In today’s highly regulated food industry, you need a partner with a wealth of experience and know-how to guide you through the complex maze of food processing and food safety regulations intended to reduce the risk of food contamination and provide farm-to-table traceability. The WEBBER/SMITH Group® branded companies have been designing food-safe facilities for more than 40 years. Every day our dedicated team of design professionals create proven and innovative food-safe environments that enable you to comply with USDA, FDA/FSMA, HACCP/HARPC, SQF, BRC and cGMP regulations.
Convenience, Fresh, Clean Label, Better-For-You, Natural and Organic, Allergen-Free, Gluten-Free continue to be drivers in the Prepared Foods/Fresh categories. The growth of Ready-To-Eat (RTE) and Ready-To-Cook (RTC) meals, fresh fruit and vegetables, and deli case products has increased the level of expertise needed by design teams to create food-safe environments. Many small to mid-tier branded and private label prepared foods companies, and more than half of Food Processing’s Top 100 companies, place their trust in The WEBBER/SMITH Group® branded companies to meet their food-safe engineering and building design needs.
Fluid Milk, ESL and UHT Milk Products, Dried Milk Products, Butter, Ice Cream, Cultured Milk Products (Yogurt, Cottage Cheese, and Sour Cream), Traditional and Artisan Cheeses, Milk-based Beverages, and Non-Dairy Alternatives – you name it, The WEBBER/SMITH Group® branded companies have designed food-safe facilities to produce them all!
The Meat and Poultry Industry is the largest segment of U.S. agriculture. Recent consumer trends show US per capita Egg and Seafood consumption is increasing, as is the popularity of case-ready Fresh Meat and Poultry and Dried and Fermented Meats (Charcutier). The USDA (Meat, Poultry, and Egg products) and, to a lesser degree, the FDA (Seafood) heavily regulate the animal protein market. The WEBBER/SMITH Group® branded companies are actively engaged in meeting the expansion demands of Meat Packing, Meat and Poultry Processing, Egg Processing, and Aquaculture clients by designing food-safe facilities that dramatically reduce the risk of pathogen growth and cross-contamination.
Marshmallows, Gummies & Jellies, Caramels & Toffees, Hard-Boiled Sweets, Gums & Mints, White Chocolate, Milk Chocolate, and Dark Chocolate treats have been an important part of life’s celebrations for hundreds of years. Product & packaging innovation, increasing urban populations with attendant retail expansion, and economic growth in advanced and emerging economies are expected to drive confectionery market growth over the next decade. Although the production of confectioneries typically does not pose a significant pathogen contamination risk, foreign object and cross-contamination, allergen separation & controls, dust and explosive atmosphere risks are all areas that The WEBBER/SMITH Group® branded companies address in our approach to designing clean, food-safe Confectionary processing facilities.
The traditional wholesale bakery, biscuit & cracker, and fried snack markets are evolving by responding to changing consumer tastes and preferences towards more nutritious, convenient, clean-label, meal replacement, artisan & specialty, and premium indulgent offerings. Pathogen contamination, foreign object and cross-contamination, allergen separation & controls, dust and explosive atmosphere are all risks that must be carefully analyzed and optimally addressed in the design of Bakery & Snack Food manufacturing plants. The WEBBER/SMITH Group® branded companies have a long history of designing clean, food-safe, and cost-effective Bakery and Snack Food manufacturing facilities.
With pets becoming members of the family for increasing numbers of households, expenditures on healthy, high-quality food are expected to rise. This is amplified by increasing demand of premium pet foods, beyond simple economy products. In the U.S., pet food is one of the most highly regulated of all food products. The FDA regulates finished dry and wet pet food products, treats and chews, and all ingredients used to produce them. Our experience designing food-safe human food facilities for more than 40 years, and our recent experience with helping clients achieve FSMA compliance, enables us to add value and reduce risk on your next pet food renovation, expansion, or greenfield project.
The beverage industry consists of alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages. While per capita consumption of alcoholic beverages is not increasing, there is a slow but steady shift away from beer towards wine & spirits. Per capita consumption of non-alcoholic drinks is increasingly driven by bottled water, coffees, and teas, while consumption of carbonated soft drinks continues to decline. New product innovations offering value-added nutritional benefits are rapidly being introduced to the beverage industry. The design professionals at The WEBBER/SMITH Group® branded companies are ready to add value and reduce risk on your next beverage renovation, expansion, or greenfield project.
The Food Ingredient Market supplies the entire Food & Beverage Industry. As overall food and beverage consumption increases with population and economic growth, the Ingredient Industry is in the enviable position of reaping the cumulative benefit of all food and beverage industry segments growth. The production of food and beverage ingredients can be process intensive requiring a partner that understands complex processes and the necessity of creating food-safe environments. Pathogen, foreign object and cross-contamination, allergen separation & controls, dust and explosive atmosphere risks are all areas that foreign object and cross-contamination, allergen separation & controls, dust and explosive atmosphere risks are all areas that The WEBBER/SMITH Group® branded companies address in our approach to designing Food-Safe Ingredient processing facilities.