James T Blakeman (Services) upgrades its sausage freezer

By Rick Pendrous

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James Blakeman (Services) has invested £900,000 on new freezer kit
James Blakeman (Services) has invested £900,000 on new freezer kit

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Cooking and cold storage operator James T Blakeman (Services) & Co is making big efficiency and productivity gains since investing £900,000 in a double-belted helix spiral freezer at its factory in Newcastle-under-Lyme.

The Blakeman company produces sausage and meat products for the catering and retail sector and was founded by James Blakeman in 1953.

James T Blakeman (Services), a specialist cooking and cold storage operation, was formed in 2000. It has capacity to make 100,000 standard sized sausages every eight hours and can cook deep-fried, oven cooked or steamed products.


The refrigeration project involved the removal of an ageing refrigeration system while maintaining production in the factory.

“To say this project was a headache would be understating the task, yet after a strenuous nine-week period the plant was up and running,”​ said Blakeman’s factory manager Kevin Moller.


The double-belted spiral freezer system allows for better product integrity and allergen control combined with greater energy savings. It also copes with products fed into the freezer at 77°C and exiting at -30°C within 30 minutes.

Starfrost Freezing & Chilling Systems of Lowestoft was contracted to install a full internal stainless plant. This features a highly efficient hot gas defrost and a clean-in-place system, allowing for rapid cleaning and improved hygiene. This is assisted by the use of easy-to-clean slideable conveyor belts.

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