The food processing plants of the future are becoming more and more reliant on the ability to process big data and the need for better equipment in order to maintain product quality. From biotechnology to food production processes, technology infiltrates the entire farm-to-table process. Additionally, big data can be harvested from machines in order to provide real time feedback about consumption patterns, machine efficiency and more. The food production industry can use this information to streamline efficiency and better utilize resources. And in some cases, technology is the difference between food safety and a national problem.
Top on the list of concerns for the food industry is the need to respond to food safety challenges like listeria, which sickens hundreds every year. The past five years has seen an increase in listeria outbreaks affecting multiple states and the foods are as diverse as cantaloupes, cheese products, ice cream and frozen vegetables. Ensuring that products remain consistent and of quality yet safe for consumption is a formula that holds true no matter what regulations are in place. After all, a serious outbreak linked to your product can cause serious brand damage.
Ensuring you are working with the best equipment makes all the difference in consistency of product as well as food safety. A Sanitary Inline Steam Heater, for example, improves the heating of liquids and the cooking process for heavy, viscous slurries. The steam cookers of yesterday are obsolete compared to our superior starch cooker, which ensures uniform heating. With no moving parts, the process is worry free and efficient. The ability to verify consistency, save energy and provide a quality, safe product means peace of mind.
Advancements in the food processing industry along with an understanding of the regulations make it critical for food processors to stay on top of the latest innovations.