Work to complete a new factory extension is underway at Branston’s Lincoln site. The £5 million extension to the company's prepared foods factory comes in a bid to satisfy the growing demand for convenient and healthy meal solutions. Mark Willcox, technical director at Branston, said: “The factory’s 1,700 sq ft expansion will further establish Branston as one of the UK’s most substantial processors of potatoes.”
In an innovative move, Branston’s new site will allow potatoes which are not suitable for the fresh market to be peeled before going to convenience food producers as part of their mash potato ranges or as a topping for pies or casseroles.
“We’ll be adding value to potatoes that don’t make it into a pack as a class I product, which is a great way to reduce food waste – a real win for both farmers and consumers.
“We supply prepared vegetables to the UK’s top retailers and this extension will go a long way to help us meet the growing demand we’re seeing in this area. We expect that this new business-to-business part our customer portfolio will continue to grow alongside the very successful chilled prepared vegetable lines that we currently sell to the country’s leading supermarkets.
“The investment will create more than 20 jobs; additional operational, technical, engineering and supply chain roles will all be required to ensure we continue to do a great job for customers.
“A great deal of thought has gone into the design of the new space, and the hi-tech equipment being installed. The system is designed for high throughput, flexibility and space efficiency, and we can’t wait to get going when the facility opens in the early autumn,” continued Mark.