Food Science Tours Beech-Nut

5/1/2018

Food Science Tours Beech-Nut

On Tuesday, April 24th the Food Science and Technology course taught by Chris Smith toured the Beech-Nut food processing facility in Amsterdam, New York. Students started the tour with food safety in mind. Students dressed with lab coats, safety glasses, ear plugs, hair nets, beard nets, and had to remove all of their jewelry before entering the facility. Students were then lead through the history of Beech-Nut from the beginning to its current operating state. The tour of the ¼ mile long building took students through the whole process of how butternut squash becomes baby food. From the receiving of natural product to the puree all the way to the canning machine that can fill 500 jars of butternut squash per minute! Students also observed how product moves through the facility by forklifts and automated carts and saw how cereal was made. We ended the tour of the facility with a food tasting. Most students indicated the tasting as the highlight of the trip. Students tasted various baby food products that Beech-Nut produces. Students had the opportunity to talk with two Food Technologists who are constantly working to maintain and develop the products that Beech-Nut produces. Students learned about the Food Technologists education, what they do on a normal day, and how a product goes from an idea to the production line. The food science class had the first-hand experience with the creation of a new product as they just created their own ice cream flavors in class! Kirkland Dannible, a senior at OESJ, said his favorite part of the day was “exploring a state of the art facility in our back yard which supplies the country with food.” The Food Science class would like to thank Beech-Nut for taking time out of their busy schedule to let us tour the facility.




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