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Waste not, want not: Mouvex fights for food processing efficiency

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By Jenni Spinner+

03-Jul-2014

The Product Recovery Initiative, launched by pump maker Mouvex, is designed to educate producers about reducing food waste.
The Product Recovery Initiative, launched by pump maker Mouvex, is designed to educate producers about reducing food waste.

With the launch of the Product Recovery Initiative, Mouvex is campaigning to deliver waste reduction capabilities in food processing operations.

The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) estimates 36m tons of food is discarded every year in America alone. On top of that, a significant amount of food is lost to inefficient processing before it can even reach consumers, according to pump manufacturer Mouvex.

Fighting waste

The company has launched its Product Recovery Initiative, announced at the recent Institute of Food Technologists (IFT) expo. The campaign is designed to show food and beverage manufacturers ways to pare down waste in their operations, while also attaining cost savings, with equipment like the company’s eccentric disc pump products.

Mouvex’s marketing director for the Americas, Carrie Halle, told FoodProductionDaily the effort to educate IFT attendees about the dangers of operational product waste met with favorable results.

During the show, many attendees witnessed the demo unit from Mouvex showing how manufacturers can save money and recover product from the piping,” she said.

Efficiency tools

The Product Recovery Initiative involves a suite of market-specific tools intended to educate food industry professionals about efficient pump use, and pinpoint potential cost-saving areas. A multi-lingual website includes informational data, how-to videos, and other resources.

According to the company, efficient, reliable pumping is crucial to maximizing product recovery, and keeping down product waste. Producers should look for pumping tools capable of reliably stripping suction or discharge lines of raw materials and saleable end products.

Eccentric disc pumps, according to Mouvex, are suitable allies in product recovery because of a keen ability to pump air, creating a vacuum effect on the suction side and compressor effect on the discharge side. This capability is said to produce a “plug” effect that pushes product out of the piping.

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Food Waste Reduction

The large amount of fresh food waste is a lose-lose situation for the environment, the struggling families in today’s tough economy and for the food retailers. There is no single cure, or silver bullet for food waste reduction therefore, we should address the food waste problem in every link in our food supply chain. For example, the excess inventory of fresh perishables close to their expiration on supermarket shelves, combined with the consumer “Last In First Out” shopping behavior, might be the weakest link of the fresh food supply chain.
The new open GS1 DataBar standard enables applications that encourage efficient consumer shopping by offering him automatic and dynamic purchasing incentives for fresh perishables approaching their expiration dates before they end up in a landfill.
The “End Grocery Waste” App, which is based on the open GS1 DataBar standard, encourages efficient consumer shopping behavior that maximizes grocery retailer revenue, makes fresh food affordable for all families and effectively reduces the global carbon footprint.

Rod Averbuch
Chicago, IL

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Posted by Rod Averbuch
03 July 2014 | 22h36

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