Supermarket Perimeter - October 2022 - 60

OPERATIONS
BUILDING
DESIGN
by Andy Nelson
A RENEWED FOCUS ON
SANITARY DESIGN AND
CLEANABILITY, especially for
allergens, is among the dominant
trends in the design and
construction of commissaries,
central kitchens and other food
production facilities.
Cleaning between production
runs has always been important,
but food safety has become a
critical area of concern, as the
number of recalls has remained
high, said Dave Watson, food,
bakery and snacks engineering
SME for Cleveland-based
design-and-build specialist The
Austin Co.
According to the USDA, 21
products were recalled in 2021,
amounting to 15.5 million pounds
of recalled product.
" Good sanitary design
practices include the use of
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insulated metal panels (IMP)
for walls and ceilings, epoxycoated
flooring in washdown
areas, improved filtration for
HVAC systems, and an increased
number of air changes in
conditioned spaces, " Watson said.
Also trending: LED and other
energy-efficient lighting and
energy-efficient motors, as
companies get back on track with
their sustainability goals after
many were forced to put those
programs on hold during the
pandemic.
High-tech leads the way
Brad Knab of consultancy
Storemasters puts energy
efficiency No. 1 on his list of
design trends for food production
facilities.
" For smaller operations it
can be as simple as energy star
rated equipment, or LED lighting
replacement facility-wide, " he
said. " For large scale operations,
it's preserving energy going offgrid
by installing solar generators
that can run a whole store, or
a part of a food manufactures
facility. "
Coming in a close second
and third, Knab said, are
technology advancements and
advancements in automation and
robotics.
Better software and highperformance
inventory systems
are reducing the need for
warehouse space and shelf
space due to their accuracy and
on demand reports, he said.
Grocers avoid overstocking and
can expand their storage of other
crucial supplies that support
food production without moving
bricks and mortar.
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Advancements in automation
and robotics, meanwhile, are
revolutionizing how grocery
products are getting to the
shopper's basket, car, and home,
Knab said.
" The struggle for retailers
and food manufacturers to
maintain a consistent workforce
with efficiency is continually a
challenge.Larger corporations
are developing fulfillment
centers right at their distribution
centers using conveyors,
elevators, and tracks allowing
products to be prepicked in
bins without ever needing to be
placed on a shelf. "
Test kitchens to the fore
More emphasis is also being
placed on buildings that have
offer testing and product
development, Watson said.
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