How to Properly Probe Product in a Smokehouse

Accurate temperature readings in your smokehouse are essential for improving yields, consistency, and food safety.

Unfortunately, a lot of smokehouse operators don’t know how to properly use a temperature probe. This means that temperatures are not being measured precisely — which gives way to varying degrees of product yields and consistency on the same truck and can result in a costly recall.

Proper probing is a relatively simple task, but it needs to be done consistently every single time.

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beef sticks

How to Step Cook Beef Sticks for Improved Yields and Consistency

Despite supply issues, the popularity of meat sticks remains on the rise.

In 2021, processors made a combined total of over $1.83 billion in sales for meat snacks at convenience stores alone– with meat sticks as the leading category. That’s up from $466 million in 2015 – almost a 1.5 billion dollar increase in six years!

Clearly, Americans love their meat sticks.

This sudden growth in popularity has left processors looking for ways to optimize their meat stick operation — to grab a larger share of the industry, outprice the competition, and make more money.

More specifically, it has put a lot of pressure on processors to improve yields and consistency in order to compete for those dollars.

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vacuum tumblers

Your Guide to Henneken Brand Vacuum Tumblers

Purchasing a vacuum tumbler can be a daunting task.

Do a quick Google search for “vacuum tumbler” and you’ll find thousands of options to choose from — all claiming to be the best on the market.

So how do you know which vacuum tumbler is right for YOUR specific meat product?

We laid out a process below to help you choose.

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single needle brine injectors

4 Benefits of Single Needle Brine Injectors

A brine injector is an essential piece of equipment for any meat processing company.

These machines are used to inject a brine mixture into the meat to add weight and flavor, which ultimately leaves more money in your pocket.

Uncooked meat and poultry products are typically sold by weight. Meaning, if you can make your product weigh more, look better, and cook better for the consumer, you can charge a premium price.

A brine injector allows you to do that — and gives the consumer a better experience when they cook your product.

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2021 donations

Fusion Tech Makes Donations to 10 Non-Profits

Supporting local and national charities is a key value here at Fusion Tech.

Since 2017, we’ve hosted a vote where our clients, community, and employees could choose which charity would receive our end-of-year donation. It’s been widely successful year after year, gaining hundreds and sometimes thousands of votes.

When the COVID pandemic hit, we donated a percentage of the sale of our COVID guards to local food pantries to help those in our region hit the hardest by lockdowns and loss of jobs.

It’s just part of our DNA. We give back out of the success we’ve received.

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column dumper safety

4 Ways Investing in a Column Dumper Can Improve Safety

Lifting is a primary cause of injury in the food processing industry.

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reports, around a quarter of all manufacturing sector accidents happen in the food and beverage industry — with most of those injuries due to repetitive or improper lifting.

That should come as no surprise.

The most common tasks performed in the food processing industry are considered risk factors for injury. These include lifting, moving, handling, loading, and maintaining an awkward body position, such as when stirring product in large vats.

Investing in lift assist devices, such as a column dumper, is essential for reducing the risk of injury.

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Step Cook Beef Jerky

How to Step Cook Beef Jerky for Improved Yields and Consistency

The popularity of beef jerky is at an all-time high.

According to research done by the Simmons National Customer Survey (NHCS) in 2019 and the U.S. Census, approximately 50% of the U.S. population, which is nearly 160 million people, eat meat snacks and beef jerky regularly.

Americans love their beef jerky! So much so that, according to data from IRI, dollar sales of jerky increased 18.2% year-over-year at the start of 20211. Compare that to last year, the category had only grown about 1% year-over-year2.

This increased growth has put a lot of pressure on processors to improve yields and consistency in order to compete for those dollars.

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food pantries

Fusion Tech Donates over $45,000 to Local Food Pantries

Fusion Tech is proud to announce that as of today, we have donated a total of $45,807 to support local food pantries during the COVID-19 pandemic.

At the start of the pandemic, we developed a solution to facilitate social distancing at meat and poultry processing plants — mounting polycarbonate shields between employees to help processing plants stay open — as a way to help our customers and help prevent the spread of the virus.

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MFG Day 2020

3 Unique Resources to Make MFG Day Fun

Friday is national Manufacturing Day (MFG DAY) — a day set aside each year to show the reality of modern manufacturing and encourage the next generation to consider a manufacturing career.

Created by Founding Partner Fabricators and Manufacturers Association, International in 2012, MFG DAY is a celebration of modern manufacturing meant to inspire the next generation of manufacturers.

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How to Choose the Best Meat Slicer

Choosing the best meat slicer for your application can be tricky.

Don’t believe me? Jump on Google and do a quick search for “meat slicers”. You’ll end up getting over 8.6 MILLION results — almost all claiming to be the best meat slicer you can buy.

So how do you choose the best meat slicer for your needs?

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