Food supplier’s growth boost bolstered by Winkworth’s mixing solution

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Sleaford Quality Foods LogoWhen a leading supplier of high quality ingredients for the food manufacturing and catering industries experienced a 10-12% growth in sales in a year, increasing its blending and packaging capacity was essential.

Sleaford Quality Foods already used four Winkworth blenders to prepare its Chef William range of savoury spice and ingredient dry mixes, as well as flour-based bakery ingredients, to customers in the UK and Ireland.

With more than 25 years of reliable performance from its current Winkworth blenders, the supplier approached Winkworth without hesitation to provide its new range of equipment.

By chance James Arnold, Sleaford Quality Food’s Managing Director and Grant Jamieson, Winkworth’s Managing Director met while both exhibiting at Gulfood and discussed the supplier’s situation.

Following the meeting, Winkworth’s technical specialists outlined the requirements with Sleaford Quality Food’s Project Manager, Mark Brockington, and a plan was agreed. The chosen blender was a larger capacity UTL 1000, a U Trough ‘Lean’ Mixer ribbon blender, as it is ideal for mixing and blending light powders. The supplier would be using the UTL 1000 on a variety of dry ingredient blends.

“After several years of year-on-year growth at Sleaford Quality Foods, we decided to upgrade our smallest Winkworth mixer to increase our blending capacity,” said Mark Brocklington.

Sleaford Factory“We decided to opt for another Winkworth mixer due to their robustness and reliability, and set up a meeting with their Head of Sales Tim Simpson accordingly. We are more than pleased with the mixer, Winkworth are very professional and have extremely high standards, this also shows in their after sales care,” added Mark.

Grant Jamieson, Managing Director of Winkworth which has been designing and manufacturing world class industrial mixers in-house since 1924, said, “An impromptu meeting at an exhibition led to us solving Sleaford Quality Foods’ capacity problem. We’re delighted that the company is experiencing such significant growth - and that after more than quarter of a century of using Winkworth mixers, they asked us to provide their new equipment.

“We’re pleased that the new UTL 1000 blender is working well and meeting the supplier’s need for greater capacity,” added Grant.