In this three-part series, you can find out more about the key market trends to consider when choosing dairy and food packaging equipment.
As incomes increase and populations become more and more urbanized, consumers tend to eat protein-rich food, including dairy, rather than basic carbohydrates such as grains. Consequently, the global demand for dairy products, as well as low fat and dairy-free products is expected to grow by 2.5 percent per annum by 2020.
Manufacturers are well advised to consider key market trends in dairy and food packaging technology and adapt their production processes accordingly.
Trend number 1: Protecting public health and safety
Food safety is one of the most prevalent topics for end-consumers and producers alike. In the US, the FDA Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) has taken a pro-active approach and changed its food safety focus from simply responding to foodborne illnesses to preventing them in the first place. FSMA imposes specific responsibilities on food producers, including the introduction of preventive controls to address foreseeable hazards.
If a facility handles food that may contain allergens, any cross-contact during processing must be controlled. All processes and equipment need to be maintained in sanitary conditions to minimize or eliminate risks. Similar rules apply within the European Union, where the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) monitors the quality and origin of imports and goods manufactured in the 28 members countries.
A growing number of dairy and food producers have chosen advanced hygienic filling and packaging technologies to comply with these regulations and to address consumer concerns, while also maintaining a healthy bottom line. These technologies are designed to prevent contamination, avoid product recalls, simplify cleaning and reduce product and material waste. Options include ultra-clean machines that offer an extended shelf life for refrigerated products, while aseptic machines offer shelf lives of up to a year outside the cooling chain. Aseptic filling technologies enable producers of sensitive products, such as baby food, to guarantee freshness and product safety without added preservatives and artificial ingredients. Machine features and hygienic technologies vary significantly from manufacturer to manufacturer. Bosch Packaging Technology complies with the hygienic classification standards for filling machines set by VDMA.
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