What's it like to work in a food production or food processing plant?
According to Wikipedia, food processing and food production refers to the methods and techniques used to transform raw ingredients into food for human consumption. Food processing takes clean, harvested or slaughtered and butchered components and uses them to produce marketable food products.
Doherty hires people for food production and food processing jobs on a daily basis. The type of work they do depends on the method of food production. There are several different ways in which food can be produced.
- One Off Food Production. This method is used when customers make an order for something to be made to their own specifications, for example a wedding cake. The making of One Off Products could take days depending on how intricate the design is and also the ability of the chef making the product.
- Batch Food Production. This method is used when the size of the market for a product is not clear, and where there is a range within a product line. A certain number of the same goods will be produced to make up a batch or run. This method involves estimating the number of customers that will want to buy that product.
- Mass Food Production. This method is used when there is a mass market for a large number of identical products, for example, chocolate bars, ready meals and canned food. The product passes from one stage of production to another along a production line.
- Just In Time Food Production. This method of production is mainly used in sandwich bars of restaurants such as Subway. All the components of the product are there and the customer chooses what they want in their product and it is made fresh in front of them.