Americans love pizza. In foodservice, pizza accounts for $38.5 billion in sales. And at retail, frozen pizza takes in $4.5 billion, with refrigerated take-and-bake pizzas adding in another $359.4 million, per IRI, Chicago (52 weeks ending August 7, 2016). Over 40 million Americans eat pizza on any given day of the week.
The human-machine interface (HMI) is essential in an operator’s daily work, as it represents how he or she can use and control the equipment, via technology. These days, using an HMI is all about fostering an easy user experience.
Consumers are demanding a much wider range of snack products and baked goods. By adapting the packaging design and look of their product, producers can easily update their portfolio to help maintain visibility and market relevance.
The combined snack and bakery industries continually work toward improving operational best practices related to preventative food-safety concerns. However, this fundamental aspect of manufacturing has commanded the spotlight over the past few years as the requirements of the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) come into effect.
I have a former boss who used to say that whatever food a consumer liked, chances are they would like it even more if it were topped with cheese. Considering all of its dairy splendor, it’s no wonder that cheese is big business.
New designs that allow for flexible width, more compact production space, easier cleaning and better sanitation, all while featuring more technologically advanced controls, have been foremost on the minds of snack and bakery companies in recent months and years when replacing or upgrading their sheeters and laminators.
Some snack categories today are tough to crack. According to data from IRI, Chicago, dollar sales in the crackers category during the 52 weeks ending September 4, 2016 rose 0.98 percent to reach $7.4 billion.
ABIMAPI, the Brazilian Manufacturers Association of Biscuits, Pasta, Industrialized Breads & Cakes, recently held its 15th International Congress in Florianópolis, Brazil. The event brought together Brazilian bakery executives to strengthen and grow their business, as well as international retail buyers and media seeking to learn more about Brazilian bakery products.