5 Things Poultry Processors Can Learn from Bell & Evans’ New Chicken Plant

Lessons from state-of-the-art chicken packaging, futher processing and storage facility

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5 Things Poultry Processors Can Learn from Bell & Evans’ New Chicken Plant

Family-owned premium poultry processor Bell & Evans has remained at the front of its industry’s flock by prioritizing high quality from all angles—from its antibiotic-free chicken to the materials and processes within its facilities. The most recent example of this commitment? A 160,000-square-foot, state-of-the-art chicken packaging, further processing, par-fry and storage plant in its hometown of Fredericksburg, Pennsylvania. Stellar was the design-builder for the poultry plant project and found it to be unlike any other project we’ve been a part of. This new facility is infused with cutting edge innovation and durability inside and out, from its materials and finishes to its packaging process.

 

What Food Processors Should Know About the New Earthquake Building Rating System

USRC’s new rating system gives owners a consistent way to determine facility earthquake safety

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What Food Processors Should Know About the New Earthquake Building Rating System

 

In November 2015, the United States Resiliency Council (USRC) launched the USRC Earthquake Building Rating System, a first-of-its-kind performance rating system for seismic hazards. This system is the first reliable, consistent method to determine how susceptible buildings may be to earthquakes, providing facility owners, insurance providers, and engineers with a better understanding of how to prevent losses. The rating system assesses buildings on three important criteria, each of which is detailed later in this article.

 

How to Prevent and Mitigate Combustible Dust Explosions in Food Plants

Key takeaways from the Food Processing webinar

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How to Prevent and Mitigate Combustible Dust Explosions in Food Plants

Though it can appear harmless and be overlooked entirely, combustible dust is extremely dangerous in food processing facilities. Any solid material composed of distinct particles can present a fire hazard according to the Occupational Safety & Health Administration.

 

5 Details to Give Your Design-Builder for a More Accurate Food Project Budget

Avoid discrepancies by providing details about utilities, food safety and more

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5 Details to Give Your Design-Builder for a More Accurate Food Project Budget

At this time of year, many food processors are planning next year’s capital expenditures, which often means piecing together budgets for upcoming food plant construction projects. It is important to create the most accurate budget possible: a tricky task. Frequently, food processors prepare budgets without the assistance of an experienced design-builder. By doing so, they make assumptions that can skew their entire budget.

 

[Infographic] 4 Steps in Developing a Manufacturing Plan

Strategic planning for food processors series

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[Infographic] 4 Steps in Developing a Manufacturing Plan: Strategic planning for food processors series

A manufacturing plan is a key piece of your food business’ overall strategic plan. Your manufacturing plan is a clear set of actions driven by gaps and discoveries from your manufacturing analysis, or the analysis of your business’ manufacturing processes.

 

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.

 

3 Keys to Handling Crisis Communications for Your Food Manufacturing Plant

Emergency Response Preparedness Series

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3 Keys to Handling Crisis Communications for Your Food Manufacturing Plant

Construction projects do not always run as planned, sometimes resulting in emergencies that require immediate reactions. From tornados and hurricanes to roof collapses, I know that emergency response is no easy task. With much to get done, crisis communications used to be the furthest thing from my mind when it came to these types of situations. However, managing the press is key to not only avoiding a public relations disaster, but to protecting your employees and business.

 

5 Food Processing Industry Trends for 2015

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Each new year carries a fresh set of trends, opportunities and challenges. To celebrate the start of 2015, I’ve forecasted five trends I expect to drive food manufacturing in the months ahead.

 

Food Processing Plant Site Due Diligence: Soft Costs to Expect

Controlling Costs in the New Year series

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Before selecting a site for your food processing plant, are you sure you’re accounting for all of the costs involved? In our last post, we outlined some key considerations for building a better greenfield budget. Here, I dive in deeper with the often forgotten soft costs, or fees that fall outside the realm of direct construction costs. These include pre-construction permits, impact fees and utility connection fees. To help you with your site due diligence, be sure to account for these soft costs commonly associated with new facility sites.

 

How to Build a Better Capital Budget for Your Food Processing Plant

Controlling Costs in the New Year series

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‘Tis the season to … piece together your capital budget for the new year. When estimating your numbers for food processing projects on the horizon, don’t just base your predictions on what you did the last time around. You shouldn’t be estimating costs based solely on square footage, either. However, there are ways to build a higher confidence level behind your budget and ensure its accuracy—it all lies within the data.