For Intercontinental Brands (ICB), the days of manual recordkeeping are gone. Its investment in software applications has given it room to grow, and dispensing its spreadsheets and filing cabinets for good.
Using IFS Applications™, Globus has gone from a bespoke, manual legacy system to a sensitive automated planning tool. All business areas are now fully integrated, providing enhanced inventory control as well as service delivery capacity. The result is significant savings in time, resources and costs.
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.
Facing unprecedented pressures to keep up with e-commerce growth and demand, the retail grocery industry is focusing on accelerating the flexibility of supply chains. This column details one of the food industry's efforts to modernize the supply chain and eliminate outdated business processes that add unnecessary time and cost.
In food production, microorganisms present omnipotent risk. This is why facilities, machine builders, and component manufacturers face the increasing challenge of hygienic desgin.
One way or another, most of us are subject to the statutory and regulatory provisions of FSMA. While some of these provisions are merely codifications of good manufacturing practices (GMPs), others are new and different requirements. Here, I discuss allergen control plans, why you need one, and some of the things that should be included within one.
Food manufacturers are working to improve traceability programs and minimize the impact of food recalls, driven in part by FSMA, cost savings, and brand protection. Boosted by the capabilities of today’s technology, such as Blockchain, the industry is moving closer than ever before to swift and precise recalls.
In the food industry, it is important to consider that sterilization isn’t a “one size fits all” type of formula. Certain product-sensitive foods, such as baby food, require the utmost sterilization.
With the emergence of new FSMA rules and a bioengineering labeling rule in the works, the industry is going to have even more headaches to deal with. Environmental monitoring, the threat of intentional contamination of the food supply, and yet another labeling change are emerging and could be another reason for food manufacturers to reach for Tylenol.
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.
Primary Food and Beverage Packaging serves several functions. Physical protection of the product from vibration, compression, and temperature is one function. Packaging offers Barrier Protection from things like oxygen, water, dust, etc. Some packages contain desiccants or oxygen absorbers to help keep contents fresh, safe, and extend shelf life. Packaging also allows for Containment or Agglomeration, which means packaging small items typically grouped together such as liquids, powders, and granular materials. Packages and labels also provide Information Transmission, helping users obtain information on opening, use, recycle, or disposal of the packaging or product. Packaging materials also provide space for Marketing Messages. Tamper resistance packaging helps maintain product Security. Innovations in packaging also add to Customer Convenience and Portion Control.
Primary packaging is the term used to define the layer of packaging in immediate contact with the product. The most obvious and important function of primary packaging is to keep the product absolutely sealed off from its environment. Primary packaging is designed to protect and preserve the product from damage, external contamination, spoiling and chemical imbalances.
Examples of primary packaging include blister packs, strip packs, clamshell packaging, shrink wrapping, paperboard packaging, unit dose packs, stand-up pouches, glass bottles and jars, gable-top cartons, aluminum trays, metal bottles, and more. Primary packaging materials include metal, cardboard, glass, ridged plastics, which include high-density polyethylene (HDPE) and Polyethylene terephthalate (PET) bottles and jars.
A critical component in food and beverage packaging is Aseptic packaging. Aseptic packaging is the process by which a sterile food or beverage product is packaged in a sterile container in a way to maintain the sterility. Aseptic packaging allows food and beverages to be stored for long periods of time without preservatives, as long as the packages aren't opened.