6 August 2018

Blue Cube helps pasty producer increase capacity

Award-winning bakery and Cornish pasty producer, Prima Bakeries, has increased its frozen capacity through acquisition of a portable cold store from Blue Cube Portable Cold Stores.

Prima Bakeries has been baking delicious Cornish Pasties, bread, cake, confectionery and savoury products for over 30 years, and took delivery of the cold store in June following a requirement for additional frozen capacity. Using a portable cold store meant capacity could be increased quickly and within budget.

Blue Cube – one of the UK’s leading providers of rental temperature controlled storage solutions for the food and logistics industries – has supplied Prima Bakeries with the largest unit from the portable range, giving the site an additional frozen capacity of 37 pallets to cope with 20 percent growth.

Blue Cube worked closely with Mark Norton, managing director of Prima Bakeries, to find the best possible solution for the site. From the initial enquiry in November 2017 right through to delivery in June 2018, all options were considered to ensure the right product was supplied. Although Blue Cube’s core business is rental, a unit was sold from the fleet to support the customer’s requirements.  

It was a challenging site due to ground levels, so Blue Cube offered a full package deal including provision for groundworks and levelling as part of the sale.

To ensure the unit was future-proofed, Blue Cube went one step further and replaced the refrigerant from R404A to R452A.  R452A has a GWP of 2140 – a little over half that of R404A.

Mr Norton said: “Blue Cube has delivered consistently good service, right from the start of this process through to procurement of equipment, delivery and aftercare. 

“To ensure Prima Bakeries kept in line with ever changing F-Gas regulations it was important that we considered the GWP impact of the cold store. Blue Cube was on hand to offer advice and replaced the refrigerant, which will keep us compliant for years to come.”

Blue Cube’s portable cold stores are available in 14, 22, 31 and 37 pallet capacities. The units have an operating temperature range from -26 degrees Celsius to +26 degrees Celsius, permitting frozen, chilled and ambient storage applications. They can be ground-based or elevated to a loading dock.

The latest generation refrigeration systems ensure greater efficiencies and lower operating costs for customers. Plus, LED lighting provides up to 300 lux of light, meeting the standard required for loading and unloading.

Each portable cold store is fitted with impact bars, lockable doors and locking door bars whilst emergency lighting, externally mounted audible and visible man trap and temperature alarms provide all the necessary safety features.

In addition, side doors, ramps, dock level platforms and racking are available as optional features. The units can be linked to either a building or each other in order to help improve workflow.

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