Food & Material Handling Information

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Food & Material Handling

ASGCO® offers a full line-up of conveyor products for the Food & Material Handling Industry.


The food and beverage industry is all companies involved in processing raw food materials, packaging, and distributing them. This includes fresh, prepared foods as well as packaged foods, and alcoholic and nonalcoholic beverages.

Food production is the process of transforming raw ingredients into prepared food products. Food production includes industries that take raw food products and convert them into marketable food items. Home food production includes converting produce into forms for long-term storage.


Subsets of the Food & Material Handling Industry


The farming subset of the food and beverage industry encompasses those businesses involved in the production and collection of raw agricultural commodities such as corn, wheat, soybeans and rice. This portion of the food and beverage industry includes seed producers as well as agribusinesses.


This portion of the food and beverage industry is dedicated to processing raw material foods into forms that may be more easily distributed and sold to consumers. Processed foods come in many different forms but may be roughly divided into the following subsets:


The companies engaged in the distribution subset of the food and beverage industry are responsible for putting finished or near-finished food products into the hands of hungry consumers. Most broadly, there are two channels through which corporations deliver processed foods to their customers. On one hand, grocers and supermarkets provide processed but unprepared food to customers that they may then prepare in their homes. On the other hand, the restaurant industry serves its customers with fully prepared foods.


Food Industry Certificationsanitary-logos-1

Baking Industry Sanitation Standards CommitteeBISSC is the Baking Industry Sanitation Standards
Committee, which publishes voluntary standards for the design and construction of bakery equipment.
They’re recognized as the definitive sanitation standards for equipment used in the baking industry.

EU Food Contact Regulation – Article 15 of the Framework Regulation (EC) No 1935/2004 on
materials and articles intended to come into contact with food specifies the labelling requirements.
It states that food contact materials shall be accompanied by the words “for food contact”
or this symbol, unless when it is obvious that the article is for food contact.

FDA Approved, USDA Certified, EU 1935/2004 Compliant – Designed to meet the strict sanitary guideline
established for food processing operations. FDA approved materials and certified by the United States
Department of Agriculture for use with meat and poultry, as well as dairy, for facilities requiring USDA
accepted equipment in their operations.


Performance Parameters for Food Processing


When designing processes for the food industry the following performance parameters may be taken into account:

Hygiene – measured by number of micro-organisms per mL of finished product

Energy efficiency – measured by “ton of steam per ton of sugar produced”

Minimization of waste – measured by “percentage of peeling loss during the peeling of potatoes”

Labor used – measured by “number of working hours per ton of finished product”

Minimization of cleaning stops – measured by “number of hours between cleaning stops”