Food is one of the most consumed items in the world. Naturally, the demand for food in many forms will increase as the global population grows and new trends emerge. The food and beverage industry has continuously stepped up to meet those demands. It has revolutionized its processes so fast that we constantly see new products on the shelf in various packaging.
Food consumption has been on the rise for the past years, and the introduction of new food products is unprecedented. Because of that higher consumption, technology had to be adapted to address the demands of the consuming public. Automation, in particular, is instrumental in ensuring that food and beverage companies are able to cope with any sort of rapid development. Here are just a few of the many ways automation affects the industry:
- Keeps Products Safe And Sanitary
Food quality and sanitation are essential in the industry since health risks are likely to happen when food is mishandled or exposed to harmful elements.
Automated filling, sealing, and packing systems from TDI Packsys and similar companies provide a great way for food to be packaged in a highly secure and sanitary manner. The technology has become a revolutionary method for food and beverage items to reach consumers safely and give them peace of mind knowing that what they’re consuming is good for them.
Of course, the type of packaging used would also impact the quality of food products. For instance, stand-up pouches are ideal for dry foods such as nuts, rice, and cereals. They’re high in demand because they’re a sanitary way to package food items that are easily consumed daily in most households.
- Increases Efficiency In Output
An average American consumes at least one sugary drink in a day. Since there are around 331 million Americans out there, how many cans of soda or juice boxes need to be produced every day? A lot! Canning and bottling plants have automated their processes to ensure high output in production and cater to the growing demands of their consumers. The improved method has made it possible for them to manufacture more than three times the quantity that they could manufacture before.
- Ensures Quality And Compliance With Standards
Automation ensures that the product adheres to the highest quality by following the end-to-end process rigorously and adhering to the strictest measures to comply with industry standards. Since there’s little human contact with the food item and the machine processes the line 90% of the time, human error is often minor and kept to a minimum. Even food ingredients that are packaged for consumption like honey and herbs and spices need to follow strict standards at all times.
- Reduces Waste
Using automation dramatically reduces waste in food production since the production line is calculated scientifically and mathematically. There’s minimal waste output since exact measurements are employed.
Food manufacturers have access to analytics from automation, which is a handy tool they can use to forecast production quantities more accurately. This eliminates excessive forecasting that may result in higher waste output and a decrease in profit.
Food spoilage is also addressed by automation and analytics. Waste in food is reduced the more accurate forecasts become, and since the data is readily available, quick modifications and adjustments can be easily applied in food production.
- Ensures Traceability
Food passes through many channels during production, and many times, it’s handled at different stations, from the very first stages of harvesting up to the last step, which is dispatching.
Automation will ensure the traceability of each step as they’re all recorded in the database. If a food mishandling issue results in sickness or, worse, death, it’ll be reasonably easy to trace its roots and determine the cause. The same goes for product recalls when investigating the stage where an unfortunate incident occurs in order to support the recall of a product.
Automation can help manufacturers determine where precisely in the process a food product may have been contaminated. Traceability will be an excellent aid for them in justifying accountability if the case goes to court.
- Increases Sales
The adoption of technology in the food and beverage sector has made it possible to double or even triple manufacturers’ profit. Automation has made production efficient, convenient, and state-of-the-art. The production line has also decreased workforce costs, significantly reducing manufacturers’ operational expenses and increasing their profit.
The food and beverage industry is constantly evolving with the emergence of unique products and discovery of newly invented food items. Consumer expectations have also become quite a challenge to meet given that social media is at the forefront of everything. That’s why food and beverage manufacturers are always on their toes and on the lookout for ways to attract and engage the buying public with the way they package and present their products.
Nowadays, it’s not enough that your products are delicious. Consumers may also take into account whether the food or beverage they’re buying has been manufactured in a sustainable way and if any part of its packaging is biodegradable or recyclable. The buying public has become incredibly smart, so as a manufacturer, you have to be smart, too.