UK – EHL Ingredients, the herbs and spices ingredients company has invested US$1.3 million (£1 million) in expansion of its food ingredients premises in Stockport, UK.
Expansion of the facility will enable it process greater volumes of food ingredients and expand its supply chain while meeting customer demand.
The new 8,000 square feet site houses new machinery including a vertical form filler which fills pillow bags and tubs for dried herbs and spices, seeds and powders as well as other products.
The new space is an addition to the company’s other two facilities in the Broadstone Industrial Estate, Reddish, Stockport, taking the total site space up to 40,000 sq. ft.
“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,” said Tasneem Alonzo, joint managing director at EHL Ingredients.
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.
The company has grown and in July 2018, it released Lähde, a new range of organic ingredients and blends for the foodservice industry.
The range consists of vegan, vegetarian, organic, and gluten-free ingredients and blends as well as EHL’s full range of blends and seasonings.
“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,” said Tasneem Alonzo.