Heck features on Inside the Factory

By Gwen Ridler

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Heck appeared on last night's episode of Inside the Factory
Heck appeared on last night's episode of Inside the Factory
Sausage production at Heck’s Bedale factory has hit the small screen, as MasterChef star Gregg Wallace visited the site in yesterday’s (31 July) episode of the BBC’s Inside the Factory television series.

The TV star was filmed working alongside the team as he followed the journey of the pork from the butcher’s in Durham to its destination in North Yorkshire.

Back at the factory, Wallace mixed up a 150kg batch of minced meat, loaded 280 metres of skin and fed it into a machine that fills 600 sausages a minute. He also tried his hand at making sausages by using a piston filler.

The programme, which aired at 8pm on BBC2, ​also looked at the science behind making the best sausage, the history of bratwurst and the success of hot dogs in the US.

‘Enthusiastic and skilled team’

Commenting on Wallace’s visit, Heck co-founder Jamie Keeble said: “We were so proud to invite Gregg to visit us, and in particular when he talks at the end of the programme about our enthusiastic and skilled team.

“We are a proudly independent family and friends business and everyone works really hard to make the best-tasting burgers, bangers and balls. To be on the show was a huge compliment.”

Heck joins a growing list of food and drink producers that have featured on Inside the Factory​, which is now on its fourth series.

Featured on the show

Two weeks ago, Nestlé UK’s coffee factory in Tutbury, Staffordshire​ featured on the show, demonstrating the processes of making freeze-dried coffee granules.

Last year saw biscuit manufacturer Pladis reveal its inner workings on the show​, as it chronicled the process of creating McVitie’s Chocolate Digestives.  

Meanwhile, in April, pork pie manufacturer Vale of Mowbray featured in an episode​ of Channel 5’s​ TV documentary series Made in Yorkshire​, where former deputy prime minister John Prescott took a behind-the-scenes look at production at one of Yorkshire’s most famous factories.

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