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Case Study – Gourmet Classic

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In 1998 Gourmet Classic created the concept of Cooking Wine by reducing the alcohol content in wine without compromising the taste and characteristics. Professional chefs can reduce kitchen costs by using this innovative essential ingredient.

Location: Ringwood, United Kingdom

The Challenge:

A tight delivery schedule to coincide with the building of a brand new facility in Ringwood, Hampshire along with clean accurate repeatable filling were the main requirements from the team at Gourmet Classic. Most of their products were being packed by subcontract suppliers and in a quest to improve quality and delivery to customers and to reduce costs, a new multi-million pound facility was built. One key area of the new facility was bottling cooking wines and patisserie glazes on one filling and capping line that could handle different bottle formats, free flowing and viscous liquids, and both ROPP and screw caps. Versatility was key.

Products to fill:

  • Cooking Wine
  • Patisserie Glaze

The Solution:

For smaller batches, Universal provided a Posifill V Twin semi-automatic liquid filling machine and bench mounted ROPP Capping Machine which provided the flexibility of being able to do short runs without interrupting production on the main bottling line.

For the main bottling line, Universal supplied a Posimatic EV1000 four head fully automatic filling machine with interchangeable rear filling chassis that would allow the customer to change over from one liquid to another without time-consuming clean-downs. The filling machine was supplied with pneumatic shut-off nozzles for drip free filling, along with a diving nozzle system to reduce air bubbles in the glazes. For capping, a Posicap capping system complete with both ROPP & screw capping heads was supplied, along with an automatic cap feeding, sorting and placing system.

This was a new venture and Universal were chosen as the supplier after several visits and taking references from other clients. Bringing the work in house meant that it was essential for Gourmet Classic to get this right so that the supply of goods to customers was continuous. Building a new factory from the ground up with every piece of equipment being new was a huge task and Universal played their part in making this as painless as possible. The machine was delivered on time and Universal’s engineers were on hand to commission and train the operators.

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