UK- Pilgrim’s UK, one of the UK’s leading food companies, has optimized its operational efficiency in the United Kingdom, with an investment of £800,000 (US$780,000).

The expand two lines at its pork processing plant in Bromborough, which are now operational, is part of the renovation including the addition of a new dusting facility.

The added tech allows products to be seasoned with herbs and spices more efficiently, simultaneously coating the seasoning products on the top and bottom.

The added tech was successfully utilized at the plant this past summer as demand for barbecue products such as kebabs and steaks has increased.

The company, which is a subsidiary of Pilgrim’s Pride Corp, said the innovations at the plant will increase production by 10% per week, including additional throughput of its pork kebabs, steaks, boneless legs, and shoulder joints.

Commenting on the investment, sit director Julian Weeks said: “This latest investment is part of our ongoing strategic focus on increasing operational efficiency across our UK business and innovating to deliver the most exciting new products for our customers.

“Our Bromborough factory plays a vital role in the Pilgrim’s UK network, and by continuing to invest in market-leading equipment like this, and in our over 350 strong teams of dedicated people, we are ensuring that the site will continue to prosper.”

Pilgrim’s latest investment comes just over a month after the manufacturer announced plans to close its Bury St. Edmunds and Coalville factories as part of a strategy to revive business across the kingdom.

Pilgrim’s also announced that its Ashton facility in northwest England had shifted to a four-day work week in line with current trends in the labor market.

A spokesperson for the company said that over the last 18 months, the UK pig sector has faced the most challenging time in its history due to a combination of significant increases in production costs among other factors.

In August, Pilgrim’s UK officially launched Pilgrim’s UK Lamb Ltd, which will be joining the company’s Fresh business unit.

The processor said its newest business will process Welsh and British lamb products from certified Farm Assured producers.

 The new business creation follows Pilgrim’s acquisition of Randall Parker Foods last year, through which Pilgrim’s gained two facilities and 350 staff members.

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