Bread Factory

[img src=http://fsevenphotographers.com/wp-content/flagallery/bread-factory/thumbs/thumbs_breadfactory_arnavrastogi-00.jpg]Workers cut the dough into small pieces. The small pieces will then be rolled up and put into trays for baking. Photographer: Arnav Rastogi/ Fseven Photographers
Workers cut the dough into small pieces. The small pieces will then be rolled up and put into trays for baking. Photographer: Arnav Rastogi/ Fseven Photographers
[img src=http://fsevenphotographers.com/wp-content/flagallery/bread-factory/thumbs/thumbs_breadfactory_arnavrastogi-0.jpg]A worker greasing the trays with oil. The trays need to be greased with oil otherwise the dough will stick to the tray. Photographer: Arnav Rastogi/ Fseven Photographers
A worker greasing the trays with oil. The trays need to be greased with oil otherwise the dough will stick to the tray. Photographer: Arnav Rastogi/ Fseven Photographers
[img src=http://fsevenphotographers.com/wp-content/flagallery/bread-factory/thumbs/thumbs_breadfactory_arnavrastogi-01.jpg]After baking the dough takes up the form of bread. Photographer: Arnav Rastogi/ Fseven Photographers
After baking the dough takes up the form of bread. Photographer: Arnav Rastogi/ Fseven Photographers
[img src=http://fsevenphotographers.com/wp-content/flagallery/bread-factory/thumbs/thumbs_breadfactory_arnavrastogi-04.jpg]A worker pushes the tray cart into the oven. Photographer: Arnav Rastogi/ Fseven Photographers
A worker pushes the tray cart into the oven. Photographer: Arnav Rastogi/ Fseven Photographers
[img src=http://fsevenphotographers.com/wp-content/flagallery/bread-factory/thumbs/thumbs_breadfactory_arnavrastogi-05.jpg]The daily production is around 800 to 1000 kilos of bread, biscuits and rusk. The company has to run day and night to meet the demand and to stay ahead of the competition. Photographer: Arnav Rastogi/ Fseven Photographers
The daily production is around 800 to 1000 kilos of bread, biscuits and rusk. The company has to run day and night to meet the demand and to stay ahead of the competition. Photographer: Arnav Rastogi/ Fseven Photographers
[img src=http://fsevenphotographers.com/wp-content/flagallery/bread-factory/thumbs/thumbs_breadfactory_arnavrastogi-06.jpg]Workers arrange the cut bread in the trays
Workers arrange the cut bread in the trays
[img src=http://fsevenphotographers.com/wp-content/flagallery/bread-factory/thumbs/thumbs_breadfactory_arnavrastogi-07.jpg]Workers arrange the cut bread in the trays
Workers arrange the cut bread in the trays

Bread Factory

By Arnav Rastogi

Agarwal Marketing was set up in 1992 as a small scale bakery in Varanasi, India. They have been making bread, biscuits and rusk under the name Adarsh ever since. The 2200 sq. ft. area is spacious enough to perform the job and also house the necessary supplies.
As a kid I once visited the Britannia bread factory which was fully automated then. It intrigued me to see this one, which is still a labour intensive unit. The factory employs 25-30 workers at a given time. The total daily production is around 800 to 1000 kilograms, all produced, moved and packed by hand. The manufactured products get distributed all over Eastern Uttar Pradesh. With inflation on the rise, the company is facing stiff times in maintaining the price and keeping ahead of competition. With automation on the go for bigger manufacturers, these small scale industries function day and night to compete.

Varanasi, Journalism, Documentary

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