To boost its sustainability and save labour, Winsbury Dairy in Chirbury, near Montgomery chose a Meiko bottle washing system
Before Meiko, explains Winsbury’s Ellie Beavan, the dairy spent ‘hours and hours’ double handling returned milk bottles; pre-washing and rinsing in a sink before a second wash in a small glass washer.
Now the backlog has gone and “the bottles go straight into the Meiko bottle washer where they are washed, heated to 80 degC (disinfection) and come out dry.”
The Dairy supplies farm fresh milk and milkshakes direct to the consumer and catering market using sustainable reusable glass bottles. It also has several milk vending machines.
Ellie is passionate about the nutritional benefits of Winsbury milk. Winsbury uses a gentle slow pasteurizing process which it says, retains more calcium and other nutrients, compared to more conventional processes.
“We have had really great service, fantastic product and reliability from Meiko,” says Ellie. “The bottle wash system has made life a lot easier!”
Meiko's Bottle Washing System means caterers can use their own bottles.
It takes bottles up to 114mm wide and up to 370mm tall and washes a maximum 640 per hour, (rack holds max 16 bottles).
This is currently the fastest undercounter bottle wash system on the UK market. The Meiko system can be used on all Meiko M-iClean UM/UM+ undercounter dishwashing machines from 2009.
M-iClean UM machines are most usually used behind the bar in pubs, hotels, cafes and restaurants. They are typically sold with reverse osmosis water treatment, which provides sparkling spot free results and stops the need to hand polish.