Hygienic bakery floor
Baking is enjoying a renaissance thanks to TV shows such as the Great British Bake Off, but there's more to baking than crisp pastry and avoiding soggy bottoms on your tarts.
Baking, as we know it today, didnt begin until the 16th and 17th centuries when ingredients such as sugar, dried fruits and spices came within reach of the burgeoning middle classes. Tastes and fashions changed over time as we grew to enjoy cakes, pastries, biscuits and fine breads.
Today baking in the UK is a £3.6 billion industry, and makes up a significant proportion of the UKs food output. According to the Federation of Bakers, almost 11 million bread loaves and packs of bakery products are sold every day in the UK.
Pressure on bakeries to produce a healthier and more diverse range of goods has seen the industry rise to the challenge and offer an ever expanding selection of products in a variety of pack sizes to meet demand. However, bread remains the staple item in the UK diet, according to the Federation of Bakers.
However, the bakery sector, along with all other food producers, has to comply with the Food Safety (General Food Hygiene) Regulations 1995, and in many cases, the Food Safety (Temperature Control) Regulations 1995, which means hygiene is a paramount concern.
Machinery, including mixers, ovens and packaging equipment has to comply with strict rules of cleanliness. But that also applies to floors, which have to be hygienic, easy to keep clean, durable and able to withstand heat, moisture and heavy loads.
The solution for bakery floors isnt straightforward, and depends on a number of factors relating to the environment, such as the temperature range, the types of ingredients being used and the traffic in the area. For many craft bakeries and in-store bakeries, another consideration would be aesthetics as they are open to the public gaze.
Kemtile has successfully completed many projects in the bakery sector, including a new state-of-the-art tiled floor at Wrights Food Groups site in Crewe, and a heavy duty polyurethane floor at the Village Bakery in Wrexham.
Kemtile specialises in flooring for the food and drink industry and uses, among other top quality products, BASF UCRETE and Mastertop heavy duty polyurethane flooring or the class-leading Kagetec systems, incorporating Argelith MVTec 18mm thick, fully vitrified, hexagon ceramic floor tiles, depending on the requirements of the environment. The use of superb quality Wiedemann-Technik GmbH gulleys and drains also ensures manufacturing environments are easy to clean and comply with regulations.
The popularity of bakery products is being driven by quality and the expanding choice of products available in large-scale bakeries, in-store bakeries and craft bakeries, which can only be a good thing for producers and consumers alike.
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