Dairy expertise as a daily mission
Jürgen Vogt doesn’t miss a thing as he makes his way through the Sachsenmilch production facility. He exchanges a brief word with a machine operator, checks a control panel and seems to know nearly all of the plant’s 2,000 employees personally. Most of them certainly know him. As head of maintenance at Europe’s most advanced dairy, Vogt is responsible for ensuring the smooth running of the Leppersdorf plant, which turns more than four million litres of milk a day into quark, butter, powder and yoghurt.
Passionate about his work since 1995
It comes as no surprise that the trained technician is familiar with practically every nut and bolt in the huge complex, which is situated alongside the A4 motorway. The 56-year-old was there when the dairy’s foundation stone was laid back in 1993 and says he can’t imagine a nicer place to work. He remains passionate about the wide range of tasks his job entails and says the best part is when he gets to stick his spoon into another new product. But Jürgen Vogt and his 80 employees, who are split across five teams, always have plenty to do before they reach that stage. Sachsenmilch’s technical specialists carry a great deal of responsibility on their shoulders – strict hygiene regulations for milk processing mean that any mistake can have serious consequences. The milk must remain uncontaminated, cooling systems have to be totally reliable and every single drop of fresh milk needs to be processed within 48 hours at the latest. When new products are added to the Sachsenmilch range with its distinctive bright pink packaging, Vogt’s team may also have to work overtime.
A fresh challenge
When Sachsenmilch yoghurt was combined with another tasty Saxon speciality – Zetti chocolate drops – the technicians found themselves facing a formidable task. “Each yoghurt pot needed to be filled with exactly 18 grams of mini chocolate drops, which flowed out of a large container through 24 small funnels,” explains Jürgen Vogt. After countless hours trying out different solutions and conducting tests, the project succeeded thanks to what Vogt describes as “a prime example of the importance of teamwork”. He knows from experience that a combined effort is the only way to overcome such challenges. But customers are blissfully unaware of all this when they put a pot of Sachsenmilch yoghurt with Zetti chocolate drops in their shopping basket. And that’s exactly the way it should be, because in the end only one thing counts: a great taste experience.