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Food Processing – Making Food A Pleasure Again

Who does not like food? Everybody does! Don’t they? And when this food is hygienic, healthy and safe there is absolutely no stopping them from devouring it! And to add to this, if the food is handled by sophisticated and excellent quality instruments and is nearly ready for consumption, then? Undoubtedly, people will jump to have such stuff that makes cooking and eating such a pleasure! Here is where ‘Food Processing’ bags the prize. It makes food absolutely simple to cook and have. Technically, food processing is known as treating raw food by various means to convert it to something that is nearly ready to be consumed.

Food processing is a very well loved ancient science and has developed greatly over the years. The earlier elementary methods of food processing included, preserving with the help of salts and sugar, sun drying, etc.

Broadly speaking, today food processing includes cleaning food, removing unwanted things from it like bones from meat, adding preservatives to make it last longer or making arrangements to keep the food in a cold storage, enriching it with the necessary ingredients to enhance taste or nutrition, adding flavors, and finally packaging it in the best and the safest possible manner. It also includes arrangements to make the food reach safely and quickly to the retail outlets or storage places. The general target of this industry is to make the food tasty but to yet retain its nutrition or increase it wherever necessary without compromising on the quality. There is always an effort to keep the artificial preservatives and chemicals to a bare minimum.

Thus the process involves raw foodstuffs like grains, cereals, fish, dairy and meat products, oil etc that are converted into products that make eating simple and enjoyable. The different instances of this food processing include mincing of meat, boiling of milk, roasting, steaming, baking, making fruit concentrates, canning, drying, etc.

And some examples of the processed foodstuffs are flavored yogurts, organic food, health drinks, juices, bakery products, biscuits, chocolates, instant and flavored teas and coffees and even flavored water, readymixes, ice cream mixes, custards, jellies etc.

Food is also processed to make it suitable for people with certain problems or complaints. Like sugar free food for diabetic people, less oily and fatty food for the obese or generally speaking for those who are health conscious, for pregnant ladies or specifically for women and for ancient people.

All this processing requires appropriate equipment of the highest quality and those that will have a long life. Such as dryers, machines for pasteurization, containers for storage, conveyors, mixers, deep fryers, freezers, slicers, fillers, cutters, cookers, tumblers, packing lines, checkweighers, robotic loading systems and quality monitoring equipments. Only excellent equipments are going to ensure a excellent final product. Any fault or inadequacy in these instruments grossly affects food quality and efficiency. And no one can compromise on people’s health. So it is in the best interest of all, to use the best machinery to derive the maximum and optimum outputs.

Food processing is an industry that is poised to only advance further, as people shall never stop to eat and that guarantees the demand for newer and innovative foodstuffs. So the food processing industry is all set to achieve greater heights with the latest technology at its disposal.

Dagur Jonsson is the CEO of Libius Inc a company which provides an internet appropriation service to companies in the food processing industry like marelfoodsystems.com www.marelfoodsystems.com and marel.com www.marel.com.



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