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TOMRA Food Nut eBook 2020

Why Resilience is a Must Have for the Frozen Potato Industry during COVID-19

COVID-19 is deeply reshaping our lives, both personally and professionally. Since its beginning, where I live in Bergamo, we have been confronted with something unprecedented, which has marked a line between how we had been living so far and how we will come out after it. Now we are gradually preparing for what will be our new normal and all the necessary changes that this will require. While reflecting on this, I found strong parallelism with the frozen potatoes industry: heavily hit, feeling the blow, but with unshaken willingness to come out of COVID-19 stronger than before. What will be the necessary changes that will help the industry accelerate in its recovery? How can we, as TOMRA, contribute? 

TOMRA Food’s ongoing support shows ‘there is no strength without unity’

Could it be that social distancing brings people and businesses closer together?

How processors can sort leafy greens even when requirements keep changing

The two main goals of vegetable processing, food safety and product quality, are sacrosanct – but the goalposts keep moving. When a different batch of leafy greens comes rolling down the line, processors often have to recalibrate their machines to detect different types of defects and achieve different quality grades. This complicates the day-to-day business of processing, but there can be no excuses: no matter how much or how often circumstances change on the processing line, product imperfections have to be detected and ejected.

HOW PROCESSORS CAN SORT CARROTS WHEN THE REQUIREMENTS KEEP CHANGING

The two main goals of vegetable processing, food safety and product quality, are sacrosanct – but the goalposts keep moving.

Each incoming truck load of carrots might vary in quality. Due to slightly different weather, soil or growing conditions, there might be more or fewer discolorations, or a sudden influx of foreign material. And because carrots are sold in varying quality grades and differing forms, product specifications often also need changing. This complicates the day-to-day business of vegetable processing, but there can be no excuses: no matter how much or how often circumstances change on the processing line, product imperfections must be detected and ejected.  

Meeting the many tough new challenges in nut processing

Because so much is changing so quickly, nut processors face more challenges today than ever before. Some will have to modernize their working practices and technologies in order to survive. Others, by making best use of technologies, will turn the challenges into opportunities and thrive.

Five big trends nut processors can profit from

Businesses that stand still get left behind. This is especially true today in nut processing. Sticking for too long with the same old working practices and machines is standing still. Not getting left behind requires awareness of latest processing technologies and market trends. But which trends are here to stay, and how can processors profit from them, either now or in the near-future?

Making vegetable processors’ lives easier

So much depends on vegetable processors. Not least, product quality to protect retailers’ brand reputations and food safety to safeguard consumers’ health. But processing vegetables is rife with threats invisible to the human eye. Potentially harmful and sub-standard produce has to be identified and rejected from the processing line, yet defect-detection can be extraordinarily difficult.

A DAY IN THE LIFE OF HELENA DREISIG

Helena Dreisig has been appointed as Head of People & Organisation TOMRA Group and TOMRA Food in January 2020. She joins TOMRA from the Global Minerals and lime producer Lhoist Group, where she spent 13 years in various international HR roles, most recently as VP HR Europe.

She was born in Denmark from Danish parents. During her youth she lived in the US, before moving to Belgium where she has kept her base.

Looking Towards a More Connected Food Industry

The world – particularly the world of food – is changing faster than ever before, with technological advancements and innovation fueling a whole new set of business requirements and consumer behaviors. With consumers already living in a digital world, the food processing industry is looking towards smart food processing and the ‘digital transformation’ required to digitalize their processes, enhance production, optimize efficiency and, generally, increase the overall quality and speed of their entire operation.

WHY THE ISSUE OF FOOD LOSS AND WASTE IS MORE IMPORTANT THAN EVER

 

The world is currently wasting 1.3bn tons of the food produced for human consumption every year, which amounts to a third of all food produced for that purpose. From farm to fork, the issue of food waste is rife across all aspects of the supply chain and all corners of the globe. There isn’t just one solution to help reduce the impacts of food waste, however actionable steps can be taken to lessen the amount of food wasted. We are in the midst of a food waste crisis, and the world must respond now to reverse its impact before it is too late.