The agricultural processing industry has a large job to do. They are tasked in part with feeding the world. With so much depending on this industry, it’s important to make sure that every step of the process is as efficient and profitable as possible. This requires navigation through some complex waters.
Increased Dependence on Technology
A 2011 study found that nearly ⅓ of food produced in the world is wasted in various stages of food production. Some of the food waste is at the processing stage. Though the industrialized world has cut down on waste in the production stages, these advances are dependent on technology. This technology needs to be maintained to keep downtime minimized and productivity maximized.
Disconnected, Demanding Consumers
The population is also becoming more urbanized and further removed from the process of food creation, especially in North America and parts of Europe. As this disconnect continues to grow, the general population will continue to reject food that doesn’t fit the “perfect” ideals formed in their minds. This unfortunately encourages waste in the industry.
With so much riding on food processing, there are many different regulatory bodies to work with.
“The U.S. food processing sector is extensively regulated by state and federal agencies. Federal agencies dominate the regulatory oversight: USDA FSIS for the meat and poultry processing businesses and FDA for all other food processing businesses. State agencies also have an active role in overseeing food processing businesses within their respective states, but their role is in collaboration with the federal agencies.”
Wear Solutions For Every Step
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