A visit to Bisleri’s iconic Mumbai plant – My experience and key learnings
Visiting the Bisleri Mumbai plant was an awesome experience as it’s the oldest and the most trusted brand when it comes to mineral water. I have always had immense trust in Bisleri when I had to buy a packed bottle of water for my little one, especially whenever we were travelling. So when I got the chance to visit the Mumbai plant, I was on cloud 9! I could gather so much of information from there which I could pass on to my fellow moms who’ve had so many queries regarding mineral water. I would love to share some of the knowledge I could gather from this fruitful visit.
Bisleri water is checked to ensure the absence of harmful chemicals and microbes by qualified staff in the plant’s lab, before it reaches the consumer. However, the water from domestic purifiers is not tested for such parameters.
It was great to see the water going through a 10-step purification process. Two steps of ozonisation are carried out to disinfect water. The water’s shelf life is increased to last for 6 months. There are 114 quality tests done to monitor and control the presence of micro-organisms, measure the concentration of ozone in water, among others. In addition to all this, Bisleri bottles are fully recyclable.
Some of the experiences were incredible, like watching the making of the bottle using highly modernized equipment. Bisleri bottles are only blown on site to avoid any external contamination. The bottle is made using a preform that is fed into the mould, blown, and stretched to its size at 100 degrees Celsius. Blowing at such a high temperature ensures that any harmful bacteria, if at all present, is killed. Bisleri has also established a unique and highly reliable double ozonisation process. Ozone is at least 50 times more powerful and 3000 times faster than chlorination when it comes to killing bacteria and other microbes. Ozone is added to the water again to sustain the purity & quality of water. There is an RO process which removes unwanted salts from the water; however, this step also eliminates essential minerals that are good for health. Therefore, a very critical step is taken wherein the right amount of vital minerals such as potassium and magnesium are added, making the water healthy and giving it a sweet taste. Bisleri ensures that even the smallest micron-particles (up to 0.45 microns in size) are removed from the water.
Watching the labelling procedure was also a good experience as this was my first time being on a factory visit. Every bottle has a code printed stating the batch number, date, time, and manufacturing location. Stringent quality control checks are done for each and every batch so that Bisleri’s quality standards are met.
Here Are The 10 Steps of the Quality Process
1. Careful Collection
Collected water from rivers undergoes a quality control check at the source.
Ozonisation is done to kill harmful bacteria.
3. Sand Filter
Unwanted solid particles of up to 30 microns in size are filtered.
4. Carbon Filter
This step helps to get rid of unwanted colour, odour, and harmful pesticides, if any, to ensure that quality standards are met.
5. Reverse Osmosis
Water then goes through Reverse Osmosis, commonly known as RO, a purification technology that removes soluble solids from water. However, the challenge is that while it does remove unwanted particles from the water, it also eliminates minerals in the process.
Magnesium, an essential mineral to maintain bone health and heart health, is added to the water.
Micron-filtration is the second last stage of water purification.
Drinking ozonated water is known to increase oxygen levels in the body, thus, helping to improve energy levels and boosting the immune system.
9. Careful Bottling
Bottles go through ozonisation again, to ensure that highest safety standards are met.
10. Final Quality Control
Every batch of bottles is checked so that Bisleri’s quality standards are met.
I was lucky enough to take my son to see this process. He was quite excited. All the mothers that visited the plant along with their kids also had an awesome time; the kids had some fun sessions in the crèche or lounge area where they coloured, watched TV, and were gifted a cute camel soft toy and a puzzle.
I’m quite happy with Bisleri. Now, you too can get the guarantee of purity in every drop with Bisleri Mineral Water original bottled water. Because, Har Maa Jaanti Hain #HarPaaniKiBottleBisleriNahin! I am assured now that Bisleri is the right choice for Veer.
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