Food Centre Wales - Technical support for the food industry
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Facilities for Hire

Food Centre Wales offers unrivalled facilities for food manufacturers to develop new products. The same facilities give those looking to add value to their produce an opportunity to produce completely new foods. The four process areas are all fitted to the highest standards and can be used to manufacture a wide range of products including dairy, meat, confectionary, vegetable and bakery. There is chilled and frozen storage space available.

These facilities are available for hire and a food Technologist is at hand to assist. They will help you scale up your recipes, train you in the use of the equipment, set processing conditions - all necessary for your manufacture.

The technical facility is designed to allow food producers to manufacture products on small industrial scale.

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Dairy Unit

The dairy unit at FCW has 3 processing areas, raw pasteurisation, cheese making & main processing. The unit has separate chilled and freezer space plus an independent wash room from all other areas. Due to high demand for our original dairy unit FCW has extended the dairy to accommodate more clients per day and maximise the availability for new and existing clients.

The facility is completely independent from the rest of the Research & Development Building with specification of equipment enabling the processing of most dairy orientated products. Products that may be processed in the dairy include:

  • Hard cheeses
  • Soft cheeses
  • Butter
  • Cultured creams
  • Flavoured milks
  • Yogurt
  • Yogurt drinks
  • Ice cream
  • Frozen yogurt
  • Cream liqueurs
  • Cultured milk products

Equipment includes:

  • Tetra-pak plate heat exchanger for pasteurisation
  • Tetra-Pak 2 stage homogeniser
  • Steam jacketed product holding tubes
  • Insulated 500 litre incubation tank
  • Chilled 500 litre ageing tank
  • Mobile plate heat exchanger
  • 700 litre pre-heat tank
  • 1000 litre raw milk tank
  • Frigomat batch ice cream machine
  • Centrifugal Separator
  • 100 litre batch pasteuriser
  • Butter churn
  • 400 litre cheese vat
  • 50 litre soft cheese vat
  • Hard cheese press
  • Cheese mill
  • Vacuum packer
  • Cheese incubation/maturing cabinets
  • Silverson high sheer mixer
  • Transfer pumps
  • Metal detector
  • High capacity variable filling machine

Dairy Training is currently available at FCW for hard and soft cheese making with yogurt and ice- cream due to be introduced in the autumn subject to demand.

Meat Cutting and Processing Plant

The Meat Cutting Plant at Food Centre Wales is fully licensed by the Meat Hygiene Service permitting sale of products to retail outlets as well as final consumer.

There are two Processing Rooms in the Meat Cutting Plant:

The first for basic cutting, curing, packing, presentation and labeling of meat cuts, cured and marinated meats.

Equipment includes:                  

  • Cutting Tables
  • Mincer
  • Vacuum Packer
  • Over Wrapper
  • 120L Vacuum Tumbler
  • 15 Needle Brine Injector
  • Weigh Labeller
  • 15kg Bowl Chopper 
  • Metal Detector

The Second for Meat Preparations and products, such as burgers, sausages, kebabs, hams, pies, meat balls, and sliced meats. Equipment includes:

  • Burger Formers                                
  • Sausage Filler
  • Batter Crumb Machine
  • Kebab Formers
  • Meat Slicer
  • Tilting Kettle
  • Bratt Pan
  • Steam/Conventional Oven
  • Blast Freezer

All knives, chain mail gloves and aprons, saws, bowls, utensils, trays and trolleys are supplied so you don't need to worry about getting the right equipment. Storage facilities, the hire of the Meat Cutting Plant includes refrigerated hanging of your carcass for up to one week, dry ingredients and packaging, chilled and frozen storage for your finished product.

The Food Centre Wales also runs meat cutting courses with practical based workshops in the cutting plant allowing meat cutting skills to be developed with hands on experience

Multi purpose process areas

At FCW there are two multi functional processing areas. Each area is equipped with commercial manufacturing equipment, designed with maximum flexibility in mind and allows a wide range of products to be commercially produced. These flexible processing areas are excellent in allowing start up businesses to scale up kitchen recipes into a larger more commercial, more automated and more efficient production.

Examples of some of the products, which can be produced using these facilities, are: soups, ready meals, sauces, drinks, cakes, baked goods, pastry products, fresh pasta, preserves (jams & chutneys), pizzas, pies desserts (mousses & cheesecakes) biscuits, pasties, vegetable & fruit preparation, cereals roasted vegetables breaded products, mayonnaise dressings, and confectionary.

The equipment includes: Cooking vessel

  • 120Kg Bakery Oven
  • Steam or conventional oven
  • Brat Pan Fryer
  • Automatic filling machine
  • Tray Sealer Metal Detector
  • Ink Jet Coder
  • Stick Blender
  • Pastry break
  • Blast Freezer / Chiller
  • Pasta forming machine
  • Vacuum packer
  • Automatic breading machine
  • Food processors
  • In line fryer Hobart Mixer

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