Controlling fresh secondary processing
For secondary processors in the fresh produce industry, there has never been more opportunity as consumer demand for fresh convenience food continues to increase.
Delivering a quality experience to consumers, therefore requires flexibility, speed and control of production lines, some of which can involve multiple processes and ingredients, all mixed together to meet defined tolerances.
From baton carrots to fresh spicy salads
At SI we recognise the importance of secondary processing and the varying degrees of complexity it entails. This is why we work with processors to integrate their production lines, so they can take advantage of the benefits shop-floor data capture and reporting can deliver.
It all starts with stock control and production planning, to ensure the right raw materials and packaging products are available. For example, with simple single packed products like baton carrots, this includes the measurement and control of the washing and grading processes.
But for more complex recipe-based products, we have designed specific recipe management modules that control the mix of each batch to pre-defined tolerances. From the issuing of raw materials to the control of the mixing and/or cooking processes, our software not only gets the recipe right, but it also measures and reports on the processes themselves, confirming everything from mixing times to cooking temperatures.
By managing the stock of fresh and dry ingredients in real-time, the operations team can see and manage stock levels from one central hub, ordering additional stock as and when required.
Take control of part completed WIP mixes
Missing a key component of a recipe previously meant that producers had to stop their processes. However, with SI, once you start you can stop part way through a WIP mix and issue this back into stock. This is because our specialist recipe software module has the capability to trace the quantities of raw materials within a batch and mix at any stage.
This allows producers making complex recipe-based products to part mix if they don’t have all the ingredients and then resume the process to complete the recipe when stock levels are replenished, saving time.
Full traceability and the right label information every time
With food scares relating to fresh recipe-based produce hitting the headlines, due to either wrong labelling or allergen ingredient issues, having full traceability and the ability to quarantine batches is critical.
With the advanced control, SI integration delivers, fresh food producers can pull off traceability reports in real-time and even create their own bespoke labels, using our specialist labelling module. With our SI hub controlling all information that is printed onto an individual label, manual processes and therefore the potential for errors are removed. This gives both the food processor and the retail customer, complete confidence in the end product.Contact us