Edme Ltd, which supplies a number of UK bakeries and manufacturers, is hoping to build a new, modern facility at Horsley Cross.
The move comes as costs at its existing site had soared to over £700,000 a year, according to reports. Under the new plans, the 15,350m2 development will rise to up to 21.7m at its highest point. A second phase would add around 18,000m2.
At its current site, the firm occupies just under 13,000m2 but much of the existing floor space can't be used, making it more and more costly and difficult to meet food safety and health and safety legislation in its maltings premises. As a result, development plans are underway.
The firm declined to reveal the value of the new investment into the business at this stage.
“The growing demand for natural wholegrain – and premium gluten-free – ingredients means that we are looking to increase production capacity for EDME,” managing director Mark Hodson told Food Manufacture.
“It is challenging to do this on our current site. We have therefore submitted a planning application to develop production facilities at Horsley Cross, just four miles from Mistley, and still within the borough of Tendring.
“It will take some time for the application to be processed by the planners – no changes to current location and operations are imminent. We will keep our neighbours and the local community informed as and when there are any significant updates.”