Customer Portrait: Jif-Pak –
Textiles that whet the appetite for more
The secret to their success is evident as soon as you walk into the
building. Nestled among the palms of Southern California, you will not find
this is a typical textile operation. This is a “gourmet” knitting mill. No t-shirts
or sweaters here. The same machinery used in the production of apparel has been
adapted to the food industry.
Jif-Pak Manufacturing in Vista, California
has become one of the leaders in the knitted netting and casings for meat and
poultry products. Food
companies use these knitted casings to give their meats or poultry products
unique flavors together with a distinctive appearance. Started
in 1990, Jif-Pak has developed this seaside location into a global supplier for
the food industry.
Jif-Pak operates from a 75,000 square foot
building producing innovative nettings and casings for some of the largest processed
meats manufacturers in the world.
Jif-Pak has developed a process in which
the knitted casings are impregnated with smoke as well as other scents and
flavors that permeate the product they wrap. From hardwood, cherry to hickory,
this is only the beginning of the smoke flavors available. You may also pick up
the smell of honey, garlic, and pineapple. These are just a sampling of the flavors,
which can be added to the knitted casing. The choices are endless.
produces this netting and casing in much the same way apparel is manufactured.
The main difference is the regulations from government agencies that oversee
food production. Many of the oils, chemicals and processes used in apparel
production are not compatible in the food industry. This requires a degree of
expertise and engineering that departs from the typical jersey and rib mill.
Being a knitting mill charged with producing food grade products is no small
task and no small investment.
Jif-Pak has a technical department that can accept almost any request for shape, color, flavor, and pattern and produce a product, which will be attractive as well as fragrant. The visual appeal and fresh cured aroma draws the customer in. This is the one of the market advantages Jif-Pak enjoys.
This mill is also never satisfied with the products they produce. Every day, new ideas from customers as well as engineers are being investigated to see if a new product is just around the corner. Maintaining a successful worldwide distribution network requires consistent quality and constant advances in current and new products for the market.
While the apparel industry is withdrawing and shifting production capacity from the USA in many sectors, the production of technical and industrial textiles has a promising future – also outside the low-wage countries. With its innovative strength, Jif-Pak is a fine example here. Groz-Beckert is supporting the company with high-quality knitting machine needles and system components
– as well as with expert consulting as to optimal use of the needles.
Contact data: Jif-Pak
1451 Engineer Street
Vista CA 92081