Category: Food Processing

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Why Your Business Should Consider Snack Food Production

A food manufacturing line produces snacks.

From pretzels to chips and nuts, there doesn’t seem to be an end to snack food options available for consumers to purchase and enjoy. After all, everyone is guilty of enjoying their favorite snack in-between meals. And as a food processor, you may have been tempted to get into the snack food business once or twice.

Maybe it just wasn’t the right time a year or two ago. But with the recent rise in demand, this might be the perfect time to consider diving into the market. Let’s explore the top reasons why your business should consider snack food production.

Why Should Your Business Consider Producing Snack Food?

A Rise in Snack Food Demand

There has been a sharp increase in the demand for snack food across the country due to the social distancing and quarantine effects of the coronavirus (COVID-19).

Snack food sales have seen a staggering 8 percent increase in 2020 so far.… Read more

Why Choose Stainless Steel Dairy Equipment

A picture of stainless steel dairy equipment.

If you’re in the dairy business, you know there’s no shortage of competition. After all, the demand for dairy products has been steadily rising. In the dairy industry, you need to capitalize on every advantage you can get your hands on.
Many companies try to look for ways to experiment with the taste of their products. But humans have been drinking milk for thousands of years and the flavor has stayed pretty much the same. What if the answer to giving your business a leg up on the competition lies in your equipment?

You might think that we’re talking about using the latest high-tech equipment. However, our solution is something that almost every dairy business can get their hands on: Stainless steel dairy equipment.

5 Reasons Why You Should Invest in Stainless Steel Dairy Equipment

1. Stainless Steel Offers Better Protection

Did you know that stainless steel dairy equipment is more resistant to corrosion?… Read more

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