Based in Dry Creek, in Adelaide’s northern suburbs, Bowe is a leader in the wholesale food service industry specialising in the supply of whole and processed fruit & vegetables to food service businesses and major quick service restaurants (QSRs) across Australia.

Established in 1976, the family-owned and run company aims to support local businesses by sourcing as much fresh produce as possible from farms in the area. Its diverse range of products includes fresh lettuces, carrots, onions, tomatoes, along with ready-mixed coleslaws and gourmet salads.

Safety and quality are critical to Bowe, ensuring produce is delivered in optimum condition. The business is HACCP-accredited and completely focused on continual improvements, including the development and implementation of plant upgrades to ensure the latest material handling equipment and techniques are utilised.

One recent plant update has been the introduction of Enmin equipment. Melbourne-based Enmin designs and manufactures vibratory and product handling equipment that align, sort, spread, sprinkle, size, separate, meter, deliver, blend, weigh and screen a variety of products across food and allied industries.

“Enmin was recommended to us by a colleague in the industry who’d had an excellent experience with the company,” says Bowe’s Manager, Simon Grosso. “Our experience proved the same. The service we received was absolutely excellent. As a result of our discussions we ended up purchasing a de-watering vibratory feeder and a modular incline conveyor (Mi-CON).”

Enmin’s Mi-CON is the first hygienically-designed full wash-down conveyor system ever to offer multiple standardised components, providing maximum flexibility and allowing customers to select what will best suit their specific product and production needs. All Enmin vibratory feeders are also fully constructed with 304 stainless steel, providing excellent durability and reliability.

“Both pieces of equipment were placed in our ‘high-care’ zone, which requires the highest standards of hygiene – something that Enmin equipment is well known for,” Grosso adds. “The other important fact is that all Enmin equipment works together seamlessly; being of modular construction the Mi-CON can be added to and expanded to in the future as our business evolves.

“Being Australian made was another key factor in our decision to purchase Enmin. Having someone local that can be contacted immediately for service or trouble-shooting issues is a huge benefit.”

Due to the outstanding service and quality of the Enmin product, Bowe has just ordered another Mi-CON conveyor for its low-risk area; this is a smaller version, which will be used to take raw material from the slicer to the wash tanks.

“The design of the Enmin products met and surpassed all our requirements,” Grosso concludes. “The equipment is designed specifically for the food industry; the standard design of large radius corners eliminates product hang-up and makes cleaning a breeze. We are dealing with delicate material and it’s essential that the equipment we use has the highest safety and hygiene standards, and this is what Enmin delivers – we couldn’t be happier.”