When Chef’s Pantry refurbished the vegetable processing area of its Braeside plant, it was imperative for the food distribution business to ensure a hygienic environment that would maintain the freshness of its produce.
Approximately 1,200m2 of Flowfresh SR (4-6mm) and Flowfresh Sealer was installed to create a seamless, easy to clean finish that would maintain an impervious, gap-free coating despite the busy onsite operating conditions that are inherent to supplying over 90 tonnes of fresh food products every week.
The new, Ash Grey, light-reflective finish would provide the site with an aesthetically pleasing surface able to withstand the inevitable impacts, traffic, spillages and cleaning that it would be subjected to.
Drainage was also incorporated into the floor so that unwanted contaminants could be quickly washed out of the area.
Daniel Grunfield, Chef’s Pantry’s Sales Manager, said that thanks to the new Flowfresh SR floor “cleaning is so much easier and faster”. He added that “cleanliness is the most important part of our business, and with this floor it is much easier to tell if we have a problem and so much easier to keep clean as well”.
Another important factor for Chef’s Pantry when it was undertaking its flooring specification was that Flowfresh incorporates the antimicrobial additive Polygiene®. This silver-ion based agent is able to eliminate up to 99.9% of bacteria in contact with the floor.
Flowcrete Australia’s approved applicator had to ensure that the flooring project was undertaken quickly, as there was only a limited shut down opportunity available. It was also important to minimise the installation timetable, as taintable food was being stored in an adjacent area.
Flowfresh SR’s positively textured finish provides a slip resistant surface, which enhanced the safety levels in Chef’s Pantry’s vegetable processing area, where dropped produce, spillages and cleaning water could potentially lead to slippery conditions.