Industrial freezing and chilling equipment specialist Starfrost has implemented a new spiral cooling system for pladis, the snacking company behind the brand McVitie’s. The new upgrade was installed at the company’s cake bakery in Halifax, where products such as McVitie’s Jamaica Ginger cake and McVitie’s Hobnob Chocolate Flapjacks are baked, enabling the site to further enhance the quality of its cakes through precise temperature reduction.
The custom-built Helix spiral cooler for pladis was specifically designed and molded into existing processes of the factory, whereby the baked cakes are conveyed directly from the oven to the automated spiral cooling system for temperature reduction, then transferred to the wrapping line to be packaged and distributed.
“With the new compact Starfrost cooling system we were able to upgrade the previous system and create space to implement a complete new line within our bakery, without compromising our output capacity,” explains David Frayling, area engineering manager at pladis. “The number one benefit we have gained from the Helix spiral cooler is repeatable, improved product quality – a result of the consistent temperature airflow. The spiral cooler also removes excess moisture from the loaves, to help improve shelf life,” Frayling concluded.