During the production process, dairy companies are using instruments to analyze the various products, such as milk, cheese milk and whey. In this way, they keep a grip on the production process and make adjustments where necessary. However, are the test results always correct? Many factors can be of influence of the test results. This includes sampling, pre-treatment of the sample, correct calibration, maintenance of the instrument and influence of the person who performs the analysis.

The Remote Dairy Quality tool has been developed within the Dairy Trial of the IoF2020 project. A valuable tool for dairy companies to improve efficiency through process optimization by obtaining accurate and assured analysis results.

To achieve an improvement in efficiency, it is essential that a thorough control and calibration plan is made per instrument per dairy product. Next, the challenge is to implement it according to plan. With this tool, control and calibration plans are set up and the implementation of the plan is monitored. With RDQ, the method of pretreatment of the control samples and whether the analysis results of the control samples fall within the set limits is all recorded. All this is presented graphically in digital control charts and deviations are reported to the responsible person by means of alerts. The RDQ tool is available online for the various employees, such as process operators, QC and QA managers, regardless of location. If more than one person carries out the analyzes of the control samples, it is possible to follow the performance of each individual employee.

1907 ControlChartThe RDQ tool is already being used successfully by customers in practice at multiple locations within the Netherlands. Several users analyze different types of dairy products, such as milk, skimmed milk, cream and various whey products. The RDQ tool hereby guarantees that the analysis results are accurate and guaranteed. These test results form a reliable basis for producing final-products that meet the specified specifications for fat, protein and lactose and improve efficiency of production.

Currently the RDQ-tool is promoted to dairy processors within Europe.

1200px Flag of Europe“IoF2020 has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 researchand innovation programme under grant agreement no. 731884”

1809 MoU Yili QlipOn September 12, 2018, Yili and Qlip confirmed the proposed collaboration by signing a 'Memorandum of Understanding'. The signing took place by Mr. Zhang Jianqiu (Executive President or Yili Group) and Mr. Jan Bobbink (CEO Qlip) during the official opening of Yili Innovation Center in Europe in Wageningen. For Yili, the close collaboration with Qlip is part of the 'Connect to Innovate' strategy to achieve more connections with knowledge and business partners in the international dairy chain and to stimulate innovation.

The partnership ties in with Qlip's growth strategy and focuses on quality assurance and improvement of Yili's dairy farms and transport and food safety of Yili's dairy products in China. The aim of the cooperation is to establish an integral chain approach in China from water, feed, animal health, medication use, milk production, -storage to milk quality. Combining and integrating Yili Standards with Qlip’s Dutch Dairy Standards will lead to the best Farmmanagement Standards globally.


Yili Industrial Group Co., Ltd is a supplier of dairy products in China. The company was founded in 1956 and the headquarter is located in Hohhot, the capital of the Chinese autonomous region of Inner Mongolia. It is Asia's largest dairy producer and sole sponsor of dairy products for the Olympic Winter Games in Beijing in 2022. It is the first Chinese dairy company ever to reach a turnover of 9 billion euros in the Chinese dairy sector and a net profit of more than 650 million euros. Yili focuses on internationalization with the focus on innovation. Yili opened its first foreign dairy factory in New Zealand in 2014 and also started in 2014 with the European Innovation Center in the Netherlands. This is the first foreign innovation center with the aim of expanding and strengthening cooperation with European companies, universities and research institutes in several areas. Recently, an Innovation Center has also been established in New Zealand.


Qlip supports the international dairy chain, to strengthen leading market positions by being a leading, innovative, reliable and committed partner. Its core activities are focused on food safety, quality, composition and sustainability. Qlip carries out more than 15,000 assessments and audits annually throughout the dairy industry. At the dairy laboratory in Zutphen, 15 million raw milk samples are analyzed annually and over 500,000 microbiological and chemical analyzes are carried out on dairy products, such as cheese, milk powders, dairy ingredients and infant formula. Qlip’s growth strategy focuses on internationalization and innovation within dairy.

IDF and ICAR have jointly launched a project which intends to set up an international reference system for somatic cell counting in raw milk.

A need for worldwide equivalence of analytical results

Global markets with expanding streams of exported/imported goods demand for a more focused attention on equivalence of analytical results. Traceable analytical results are key in free and fair trade.

However, it occurs that worldwide equivalence of analytical results cannot in all cases be safeguarded by applying standardized analytical methods or the use of certified reference materials. With some parameters, such certified reference materials are lacking and the reference method shows limited performance.

As an alternative, sophisticated large scale reference systems can serve where traditional calibration schemes are lacking precision and effectiveness.

A joint IDF/ICAR Action Team is currently working on:

  • Obtaining a suitable reference material, representative and stable.
  • A calculation model for determining assigned values based on measurements in multiple laboratories..
  • A laboratory database with a competence scoring system.
  • Exploring the existing solutions and linking them to test the concept in a pilot study.
  • Communicating the project to analytical-oriented stakeholders (laboratories, reference material providers, instrument manufacturers), and other stakeholders (dairy organizations, dairy herd improvement organizations, animal health bodies, regulatory bodies).

Expected results

  • A reference system that is complementary to the ‘traditional’ way of calibrating routine methods.
  • An implementation in the dairy sector that will promote the acceptance and mutual confidence in somatic cell count data, thereby helping free and fair trade.
  • By demonstrating the value of a reference system for a better global equivalence in somatic cell counting, to initiate the adoption of the approach for other relevant parameters.


Source: IDF/ICAR

Get in the Ring, QLIP and HighTechXL are looking for innovative solutions to innovate the way raw milk is tested. Solutions that have the potential to disrupt the current market on testing technologies, varying from ‘lab on a farm’, to robotics and new testing technologies, improving on centralized infrared milk testing. These solutions could support both dairy farmers, as well as the dairy industry, in their quest to deliver the best dairy products to the consumer.


Currently, most of the dairy testing is done by shipping samples to central milk testing labs, such as QLIP. The test is done by using infrared technology to measure data, after which it’s analyzed using the tools and knowhow at QLIP’s headquarters. Technological developments are making it possible to measure almost real-time at the farm itself, potentially using other forms of measuring methods (like sensors, magnetics, etc.) to collect relevant data that can be used to determine quality, composition, safety, authenticity and maybe even more. We are looking for these type of solutions for the dairy quality assurance, regardless of what industry they originate from, whether it’s food, medical, etc.

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170126 Qlip opening 2On January 26th, His Majesty the King and Jan Bobbink, Managing Director of Qlip, opened the new dairy laboratory Qlip in Zutphen in the Netherlands. The opening ceremony took place in the presence of the Commissioner of the King in Gelderland, mayor and alderman of Zutphen, Supervisory Board and employees of Qlip. After taking a cheese sample and symbolic analysis, His Majesty the King presented the first official certificate to Jan Bobbink. During and after the tour of the laboratory, the King has spoken Qlip employees.

On March 11th 2016, mayor of Zutphen gave the official go-ahead for the construction and conversion of the largest dairy laboratory in Europe.

In recent months we've worked hard to build and expand our dairy laboratory in Zutphen. The chemical and microbiological departments have doubled in size. Our state of the art laboratory is optimally equipped to assist our valued customers tomorrow and in the future with analyzes in dairy products for food safety and quality.

Qlip is a leading company in Quality Assurance within the dairy industry, from grass to glass. We support stakeholders in the international dairy chain, to secure and strengthen their prominent market positions by being a leading, reliable and committed partner in the area of food safety, quality assurance and sustainability.

170126 Qlip opening 4Qlip’s activities range from Testing, Inspection and Certification in the dairy chain, from farm, factory till safe consumer products. Qlip is nationally and internationally recognized and accredited. Impartiality and quality of our services and products are assured through accreditation and regular inspections by the Dutch Accreditation Council.

Thanks to 30 years of experience, in-depth understanding of the dairy market, unique dairy knowledge, expertise and technology, Qlip has become known as a committed, innovative and leading partner. Together with our partners we build safe and sustainable integrated dairy chains. Qlip invest continuously in innovation, working on a variety of dairy projects to remain the leader and expert in dairy.