Food Manufacturing Guest Contributors

  1. The Packaging Landscape: Global Trends & Regional Factors Impacting Demand, Packaging Machinery, And Market Growth

    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.

  2. Small Growers Require Big Food Safety

    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.

  3. What To Consider When Choosing Inline Coding And Printing Technologies For Packaging

    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.

  4. Do You Have The Necessary Tools To Complete Your SQF Internal Audit? (Part One Of Three)

    A food safety management system (FSMS) is a great tool for any company that wants to evaluate its food safety performance and provide assurance to customers about the safety of the food company’s food. SQF (Safe Quality Food) is an FSMS benchmarked to the Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI) food safety requirements. SQF integrates food safety and quality components into the standard and shares audit scores with customers directly on the SQFI website. This article aims to provide best practices regarding your SQF Level, the Scope of your product, and your Verification Schedule to successfully audit your SQF system.

  5. Data is the Driver For Small Pharma Manufacturers

    When government oversight adds additional regulations and requirements for compliance, small pharma manufacturers often suffer the most, as they don’t have the capital resources in place to adapt to new directives.

  6. The Pros And Cons Of Contact Coding Technologies In Packaging

    In my last article, I discussed package and product coding in general terms. Now, I want to get into the nuts and bolts. There are two classes of coders: contact and non-contact. As the name implies, contact coders make physical contact with the package, such as a label. Non-contact coders do not. Both technologies are available in formats that can be used inline or off and for continuous or intermittent operation. This article will discuss common contact coding technologies with pros and cons. A subsequent article will discuss non-contact coding technologies.

  7. Tips For Choosing A Pump System For Food And Beverage Applications

    In the simplest terms, pumps in food and beverage applications are used to transfer product from one place to another. The examples are endless — unloading rail cars filled with corn syrup destined for a cola beverage, use in dewatering devices or presses, and feeding high-temperature cooking processes or heat exchangers. Other applications include dosing or metering processes used to apply coatings, such as placing chocolate onto a pretzel.

  8. Understanding Protein Choices To Meet Consumer Demand

    One walk down the aisles of any supermarket will demonstrate the strong consumer demand for protein. From cereals to snacks, from bars to beverages, the increasing number of mainstream brands focusing on protein inclusion and promotion on their labels is a testament to consumer interest in this macronutrient. In fact, according to the International Food Information Council Foundation (IFIC), 58 percent of consumers consider protein when making decisions about food purchases.

  9. The Role Of Inline Coding And Printing In Food Packaging

    Virtually all food products need two types of information on the packaging and occasionally on the product itself. First is fixed information which does not change from day to day. Fixed information includes product name, UPC barcode, instructions, and more. The other is variable information that changes on a day-to-day or lot-to-lot basis.

  10. A FSMA Rundown: Where The Industry Currently Stands On Preventive Controls Rules

    The FDA’s Food Safety Modernization Act is designed to standardize food safety within the U.S. and countries importing food to the U.S. Now that the Preventive Controls for Human Food (PCHF) rules have been finalized, compliance dates are just a couple of years away, and even some documentation is required in less than one year.