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Kek-Gardner keep Orchard Valley Foods in the mix
Since its launch in 2004, Orchard Valley Foods (OVF) has gone from strength to strength, turning over £9.5 million in sales in 2010-11. The food ingredients specialist based in Tenbury Wells, Worcestershire supplies a wide range of food ingredients for a variety of applications including confectionary, bakery, ice cream, flavoured coatings, beverages and breakfast cereals.
They pride themselves on flexibility and attention to detail, which was exactly what Managing Director Mike Forrester needed when specifying a new mixer and sifter for the company's blending and packing operation. The equipment needed to be flexible enough to accommodate a variety of different recipes and ingredients whist maintaining OVF's exacting standards. Having dealt with Kek-Gardner in the past, he had no hesitation in contacting them again for his new equipment. As Mike comments “We are committed to meeting our customers' requirements and Kek-Gardner were happy to discuss the process and work around what we needed".
Trials at Kek-Gardner’s technology centre confirmed that the equipment would meet the requirements both in terms of flexibility, throughput and product quality. As a result a Gardner 1500 litre Plough Mixer and a Kek K650C Centrifugal Sifter were installed at Orchard Valley Foods.
The equipment is part of the blending and packing operation, which processes cake mixes, flavoured icings and sugars. Initially, the dry ingredients are transferred from a sack tip unit to the K650C sifter for policing before being dropped into the 1500 litre mixer. Block fat is added and mixed in half tonne batches before being discharged into big bags and transferred to the packing line.
The process itself is relatively simple but is the equipment's flexibility that makes it special. The mixer needs to be flexible enough to accommodate a number of different ingredients for the variety of recipes that OVF's customers demand. Bakery ingredients can have differing characteristics from fine to large, coarse or fragile particles all of which had to be accommodated in one machine. The answer is a multi-purpose mixer with variable speed drive, with easy access to the internals to allow cleaning between batches.
The blending and packing line has been in operation and running for 12 months and Mike has no regrets. The process has been running problem free, which is primarily thanks to the expertise of Kek-Gardner’s installation team. As Mike comments ‘The commissioning was excellent. The commissioning team was very professional and made sure everything ran smoothly’.
The full scope of Kek-Gardner’s products can be seen on their web site at www.kekgardner.com. Alternatively, to discuss a specific application, contact them on +44 (0) 1625 665999.