The Think Tank

The Difference Between Milk Pasteurization and Homogenization

A line of filled milk bottles on an assembly line at a dairy plant.

The coronavirus (COVID-19) epidemic has forced many of us make a lot of adjustments in our daily lives. One of the easiest changes to spot is actually in your local grocery store where essential products like milk and eggs are in high demand. In fact, some stores have even placed limits on the amount you can buy.

With milk in such high demand, consumers are paying more attention to the labels on the packaging of milk cartons. For some, this begs the question, what’s the difference between pasteurization and homogenized milk?

No matter if you’re in work mode as a dairy manufacturer or off the clock buying milk for your family, knowing the difference between these two processes is valuable. And in this post, that’s exactly what we’re going to explain.

What is Milk Pasteurization?

Simply put, milk pasteurization is the process of heating up milk, followed by cooling it down to get rid of bacteria.… Read more

How to Stay on Top of Dairy Equipment Maintenance

An image of cows at a dairy production plant.

Have you or someone you know gone too long without getting an oil change? Although it can be a little bit of a hassle, getting your oiled changed saves you from major headaches down the road. The same principle is true for dairy equipment. Staying on top of all your dairy equipment maintenance needs helps ensure your business keeps running smoothly.

And with the coronavirus (COVID-19) in full force across the country, your dairy equipment might be working overtime. If you’ve been to the grocery store lately, you may have noticed that eggs, milk, yogurt and other dairy products are in short supply. And your business’ production could even be hard pressed to keep up with demand.

During this unprecedented time, it’s important to keep up with your dairy equipment maintenance. One of the last things you need right now is a piece of stainless-steel dairy equipment breaking down. In this post, we’re going to give you some tips on how you can stay on top of your dairy equipment maintenance.… Read more

3 Ways Food Processors Can Keep Up With Demand During COVID-19 Pandemic

A close up of a bag of macaroni at a food processing plant. In the wake of the coronavirus (COVID-19), stay at home orders and social distancing have become the new normal. It’s no surprise that the COVID-19 epidemic is having an impact on industries all throughout the country. But food processing has seen a huge surge in demand over the past few months.

Grocery stores are seeing products like milk, eggs and bread fly off the shelves, making them harder to find on a daily basis. For food processors, this unprecedented spike in demand can be challenging to keep up with. And while the sales growth is nice to see, making sure people have the food they need is a top priority.

As food processing demand continues to grow, your business might be looking for ideas on how to keep up. It’s been awhile since the food processing industry has had to adapt to such a drastic change in the market. But the good news is we’re all in this together.… Read more

How New Technology in the Brewing Industry Can Keep Your Business Competitive

Cans of beer on a conveyor belt at a brewery.

Looking back when the brewing industry first began, one thing is certain: We’ve come a long way. As the breweries become more popular throughout the country, more businesses need to find new ways to stay competitive. Advancements in brewery technology is one of the ways breweries can streamline their process and become more profitable.

The Brewers Association reports that there are over 7,500 breweries across the U.S. competing against each other. This can make it hard to sell beer and even more challenging to make it. But there has been a boom of brewing advancements that are making small breweries more competitive. It’s gotten to the point where more consumers are expecting the quality beer that only technology and automation can provide.

You might have already been aware of the new technology in the brewing industry. But the question is, how can it make your brewery more competitive? After all, it’s natural to want to know more about new technology before investing in it.… Read more

Can Sugar Alternatives Increase Demand for Food Processing Products?

Over the years, sugar has crept closer to being public enemy number one. And when you think about it, that’s not really a surprise. After all, the overload of sugar in our food and drinks has been linked to the obesity crisis in America.

Three wooden spoons on a table each holding a different artificial sweetener.   As a result, more and more consumers in the U.S. are looking for food products that have healthier alternatives. What does this mean if you’re a food processor? Well, using a sugar alternative may actually increase consumer demand for your products.

Using sugar alternatives has shaped up to be one of the top food processing trends of 2020. In this post, we’ll break down how using sugar alternatives could increase the demand for your products, plus highlight some sugar alternatives that you could use.

The Gap in the Sugar Market

Sweet alternatives to sugar in food processing isn’t exactly a new idea. So why is there a sudden shift?… Read more