People might say you need to “blow off some steam” when things get rough. But no matter what, you’d be hard pressed to find any processors just “blowing off” steam. That’s because steam-cook packaging is helping fuel growing microwavable food sales, which are expected to reach $75.4 billion by next year, according to a study by Global Industry Analysts Inc.
Since the ancient Greeks gobbled grapes, seafood and wine while donning togas and sandals, food and fashion have shared a complementary relationship. Yet, today the typical refrigerated and frozen food processor doesn’t seem to spend a lot of time, energy or marketing dollars exploring the partnership.
“Reach for the brass ring.” The phrase may be somewhat dated - considering it originated from a carousel ride popular in the early 1900s. Yet it’s still frequently used to describe someone striving toward a reward.
Visit ConAgra Foods Lamb Weston in Pasco, Wash., and you’ll find the maxim also embodied there. Although, this is a different type of ring altogether.
ConAgra Foods Lamb Weston is a company for all seasons. In late October, for example, visitors at the company’s Pasco, Wash., french fry plant can see a receiving room full of potatoes - the last fall crop from fields throughout the Columbia Basin. Later, it will be time for Pasco and other potato operations to draw winter stocks from raw material storage houses.
It’s a business owner-operator’s worst nightmare: a complete warehouse rack system failure causing extensive product breakage, equipment damage, lost productivity and - far worse - worker injury or death.
Savory, moist, flavorful, succulent. The preceding adjectives could have been pulled from reviews of the hottest gourmet restaurant in town, or they could describe the latest refrigerated and frozen prepared entrees and side dishes.
It might be a coincidence that Albuquerque Tortilla Co. Inc.’s new prepared foods plant extension gives the company’s headquarters a horseshoe shape. Then again, this is the land of cowboys and frontiersman. And what better symbol is there for being authentic and independent than horses, cowboys and the Old West?