State Of Conveying 2023 Report
The Food and Beverage Industry
The food processing industry faces a dynamic landscape marked byboth promising opportunities and significant challenges. The 2nd yearof The State of Conveying highlights some of the trends so that youcan better plan for the future.
The food processing industry is rapidly growing, with 63% havinggrown 10%+ in the past year (20% grew 20%+). This mirrors thegrowth from 2022 and indicates a long-term trend for the industry. Asthe industry grows, it is now more important than ever for industrydecision-makers to ensure their operations are optimized to handlecurrent and future growth.
Supply chain issues (49%) continue to be the top challenge in the food processing industry and shifts in consumer demand and preferences (46%) are a close second. Shifts in consumer demand and preferences experienced a significant jump from 2022, indicating the need for organizations to be agile with their ability to adjust production lines to meet demand.
Supply chain issues: 52%Economic disruption: 46%Shifts in consumer demand and preferences: 45%
Supply chain issues: 55%Economic disruption: 49%Shifts in consumer demand and preferences: 38%
Supply chain issues: 45%Economic disruption: 44%Shifts in consumer demand and preferences: 38%
Supply chain issues: 62%Economic disruption: 45%Shifts in consumer demand and preferences: 42%
What do you consider to be the TOP CHALLENGES facing the food and beverage processing industry?
Cleaning and maintenance comes in first at 53% and it isn’t even aclose race, with energy consumption coming in second at 35%. Energyconsumption and broken materials are also at the top of the list forover one-third of those surveyed.
(51%) for those most satisfied with their system, showing how important it is to both keep your system clean and minimize the time that it takes to clean your system. To be efficient and effective, cleaning and maintenance time go hand-in hand. The takeaway from the Best in Class group is that you never stop optimizing the efficiency of your conveying system.
What are the greatest CHALLENGES with
Cleaning and maintenance is the primary challenge for food processing professionals, so this section takes an in-depth look at the topic.
Maintenance issues are the most commonly reported reason behind updatingconveying processes according to those surveyed (59%), above overall cost to operate and energy consumption (both at 45%). This highlights the importance of minimizing maintenance issues as well as the long-term cost of maintenance.
Budgets reflect the importance of maintenance to food professions, as 81% of budgets dedicated to conveying equipment and maintenance will be increasing in the coming year. About one-quarter (24%) describe this increase as significant.
Increasing significantly in order are Brazil 27%, Mexico 25%, U.S. 24%, and UK 15%
The goal is to minimize the time spent on maintenance butmaintenance cannot be eliminated. What are the most common reasons for cleaning a system?
Routine maintenance, material build-up, and FDA sanitary compliance are the top reported reasons for cleaning according to 63%, 62%, and 61% of those surveyed, respectively.
Cleaning and maintenance are the top reasons why companiesevaluate their systems and begin the purchase process, but thereare a lot of steps to consider when making a critical and long-termpurchase decision. The food processing professionals surveyedrevealed interesting insights into the purchase process
The purchase process starts with companies evaluating their current conveying system. Conveying systems are getting evaluated frequently. 43% say they evaluate every month and another 46% say they evaluate every 3 – 6 months.Every Month Evaluations: Brazil (58%) and Mexico (53%) have the most frequency with their system evaluations.
How frequently do you EVALUATE the performance of your conveying system(s)?
61% of those surveyed have shopped for or purchased a new conveyor system in the last year and 82% plan to update or replace parts of their conveying systems in the next 2 years.
What starts the purchase process? As mentioned earlier, the #1 REASON for updating a system is maintenance issues. Maintenance is also part of the #2 reason, the overall cost to operate.
is all about energy efficiency and that is reflected in their #2 reasons for updating their conveyor systems, energy efficiency (55%). Those less satisfied with their system have energy consumption at 38%, far below the best-in-class group. For energy efficiency, the size of the motor and the amount of horsepower required to run a conveying system can have a major impact on efficiency and production costs.
What are the top REASONS for updating your
What systems are most effective at gently conveying food? In 2022, cable and disc conveyors were the clear top choice with food processing professionals when it comes to the system that is the most effective at gently conveying materials like coffee, nuts, and snack foods.
This group is more likely than those who do not have cable and discconveyors in their facility:
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