European expansion for UK ingredients business

By Gwen Ridler

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Bowman's new Poland site will help the producer meet demand from European customers
Bowman's new Poland site will help the producer meet demand from European customers

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UK-based Bowman Ingredients has invested £8m in a new European manufacturing facility, as it looks to expand its global presence and meet growing customer demand.

 The new, purpose-built factory in Wroclaw, Poland will feature a ‘state-of-the-art’ blending plant, a research and development facility, customer presentation suite and warehousing. The new site will mirror the producer’s standards and capabilities in the UK.

Bowman Ingredients chief executive Rory Bowman said: “Our new European manufacturing plant will further strengthen our global supply chain, support our customer portfolio and enable us to access new markets.

‘Enhance local response times’

“The new production facility will enhance local response times and add extra capacity and contingency to ensure we continue to meet increasing demand from Europe.”

Recruitment for the senior team has already been completed and they have been trained in the UK. The new site is due to be operational from the end of March this year and will service both new and existing customers.

Bowman supplies food manufacturers in 20 countries across the globe with gluten-free crumb and free-from coatings, breadcrumbs, batter mixes, pre-dusts and dry-mix marinades for convenience foods, such as chicken, fish and vegetable products.

Sites around the world

The new Poland facility joins the manufacturer’s main base in the UK, an £8m site dedicated to dairy-, egg- and gluten-free production, as well as sites in South Africa, Thailand and Australia.

Meanwhile, Yorkshire-based Heck has invested £1.5m in new sausage and burger machinery​ on the back of increased demand for vegan and chicken products.

The manufacturer has upgraded its vegan factory with a £500,000 injection and installed a £1m robotic chicken sausage-making machine at its site in Bedale, North Yorkshire.

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