An excellent reputation for supplying high quality depositors and filling machines has secured Riggs Autopack a recent order from TCD Foods Ltd, a North-East company producing fine quality chilli sauces, jam, condiments and marinades.

In December 2010, TCD Foods completed a purpose-built food production factory in Northumberland and, as the company’s first step into semi-automated production, it was paramount that it sourced a new filling machine from a leading manufacturer.

Machine versatility was key to TCD Foods. The company required just one filling machine to deposit jam, chutney and pickles into 227ml glass jars, sauces into 100ml bottles, and open then fill half kilo plastic pouches with 150 gm of BBQ marinades. Consequently, it contacted Lancashire-based Riggs Autopack Ltd, which manufactures high quality depositors and filling machines for the food production industry.

Following initial consultation, Riggs was able to recommend a suitable filling machine to fulfill the company’s specific food manufacturing needs, with TCD Foods placing an order for a bespoke Model 1000 Option 1 semi-automatic machine. It was supplied with a twin skin 100 litre hopper for hot product filling, height adjustable filling table, choice of depositing nozzles to suit varied container types, and an integrated conical pouch opener, which uses food grade quality air to open stand-up plastic pouches.

TCD Foods director Mr Dan May is delighted, commenting: “In our business it is all about forming relationships and we have developed an excellent one with Riggs Autopack; they understand our industry very well and obviously that helps. During initial discussions, they quickly understood our specific production requirements and have provided us with a cost effective solution that is fulfilling all our manufacturing demands.’’