Today’s horizontal and vertical bagging equipment helps bakers and snack producers address food-safety concerns, improve operational efficiency and sanitation, and accommodate in-demand packaging, among other capabilities.
According to the 2014 “Conscious Consumer” study from Gibbs-rbb Strategic Communications, Americans are willing to spend 31 percent more per week on groceries if those products are made in ways that align with their social and environmental values.
There are concerns that open-date coding of foods has increased food waste. The food industry and consumers use the dates printed on food packages to manage stock rotation from food manufacturing plants to the consumer’s kitchen. Variation in terminology associated with open dates on consumer packages can result in the disposal of good food.
Federal prosecutors see the Peanut Corp. of America convictions in the food poisoning trial as a victory for consumers. They say they represent a stern warning to others who may be tempted to place profits over food safety.