Holmesterne Foods

Manufacturer of raw and cooked meats, vegetables & ready meals

Holmesterne Foods are a Made in Yorkshire Gold Member

Addition of automated infeed belts to mincing lines delivers increased output and reduced waste

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At their Brompton-on Swale meat manufacturing plant Holmesterne Foods continue apace with their programme of adding more simple automation processes to established manufacturing lines, resulting in yet more significant benefits to the business.

The Thomson Mincer Grinders now directly feed mechanised belts that transport the minced meat products directly up to the Handtmann formers that produce many of the company’s staple lines including cocktail sausages, meatballs and stuffing balls.


Eradicating the manual element of the process and replacing it with automated infeed belts is another simple and cost- effective improvement that is delivering substantial quality and capacity improvements as well as addressing potential personnel health & safety issues.

The belts were designed and made locally at Tanfield Engineering based on the Leeming Industrial Estate, where Holmesterne’s cooked meat and vegetable plant is located.

From concept to installation on site within 4 weeks the blue flighted belts keep product moving consistently and have replaced the need to manually lift trays of minced product several feet up to the Handtmann hoppers.

The changes have created inline efficiencies and improved quality as product temperature is maintained at cooler levels as it passes through the process. This has in turn led to the reduction of waste. Holmesterne has furthermore been able to realign the workforce with skills deployed in other areas of the business.


Commenting, Head of Operations Shaun Bedford said:

“It’s been very rewarding to work with the team at Tanfield who are a local engineering company, and together, to design a very effective outcome to the Handtmann hopper infeed challenge.

The solution is paying dividends and further demonstrates
our commitment to quality throughout our business”.