Capturing waste heat for processing food

Working to design, supply and install heat exchangers and associated equipment to capture waste heat.

Scope of works:

Bakkavor Foods is the UK’s leading manufacturer of pre-prepared food and has multiple processing sites across the country.

Key challenges:

  • Working with strict hygiene and operating conditions.
  • Supporting the facility’s move to reduce energy consumption.
  • Managing resources and expectations whilst operating in a live factory environment.
  • Ensuring minimal downtime as the compressors are needed constantly across the production process.


  • Arcade engineers designed an intelligent system to capture waste heat from air processors used throughout the production process.
  • The captured heat is used to pre-heat water used for steam processors and wash down operations at the end of each shift.
  • Hot wells were installed to prevent boiler shock.

Products and Services Supplied: Stainless steel pipework, heat exchanger, pumps, heat metres, controls

Sector: Heat Recovery & Decarbonisation

Project info

Client: Bakkavor Foods

Value: £250,000