Conveyors speed up pretzel production

March 28, 2003
/ Print / Reprints /
/ Text Size+

East Shore Specialty Foods' new conveyor has accelerated production of specialty pretzels.
Moving pretzels is usually a hand-to-mouth exercise, but not for Hartland, Wis.-based East Shore Specialty Foods, a pretzel processor whose annual "diet" exceeds half a million pounds.

East Shore's annual rate of production has doubled since 1996, when the ex-panding company installed an elevated low-profile cleated conveyor from Dorner Mfg. Corp. The 3100 Series conveyor is equipped with a cleated belt to accommodate both a steep 60-degree incline, as well as the slippery nature of East Shore's specialty.

The conveyor replaced a lengthy, laborious manual transfer process and has increased production volume while freeing up employees for other processing duties in East Shore's 15,000-sq.-ft. plant.

East Shore's package assortments and specialty pretzels are carried by gourmet stores and catalog merchants throughout the U.S. All told, the number of outlets carrying the company's gift cannisters and packages is between 6,000 and 8,000.

The addition of the conveyor at the Hartland facility is part of a continual plant up-grading process engineered by East Shore owner Jeri Mesching.

The conveyor assists in the packaging effort by transporting pretzels from the hopper to a large scale, which is used to catch pretzels by hand and place the finished product in specialty packaging. The conveyor's belt adjustments and seated pulley bearings keep maintenance levels low and production levels high. The cleated conveyor can carry up to 150 lbs. of pretzels.

Dorner Mfg., 580 Industrial Dr., Hartland, WI 53029-0020. (414) 367-7600

Did you enjoy this article? Click here to subscribe to Food Engineering Magazine.

You must login or register in order to post a comment.



Image Galleries

Fabulous Food Plant: Paramount Citrus

Learn more about this fabulous food plant in Food Engineering's article, found here.


Burns & McDonnell project manager RJ Hope and senior project engineer Justin Hamilton discuss the distinctions between Food Safety and Food Defense as well as the implications for food manufacturers of the Food Safety Modernization Act.
More Podcasts


Food Engineering Magazine

Food engineering magazine 2014 april cover

2014 April

Catch a preview of the Powder and Bulk Show in this April 2014 edition of Food Engineering. Also, be sure to check out a coffee stick making a real stir and a major advancement in the the pet food industry.
Table Of Contents Subscribe


Food Authentication Using Bioorganic Molecules

This text provides critical tools and data needed to augment routine food analysis and enhance food safety by aiding in the detection of counterfeit, and potentially deleterious, foods.

More Products

Clear Seas Research

Clear Seas ResearchWith access to over one million professionals and more than 60 industry-specific publications,Clear Seas Research offers relevant insights from those who know your industry best. Let us customize a market research solution that exceeds your marketing goals.

Food Master

Food Master Cover 2014Food Master 2014 is now available!


Where the buying process begins in the food and beverage manufacturing market. 

Visit to learn more.


FE recent tweets