Category: Food Processing

The Think Tank

Dairy Equipment and Manufacturing FAQ

A picture of a collection of dairy equipment at a factory.

At Zwirner Equipment, we specialize in helping dairy manufacturers find the right equipment to meet their needs. With decades of experience under our belts, we’ve heard our fair share of questions when it comes to the dairy industry. And since the demand for dairy products is growing, we’d like to share our experience.

Whether you’re a seasoned dairy manufacturer, or are new to the industry, you’re going to have questions. It’s a natural part of any manufacturing business. When you have questions, finding the right answers isn’t always easy. That’s why we’ve compiled a list of frequently asked questions on the dairy industry and the answers to each one below.

Milk Pasteurization

What is UHT Pasteurization?

Ultra-high temperature pasteurization is a process where milk or other dairy products are heated to 280 degrees Fahrenheit for two seconds before being quickly cooled down. Many dairy manufacturers use this process because UHT products have a longer shelf life.… Read more

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

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

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