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An Advanced Approach To Growth: Insight Into Sunsof’s Experience With Blentech

There is no question that buying equipment can be an overwhelming task.  Here is just one example of how working with the right company can solve problems through collaboration.

Establishing a relationship by asking questions

Sunsof Inc, an all natural traditional empanada producer out of Miami, Florida, first approached Blentech as a growing company looking to scale up while maintaining their product quality.

 

We took time asking questions and creating a plan of action by listening to determine what their goals were.

 

 

 

 

 

Listen to Edgardo Armando, CEO of Sunsof, talk about how he experienced a process with Blentech that started with a “feeling of support”.

Peace of Mind through Proof of Concept

Testing was an integral part in Blentech’s solution discovery process. We utilized our team of food process engineering experts to ensure success through a trial. Blentech uses testing to better understand your product and needs as well as to focus on your company’s goals. Sunsof’s products are “made with love” and we love what we do so the perfect partnership was built. 

For Sunsof, their goals were to:

– increase production

– save money

– maintain/ increase product quality

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Edgardo also found value saying, “for us that test stage was key”.  Blentech believes that your food drives your success and that our attention to detail will deliver the best quality. Sunsof worked with Blentech’s food process engineering experts to enhance their procedures to meet and exceed their quality standards. Their product retained the desired qualities in

– color

– particle identity

– texture

– taste

Save time and money

This preliminary testing allowed Sunsof to estimate throughput as well as batch parameters for accurate pricing and ROI.  By reevaluating using the outdated method of kettle cooking in use at Sunsof, the benefits of a BlenTherm were clear. Sunsof was able to experience the quality increases, savings potentials, and reduced stress on labor needs due to automation; first by testing and then by purchasing this equipment.  In working with the Blentech team, Sunsof saw that attention to detail with collaboration prevented expensive mistakes and allowed us to size their equipment correctly. One thing that the BlenTherm does especially well is the ability to cook and chill in the same equipment – an important factor for Sunsof. Using a BlenTherm also allowed for the ability to maintain clean label and wholesome product while increasing automation.

How they grew

We are proud to work with companies like Sunsof and see their company strive and grow. Since installation, Sunsof has increased productions and sales by 30% and continues to grow.  From the beginning Sunsof had growth in mind, “We wanted to make sure this change would also bring us growth… and what is does is just make it easier” – Edgardo Hernandez.

How can we support your expanding business?

 

Find out more about the Blentech Innovation Center HERE then contact us to schedule a trial with us today!

 

 

 

 

 

Blentech Safety Lunch

 

Safety is important at Blentech.  Today we celebrated many safety accomplishments and the one we are most proud of is reflected in the photo above – 1,319 days without a lost time accident! To acknowledge our team that makes safety a daily priority,  every few months we have an all-staff safety lunch and today was a beautiful day in Northern California to have a barbeque.

Our Director of Manufacturing, Jon Valez with the assistance of Erin Whelan, an Applications Engineer, barbecued fresh from the ranch – an employee’s ranch – “gangus beef” hamburgers.  A gangus beef burger comes from a cow that’s a cross between a Galloway and an Angus.

That’s some hamburger!

Our employees were eager to get in line for their fresh gangus burgers topped with sauteed peppers and onions, bacon, cheese, a fried egg, lettuce and tomato all prepared by the Blentech team.

Jon spoke to our team about safety issues that included “Lock-Out, Tag-Out”.  He informed our team that pursuant to our safety policies, our current manufacturing and service team are all trained in Lock-Out, Tag-Out and as new employees come in, they are trained as well.

He also reminded the Blentech team that safety glasses are required at all times in the factory.

Each employee can enter their ideas for the next month’s safety slogan – this month’s winner was Adam Hammack, Lead Welder for “Avoid the worst, put safety first.”

Blentech then celebrated the retirement of our Accounts Payable professional, Rickie Troxell.  We wish Rickie all the best on her retirement!

Blentech and safety go hand-in-hand.  Our team takes pride in making this a daily priority.

 

To find out more about Blentech and our focus on safety, contact us today. 

 

Behind the Scenes: An Interview with our Blentech Shop Foreman

DuWayne Geigle, Shop Foreman – Blentech employee 1986 to today

What was your title when you first started?

I started as a welder in 1978 in the old company before Blentech called Custom Stainless. Then in 1981, Custom Stainless became CSE. In 1986, Darrell Horn (current Chairman and Owner) bought the company and turned us into Blentech and things really took off from there.

What did you do in that role?

I welded hoppers and conveyors.

How many employees were there back then?

Back then, there were 3 welders, 1 grinder and Nancy’s mother worked in the office (Nancy Corriveau, our current Director of Operations). And, there was an uncle who would come in to get equipment ready to ship when needed.  Then, I became a Welder Foreman in 1979 when the current foreman was let go. In 1984, I then became a Foreman.

Back when Darrell started Blentech in 1986, there were 12-15 employees, mostly in the factory. At that time, we only had 2 drafters and 1 engineer, John Lennox.  Now, I’m the Shop Foreman working directly under Jon Valez, the Director of Manufacturing. Currently, Blentech has over 70 employees.

What type of machines were made back then?

We used to build one machine at a time – mainly hoppers and conveyors. Now we build more systems.

Most memorable project?

Double twin agitator rice cooking systems. So huge, like nothing we’ve build before. We made five of those types of machines for a company that produced 11,000 pounds of cooked rice per hour. Also, I remember the first bacon bit machines. They were huge and took so long to build. You couldn’t do much without using a crane.   

 

What would the you in year one not believe you in year nearly 40 would be doing?

My first year self would be very surprised at how many lead men I have working to help carry the load. My first year self would also be surprised I’m still here! I did not intend to stay this long! After I worked here a few years, I took classes at Santa Rosa Junior College to go to the business side of manufacturing. Then, we had two children and that changed everything, as often is the case. I decided to stay at Blentech. A great place to stay 30 years. 30 years that went fast – too fast.

What advice would you give to the you that was just starting here back in those early days?

Try not to do it all yourself for so long. It wasn’t until Jon Valez came on board 3 years ago that I stopped working 7 days a week. Jon forced me to get other lead men to help carry the load of the work.  Now I can rely on Doug, Adam, Mark, Ruben and Ray to take care of details I no longer have to manage.

 

Do you look for our products made on our machines when you are shopping or out eating?

Yes, I’m very aware of foods made on Blentech machines when I am out shopping. I always buy a certain brand of chicken and soup. And, I’m always telling people our machines make that soup! Same with certain types of hummus sold at very popular stores. I’m very proud of that. Proud that Blentech equipment makes a lot of very successful products we all see and use every day.

 

 

What do you like to do when you’re not at Blentech?

I like to go camping, play golf, work in the yard or visit with my grand-kids who live nearby.

What is something that your coworkers might be surprised to learn about you?

Probably nothing. I’m a pretty open book. I’m always out talking to my guys about their families. I listen to their problems and offer advice. Sometimes I don’t know the right advice, but I talk to them about everything.

What makes Blentech products different?

Quality craftsmanship and how safe our machines are. They also cook the products really well for what our customers want. Just this week at our Innovation Center, a customer came for a two-day trial. After just one day, they were so happy with the results, they canceled the test for the second day.

What makes you proud to work at Blentech?

I’m really proud of the first rice system that Darrell and John spent years perfecting. The Japanese said we couldn’t create a rice cooker that made rice as well as their systems. Chef’s from Japan came to see how ours worked and they were quite surprised how great it was. So much so, the Japanese government gave Blentech a certificate honoring us in rice cooking. That’s pretty amazing.

DuWayne Geigle, Blentech thinks you’re pretty amazing and we thank you for your lifetime commitment to our company.  

 

Read more about why Blentech is the right choice when looking for peace of mind through proof of concept at our Innovation Center or contact us today to discuss a Blentech solution for your challenge. 

 

 

 

 

Team Orange at IFT17

Blentech Team Orange had a fantastic first day at the IFT17 show in Las Vegas, Nevada at the Blentech booth #4867.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Blentech is also on Twitter.  Follow us @BlentechCorp to see what else we are up to at the IFT17 show – it may have something to do with Elvis.

Stop by and see us at the show!

Peace of Mind Through Proof of Concept at the Blentech Innovation Center

Our customers have told us how important testing their ideas and recipes are during the process of bringing their culinary concepts to life.  Here at Blentech, our food process engineering experts will collaborate with you whether your focus is scale up or product development.

Watch our video below about the Blentech Innovation Center –  where our professionals discuss how you can find  peace of mind through proof of concept.

Contact us today to learn more about or schedule time in the Blentech Innovation Center.

If you’re attending the IFT17 show in Las Vegas this week, June 26 – June 28, come by our booth #4867 where we’ll be taking reservations at the Blentech Innovation Center. See you at the show!

Blentech Booth #4867 at IFT17

 

Blentech invites YOU to attend the IFT17 Food Expo in Las Vegas, NV running June 26th through June 28th, as our guest, free of charge. The most creative minds in the science of food and technology will be waiting for you at IFT17. Share and be challenged by the latest research, innovative solutions and groundbreaking thinking.

Visit Blentech booth #4867 to discuss why you need to schedule time in our new Blentech Innovation Center to “try it before you buy it”.  Are you settling for kettles? Do you want to scale up your business with confidence? Come talk to our process engineer experts at the show.

Use our Exhibitor Code 1301 when you register at http://www.iftevent.org .

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Look for us in the orange shirts

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

…..and matching orange shoes!

 

 

 

 

 

 

See you at the show!

 

We’re Proud to Introduce You to the Blentech Innovation Center

Blentech is celebrating the opening of our new state of the art Innovation Center!  We are excited to invite everyone to visit us in the heart of California Wine Country.  In between touring our facility and learning about the newest advances in food processing technology, you’ll be able to get one on one process support from our food scientists and food process systems engineering staff.  Spend a day trying out different cooking strategies or testing out new recipes on our pilot test equipment and let us prove to you why we’re leading the industry in advancement, automation, design, and durability.  We’ll work with you create a customized test plan designed around your needs and metrics then present a report on what we learned.

We specialize in:

New Process and Product Development

Scale up

Research and Development

Quality Improvement

Automation Advancement

Labor Reduction

Minimizing Processing Times

 

Schedule a Trial with us today!

Blentech Presents At Seoul FoodTech

This week our International Sales Manager Akhilesh Pandey is attending Seoul FoodTech in Kintex, Goyang-si, South Korea with our friends from J.C. Trading.  The show runs from May 16th to May 19th.  Stop by our booth 1A106 to learn how Blentech Food Processing Equipment is a match for your industrial food production needs!

 

To learn more about how Blentech Corporation’s products and services, are a match for you, visit our website.  Want to know more?  Submit your inquiry to us HERE, or give us a call at 707-523-5949.  We look forward to seeing you!

Success Story: Wildbrine Testing with Blentech

Making the decision to purchase new equipment is not easy.   Weighing the benefits of new technologies, determining supplier capabilities and assessing capital budgets are all issues that need focus to determine what critical decision needs to be made. A visit to the Blentech Innovation Center can help guide you with these decisions.

Our customer Wildbrine found that testing with our process engineering team was essential to assure them that moving up to a larger mixer would reliably help them scale up their business.  They also determined that the automation that a Blentech mixer provided made it easier on their employees as well.  A win-win solution for the team at Wildbrine.

Listen to Wildbrine’s co-founder, Rick Goldberg, talk about his experiences testing with Blentech:

 

The Blentech Innovation Center is the place where our customers work with our process engineering team to:

–  Define which Blentech equipment can reliably help you scale up your production

–  Develop solutions to solve your unique challenges

–  Test new processes

–  Provide confidence in your purchase recommendations

–  Reduce time needed to develop the scope of your project

–  Experience in person the way Blentech’s superior equipment is built and operates

Testing at the Blentech Innovation Center is the best way to determine which Blentech solution is right for you.  Let us help you start making these decisions today.

Connect with our process engineering team to schedule your test in the Blentech Innovation Center today by contacting us HERE.

Orange you glad we’re in Orange County?

Team Orange, aka the Blentech Team, landed in Orange County last night then set up our booth today at the Natural Products Expo West in sunny Anaheim in Orange County, CA.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

If you’re attending the expo, come check us out at booth #249 to learn about how Blentech food processing equipment can cook your ingredients faster on a larger scale while still maintaining the quality you look for in a small, craft company.

Or – if you see one of us in our “Don’t Settle for a Kettle” orange shirts with orange shoes, stop us and we’ll be happy to talk with you about how Blentech can help you scale up your natural products company.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

See you at the show!

 

We have found the Blentech cooker to be more versatile than our standard cooking kettles. Our yields and product quality are excellent with the Blentech technology and the cycle times exceeded our expectations! The robust construction of Blentech equipment is unparalleled..

Bruce Cihonski
of Tyson Foods

Blentech Gets Published!

Blentech is published in "Thermal Processing of Ready-to-Eat Meat Products."

By: Darrell Horn and Daniel Voit