Dairy Processing Technology Centre

The Dairy Processing Technology Centre (DPTC) is an industry–academic collaborative research centre, hosted by the University of Limerick, with a research agenda driven by the long-term growth opportunities for the dairy sector created by the removal of milk quotas in 2015.

DPTC has been established as a centre of excellence for dairy processing research and innovation. The Centre will help to fuel growth in the Irish dairy sector by performing research focused on cost-efficient processing, facilitating a step-change in environmental sustainability and creating, validating and commercialising a pipeline of science and technology-based manufacturing platforms for dairy ingredients. The foundation of the DPTC is a strong, long-term industry–academic collaborative partnership that will develop, build and translate the knowledge and capabilities in dairy processing that are needed today and for the long-term growth development of the sector. Current members of the Centre are the industry partners Arrabawn Co-op, Carbery Group, Dairygold Co-op, Glanbia Ingredients Ireland, Kerry Group, Lakeland Dairies and Tipperary Co-op, and together with Teagasc.


Research areas:

  • Efficiencies – cost competitiveness in dairy processing
  • Process development – next generation dairy processing science and technology
  • Product innovation – innovating for value through dairy processing
  • Quality and safety – product quality and safety by design
  • Environmental sustainability – towards a zero emissions dairy industry

Research performed by:

  • University of Limerick
  • Teagasc
  • University College Cork
  • University College Dublin
  • NUI Galway
  • Dublin City University
  • Trinity College Dublin