In this 3 part series you can come with us on a virtual tour of the mill
Part 1 – receiving and processing the grains
Have you ever wondered what goes on inside the mill? How do your grains get processed? Come with us as Quentin Kennedy, Kialla’s managing director, takes us on a tour of the Kialla mill.
In part one we will take at look at the receival process, the process the grains go through when they arrive on the truck direct from the farm. They are tested for various qualities which will affect how they are milled and what they are milled for (eg: baking flour or cake flour require different types of wheat). They are then graded and milled.
You’ll get to see our stoneground mill (yes, it’s not much to look at – no romantic millstones being turned by giant water wheels). And you can see our newly installed ‘roll stands’
These look like giant boxes, but truth to tell, this is what a modern milling machine looks like. They can be set to produce different grinds which is how we can take grains of wheat, or maize, barley etc and produce kibble, coarse meal, or fine flour.
Part 2: processing, milling and packing the products
In part 2 of our tour, you can see how we pack bulk quantities of grains when products are being sent to artisan bakers and our distributors around the country and overseas.
We’ll show you how we blend the old and the new technology – you saw our stoneground mill, and now you’ll see our packing robot.
When it comes to the retail packs you can find on the shelves at your local organic store, we’ll take you through the process of how we ensure each packet contains the right amount of product. You’ll then see the quality control process it goes through before we box it for delivery.
And you will get to meet Joan, our quality assurance expert, who has been in charge of our packaging area for more than a decade. She is also an excellent baker of cakes…I’ll get her to share one of her recipes via the blog.
And, yes, it was pouring with rain the day we shot this! You’ll hear it at the beginning of the video when Quentin comes out of the office. When it comes to farming, rainfall is crucial to the growth of the crop. However, too much rain can be a bad thing.
Part 3: Dispatching the products around Australia and overseas
In the 3rd part of our mill tour you will see how the products are stored and then dispatched to artisan bakers, food processors and your local organic shops.
Because we only do organic products, we don’t use any pesticides to control vermin and insects. Basically we keep everything in cold storage until it is dispatched, and this solves any pest problems. This is also the best way for you to keep your Kialla products fresh – store them in the fridge if it’ll be a while ’til you use them, or once you’ve opened them.
You’ll also see the giant rolls of cling wrap we use to wrap bulk grains prior to dispatch. And then witness the art of packing as our forklift driver carefully loads the goods onto the delivery truck.
From here, our small patch of ground in Greenmount, the products are off to manufacturers and retailers across the country – to where ever you are – and across the world as well.