Have you ever heard of Biltong? Have you ever tried it? No, neither had we, until we met Tom and the boys at Barbell Foods!
It has been a pleasure working with them to deliver a new manufacturing facility in Canberra, resulting in an 8-fold increase in production capacity, 60% reduction in labour costs and possibilities for further expansion.
These young guns are ones to watch with plenty of ideas in the pipeline. Featured as a Rising Star in the latest edition of Food & Drink Business Jan-Feb 2020, you can read the story here:
Also check out the Barbell Foods website https://lnkd.in/f6GK-MZ
We are very excited that the products are now ranged locally so we can easily get our biltong fix!
We were recently very happy to read about the great work Juleigh and her team at Robins Foods are doing to grow the native food industry and support Indigenous farmers by creating an ethical supply chain for ingredients used in their Outback Spirit-branded products.
With native foods being used more extensively by top chefs as a matter of course, truly Australian ingredients are becoming more mainstream, and the Outback Spirit Foundation is helping this cause directly by providing funding to Australian Indigenous farmers for specific growth projects.
RMR Process are proud to have assisted Robins Foods in their recent factory relocation and expansion project and look forward to their continued success as pioneers of this local industry.
Read more at: www.foodanddrinkbusiness.com.au/news/building-an-ethical-supply-chain
Check out the great story in Food & Drink Business magazine last month about our collaboration with Food Recycle.
An innovative project to turn food waste into chicken feed is being brought to life by a transportable processing unit designed by our talented team.
An innovative and exciting project to convert food waste streams into value-added products that we are thrilled to be a part of!
Click on link: https://lnkd.in/g6KmM86
On the eve of the official opening of Birch & Waite's new food manufacturing facility in Revesby, Sydney, we learned how the factory has been designed for the future.
GM of Birch & Waite, David Charles and MD of RMR Process, Peter Taitoko presented on the design thinking behind the mid-tier food manufacturer's new facility, where some of the company's more innovative products will be processed and packed.
David Charles gave a background to the company and its drive for innovation and quality, and described some of the new technology in place at the plant, including the latest thermoprocessing equipment and specialised sachet filling and packing line.
Peter Taitoko explained the process that his team followed with Birch & Waite to save them millions of dollars in plant design and construction costs, by establishing what the company needs now and building that, but designing and putting in place the necessary infrastructure to accommodate future automation and expansion.
Read more at http://www.packagingnews.com.au/food/live-2017-birch-and-waite-s-factory-for-the-future
RMR Process specialises in food process design and high-care facility design, providing end-to-end design and project management services to Australian SME food manufacturers.
Many of our customers come to us for advice on how to scale-up incrementally and move to greater food safety standards, including high-care requirements.
Our standard high-care and entrance control designs, for new or existing sites, are simple designs and low-cost solutions, that will impress your auditors!
Increasing your process throughputs may require installing or expanding process equipment and automation (process control). We guide you through your automation journey, starting with basic factory smarts, that enable safe and controlled process scaling without replicating existing bottlenecks. At the same time, you can get real-time data that can help you to significantly improve productivity. Automation is one of the very best scaling tools for food manufacturers.
We are also actively involved in food waste projects, energy saving initiatives and sustainability projects specifically within the food industry.
Come and visit us at AUSPACK 26-29 March 2019 at Stand H106 and let’s get the process started!
RMR Process will be exhibiting at AUSPACK 2019. Come and visit us on stand H106 for a chat on how we can help you -
Depending on your current situation you’ll likely be asking questions such as, do we expand or relocate? If we relocate, do we lease or buy? If we buy, do we buy an existing site or buy land and build a new factory?
The more defined your growth target is, the easier it will be to work through the options of how to scale in control over a given timeframe for the lowest possible cost. For many small to mid-tier manufacturers, scaling up over a few years may be a safer and more favourable option than immediately raising debt finance or relinquishing equity to get there quicker. The perceived risk for lenders is far greater if the “supply contract is waiting for sign-off”, and to compound the problem your customer wants to ensure that you have the capability to supply.
Author: Peter Taitoko, Director RMR Process
Read the full article at Food & Drink Business October 2018 > Scaling up – Food & Drink Business >>
RMR Process specialises in the design & build of food facilities and processes for small to mid-tier manufacturers.
For new facilities or factory expansions, RMR determines a strategic view of what the medium- to long-term product ranges and volumes may look like to establish the most appropriate execution strategy for scaling the operation. This allows for future-proofing the design of the facility footprint and infrastructure while minimising the initial capital investment, to enable cash flow to finance the scaling process.
All relevant food safety standards and compliance codes are referred to throughout the process, ensuring elements such as high-care rooms, drainage, flooring and factory ventilation are accurately designed and correctly installed.
RMR uses a competitive tender process to select the most suitable builders and gain competitive pricing, high quality and high safety standards.
RMR also specialises in process design for fresh and shelf-stable food products. The team can design, procure, install and validate processes ready for safe, commercial operation. RMR provides its clients with an automation strategy that minimises initial investment and allows for scaling-up as required, with factory ‘smarts’ to take the facility safely into the future.
Powder blending facility - expanding operations
RMR Process features in Food & Drink Business article 5 June 2018:
"Food ingredients company Danisco recently sought to expand its processing operations. The company, which was acquired by global science-based products and services company DuPont in 2011, had outgrown its facility, and needed to expand, not only to achieve higher volumes, but also to more easily meet food safety requirements.
RMR Process was selected to oversee the a project to design, execute and start-up a three-story highly specialised, high-care powder blending facility, which was constructed inside a busy operational warehouse at Erskine Park, Sydney.
Danisco Australia’s manufacturing and SHE (safety, health and environment) leader Glen Robson says the company had reached a point where it either needed to invest into the old Banksmeadow facility in Sydney’s south, or move out, in order to better align with its business needs.
“We started to investigate options to stay and invest, or move and optimise footprint and upgrade process. The latter proved to be more favourable in being able to deliver on current and future business requirements,” Robson says.
“We connected with various food specialty design and construct companies, viewed all their finished works and found RMR to be closest to the high standards we were seeking to achieve,” Robson says...."
Read more at: Food & Drink Business
Food Packaging Options: Retort Pouch, Trays, Cans, Shelf Stable, Cups, Jars, Ready Meals and Frozen Meals
There are many options when deciding on packaging your product and many considerations based on what you are packaging, and the contents’ physical form.
The content needs to be protected from physical damage and be in a form that is storage safe and is easy to handle. Thoughts on branding, legal requirements on ingredient identification, consumer instructions and presentation. Consumers are becoming more aware of their environmental responsibility and ease of recycling the packaging, once the product has been used.
One major consideration is the integrity of the product, ensuring prevention of microbiological spoilage in combination with extended shelf life.
We can guide you through this process from inception or in conjunction with your laboratory.
K Prelovsky, RMR Process.