Food-grade range providing recipe for success

While all manufacturers need to use silicones, greases, lubricants, sealants and so forth, those in the food and beverage sector have special requirements for these products. CRC Industries offers a full range which meets these high standards.

As a manufacturers of chemical maintenance products for nearly 60 years, CRC Industries has made a commitment to providing the best solutions for customers in the food and beverage industries.

The company recognises the issues facing today’s food processors and manufacturers as they relate to the use of maintenance chemicals, which is why many of Australia’s well-known brand manufacturers use CRC Food Grade.

In manufacturing its range of solutions for the food and beverage sector, CRC has successfully anticipated and adapted to changing regulations to ensure compliance standards are not only met, but exceeded.

CRC understands that food safety is a primary concern across the entire supply chain. Food processors and packaging manufacturers have an obligation to keep their plants running efficiently, while preventing contamination of their goods.

To help minimise the risk of maintenance, repair and operations (MRO) chemicals across all food processing and non-production areas, CRC developed the HACCP Certified Greenlight Food Safety Program – a visual identification labelling program that ensures maintenance employees use and store MRO chemicals in the proper locations and in accordance with audit requirements.

The CRC GreenLight Food Safety Program involves the use of separate cabinets to store only food specific products, posters to show where these products can be used and folders of SDS, allergen certification and other useful information to assist with internal and external compliance.

In conjunction with the GreenLight Program, CRC offers a wide range of maintenance chemicals that are registered by standard developer NSF International, HACCP Certified and approved for use in food processing.

The company also works closely with maintenance departments across the food and beverage sector, offering food safety training courses, industry-leading food safety solutions as well as third-party certification of products enabling plants to reduce the number of chemicals in use.

CRC Industries Australia managing director, Shona Fitzgerald said the company brought a strong and diverse product offering, tailor made for applications in the food and beverage industry.


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“CRC can help meet the challenges of today’s highly regulated environment by offering a full line of specialty chemical products custom-matched to meet every application need,’’ said Fitzgerald.

“CRC always has the right solution for our customers’ MRO and audit challenges based on our commitment to innovation and industry compliance, strong process understanding, vast product range, distribution networks and training programs.”

“Through these measures, we take great pride in providing food and beverage customers with competitive advantages in productivity, labour management, equipment maintenance and above all safety,’’ she said.

Starting with one product, the multi-purpose lubricant CRC Corrosion Inhibitor, CRC Industries began in a Pennsylvania garage in 1958 as Corrosion Reaction Consultants.

Today, CRC has evolved into a global supplier of speciality chemical solutions, manufacturing in excess of 1,300 products to meet the unique needs of the industrial and electrical, automotive, marine, food and beverage, mining and manufacturing sectors.

CRC Industries services a vast international client base with the manufacture and distribution of its specialty products throughout Australia and the Asia Pacific, the Americas, Europe and the Middle East. The company operates 26 facilities around the world, producing more than 80 million aerosol products each year and is a leader in product quality, performance and regulatory compliance.

The company places strict controls on its product development and manufacturing processes, starting with the finest raw materials and continuing with consistent, high quality manufacturing techniques and rigorous testing.

CRC Industry’s speciality products for the food and beverage industry include food grade silicones and greases, chain lubes and belt dressings, anti-seize compounds, sealants, machinery oils, gear oils penetrants, lubricants and more in a range of sizes and delivery systems to suit individual needs.

With an uncompromising commitment to safety, innovation, service and customer satisfaction underlying everything that it does, the company understands the knowledge, expertise and processes needed to succeed the food industry.

The company is pleased to be playing its part in helping food and beverage operators succeed through the delivery of safe, reliable and proven technologies and services.

Bayer to buy Monsanto in major deal for world food

Farm chemical company Bayer AG has signed a deal to acquire weed-killer maker Monsanto in a $US66 billion ($A88 billion) deal that could reshape the global food industry.

AAP reports that the deal, which is the biggest all-cash takeover in history, is now subject to approval by Monsanto shareholders and anti-trust regulators.

Together the two companies will become the world’s biggest maker of seeds and pesticides with significant influence over how foods are developed and supplied.

“We are pleased to announce the combination of our two great organisations. This represents a major step forward for our Crop Science business and reinforces Bayer’s leadership position as a global innovation driven Life Science company with leadership positions in its core segments, delivering substantial value to shareholders, our customers, employees and society at large,” said Werner Baumann, CEO of Bayer AG (pictured left, with Hugh Grant, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Monsanto).

As the SMH reports, Robb Fraley, Monsanto’s chief technology officer echoed Baumann and claimed the deal as a step forward for the agricultural sector

“The whole agricultural industry around the world is basically going thru a transformation. It’s the last big industry in the world to be digitised,” said Fraley. “This allows to make more investments, have more capabilities and build better products for farmers, that they can use to grow crops with higher yields … and farm better, farm smarter.”

However, the deal will not be without controversy. Some environmentalists claim the growth in the use of genetically modified seeds (which Monsanto is heavily involved in)  is potentially unsafe for humans and the environment.

A National Academies of Sciences panel of experts said in May that there is no evidence for this but added that more research is needed.





BOC opens CO2 plant in NZ

BOC has opened a CO2 capture and purification plant at Refining NZ’s Marsden Point oil refinery, ensuring long-term CO2 supply for the food processing, beverage, wine, meat and dairy industries.

Colin Isaac, BOC South Pacific Managing Director, said the NZ$40m ($37m) plant can purify up to 50,000 tonnes of food-grade liquid CO2 annually and features innovative technology that allows the industrial gas supplier to exceed internationally recognised food and beverage standards.

“This new plant has significantly increased our CO2 capture and purification capability and storage capacity in New Zealand, allowing us to meet future increases in CO2 demand and providing reliability of supply to large volumes of CO2 to customers in high consumption industries such as the major dairy export market,” Isaac said.

Underpinned by a long-term agreement with Refining NZ exceeding 15 years, BOC will purify the CO2 by-product from the oil refining process into food-grade CO2 at its processing plant.

Sjoerd Post, Refining NZ Chief Executive Officer described the opening of the BOC plant opposite the refinery as a “win-win” for New Zealand business.

“Taking a by-product to use as an essential feed-stock is a significant growth opportunity for manufacturers and exporters. At the same time it creates a revenue stream for Refining NZ independent of refining margins and the exchange rate. “We’ve worked closely with our colleagues at BOC to make this a reality and are delighted to finally see the CO2 plant up and running,” he said.

CO2 is used for carbonation of beverages, as a chilling agent in the food industry, modified atmosphere packaging of dairy and other food products, pH control on pH balancing applications and as an industrial solvent. Industries that use CO2 includes dairy, food, beverage, petrochemical, water and environmental.