With hundreds of new products launched every week around the globe, building brand loyalty is challenging. Factors such as visually appealing packaging, convenience and price are all important and help consumers make decisions at point-of-purchase. But what turns a first-time buyer into a repeat purchaser? The attributes just mentioned will certainly have an influence, but product freshness also plays a critical role in brand success.
Food companies are currently scrambling to comply with the FDA’s record-keeping and lot-tracking requirements of Section 306 of the Bioterrorism Act of 2002. By the end of 2006 all food manufacturers, even very small ones (10 employees or fewer) must be prepared to rapidly identify and track every single ingredient from receipt through processing, packaging, and shipping, to the exact customer location.
The federal government has made Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Points (HACCP) the centerpiece of food-safety initiatives. The system is designed to identify, prioritize and control potential problems. Under HACCP, it is every manufacturer’s prerogative to rank the severity of the physical, chemical and microbial dangers in a process.
If you think your loading dock is operating at peak efficiency and making progress toward a good safety record, it’s now time to re-think. Here’s why: two emerging dock issues – dock shock and trailer drop – threaten to adversely affect the profitability and safety of virtually any food manufacturing operation with a dock.
Equipment failure can be expensive, and potentially catastrophic. Unplanned production downtime, missed contract deadlines, costly machinery replacements, as well as safety problems, environmental concerns, and regulatory violations are all potential consequences of a maintenance program that fails to predict and monitor equipment problems.
Thanks to Gainco’s debone management system, Sylvest Farms incorporates incentive pay into its thigh debone line operation, resulting in better yields, improved productivity and motivated employees. Sylvest Farms supplies chicken products to a wide range of customers throughout the Southern U.
Appearance means almost everything when people are buying food. This is just as true about canned goods on a supermarket shelf as it about unwrapped fruit or vegetables at an open-air market anywhere in the world. All things being equal, consumers worldwide are hesitant to buy cans showing any evidence of outside surface corrosion, rust, discoloration or soiled and loosened labeling.
Watlow, a designer and manufacturer of heaters, controllers and temperature sensors, provided engineering expertise and a powerful new temperature controller to B.B. Robertson Company for its new YieldKing Oven. The oven is one of the most versatile ovens manufactured because it is a combination convection oven, smoker, steamer and holding cabinet – all in one unit, with a smart controller.
Industrial facilities of all kinds in the United States are required to adhere to numerous federal government standards, and the food processing industry is certainly no exception. Because of the nature of the products they produce, food processing plants are under closer scrutiny by regulators than many other industries.
Living under the lid of tight margins for food processors creates the mission of getting as much production out of equipment as possible, while getting the most out of every square foot of floor space.
When Simmers of Edinburgh Ltd., a specialty cookie maker, set out to modernize its process plant, the company looked for ways to improve the handling of bulk oatmeal bags used in preparing several brands of cookies. Flexicon (Europe) Ltd. designed and installed two Bulk Discharge Handling Systems at cookie maker Simmers of Edinburgh Ltd.
A completely new system for process monitoring and optimization has been installed in the Findus food processing plant in Sweden. Product and process data are combined in the system, which optimizes recipes, ensures more even product quality and gives better traceability. Findus has factories in Bjuv and Helsingborg (processed food and vegetables) and Loftahammar (bakery).
While avian flu and mad cow disease have been covered prominently by the media, other issues, including the contamination of fresh-cut produce and the need to update general manufacturing practices, are equally significant for the food industry. The following report offers an in-depth look at the latest efforts by federal agencies to guarantee a safe food supply.
His Sicilian born great-grandfather moved to downtown Washington, D.C., where he started their family specialty foods business in 1906. Having passed through four generations of Vaccaros, the company has succeeded for 100 years and is currently run by Nicholas and his wife Tanya, at its location in Silver Spring, Maryland.
From naturalist to entrepreneur Turtle Island Foods, Inc. of Hood River, Oregon, was founded in 1980 by Seth Tibbott - the current President and CEO. Starting as a storefront operation in Forest Grove Oregon, Tibbott was making a traditional Indonesian cultured soy product called Tempeh - which was the backbone of the company for over two decades.
What do you do with a packaging material that has been in production for over 70 years but basically remains misunderstood and underused? You take a long hard look at the product, and begin to think outside of the box - or in this case, outside of the packaging.
Radio frequency identification (RFID) is gaining wider adoption among manufacturers in the food industry, driven in large part by recent mandates from Wal-Mart Stores Inc., the largest food retailer in the United States, and Albertsons, one of the world’s largest food and drug retailers. Wal-Mart and Albertsons announced that their largest 100 suppliers were required to begin using RFID technology by early 2005; and other major retailers have begun launching similar mandates.
The issue of hearing protection in the food processing industry — and in process industries in general — is somewhat more complex than it is in other industries in that employers must protect workers' hearing as well as protecting the purity of the product.
Over the years, the ball valve has played a major supporting role in food manufacturing plant utilities: steam, water and CIP chemicals. Invented for use in firefighting systems aboard U.S. Navy vessels, the ball valve was designed for nearly instantaneous on/off, high-pressure/maximum velocity fluid flow with little or no pressure drop (zero restriction).
Food production and distribution is big business. The U.S. food and fiber system is the nation's largest manufacturing sub-sector, accounting for over 12% of GDP and 17% of national employment. And food wholesaling and distribution represents a large chunk of that - $372 billion to be exact1.