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Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Coating Markets for Teflon® Fluoropolymers:Food Processing

The cookie and cracker manufacturing industry includes 300 companies for a combined annual revenue of about $10 billion.  Cookie and cracker manufacturing begins by grinding starter ingredients like sugar, oils, and flavoring in industrial mixers.  Following the initial blend, workers mix in water and bonding agents to form the dough.  After the dough is mixed, it is lifted into a hopper and spread onto trays.  Once on the tray, the product is cut or rotary cut into shapes.  These pieces are then put on conveyor belts for baking and flavoring.  Finished products are then packed per their requirement. Large companies include Kraft’s Nabisco subsidiary, Kellogg’s, Campbell’s Pepperidge Farms, Lance, and Interbake Foods.

The industry is highly concentrated with the top 50 companies accounting for 90% of the total revenue.  Geographically, food manufacturing is located across the country. Demand is driven by population growth, health concerns, and taste.  These products are considered “impulse” consumables and compete against fresh-baked items, fast food, and the candy and chip industry.  Companies are profitable by having efficient operations and good marketing groups.

The US dairy manufacturing industry consists of 1200 companies that have a combined annual income of $60 billion. The four major segments in this industry are fluid milk, cheese, frozen desserts, and butter. Most companies focus on one segment, although some of the largest companies play in all four segments. Large companies include Land O Lakes, Dean Foods, and Dairy Farmers of America. Because of the nature of the perishable raw materials most production is localized around their raw material supply.

The industry is rapidly consolidating with the 50 largest companies holding 75% of the market. Changes in consumer income drive demand for various types of dairy food. The profitability of individual companies depends on efficient operations and marketing, as milk is a commodity. Manufacturing is standardized across the segments and highly automated.

Key Benefits of DuPont™ Teflon® industrial coatings:
  • Extreme temperature resistance
  • Nonstick surface
  • Low coefficient of friction
  • Corrosion resistance
  • Compliance with health standards

Typical Applications:
  • Cheese products - eliminates problematic build up of dried cheese crust
  • Fast food restaurants - helps reduce recoating frequency on cooking equipment
  • Potato chip manufacturing - helps reduce residue build up by coating knives used to cut potatoes, resulting in less downtime and lower cleaning and maintenance costs
  • Processing of pineapple and similar products with high acidity - reduces corrosion caused by acidic juices, reduces need for lubrication with food-grade oil and results in improved replacement frequency levels due to longer life of the housings

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