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Blending in with automation

08 August 2011

When Little Melton Yogurt first approached Moody Systems for help, its plan to produce large volumes of the ''ultimate gourmet yogurt experience'' to an old family recipe was no more than a twinkle in their eyes

Over the ensuing months, as the plan developed, Moody Systems helped put together a design for a state of the art batch production plant that would allow Little Melton to produce up to 10 tonnes per day of their ultra-premium quality product, without compromising the artisan nature of the highest-quality yogurt.

Moody pre-constructed the entire system in their workshops at Retford; new blending and incubation tanks were manufactured, plate heat exchangers were designed. Access platforms for operators were fabricated and a new control panel was designed and built to run the whole system from a central location.

All the major components were hygienically welded with seamless dairy tubing. The power and signal systems were wired together with concealed cabling. After Little Melton had pronounced the system working to their satisfaction, the complete plant was carefully dis-assembled for shipment to the new factory that was beginning to take shape in deepest Norfolk.

“We are absolutely thrilled at the end result Little Melton had thanks to our work. It really fills us with pride when we can watch our hard work really pay dividends for our customers and this was certainly the case in Little Melton Yogurt” Adam Archer, Director at Moody Systems.

Just a few days after arrival on site the system was up and running, fully commissioned and starting to produce the first batches of Blueberry, Honeyed, Pear and Passionfruit gourmet yoghurt that now grace the shelves of Harrods and other premium delicatessens throughout the UK. (Information on stockists of Little Melton products can be found at

A Spokesperson at Little Melton Yogurt said: “We have been absolutely thrilled by the service provided by Moody Systems from start to finish. As our business has grown, we have now been able to meet customer demand much more effectively thanks to Moody Systems, who acted so quickly as soon as we put our initial enquiry in.”

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