Food & Beverage Industry Equipment Appraisal
Accurate valuation of food processing equipment demands awareness of the varied segments of the industry and an understanding of the specialized machinery and equipment used in the industry. We realize that each food processing operation is different. We take the time to understand your operation, including equipment used in packaging, sanitizing and safety. We thoroughly research the various components and speciality equipment in each facility we appraise, considering the operation as a whole and looking at any economic trends that may influence market values. You can depend on our appraisal reports to provide solid support for the values we provide.
One important consideration in calculating equipment value is how and when the equipment is used. We recognize that food processing is part of the agricultural cycle, especially in primary food processing.
Equipment for primary food processing is generally used seasonally, at harvest. We see this with regional agricultural processing: rice & grain milling, tomato paste processing, olive oil pressing, wine making, nut and fruit processing, frozen foods, fresh greens and other produce, including herbs, and milk. Equipment for secondary food processing industries is used consistently year-round, transforming primary products into items such as fresh prepared foods, bakeries and dairies or staples such as snacks and pet food.
Awareness of equipment usage cycles is critical in appraisal. In one property tax appeal, we helped a food processing client markedly reduce taxes by showing that the subject equipment had a much shorter Normal Useful Life than the tax assessor’s estimate. Our report explained that since the equipment ran 24/7 processing fresh prepared foods, the resulting wear and tear put it on the fast track for physical depreciation even with the business’ excellent maintenance program.
Appraising Regional Ag Harvest Processing
Located in the center of California’s agricultural industry, we take a special interest in nut processing equipment, rice milling, olive oil processing and winery equipment. We stay up-to-date on the latest production equipment and are proud to say that we appraised one of the first Flash Détente extractors used in California wine production!
Food Packaging & Distribution
We’re also aware that every aspect of food and beverage processing includes some kind of packaging, whether fresh produce into boxes for supermarket delivery or individually sealed packets of snack or luxury food. Many foods demand specialized equipment for processing and packaging, such as the perforated bags for pre-washed salad mixes. Our thorough and well-researched equipment appraisals for food processing include packaging production lines for solids, powders, liquids, and gels: bottling, canning, bags, shrink wrap, Aseptic containers, boxes, jars and flexible pouches. We also specialize in Food Distribution equipment appraisals, including trucks and trailers.
Equipment Appraisal Reports
Our machinery and equipment appraisal reports are the work of an Accredited Senior Appraiser (ASA) in Machinery & Technical Specialties, the designation awarded by the American Society of Appraisers to educated, experienced and qualified individuals in the specialized equipment appraisal industry.
Call us at 530.795.5536 for a free consultation regarding your food processing equipment appraisal needs.
We appraise all food processing equipment equipment — and related equipment — including:
Food Processing Equipment
- Cooling & Oil Striping
- Packaging & Weighing Equipment
- Peeling, Snipping & Slicing Equipment
- Unloading & Handling Equipment
- Meat Presses
- Oil Filters, Transfer & Storage
- Washing & Dewatering Equipment
- Bottling lines