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columns as opposed to horizonal, which lends
itself to a better bite. We make a puck, if you will,
and run it through the homestyle system to give
it an irregular shape, to make it look like something your grandmother would make," Urbanczyk
explains, adding, "We still have precise weight
control, so we don't have giveaway."
There are different takes on irregular and
homestyle patties, points out Urbanczyk.
"There has been a bit of an uptick in what we There has
call the 'smashburger.' Again, a small puck is been a bit of
made, but the patties are flattened on the grill an uptick in
at time of cooking," he says, citing "smashed"
what we call
or flat burgers at QSR chains like Culver's and
the 'smashSteak & Shake.
Reiser, which also made changes to its home- burger.'"
style patty machines to decrease giveaway, is John Urbanczyk
making improvements down the line as well.
"Along with our high-speed check weighing of
each patty, we now have a patent-pending stacking and loading solution that feeds into one of our
packaging machines to give longer shelf life for
fresh patties. We have introduced our new highspeed portioning system to produce 1-lb. portions
of ground product at speeds of over 150 portions
per minute to autoload into MAP packaging
machines," Kerr reports.
As consumers' preferences and attitudes
at the meat case have shifted, the brick package of case-ready ground beef has also mixed
up the meat case and spurred changes at the
processing level. "We are seeing a huge demand
for fully vacuumed brick products. Years ago,
that presentation wasn't as consumer friendly,
but now, people are starting to get used to that
and you're seeing more in grocery stores," says
Paul Kean, vice president for Risco USA, South
Accordingly, Risco has come up with solutions for such package formats. "We developed
and released earlier this year a system we call
our Ground Beef Flex line. We do ground beef
noodles into the tray, ground bricks into the thermoforming machine and patties on the same
unit, to give customers flexibility," Kean explains.
"Most lines in case-ready plants are dedicated
lines, and so this allows them to cover three
different types of product on one machine." In
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