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Muntons to invest £4.5m to increase production capacity
Stowmarket-based Muntons, the malted ingredient and malt manufacturer, has announced a £4.5million investment at its plant to increase malt extract capacity.
A new 27-metre high building is being constructed on their Stowmarket site to house the new multi-stage evaporator, which will demand involvement from both local design, mechanical and electrical construction firms, along with companies from across Europe in the construction process.
The addition of a new and more rapid and more energy efficient evaporator will help to boost production by around 15% by removing production bottle-necks, allowing them to process more. The existing evaporator will then be available to process specialist malt extracts such as ultra-dark malt extracts and enzyme-rich diastatic extracts.
Nigel Davies, Muntons Technical and Sustainability Director said: “It seems that people like malt. Demand for malted ingredients is at an all-time high – good news for us, but also bringing its problems, as every tonne of malt extract made is sold as fast as it is produced.” He continued: “The steady drift towards natural products away from fats and sugar as people embrace a healthier lifestyle coupled with health awareness and obesity has been brought into sharp focus through a succession of high-profile media exposés. This has triggered the introduction of traffic lights on packaging, targeted reductions in sugar and fat and has also steered manufacturers towards ‘better-for-you’ products generally, as consumers seek healthier alternatives.”
The investment also means Muntons will recruit five more production operatives within their production area over the course of the next few months.