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Grassroots Foods

Grassroots Foods appointed Kemtile to install food-grade hygienic flooring and drainage at its new meat processing plant at Nelson in East Lancashire.

Customer Name:
Grassroots Foods, Nelson

Business Sector:
Meat Processing

Ceramic Flooring, Drainage Systems

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, food service, and catering customers across the UK.

To achieve Grassroots Foods' 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. Over a ten week period, the Kemtile installation teams laid almost 1,700 square metres of tiling, over 170,000 ceramic tiles, using the unique Kagetec sonic vibration method.

Kemtile's flooring solution

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 was also chosen because it is capable of withstanding thermal, mechanical and chemical stresses. Aside from cleaning, it requires no maintenance so provided 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.

Drainage gullies

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. A total of 21 Wiedemann-Technik stainless steel drainage gullies were fitted as part of the installation.

Working in partnership with the customer

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.