The history of the Hoenen bakery began in 1904 when Heinz Hoenen's grandfather took over the bakery and Fröhling grocery store in Tönisberg. Heinz Hoenen opened his own bakery in Tönisberg in 1971. Breads, yeast pastries and cakes were made on a seven square meter baking surface. The first branch followed three years later and then steadily increased to its present size.
"We were provided with an ATLAS oven free-of-charge for testing purposes and during this period our master bakers and I rigorously tested the oven. What was particularly important to us was both the baking quality (it is excellent) and the energy savings we could make in order to be eligible for the State grants."
For each of the 6 ATLAS rack ovens the bakery received a financial subsidy. With the help of a separate gas meter on the test oven the energy and CO2 savings were measured and submitted to the Federal Financial Supervisory Authority (BaFin). The test concluded that Hoenen bakery is consuming 35% less energy. This differs of course with each individual baker depending on capacity utilisation, products and baking programs. All products are baked in the ATLAS apart from bread and rolls. Bread rolls are freshly baked in their branches on PICCOLO deck ovens. This means that all other products from classic pastries through croissants to plum cakes are baked in the rack oven.
The installation and commissioning of the CO2 COOLING CONNECT system took place in August 2021. The CO2-operated, 80m²-large cell is particularly environmentally friendly: the cooling cell works exclusively with the future-proof, environmentally friendly and natural refrigerant. In addition, the very good availability and lower operating costs are further advantages of CO2.
The use of natural refrigerants is also promoted with the F-gas EU regulation. The Hoenen bakery was again able to secure public subventions of 30.000€.
The cooling cell has several cooling points that are operated by a frequency-controlled compound system. In addition, the cooling cell offers space for 3x40 racks, so a high level of baking capacity can be guaranteed. Another highlight: the CO2 COOLING CONNECT system can recover heat by passing hot gas through plate heat exchangers and thus heating water for use.
Modern hightech rack ovens & energy efficient CO2-cooling cell in a large production hall for high baked goods volumes