European Freeze Dry has announced a further investment of more than £1.5 million in its manufacturing sites in the UK and Denmark.
At its manufacturing facility in Preston, Lancashire, production levels have reportedly been increased by the installation of a third cookpot, as well as a new rotary packer.
Meanwhile, a new freeze dryer has been added to the company’s site in Kirke Hyllinge in Denmark.
The freeze-dried food producer says that the new investment will allow it to meet ‘growing’ demand for long-life ingredients and commission drying services.
European Freeze Dry offers a range of freeze-dried long-lasting ingredients, including a new gourmet range, as well as services to assist manufacturers in developing finished packaged products.
The company also provides a commission drying service for products such as nutraceuticals and probiotics.
Diana Morris, country manager for European Freeze Dry, said: “We’ve been experiencing unprecedented demand for our ingredients. With meals having a shelf life of up to 25 years in tins and seven years in pouches, our freeze-dried options lend themselves to crises such as the pandemic.
“We’ve seen a dramatic rise in demand from the public and private sector as well as individual consumers who want tasty food which offers a longer shelf life, reduced waste and a lighter product for storage and transport.
“Freeze-dried food lends itself to extreme situations in all kinds of circumstances from sustaining nutrition in remote locations to preparing for an extended period indoors. We are responding to different demands and resourcing our operations to satisfy existing and new customers in the public and private sectors.”
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