Category: Food Processing

New or Used Industrial Food Processing Equipment? How to Decide.

It’s that time again. You’ve gotten the most you’re going to get out of your industrial food processing equipment and it’s time to ask yourself the age-old question: Should I invest in brand new equipment or find something reconditioned?

Refurbished food processing equipment will certainly be more affordable up front. But what seller should you go with? And won’t brand new equipment give you more mileage and provide more bang for your buck in the long term?

With all these thoughts and questions running through your head while also considering budget, ROI, and performance, it can be difficult to make the decision. Reconditioned or new?

Here are some questions to help you weigh the pros and cons to both new and reconditioned equipment, and guide you towards the right decision for your needs.

Questions to Ask about New vs. Reconditioned Food Processing Equipment

A piece of equipment used in a food processing facility

When considering new or refurbished food processing equipment, you’ll want to consider up-front cost, expected lifespan, repairs, and customization options.

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Cleaning and Sanitizing Equipment: Nitty Gritty Details to Consider

A recently cleaned milk pasteurization machine in a food processing plant.

As a food manufacturer, nothing is more important to you than making sure the food you’re producing is safe for people to consume. And besides working in the food industry, you’re also a consumer. When you’re in the grocery store shopping for your own food, you’re trusting that food manufacturers like you are following the right procedures and cleaning their equipment properly.

But sometimes it isn’t always clear just what you need to do to fully sanitize food processing equipment. And some employees may even think that giving the equipment a quick once-through with sanitizer will be enough to do the trick.

If you’re trying to improve your cleaning procedures or just want a refresher to make sure all your employees are cleaning to the proper standard, keep reading to learn how to properly clean and sanitize equipment in your food processing plant.

Why are Cleaning and Sanitation Procedures in the Food Industry Important?

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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