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Noble Foods to invest £15m expanding Lincolnshire factory
Noble Foods – owner of Gü Puds and The Happy Egg Company – is embarking on a £15m investment project to expand and automate egg packing operations at its largest egg grading and packing facility in North Scarle, Lincolnshire.
North Kesteven District Council approved the expansion of the existing site that will see the floor space increase by an additional 929m2, allowing space for extensive development to take place.
Veli Moluluo, Managing Director of Noble Foods, commented: “We’re extremely pleased that the development has been approved. The £15m investment into the egg packing site will increase its grading and packing capacity by at least 60%, whilst significantly adding to the automation.”
Noble Foods will be introducing faster and higher capacity egg grading machines in addition to state-of-the-art loading and packing robotics at both the start and end of its production line. It will also incorporate automation in tray and pallet washing.
“This development also represents our initial step into warehouse automation where we will be introducing robotic pallet trucks similar to drones used in other ‘state of the art’ food industry warehouses,” said Moluluo. “With the inflationary pressures and tightening of labour availability, we are making this investment to ensure the business continues to mitigate the additional cost and it creates a foundation to grow our business in an extremely competitive UK marketplace.”
Work is expected to start in January 2019 and the project will be completed in four phases over an 18-month period.