The investment by the firm has seen the installation of a variety of specialist pieces of equipment, including two walk-in fridges, butter churners and a Corazza butter moulding and wrapping machine – the latter of which to meet demand for its salted and unsalted butter packs.
Launched in September 2021, sales have grown strength to strength of these 10g butter portions, with the team securing a number of key contracts.
Significant production increase
The Corazza machine – described as a highly specialist piece of equipment manufactured in Italy – will enable the team to increase production capacity significantly, allowing for the production of nearly 280 portions a minute.
A spokesman for the dairy said: “Not only will it portion the butter into varying size formats, but it also wraps each individual portion in Winter Tarn’s specially designed foils, which means members of the production team then simply have to box the finished butters into batches of 100 ready for distribution to their various clients up and down the country.
“Provenance have always been part and parcel of Winter Tarn’s ethos, which is why they only use the very best cream from grass fed cattle, collaborating exclusively with a number of small herd dairy farms across the north of England, which in turn ensures that the farms they work with obtain a fair price for their milk, enabling them to continue to farm in the way that they would want to the highest possible standards.”
Meanwhile, Northern Ireland-based Suki Tea has invested £500k into a new ‘eco-friendly’ headquarters in Lisburn, County Down, immediately doubling its manufacturing and warehousing capabilities and supporting its sustainability plans.
The new purpose-built ‘tea factory’ is powered by 100% renewable energy sources and has allowed the manufacturer to reduce is Scope 2 emissions down to zero, superseding its environmental target to reduce the business’ emissions by 50% by 2030.