Oleonix Crisp Company Case Study

Oleonix Supports Leading Crisp Manufacturer

We worked with one of the leading crisp manufacturers in the UK, helping them to streamline their cleaning procedure and drastically reduce their cleaning times and costs. Producing around 11 million packs of flavoured crisps and non-potato-based snack foods a day, the company operates one of the largest crisp production plants in the world and several smaller sites.

Due to industry regulations, the British crisp manufacturer has a responsibility to keep its factories compliant with Food Hygiene and Safety requirements. To protect its customers, food areas and equipment must be cleaned and disinfected between different tasks, resulting in production downtime. The company was using several different cleaning products to remove the dirt that sticks to surfaces during the production process, but due to the strong bond between the dirt and the food contact areas, the company struggled to effectively clean the grease-covered surfaces in a short amount of time.

Oleonix saves crisp company £4 million a year
An internal wall with polymerised oil sticking to it. Using Oleonix, oil was coming off the surface without any wiping action.

Compliant With Food Industry Regulations

Finding the right cleaning product became even more challenging in 2014 when the European Union introduced new legislation reducing the volume of quat based disinfectant remaining on a cleaned surface that could transfer back into food that touches the cleaned surface. The old maximum residue level of 0.5mg/kg was replaced by a new level of 0.1mg/kg. As a result, the crisp manufacturer needed a no-rinse solution that was compliant with this new legislation and able to achieve the target cleanliness level in less time.

Based on the new EU legislation around quat volumes, we made adjustments to the formulation of our Disinfectant Cleaner to create a new version that meets the target residue levels of 0.1mg/kg. The crisp manufacturer worked with Campden BRI to confirm our Disinfectant Cleaner met the maximum residue level required before trialing the solution.

A Two-in-One Solution That Cuts Cleaning Times In Half

As the name suggests, the Oleonix Disinfectant Cleaner comes equipped with a quat biocide to create a multi-purpose cleaner with a hospital-grade disinfectant built in. Providing all the cleaning power needed in one solution, our Disinfectant Cleaner outperforms rival cleaning products and can replace over fifteen different chemicals commonly used in the food industry.

We know that dirt struggles to stick to spotlessly clean surfaces, which is why our unique active agent ‘micriolysis’ targets all of the dirt particles embedded in the surface valley and removes even the smallest particles that other cleaning products miss, resulting in cleaner surfaces that stay clean for longer. Using our Disinfectant Cleaner, the snack foods company can easily clean the grease-covered surfaces and has managed to cut cleaning times by up to 50% compared with previous protocols involving multiple cleaning products, resulting in less downtime and increased productivity.

Oleonix solves crisp manufacturers cleaning challenges
The ‘before’ image shows a potato cutter soaked for 24 hours in a competitor’s neat cleaning product. The ‘after’ image shows that same Potato cutter soaked for 10 minutes in Oleonix at 10:1.

Oleonix Saves Company £4Million Per Year

The crisp manufacturer now depends on our Disinfectant Cleaner to keep its production sites compliant with food regulations and reduce the amount of money spent on cleaning supplies. Our flexible cleaning solution allows the company to modify the dilution used based on how dirty a surface is, enhancing its cost-effectiveness. Switching to a single product for all its cleaning needs has allowed the company to significantly cut its chemical costs, saving each site an average of £48,000 per year and the company as a whole £4,000,000 per year in reduced cleaning time and increased productivity.

Oleonix works with crisp snack foods company
Baked on oil cleaned with our spray and wipe.

Other Key Benefits

  • Compliant with EU Maximum Residue Level
  • Reduces cleaning times and frequency
  • Able to remove grease from all food contact surfaces and factory floors
  • Replaces fifteen cleaning chemicals commonly used in the food industry
  • Cuts cleaning costs
  • Less water used
  • Human safe and approved for use in the food industry
  • Safe for cleaners – no fumes emitted or specific PPE required

If you’d like to learn more about how Oleonix can help your business, please contact us.