Economical Plants for Energy Foods:
INDOPOL provides full technical solutions for the production of Fortified Blended Foods (FBF) including the manufacture, erection, commissioning and running of ‘Plant & Machinery’ needed for FBF/energy/CSB/Indiamix/Unimix/Faffa food processing plants on a turnkey basis.
Our extrusion-based FBF plants are the most economical production lines available on the market and are highly suited for both existing players wishing to expand and new entrants wishing to enter FBF production in Africa, South America and Asia where many of our plants are already in operation.
Range of Capacities:
We offer a choice of standard blended food solution lines:
Production Process Overview:
The manufacturing process consists of procurement of raw materials, cleaning, weighing & mixing, extrusion and addition of vitamins and minerals. As an overview, the production of fortified blended foods involves the following sub-processes:
1. Intake & Preliminary Cleaning
2. Final Cleaning & Storage
4. Sugar & Vitamin/Mineral Mix addition
Intake & Cleaning
The first step is purchase of the raw materials such as maize, wheat and soyabean. When the manufacturer has purchased enough raw materials for a ‘batch’, which ideally means the amount required for between one month and six weeks of production, he may contact an independent quality control agency to come, examine the material, and take a sample, to certify that it is of the correct quality.
Central to the production process is the extrusion process for cooking of raw materials. Cereals and pulses/oilseeds/soybeans are mixed in the correct amount, gritted and pre-cooked through extrusion (at a temperature of minimum 130°C/270°F, maximum 160°C/320°F). Extrusion is a modern method requiring less energy and gives a better quality product as compared to the traditional cooking method of roasting. Specialized equipment is needed for the extrusion process. It consists of a screw in a barrel with a small aperture. The high pressure increases the temperature and the ingredients are thoroughly cooked in a very short time, preserving flavor and vitamins.
The extruded product is immediately cooled to ambient temperature and milled into fine flour.
Sugar & Mineral/Vitamin Mix Addition
If optional sugar addition is required, the sugar is grounded separately and mixed with the flour obtained from the grinding of cereals such as wheat, maize, rice etc.
The flour is homogenously mixed with the vitamin/mineral premix and (if applicable) sugar and/or oil.
Packing & Storage/Dispatch
The fortified product is packed in moisture proof polyethylene liners, which are sealed. The liners are placed in polypropylene bags, which are weighed, folded, closed and double stitched. The bags are then stacked for storage until the entire batch is ready for shipment.
The manufacturer notifies the quality control agency and the client when the batch is ready for quality control testing and shipment. Their representatives visit the manufacturer at the same time. The quality control agent takes a sample from the batch for testing in the agency’s laboratory. Together the agent and the client observe the product being loaded for transport and certify that the quantity is correct.
More Information on FBF Plants
Soya Nuggets Line