The ever-increasing global population is directly related to the ever-increasing demand for food production. Food security is a topic that is actively discussed by all international bodies as well as individual states.
As a result, food and feed producers are constantly on the lookout for better production methods to reduce costs while increasing production. Additionally, climate change also makes production more challenging, triggering an increase in feed commodities prices like wheat and soy.
Food security is a frequently discussed global issue; from insufficient nutritional intake in first-world countries to malnutrition in underdeveloped states, many factors affect food security.
Food extrusion is one process that is popularly used to efficiently manufacture food products that last longer and have added nutritional benefits.
The snack and cereal revolution
At the current CAGR of 5.2 percent, the global healthy snacking industry is expected to stand at US$ 32.88 billion by 2025.
Over the last decade, snacking trends have evolved significantly with changing consumer lifestyles and preferences. Increasing urbanization has led to busier lifestyles as people look for convenient and easily accessible snacking options. At the same time, the growing demand for healthy snacks means that a bag of salty, oily chips just won’t cut it.
As a result, cereal and granola have made their way to the top. They’re convenient, healthy snacks that can be paired with other nutritious items too. Advanced food processing technology even gives manufacturers the flexibility to try out various shapes, flavors, and combinations, so consumers can enjoy new snacking experiences.
Let’s take a look at the benefits they have to offer:
Ready-to-eat (RTE) cereals and granola can be produced in a variety of formats, including low-fat, low-salt, and low-sugar variants. Additionally, using food extrusion technologies, you can even get options that are gluten-free or high in fiber and protein.
With expanding consumer demands, the road to success is meeting the specific needs of niche markets. Extrusion technology gives you the flexibility to produce a wide range of cereal by altering raw materials and control configurations.
Quality and consistency
Unlike conventional food processing technologies, modern processes that use extrusion machines really only need one piece of equipment. Twin-screw extruders, in particular, allow users to shape, cool, heat, shear, pump, and even transport the material inside.
This gives manufacturers more control over the manufacturing process, thereby ensuring uniform output under the same conditions.
The versatility of granola and cereal make them ideal for use in a variety of applications. For instance, granola cereal can be customized and added to savory products such as guacamole or cheese. Moreover, the extrusion process can make unique combinations and textures, such as crisp cereal pillows with cream inside.
With all this functionality, there is extensive potential for product innovation. Improve your processes and enhance consumer delight with extrusion technology.
Improve processes with food extrusion technology
CFAM Technologies is a well-established and renowned food and feed extrusion equipment manufacturer. Apart from supplying state-of-the-art twin-screw extruders, they also offer extruder operation training and capacity building expertise. Their team is continuously working on new ways to improve the process of developing food and feed products.
Find out more about their specialized machine design service and manufacturing technologies.