Slicing and packing of buns.
“It takes up to 60 minutes in the proofer with controlled temperatures and humidity for the dough pieces to rise.
“The dough are then sprinkled with specific toppings according to the types of bun such as corn meal and sesame seeds, before going into the oven,” said Halvy, adding
that it takes approximately eight minutes at 200˚C to bake, depending on the product type.
The pleasing smell of bread filled the air as freshly baked buns were taken out of the oven and transferred onto the next connecting conveyor belt by soft suction cups.
The buns continued their way towards the giant cooler while the baking pans went through a two-tier brushing stage before returning to the first station, and the cycle of transporting more dough repeated.
“It takes up to 30 minutes for the buns to cool down before slicing according to specifications and being sent for packing.
Freshly baked buns travel to the giant cooler before being sliced according to specifications and sent for packing.
“The buns also go through two metal detectors before and after packing for thorough inspection of foreign materials,” said Halvy.
After the final packing stage, the buns are ready to be delivered to McDonald’s restaurants in trays.
Tan said the trays go through a thorough wash-rinse-dry process when they return from the restaurants.
“Bun deliveries across peninsular Malaysia are scheduled up to three to four times a week.
“As for Sabah and Sarawak, the buns are frozen to preserve freshness before deliveries are made two to three times a week,” said Wan Mohd.
Traying of buns - Buns are packed, ready to be delivered.
The shelf life of buns is determined from the day they are baked plus another five days while those frozen can last up to 59 days from the day they were baked.
The bakery runs six days a week with two production shifts and produces fresh products everyday.
Overall, Aryzta has more than 65 workers and produces about 350,000 buns per day and an average of nine million buns a month.
The next time you bite into a McDonald’s burger, it should definitely taste better knowing where it came from.