In case you haven’t noticed—plant-based products are quickly becoming a dietary staple. Once considered periphery or even more of a “food fad,” vegan and vegetarian products have experienced a rapid upswing in demand and popularity among multiple U.S. consumer demographics. Recent data suggests that 17 percent of shoppers aged 15-70 claim to eat a primarily plant-based diet, while 60 percent of consumers report that they are reducing meat-based items in their diets.
Most importantly, the reduction in animal protein consumption is proving to have long-term staying power. A report released by the Plant Based Foods Association and The Good Institute revealed that sales of plant-based foods have increased by 11 percent in just a year, contributing to a $4.5 billion marketplace. As a result, new plant-based brands are establishing their presence in the market while existing food manufacturers are launching new vegan lines within their current suite of animal protein products.
Plant-Based Manufacturers Must Maintain the Highest Sanitation Standards
With so many industry players jumping on the vegan and vegetarian production train, it’s important to maintain a steady focus on sanitation during CAPEX projects within the facility. Here are three key considerations for a successful CAPEX construction at a plant-based manufacturing site:
Even plant-based food facilities need to pay careful attention to the threat of bacteria during production. An experienced construction manager (CM) will recognize the importance of selecting the right equipment to remove listeria and other bacteria throughout the manufacturing process. Your CM will look for fully stainless steel, easy to clean pieces that can be completely washed and thoroughly sanitized in between cycles.
Once construction begins, managing traffic patterns within the job site is crucial to eliminate cross-contamination potential. Before the project launches, your CM will identify specific work areas and create visible barriers that cordons off the designated spaces. The CAPEX project CM will also develop a floor plan that manages traffic flow in and around these areas to avoid cross-contamination.
Much like any CAPEX construction initiatives within a food manufacturing facility, flexibility is critical to ensure a timely and efficient project completion. Your chosen construction manager will have the capabilities needed to anticipate and identify possible issues as they arise. Most importantly, a qualified CM will adjust the team as needed to accelerate problem resolution and keep construction moving forward while maintaining the highest sanitation standards possible.
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