Santi’s expansion

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After 30 years of operating a factory in Yakal Street Makati City, Swiss-born Chef Werner Berger of Säntis Delicatessen decided it was time to expand. With no room for expansion in that area, Werdenberg International Corporation acquired a 7,000-square meter property in Carmona Cavite last 2014.

Officially started on February 2015, the construction of the new food processing plant took about two years to build. The state of the art factory was launched November last year and was presented a LEED Silver Certification from US Green Building Council.

Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design (LEED) is a green building certification program that recognizes best-in-class building strategies and practices. LEED rating system is created and maintained by the U.S Green Building Council. It is based upon a point system, the more points you earn, the higher your rating.

Comprising of two floors, the ground floor has 16 rooms including chillers and freezers. Other areas are receiving area, quality check room, hallway to main freezer, chilled meat cooling down room, meat trimmings room, freezer & defrosting chiller for meat, producing the emulsions, sausage filling room, smoking & cooking, drying room, ham packing room, salting chiller, curing room, packing room, chiller for packed goods for delivery, gateway to second floor through hygienic boots and hand cleaning machine. All workrooms are air conditioned from 15-16 C to achieve the maximum safety for meat handling processing. The total daily output of ham and sausages is around 4 to 6 tons a day. While the second floor encompasses the male changing room, female changing room, offices, kitchen for employees, canteen, solar inverter room, air-conditioned dry storage for spices, storage room for packing materials and storage room for spare parts.

They have installed thermo-insulated panels from Austria for the building façade, inner walls and roof. Panels were supplied and installed by one of the leading companies in Europe, in terms of insulated building panels.

Almost 40% of the power consumption is generated with 1,500 sqm of Solar Cells panels that are installed on the roof. This serves as an additional power back up and we have a 750kva diesel generator that produces 600kilowatt of emergency power, this can run the whole building during any power interruption.

The factory has its own sewage treatment plant with a capacity of 80cubic meter a day. And rainwater is collected and stored for watering plants and cleaning the surrounding of the building.

CEO Werner Berger believes that while they are aiming for a profitable business the environment is also their concern. Setting up a factory that is aligned with present environmental concerns entails extra expense but they believe that it would pay off in the long term.

In closing, I’d like to invite all the art lovers and collectors to an important auction.

Leon Gallery, in partnership with the Asian Cultural Council of the Philippines is set to host its first auction for the year today at 2PM. The major sale is to feature an eclectic assortment of works – from coveted furniture, to some of the rarest historical pieces. Among the selection, is a Batangas Uno Mesa Altar, a sought after majesty that has been elusive to collectors.

Important modern works join the lineup, too. Fernando Zobel’s ‘#305 Dianium’, a fine example of the eminent artist’s Saetas, BenCab’s ‘Imaginary Portrait of Sabel’, Anita Magsaysay-Ho’s ‘Still Life’, and Arturo Luz’ ‘Musicians’. Among the contemporaries, Joven Mansit’s ‘Lola’, Elmer Borlongan’s ‘Circumaural’, & Ronald Ventura’s ‘Conquest’ join the selection. It is a spectacular showing of Filipino Art today – alive, fresh and potent.

Rare and highly regarded, multiple 19th Century Masterworks make their way to the sale. Felix Resurreccion Hidalgo’s ‘A Lady in the Moonlight’ accompanies Juan Luna’s ‘Abrochando’, ‘Scenes of Everyday Life in Japan’ & ‘La Patria En Peligro’ to add to the already star-studded roster set for auction.

Leon Gallery, G/F Eurovilla 1, Rufino Corner Legazpi Streets, Legazpi Village, Makati City. For more information, visit www.Leon-Gallery.com or contact Leon Gallery at (+632) 856-2781.

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