Shropshire-based speciality cheesemaker Belton Farm has opened a brand new cheese slicing and packing facility as a part of an funding program that may enhance the producer’s manufacturing capabilities.
The BRC AA-accredited facility, which was accomplished at the price of £1.75m (round US$2m), signifies that exercise beforehand undertaken by Belton Packing & Logistics in Wrexham has moved to the Whitchurch-based farm itself, round 16 miles away. The transfer will allow better operational flexibility and customer support ranges, resulting in the adoption of latest pack sizes and codecs for Belton Farm’s speciality cheese enterprise. There have been no job losses, with all current employees transferring to the brand new slicing and packing hub.
“The brand new speciality cheese slicing and packing facility enhances our current relationships with cheese packing suppliers, who will proceed to deal with the vast majority of cheese packing necessities,” a spokesperson for the farm informed us. “Our focus is on high quality, speciality-packing conventional wedge-cut and new multi-component packs.”
There are additional operational enhancements scheduled by Belton Farm. In early 2023, the cheesemaker will set up field-mounted photo voltaic panels that may generate 40% of its electrical energy. The farm has additionally invested in CO2 refrigeration system to produce the 2 chilly shops and Excessive Care air-conditioning. “As a bi-product, the CO2 refrigeration system we’re utilizing will provide all the recent water wanted for the packing plant, and further for cheese manufacturing. This will even assist cut back our carbon footprint,” the spokesperson stated.
Future funding to improve the cheese dairy to extend manufacturing capability can also be deliberate.
Commenting on the brand new slicing and packing facility, Justin Beckett, managing director of Belton Farm, stated: “The completion of our new cheese slicing and packing facility right here at Belton Farm is an integral a part of our plan to develop and develop our speciality cheese enterprise. It comes within the yr that we have a good time our cheese making centenary right here at Belton Farm and demonstrates that we aren’t solely pleased with our heritage but additionally targeted on our future.”
In different information, Belton Farm lately took residence the Trophy for Finest Territorial Cheese on the Nice Yorkshire Present with its conventional Double Gloucester, alongside three gold, six silver and one bronze medal for its cheeses together with the Cheshire, the Classic Crimson Fox, the Creamy Lancashire and the Port Wine Derby.