Food processing and packaging procurement teams share duties

A new study from PMMI Business Intelligence, Trends in Food Processing Operations, reveals most food manufacturing plants combine processing and packaging teams for both procurement and operations.

Food processing and packaging procurement team share duties
Food processing and packaging procurement team share duties

Eighty-five percent of the respondents reported sharing procurement duties, and 60% manage their packaging and processing operations with the same team. Combining the teams provides consistency throughout the manufacturing/packaging process, according to respondents. Even when combining buying duties, 40% of those studied still operate two separate departments, one for processing, one for packaging.

One process control engineer added, “Preventive maintenance is handled by the same engineering team for both processing and packaging, but production operations are run separately.”

Departments or individuals involved in procurement include: Engineering (48%), Central Procurement (24%), Owner (10%), Operations director (5%), Production (5%), and Plant Manager (5%).

Source: PMMI Business Intelligence: Trends in Food Processing Operations, 2017.

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