BBC’s Inside the Factory heads to Eat Natural site

By Michelle Perrett

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Greg Wallace visits Eat Natural for the BBC show
Greg Wallace visits Eat Natural for the BBC show

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BBC2’s Inside the Factory went behind the scenes at the cereal and snack brand factory for Eat Natural.

It welcomed the cameras into its ‘Makery’ in Halstead, Essex for the first time in its 22-year history during the filming of the BBC show, which is presented by Gregg Wallace and Cherry Healey. 

During the making of the programme, Wallace went through the process of creating one batch of the firm’s Cranberry, Macadamia and Dark Chocolate bar.  He watched the small, sweet macadamia nuts arriving into the warehouse after their 8,500-mile journey from South Africa and the process Eat Natural’s employees went through to check each nut was exactly the right size and colour to be used.  

Wallace watches the production process

He saw the nuts enter the ‘Spa’ – a room solely dedicated to checking each and every nut or piece of dried fruit for size, shape, colour.   He then watched the process of mixing the nuts with the other ingredients:  coconut, honey mix, dried cranberries from Chile, sultanas and puffed rice.   

The Eat Natural team placed each portion mix onto baking trays and each one was then ‘pinned’ using a rolling pin to flatten each mixture into the tray before baking.  

Leanne Taylor, operations manager at Eat Natural, said: “We’re so much more than just a fruit and nut bar; in my 16 years here, I’ve worked across the whole business and it was amazing to have the cameras behind the scenes to show the world what we do every day.”

Made by hand

Eat Natural said that during his tour of the Makery, Gregg was impressed by how much of the bar’s creation was made by hand.  

Praveen Vijh, co-founder of Eat Natural, believed that the whole process “was one of the most exciting things to happen in the history of Eat Natural, how proud it made me feel, and how brilliant it was to watch Gregg and his team see how simple our bars are to make.  It’s not rocket science!  Simple ingredients, a few human beings, an oven – and a lot of love.”

The programme airs on Tuesday 5 May at 9 pm on BBC2

Last year, Primula Cheese​ was featured on the BBC show as was Molson Coors Burton brewery.​ 

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