Dairy Dialog podcast 51: Process Expo and SIG Cartons for Good

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This week’s Dairy Dialog podcast includes an interview related to the upcoming Process Expo in Chicago, and with SIG on their Cartons for Good project in Bangladesh.

We also have our weekly look at the global dairy markets with Liam Fenton, from INTL FCStone.

‘Cartons for Good’ addressing food loss and malnutrition in Bangladesh

DairyReporter spoke with SIG’s Danai Windhaus, Group HR Manager Transformation and Change; Matthias Krusche, head of global market insights, and Morshed Syed Kamal, senior product manager from global marketing.

The SIG Way Beyond Good Foundation has launched a Cartons for Good project in Bangladesh.

Cartons for Good applies SIG’s technology to help communities reduce food loss, support farmers’ livelihoods and promote children’s nutrition and education. The project will provide school meals for underprivileged children in partnership with development NGO, BRAC.

Almost 20% of the population in Bangladesh suffers from malnutrition and almost half the children are underweight. At the same time, food is going to waste because each harvest produces more than farmers can sell locally and they have no way of preserving surplus crops.

SIG said it set out to use its experience as a systems and solutions provider for aseptic packaging to create a mobile filling solution that communities can use to turn this food loss into nutritious meals that are preserved in SIG cartons for later use.

Rolf Stangl, chairman of the board of trustees of the SIG Way Beyond Good Foundation and CEO of SIG, said, “Our Cartons for Good project is a perfect example of turning a big dream into reality. This is a true innovation outside our traditional core business, but perfectly in line with SIG’s purpose of bringing nutritious food products to consumers around the world in a safe, sustainable and affordable way.”

The packaged food is distributed to BRAC’s schools to provide meals for underprivileged children. Named the world’s #1 NGO four years in a row, the SIG Way Beyond Good Foundation’s project partner BRAC brings insights into local development challenges, helping to enhance the impact of Cartons for Good.

Mohammad Anisur Rahman, director dairy and food at BRAC, said, “We run schools for underprivileged children across the country. Often, they cannot afford to pay for their education or even for food. Most of them drop out of school because they need to go out and work to buy food for themselves and for their families.

“Giving them meals at school means that not only will they learn, they will also have something to eat. BRAC is happy to be partnering with the SIG Way Beyond Good Foundation and we will work together to make this project successful on the ground.”

SIG: From concept to reality

SIG’s engineers adapted the company’s filling technology to create a mobile unit where meals can be cooked using local recipes and preserved in long-life cartons. Housed in a shipping container on a trailer, the unit is designed to travel from one community to the next to preserve surpluses at harvest time. The initial pilot is in the region of Balia.

Farmers are paid for their produce, providing them with much-needed income, and the packs of food are used by local schools to provide a healthy, hot meal for children every day.

The first meals created in the mobile filling unit are already being distributed to BRAC schools in impoverished communities in Dhaka, where many children drop out of school because they need to work to feed themselves and their families. After use, the empty cartons will be recycled at a local facility.

Process Expo

Dairy Reporter spoke with Melissa Fryer, from Alfa Laval, one of the participants in the Cheese Line at Process Expo.

Cheese, dairy, milk and yogurt processing have long been an integral part of the Process Expo trade show and the 2019 event, from October 8-11, 2019 in Chicago’s McCormick Place, will feature a dairy workshop, Dairy Processing 101, as well as a dairy production line.

Glenn LeBlanc, chair of the FPSA Dairy Council, and vice president & division manager, packaging & personal Safety, ILC Dover, said, “The dairy industry’s support of this event helps to deliver thousands of dairy industry professionals in search of new technology that they can fit into their operations. We highly encourage dairy industry professionals to make plans to attend Process Expo where they will find new solutions and have access to leaders in the industry who will share important updates impacting the industry, on the show floor and in the education courses.

“The show floor features dairy suppliers who understand the unique needs of dairy processors and attendees will find value not only in meeting suppliers and seeing equipment first hand, but also from other food and beverage sectors.”

New for the 2019 event, The Food Processing Suppliers Association (FPSA), producers of Process Expo, have teamed up with EAS Consulting Group, LLC (EAS), which specializes in Food and Drug Administration (FDA) regulatory matters, to offer the Dairy Processing 101 course. The two-day course for dairy processors will be offered on Monday, October 7 and Tuesday, October 8.

Also new in 2019 will be a working live Dairy Production Line where Process Expo suppliers will work together to run live demonstrations of a complete dairy line on the show floor.

These demonstrations will occur several times a day throughout the show. Attendees will be able to see how different pieces of equipment can work with connecting components, learn how they can incorporate these products into their own plants, and speak with the suppliers face-to-face to discuss how they can customize the equipment for their specific needs.

More than 500 companies, covering 220,000 square feet, will offer the latest equipment for food and beverage processing and packaging at the biennial trade show and conference.

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