How IIot will Affect Food Processing

An engineer watches as technology automates the process of one of his machines at the food processing plant he works at.

 

What if you could identify a part of your equipment that needs maintenance or replacing before it actually breaks and disrupts the rest of your supply chain? Or what if you could quickly and easily collect your data, saving you hundreds of hours that could now be spent on smarter analyses and more strategic operating decisions? This is the beauty of the Industrial Internet of Things (IIot). Here’s how the IIot is changing the game for food processing and can benefit your business.

What is the IIot?

You’ve probably heard the term “IIot” and wondered what it meant. You know technologies like Amazon Echo, WiFi door locks and other “smart” home appliances are meant to make your home safer and more connected, but you may be questioning how that applies to food processing. Well, similar to these “smart home” devices, there are technologies like sensors and cloud-based software that are designed to make food production operations more connected and efficient.… Read more

5 Food Industry Trade Shows in 2018

A room full of manufactures and suppliers listen to a presentation at a food and beverage conference.

5 Food Industry Trade Shows You Won’t Want to Miss This Year

2018 is shaping up to be a very busy year for the food processing industry. In fact, the first two months of the year have been jam-packed with food industry trade shows like the International Production & Processing Exhibition in Atlanta, GA and the Food Processing Expo in Sacramento, CA. If you missed these events or are eager to attend the next big expo or conference, we’ve got you covered. Here are 5 upcoming food and beverage conferences to check out this year.

1. Natural Products Expo West

March 7-11, Anaheim, CA

The Natural Products Expo West & Engredea is the leading trade show in the natural, organic and healthy products industry. You’ll learn about the newest and hottest products hitting the market, gain insights on retail trends and network with manufacturers, suppliers, agricultural businesses and more.

2. The NFRA Executive Conference

May 7-10, Rosemont, IL

The 26th Annual NFRA Executive Conference focuses on discussing today’s top trends, challenges and opportunities facing the frozen and refrigerated food industry.… Read more

What is Ultra High Temperature (UHT) Pasteurization?

An assortment of dairy products, some of which have undergone UHT pasteurization.

UHT pasteurization, sometimes referred to as ultra-pasteurization, is a process in which milk or other dairy products are heated to 280 degrees Fahrenheit for a brief time—just two seconds—and then quickly cooled back down.

In this post, we’ll explore the pros and cons of UHT pasteurization in comparison to high temperature short time (HTST) pasteurization.

Benefits of UHT Pasteurization

  1. UHT-Pasteurized Products Last Longer: UHT pasteurization extends a product’s shelf-life by months, making it an extremely cost-effective option.
  2. UHT-Pasteurized Products Contain Less Bacteria: The high heat required during UHT pasteurization results in milk that is up to 99.9% bacteria-free.

Disadvantages of UHT Pasteurization

Perhaps the biggest disadvantage of UHT pasteurization is its effect on the taste of milk. Many people agree that UHT-pasteurized milk exhibits an overly cooked, burnt taste. On the other hand, UHT pasteurization can be ideal for flavor-forward products like fruit juice, cheese sauce and yogurt because sweeteners, salt and other ingredients may help to mask the burnt taste.… Read more

Improving Food Processing Efficiency with a Facility Assessment

Two inspectors conduct a food processing facility assessment.

Whether your food processing plant is old or brand new, investing in a facility assessment could offer many benefits, including improving food processing efficiency, reducing operating costs, boosting ROI and more. In this post we’ll answer three common questions about food processing facility assessments.

  1. What is a food processing facility assessment?
  2. How can a facility assessment of my food or beverage plant help my bottom line?
  3. How do I get started with a food processing facility assessment?

Question: What is a Food Processing Facility Assessment?

Answer: In simple terms, a food processing facility assessment is a comprehensive evaluation of your food or beverage plant that assesses the overall production efficiency of your operation. Through a food processing facility assessment, you could uncover many opportunities—not only to cut costs and enhance efficiency—but also improve plant safety and reduce product contamination risk.

Question: How Can a Facility Assessment of My Food or Beverage Plant Help My Bottom Line?

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Food Safety First: How to Upgrade Your Food Processing Equipment

A newly upgraded milk pasteurization system in a dairy processing plant.

If you’re ready to add a new piece of food processing equipment to your production facility, or it’s time to renovate your operations, there are many food safety considerations you’ll need to address to protect the integrity of your product and the safety of your personnel.

To upgrade your food processing equipment and maintain your food safety standards, pay attention to the following:

  1. Impact of food processing equipment upgrades on traffic flow
  2. Use of food-safe construction materials in all areas affected by the renovations
  3. Potential impact on nearby food production lines not part of the retrofit

Stick around and we’ll dig into each of these important food processing equipment upgrade considerations in more detail.

1. Impact of Food Processing Equipment Upgrades on Traffic Flow

When renovating a food processing facility or installing new food processing equipment, expect the flow of foot traffic through the facility to change. One thing that should never change, however, is your employee’s strict adherence to good manufacturing practices (GMP).… Read more