Food & Beverage Processing


Sign up to be notified of our new blog posts.

Challenge Accepted: Faster Cooling in Jamaica

Challenge Accepted: Faster Cooling in Jamaica

Posted on September 25, 2019 in Challenge Accepted by Bill Spicher

Sometimes, where you make a product will dictate how you make it. That was the case for a customer in Jamaica, a processor whose frozen food product contained ground meat. See how we helped this client meet the process time requirements in a very hot climate area.

Food Industry Growth Forcing Manufacturers to Rethink Processing Equipment

Food Industry Growth Forcing Manufacturers to Rethink Processing Equipment

Posted on July 31, 2019 in Trends by Timothy "TJ" Knob, Jr.

We’ve been a part of the food manufacturing world for over nine decades, so we know that change is a constant for the industry. But the pace of change today – and its impact on the food manufacturing process – is more significant than ever. Here are some of the key implications we see that will affect how food manufacturers make decisions on their processing equipment:

Improving FSMA Compliance with Safety Features

Improving FSMA Compliance with Safety Features

Posted on April 17, 2019 in Safety by Bill Spicher

Food safety is the top concern for food manufacturers this year, in no small part because of the FSMA. In Food Processing magazine’s annual industry survey, 27% of respondents identified food safety improvements as their top priority for this year. What components will these manufacturers scrutinize? Here are three areas where changes to manufacturing equipment can improve FSMA compliance.

Three Vessel Design Enhancements to Improve Your Throughput

Three Vessel Design Enhancements to Improve Your Throughput

Posted on March 06, 2019 in Equipment Design by Timothy "TJ" Knob, Jr.

Faster batch processing is a common goal for food processors. It’s often the impetus for adding more processing equipment. But improving throughput can involve much more than simply adding capacity. Depending on your objectives, optimizing your vessel design can dramatically reduce your batch processing time while also improving safety, product quality and product consistency. Here are three areas where optimizing your processing vessel can produce significant results.

Three Food Manufacturing Trends to Watch in 2019

Three Food Manufacturing Trends to Watch in 2019

Posted on February 06, 2019 in Trends by Pat Coval

Every year brings new opportunities and challenges to every industry. But for food manufacturing, 2019 will be particularly noteworthy, with important issues facing both food processors and equipment manufacturers alike. This year, new regulations, new technology and new competitors will all play significant roles in shaping the food manufacturing industry.

Steam or Hot Water? Which Heating Source is Best for Your Operation?

Steam or Hot Water? Which Heating Source is Best for Your Operation?

Posted on January 23, 2019 in Equipment Design by Bill Spicher

Choosing a heat source is a key consideration for all food processing operations. For processors who use a jacketed kettle design, the choice comes down to steam versus hot water. But is one of them superior? And when would you choose to use one heat source over the other? Let’s consider some of the advantages of both steam and hot water while taking a look at some potential applications.

Two Ways Food Processing Kettles Prevent Waste — And Help the World

Two Ways Food Processing Kettles Prevent Waste — And Help the World

Posted on November 07, 2018 in Quality Assurance by Pat Coval

In food manufacturing, 32.4 percent of all food waste is tied to production issues, much of which could be prevented. However, food production kettles can be a big asset in the fight against food waste, both in their actual function and in the larger application of food safety guidelines in the production process. We've identified two key areas where kettles can make a difference.

Crucial Factors to Consider When Expanding Your Food Processing Operation

Crucial Factors to Consider When Expanding Your Food Processing Operation

Posted on July 18, 2018 in Equipment Design by Pat Coval

No matter the size of your current food processing operation, you may someday need to expand. If and when that day comes, you’ll have to address important questions regarding the expansion’s impact on your production.

Three Ways Inclined Agitation Improves Operational Efficiency

Three Ways Inclined Agitation Improves Operational Efficiency

Posted on June 14, 2018 in Equipment Design by Bill Spicher

Choosing the right kettle design is a key part of your food processing operation. When it comes to optimizing your production, there are two clear alternatives in the mixing and agitation area: horizontal ribbon blenders and hemispherical kettles with inclined agitation.

Five Questions to Ask When Buying a Used Kettle

Five Questions to Ask When Buying a Used Kettle

Posted on May 15, 2018 in Equipment Design by Timothy "TJ" Knob, Jr.

Buying a used processing kettle can be a great option for expanding your operation or replacing older equipment. Used kettles and other vessels can often be available more quickly for lower prices than you’d see if you were buying new. But after weighing availability, price and basic design factors like shape, capacity and agitator type, there are other things you should weigh when deciding whether or not to buy a used kettle.

Use the 10X Rule to Guide Your Food Production Expansion

Use the 10X Rule to Guide Your Food Production Expansion

Posted on April 30, 2018 in Equipment Design by Pat Coval

Your food product is taking off and you need to increase your production capacity to keep up. If that is your situation, you may be asking a fundamental question to determine your processing equipment needs: how much capacity can I get from each processing kettle without affecting my product’s quality or consistency?

Lee Industries Explores Blending Options in Latest Production Guide

Lee Industries Explores Blending Options in Latest Production Guide

Posted on April 24, 2018 in Mixing Challenges by Lee Industries

The latest production guide from Lee Industries explores the differences in the two predominant mixer styles in food production – inclined agitation kettles and horizontal ribbon blenders.

How to Improve Food Safety in Your Plant Operations

How to Improve Food Safety in Your Plant Operations

Posted on March 29, 2018 in Safety by Bill Spicher

Assuring that your product will always be sanitary and free of contaminants is a critical food processing goal. So, when you are planning the design and configuration of your next kettle purchase, it is important to keep food safety in mind.

How to Improve Operator Safety in Your Food Processing Operations

How to Improve Operator Safety in Your Food Processing Operations

Posted on March 21, 2018 in Safety by Timothy "TJ" Knob, Jr.

During food processing, the safety of your production team is key. This article features key safety issues to consider in your food processing operation.