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Lighten Your Load with Light Weight Dough Boxes
Posted on May 31, 2022
Whether you’re churning out products for a large-scale operation or catering for a small crowd, the weight of your processing equipment needs to be a determining factor when readying your team with the right tools for the job. Lighten your workload by using MFG Tray’s new lightweight dough boxes.
At MFG Tray, we understand how hard you’re working, so we worked just as hard to help improve your process. In response to customer feedback about the weight of most dough boxes, we developed a special line of our light weight molded fiberglass boxes to help your days run smoother. Keep reading to learn more about our innovative light weight material and how it can improve your production process.
Material Handling in the Food Service Industry
Material handling is the process of moving, protecting, storing, and controlling materials and products. In food service specifically, there are various Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved guidelines for the safe, hygienic handling of goods meant for consumption.
Pro Tip: Because rules and regulations often change, usually in response to new findings or problematic areas, you should consider working with a local food safety representative to ensure you’re meeting the quality standards.
Put simply, finding dough boxes that can be easily cleaned and don’t hold on to food remnants can drastically reduce the risk of harmful contaminants making it into your product. No matter where your company falls in the food supply chain, safe and proper handling is a must.
A shocking 48 million Americans get sick from food-borne illnesses each year. Moreover, 128,000 of these people end up being hospitalized, and nearly 3,000 cases result in death. Fortunately, these instances are largely preventable and can be combatted with proper material handling across the entire food supply chain.
Food Safety Throughout the Supply Chain
The food supply chain extends from the farm all the way to the fork. Key participants and processes within the system include:
- Ingredients producers: farms and other sources of raw materials
- Primary processors: those breaking down the food for future use, i.e., grinding wheat for flour, butchering livestock, etc.
- Inbound logistics: shipment from the primary processor to the manufacturing plant
- Manufacturing operations: final production and packaging of goods to be sent to the end consumer
- Outbound logistics: shipment to restaurants, grocery stores, or other customer-facing entities
- Customers and consumers: end-users
With so many entities involved in the process, proper food safety must be a high priority for all involved. To help ensure you maintain optimal quality standards, you’ll want to follow a few best practices for food safety along the supply chain.
Make Sure All Food is Traceable
As food products make their way from the farm to the table, anyone who will eventually handle it should be able to trace it easily. Manufacturers, shippers, carriers, and sellers should take special care in documenting all items’ manufacturing, packaging, movement, and storage. Doing so will provide a chain of evidence should the product come to any harm or cause harm to others.
Use Quality Equipment
Whether you’re moving food products around a factory floor or preparing them in your restaurant for distribution, it’s essential to use the best equipment available. Fiberglass trays, boxes, and containers are easily cleaned with conventional methods, reducing the risk of cross-contamination.
For particularly dense or heavy foods, a lightweight storage container can drastically improve your productivity and safety. Your team will be less likely to cut corners when moving heavy products, and all operations will be more accessible for every employee.
Know the Guidelines
Be sure you’re familiar with the food safety regulations specific to your industry. Whether you’re in farming, shipping, production, or sales, the standards you’ll be expected to follow for proper food handling will vary. Check-in with a local or regional food safety representative to ensure you’re compliant.
Light Weight Food Handling Solutions
Food safety is essential, and so is keeping your employees happy and healthy in the workplace. Providing equipment that can be easily lifted, moved, and stacked is a vital component of a productive working environment.
With foods such as bread and pizza doughs, storing them in lightweight containers can help ensure your goods are protected through all stages; proofing, storage, and transportation. But unlike plastic and wood which are susceptible to bending and warping under heavy loads, fiberglass handling equipment maintains its integrity in the long run. The model food service handling solution will not only protect your goods and increase your efficiency, but will also reduce bad batch concerns and give you the return on investment you deserve.
Lightweight doesn’t have to mean less strength. MFG Tray’s line of light weight dough boxes have the same durability as our standard containers but at only 40 percent of the weight. Moreover, they can safely handle temperature changes between -60 and 250 degrees Fahrenheit. Additionally, they can be easily cleaned in conventional, chemical, or steam-cleaning dishwashers.
If you’re producing any kind of bread dough, you know that moisture and humidity play a huge part in how your product turns out. That’s why MFG created a line of fiberglass dough boxes with securely attached lids that are resistant to moisture and humidity. You’ll get the physical benefits of light weight storage without worrying about quality control.
MFG Tray Has Your Back
Producing doughs to feed the masses is backbreaking work. From bending and lifting heavy loads to keeping food safety at the top of mind, there’s a lot to consider regarding proper material handling in food service.
At MFG Tray, we’re proud to work with some of the best brands in the business, helping them churn out quality products to keep consumers coming back. Head to our product page to learn more about our light weight dough boxes and other commercial kitchen products. If you don’t see what you need, contact us today and let us know how we can help.