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Increasing production by 20 tonnes per month

11 July 2016

Omar Keyani & Henry Brook with the Laska WWB200 Grinder on site at Keyani’s, Birmingham.
Omar Keyani & Henry Brook with the Laska WWB200 Grinder on site at Keyani’s, Birmingham.

MULTIVAC UK installed a Laska Grinder into Keyani & Sons, a family business who have been based in Birmingham since 1996. The project has enabled the business to produce more product per month without compromising on quality, texture and taste of their signature kebabs. 

Keyani & sons have been suppliers in the food industry for more than 20 years. They are one of the main UK suppliers for Kebabs, offering the highest quality halal doner kebabs as well as a wide range of fast food products to a range of customers including fast food chains and wholesalers.

Omar Keyani, managing director at Keyani’s intends to grow the business even further in the next few years and has started to do so by investing in new machinery to meet the growing business demands.

Multivac’s regional sales manager Henry Brook visited Keyani’s over one year ago to find out what machinery was being used, and whether Multivac could support and benefit the business. Prior to Multivac’s involvement, Keyani’s were using a ‘CombiGrind’ processing machine to grind their popular kebab products. In order to get their desired product, they would defrost and flake meat before loading into the grinder and on average would produce 130 tonnes of kebab product per month.

The aim for the business was to increase production speed and output and to eliminate the defrosting and flaking process which would then eliminate one machine; reducing energy consumption. An important consideration was that the machine would also need to retain the same taste, texture and quality of the product; which can sometimes be chalenging. To meet the aims of the business, Multivac were able to bring their exclusive partnership with Laska to the table, an Austrian business with many years experience in manufacturing processing machinery. To ensure the machine could meet Keyani’s requirements, Multivac installed a WWB200 Laska frozen block grinder on a 1 month trial period in January 2016.

The Laska frozen block grinder was selected because it provided numerous benefits to those looking to produce products like kebabs for example. One of the main attractive benefits for Keyani’s was the capability to grind both frozen and fresh meat, meaning they did not have to waste time on defrosting and flaking product; eliminating one machine.

Following a successful trial period, the business decided to invest in the Laska Grinder. An investment was also made in upgrading the power grid to meet the demands of the machine. Although this was more expense, the business has increased production and reduced costs on their overall energy consumption.

Overall, the grinder increased production output by 20 tonnes per month, and when the business expands, the machine will be able to cope with increased product demands. In addition to the success of the grinder, Omar was also very pleased and impressed with the technical service Multivac can provide to support the Laska Machinery.

Omar explained: "The fact that I can make a call on the Monday and a Multivac engineer would be out the next day to fix the issue was fantastic and highlighted a great partnership between Multivac and Laska."

All in all this project has highlighted how Multivac are more than just a packaging machinery manufacturer but also can provide, install and support processing machinery in the UK market.

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