Bakery Van Eeckhout is a third-generation bread baker from Belgium. With more than 80 years of experience, they sell traditional, slow-made bread through vending machines, neighbourhood supermarkets and specialty shops. Van Eeckhout is a small company with a short business chain.
Bakery Van Eeckhout is a third-generation bread baker from Belgium. With more than 80 years of experience, they sell traditional, slow-made bread through vending machines, neighbourhood supermarkets and specialty shops. Van Eeckhout is a small company with a short business chain. From selecting seeds, selecting the farmers with whom they work, to grinding grains, making bread and finally selling the bread: they have everything under their own management. “With the Indus Neva we have been able to make a major efficiency improvement in our processes,” says Marc van Eeckhout, owner of the bakery.
The Indus Neva has achieved for van Eeckhout:
“The process of our bakery starts with selecting the right seeds, which we supply to eight farmers. As soon as they can harvest, tons of grain will come from the field. A part of the grain must go straight to the mill and the rest goes to our storage. Due to the flexibility of the system and the ease during transport, the grains are put directly from the combine harvester on the field in big bags into the Nevas.” A ton of grain goes into a big bag, which we can stack three high. That is an impressive grain wall of six meters high, which saves us a lot of storage space. From the storage, 10 or 20 tons of grain are transported to the mill on a truck at a time. There they are dried, peeled and ground, depending on the type.”
Van Eeckhout has been using the Indus solution since June 2022. Kees says: “The first time we saw the Indus Neva was at a farmer from Wallonia we work with. They have several Nevas they bought from an Indus partner. When we saw the unique product, we were immediately enthusiastic. We have ordered a few demos via the website with different heights. The surprise was that it worked right away. After the successful demo we ordered 100 pieces. This summer we added another 75 pieces.”
“Before we got to know the Neva, we considered several other solutions such as metal bins and stacking loose big bags. But none of them were optimal. The nice thing about the Neva is that it is a light product. In addition, the Neva’s can be easily and compactly stacked when empty, so they take up little transport space. It is also useful that the product is made of plastic (Polypropylene). This way the product remains intact if it is bumped, which contributes to food safety. From the field to storage and to the mill: we can use the same solution for everything.”
“An additional advantage for our industry is that we can ventilate per big bag because of your product. This is very important with grain, because with large temperature fluctuations grain can be lost within 12 hours due to condensation. Proper ventilation helps prevent this from happening. Another advantage of the Indus Neva in the food industry is that with an alternative solution such as large silos we must clean them thoroughly after emptying. Big bags are recycled and therefore do not have to be cleaned. That saves us time and prevents pests and diseases.”
“Previously, we used semi-fixed gigantic big bags for 30 tons that went to silos in the mill with classic transport. Air or a spiral was needed to empty the silos. The smart thing about the Indus solution is that it uses gravity. As a result, the big bag discharges automatically by opening the slide at the bottom of the deck. A small disadvantage with grain: it only works at an angle of 23 degrees, otherwise it will not flow completely and the grain will remain stationary. But Indus also offers a solution for this with unloading stations.”
“The contact and cooperation with Indus went smoothly. I had special requirements because I had to deal with high investment costs due to a completely new grain chain. I was able to use a subsidy for the new grain chain, which meant we had to lease the Indus Neva at first. This turned out to be no problem, so we could take over the products after a period of rental. Without a few flexible suppliers, our start-up would have been impossible. You have thought along with us enormously and are really a futureproof format.”
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