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Dongen: the physical side of Van Rees.

Dongen, the physical side of Van Rees

What's so special about Dongen, a nice small town with a popular of 20,000 people, situated in the south of the Netherlands? For one, it lies within a one-hour's reach of the ports of Rotterdam and Antwerp as well as of Schiphol airport. For another, it is home to the Van Rees blending and processing plant. No, Van Rees remains very much a Rotterdam company, with a new headquarters building in the heart of the city. But in Rotterdam, the tea is mainly on computer or paper or in office worker's cups. Van Rees has centralized its physical tea operations in Dongen.

What happens to tea at Dongen? It starts with a loading/discharging platform with loadlevelers to handle three 40' containers at the same time. Some 200-300 sgm space is available from checking/weighing and sampling of incoming teas.

The 7,000-sgm plant is in fact one large floor with a huge modern blend-installation. This installation provides the company with a blending capacity of some 15,000 tons yearly (one shift).

Via rotating magnets and a number of screens blend ingredients (the original teas) are conveyed `screened & cleaned' to the 20 blend silos each having its own weighing scale, to compose a blend with up to 20 components. This is all done following a computerized system.

The large storage capacity is used for incoming originals, processed and outgoing tea. Storage is based of a flexible optimal movement of teas within the warehouse. A rapid continuous flow of goods always ensures stocks of fresh treas. These stocks are composed of regular fresh arrivals of teas from almost all countries of origin.

Blended teas can be packed into multiwall alu-lined paperbags and tea-chests of 30-60 kgs or flexible containers (big bags and various kinds of bins).

The sizes of the paperbags used, viz. 100 x 70 x 20.5 cm flat, together with the floatable dunnage bags help guarantee buyers damage-free receival of their 20 tons net per container and easy discharge of same.

In cases of special urgency, deliveries can be made at buyers' warehouses within 24 hours from time of ordering within a radius of 1,000 km, if transported over land.

Weighing of the filled outgoing paperbags is done with a built-in electronic weight control-system. Ink jet marking and palletization is fully mechanized. Stretch-wrapping the pallets provides the finishing touche to the pallets ready for export which are then stuffed in containers at the Dongen plant. After all, as people in the tea business know, a good quality product deserves a good quality packing.

Through intensive quality control, of the original teas, the blends and packaging, is an essential part of the Van Rees Dongen plant.

PHOTO : Van Rees blending and storage operation in The Netherlands.

PHOTO : Storage inside Van Rees plant.

PHOTO : Van Rees team tea tasting.
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Title Annotation:tea blending and processing plant, Dongen, Netherlands
Publication:Tea & Coffee Trade Journal
Date:Aug 1, 1990
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