SATS Ltd. (SATS) has begun the construction of S$37 million, 14,000 sq.m central kitchen which is expected to produce up to 170,000 ready-to-eat meals per day and be operational in 2022. The central kitchen will be located at Kempegowda International Airport, Bengaluru (KIAB/BLR Airport), where SATS has signed a deal for a 27,000 sqm plot with Bengaluru Airport City Limited (BACL). SATS already has a long-standing relationship with Bengaluru Airport through two of its associate companies that already operate there – aviation food solutions provider TajSATS and ground handler AISATS.
The kitchen which will be the largest and first of its kind in India, will incorporate automation and smart technology to produce nutritious, tasty, safe food cost-effectively. Examples of advanced technology that will be used include an automated rice line that can produce up to 600 kg of different types of rice within an hour and Internet of Things (IoT) devices for monitoring food temperature.
The building is the first LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certified frozen food manufacturing facility in India with an IoT building management system to enable consumption to be proactively tracked and regulated. Taking into consideration enhanced safety measures in response to COVID-19, the building has MERV-13 to 16 air filtration capability and a dedicated fresh air supply receptive zone, Ultraviolet Germicidal Irradiation (UVGI) technology that uses UV-C rays to disinfect the air, and touchless operations.
The kitchen will also house an innovation centre that will be connected to the SATS Innovation Hub in Singapore. The Innovation Centre in India will allow partners to leverage SATS’ product and packaging development strengths to innovate and introduce a variety of cuisines and products to the India market. Partners can also leverage the technical know-how of SATS on shelf-life extension food technology to reduce food wastage.