The dairy-free chocolate producer, which took home the award for Free-from Manufacturing Company of the Year at the 2022 Food Manufacture Excellence Awards, has invested in a new panning machine to help produce its new Choccy Rocks range.
Choccy Rocks, Dairy Free, Vegan Moofreesas; Choccy Rocks, Dairy Free Vegan Bunnycomb; and Choccy Rocks, Dairy Free Milk Choc Raisins are evenly coated with Rainforest Alliance dairy-free milk chocolate thanks to the new equipment.
Andrea Jessop, Moo Free chief executive, said: “Our mission is to make sure no one is left out on enjoying the treats they know and love. Our innovation team has worked hard to research and test the best textures and flavours for the Choccy Rocks range.
“With anything new we are always learning and adapting to improve the process, the product delivery and the final result.”
Family-run Moo Free has been producing dairy-free chocolate for more than a decade that are free-from soya and gluten and are suitable for vegans and those following a plant-based lifestyle. As of 2021 the company employed 55 people and its products were available both online and on supermarket shelves across the UK.
Last year, in August, the manufacturer secured a £900k funding package from Santander UK to support its expansion plans. Finance director Ginette Higgs hoped the funding could help expand the companies reach and attract more adult consumers to the brand.
Meanwhile, Diageo is investing £40.5m to expand capacity at its packaging facilities in Belfast, Northern Ireland and Runcorn, England, which is set to support the growth of Guinness Draught and Guinness Zero.
The drinks firm said it was making the investment to meet global demand for Guinness products from domestic and export markets, with the expansion set to support accelerated production and product innovation.