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Food Production
After developing, food products go into large scale
· Scaling up of quantities, sourcing of ingredients and
costs and considered to ensure the product will be
commercially viable
·Manufacturing spec is written ­ gives precise details
needed to make exact replica of final protype
o types and amounts of ingredients
o depth of rolling out (designated tolerances e.g
for pastry; +/- 0.5mm)
o cooking temps and times

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Production plan
· = produced to meet needs of spec
· Involves sequence of activities that result in
identical high quality finished products
· Considers all the ingredients and materials needed
· -Considers all manufacturing processes and
activities needed
· -Will have built in control checks to ensure quality
and safety (critical) of final products…read more

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Four main commercial methods of
food production
- one food product is made for specific need of
consumer e.g. wedding cake
-requires specialist skills from experienced workers
­ small scale production system making a specific no
of food product e.g bread rolls/ pastries
- Only a small no of people are involved and carry
out specific task e.g kneading…read more

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· Large nos of the same food product made e.g sliced loaf
· Manufacturing process is split into single tasks; part of
production line linked together by conveyor belt
· All or some of production is automated and uses specialist
large scale equipment
· Computers aid manufacture of food (CAM) by controlling
tasks so less workers required
· Same principle as mass but produces same product
usually 24 hours a week, seven days a week
· Used for production of popular food products
· Production line only used to manufacture one food
product and invloves expensive specialist machinery
· Completely automated process…read more

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Why are computers used in food
production? CAM
· Speed up process
· Reduce error
· Standardise production ­ make consistent product
· Can be programmed to measure a range of variables that
humans cannot, e.g moisture, consistency
· Can be programmed to perform specific tasks
· Can monitor temps to prevent food spoilage hazards
· Can monitor quality of food product at various stages
· Works well continously
· Deals with lots of info efficiently and immediatly
­ any feedback from computer monitoring that could affect
quality or safety of food product results in instant changes
being made to production run
· Avoid people handling food hence less risk of…read more

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CAM = computer aided manufacture
· CAM ­ uses computer programs to control and
monitor processes during the manufacture of food
· Examples of use
o Weighing ingredients to exact amounts
o Mixing ingredients at exact time and speed
o Chopping ingredients to exact size
o Shaping product to exact shape
o Assembling products
o Coating products (enrobing)
o Cooking food product for an exact length of time at
and exact temp…read more

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jill richardson


Very good notes on food production with the focus on the use of computers.

kyle massey


what is cooking

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