(Reported on the program ‘Touch Beijing’ on Radio Beijing International, 16/06/2017)
Next year marks the 10th year since the Chinese milk scandal in 2008. Ever since the incident, people have been paying more attention to the food safety, especially when it comes to milk. Against all odds, Beijing Sanyuan Foods Company Limited opened their industrial park for visit last weekend, showcasing their high-tech and automated equipment. Let our reporter Chloe Liu and intern reporter Richelia Yeung take us through the journey of how this company is gaining the trust of Beijing citizens towards domestic dairy products.
As one of the corporations participating in the second ‘Capital State-owned Enterprise Open Day’, Sanyuan opened their headquarters to the public last Saturday. Many families were attracted to visit the Sanyuan Industrial Park in the Daxing District, hoping to get a glimpse of how this Beijing-based company manufactures their milk products.
Originally named ‘Beijing Dairy Terminal’, the company was established in 1956. Over the years, it has developed into one of China’s leading dairy producers, offering a wide range of products, such as packaged and fresh milk, cheese, milk powder and other milk-based drinks.
Sanyuan constructed the Capital Milk Museum inside their headquarters in 2012, covering a total area of 1600 square meters. It is also the only milk museum in Beijing. By walking through their 740 meters long viewing corridors, visitors not only can know more about the evolution of the dairy industry in Beijing, they also get to see the high-tech production lines of various dairy products right before their eyes.
Looking through the glass on both sides of the corridor, many stainless steel pipes can be seen processing the milk products. It aims to keep the milk at a low temperature and separate the products from external pollution for hygienic purposes.
The boards in the exhibition halls constantly remind visitors that the quality of products will always be Sanyuan’s first priority: Apart from introducing the German Manufacturing Execution System (MES) to create a quality-tracing platform, they have also developed their own food safety and quality tracking system.
The tour guide said they have an extra method to make sure their products are up to standards.
“We have milk-tasting sessions for at least three times during the manufacturing process before it is being sold and delivered to our consumers,” she said.
Instead of manpower, they use automated equipment in the workshop in order to improve their production efficiency. Only a few workers were seen during the one and a half hour tour, most of them were in the control rooms operating the quality-controlling devices.
Many visitors expressed their satisfaction after the tour. Apart from having better milk knowledge, they said the modern automated equipment and strict standards of the production process have really dispelled their doubts for domestic dairy products.
“After hearing dairy products of Sanyuan not only reached but also exceeded the food safety standard of the European Union, I feel more relieved to purchase their products knowing that they are safe to consume,” said one of the visitors.
Yang Xi, the spokesperson of Sanyuan, said the Open Day provided an opportunity for consumers to have a better understanding of domestic enterprises. The company plans to increase their cooperation with the media for further promotions.
“There’s a gap between corporate enterprises and the community, and science communication is the bridge linking the two together. That’s how we hope to raise people’s awareness towards the nutrition of dairy products in the future,” Yang said.
（Reported by Radio Beijing International Reporter Chloe Liu and Intern Reporter Richelia Yeung/ Article and Photography by Richelia Yeung）