Bowman Ingredients is set to reach the 100,000 tonne milestone at its technologically advanced UK blending plant.
The £7million production facility close to Bowman Ingredients’ UK headquarters in Hitchin, Hertfordshire, opened in 2012. To date the blending plant has produced almost 100,000 tonnes of dry cereal-based food coatings for major retailers and foodservice customers in the UK, Ireland, mainland Europe and the Middle East.
The purpose built blending facility enables Bowman Ingredients to offer customers accurate blending and full product traceability, with automatic digital data collection and fast-track reporting. The ability to track and trace ingredients through the supply chain is a major focus for food manufacturers in order to protect brands.
The blending plant has a total processing capacity of 60,000 tonnes per annum and features two automated blending lines, 20 automated ingredients hoppers, digital material weighing and automated packing.
Bowman Ingredients Sales Director Richard Easey says: “Achieving 100,000 tonnes of blended coatings is a major milestone for this facility and affirms our position as a market leader in the global food industry. As well as enabling us to increase capacity and take product quality to the highest levels for our customers, we are also providing improved product protection and robust traceability.”
Richard Easey adds: “Brand protection and traceability is a key issue for our customers in the retail and foodservice sectors. We are committed to investing in our manufacturing sites, incorporating the latest traceability systems, processing equipment and cutting edge technology to ensure that we continue to achieve the highest possible standards.”