4 Ways to Reduce Food Manufacturing Costs

Food processing is certainly no cheap venture. You have equipment purchase and maintenance expenses, recruitment, hiring, and training costs, employee wages, and bills to keep the facility lights on. Before you know it, your expense list can look pretty overwhelming and your mind immediately goes to worrying about how to keep your company profitable.
Fortunately, there are some key ways your facility can go through a cost-effective transformation that reduces your food manufacturing costs.

Reduce Food Processing Facility Costs

Adopting environmentally-friendly tactics and upgrading your food processing equipment can help reduce food manufacturing costs.

1. Take Advantage of Automation

The unemployment rate across the country is at a significant low point. While this is great news for our economy, it means you need to offer competitive wages to get people to come work for you. On top of that, you have to invest in retaining those employees and spend even more on recruiting, hiring, and training when employees leave for new opportunities.… Read more

The Most Common Questions about Milk Pasteurization Answered

Pasteurized milk or raw milk? Proponents for milk pasteurization argue that the process slows the growth of dangerous bacteria to prevent contamination and keep people safe, while those in favor of raw milk are suspicious of the pasteurization process and claim that it kills important nutrients we need.

A jug and glasses of pasteurized milk sitting on a wooden table

There are many questions about pasteurization and if it’s safer than raw milk. Get answers to some of the most common milk pasteurization questions.

With so many myths and theories floating around out there, what’s actually true about milk pasteurization? Here are some frequently asked questions about the pasteurization process and milk production.

1. When Was Pasteurization Invented?

Pasteurization was invented in 1864 as the solution of a problem with wine going bad during the fermentation process. France was facing this problem until the 1800s, and no one knew why – until Louis Pasteur. He found that the reason wine was spoiling and having a nasty, sour taste was because microorganisms were converting the alcohol content into acetic acid.… Read more

What U.S. Steel and Aluminum Tariffs Mean for Your Business

As daily news continues to roll out about the trade war that began with President Trump’s steel and aluminum tariffs, manufacturers have quickly found themselves between a rock and a hard place. Or, maybe more appropriately, stuck between the U.S. and the world powers where they get a majority of their steel and aluminum from.

So, what have been some of the immediate effects from the Trump administration’s economic face-off with the rest of world? And what can food and beverage manufacturers expect moving forward? Let’s take a look.

Coiled steel sheets sitting inside a steel processing facility.

U.S. food and beverage manufacturers rely heavily on steel imports. Find out how the latest steel tariffs will impact this industry.

How the Trade War Started

Citing a need for increased national security, the Trump administration imposed 25 percent tariffs on imported steel and 10 percent tariffs on imported aluminum in March on China, Russia, India, Japan, and Turkey. The tariffs were then extended in April to the EU, Canada, and Mexico.… Read more

5 Key Advantages of Horizontal Storage Tanks

Stainless steel tanks aren’t one-size-fits-all piece of equipment. Oftentimes, this means having to spend time researching tanks to determine what shape and size is right for your storage and transportation needs. While a vertical tank may make sense in some situations, there are other circumstances where a horizontal stainless steel tank wins out. Let’s take a look at some of the prime advantages and benefits of a horizontal storage tank.

Horizontal steel storage tanks sitting on the first floor of a factory.

Horizontal steel storage tanks offer many advantages, including being more efficient and more affordable to transport.

1. Easy Mobility and Transportation

Horizontal storage tanks are often used within the agricultural and beverage industries because they are best suited for storing liquids like water and chemicals. Thanks to their design & shape, horizontal steel storage tanks are much easier to transport and move than vertical tanks. This easy mobility makes horizontal tanks very appealing for those who need to house or transport liquids on a regular basis.… Read more

How Technology is Changing the Game for Dairy Farming

AI and automated technology can be seen everywhere nowadays. You have automated processes and robots doing tasks in manufacturing, construction, agriculture, and many other industries. In some ways, it really does feel like robots are taking over.

This is true within the dairy industry where U.S. and international dairy farmers are embracing more advanced technology and automation – a change that is proving to be for the better.

The Old, Manual Ways of Milking

An image of cows grazing on hay in a dairy farm cowshed.

Milking cows used to be a long, manual process. Now, farmers are using machines and robots to speed up production and improve profitability.

The milking process used to be all about the labor. First, farmers would have to collect the cows and usher them into a parlor where they would be inspected and cleaned. The farmers would then spend lengths of time extracting the milk with equipment they would have to attach to the cow’s teats. Once milking was complete, they’d remove the milking equipment and direct the cows out of the parlor.… Read more