PT ASSOCIATES has over 46 years grown by offering the food and dairy industry quality processing equipment and services.
The product line includes (but is not limited to):
Cheese Shredding Systems, Cheese Portion Cutting Machines, Ultrasonic Cutting Systems, Cheese Slice Accumulation Lines, Sanitary Dust Collection, Blending & Mixing Equipment.
Chilling & Freezing Systems including Spiral and IQF Tunnels with Industrial Refrigeration Packages.
Washing / Sanitizing Solutions including Rack & Crate Washers, Scale Weigh Pan Washers, Utensil Cabinet Washers, Buggy and Bin Washers, Sanitisers and Pallet Washers.
Vacuum Transfer Solutions including Bulk Handling & Rip – Tip Stations Systems.
We also provide a consultancy, plant review and in plant training.
The company is driven by innovation, quality and customer service.
NZ Representative for Marchant Schmidt Inc, IWM UK, Volkmann GmbH, FPS Inc.
31 Thompsons Road,
Broughton Village 2534
PO Box 168
BSI is a leading food safety certification provider with extensive auditing services for a wide range of food safety and business standards spanning the entire food and beverage supply chain – including Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI) recognized standards. And, as a registered agency of the Ministry of Primary Industries (MPI), BSI also provides verification under the New Zealand Food Act 2014.
Our food sector services include certification, training, assessment and supply chain solutions. Combined, they can help assure your customers and make your organization more resilient by enabling you to manage the risks and opportunities associated with your products, processes, people and respective supply chains.
With over 2,800 food and agri-food standards in our portfolio, we’re well-positioned to support the industry and the challenges faced by the supply chain including:
• Food safety and security
• Business risk
• Corporate social responsibility
Level 10, 21 Queen Street
With over 70 years’ experience in New Zealand, nobody has more in-depth knowledge of providing safety equipment, engineering supplies, workwear and packaging than NZ Safety Blackwoods.
With 30 Trade Centres across New Zealand, a comprehensive digital platform, knowledgeable sales and service reps, award-winning customer experience team, and range of over 120,000 products – partnering with NZ Safety Blackwoods allows you to leverage our scale, knowledge and relationships with preferred suppliers to access the best products at the right price.
With our vast product range, long history of servicing all sectors of New Zealand, and extensive portfolio of specialist and technical services, we will work with you to design and implement end-to-end specialist solutions in order to meet your purchasing requirements, providing you with everything you need from a trusted single source supplier.
87 – 91 Kerrs Road
Private Bag 94020
Helping our customers improve their workplaces by making things safer and more efficient is what we’re passionate about at Astrolift. We are a trusted provider of Materials Handling Equipment, Packaging Equipment, and Warehouse Barrier. We create unique designs, manufactured in our factory, combined with the range of equipment that we import from Asia, Europe, Scandinavia and the UK to provide an innovative range of quality products that significantly improves safety and efficiency in workplaces. You need products you can count on all day, every day to get the job done. As your supplier, we work with you to find out the best solution for your requirements. Work Safer. Work Efficiently. Give us a call.
100 Springs Flat Raod
PO Box 4202
MARTOR is the international leading partner for safer cutting solutions. For more than 75 years, MARTOR has been combining quality with innovation to manufacture premium cutting tools for industrial and professional purposes.
MARTOR Australia has been an official partner of the MARTOR family for over 20 years, and our team has extensive knowledge of safety knives and the safety knife industry.
Our product range consists of concealed blade knives, fully automatic knives, automatic knives, metal detectable knives, scissors, and specialty tools. We also have an extensive range of blades and accessories to complement our range.
At MARTOR Australia our mission is to reduce accidents in the workplace and help you create a safer working environment. Every single accident avoided by using our safety cutters is a massive success in our eyes.
Contact us today to find out how we can assist you.
Unit 6, 17 Bate Close
Dotmar Engineering Plastics is the leading NZ supplier of engineering plastic materials and machined components. We stock the widest range of conventional and high-performance engineering plastic materials, including a wide variety of food grade materials (FDA and EU), and can offer materials to medical, pharmaceutical and aerospace standards.
Dotmar support our customers by offering material selection, design, drawing and reverse engineering services, from a team of highly skilled and experienced staff. Those services are backed up by our own modern, high quality machine shops offering CNC and conventional machining.
Dotmar is also the sole NZ distributor of System Plast conveyor chains, belts and associated conveyor line components. We complement our System Plast products with manufacture of many machine components, including full sets of new or replacement change parts for filling and labelling machines.
Dotmar provide NZ wide coverage servicing customers from primary industries through to consumer goods manufacturers.
28 Crooks Road
PO Box 64503
+64 21 627 619
+64 6 354 4228
+64 21 667 810
+64 3 338 0522
+64 21 434 208
+64 9 579 7200
Proquip Solutions is a well-established leader in the supply and service of new and used process and packaging equipment.
Proquip represent several leading process and packaging equipment manufacturers from around the world, who working with us are able to supply complete processing and packing solutions.
These products include equipment for the food and beverage processing sectors, packaging equipment, and solutions for manufacturing efficiency.
Proquip provide innovative solutions for surplus asset management. This includes buying and selling of second hand equipment and managing the disposal of your assets to maximize the return to you.
Unit 2, 114 Wiri Station Road
PO Box 98867
Caliber Design is a mechanical design consultancy that provides project-based design engineering services. Our team of 30+ highly skilled and experienced engineers are based in Auckland, Hamilton, and Christchurch. Our engineers work with clients on a project-by-project basis, this means our clients can upsize their team with the exact skills they need, when they need them.
Much of our work is in the food technology industry. Our project experience covers heating and cooling systems, multiple lane conveyors, palletisers, up lifters, process and packing lines, freezers, refrigeration and production equipment for the meat processing industry, and more.
We design for safety, hygiene, assembly, reliability, serviceability, and longevity, while minimising costs. Our engineers are experienced in all aspects of the design process, from scoping through to parts procurement, manufacturing, installation and commissioning.
Shortage of resources? Looming deadline? Skill gap that needs to be filled? Caliber Design has talented engineers that can help.
Wayne Le Sueur
597 Rosebank Road
PO Box 71084
021 0850 4275
MAINTAINING HYGIENIC FACTORIES FOR NZ’S WORLD-CLASS FOOD PRODUCERS.
Providing specialist industrial cleaning services to NZ’s Food and Beverage industry.
• Chemical Cleaning & Sanitising
• HVAC System Cleaning & Filter Servicing
• Dry Ice Blasting
• Building Washing
• Building Maintenance
• Floor Scrubbing
• Drone Spraying of Roofs
We partner with NZ’s food producers to help you meet food safety regulations and uphold our country’s reputation as a world-class food producer! Based on 15 years’ experience working with some of NZ’s biggest food producers, our expert advisors visit your site to gain an understanding of your specific needs and recommend a critical hygiene solution. Our fully-equipped, trained technicians will clean to the agreed schedule and provide you with reports and photos of work completed. Presco Environmental can create a personalised maintenance plan for you, or work with you to solve a one-off critical hygiene issue.
We are as passionate as you are about keeping NZ famous for the quality of its food production!
Call us today – 0800 PRESCO.
50A Fantham St
PO Box 530
HAVER & BOECKER Australia is a wholly owned subsidiary of German-based HAVER & BOECKER, a leading developer and manufacturer of processing and packing technology for the minerals, food, chemicals and building materials industries.
HAVER & BOECKER has more than 125 years of experience in supplying innovative solutions worldwide for the processing, storage, mixing, packing, filling, palletising and loading of bulk materials.
Together with more than 50 subsidiaries and 150 representatives on all five continents, HAVER & BOECKER operates worldwide with about 2,950 employees.
35 Millrose Drive
Malaga, WA 6090
Aggreko is the global leader in the rental of power generation and temperature control solutions for major industries.
Our power, chilling and drying solutions are used by dairy processing plants, primary producers, wineries, breweries, food-storage facilities and food processors around New Zealand, for:
– Additional cooling capacity during peak seasons
– Temporary cooling and ventilation of cold storage produce, dairy or meat products
– Additional capacity for planned or unplanned shutdowns
– Chiller or cooling tower capacity supplement or augmentation
– Dry ice blasting for food packaging or processing
– Temporary cooling and ventilation to improve staff working conditions
– Industrial dehumidification of work areas or for drying food products
– Additional power during maintenance or shutdown
– Additional power for peak season
– Standby power
Our operations span across strategically positioned service depots for rapid fleet deployment across New Zealand. Contact us today on 0800 950 950.
1048 -1050 Great South Rd
101 Woodlands Drive
Lewis & Barrow is a multi-disciplined Professional Consulting Engineering Firm specializing in all areas of structural and civil engineering design, documentation, project management and architectural design.
We can start with you from the beginning –
Our expertise in providing site investigation and feasibility, through the concept and development stages, leading into tender and construction of the project will ensure your project is delivered to the highest standard in the most innovative and efficient manner.
Lewis & Barrow specializes in providing affordable, innovative and practical design solutions aimed at saving the Client time and money. Computer aided drawing (CAD) is used extensively to produce high-quality, clear and accurate plans that enable projects to be completed efficiently and with certainty, minimizing costly on-site delays and contract variations.
Our staff are all long standing and its to our satisfaction the relationships we build with our clients. You can be sure you will be dealing with the same person on repeat business where appropriate.
The majority of our work comes from the Canterbury Region, however work has been undertaken all over New Zealand and occasionally overseas.
8/357 Madras Street
PO Box 13-282 St Asaph St
METTLER TOLEDO is a leading global manufacturer of precision instruments. The Company is the world’s largest manufacturer and marketer of weighing, analytical and inspection solutions for use in laboratory, industrial, food retailing applications, and food production and packaging. The Company also holds top-three market positions for several related analytical instruments and is a leading provider of automated chemistry systems used in drug and chemical compound discovery and development.
Additional information about METTLER TOLEDO can be found at www.mt.com.
Centre of Excellence – 18a Maui Street, Pukete
Jonassen Industrial Projects Limited provides turnkey solutions to reduce wastewater generation and assess resource recovery and reduction of water usage within the factory. Offering cost effective treatment solutions JIPL provides innovative wastewater technologies and delivers total treatment solutions.
Representing leading-edge innovators JIPL supplies equipment for:
• Technology –turnkey systems e.g., SBR/MBR
• Aeration and mixing including blowers
• Thickening and dewatering – DAF, centrifuges, belt, screw and plate presses
• Sludge conditioning
• Metal membranes – technology for resource recovery within manufacturing processes
JIPL has access to the world’s leading experts, and provides full process design, supply, build and commission of wastewater treatment/ resource recovery plants.
85 Oteha Valley Road
85 Oteha Valley Road
Matcon, a division of IDEX MPT, Inc. has been providing systems for efficient and flexible processing of powders, granules and tablets since 1980. Central to our Intermediate Bulk Container (IBC) technology is the Cone Valve, offering automatic and controlled discharge of virtually any powder type. Cohesive materials are stimulated to flow, whilst free-flowing powders are controlled. Our Cone Valve has continually proven to overcome the traditional powder handling issues of bridging, rat-holing, segregation and degradation. We have implemented a wide range of systems from simple decoupling of a fixed mixer to improve throughput to a complex multi-batch, multi-mixer, fully tracked system. With a diverse national and multi-national customer portfolio, we apply our commitment to innovation, continuous product development and thorough consideration of our customers’ process needs and objectives, to deliver IBC solutions which benefit our customers with increased productivity, improved process efficiency and reduced manufacturing costs.
Evesham WR11 1JH
Brooke Fine Foods are importers and distributors of quality food solutions. We specialise is bulk food ingredients, covering a wide range of dried vine, tree and tropical fruit, nuts, grains and seeds, beans and lentils, vinegar, puree, starch’s and flours, peanut butter, canned goods, snacks, mixes and specialty products. We also represent some iconic international brands such as Mrs Balls, Peppadew, Yes You Can and our very own pre-pack range, Summer Harvest.
Brooke Fine Foods supplies private label products within the NZ & Australian grocery sector, we’re able to source a selection of items from around the globe.
Our fundamental philosophy is to provide our clients with a comprehensive, high quality, product range that represents good value. We firmly believe in long-term relationships both with clients and suppliers as we believe that long-term relationships foster consistently better business.
9A Apollo Drive
PO Box 302-118
Filtercorp is the pre-eminent provider of filtration product and services enabling a cleaner tomorrow. Experts in Dust Management, Ventilation Systems, Flexible Connectors, Liquid Filtration – and now teamed up with a world leader in Industrial and Commercial Fans. Our range of fans will blow you away!
Angela Hogan – Customer Service Manager
17-21 Kawana Street
+64 3 377 9212
+64 9 483 4355
Lynn River is a market leader in hand protection and personal protective equipment (PPE) solutions to the meat, fish and food processing industries. Lynn River is the exclusive importer of Showa quality gloves and is a long standing licensee of DSM Dyneema – the world’s strongest fiber™.
Lynn River has an extensive range of products tailored for the food industry including cut resistant gloves, disposable gloves, industrial safety gloves, freezer gloves, aprons, bakers’ mitts and pads, earmuffs, respirators, safety glasses and workwear.
Our head office is located in Geraldine with a sales office and ancillary warehousing in Auckland. We have trained technical representative located throughout New Zealand who are able to assist with product recommendations and trials to ensure cost effective outcomes.
162 Talbot Street
PO Box 7
When it comes to moving and packing fruit and produce EQM has you packed, sealed and delivered.
EQM is a full service packing solutions business. We have the know how to create efficient and high performing packing systems using quality equipment such as conveyors, rotary tables, gearboxes and motors.
518 Omahu Road
American food manufacturer Jeanette Harris would never have put two teaspoons of cardamom in a recipe for a dozen biscuits.
The spice is strong, polarising and typically associated with India and Asian cooking, not gluten-free chocolate chip biscuits.
“Humans have internal biases about these sorts of things, especially cooks and bakers — we have these ideas that these are the tried and true ways,” Harris says.
Two teaspoons of cardamom is not one of those tried and true ways. But when an artificial intelligence designed to optimise parts for airplanes and spaceships told her two teaspoons of cardamom was the right amount, she listened.
“And it tasted delicious.” Harris, who founded the Gluten Free Goat Bakery, worked with Google’s AI research team at the company’s Pittsburgh office and its chef to develop a biscuit recipe using machine learning and artificial intelligence.
“It was arguably one of the tastier applications for Google’s Hypertune project”, engineer Daniel Golovin says.
The thought to apply Google’s AI technology to baking biscuits started one day as employees sat around talking at lunch.
Greg Kochanski, a member of the team working on AI, worried that the technology would develop with only applications for large corporations, and leave behind small businesses. He proposed finding a real-world, small use for it…and the Google biscuit experiment was born.
The team first worked with John Karbowski, a chef at Google who teaches cooking to employees. Karbowski and the team began baking chocolate chip biscuits using recipes devised by the AI.
The artificial intelligence works by using a relatively small data set to create the optimal conditions based on any number of parameters. For the chocolate chip biscuits, the AI could determine the amount of specified ingredients, the temperature and time in the oven or other factors in the baking process. The AI takes data from test batches of biscuits and uses it to design the best batch.
“You’re not going to do this billions of times,” Golovin says of baking batches of cookies. “The trick is to do this as few times as possible.”
Some biscuits concocted by the AI were terrible — not enough butter, too much chocolate. Some had orange extract and cayenne pepper. Some were good.
Google employees taste-tested the biscuits, and their feedback was fed into the AI to help it make better decisions about the next batch. After many batches of biscuits — Google’s kitchen has five ovens — the team landed on the optimal, basic, chocolate chip cookie recipe. But they weren’t done there.
To challenge the AI, the team went to Harris, whose bakery specialises in gluten-free, vegan and soy-free treats. Harris gave the team an unfinished, chocolate chip biscuit recipe that she was developing.
The AI took control over four or five ingredients, including cardamom and Szechuan pepper, the latter of which it decided does not belong in chocolate chip biscuits and was zeroed out of the recipe. The rest of the recipe was left to Harris’ expertise.
It took the AI about 60 batches of cookies to nail the recipe…not bad for a computer starting from scratch, Harris says.
Both she and Karbowski say it was a bit unnerving to give the AI control over some of the baking process and decision making. “You have to kind of surrender to how you as a baker or chef instinctually react when we look at ingredients and just trust in the recipe that the machine puts out,” Karbowski says.
Neither Harris nor Karbowski actively uses Google’s AI in the kitchen, and they both say that the technology may not be the most beneficial to their small-scale operations, where test batches and tastings are possible.
Both could see artificial intelligence and machine learning benefiting larger baking and cooking operations. And neither is worried that artificial intelligence is coming for their jobs.
Instead, the technology will help them do their jobs better, they say. “AI brought into a kitchen — it’s a little scary at first,” Karbowski says. “But it really expands your mind.” Or at least, it can help you find the perfect amount of cardamom for your cookies.
This story first appeared in the Tribune-Review in the US.