Pan Pepín Expands Production with New Plant
San Juan—Pan Pepín announced the establishment of a new plant dedicated to the production of Planitas brand wheat tortillas.
With an investment of more than $2.0 million, the 10,800-square-feet plant creates new direct and indirect jobs as a result of subcontracting in areas such as construction, floors, cooling services, and propane gas lines, among others, according to a company statement released Thursday .
Located on the premises of Pan Pepín in Bayamón, the new machinery specialized in making tortillas, is built in stainless steel and is manufactured by Lawrence Equipment. The equipment allows to produce approximately 810 dozen Planitas per hour.
“This new machinery brings innovation in its category to the local market,” reads the company statement. “An aspect that distinguishes its operation is the Accuview system, a computerized method that uses a technique of visual inspection to evaluate each tortilla leaving the production line. This permits evaluating each according to its size, shape and color, among other things.”
The system also automatically rejects any tortilla that does not meet the specifications before packaging, ensuring high quality standards, Pap Pepín representatives said. The line also offers flexibility to work a variety of products in sizes ranging from 6 ” to 12″, as well as different flavors: original, whole wheat and white whole wheat.
“The response that consumers have given to Planitas has been exceptional. Their support and interest of having fresh and high standards products has led us to make this investment that will bring to the market tortillas of superior value”, said Mario Somoza, President of Pan Pepín. “By using our distribution system we will ensure that the consumer receives them as fresh as Pan Pepín”, he added.
The plant has already been certified with Level 3 SQF (Safe Quality Food), internationally recognized, independent food safety standard which is administered by the Safe Quality Food Institute (SQFI). Level 3 is the highest that can be obtained in control and guarantees certifications.
Planitas wheat tortillas have as primary ingredient a base made with the specifications of softness, taste, texture and shelf life that distinguish Pan Pepín. In addition, the primary ingredients used in Planitas production are from local suppliers.