Gerry Gomolka
Gerry Gomolka
VP, Business Development
 

Gerry has over 40 years of engineering, maintenance and operations experience in the food manufacturing industry. His responsibilities include organizing and directing process design, packaging, and automation requirements for food and beverage manufacturing facilities. Gerry oversees initial development of critical project criteria and budgets, food safety, technical requirements of equipment, proper execution of construction documents, equipment installation and commissioning.  Gerry has project managed process engineering for Rich Products, Starbucks, Best Foods, H-E-B, Johnsonville Sausage, Nestle, and Pinnacle Foods among others.

 

How a Facility Assessment Helped Royal Cup Coffee Build, Expand and Renovate Efficiently [Case Study]

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How a Facility Assessment Helped Royal Cup Coffee Build, Expand and Renovate Efficiently [Case Study]

In our industry, the best project outcomes require a great deal of planning. When it comes to greenfield and renovation projects, that means formulating a manufacturing analysis and a strategic plan. Before investing in any changes, however, a crucial step is understanding the status quo:

  • How is your facility performing?
  • How efficient is your processing?
  • What can be optimized?

A comprehensive facility assessment can answer these questions and more.

 

6 Elements of a Thorough Situation Analysis

Strategic planning for food processors series

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6 Elements of a Thorough Situation Analysis: Strategic planning for food processors series

A manufacturing analysis is the portion of a strategic plan that focuses on all the processes and materials related to manufacturing. A situation analysis is a major focus of the manufacturing analysis, serving as an in-depth look at the physical layout of the facility. The goal of situation analysis is to ensure that the technology and strategy you plan to implement are feasible in the physical space of your facility.

 

Managing Multiple SKUs to Meet Customer Demands

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Managing Multiple SKUs to Meet Customer Demands

Managing Multiple SKUs to Meet Customer Demands

 

The food and beverage industry has become all about consumer demand and meeting preferences for tastes, specialty ingredients and preparations (such as non-GMO, Kosher, and gluten-free), flexible packaging, and convenient serving sizes. Take the coffee industry for example: one customer wants a special blend in a light roast with a medium grind. Another customer wants a different blend in a dark roast with a fine grind. You can do the math and see the exponential impact of the options. Every variation creates a unique SKU for the coffee producer.

 

Three Steps in Developing a Food Processing Manufacturing Plan

Strategic planning series

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Manufacturing Plan

Developing a manufacturing plan is generally the second phase in the strategic planning process. After creating a business plan and specifying your food processing plant’s sales and growth projections, a manufacturing plan will identify and assess the processes that are used to manufacture the product to meet those sales goals.

 

Key Elements to Include in Your Food Processing Facility’s Business Plan

Strategic planning series

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BUSINESS PLAN development for BUSINESS IN RUSSIA

Most strategic plans begin with the development of a business plan, a methodical process where all aspects of the business are defined and analyzed against the company’s business objectives. Food processing companies develop business plans at different stages of their life cycle, especially in preparation to launch a new product line, invest in a facility expansion or to identify new growth opportunities.

 

Five Ways to Ensure Your Food Safety Audit Goes Well

Food Safety Series

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Quality assurance is one key to a successful food safety audit

Quality assurance is one key to a successful food safety audit

 

The Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) expanded the FDA’s authority to regulate the conditions of food manufacturing facilities and how products are produced, manufactured, transported, imported and marketed in the United States. Food safety audits, whether conducted by an internal team or by an outside consultant, will ensure that your food processing plant is in full compliance with FDA regulations.