McCormick UK invests millions in storage at Peterborough factory

By Rod Addy

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The Shick Esteve outdoor silos are made from weather-resistant aluminium alloy
The Shick Esteve outdoor silos are made from weather-resistant aluminium alloy

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McCormick UK has invested millions in dry powder silos and liquid tanks for ingredients storage at its new Peterborough food factory, in partnership with European Process Plant (EPP).

EPP installed the Shick Esteve silos for storage of ingredients such as starches, sugar and salt. A further series of stainless steel liquid tanks have been incorporated to store liquid additions before processing. The 93,000m² site will employ approximately 300 people​ and it is on track to become McCormick’s first Net Zero Carbon Building, using the UK Green Building Council (UKGBC) Net Zero Carbon Buildings Framework​.

“We have been very pleased with the work from EPP on this important aspect of the project, and our ‘factory of the future’ in Peterborough has progressed well, as we seek future growth of our Flavour Solutions,”​ said Clive Knott, project manager, McCormick. “A project of this size and scale requires great attention to detail, and the excellent relationship we have established with EPP has been a real asset throughout. We are proud to have used the latest manufacturing technology to deliver class-leading performance.”

Weather resistant

Shick Esteve outdoor silos are made in-house from weather-resistant aluminium alloy designed to be maintenance-free and to not deteriorate over time. In addition to the storage system, EPP installed a bespoke Shick Esteve solution to deliver stored ingredients to the process kitchens, where product is made. EPP also installed a minor ingredients system to transport additional ingredients when required.

“Having a local UK representation and service team was very important to McCormick for this project,”​ said Michael Lomas, technical sales manager, EPP. “It was an especially challenging project given it occurred during the pandemic when travel wasn’t possible, so we were unable to physically meet, or inspect the equipment in person as we would usually do on a visit. Thankfully, McCormick was able to call on visual guidance technology which allowed Shick Esteve employees to show the equipment for inspection remotely via live video before it was shipped to the UK.”

Headquartered in Baltimore in the US, McCormick & Company Inc. claims to be the largest spice company in the world and a leader in the manufacture, marketing and distribution of spices, seasonings, condiments and flavours. The organisation’s household flavour brands include Schwartz, Frank’s RedHot and French’s. Its UK business customers include some of the largest foodservice outlets.

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