Pumps for the meat industry

The meat industry is the largest sector of the food processing industry.

Cutter for grinding and mixing meat in the meat industry

Die meat industry is an important part and employer of the German economy. The sector comprises the production, processing and distribution of meat and meat products from livestock farming. Over 10 million tons of meat and meat products are produced in Germany every year. However, demand is declining across Germany. In 2021, the German meat industry had almost 9% less turnover than in the previous year. However, sales in the meat industry are increasing worldwide.

The meat industry in Germany

The meat industry in Germany is a manufacturing sector of food industry, or the food industry. Within the manufacturing sector, there are three sub-areas. The sub-areas include, on the one hand, the battles of poultry or other animals and, on the other hand, meat processing and related production process. Associated companies include livestock processing companies, meat packaging for end consumers, meat wholesalers and foreign trade in livestock and meat. These interest groups are from Meat Industry Association (VDF) defined. The processing of ready meals and convenience food is part of another sector of the economy.

On the part of the slaughtering of poultry This also includes the preparation and subsequent packaging of the meat. As is the production of fresh and frozen meat and the omission of poultry fats. The extraction of feather and down also falls within this sub-area.

The slaughter of other animals includes the Slaughtering of beef, pigs, lambs and a few more. This includes the production of fresh meat and frozen meat. In addition, slaughterhouse waste must be taken care of. Animal fats and bacon must also be omitted here and processed separately.

After all, the meat processing sector includes manufacturing. Dried, salted and smoked meat is produced. Meat products are also produced. Meat products include sausages, pies, meat products, lard meat, canned meat and cooked ham.

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The turnover of the meat industry worldwide

The global meat turnover in 2022 amounts to around €1,078.00 billion. A further increase in sales is forecast. This is expected to be 6.72% in 2027.

The reason for this is the continuous World population growth and the increase in Meat prices. The main reasons for this increase are the increasing shortage of global supply and increasing demand due to the corona pandemic.

The standard of living Humanity also plays an important role. More and more people can afford meat. Something has also changed in the minds of many people. Many consume a lot more conscious Meat and pay more attention to their health. This has also led to people relying more on poultry meat, as it contains less fat and more protein.

What is referred to as industrial meat?

In the meat industry, a distinction is made between fresh and processed meat. In recent years, the section on meat substitutes has been added. The industrially processed meat includes ham, bacon, various sausages, roasts and cold cuts. Meat substitute includes all herbal substitutes.

In October 2019, humans were able to grow meat in a laboratory for the first time. meat grown in the laboratory, including as in vitro meat, or laboratory meat , is intended to solve the global problems of the meat industry.

How does the industrial production of meat work and what role do industrial pumps play?

Um industrial meat To produce, slaughter cattle must be kept and produced. With the help of factory farming, as many animals as possible can be kept, fed and slaughtered in a short period of time. The animals are then slaughtered in state-controlled slaughterhouses. A distinction is made between hot and cold slaughtering. So-called muscle rigidity sets in shortly after slaughter. As a result, the muscle fibers harden due to the drop in the pH value. After about 24 hours, the pH rises again and the meat becomes tender and juicy. If the meat hangs upside down for a few more days, the tenderness and also the characteristic aroma increase. This is caused by so-called meat maturation. During meat maturation, a number of biochemical, enzymatic and microbiological processes take place from which the taste can benefit.

The further journey of meat takes it to specialized companies in the meat chain. There they become a variety of fresh meat products, sausages, meat products and further processes canned meat. This involves deboning the unprocessed meat and cutting it into smaller pieces. This is followed by butchers or to the fresh food counter in the supermarket. There it is sold as pork chop, steak or schnitzel. If the meat is to be further processed, it goes to processing Fleischfabriken. These eventually convert it into sausage, meat products and canned meat. To make the meat last longer, it helps to pickle, smoke, cook, bake, roast or grill the meat.

In the production of sausages with meat filling, for example, Kutter or even use meat grinders. Die raw mass In bratwurst, it is used as Braet referred to. The meat is shredded in a cutter, mixed and dried with the addition of 2—2.2% salt and 3 g cutter aid per kg of meat mass. 2 to 3 batches of ice cream are then added. Finally, the mass passes through the emulsion point at a temperature of 5 to 8 degrees Celsius. The process is complete and the meat is ready for further processing at 12 degrees Celsius.

Meat processing companies are working after HACCP rules, the international standard for securing the production process. In German, HACCP includes the risk analysis of critical control points. The idea behind it is harmless groceries to produce.

In meat processing companies, meat is mixed and ground in addition to processing. Labeling and packaging are also part of the remit of these companies.

Production line and packaging in the meat industry

When choosing the pump for the production of these various processed meat products There are a few things to pay attention to. Special gear dosing pumps or rotary lobe pumps for co-extrusion machines are used in the production of sausages. In an extrusion process, viscous materials in particular are pressed through an opening using pressure.

In general, positive displacement pumps are the same as with media higher viscosities is common, also suitable in the meat industry. It is important to use special pumps which can come into contact with salty media. Surfaces that are suitable are bronze, duplex or other types of stainless steel.

A flat construction without dead spaces, problem-free SIP-CIP system cleaning, a compact design and versatile assembly are also particularly important for the meat industry.

All of these points are met by our wobble ring pump from pumpsystems.

You can find out more about this in our product brochures or on our webpage find. After a brief consultation, it is possible to rent or, of course, buy your individually adapted wobble ring pump at short notice.

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The future of the meat industry

Even though meat consumption is declining in Germany, meat consumption remains high worldwide. With laboratory meat and plant-based substitutes, more and more people are becoming an alternative to meat products given. This is also how the meat industry a new way to generate sales.

In vitro meat contains cell cultures from real animal cells, which are propagated using so-called tissue breeding.

If you are interested in the production process of vegan substitute products and the use of pumping systems in this segment, you can find them in our next article.

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