According to USDA Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack, nearly 133 billion pounds of food makes its way to the landfill each year in the U.S. Needless to say, this is an enormous amount of wasted food and it is creating major business, environmental, and social problems. Here, Meghan Stasz, Senior Director of Sustainability at the Grocery Manufacturers Association, answers my questions about what food manufacturers can do to reduce or eliminate food waste in both manufacturing facilities and in their supply chains.
Here is what you need to know: the global packaging market is sustaining growth. According to Smithers Pira, the 2015 global packaging market was valued at about $400 billion. Growth underlines a shift in balance toward emerging markets, such as BRIC. North America showed a moderate increase from the prior year and is valued at $108 billion. Food packaging is the largest segment, accounting for 51 percent of the total market value. Beverage packaging accounts for 18 percent, followed by 6 percent for pharmaceutical.
Small growers always have to fight to be viable businesses. They don’t get the bulk discounts that larger growers get on rents, supplies, chemicals, water, or even labor. If there is bad weather or bad market in any one season, they lose everything. And during the growing season — even if everything else goes well — they must wear all hats, all the time, and the work never stops. So, small growers are not left a lot of time to ponder, or even more importantly, implement food safety practices.
There are two main types of non-contact coder: Laser and ink jet. Inkjet printers work by depositing ink on the surface of the substrate. Laser coders work by removing ink from or affecting the surface of the substrate. Laser coders do not use ink or toner and should not be confused with desktop laser printers; they are a completely different technology.
Tulip, one of Denmark’s leading producers of processed food for the domestic and export market, produces around 90 tons of sausages each day. A large proportion of these – about 60 tons a day – is packaged under a modified atmosphere of carbon dioxide and nitrogen to keep the product fresh and improve its shelf life. This case study shows how the company improved its efficiency by installing a Modified Atmosphere Packaging (MAP) system.
Bye-bye manual testing: Replaced by new on-line gas analyzer. This case study examines how a meat processing company made the switch from manually and randomly testing of its packages five times each day to an on-line headspace analyzer for its Modified Atmosphere Packaging (MAP) products.
In 2004, Mariscos Linamar, a Spanish seafood company, began to investigate the innovative idea of packaging a proportion of its product in a modified atmosphere, with the aim to extend the product shelf life and improve its appearance. Years of research followed. After extensive research and trials, the optimal gas mixture, comprising oxygen and carbon dioxide blended in a ratio that depends on the product and the format of the package, had been decided upon as well as the best packaging approach. This case study illustrates the process the company used to implement Modified Atmosphere Packaging (MAP) with thermosealed trays.
Hellenic Quality Foods (HQF) is a leading food company in Greece, packaged its products on trays with stretch film until early 2014. This case study shows how the company made the move to Modified Atmosphere Packaging (MAP) to improve its products shelf and extend its customer reach.
Omnibar, a small Montana-based company that produces a unique, high-nutrition food bar, was seeking new markets for the high-grade, grass-fed cattle reared on the family ranch in Montana’s Blackfoot River Valley. This case study examines how the company overcame the packaging challenges associated with its unique product.
We make water analysis better—faster, simpler, greener and more informative—via unsurpassed customer partnerships, the most knowledgeable experts, and reliable, easy-to-use products.
Festo is a leading supplier of automation solutions to the global markets serving over 180 countries. With over 40 years of innovation in the United States and over 80 years globally, Festo is the manufacturer of choice for control valves, I/O and fieldbus control. Our broad range of products and services span the full needs of the automation industry including cabinet design and energy reduction solutions. Festo also offers a range of process valves, actuators, sensors, air preparation, and packaging components.
TOMRA Sorting Food, formerly BEST sorting and ODENBERG, designs and manufactures sensor-based sorting machines for the food industry. Over 5,000 systems are installed at food growers, packers and processers worldwide.
Roka Bioscience is dedicated to developing rapid, highly accurate molecular assays and instrument systems for the Food Safety Industry. The Atlas® System represents a new tier of molecular rapid pathogen testing, offering automation and technology that bring true walk-away convenience and workflow advantages to the laboratory.
Sesotec has an extensive knowledge of the industries that we serve. Sesotec covers North America , as well as International markets with total responsibility for all engineering, sales and service operations; we operate both directly and through business partners.
Welcome to Food Online, the premiere Internet resource, helping build a community to advance the production of safe and healthy food and beverages. We provide best practices and solutions in food safety, food processing, automation, packaging and the supply chain.
The site is designed for plant engineers, production managers, manufacturing engineers, processing technicians, operations supervisors, and business managers, it provides daily news updates, reports, and solutions on business and technology trends vital to the industry. We provide plant managers, quality control/quality assurance technologists, and research and development experts with up-to-date information and industry solutions in the areas of food safety and regulatory issues, metal contamination, x-ray inspection, check weighing, and bacterial detection.
Both process and production engineers and technicians, along with marketing and business managers will find, case studies, white papers, and other technical solutions and product information on mixers, blenders, filling equipment, homogenizers, conveyors, sorters, graders, flow meters, pumps, tanks, valves, freezers, chillers, heat exchangers, moisture controls, pH meters, and sensors.
Food Online also covers quality control and quality assurance systems, information management systems, process control systems and equipment, as well as clean-in-place systems, measurement systems, sanitation systems, end-of-line packaging, packaging equipment, primary packaging, secondary packaging, and contract packaging. Transportation and logistics professionals will find valuable information concerning the supply chain, cold chain, traceability, and, sustainability.
The Ross VersaMix is a multi agitator mixer designed to meet the rapidly changing requirements of the process industries
FoodLogiQ Connect is a cloud-based software solution that helps you comply with the Food Safety Modernization Act by centralizing your food safety plans and giving you instant record availability.
Sturdy and with high flow rates – the new standard valve for your everyday tasks.
The TitraLab® 1000 Series laboratory analysis systems are one touch, automatic analyzers, covering both Potentiometric Titration (AT1000 Series) and Karl Fischer volumetric Titration (KF1000 Series) with pre-set methods that can quickly deliver accurate and reliable results straight from the box, allowing everyone in the laboratory to immediately perform accurate and reproducible titrations.
The X3710 food x-ray inspection system is designed for contamination detection and product integrity inspection within tall, rigid containers such as composite cans, cartons, tubes, plastic containers and doypack applications.
A rapid, accurate, and reliable molecular test for E. coli O157:H7 detection from food samples.
New from Packline Materials Handling, the roll lifting tray attachment with core gripper attachment has been designed to allow the operator to lift a roll from the vertical position, rotate to the horizontal position, followed by rotation of the roll via a rotating tray