Equipment Focus: Naked Foods purchase second sauce depositor from Riggs Autopack

Naked Foods was started in Ashford, Kent, over fifteen years ago by three clever entrepreneurial foodies. Their quest was simple: to create ‘clean nude foods’. Fruit and confectionery sauces with an unbeatable taste as natural as possible.

Fast forward to the present day and their vision and sheer determination to achieve the unthinkable has seen their preps and sauces in products for the leading UK & Irish retailers, funky artisan producers, trendy restaurants and even endorsed and used by Michelin starred chefs.

They develop and produce great-tasting fruit preparations for food products, and as they are based in the garden of England, they are in an enviable position to potentially access locally grown fruits, when commercially available.

Whether their customers need a strawberry compote for yoghurts, a pineapple coulis for ice-creams, a cherry topping for tarts or a melty chocolate fudge to go in cakes, they make them fast, to order and of the highest quality. 

With expansion, Naked Foods purchased a second Series 3 semi-automatic bulk depositor from Lancashire depositing machine manufacturer, Riggs Autopack.

This machine is a copy of the first unit they purchased back in 2013, designed to accurately fill pergal” style bags. The machine was supplied as a direct feed connection from a cooking kettle outlet which enables hot products to be safely pumped directly from the kettle into the depositor, ready for dispensing.

The Series 3 bulk depositor is highly versatile and will accurately fill a variety of pergal bag sizes, ranging from 500ml to 5000ml. An additional function of a multicycle counter within the controls, also allows for deposit volumes up to 30 litres to be achieved with just one press of the foot pedal.

An additional key feature of the Series 3 machine is the innovative and bespoke neck locator around the cut-off valve. It allows the operator to quickly and easily place the bag spout in a secure position ready for the filling process, after which the opening can be sealed.

This also provides an additional benefit in terms of health and safety for the operator when depositing hot products, as the operator is not holding the container itself as the product is being deposited. A convenient height adjustable table also supports cooling trays during the product depositing stage.

Naked Foods Managing Director Crispin Gell commentedUsing the Riggs Autopack depositor enables us to provide our customers with consistently high-quality products.

Our preparations can be viscous and have a high fruit ID. It is extremely important we maintain the fruit structure and so need damage free depositing, fill accuracy, and importantly, hygiene is key. The service Riggs Autopack provide is perfect for our business and we would always recommend them.”