Carlisle-based Lakeland Bake was destroyed in a blaze last May and once the dust had settled it was decided to rebuild the business from scratch and move into larger premises.
The J & E Hall equipment was chosen for the two yeast chiller rooms and the vitally important area where crumpets have to be carefully cooled under controlled conditions to ensure optimum quality prior to packing.
The installation work was carried out over a two-month period by Carlisle Refrigeration led by senior engineer Tom Atkinson. Carlisle Refrigeration service and contracts manager Paul Ferguson said:
"It was an empty unit so we effectively had a blank canvas to work with."
Keeping the Crumpets Cool
"There were no issues with the job, everything went according to plan," said Paul.
The units were supplied by FSW of Preston.
J & E Hall Fusion units offer the perfect solution for commercial refrigeration sectors. Energy efficiency is key to product design and the fully factory-built units are quiet and easy to install. A future-proof design process evolved over a number of years ensures the units comply with all relevant European standards and the latest legislation. Fusion units can be used with confidence in applications including cold stores, convenience stores and petrol forecourts.
"As far as J & E Hall units are concerned we have always found them to be very reliable," said Paul. "They are very easy to work on and components are easy to access. Parts are readily available off the shelf should they ever be needed."
"It feels good. We had worked with them prior to the fire. We are very proud of the whole installation. It has been completed to a very high standard," he said.
"Carlisle Refrigeration has an excellent reputation. Their service cover is second to none and they are experts at what they do. They are on the neighbouring industrial estate so they are readily available."
Controlled Crumpet Cooling
"Too fast would be aggressive and damaging to the product. Like any baked item if you blast it, it can have a detrimental impact on the eating quality. What we sought to do with Carlisle Refrigeration is put in place a solution which isn't just on or off but gives us an infinite degree of control. We have bought very energy efficient equipment.
"It's early days but the proof of the pudding will be in the long-term running. First impressions are very good."
"May 9 last year was a dark day when we lost our bakery of 10 years standing but we decided to rebuild. We have a faith in the quality of our products which is undiminished and I think we have something different to offer the market. We have taken the opportunity to develop some new and improved recipes and we shall be launching some exciting new products."