As the increasing use of technology creates the expectations of variety and fast change among people, the food industry is looking to be on the cutting edge of this trend. Adept might just have the answer.

Apter said that automation technology enables parameters of a processing system to be adjusted with a quick change of menu options on the control panel. Such flexibility is essential in the face of ever-evolving consumer preferences, he told FPD.

“New tastes are arising for reasons as diverse as health consciousness and budgetary concerns,” Apter said. “New categories such as ethnic, organic, gluten-free, sugar-free, low-fat, high-fiber, low-sodium, and caffeine-free continue to proliferate product and part types, or SKUs.”

The desire of food firms and retailers to build brands through a broadening range of portion sizes and packaging formats (including fridge packs and club-store sizes) also are driving product diversification, Apter said. Consumers also are seeking smaller-quantity packs that meet low-budget concerns.

Adept’s Quattro robot is the only one that is FDA approved. Adept also works directly with food processing companies to better understand and meet their needs. The Quattro is Adept’s answer to the increasing expectations of consumers. With the Quattro, and the understanding of the consumers wants and needs, Adept believes that they can supply the machines that will keep the food processing industry on the cutting edge.

Read more about Adept’s Quattro at foodproductiondaily.com.