The Think Tank

4 Factors to Consider with Used Dairy Equipment for Sale

Milk being mixed in a used stainless steel tank at a dairy processing factory.

The dairy industry seems to be getting more competitive by the day. For many small and medium sized dairy manufacturers, buying used milk processing equipment can help them stay relevant. It’s a great way to keep up with demand in a cost-efficient way. While the idea is simple, sometimes buying used equipment can be quite the process.

If you’ve ever bought a used car, you know that there are plenty of things to consider. Who was the previous owner? What type of reliability can I expect? These types of questions have a lot more weight when it’s your business that’s affected by the answers.

We know the considerations can feel overwhelming when you’re looking for used dairy equipment for sale. But what if you had a guide on what to look for? This post will help you identify four of the most important factors to consider when buying used milk processing equipment.… Read more

Should Your Brewery Start a Seasonal Beer Program?

A line of different draft beers being filled from the tap on a bar. Take a minute to think. How many seasonal beers do you see every year during the holiday season? It seems like the number just continues to grow and grow. This is because these inspired flavors often rekindle memories of the fall and winter seasons for whoever indulges in them.

But regardless of the emotions they bring about, the fact is that seasonal beers sell. Did you know that nearly 20 percent of craft brewer sales are seasonal beers? Making a new product line is a big deal. There’s so much to consider. Do you have the equipment to handle it? Enough employees? Do you have the capital to get your seasonal beer idea off the ground?

With all that running through your head, you can’t help but think, “should your brewery start a seasonal beer program?” In this post, we’re going to help you find the right answer for your business.… Read more

4 Things to Know About Plant-Based Meat Production

There’s no question that plant-based meat has become more and more popular over the last couple years. From fast food restaurants to your local grocery store, the demand keeps going up. As a result, plant-based protein is one of the hottest raw materials in food processing.

A plant-based burger patty seasoned with salt being cooked on a grill. For decades, scientists have been working on ways to create plant-based proteins to replace traditional meat. And if you’ve had plant-based meat recently, it’s surprising how much it can taste like the real thing. But what does the plant-based meat alternatives trend mean for the food processing industry?

This year alone, big companies like Tyson, Purdue and Nestle have released their own plant-based meat alternatives. When a trend gets this big, it’s natural to have questions. In this post, we’re going to highlight four things you should know about plant-based meat production.

1. Vegan Meat Production is Better for the Environment

One of the main selling points of vegan meat production is its impact on the environment.… Read more

4 Myths About Milk Homogenization

A worker filling a container up with milk from a tank at a factory.

According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the average American drinks roughly 18 gallons of milk per year. Milk consumption has been high, which is part of the reason why homogenization was invented. The homogenization of milk consists of breaking down the fat molecules, so they are less likely to separate. This process used by thousands of dairy manufacturers helps preserve the shelf life of milk and keep people safe.

But, like many other food and beverage processes, the homogenization of milk hasn’t been immune to misconceptions. When some people see a milk homogenizer, they wonder if the process is still necessary.

Over the years, there have been several common myths surrounding the value of homogenization. In this article, we’ll bust four common myths about the homogenization of milk. It’s our hope that this information can help your business educate your customers about a process that’s key to a major component of the American diet.… Read more

How Your Brewery Can Reduce and Recycle Waste

A brewery worker recording the performance of brewing equipment

While breweries are often opened out of the passion for the craft, like any business, they need to be profitable. That’s why breweries need a competitive advantage to separate themselves from a saturated marketplace. In fact, according to recent data, the number of breweries in the U.S. passed 7,000 back in December of 2018.

How can your brewery cut costs and create a unique competitive advantage? Reducing brewery waste and finding ways to recycle materials can help you accomplish both. Not only can sustainable brewery practices save money on overhead, they can make your brand more relatable in the eyes of your customers.

If you’re interested in learning how reducing brewery waste can benefit your business, we’ve got you covered. In this post we’re highlighting sustainable brewery practices your business can adopt today.

Turning Waste Into Baked Goods

It’s no secret that one of the biggest contributors to brewery waste is spent grain.… Read more