Monday, June 01, 2009

Making of Bakarwadi


We all love this stuff

Having established a brand identity for itself through the sheer range and quality of food products over the past five decades & more, Chitale Bandhu Mithaiwale has also kept pace with modern times in terms of product innovation, specialties and use of automated techniques in production & management.

The seeds of this automation in processes were sown in the period between 1950 and 1970 which saw the demand for products increasing at a tremendous pace. All small manufacturing processes had to be re-looked at and converted into large scale manufacturing processes with the help of machinery. Shri. N. B. Chitale, who toured Japan in 1970, was thoroughly impressed by the extent of mechanization there. He did all the groundwork and trials to improvise and adopt mechanization in the manufacturing of food products. Suitable machinery was finally located in Holland and thereafter began the process automation phase which today is state-of-the-art.

Bakarwadi’, which is perhaps the largest selling and most popular of its products, is now being manufactured on automated machine lines. Besides this, a few sweet items are also manufactured on machines imported from Japan. ‘Bakarwadi’ manufacturing process goes through all its stages in an automated environment. These stages are dough mixing – sheeting – masala spraying – chirling or rounding – frying – packing. Each of these stages of manufacture is carried out on automated machines or units. The end process stage of packing is done on a packing machine imported from Germany wherein the ‘Bakarwadi’ is packed under vacuum and nitrogen gas is flushed inside to improve the shelf life. Similar processes are used for various sweet items too.