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Branston snaps up Biodrier hand-driers

10 September 2010

EXCLUSIVE Personal hygiene and its carbon footprint are said to be top of the agenda for Branston, a major British buyer, packer and distributor of potatoes, which is why it has selected Biodrier hand-driers for its plant

Branston buys 400,000 tonnes of potatoes a year and is Tesco’s largest produce supplier, providing two thirds of its fresh potatoes. To become a major retail supplier, it has to provide the same high level of hygiene and environmental awareness as its many retail customers.

Branston’s three UK potato processing plants are like laboratories – clean and hygienic from top to bottom, where all the staff appreciate the importance of good hygiene and environmental policies, which they maintain.

Not only are the processing areas totally hygienic and as environmentally friendly as possible, but the same attention is paid to every inch of its sites including the washrooms.

Two years ago the company kicked out paper hand towels because of their effect on its carbon footprint. Kevin Imrie, site manager said: “Our company philosophy has our carbon footprint and hygiene at the top of the agenda. Paper towels were expensive and required diesel to deliver and collect them after use as well as creating unnecessary landfill, so we had to stop using them.”

He added: “We searched the market for an energy efficient hand drier and there was only one for us – the Biodrier Executive – which delivers 100% pure air onto the hands and runs on only 850 watts, using 1/3 less power than any other product. It also saves our staff time because it dries hands in 20 seconds against 40 from the nearest rival.”

Biodriers are 90% more power efficient than traditional hand-driers as they use heat from their motors to warm the air and by blowing it through a series of ducts to build resistance that heats it. A Biodrier, used 200 times per day, costs only £20.56 per year in energy against £251.53 for a conventional hand drier - a saving of 1380Kw at £0.1994/ Kw.

Kevin said: “We first installed Biodriers two years ago and now have them in our Lincoln and Perth sites. They're completely reliable and we've never had to make a service call. There aren't many products today with that level of reliability.”

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