Exciting times are unfolding here at Bevisol as we are seeing big changes being put into place in our brand new filtration and process hall. Project Diamond has taken a lot of planning and we are proud of the work that has been carried out so far.
Amazingly, we have managed to source the original staircase and yeast tanks from the site where Chris Newall, Bevisol's Managing Director, started his brewing career.
We saved both the staircase and yeast tanks from the the former Burton No. 1 Brewery.
We have plans to refurbish both the staircase and former yeast tanks then later install these here at Bevisol.
We continue to look forward to being able to declare P3 open and ready for the exciting plans we have in store.
Keep up to date with our website and social media platforms to ensure you do not miss our exciting updates!
In the summer of 2020, the Bevisol and Doehler boards decided to make an new multi-million pound investment at Bevisol – ‘Project Diamond’ commenced late August 2020. The objective : to build a new production facility capable of producing up to 50,000 tonnes/annum of fermented products, mainly for global export.
As well as installing 21 fermenting and storage tanks, all sitting on 2000 tonnes of concreate containing 150 tonnes of reinforcing steel, there is also a new 1200m2 process hall (No.3), which will house specialist processing equipment made in Holland and Germany. All this will be powered by a new 11,000 volt electricity supply and solar panels.
Project Diamond will go fully live in May 2021 and is creating 16 new jobs at Bevisol. Many of the building and process contractors are sourced locally, in Herefordshire.
Product will be filled into 26,000 litre-capacity, stainless steel iso-tanks and shipped by boat, taking up to 3 weeks to arrive at destination.
Executed over a short project timeline, this is a massive technical, engineering and logistical exercise.
Further updates to come as the project progresses.
Bevisol is entering one of it's most exciting weeks yet, as we have the installation of 21 new tanks for our Ledbury site underway. This has been a long time in the making as this is the biggest expansion Bevisol have ever undergone, so all the team are very excited.
You can see the 80 Ton Glucose tank below that set off along with one of the MPV's from Holland last week. They cleared customs on the 14th so are well on their way to us.
We look forward to sharing further updates with you this week.
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A huge well done to our very own Amy Layland who kindly organised another amazing fundraiser. Amy got everyone at Bevisol involved in donating money or new toys to Hereford Children's ward for this Christmas. In the picture below you can see Amy on the left and Gracie on the right, who is a student nurse from Hereford hospital.
Well done to Amy and the team at Bevisol for the outstanding amount of presents we were able to donate.
Over the past couple of months we have had a few brilliant new additions to the Bevisol team. So, without further ado, over to Celina, Kimonas, Harvey, and Caroline to introduce themselves...
Hi, I'm Celina and I joined the Bevisol team back in September as a Quality Technician. Within my role I am reviewing the current fermentation practices against the SOP’s, industry best practice, and current academic thinking. During my first two months working for Bevisol I got a great insight into industrial scale (1000 – 2000 hL (!)) fermentations, gained knowledge about a wide range of fruit and malt ferments and even exciting new categories such as Hard Seltzers. After finishing my bachelor’s degree I worked for Lallemand at their R&D department in Montreal, Canada where I focused (amongst others) on the development of new recipes for the production of dried brewing yeast, different fermentation and propagation techniques, etc.. Upon return to Austria I continued to work for Lallemand at their production site in Vienna doing the quality control of their baker’s and wine yeasts part-time, while finishing my master’s degree at the nutritional and physiological chemical department (University Vienna) investigating the impact of bitter compounds in red wine on mechanisms regulating gastric acid secretion. During my work for Lallemand I developed a great passion for the brewing industry, so I was super excited when I got accepted for the European’s Horizon 2020 programme which allowed me to do a Joint PhD at the University of Nottingham and KU Leuven in Brewing and Malting Technology. The aim of my project was to significantly reduce the energy and water inputs to the malting and brewing processes by developing a process to brew beer using ‘green’ (germinated, but not dried) malt, thus saving the substantial energy input associated with kilning and conserving the water contained in the green malt.
Hi there, my name is Kimonas Karachalios, and as a Process Technician my job is to set and monitor fermentations and to perform analysis in the lab. Meanwhile, I am training to gain the skills for other processes such as filtration and blending. I recently graduated from the University of Nottingham, where I received an MSc in Brewing Science and Practice and was awarded with a distinction. This experience had provided me with the background knowledge and passion to enter the beverage industry.
Hello, my name is Harvey Newall and here is a bit about me. With coronavirus having a profound impact on the lifestyle of university students, I deferred for a 2021 start rather than start this year. Here at Bevisol, I'm hoping to build a wealth of experience in preparation for university next September, while also having a meaningful and educational role to engage in and learn from. My role consists of using a computer-assisted design (CAD) software to draw schematics and P&ID systems to help coordinate the building of the new 'Project Diamond'. From my time at Bevisol so far, I've gained a broad understanding not only of CAD and brewing, but of the organisation and logistics of the business itself, an understanding in which will be crucial for my course at university next year. Alongside this, I've further learnt the importance of organisation, time-management, and coordination in attempt to successfully complete a task, or project. In the future, I one day hope to find myself in a managerial position of some sort, using vast skills I've gained and furthered from my time at Bevisol.
Hi there! My name is Caroline and I joined Bevisol in October 2020 as the company Health and Safety Manager. It’s a friendly and dynamic place to work and I’m excited to be part of this successful and growing company. I’ve been busy getting to know the industry, people and processes and have created an improvement plan which is progressing well. With a background in large scale Railway investment Projects I bring with me an understanding of the importance of process safety and planning. Over the last 10 years I’ve worked as a Health and Safety professional for the Construction, Demolition and Manufacturing industries and have experience of the challenges companies can face when introducing Health and Safety change and how to overcome these. I have created H&S Management systems and helped businesses gain & maintain ISO accreditations. I believe the key to effective Health and Safety Management is to keep things simple and proportionate. I have a passion for improving cultural Health and Safety and am looking forward to encouraging and supporting colleagues with improvements through effective communication and teamwork.
We are delighted as a company that we have been able to maintain our AA BRC Grade – along with no non conformities – in what I think we can all agree has been an odd year. Our Quality Manager, Charlotte Banner, was able to conduct a Covid-19 safe audit along with the help from the rest of the site over a 2 day period during October.
Bevisol are proud to announce that as part of our development project we intend to install a 90kW PhotoVoltaic generation system to offset the power requirements of the new equipment we will be using once Project Diamond is finished.
Here at Bevisol, one of our daily aims is to be as environmentally friendly as possible. It is a very important value that all of the Bevisol team share and therefore, we are excited to be building up our commitment to this important global mission to improve the world we are lucky to call 'home'.
Bevisol is taking part in ‘Trek the Night – Cotswold Way 2017’ – on 10 June 2017, to raise funds for Action Medical Research. Since 1952, Action Medical Research has been funding research into finding new cures and treatments for sick children achieving breakthrough’s, such as the polio and rubella vaccines, as well as ultrasound scans.
Trek the Night is a grueling 40-mile hike over the Cotswold Hills, starting at midnight and taking around 16 hours. It will be a tough endurance challenge and, to prepare themselves, the Bevisol hiking team has already completed a number of endurance hikes to build up their stamina for the main event.
So far, they have completed a number of charity events, such as an early morning 16 mile walk at Llanwrtyd Wells, Powys, Wales in January, an exhausting 23 mile hike over the beautiful but stamina sapping Black Mountains in Brecon and a 26 mile hike through the Wye Forest in the West Midlands, all helping to raise money for important charities along the way, such as air ambulance, St Michael’s Hospice and the mountain rescue teams.
The teams would be grateful for any donations to help spur them on during the 16 hour walk!
Bevisol was pleased to receive an AA grade on our recent BRC audit. The whole team have worked hard on the conversion from v6 to v7 of the BRC Food Safety Standard and it shows our commitment to Food Safety and the Quality of our products.