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to highly automated packaging systems that bulk pack
them for foodservice or vertically form/fill/seals (VFFS)
and cartons them for retail accounts.
"It's a big advantage to have that range and flexibility,"
Mr. Kemper said. "We're not afraid of a 5-million-lb annual project. At the same time, we get so many opportunities for limited-time offers and new product projects
that just may be 150,000 lb in size."
To accommodate a wider breadth of accounts,
Kemper Foods recently divided its operation into two
plants in one building. Starting in February, the larger,
35,000-sq-ft plant manufactures nut-butter products
while the smaller, nut-free, USDA-inspected facility
can pump out snacks ranging from "killer beer cheese"
in a pretzel to whatever product developers dream up.

Investing to foster innovation
To ride a roller coaster of new product requests,
Kemper Foods relies on a product portfolio it has developed over the past three decades. "We have so many
dough formulas to mention - rye, bagel, biscuit, Latin
American and naan doughs. It all depends on what the
customer wants and what holds up better depending
on the filling," Mr. Kemper explained.
Fillings include meat, cheese, fruit and nut butters.
"We've done cobbler bites with a buttermilk biscuit or a
butter-flake dough with cherry- or blackberry-pie filling in it," he added. "We're versatile enough to control
the temperature of the production room, temperature
of the water or mix, and even proofing, baking or steam
times. If it can be encrusted on a Rheon machine, we
can do it."
It's not surprising that Mr. Kemper mentions Rheon,
which has partnered with him since he first started
in the food business in the mid-1980s. Back then, the
company made 1-oz filled breakfast biscuits called
Sunrizerz by hand. At one point, about 40 workers
used rolling pins for the dough, melon scoops for the
sausage and cheese filling, and, after laying another
dough sheet over it all, relied on shot glasses to portion out the pieces before proofing and baking. "We
had no money - just a no-mess, on-the-go product,"
Mr. Kemper recalled.
A little automation went a long way. The first Rheon
KN 100 Cornucopia model reduced labor, improved
product consistency and produced more biscuits at
a lower cost. Today, Kemper Foods has 19 of the latest Rheon machines, with 13 being owned by Kemper
Foods and six by a dedicated customer. Not surprisingTop: After freezing, frozen baked snacks travel up bucket conveyors, through
one of two weighing systems to VFFS packaging below.
Bottom: A battery of encrusting machines creates tens of thousands of mini
snacks an hour.
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Baking & Snack March 2020
Contents
editorial - Finding new ways to fill the gap
newsfront
news - people/in brief
news trends snapshot
Special report - A whole new world
Operations - Fearless innovation
Trends - Pie in the sky
Formulation - Race against time
Formulation - Climbing for the claim
Equipment - Proofing the rule
Equipment - Looking out for trouble
Operations - Ready for rehab
Equipment - The it factor
Special report (Meeting Preview: TIA) - Boosting industry success
Special report (Meeting Preview: IFT) - Winds of change
Events
Featured innovation center - Puratos: Moving local to motivate
Ingredients & formulating
Equipment & packaging
Patents
New on the shelf
Marketplace
Ad index
New product spotlight - Fresh out of the oven
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