Enterprise Tondelli recently supplied and commissioned an automatic Kombucha bottling line for the SynerChi Kombucha Brewery in the district of Gweedore, Donegal. A beautiful, picturesque area and a centre of Irish culture.
SynerChi is Ireland’s original Kombucha brewery established in 2012. They have been based in their own custom, state of the art, BRCGS A++ facility in Gweedore, Co. Donegal since 2013, and have created over 20 Irish local jobs in the community. SynerChi are certified by The Organic Trust to produce organic products.
Of their process SynerChi say “Our unique micro-brewing craftsmanship produces authentic live kombucha in small batches and without the use of any artificial additives or preservatives. We have nurtured our culture and carefully blended the finest organic teas and tisanes resulting in a perfect synergy of natural ingredients.” To read the full story visit: https://synerchi.ie/story
Don’t know what kombucha is; read on. Kombucha is a fermented tea product that is “live” and is generally made from green tea that is fermented with a “SCOBY” – an acronym for ‘Symbiotic Culture Of Bacteria and Yeast’. The product is then enhanced with such natural flavours such as ginger, raspberry, apple etc. There are purported health benefits from the probiotic bacteria in the product and this market continues to grow rapidly. Allegedly kombucha culture can even be dried into bacterial cellulose and then moulded into forms to create seamless clothing!
Follow this link to buy SynerChi drinks: https://synerchi.ie/shop
The bottling line from Enterprise Tondelli consists of a de-palletising station feeding a rotary three station labeller. The labeller from BRB Globus in Italy is fitted with servo motor driven bottle platforms so that any future labelling combinations can be accommodated.
The bottles are labelled before filling as the drinks are carbonated and filled cold. This strategy avoids labelling on to bottles with condensation and allows more accurate labelling and better product presentation. A packaged carbonator supplied by Enterprise Tondelli is used to carbonate the final drinks with fine bubbles giving a velvety mouth feel. The carbonator uses an in-line with flow meter control for accurate CO2 dosing and a stabilisation tank prior to filling all mounted on a stainless-steel skid.
Also supplied is a Cimec rotary rinser, counterpressure filler and crowner mounted on the same stainless steel base frame to ensure high product hygiene. To enhance shelf life and potentially colour retention a double bottle pre-evacuation system is used with a final injection of CO2. As this is a ‘live’ product cleaning in place is also very important and the filler has special stainless steel dummy bottles. For improved worker safety caps are loaded into a hopper at low level and then automatically delivered to the high-level cap unscrambler by a pneumatic pipe system. A two tank CIP set with flow and return pumps and electrically heated tank ensure the system is cleaned effectively with a control panel with timers and temperature settings. Conveyors from Enterprise Tondelli partner Euro Sistemi Srl complete the line to give a turnkey project.
Mr Seamus McGowan, factory manager of SynerChi said “We are very happy with the line supplied and commissioned by Enterprise Tondelli. The result of our collaboration together has been a bottling line to be proud of, giving us gains in efficiency and consistent high-quality production.” Mr Garry Wilson, senior project manager for Enterprise Tondelli said “It has been a pleasure working with Seamus and his team on this small but interesting project. By good cooperation the very best outcome has been achieved.”
Enterprise Tondelli are very proud to be associated with SynerChi and continue to work in partnership with both small and large producers.
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