Every day the food industry faces the challenge of meeting rising consumer demands for quality, variety, new and interesting products, while balancing the increasing retailer pressure for lower cost, higher quality products and the requirement to meet all current legislation and regulations.
With a dedicated team of field and in-house specialists and our Food Technology Centre at Thame in Oxfordshire, BOC works closely with the food industry to develop and deliver diverse solutions including freezing and chilling, modified atmosphere packing (MAP) and transport, cooling and dry ice applications.
|The increased consumer demand for healthier, lower sugar beverages offers producers the opportunity to develop new and interesting products but security of ingredient supply, including gases, is still of great importance.|
|Although the diverse products in the Bakery & Dried Foods sector present a wide range of challenges, there is a common need for increasing processing automation to minimise production costs whilst maintaining product quality with extended shelf life.|
|As with all foods, product quality is of paramount importance. In dairy products, microbial growth and rancidity are the primary causes of quality deterioration.|
|One of the main challenges throughout the production and packing processes of oils and fats, or foods with a high oil or fat content, is to prevent deterioration through oxidation to maintain quality and shelf life.|
|Health conscious but convenience-seeking consumers have become more interested in the source, treatment and quality of the product, but still demand value for money. As a result meat and poultry processors are looking for ways to ensure high quality products using highly technical and increasingly efficient production processes.|
|The ever-increasing focus on healthy eating has supported the rise in popularity of fish and seafood. One challenge faced by the industry is to ensure that these delicate products develop and maintain the highest quality and taste throughout the supply chain.|
|The increase in year-round consumer demand for fresh fruit and vegetables presents both challenges and opportunities for producers and processors alike.|
|'Consumer-ready foods' such as pizza, sandwiches and ready-meals are often high value products which lead consumers to demand high quality (and shelf life), appearance, taste and the frequent introduction of new variants.|
|Fish is an important component of a balanced diet and it is enjoyed all over the world. It is estimated that fish consumption will rise by nearly 40% to 180 million tonnes by the year 2030.|