Danone-owned company Alpro has announced a £41 million investment in its production facility in Kettering, UK.
The latest investment includes a new £17 million high-speed production site along with a trigeneration unit and water treatment plant that aims to reduce energy consumption, CO2 emissions and water usage across the company’s operations.
Alpro will use the investment to ramp up production capacity for its plant-based products, enhance its sustainability credentials and create new jobs in the local area.
The high-speed production facility looks to increase production capacity to 300 million litres of soya, oat, rice and coconut drinks per year. Further plans to increase capacity to 400 million litres are expected as early as 2022.
Sue Garfitt, general manager for Alpro, said: “As the plant-based category leader, we’ve been blazing a trail in sustainable production for more than 40 years, and there’s no question that this significant investment in our UK site is the latest example of that”.
She continued: “The changes we are installing will not only accelerate the volume of products we are producing in the UK, for UK shoppers – but will also allow us to keep ahead of the curve and continue being the brand to fuel the category growth and whet the nation’s appetite for delicious and healthy plant-based products, and of course, doing this whilst operating in a planet-friendly way.”
Alpro’s Kettering site is part of the company’s new five-year health and sustainability action plan, which includes pledges such as limiting water use, reducing environmental impact and providing consumers with greater transparency.
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