According to the U.S. Department of Commerce, food manufacturing, beverage production and tobacco products, when combined, form the largest single industry within the U.S. manufacturing sector. Food manufacturing by itself accounts for over 80% of the shipments within these industries.
Food manufacturers are distinguished by the raw materials (usually livestock and agricultural products) that they transform into products for consumption. This transformation is known as food processing. These processes, both chemical and physical, convert the raw ingredients into food. Examples of chemical processes include cooking (boiling, baking, etc.), liquefaction, freezing or drying, and preservation (pickling, pasteurization). Examples of mechanical process include mixing, grinding, chopping, dicing, and slicing. Canning, bottling, and packaging are secondary processes.
Industry segments include:
· Beef, Poultry, pork, and fish processing
· Beverage production and bottling
· Fruit and vegetable processing
· Canning and packaging
Over the next several posts here on AST’s blog, we will be taking an in-depth look at the many factors that food manufacturers need to consider in regards to bearing-related considerations. Topics will include:
Keep posted for our next update on Friday, November 13th.