Minimizing capital cost is a common strategy for purchasing packaging line equipment. But, operating costs can offset that strategy. This article details the full picture of purchasing packaging line equipment.
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.
The USDA's Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS or Agency) issued its final rule establishing a National Bioengineered (BE) Food Disclosure Standard (NBFDS). This article summarizes key provisions of this new federal marketing standard, including the Agency’s approach to defining “bioengineered foods” and addressing refined ingredients, voluntary labeling, absence claims, and the applicable disclosure threshold.
For food and beverage organizations, complying with FSMA regulation is nothing new. With the recently updated FSMA requirements, you might suddenly find yourself in the midst of a recall enforced by the FDA if you can’t quickly show that you’ve met traceability requirements. Manufacturers have been forced to take a closer look at their existing processes and technology to help them achieve their business goals.
A recent undercover report did more than uncover low standards of food safety at a major food manufacturer – it also highlighted the importance of organizations having the relevant technology in place to prevent issues arising on the shop floor.
One of the great promises of business software for food companies is that it supports the collection of more data, which in turn leads to a deeper understanding of the business that management can act on. Unfortunately, the truth is the transition from collecting data to actionable insight is more challenging than just compiling monthly statistics in reports.
Technically, ERP stands for “Enterprise Resource Planning” software, but really it could stand for “Everything Right & Profitable” or “Easier Realized Profits”.
This article covers five key inspection challenges meat and poultry manufacturers face, how they can overcome those challenges, and how they can enhance their production lines.
Chelsea Milling Co., maker of Jiffy Mix baking mixes, is moving ahead with plans to spend $35 million as part of an expansion that includes the addition of a new mixing tower, according to an article in The Ann Arbor News.