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.

 

Top Five Implications of California’s New Energy Standards

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09-04Energy consumption is a global issue and California is leading the charge in enacting legislation to reduce our carbon footprint. The state recently revised the energy standards known as Title 24, part 6 of the California Code of Regulations, which will more than likely affect other states in the future. The goal of Title 24 is to reduce energy use and make commercial and industrial buildings more efficient than required by the 2010 Title 24 standards.

 

New Trends in Sanitary Equipment Design are Improving Food Safety Standards

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San Antonio Faciity -3As food safety regulatory requirements become more stringent, equipment manufacturers are stepping up to the plate and increasing the role they play in the industry. The American Meat Institute’s (AMI) 10 sanitary design principles offer baseline standards for equipment design, yet many suppliers are going above and beyond these standards by offering improved surfaces, cleaning chemicals, and construction processes.

 

Four Reasons Shrinkage-Compensating Floors Make Sense for Warehouses

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FLoorThe floors of food distribution facilities must endure a lot wear and tear, with heavy forklift traffic continually moving across the surface. As new warehouse facilities are being built, owners are choosing to invest in shrinkage-compensating concrete for the flooring, which eliminates control joints, reduces curling, and minimizes cracks.

 

Ensure Your Cold Storage Facility Has a Best-in-class Fire Protection System

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Quell_LogoToday, many food distribution warehouse owners are turning to a new fire protection system designed specifically for cold storage facilities. The Quell™ Fire Sprinkler System, developed in 2006, is an advanced system that uses a “surround and drown” approach to rapidly control a fire using a large volume of water. This not only puts out the fire quickly, but also reduces heat and minimizes damage to the distribution facility itself and to the contents and products.

 

Why an Integrated Approach is Crucial in Designing and Building Distribution Facilities

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iStock_000020964816MediumThe design and construction of a distribution warehouse is more complex than meets the eye. Industrial designers, architects, mechanical engineers, refrigeration experts and a thermal team all working together can lead to a more functional, efficient, and cost-effective facility. Working with multiple contractors in multiple locations increases the likelihood of miscommunication, competing workflows, and increased costs — in addition to a longer production schedule.

 

Green Globes ® Gains Traction as Alternative to LEED ®

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LEED vs Green GlobesFor many companies, obtaining LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certification is often too costly, and the documentation process too cumbersome, to warrant the effort. While not as well recognized, Green Globes is gaining traction as a less-expensive and more user-friendly alternative to LEED certification. Established in the U.S. in 2004, Green Globes is administered by the Green Building Initiative (GBI).

 

When to Conduct a Feasibility Study For Major Plant Decisions

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feasibilityIn this day and age of fierce competition and tighter budgets, food manufacturers are often faced with making critical—and expensive—business decisions as part of their strategic plan. Should you refurbish existing equipment or buy new equipment to meet your manufacturing needs? Should you add product lines to increase market share and what impact would that have on current operations?

 

The Three Stages of Master Planning For Food Processing Facilities

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A proposed process plant schematic showing initial and future phases

A proposed process plant schematic showing initial and future phases

 

What will your food processing facility look like in the future based on your growth projections? Will you expand your current facility, buy and develop adjacent property or will it be necessary to embark on a greenfield project? A master plan—a comprehensive three-to-five-year plan that determines your facility’s physical and site requirements based on growth projections—can help answer these questions.

 

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

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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.