The lab will provide technical training for employees on new and emerging process technologies including The Wenger TX-57 twin screw extruder at its Gridley plant, in Illinois. A Coperion 120 twin screw extruder will be installed at its Mooresville facility in Indiana, in Q1 2016.
Business as Mission
The PacMoore Innovation Lab will also promote PacMoore’s Business as Mission (BAM) work focusing on food loss, to develop edible, shelf stable and nutritious products for the world.
Chris Bekermeier, VP sales and marketing, PacMoore Products, told FoodProductionDaily customers will be able to carry out ‘proof of concept’ work on a small scale, allowing them to work through an idea and concept without incurring product and process development costs.
“PacMoore Products provides contract manufacturing and packaging to the food manufacturing industry. We have over 25 years of experience processing and packaging dry ingredients,” he said.
“As a follow up to the addition of spray drying a few years ago we are currently adding extrusion, which have been strategic and intentional moves into technical food processing.”
The company, which is headquartered in Hammond, Indiana, offers blending, spray drying, re-packing, sifting, consumer packaging, and now extrusion.
“Our company owner, Bill Moore, is passionate about growth. He met Jon Baner, a food scientist and extrusions guru, and hired him immediately because he knew the market demand for extrusion was high but had not yet come across the right individual to lead with excellence our efforts in product development and processing,” added Bekermeier.
The process of extrusion & micro processing sites
“Adding high demand capabilities will grow our sales. Adding technical capabilities will grow our ability to serve our customers in product development and in the supply of high demand ingredients.
“Adding technical capabilities will impact the growing challenges our world faces in feeding the ever expanding world population. For example, we envision a day when we will train people living in low income communities around the world (that have access to raw materials) in the process of extrusion then set up micro processing sites in their area to impact lives financially, physically, emotionally, and spiritually.”
According to Bekermeier, current challenges include cost concerns from increasing government regulations such as healthcare and other mandates and the proliferation of products and product types to meet the needs of an increasingly diverse consumer base.
“As a contract manufacturer we are well positioned to address this need if we balance a highly level of flexibility with a high level of efficiency in our production processes and change overs,” he said.
“The more global challenge is the decreasing ability of our world to supply food for an expanding population.
“Our addition of efficient technical food processing capabilities that can supply nutritious foods to refugees, disaster victims, and those living in areas of limited supply is the way we can do our part.”
PacMoore Products is currently in discussions regarding food supply to a country in South America and a country in the Middle East that are ‘genuinely exciting and a potential game changer for us and others’, said Bekermeier.