Continuous Improvement at Heartland Catfish


Heartland Catfish

When Heartland Catfish decided to build their own processing plant in 1995, the Tackett Family chose to distinguish their company from the competition by setting the standard for excellence in the catfish processing industry. Instead of adhering to the status quo, the management team decided to design a state-of-the-art facility that merged the best of the industry standards for filleting with the latest technology.

Food Labeling SystemWhen Heartland chose to automate their labeling process, they chose CAT2 to install a new computerized weighing and labeling system, which improved the company’s operating efficiency.

CAT2‘s in-motion systems include automatic print-and-apply and label verification functions. Our weigh-price labeling option produces labels based on product weight. “Our next goal is to go entirely paperless. Of course, we chose CAT2 to implement their Food Safety Quality Management (FSQM) solution,” said Tim Millwood, vice president of operations.

Heartland CatfishFSQM allows companies to collect HACCP, food safety, quality, downtime, plant monitoring, and facility data. The system also alarms personnel if a process is out of control. If a check exceeds set limits, the system alerts appropriate personnel via text message or email and walks the operator through corrective action steps and generates an electronic CAPA form. FSQM will change Heartland’s process from reactive to proactive and drive continuous improvement throughout their operations.

“FSQM’s capabilities are especially key in helping Heartland in the transition period as FSIS implements their inspection process,” says Millwood. In March 2016, the USDA will begin an 18-month transitional implementation period for both domestic and international catfish producers. CAT2‘s systems are designed to meet all regulatory requirements. Additionally, our training staff are required to be HACCP-certified. We strive to support our customers through the ever-changing regulatory environment.

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