Gloucester-based Target Catering Equipment has helped Cinderhill Farm in nearby Lydney to double the output of its pie-making arm, thanks to the installation of a new production kitchen.
The farm’s owners, Deborah and Neil Flint, contacted Target in order to help them come up with a design solution to allow them to cope with demand and utilise the existing footprint at their Pie House, based on their farm.
With production needing to continue whilst the kitchen was being refurbished, a temporary production kitchen was set up in Target’s demonstration kitchen.
The dealer/manufacturer’s onsite catering facilities had just had new Altro resin floors and white rock hygienic finished walls installed, along with a completely new electrical distribution system upgraded to a three phase supply and emergency generator supplies. This ensured production was not interrupted for the Pie House.
Back at the Cinderhill Farm premises, with the existing ovens unable to cope with increased demand, Target suggested a Rational combination Self Cooking Center to increase output and reduce cleaning time. The old gas range cooking facility was replaced with a Frima Cooking Centre and induction cookline.
Potwashing and utensil washing by hand was replaced with a Granudisk bead blasting washer with all equipment featuring HACCP software to record and control the cooking process.
New refrigerated prep counters and chopping boards were introduced to speed up the preparation and hand forming of the products.
Blast chilling before packaging and distribution and storage was improved with a ‘roll-in roll-out’ trolley system which allowed chilling to be processed direct from the oven. This is said to have reduced handling, utensil and baking tray use.
Target designed and project managed the complete project working alongside local tradesmen and builders, preparing groundworks and new drainage systems ready for the new equipment installation.
“The whole project was made so much easier with the availability and use of the Target demonstration kitchen,” said Deborah Flint.