Author: Zwirner

The Think Tank

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

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