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Energy efficient crumpet cooling solution

31 July 2016

Lakeland Bake has employed cooling equipment from J & E Hall for use in its yeast chiller room and the area where crumpets are cooled in controlled conditions. 

Following a devastating fire in May 2015, Carlisle-based Lakeland Bake made the decision to start again from new, larger premises.

The company produces crumpets for national supermarket chains and other retail outlets. As well as a range of classic crumpets – characterised by their light and crispy texture – the company also pioneered Christmas tree-shaped crumpets which it supplied to Asda.

Important areas in crumpet production include two yeast chiller rooms and the area where crumpets are cooled under controlled conditions to ensure optimum quality prior to packing. Cooling equipment for these areas in the new facility was supplied by J & E Hall.

The installation work was carried out over a two-month period by Carlisle Refrigeration. 

For each of the two yeast coldrooms a JEHR-0140-B2 M-1 Fusion medium condensing unit was chosen to work in tandem with a Searle KEC25-4L evaporator.

In the crumpet cooling area four J & E Hall JEH2-1000-M-3 Fusion twin-fan condensing units were teamed with Searle DSR 1000-3 dual discharge evaporators.

 “Controlled cooling is a key part of the crumpet production process, said Nigel McKerr, director of Lakeland Bake. “Too fast would be aggressive and damaging to the product. Like any baked item if you blast it, it can have a detrimental impact on the eating quality. What we sought to do with Carlisle Refrigeration is put in place a solution which isn't just on or off but gives us an infinite degree of control. We bought very energy efficient equipment. It's early days but the proof of the pudding will be in the long-term running. First impressions are very good." 

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