Hormel Foods Corporation, headquartered in Austin, MN, has announced that the Hormel Compleats microwave meals packaging line at its Progressive Processing LLC production facility located in Dubuque, Iowa, has been recognized as the “Packaging Line of the Year” for 2010 by Packaging Machinery Technology magazine for its innovative design, production efficiency and sustainability achievements.
New and renovated packaging lines in the U.S. and Canada were eligible for the award. Entries were evaluated by the packaging line’s contribution to the company’s actual or projected long-term business plan; level of innovation in design; integration of machinery to optimize productivity; use of new automation and software technologies; worker safety innovation and environmental impact, among other criteria.
The fully integrated Hormel Compleats microwave meals packaging line at Progressive Processing fills and seals more than 240 microwavable meal trays per minute, then loads trays into the retort crate. From there, the fully cooked microwavable meals are unloaded and wrapped with branded sleeves, loaded into cases and the cases are then loaded onto pallet trays and stretch wrapped.
Progressive Processing, which was awarded LEED Gold certification in July, currently produces the Hormel Compleats microwave meals plus Hormel and Valley Fresh chunk chicken.
Executives from Hormel Foods will be honored with an award at the PACK EXPO International 2010 conference–October 31-November 3, 2010–at McCormick Place in Chicago.