The Beerenberg Family Farm, wholly owned by the Paech family for seven generations, opened the 6500-square metre expansion of its head office site in Hahndorf, South Australia today.
The facilities include state-of-the-art equipment that will allow the jam, marmalade and condiment manufacturer to increase production capacity past 15 tonne of product in an eight-hour shift.
Beerenberg Managing Director Anthony Paech said the key to the increased production and improved quality are a pair of DC Norris cooking kettles, manufactured in England.
“These allow superb control of a batch temperature and weight and also allow for faster turnaround time between batches,” Paech said.
“Every batch will be cooked precisely the same way every time and then once bottled a cooling tunnel brings down the temperature quickly so that the product does not continue to cook in the bottle.
“These kettles will allow extra batches to be made during the day as they are much more efficient reaching a boil and then quicker to clean out between batches.”
Paech said the new line will handle 60,000 bottles in a shift and is a mix of old and new equipment and was designed and built by a team from Beerenberg in partnership with Recopak, a Cobram based packaging company. The
Italian food machinery supplier FBL supplied a new capper and depalletiser in partnership with Recopak.
Anthony Paech said completion of the project is exciting for the company’s 85 employees because it provides a platform for major growth and stability into the future.
“The new facility includes room for expansion, which we have needed for some time,” Paech said.
The Beerenberg Family Farm is making inroads not just in South Australia, but interstate and overseas. Its 75 products are available in 24 countries, including Singapore, China and Japan, and can be found on major airlines and in more than 300 hotels worldwide.Jump to next article