Univer currently has 5 food processing sites.
Production started at Hetényegyháza in 1965, with Red Gold (Piros Arany), which has been one of our hallmark brands ever since, followed by Goulash paste and Erős Pista later on. To date, these products have been made of fresh Hungarian paprika. We process a wide range of raw materials ranging from hot and sweet paprika and pritamine paprika to garlic, onion and horse-radish in the Hetényegyháza plant. Finished products carry the Univer Magyar Ízek (Univer Hungarian Flavours) brand which has a market share of over 80%.
The Hetényegyháza plant underwent a major reconstruction in 2004. Infrastructural development projects on the raw vegetable processing line were carried out a few years ago.
KECSKEMÉTI SITE I. (Mindszenti road)
In 1975, our company became the first to market ready-to-use mayonnaise in Hungary. A new food industry plant started operations on Mindszenti Road in Kecskemét by the end of the seventies. Thanks to the new halls and production lines handed over in 2009, this site today meets the most significant challenges of the 21st century. This is the production hall where Univer’s branded products such as mayonnaise, mustard, ketchup and salad dressings as well as sauces for McDonald’s food chain are produced.
The major aim of the technological development was to broaden the range of preservative-free Univer products and to install machines and automatic systems to replace processes which had mostly required manual labour up until then. This has given us an opportunity to increase processing capacities and boost production efficiency. Today, technological processes are all automatic. Process-related data are logged and production reports are made to verify processes are compliant. A third mixing line was installed in the framework of an investment to help the site with the production of as many as 80 varieties of pastes. This allows us to produce nearly 200 tonnes of pastes a day. The CIP (clean in place) system for the cleaning and disinfection of machinery is also automatically operated.
The state-of-the-art bottling and packaging line is another major element of the technological development. The new production line is capable of filling anything up to 200,000 bottles a day. We have also purchased a high-capacity bucket filling machine to meet the increasing demands of the food service sector: this allows us to fill 10,000 buckets a day.
Through the investment space available for storage purposes has more than doubled. The overhead storage facility is supplied by 2 special high-reach fork truck controlled by an induction wire recessed into the floor. Increasing production capacity requires much more raw material. We had cutting-edge 32 m3 silos installed to store bulk material (sugar, mustard seed). Our mustard production capacity has been increased by 50%: our daily production capacity is 48-50 tonnes. The storage capacity for finished mustard has also been increased considerable: we now have larger and more containers (15 in total).
KECSKEMÉTI SITE II. (Szolnoki street)
The first canned food factory was built in 1929 at the site. The factory was rebuilt in 1980 and was first refurbished in 1998 followed by a complete overhaul in 2008. Univer acquired a stake in canning operation Kecskeméti Konzervgyár Zrt. in 2003. This compound now operates in the fold of UNIVER Product Plc., making tomato paste, baby food and other heat treated sauces, dressings, jams and fruit juices.
There are two facilities at the site. Our 2,000 sqm baby food plant produces its products under stringent hygienic controls. In addition to our baby foods and drinks, sauces and dressings of our partners are also produced in this plant. All baby foods and drinks are bottled, heat-sterilised and vacuum sealed. Raw materials are either chill stored or cold stored in the plant.
The facility of the site processes aseptic vegetables and fruits in two separate rooms. One of the facilities fills condensed tomato into bottles and cans and the other one processes jams and juices.
In terms of investments, the biggest challenge we are facing in 2014 is the project to double our current 25,000 tonne raw tomato processing capacity. This development project worth in excess of HUF 3 billion is aimed at the total renewal of the building structure, technology and energy systems of Univer’s tomato processing plant in Kecskemét. The company is planning to cope with its increased demand for raw materials by relying on local farmers in line with the objectives to generate employment under the strategic agreement concluded by Univer Product Zrt and the Ministry of Rural Development in 2013. Horticultural activities require extensive manual labour and can act as a strong driving force towards generating employment in the region. Additionally, Univer wishes to set up a model farm near Kecskemét mainly specializing in tomato in order to help its tomato suppliers with tomato seedlings and state-of-the-art growing technology.
From 2011, UNIVER Product Plc. also took over the management of Univer Group’s bakery plant. Our goal today is to improve the bakery business line’s efficiency and increase its market share, and we have Lipóti Bakery as a strategic partner to that end.
The baking plants in Kecskemét and Törökszentmiklós are capable of producing nearly 400 different varieties of bakery products. Our consumers can buy our quality products from Lipóti Sarok (Lipóti Corner) available in 26 Univer Coop retail outlets and in Lipóti Mintabolt (Factory Outlet) in equivalent numbers in the region. As a recent new development, our consumers are able to buy bakery products fresh from the ovens installed in Lipóti Sarok (Lipóti Corner) and Lipóti Mintabolt (Factory Outlet).