EHL Ingredients has invested £1 million to expand its site in Stockport, UK, allowing it to process greater volumes of food ingredients.
The expansion represents EHL’s third unit at the facility, taking its total space up to 40,000 square feet.
The unit houses new machinery, including a vertical form filler, which fills pillow bags and tubs for dried herbs and spices, seeds and powders. EHL said it is responding to an increase in customer requests and from existing clients placing larger orders.
Tasneem Alonzo, joint managing director at EHL Ingredients, said: “We’ve outgrown our capacity in terms of storage, staff, machinery, administration and loading areas, so needed a space to allow us to expand the business longer term. We decided to stay on the same industrial estate instead of moving our whole premises, so when this unit came up we were keen to review it.
“Over the last 12 months, we’ve been taking orders for larger quantities which means we need to increase capacity. This new site will allow us to process more orders and higher volumes, more efficiently and quickly and the installation of the new machinery will enhance production and allow us to continue to innovate further.
“The food ingredient sector is certainly in a period of growth and with the rise in popularity of organic, free-from, vegan and vegetarian foods, we’re continuously innovating to bring retailers, brands, manufacturers and caterers the right ingredients to suit consumer trends.
“Despite the uncertain times we are in, we’re confident in our position as a company. We’ve strengthened our teams, developed many new herb and spice blends, broadened our product portfolio and expanded our customer base into new territories, especially in Scandinavia.”
Founded in 1996, EHL supplies around 300 individual food ingredients and has a 200-strong organic range, as well as over 70 custom blends and seasonings. It imports, blends, and packs food ingredients from around the world.
Last year, the company released Lähde, a new range of organic ingredients and blends for the foodservice industry.
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