world first innovation.” Says Claire Hannan from Pāmu.

The FoodPilot has invested in its equipment and procedures to ensure continued improvement for the quality of the deer milk powder. Despite these challenges, high quality deer milk powder was produced that met the physical properties demanded by the client and the microbiological requirements of New Zealand and international standards. Today, Pāmu deer milk powder is not only used in domestic culinary industry, but also international skincare products, for which the microbiological standard is more stringent than for food products.