Plant-Ex invests £1.25m in expansion of ingredients business

By Gwen Ridler

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Plant-Ex has invested £1.25m in upgrading its services and exnpanding tis facilities
Plant-Ex has invested £1.25m in upgrading its services and exnpanding tis facilities

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UK-based flavours and ingredients firm Plant-Ex Ingredients has invested €1.5m (£1.25m) into improving its services, as it continues its rapid expansion across the globe.

The investment has been part of rapid wave of expansion and development for the business, which also saw a major refocus on research and development – more than 10% of the organisation’s headcount working in the research and development laboratories.

Despite the global unrest created by the COVID-19 pandemic, the business continued its growth with a 1,672m2 ​expansion of its main site in Avonmouth, Bristol.

The new building housed a Technical Support Facility that combined four NPD laboratories for the key Divisions in the organisation – Natural Colours, Top Note Flavours, Extracts and Food Protection Systems – as well as a Development Kitchen, to further understand the impact of the company’s products in customer’s applications.

Doubling production

Plant-Ex’s expansion also resulted in a doubling in the size of the production site, which allowed the firm to achieve greater output to meet a rise in demand. This coincided with a doubling in size of its finished goods dispatch warehouse that incorporated a 150 pallet chilled store.

Since its establishment in 2010, Plant-Ex has gone on to become a global player operating in 49 countries in the flavours, natural extracts and food protection systems markets.

In 2018, the company purchased assets of RD Campbell & Co and transferred its production of flavours from Twickenham to just outside of Bristol in the process. The acquisition also allowed the business to revitalize ‘long-forgotten’ technologies in flavours development.

Turkish operations

One year later, in 2019, Plant-Ex grew its global reach through the creation of Plant-Ex Gida in Turkey and establishing a factory in Konya and sales office in Istanbul.

In 2021, Plant-Ex opened its Polish branch and – with support from the UK team – Plant-Ex Polska has already established its logistics and storage operations.

Having a branch in Poland has extended its sales activities into the Polish market and other countries of central Europe.

Plant-Ex reported a 15% year on year sales growth for the past decade and is now set to become an increasingly important player in the Global Colours and Flavours marketplace.

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