Let Us Crunch a Bit!

Let Us Crunch a Bit!

This is a plant of PepsiCo, where chips Lay’s are produced. It has been opened recently in the city Azov of Rostov region. Let’s go over the whole sequence of production.

Uploading, washing and temporary storing of potato

Daily about nine 20-tonned trucks are discharged here. Then via the belt potatoes go to the washing machine, where they are cleaned by recycling water. There are just three such automatic washers in the world. Washing goes in a closed tank and is impossible to be photographed. Then potatoes go to the bins for temporary storing and are taken from them to production when needed.

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Peeling, assortment and cutting potato

Before potatoes go to the cutting machine workers check if there are any defects on the vegetables or not. If there are some they are cut out.

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There are special sorts of potato, which are acceptable for chips-making, such sorts have higher content of starch.

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All the workers regularly have a medical and a certificate that they are healthy, and they all wash their hands before working.

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Peeling does in the abrasive barrels with periodical moving. First needed quantity of potato is weighed in a special bunker to go to the barrel.

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Cutting, each piece shouldn’t be thicker than 2mm.

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The very “heart” of chips production line – a frying bath. The whole world has no analogous equipment, it has been made specially for PepsiCo and forbidden to be shown.

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Thin potato pieces are fried during 3 minutes at temperature 180 degrees Celsius. Oil and potato of high quality – guarantee of good taste of chips.

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Check of quality is necessary daily.

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That’s the stage when all additives are added to the chips. Their main constituent is salt.

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Chips of three different tastes maybe made simultaneously.

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Packing.

The factory may produce 50 thousand tons of ready product annually. Sounds fantastic!

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As you may see not many people work here. The process is automated. It’s for the better, none of us would like to know that different people have touched your food…

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Precise weighing

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Dried crust production at the same factory

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12 tons of ready product each day

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Stuff of the factory

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The factory itself

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Bon appetit!

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Location: The Rostov Region

via victorprofessor

14 thoughts on “Let Us Crunch a Bit!”

  1. Hmm, chips Lay’s are produced in our Russia. Cool! How about chips Estrella of Kraft Foods? I prefer chips Estrella with dill sometimes. It would be nice if they too were manufactured in Russia.

  2. “potatoes go to the washing machine, where they are cleaned by recycling water. There are just three such automatic washers in the world”

    I can inform you that this is probably untrue. I work in potato factory in England. We have the same thing here, using completely recycled water in a rotary washing system with built in drying rollers. Removes about 95% or greater of earth etc. This is nothing special for this industry.

  3. Potato chips are one of the worst things in the world you can eat. I wish they didn’t taste so good. Why hasn’t science invented a vitamin fortified potato chip yet?

  4. best chips are ‘better made’ – made here in detroit. ask for them – we could use some more employees. glad somebody is working, though, wherever they are.

  5. “The very “heart” of chips production line – a frying bath. The whole world has no analogous equipment, it has been made specially for PepsiCo and forbidden to be shown.”
    I suspect that the reason for this is that Lay’s chips are formed of potato flower, not from real cut potatoes, that’s what they don’t want anybody to see.

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