2 minute read - 19th October 2023
Burts doubles capacity with £6m investment
Snack manufacturer Burts has invested £6m into its Leicester factory this year, doubling the site’s capacity to produce more hand-cooked chips and compression popped snacks to keep up with demand. The investment aligns with the company’s organic and strategic growth plan, creating new avenues for progression and opportunities for its employees.
As part of the investment, installations include two new state-of-the-art fryers, one new bagging system and 14 compression poppers to create its lentil chips, along with doubling the potato storage capacity and updating handling operations. These improvements to the factory have created 16 new jobs at the Leicester location for frying and popping operatives.
The premium snacks brand was acquired by leading French snack producer Europe Snacks earlier this year to better serve existing clients and unlock growth through a wider offer of snacking products. Burts continues to operate from its two manufacturing sites in Leicester and Plymouth.
Alongside the improvements at its Leicester factory, Burts is striving to further develop its sustainability programme by reducing its UK packaging, sourcing electricity from a local Devon solar farm and sourcing all its potatoes within an 85-mile radius of its Plymouth headquarters.
Dave McNulty, managing director at Burts, said: “It’s an exciting time for the business, and the investment means we’re able to double our capacity at our Leicester site to keep up with the demand of our products. The improvement this will have on our manufacturing capabilities will allow us to continue to grow and innovate at a time where we want to continue building the momentum in the snacking category.
“We know that there is still a long way to go in terms of sustainability for the business, but we are confident these changes are a step in the right direction for the business and the planet, without compromising on our great tasting hand-cooked snacks.”