A Taste of Honey for CPS

6th February 2006

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Rowse Honey Ltd, the UK's leading supplier of honey and the largest independently owned company in its sector, has recently installed seven processing vessels from CPS for its range of branded and own-label honeys.

Continued growth and product innovation meant Rowse required a new processing line to handle the increased demand for honey, whilst maintaining extremely high product quality its for customers, including all the major supermarkets.

Engineering manager of Rowse Honey, John Bennett, explains: "Various types of honey are processed at Rowse, so we decided to replace the original bulk storage system with separate vessels that could handle a number of processes simultaneously.  This would provide us with greater flexibility and individual product control."

So why did Rowse choose CPS? Mr Bennett said: "CPS were recommended to us by a supplier and during discussions with them it was evident that their process systems experience and vessel expertise was second to none.  In addition, CPS's pricing was the most competitive and they also offered the best machine specification for the job."

Four of the seven vessels are used for storing honey, two are for processing seed honey and one buffer vessel is being used for processing sauce on the hot product line.

In addition to the standard equipment requirements, CPS needed to design the vessels for a very small footprint.  "The area in which the equipment was intended was very compact but installation was superbly efficient and at start-up we encountered no problems with the system at all," said Mr Bennett.

Durability was a further critical requirement of the machines design.  The existing tanks at Rowse were not robust enough, so it was vital that the CPS vessels were designed and manufactured to handle the heavy duty processing required.

When asked about what he thought of the CPS equipment, Mr Bennett replied: "The quality of the vessels and mixers was obvious from first sight and they have been working very well since."

Following the vessel installation, Rowse has also recently purchased a homogeniser from CPS and is now considering other equipment from the company.

The Rowse Honey Company was established in 1954 and became limited in 1971 to form Rowse Honey Ltd.  Now employing over 100 people, with a turnover of £35m, Rowse is the UK's brand leader in honey and pure maple syrups, and a major provider of lemon curd and chocolate sauces, supplying all sectors of the food business.

Mr Bennett summarised: "We are very pleased with the product quality and the level of service from CPS has been excellent.  We have formed a strong relationship with them, which we know will benefit Rowse Honey in the years to come."

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