The Think Tank

5 Food Processing Trends Expected in 2020

Apples on a conveyor belt in a food processing plant

Food processing plants have experienced their fair share of change over the last decade. Manufacturers in this industry have to adapt on a moment’s notice to consumer demand. After all, that’s part of what keeps food processing so exciting. As we approach the end of 2019, there’s a whole new set of food processing trends on the horizon.

Given the speed of the industry, it can be challenging for food processing manufacturers to keep up. Whether it’s a passing fad or an industry game changer, it’s crucial for food processing plants to be aware of any trend. But there’s no need to worry about being out of loop. In this post, we’re going to shed some light on the top five food industry trends of 2020. So, if you want your business to be more competitive next year, keep reading!

1. The Mindful Customer

There’s no question that consumers are becoming more mindful about how their food is made.… Read more

Innovations in Ice Cream Manufacturing

A conveyor belt filled with ice cream cones at a manufacturing facility.

There was a time when ice cream manufacturing had no homogenizers or refrigeration. It consisted of putting your ingredients in a cylinder with ice and rolling it back and forth for hours. Now, ice cream is a mainstream frozen dessert with the average American eating 48 pints a year.

Ice cream manufacturing has grown more efficient to keep up with demand. And the commercial ice cream making process has evolved to include a variety of manufacturing equipment.

With so many ice cream brands pushing for market share, there has been a wave of new methods in manufacturing plants across the US. In this article, we’re exploring some of the latest innovations in ice cream manufacturing.

New Ways to Chill

As you might already know, one of the final stages of ice cream manufacturing is cooling. But instead of the typical refrigeration methods, some companies are using liquid nitrogen. Manufacturing systems that use liquid nitrogen come with a list of impressive benefits, such as:

• Allowing for more natural ice cream by cutting the need for emulsifiers, preservatives, or stabilizers.… Read more

Nanotechnology in Food Processing

Discover how nanotechnology in food processing is changing the industry.

Since as far back as history can remember, humans have been trying to find ways to preserve their food. After all, we use food processing technology to preserve our food and keep it tasting good.

But over the past few years, there has been a new trend that is set to revolutionize the food processing industry: nanotechnology. With nanotechnology for food processing, food can be transported and stored for longer. And that’s only the beginning.

Whether you’re a consumer or a professional in the industry, staying on top of this trend is critical. In this post, we’ll discuss food nanotechnology and how it is starting to impact the food processing industry.

Food Nanotechnology: Nano-encapsulation

We know that nano-encapsulation sounds complicated, but it’s actually easier to understand you’d think. Imagine small capsules at the atomic level that can interact with food. The application of nanocapsules are endless. They can deliver key components to help food stay preserved, or even trap odors or bacteria.… Read more

How to Use Technology for Healthier Food Packaging

There’s no question that plastic packaging has a negative impact on the health of the environment and the consumer. Consumer demand for less harmful alternatives has sparked a rush of innovative food packaging solutions.

What about recycling? While recycling has its benefits, it still requires a lot of energy for the material to be reused. Plastic is good at its job, which is why only the best technology in smart food packaging is seeing results.

Smart food packaging will only become more important for food manufacturers and their customers as time goes on. To help you stay at the forefront of this trend, we’re going to break down some of the most promising food packaging technology. Below, you’ll learn about three health driven technologies in the food packaging industry.

Close up of equipment at a food packaging factory

Discover food packaging technology to improve the health of consumers and the environment.

Self-Heating Smart Food Packaging

Smart food packaging continues to evolve to meet the changing needs of consumers.… Read more

How to Make Your Food Processing Eco-Friendly

There’s never been a time where consumers are more knowledgeable about food and what they’re putting into their bodies. Environmentally friendly food manufacturing has gone from simply an option, to the dominating preference of consumers.

Food manufacturers need to start eco-friendly processing practices if they want to stay competitive. These days, many food manufacturers are learning that sustainability isn’t just a buzzword. It’s a real consumer preference that can impact your bottom line!

Despite knowing all this, the question remains: How can you make your food processing eco-friendly? Below you’ll discover the ways you can implement environmentally friendly food manufacturing and the benefits that come along with them.

Stainless steel tanks in a food processing plant.

Learn how to make your food processing plant more eco-friendly.

Energy Efficiency and Eco-Friendly Food Processing

Did you know that many food manufacturers don’t conduct an annual energy audit? Energy is like any other raw material that goes into your production process. Unfortunately, it’s rarely thought of that way.… Read more