R350m spent on fa­cil­ity up­grade

The Star Early Edition - - COMPANIES -

AL­BANY Bak­eries yes­ter­day launched a R350 mil­lion in­vest­ment in its fa­cil­ity in Bel­lville in the Western Cape, which in­cludes the build­ing of a new plant and an up­grade of in­te­ri­ors of the ex­ist­ing plant. The new build­ing oc­cu­pies 6 884m², com­pared to an area of 3 766m² in the old bakery. The bakery op­er­ates 24 hours, seven days a week, and trucks leave the yard from 3am to 6am each day. Al­bany man­ag­ing direc­tor, Mat­shela Seshibe, said the two Tweedy high-speed dough mix­ers, backed by Bri­tish tech­nol­ogy, would add to the out­put ca­pac­ity, from 6 000 litres per hour, to 12 000 litres per hour, ef­fec­tively dou­bling the bakery’s out­puts. There are also new bread cool­ers and ovens that are more en­ergy ef­fi­cient and per­fect the bak­ing process. “Our re­vamped high-tech bag­ging sys­tem is an­other as­pect that adds to the over­all ef­fi­ciency,” Seshibe said. “For the up­grade, we took the en­vi­ron­ment into ac­count and have in­creased our emis­sions ef­fi­ciency by re­duc­ing the fac­tory’s en­ergy con­sump­tion and also placed em­pha­sis on im­prov­ing safety mea­sures.” Al­bany Bak­eries Bel­lville cur­rently ser­vices 5 000 out­lets, mainly in the Cape Metro area, which would be dou­bled over the next five years in a bid to con­trib­ute to small en­ter­prises lo­cally. As a re­sult of in­creased ca­pac­ity, Al­bany is now plan­ning to in­crease the num­ber of out­lets to reach pre­vi­ously un­served parts of the Western Cape. Th­ese range from large supermarket chains to in­de­pen­dent re­tail­ers and spaza shops. – ANA

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