‘Our factory is in fact one large refrigerated warehouse'
Kivits BV is a wholesale business that sells everything for poulterers, butchers and caterers. Their building holds a production business that prepares fresh products for Kivits, such as fresh egg rolls, lapis legit (an Dutch-Indian layered cake), full meals and components of meals. Co-owner Cees Meiderwijk loves his profession, which becomes obvious as soon as starts talking about his products: ‘Every product is hand-crafted and freshly prepared by our cooks. We often let our customers try our new products. We are independent and respond to the desires of our customers. That's a key to our success.
Taking part in the building
‘It was in 2010 that our building got destroyed by a huge fire. We needed a new building of 1800 square meters and Vink was involved in realizing this. The wonderful thing about Vink is that they play an active role from the beginning on and they take part in the building activities themselves. If a wall needs to be moved 1,5 meters rightwards, that's no big deal for them! They are able to adjust the plans right away because they are on the building site with you. Vink is flexible and competent. Another great thing is their fast delivery: my order is here before I know it!
‘Our factory can be considered as one large cool house. The inside is built out of Sandwich cooling elements. It is easier to keep clean and therefore more hygienic. We have a total of 1500 square meters of cooling space consisting of cool storage rooms and freezers. When preparing food we are bound by strict rules concerning hygiene and the fast cooling of the food. In one of our cooling rooms we cool food from 160 ⁰C to 24 ⁰C in 45 minutes. A seven-layered cooling belt is involved in this process. Even though it's only -15 ⁰C in the room, it feels like -45 ⁰C. This is because of a cold wind blowing over the products. After the cooling process, we keep the products in the cool storage room. After a process of 4 hours total, the food has reached a temperature of 7 ⁰C.
‘One of the things that Vink does is giving valuable advices. One time one of the doors of our cold room wouldn't shut properly. Vink suggested that we got automatic doors: Those have many possibilities. You can set a time for it to open or close and determine if you want it open halfway or all the way. It does make a difference in your expenses, but it is a lot more efficient.'
Heating for free
‘A great quality of Vink is that they join you in thinking of solutions. A great example is the heating in our building: you won't see any heating system in the building, because it's all in the floors. We walked through our plans with Vink and were able to put a great system in the building. We re-use the heath that is created by the cooling process as a means of heating our entire building and a boiler. If I need anything, Vink is the one to call.'
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