While your first reaction may be “what?”. However, if we delve a little deeper and maybe look a little wider, perhaps there is a connection.
No one knows the outcome of the ongoing negotiations between the UK government and the European Union. But we do know that there is a strong likelihood that the manufacturing environment in the UK will have to change in some way. Trade barriers created by border restrictions, trade tariffs, changes in exchange rates, increase in the export of goods or restriction in the import of goods or changes in the availability of labour. All these things and more are possible, and each is capable of creating change to the UK manufacturing industry.
But remember just over half of the UK’s food is imported, with 30% coming from the EU. (UK Government, 2016). So there is a high probability that there will be changes in the UK food industry because of Brexit.
This means it’s quite possible that UK bakers will have to make different products or products in different volumes and varieties. That means being leaner, more accurate and more consistent. This is where continuous dough production will play an important role for bakers in the post Brexit environment in the UK.
Zeppelin’s solution is the combination of our instant mixing system – DymoMix, with our continuous kneader – Codos. This combination is more efficient (more uptime), more productive (high automation / reduced labour), more profitable (increased dough yield), more flexible (different products on the same line) all combined with improved quality and consistency. Zeppelin has over 100 continuous lines running around the world, including a number in the UK.
The UK’s current reliance on batch mixing is a barrier to change, and reliance on its limiting technology could make bakers vulnerable in a changing environment.
So maybe there is a connection between continuous dough production and Brexit. Especially if you want to remain successful.
Food import statistic source: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/food-statistics-pocketbook-2017/food-statistics-in-your-pocket-2017-global-and-uk-supply#origins-of-food-consumed-in-the-uk-2016