What We Do
The Hider Fine Food Family operates from dedicated, on-site departments. Each focusses on every detail of our business to ensure our customers receive a seamless, high quality service. and product delivery.
We have a dedicated Roasting and Salting Department. This seamlessly produces all our own label nuts and dried fruit ranges. This gives customers great flexibility, offering a wide range of premium salted nuts with guaranteed freshness. Our Processing System, comprising a feed control hopper, fryer, cooling conveyor and salting unit, gives an output of up to 500 kg per hour.
We currently roast and salt peanuts (medium and large or ‘jumbo’ as we like to call them), cashews nuts (320’s or 240’s – ‘specials’), almonds and macadamias.
We offer these services together, or individually, direct to manufacturing industries and to customers seeking ‘own label’ products.
We would be happy to quote for any contract roasting and salting of nut kernels – please contact our sales department to discuss your needs, or arrange a site visit to discuss your needs face to face.
Our Nut Cleaning Department is dedicated to maintaining the highest achievable industry standards. We continually review and seek to improve our HACCP systems. Food safety is, of course, of paramount importance
Continual investment in the best technologies we have close links with one of the world’s leading sorting companies, BEST NV (Belgian Electronic Sorting Technology). Their outstanding LS9000 individually laser scans every nut kernel in a millisecond during its free-fall, removing defected product by powerful air guns.
Our on-line Smiths Detection inspection unit monitors raw nut kernels, using the latest high-speed x-ray technology. It is an additional means of detecting and rejecting harmful physical contaminants that may be present in the bulk packs of nuts before cleaning.
We would be delighted to quote for your raw materials contract cleaning needs – we’re confident you’ll be impressed with the quality of the finished product.
Production and Packing
We re-clean to the highest specification any kind of nut using the latest equipment and can mix automatically using computer feed machinery.
Strategic, on-going investment of specialised packaging machinery gives us the flexibility to produce packs ranging from 10g up to 1,000kg in weight.
Our Ishida and Yamato multihead weighers and Ilapack form-fill and seal machines, enable us to pack a wide range of nuts, dried fruit, savoury snacks, rice, pulses, breakfast cereals and confectionery.
We offer a comprehensive range of packaging styles and services:
- 4-corner seal bags (quad or stabilo packs)
- Block bottom packs
- Hand-sealed cello bags
- PET jars
- Trays, heat-sealed
- Acetate pots
TRAINING AND QUALITY CONTROL
All our staff are trained in food safety and hygiene and have received the competence-based NVQ assessment and training.
This is all monitored by full time Quality Control staff.
STORAGE AND WAREHOUSING
A commitment to continually update our IT facilities enables us to receive and allocate stock and despatch all orders efficiently, often working 24 hours a day. We operate a fully computerised stock location system which affords total traceability of all stored products.
Operating out of modern warehouse facilities, we now have a total of 100,000 sq ft of storage space (though this never seems enough during the busy Christmas season). Canopied areas for dry unloading and loading of vehicles and containers, and fumigation chambers to eradicate any possible infestation ensures our standards are high across every aspect of operation.