Category: Food Processing

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

3 Trends to Watch in the Food & Beverage Industry in 2018

Family shops for groceries looking for natural and organic products that are clearly labeled as GMO or non-GMO, Fair-Trade Certified is a bonus, but not required.

Food and beverage manufacturers need to keep up with changing industry trends to stay competitive in 2018 and beyond. Here are three big trends in the food and beverage industry to pay attention to this year:

  1. Continued shift toward natural ingredients away from artificial additives and dyes
  2. Emphasis on non-dairy and dairy alternatives
  3. Increasing consumer demand for GMO transparency

Ready to learn more about these food and beverage manufacturing trends? Pull up a chair.

2018 Trends in the Food and Beverage Industry

1. All Natural, All the Time

According to the United States Department of Agriculture, one of the biggest trends in the food and beverage industry is consumer demand for all-natural and organic food and beverages. In fact, this trend continues to show double-digit growth. The shift toward organic and all-natural food begins on the farm and extends down the line to processing and packaging. For food and beverage manufacturers, that means aligning your processing facility to support the organic food movement.… Read more

How to Increase Sales through Food & Beverage Packaging

A woman shops in a grocery store surrounded by food and beverage packaging.

The way your product looks on the shelf has a direct impact on your sales. Here are three simple, effective tips for using food and beverage packaging to incite customers to try your product:

  1. Keep your food and beverage packaging simple
  2. Keep your packaging honest
  3. Keep your ideal customer in mind

In this post, we’ll “unwrap” all three of these food and beverage packaging tips and explain why they could help your products get to the check-out line.

1. Keep Your Food and Beverage Packaging Simple

Although we don’t typically think of the local grocery store as a “happening” place, there’s a lot more going on in there than you might think. From the moment shoppers walk through the door, they’re bombarded with every form of sensory stimulation. The smell of sizzling bacon wafting from the sample cart. Point of sale merchandising screaming at us from every aisle. The carefully curated playlist blaring from the sound system.… Read more