Me and My Factory

Step inside the coffee roastery at Lincoln & York

By Gwen Ridler

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Food Manufacture steps inside coffee firm Lincoln & York’s Brigg roastery to learn about the team behind the production process and its culture of upward growth within the business in the latest episode of Me and My Factory.

Established in 1994 by buyer James Sweeting and trader Simon Herring, Lincoln & York has been roasting coffee in Lincolnshire for almost 30 years. From humble beginnings operating from a garden shed, the business now supplies 250 customers in the out-of-home market from its 6,000m2 ​factory.

A career with Lincoln & York

In this exclusive video, we toured the factory and spoke to production manager Ian McCall and factory manager Jeff to find out what makes working for Lincoln & York unique and some of the challenges they’ve faced in their careers with the company.

“So, I think the thing that sets us apart from quite a few other companies is that when people start with the business, they tend to stay here for a long period of time,”​ said McCall. “I think that says a lot about the company and we try to do that throughout the business

by identifying people and developing them as much as we possibly can.”

Fresh new talent

We also spoke the fresh new talent joining the management team, technical manager James Hindle, and learn more about Lincoln & York’s practise of promoting from within via project manager Arleta Bandkowska.

“I can always rely on people here and its feels like family,” Bandkowska explained. “That’s the main reason I stayed, the second was to move my career forward. I’ve got people around me who helped me build up and progress.”

Meanwhile, Food Manufacture took a look inside the factory of Burts Snacks in the last episode of the series. In this exclusive video,​ we explored the snack makers' Plymouth, Devon site to discover what makes the team tick.

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