Ian Wait, operations director at Branston Ltd:
“We handle 380,000 tonnes of potatoes each year, with a significant amount being packed by GIC machines before they leave us for supermarkets across the country.”
“We rely on GIC's machines at all three of our sites in Lincolnshire, Somerset and Scotland. In total, we have bought more than 20 GIC machines. They're fast and reliable as well as being gentle on the produce. It is no surprise that GIC has sold so many machines over the years.”
The GIC8000 vertical form fill and sealing machine on show at British Potato is capable of handling up to 90 packs per minute. The high-speed continuous motion machine features the latest generation of maintenance-free servo motor drives and a ten-inch colour Allen Bradley HMI touch screen.
When GIC first exhibited at British Potato in 2001, the company employed just 12 people and manufactured a range of six machines, the fastest of which could produce 100 packs per minute. Today, GIC employs 21 people and manufactures a range of nine machine variant, the fastest of which can reach 140 packs per minute.
Andy Beal, GIC's Managing Director:
“It's very satisfying to be marking our ninth appearance at British Potato by showing people the 300th machine we've supplied to the main crop and fresh produce sector.”GIC was established in 1984, with the current directors Andy Beal and Luke Murphy undertaking a management buy out in 2006. As well as the potato industry, GIC's VFFS machines are used in fresh produce, snacks, confectionery, pet food, powders, pulses, pasta, liquids and non-food sectors.
“We're not complacent though. We know our customers are under pressure. That's why we focus on producing highly efficient and effective machines and offering excellent customer service and maintenance packages.”
“With lots of GIC machines operating in the potato industry, we know quite a few people in the sector and hopefully we'll see a lot of them at British Potato!.”