Latest Food & Drink Manufacturers News, October 25th.
October 24, 2017
From stunning success stories to acquisitions, mergers, new product launches and, of course, failures, the UK’s food and drink manufacturers are at the heart of countless vital stories, just as the industry is at the heart of world manufacturing.
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Though keeping up with the UK’s food and drink manufacturer news online might be easier than ever, that doesn’t mean that finding the stories that matter has gotten simpler. That’s why we regularly round up the biggest and best stories from across the industry. Here’s the news as of October 25th.
Potato supplier Branston have completed work on a £6m upgrade of its factory in Lincoln as it continues to bring its business up to date with modern techniques.
The company have invested in the state-of-the-art grading system to help improve efficiency at the site, allowing them to grade and size a stunning 2,500t of potatoes each and every week. They’ve also installed a new low-energy storage system to adjust the temperature of the potatoes to the optimal level before prepacking, helping to reduce waste.
“We have to continually modernise and adapt to the ever-changing food industry in order to have a sustainable business,” John Griffin, General Manager at Branston’s Lincoln site said.
“By installing cutting-edge technology into our ways of working, we are ensuring that we remain at the forefront of an evolving industry.
“Ongoing investment in our systems is vital to not only Branston as a business but also to our customers. This new technology means that they can be confident that we are doing all we can to put only the best products on the plates of their customers.”
Germany’s largest spice producer, the Fuchs Group, have purchased the UKs second largest spice manufacturer, Bart Ingredients, for an undisclosed sum.
The British spice manufacturer has sales of over £25m a year and boasts over 200 employees, all of whom now work under the Fuchs umbrella.
Fuchs have said that the deal is part of its international growth strategy and will significantly enhance their market position within the coveted UK market. David Collard, CEO of Bart Ingredients commented, saying “We are delighted to be joining the Fuchs family. We have admired their leadership in our industry and believe that our strategies are totally aligned. We look forward to developing our business as part of The Fuchs Group,”
Dairygold Food Ingredients (DFI) have successfully installed a new line for dicing and grating cheese at its Crewe facility, at a cost of more than £200,000.
The Holac AUT 200 line is expected to streamline operations, raise efficiency and improve the product quality overall thanks to a more uniform output. The machines are capable of producing small, medium and large cubes, as well as shavings and grated cheese, which could allow Dairygold to push into new markets.