Observations and evaluations in all segments of the beverage arena reveal that the constant change syndrome (CCS) is alive and well, thus creating processing technology and methodology changes at a much faster rate than at any time in the past several years. It is a domino effect that presents a constant concern to producers because of the real-time importance of beverage processing.
Because processing is the first step in the supply chain, it is important to assess how various stages have evolved — from manual batch type operations to automated, computerized and in-line processing. When evaluating one’s supply chain, evidence that suggests the need for improvement also implicates that an evolution in the process could be needed. These could include new materials development, handling and regulation; machinery and equipment design, compatibility, and utilization; and other related integral technology advances.