Beacon Foods doubles manufacturing facilities in £6m investment

By Gwen Ridler

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Edward Gough, Beacon Foods chairman.
Edward Gough, Beacon Foods chairman.

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Ingredients and ready-to-eat products manufacturer Beacon Foods has doubled its manufacturing and storage facilities as part of a £6m investment.

Part of a three-year expansion programme, the investment has seen the manufacturer grow its footprint to 4,923.8m2 ​and double its production capacity in preparation for ‘major business growth’.

A 50% increase in orders for its garlic puree this year has also forced Beacon Foods to introduce a new production to satisfy growing customer demand.

New equipment

New additions to the factory included kettles, a char griller and spiral oven and new packaging equipment to supply sachets and dip pots. Beacon Foods has also invested in 1,428 solar PV panels, which will produce up to 500,000 kilowatts of electricity.

The increased production capacity prompted the company to upgrade its wastewater treatment processing plant – two new storage tanks, a new aeration system and new filters that will increase potential discharge capacity to 150 cubic litres per day.

Commenting on the investment, chairman Edward Gough said: “We have doubled our manufacturing capacity, invested in state-of-the-art machinery, enhanced our reputation for quality, safe products and personal customer service and have already secured more business this year, so the future looks very promising.”

Supplying to manufacturers

Established in 1993, Beacon Foods employs 130 people and a variety of ingredients for food manufacturers and the foodservice industry. This includes garlic, ginger and chili puree; roasted and char-grilled vegetables and fruit ranges; relishes; chutneys; sauces; and fruit compotes.

Its ingredients can be found in thousands of products – including sandwiches, ready meals, pizzas, soups, drinks and desserts – which can be found on supermarket shelves, airlines, restaurant chains and coffee shops.

In other food manufacturing investment news, Freedom Brewery is investing more than £1m in a new canning line and autopack machine​ at its site in Staffordshire.

The new equipment is projected to increase the beer producer's capacity fivefold, building on the 3.7m cans of beer sold in 2023 to date.

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