The Milk in Nutella®
From the farm to the Nutella® jars, we ensure quality milk along a controlled supply chain.
A short and controlled supply chain
The milk in Nutella® is supplied only by select and reliable milk producers with whom Ferrero has developed long-term relationships. We also implement controls that are often more stringent than those required by law and carry out additional checks to ensure, in this respect, only high quality milk.
As part of the iconic Nutella® recipe, we use skim milk powder. Let’s explore the milk journey!
After milking, the milk is brought as quickly as possible to a temperature below 39 degrees Fahrenheit, in order to maintain its quality. Next, it is sent to the dairy, where it undergoes physical-chemical and microbiological analyses. It is then treated to separate the cream from the milk and to obtain skim milk.
To ensure milk is microbiologically safe, it passes through a pasteurization stage, which is the same treatment used for milk sold in the refrigerated aisles of your supermarket. The milk is heated for 15 seconds at a temperature of 161 degrees Fahrenheit to remove harmful bacteria. Afterwards, it is immediately cooled.
In the “dry” treatment phase, the milk is concentrated and dehydrated. The hot air facilitates the complete evaporation of the water content via a special technology called Spray-dry.
Quality and freshness
To meet our stringent quality and safety standards, we carry out specific physicochemical and microbiological analyses and check all the supplies we receive.
In addition, a dedicated team of tasters regularly tastes our milk to verify that the fragrance and organoleptic characteristics always meet our quality requirements.
This frequent monitoring is carried out using modern procedures of descriptive sensory analysis by Ferrero quality teams.
Good to know
Nutella® contains skimmed milk powder. The milk in Nutella® is supplied only by selected and reliable milk producers obtained from quality long-term relationships.
Over many years we have developed and nurtured long-term relationships with milk producers, which are carefully selected. These relationships are the strength of our short and controlled supply-chains. Because we source our milk directly from dairy partners selected according to strict standards, we can provide full traceability of our milk back to dairy farms globally. Moreover, we support the development of a process that ensures the progressive improvement of animal welfare standards.