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Kemtile supports growth of Grassroots foods with Kagetec ceramic flooring solution

Kemtile installers of food grade hygienic flooring and drainage was appointed by meat supplier Grassroots Foods to supply and fit out its new East Lancashire processing plant.

This is the latest project to add to Kemtile’s already impressive meat processing industry credentials.

The brief

Over a ten week period, one of the company’s installation teams laid almost 1700m2 or over 170,000 ceramic tiles using the unique Kagetec sonic vibration method. They also supplied 21 Wiedemann-Technik stainless steel drainage gullies.

Grassroots Foods’ new facility combines highly skilled traditional British butchery with the latest manufacturing technology and processes. Operating seven days a week, 100 staff produce 150 tonnes of quality product every day.

As one of the UK’s fastest growing suppliers of beef, pork, chicken and lamb, the new premises will facilitate increased output and capabilities for retail own label, e-commerce pick and pack, foodservice and catering customers across the UK.

To achieve its growth plans, the flooring system had to support the most stringent food hygiene standards including BRC Standards in food safety, as well as looking impressive to current and prospective customers. It also had to provide maximum durability, slip resistance, performance and longevity.

What we did

Kemtile recommended the Kagetec BS vibration tiling system, which uses 18mm thick Argelith MV-Tech hexagonal ceramic floor tiles. Made from fully vitrified porcelain, they offer maximum hygiene and durability. When combined with the installation method - when the bed and tile are laid at the same time - it is one of the most durable floor systems available. It also provides the additional benefit of quick installation as there is no need to wait for screeds to cure.

The Kagetec system is also capable of withstanding thermal, mechanical and chemical stresses. Aside from cleaning, it requires no maintenance so provides the long-term flooring solution Grassroots Foods required to realise its growth ambitions. All with the added peace of mind of a ten year Kemtile warranty.

Wiedemann-Technik gullies with their single piece construction with integral debris basket and foul air trap were chosen for their excellent quality, durability and hygiene standards.

Testimonial

Simon Mellin, Managing Director of Grassroots Foods, said: “In the earlier stages of project planning, we presumed that we would specify a resin flooring system and that tiled options would be out of our budget.

“However, once we spoke with Kemtile, we realised that this wasn’t the case and a subsequent visit to one of its previous Kagetec projects sealed the deal. There, the tiled floor had been in situ for five years and we were overwhelmed by how great it still looked.

“Kemtile’s quality of product, skill and experience throughout the entire process - from specification right through to aftercare was second to none. The team made us feel confident to make such a significant investment - one on which our future success depends. We’ve built our business on quality, trust and attention to detail all of which are values shared with Kemtile.”

Richard Kay of Kemtile said: “Grassroots Foods has grown from a farm shop to small online venture, then to becoming one of the UK’s fastest growing meat suppliers that it is today. Its success continues to grow at a rapid pace and we are delighted to support them in achieving their commercial goals.”

The Building Contractor and Project Manager was G McGuigan Building Contractors, Colne.

For further information visit http://www.kemtile.co.uk/meat