13 Dec 2016

INTERFOOD – THE ‘TOTAL PROCESSING’ PHILOSOPHY

Interfood supplies many of the major names in UK and Irish meat processing with a wide range of processing equipment and ingredients. Through its eight divisions, all operating under the Interfood umbrella, the company offers specific capabilities and dedicated teams of engineers and support personnel in the different areas in which it operates. These divisions are part of Interfood’s ‘total processing’ philosophy and allows the company to maintain a clear focus on specific processes and products.

According to Interfood, improved yield, reduced waste, reliability and hygiene are the 4 main drivers in the food processing equipment market.

Mark Bishop is joint Managing Director of the Oxfordshire based business and comments – “High yield has long been a vital goal, particularly in higher value meat products where reducing the amount of waste is a crucial element in maximising profit margins in what is a very competitive market.  Reliability of machinery is also important to minimise downtime on a production line given the significant financial consequences this can bring, especially for high speed lines where even relatively short stops in production can be very costly.  Hygiene is a basic expectation from food producers, with food safety, quite rightly, being a non-negotiable element of meat processing.”

BladeStop

The latest Division to be added is Interfood Butchery.  It offers BladeStop, an innovative system specifically designed to address the health and safety issues relating to bandsaws.  The system works by mechanically stopping the bandsaw blade when the unit senses that a person has come into contact with, or is dangerously near to, the blade.  The blade stops operating within 15 milliseconds, minimising the severity of an incident – potentially the difference between just a small skin cut and an amputated finger.

Already well established in Australasia, hundreds of systems have been sold worldwide since its launch in 2014.  Through Interfood, BladeStop is now available in the UK and Ireland.

Brine Preparation, Injection and Marinating

Producing a brine of consistent quality and temperature is crucial to the quality of the end product. Interfood offers the Schroeder BRIMAX, brine preparation, IMAX range of injectors and Max range of tumblers and massagers. These give total flexibility and accountability over what is a crucial part of the factory design. 

Schroeder’s superior build quality, hygienic design and technical advantages are second to none. Interfood can integrate into an existing line or supply the complete solution, with Schroeder’s touch screens ensuring optimum control showing all the relevant curing and process data required.

Focus on equipment and service

Mark Bishop continues – “Whereas in recent years there has been a move towards refurbishing existing equipment, we are now seeing a very definite trend to invest in new equipment.  Many customers are adopting complete processing lines but there are still some that prefer the modular approach which can provide greater flexibility in certain applications.”

“Alongside the equipment itself, we have also seen customers quite rightly demanding high levels of service. Good quality service technicians who really understand the equipment and who have direct experience of working with it are central to this.  After-sales service and support has always been a focus for what we do at Interfood. Support and optimisation contracts are becoming an increasingly important part of the equipment purchase decision-making process. It is about optimising the performance of the equipment through several methods including preventive maintenance, repeat-operator training, programme and machine set-up and remedial work. These packages are all designed to reduce the cost of manufacture, by the reduction of down-time, increasing of yields and the reduction of give-away, leading to an improvement of efficiency and output.”