Bühler Aeroglide Appoints New Director Of Product Management

Thursday, June 2nd, 2016 | 632 Views

Brian Hinkle will oversee product development in the company, where food safety continues to be an important driver.

Bühler Aeroglide, involved in thermal process engineering and technology for food, feed, and industrial materials has appointed Brian Hinkle as director of Product Management.

For the company, the voice of the customer is shaping product development as the globalisation of food production draws concerns over food safety and regulatory shortcomings. In his new multi-disciplinary role, Mr Hinkle will leverage market intelligence and customer research to uncover opportunities for new products and services, addressing critical needs in food and feed production.

“My goal is to analyse our current product portfolio and recognise emerging market needs that will help us improve and expand our market-leading portfolio,” he said. “The safety of food and feed processing is an ever growing interest as we consider global market needs, particularly for next generation dryer projects and validation tools.”

Following a product development roadmap, he will oversee development of many new products such as next generation dryer improvements in hygienic design and cleanability, to improve uptime and make food and feed production safer than ever before. He will also develop research-based tools that help food processors achieve validation of their kill step.

While many undergo a presumed kill step during production, using time and temperature as critical control points, many validations have not been performed in months or years. The company is currently developing tools that enable nut processors to validate that their roaster is delivering the desired kill step every minute of every day.

While the initial focus is on data collection and kinetics modeling protocols developed and validated for the nut industry, we are identifying new opportunities for applications in grain-based ready-to-eat snacks and breakfast cereals, said Mr Hinkle. “Food processors have asked for their own validation tools, to help them ensure food safety for the consumer as well as to protect their brands and companies.”

Most recently, Mr Hinkle served as product manager for the company’s global food and feed markets. Prior to this position, he was market manager for the North American ready-to-eat breakfast cereal and nuts and seeds market.