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Case H story QV Foods

The extensive capability and innovative approach of Birmingham- based Hygiene Group, the UK’s leading supplier of contract cleaning services to the food industry, has helped optimise cleaning and hygiene for a major producer and processor of potatoes.

A wholly owned subsidiary of AH Worth, QV Foods operates from four purpose built factories on a 54-acre site at Holbeach in Lincolnshire, farming some 4,500 acres of potatoes and vegetables which are supplied to wholesalers, retailers, food service companies and food manufacturers.

The company is a specialist supplier of fresh and prepared potatoes and vegetables to the retail sector. It also operates within the wholesale, food service and food manufacturing markets. Its associated company Manor Fresh Ltd, a sole supplier of potatoes and organic vegetables to Marks & Spencer, also operates from the Holbeach site.

QV Foods contacted Hygiene Group to discuss a cleaning contract to help them secure an order of a new product being transferred into QV from Manor Fresh as they were at full capacity.

A team from Hygiene Group visited Holbeach to conduct a full survey and to discuss the requirements in more detail. Hygiene then provided a quote for complete end of run and periodic cleans in the Low Care area on site.

QV required a full hygiene and technical audit and approval by Marks & Spencer before the product could be produced at the factory. Hygiene Group developed a comprehensive plan for overnight cleaning of the facility each night to be ready for the following day’s 12-hour shift based on a team of specialist operatives working shifts covering a seven-night operation.

QV engaged Hygiene Group who had less than three weeks to prepare for the audit inspection. Hygiene Group took over the four existing team members, who were complemented by experienced operatives from within the Hygiene Group business, to ensure the line was ready.

Photographs were taken before, during and after cleaning the machinery, equipment and fabric of the factory, which were collated to demonstrate progress.

Karl Fletcher, Hygiene Group’s Technical Manager, worked with the team to produce documentation

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