Jet Cook™ in full operation at Dickon Hall Foods

In the 90°F heat of the South African summer and at more than 2000ft above sea level, we installed two Jet Cook™ Steam Infusion Systems into Dickon Hall Foods in Johannesburg.

Dickon Hall are a co-packer for some of the world’s most famous food brands such as Nando’s, McDonalds, Knorr and KFC to mention only a few.  The installation came following product trials last year with their head of NPD and Process at our South African test facility within Cape Town Peninsula University of Technology (CPUT).

Following the 2 day installation by DCN engineers, five days of product and process training were completed hand in hand with Dickon Hall’s team.  Within two days they were managing production trials along with production operatives on their own.

Products such as ketchup, bbq sauce, salad dressings, dips and chilli sauce were produced using the Jet Cook™ Steam Infusion units, and all the products were signed off by Technical and NPD.  Processing times compared to traditional steam jacketed kettle cooking were significantly reduced, for example some products which traditionally took 120 minutes were produced in 30 minutes (2000ltr batch).

Dickon Hall’s Managing Director was astounded by the speed of production and the quality of the finished product, the ketchups and BBQ sauces had a superior colour and texture to the existing traditionally produced products.