Food & Drink Process & Packaging Issue 19 2018 - Page 21

“The mixer is very easy to clean, and we now meet the most stringent hygiene requirements. In addition, the mixer consumes very little energy, has proved to be easy to integrate into our process, and the maintenance costs are low,” says Virani. ‘Gentle’ processing Successful follow-up After a year during which the process The Balaji Group has a history that operating and energy costs, the Balaji reads like a novel. Because of a Group decided to equip the process poor harvest on their father's farm line in the Valsad and Indore factories and the subsequent lack of income, with the same Lindor mixers. founder Chandubhai Virani and his In total, Lindor has supplied three L1000 mixers with liquid injection, of the engineering and installation retractable inlets and outlets and a of the short process line, of which water jet finish. discharges very quickly. In addition, Lindor also supplied a The 400 – 500 kg batch is conveyed volume of 500 litres. rapidly, in a few minutes, by a F3 business as a result of a poor harvest line had proved its reliability, with low Lindor’s Indian partner FPT took care the mixer is a part. The Lindor mixer The Balaji history: A million-dollar fourth mixer, an L500 with a batch two brothers left the parental home in the '70s. They moved to the city of Rajkot. At the time, Chandubhai was 15 years old and found a job in the cafeteria of a cinema. Because the supplies to the canteen arrived on a very irregular basis, Chandubhai decided to teach himself Floveyor. Lindor’s Engineering & Service how to make crisps. Today, the Manager, Akko van der Lee looks, family business that evolved from This is a unique aero-mechanical looks back on this with great his enterprise, owns several factories conveyor system that, just like the satisfaction “The Balaji company is a with over 1800 employees in total. mixer, is particularly gentle with the frontrunner in quality and efficiency The factories produce 100 thousand product. in India. In India, they are considered kilos of potato crisps, and half a pioneers by their willingness to invest million kilos of other savoury snacks in expensive, Western equipment. We every day. Balaji is the second largest find it a pleasure to work with this producer of potato crisps in India. The company.” current managing director, Keyur, is a nephew of founder Chandubhai. FDPP - 21