From primitive origins to modern science. Two thousand years ago, Celtic tribesmen boiled animal fats, mixing them with ash to produce a magical cleansing compound – soap. Until the 1800s, however, soap was a luxury item, and tallow was used mostly to make candles.
The Industrial Revolution changed everything: people moved to the cities and produced fewer of their own foods and household goods; at the same time, meat-processing plants multiplied. But until the advent of the modern rendering industry, most animal waste were left to rot, creating serious health and sanitation problems.
Rendering has solved the dilemma and also turned discarded wastes into useful products. Over the years, rendering has evolved from a hot, odorous labour-intensive trade into a modern, highly automated industry.
Superior finished products depend on the timely collection and processing of raw materials. Our vehicles are custom designed to collect bones, fat, offals, fallen stock, feathers and blood. Prompt and hygienic service to the supplier is the essential first step in a first class rendering operation.
John Pointon and Sons have six dedicated continuous processing lines, all state of the art plc controlled systems. This investment allows us to reliably produce high quality products with the least amount of energy consumed compared to most other plants in use today.
All raw materials received are checked and sorted into the correct processing line. The process is then monitored throughout every step by the control room operator, using the computer control systems and CCTV.