Food & Drink Manufacturers News Roundup, September 14th
September 14, 2017
When it comes to food and drink industries around the world, few can compare with Britain’s illustrious sector. Worth an incredible £100bn to the economy each year and employing over 400,000 in brands which are recognised and enjoyed around the world.
It’s a thrilling and unique industry, one which is in constant evolution and which rewards innovative ideas and new modes of manufacturing. At Dehum we’re extremely proud to support these businesses with our class-leading food and drink dehumidification solutions.
Nevertheless, we know how difficult it can be to keep up to date with the latest food and drink industry news. That’s why we regularly publish these guides to the very latest news from across the industry. So, join us as we share the news as of September 14th.
The artisanal crisp brand Tyrrells have completed a £2m capital investment at its factory in Hertfordshire, in a move that’s designed to improve the quality and consistency of their crisps in a bid to drive growth in the category.
In particular, Tyrrells are using the money to increase automation across their production line and reducing the ‘touch points’ where crisps can be broken before sent for packaging, resulting in less breakage and a more premium eating experience. They investment also means that Tyrrells are able to increase the size of their crisps which are now 40-50% larger than those previously made by the company.
To take advantage of the investment, Tyrrells will be offering consumers an on-pack money back guarantee if they aren’t satisfied with the products. The promotion will run from September 2017 to March 2018. Additionally, Tyrrells have launched a new TV ad campaign with the tagline ‘absurd what we do’.
The Warwick-based food company Tulip (part of the Danish Crown Group) have expanded further with their acquisition of the Ipswich-based pig producer Easey Holdings.
The family-owned pig farming operation consists of four key divisions – breeding herds (sows), growing herds, a veterinary practice and a livestock transport business. Tulip have reached an agreement of terms with the company, and will be approved subject to regulatory approval from the CMA.
The news comes just days after Tulip promised to invest up to £70m in acquisitions, equipment and product innovation over the next year, following a return to profit.
Andrew Saunders, agriculture director at Tulip’s farming division, Tulip Agriculture, said: “Customer demand is rising for pigmeat produced to high welfare standards supported by strong provenance credentials.
“This acquisition forms part of Tulip Ltd’s strategic objective to further support the UK pig farming industry, allowing us to more effectively utilise our skills and expertise, capitalising on our industry-leading best practices which have been developed by farmers, vets and other experts within the organisation.”
Welsh burger manufacturer the aptly-titled Burger Manufacturing Company have opened their new £4m production facility in Powys, enabling the company to increase its production capacity by a factor of three.
The company state that they’ll be able to produce 630 burgers a minute, a level of production which will allow them to open their doors to more customers than ever before, with potential moves into the fast food and foodservice markets.
The new site is 2,967m2 larger than their previous site, and 25 new jobs will be created by the investment.