SideDrive conveyors provide safe transport for prepared & RTE foods

Food safety is a major concern with prepared and ready-to-eat (RTE) foods. Since prepared and RTE foods are meant to require no further processing, the presence of pathogens can be profoundly dangerous, and even fatal. Preventing pathogenic harborage is vital to the food safety of RTE foods. In fact, over the past several decades, there have been “several severe and high-profile outbreaks of food-borne illness linked to the consumption of RTE foods,” which “prompted the USDA and FDA to issue stringent rules and regulations governing the manufacturing of RTE foods.”*


SideDrive conveyors are designed with hygiene in mind. Our side-driven, plastic belting can help ensure the safety and integrity of your products.

Source: *Hwang, Andy, and Lihan Huang. Ready-to-Eat Foods: Microbial Concerns and Control Measures. CRC Press, 2010.


New call-to-action

Ideal conveyor solutions that fit your prepared foods needs


Completely configurable and modular sanitary conveying equipment offers the ultimate flexible solution for your prepared and RTE food production line. Modular by design, SideDrive’s unique conveyor configurations allow you to optimize your production space based on your individual needs. Whether you need to retrofit an existing configuration or build one from scratch, SideDrive can design and configure a custom solution that you’ve only dreamt of, until now. The possibilities are endless!

Product Card - Basic Transport

● Move products up to and down from a refrigerator

● Move products up or down between floors without lifts or elevators

● Transport goods from processing to packaging

Product Card - Process Needs

● When you need an instance of ‘time’ in your process to cool or cure

● Can be used when time is needed between processes

Product Card - unique configurations

● Fully-customizable

● Build systems around existing equipment or facility infrastructure

● Infinite shapes and elevations, including oblong, alpine, and square turns to follow the perimeter of a room if needed


Adaptable conveyors for prepared and RTE foods


SideDrive sanitary conveyors are perfect for prepared and RTE products, whether they’re naked or in a primary or secondary package. Some examples include:
  • Lunch meats & poultry
  • Rigid containers of deli salads
  • Rigid containers and bags of salads
  • Desserts
  • Wrapped sandwiches
  • Pouches of baby and toddler foods
  • Bags, cartons and pouches of snacks
  • Pouches of dry sausage
  • Rigid containers and squeeze pouches of nut butters
  • Cannabis edibles
image column 1 dnd_area-module-12
image column 2 dnd_area-module-12
image column 3 dnd_area-module-12

Sanitary conveyors that protect your RTE products

Prepared and RTE foods require strict quality control and food safety practices in order to ensure their food safety and integrity.

Conveyors made with food-safe materials protect your product from contamination. Transferless and spiral conveyors safely handle prepared and RTE foods and prevent breakage. The gentle motion of the side-drive edge-driven conveyor belting keeps your products from moving around, preventing breakage and helping maintain integrity. Additionally, plastic belting prevents damage or marks caused by its rigid metal counterpart and helps reduce product loss due to adhesion.

Pop-Tarts WEB

Naked Products
Packaged Pop-Tarts WEB

Primary Packages
Boxed Pop-Tarts WEB

Secondary Packages

Sanitation made simple with SideDrive’s sanitary conveyors


Listeria and Salmonella are just a couple of bacterial pathogens that can jeopardize your product’s safety. According to the American Meat Science Association, “Salmonella is the most frequently reported bacterial cause of foodborne illness in the U.S. (...) In contrast to raw meats and poultry, ready-to-eat (RTE) meats contaminated with Salmonella spp. are considered adulterated (USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service, 2012a). As such, FSIS conducts testing for Salmonella in RTE products.”*

Proper hygienic design and simplicity of washdown are crucial to the success of food processing and packaging solutions, particularly in helping prevent bacterial harborage. SideDrive conveyors are hygienically designed to be compatible with food-safe production lines. With an open, drumless design, unique food-safe edge-driven belt technology and a number of sanitary features, SideDrive spiral conveyors are the most hygienic on the market and provide a conveyor solution for your food safety plan.

The small footprint of SideDrive spiral conveyors is beneficial for easy accessibility, cleaning and sanitation. Hygienic features and plastic belting make washdown more effective. These features include:

  • Food-safe materials
  • Sloped surfaces for easy run-off
  • Cantilevered, stainless, open-frame design
  • Plate frame structure easy for cleaning
  • Hygienic feet
  • Continuous welds to prevent harborage of bacteria
  • Welded standoffs that separate parallel surfaces
  • Solid UHMW wearstrips

Source: * AMS. Salmonella Fact Sheet. American Meat Science Association. 

Prepare your production line for success

Contact Us Now