Meat Based Products Supplied to the Wholesale, Catering and Food Services Sector
- July 2017
'The Worlds Strongest Man takes the strain'
The '2017 Worlds Strongest Man' Eddie Hall was invited to open the new £1.35 million production facility at the High Carr factory. In true 'Eddie' style he took the strain as he pulled the first production load from the premises, signalling, yet further investment of Blakeman's expansion within the cooked product market.
The conversion of one cold store unit by McVeigh Projects, taking only 40% of its floor space, creating a manufacturing facility from raw ingredients to cooked product all contained in one auditable area.
Blakeman's have increased their cooked volume by up to 35% (42,000 kg) with less handling of its products whilst still maintaining full traceability.
Tote bins of meat are accurately measured by in floor weighing scales, minced mixed using a KG Wetter and transferred to a Handtmann filling system. Sausages are then portioned and transported by an Arnott conveyor directly to the GEA inline frying facility. The process from raw material to finished cooked product in less than 50 minutes reduces the lead time for customers in the ever fast paced food industry.
"That is as impressive as Eddie"
- June 2017
Eddie Hall Wins 'The Worlds Strongest Man' Title
A massive well done To Eddie 'The Beast' Hall who was crowned 'The Worlds Strongest Man' in Botswana today, (28th May) the first British man to take the title in 24 Years.
Following his historic win Eddie's manager Mo Chaudry said that he is pleasantly shocked and very proud.
"Eddie has dreamed of this day for the last six years of his life, he had to be on the money his training has been relentless to make his dream come true."
He beat the Icelandic strongman Hafpor Julius Bjornsson in to second place, who is well know for playing 'The Mountain' in Game of Thrones. Eddie also beat the four times winner Brian Shaw of the USA who finished in third place.
Huge Congratulations from all at Blakemans
- February 2017
Blakeman's are extremely proud to be sponsors of supreme Eddie 'The Beast' Hall, 5 times the UK's strongest Man and 3rd Strongest Man in the world, as he enters the competition arena this year to realise his goal to become the winner. Eddie a local lad with a strong appetite for Blakeman's sausages holds the world record for a dead-lift of 500 kg that is just under half a ton or in Blakeman's terms 110 boxes of Supreme Sausages.
Eddie 'The Beast' Hall retains his UK title of The Strongest Man at the Doncaster Dome
He said: "I gave it my all and I think I won by a good 10 points. I could have missed an event and still won so I'm pretty happy with that."
It is so important to me to keep improving on my weaknesses and my strengths.
Thanks to all the people of Stoke-on-Trent who are behind me in my effort to win 'The Worlds Strongest Man' title later this year.
...Wow! Good Luck Eddie from all at Blakeman's in your quest.
- January 2017
National Fish & Chips Awards 2017
John Dory's in Lisburn, County Antrim, has won the Staff Training and Development Award after frying out on top at the 2017 National Fish & Chip Awards (26 January), organised by Seafish.
“We recognise the importance of up-skilling our workforce and have put staff through numerous formal courses, supplemented with in-house training. We want to provide opportunities for our staff to gain qualifications and develop their skills.
“I’m so proud to be bringing a national award home to Northern Ireland! Over the past few years we have worked hard to ensure that high standards are met across all our locations and we will continue to strive for excellence.”
Mark Polley (Director) John Dory’s
Lisburn, County Antrim
- September 2015
Young Fish Friers Factory Tour
The UK’s best up-and-coming young fish friers, announced as part of the 2016 National Fish & Chip Awards, got an inside glimpse into the James T Blakeman & Co. Ltd. ‘Supreme Sausage’ factory today (8 September) as they experienced a behind-the-scenes tour of the 57,000 sq ft manufacturing facility.
As the factory opened its doors, the frying enthusiasts discovered the ingredients, staff and state-of-the-art equipment and distribution systems that go into producing one of the UK’s finest sausages. They also got one-on-one time with Rachel, learning tricks of the trade as they refined their sausage frying skills.
Philip Blakeman, said: "We wanted the young fryers to see for themselves how Blakeman’s quality products are manufactured with the utmost care and dedication.
“This tour of our factory may be a first for some young fryers. I hope they leave with the knowledge of how the humble sausage they serve to their customers is produced.”
- September 2015
A chilling amount of £900,000 invested is some what thawed by the efficiency and productivity gains at James T. Blakeman (Services) & Co.Ltd cooking plant, with the installation of a double belted helix spiral freezer.
The schedule for the removal of an ageing system and installation period, whilst maintaining normal production would have taxed the metal of many a factory manager. The project management conundrum was put into the hands of Blakemans factory manager Kevin Moller, "this project to say was a headache would be understating the task, yet after a strenuous 9 week period the plant was up and running" says Kevin.
The helix spiral double belted freezer system allows for better product integrity and allergen control combined with greater energy savings and boasts a product infeed temperature of +77° with an output of -30° within 30 minutes. Starfrost Freezing & Chilling Systems of Lowestoft were contracted to install a full internal stainless plant with a highly efficient hot gas defrost and CIP (Clean in Place) system, allowing for rapid cleaning and improved hygiene, with easy to clean slideable conveyor belts a further feature of the installation.
The location of the 'Green Solution' zero environmental impact Ammonia Glacier plant to an external site allows for a significant noise level reduction and frees up space in the working environment.
The ongoing investment translates into lower operating costs with improved productivity and enhances Blakeman's standing in the industry and consolidates the commitment to its customers.
- September 2015
Not Just For Christmas
Delicious skinless pork sausages wrapped in tasty smoked bacon combined together to produce the classic traditional favourite ‘Pigs-in-Blankets’, a perfect addition to any meal.
- September 2015
333 Breakfast Club
“James T. Blakeman & Co. Ltd are proud to be associated with ‘The Breakfast Club project a Greggs Foundation initiative started back in 1999, to give disadvantaged children a nutritional start to their day.
Blakemans having become a well established local and national company within the food industry felt the need to support it’s local community with help on this meaningful programme. We fully endorse ‘The Breakfast Club’s values for improving health, nutrition, social awareness and attendance, which can only lead to a positive improvement in the classroom results.” Mr Philip Blakeman Managing Director
Lynne Hindmarch tries her hand at Connect 4 with the children.
On June 23rd the partnership officially launched the 333rd Breakfast Club at The Burnwood Primary School in Chell, Stoke-on-Trent with Lynne Hindmarch from the Greggs Foundation and Mr Alan Green representing Blakemans aproned up to help out in the kitchen.