Beacon Foods further invests in factories with new high-speed doors

By William Dodds

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Two of the five doors have been installed. Credit: Beacon Foods
Two of the five doors have been installed. Credit: Beacon Foods

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Welsh manufacturer Beacon Foods has announced the installation of the first two of five high-speed industrial doors at its factories.

The Brecon-based supplier of ingredients and ready-to-eat products purchased the bespoke Klimate-Ardent industrial doors from BID Group, and says the doors will lead to significant savings through increased productivity, enhanced security and reduced energy bills.

The first two doors, which boast an average speed of one metre per second, have been fitted at the firm’s 53,000 square foot site, which boasts a workforce of 140 employees. When they are all installed, Beacon Foods will have three external and two internal doors.

Commenting on the decision to add the doors, Beacon Foods chair Edward Gough said: “Having fast and automatic door operation is essential to enable quick distribution of goods through internal and external doorways, which increases productivity, enhances security and reduces energy​.”

Meanwhile, Antony Haynes, from Bolton-based BID Group Ltd, added: “It was a pleasure to work with Edward and the staff at Beacon Foods. Following the successful installation of the first two Klimate-Ardent high speed doors, the company has now ordered three more for their site. These doors are the perfect solution to provide ease of access and enhanced security​.”

The installation follows the completion of a recent £6m investment project in its machinery and facilities by Beacon Foods​. The completion of the works has allowed the firm to offer tailored recipes of ready to eat individual quick frozen (IQF) chargrilled and roasted vegetables, as well as sachets and dip pots, while it also added more than 1,400 solar panels on the roof.

Beacon Foods supplies food manufacturers, food service, coffee shops, fast food chains and the travel and hospitality industries. Established in 1993, the family-owned company is the UK’s leading specialist producer of garlic, ginger and chili puree, roasted and chargrilled vegetables and fruit ranges, relishes, chutneys, sauces and fruit compotes.

In other news, the former owners of a bakery company in Knowsley have been fined and banned from managing food businesses after pleading guilty to four charges of breaching food hygiene regulations​​​.

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