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23 October 2012

A new Carnitech line is to be installed at one of Scotland’s premier food processors with the announcement that Baxters is to introduce a new meat ball preparation system at its site in Fochabers.

The announcement follows several months of consultation between Baxters, Carnitech and the Interfood Group, Carnitech’s representative in the UK and Ireland. Baxters is a name synonymous with quality foodstuffs, including soups, beetroots, chutneys, jams and marmalade, with the company approaching 150 years of production having started out in 1868 with the opening of the first shop by George Baxter. The company now has over 150 products, including the Fray Bentos range of canned meats following its purchase of the brand from Princes at the end of 2011.

This capital investment is part of Baxters’ ongoing revitalisation of the Fray Bentos name, best known for its range of canned pies, in both the UK and international markets. It is the result of extensive research by the company into finding the right suppliers to enable the plant, machinery and production to be introduced at its facility in Moray on the east bank of the River Spey.

At the heart of the new meat ball line will be a Carnitech 280mm Combigrinder, one of a new generation of Carnitech machines which has been developed with a renewed focus on hygiene, throughput, product quality, safety and energy efficiency. From the combigrinder, the meat will be transferred automatically into a Carnitech 3,000 litre mixer/grinder where water and further dry ingredients will be added to Baxters’ own recipe. The line will be capable of producing in excess of four tons of meat balls per hour.

Commenting at the signing of the contract, John Campbell, MD of Baxters, said – “I am delighted to be working with Carnitech again. I know from past experience just how reliable Carnitech machines are and their build quality and attention to detail will be a real asset to us in our meat ball production.”

Ruben Sørensen, Sales Manager of Carnitech, said – “Supplying equipment for such a prestigious name as Baxters is obviously very pleasing for us. We have been working hard in developing our range, particularly

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