The opening of the ingredients kitchen will mark the culmination of five years of planning and an additional four years of construction for the pet food business. This new facility will all GA to know the source of all raw materials and provide complete traceability throughout the production process.
Members of staff and contractors will join local council leader Alistair Bradley at the official unveiling of the kitchen at the end of this month (May 22), where the manufacturer planned to share more information on its net zero carbon emission plans for the site and the local area.
Technologically advanced process
Chairman Roger Bracewell said: “The Grand Opening of the Ingredients Kitchen is GA’s opportunity to say thank you to all those involved in the design, construction and commissioning of this technologically advanced process and for them to be proud of their achievements.
“GA has been supported throughout by Chorley Council, and this encouragement has allowed GA to grow over the last 30 years, where we now employ over 850 people. As GA continues to look to the future, it hopes to work with local residents and the Council on a mutual journey to a carbon-free world.”
The grand opening will be followed by an Open Weekend allowing employees and local residents to visit with their families to see up close what has been constructed.
Meanwhile, Inspired Pet Nutrition, the company behind the Harringtons and Wagg pet food brands, is investing more than £6m at its plant at Kinmel in North Wales.
A second processing and filling line which is aimed to boost efficiency is set to open later this year. The new line will be three times faster than the existing line, which already runs 24/7. It will be focused on the wet tray production for Harringtons, whilst also seeing the company move to create its own label products also.