Food & Agriculture

Poor material flow has been identified as a root cause for recent recalls of food products, emphasizing the significant impact it can have on both operational efficiency and product safety.
Overview

Food & Agriculture

Consumer satisfaction relies upon consistent production of quality goods.

The Food and Agriculture industries strive to supply food to new markets quickly and inexpensively, convert to more efficient packaging techniques (e.g., single serve packets), demonstrate to consumers that their products are superior to those of their competitors, find new ways to transform ordinary foods into value-added (e.g., organic), or convenience products.

Taste, smell, appearance, and other sensory triggers are all critical aspects affecting the success of a food product.  Additional key factors a producer considers include shelf-life, stability, marketability, and obviously, costs.

Various forms of chocolate.

Wheat and flour.

Wheat and flour.

A food plant

A food plant.

Services

Food & Agriculture Services

Whether you are feeding sticky food ingredients into a mixer, conveying powders from a storage silo to a weigh bin, or high-speed packaging of a dry powder beverage or baked goods, Jenike & Johanson can help you achieve reliable material flow and maintain food quality.

Accurate dosing of frozen fruits.

Accurate dosing of frozen fruits.

Agave and pineapples on a belt feeder for the production of tequila.

Agave and pineapples on a belt feeder for the production of tequila.

Washing, conveying and packaging of champions.

Washing, conveying and packaging of champions.

A grain terminal.

Challenge

Common Challenges in the Food & Agriculture Industry

During handling of raw ingredients (flour, sugar, salt), additives (baking soda, citric acid, phosphates), or finished products (cereal, dry powder beverage), food manufacturers frequently encounter poor flow .  These problems can lead to process upsets, down time, and require frequent operator intervention.  Product quality problems can be triggered by spoilage (i.e., microbial growth) or powder caking, both of which are often the result of material stagnation in food storage bins.  Other problems may include attrition (breakage) of cereals, candies, or pastas, uneven distribution of seasonings, and drink mix segregation.  Poor material flow has been a root cause for some of the recent recalls of food products.

Unloading of salt into a hopper.

Corn pile

A corn stockpile next to silos.

Silos in the agricultural sector.

Silos in the agricultural sector.

Materials

Common Materials Handled

Here is a shortened list of some of the most common bulk materials we have successfully handled in the Food & Agriculture industry to date. For more materials, please refer to our extended list of materials or ask us about your specific material.

  • Flours (white, wheat, coarse)
  • Grains (whole, shelled, midds, ground, milled, syrup solids)
  • Cereals (flakes) & Granola
  • Sugars (raw, cane, beet, brown, granular, powdered 10X, sucrose)
  • Salts (coarse, fine, blended)
  • Snacks, seasonings, flavorings
  • Chips (snack chip pellets)
  • Coffee (beans, flake, ground)
  • Candies, mints, gum
  • Drink mixes
  • Tea (powdered drink mixes, tea blends)
  • Baking mixes
Clients

Food & Agriculture Industry Clients

Some of the clients who we have successfully provided bulk material engineering services for in the Food & Agriculture industries.

  • ADM
  • Frito Lay
  • Kraft
  • Cargill
  • General Mills
  • M&M/Mars
  • Domino Sugar
  • Kellogg’s
  • Nestlé
  • A. E. Staley Manufacturing
  • Alberta Distillers, Canada
  • Anheuser-Busch
  • Archer-Daniels-Midland
  • Coca-Cola
  • ConAgra
  • CPC, England
  • CPC International
  • Domino Sugar
  • Fleischmann’s
  • Frito Lay
  • General Mills
  • Hershey Foods
  • Hiram Walker & Sons, Canada
  • Jel Sert
  • Kellogg
  • Kraft Foods
  • Lantic Sugar, Canada
  • Lipton
  • M&M/Mars
  • Maple Leaf Mills, Canada
  • Molinos ConAgra, Puerto Rico
  • Nabisco
  • Pillsbury
  • Procter & Gamble
  • Quaker Oats
  • Tate & Lyle, England
  • Uncle Ben’s
  • U.S. Sugar
Jenike & Johanson engineer
Jenike & Johanson engineer

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