Tulip invests £2.3m in snacks facility

By Aidan Fortune

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The investment will enable a smaller specialist factory to be created on-site to produce complex niche products
The investment will enable a smaller specialist factory to be created on-site to produce complex niche products
Pork processor Tulip, which won the Site Team of the Year Award for its Redruth site at the Food Manufacture Excellence Awards 2018, has invested £2.3m in its Ruskington site in Lincolnshire.

The factory, which employs 450 workers, is the world’s largest Scotch egg manufacturer and the UK’s leading producer of cocktail sausages. It also produces a range of mini-filled bites and seasonal products.

Driven by increased demand for these products, the investment is expected to enable a smaller specialist factory to be created on-site, bringing complex niche products, developed for retailers by Tulip’s new product development (NPD) specialists, to store quickly and efficiently. This will also provide greater capacity and capability to the production of higher-volume lines, better equipping the site to meet the demands for further growth in the snacking category.

Shaun Kay, operations director at Tulip, said: “We’re really pleased to announce this investment at our Ruskington site. This will future-proof the site and help us lead the way on innovation alongside our retail partners.

“This investment will support the continued growth we have seen in our core product lines thanks to a resurgence in popularity of non-pastry traditional snacks, such as Scotch eggs and savoury bites. We are also investing in a dedicated facility and equipment to support the development of a range of niche products, which can be more complex to produce.”

Eating habits

Andrew Cracknell, CEO of Tulip, added: “We have recognised how eating habits have changed, including a growth in food- to-go and high protein snacking. Investment in our Ruskington site shows how we are driving growth in the snacking category, offering products containing a variety of protein, flavours and dips to appeal to younger consumers, while also future-proofing more traditional snacking options. At the same time, this enhanced capability and capacity will ensure outstanding service delivery and quality levels for our customers.

“This significant investment in our Ruskington facility underlines our ongoing commitment to the Lincolnshire region and demonstrates continued inward investment into the UK by our parent company Danish Crown. We’re confident that the site will be well placed to help drive our business forward in the years ahead.”

Tulip's Site Team of The Year win was announced at the Food Manufacture Excellence Awards 2018 at the Hilton Hotel, Park Lane, London, on 7 November. For a full photogallery of the winners and Highly Commended entrants, click here​.

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