Belfast-based agri‐technology company Devenish Nutrition has further increased its presence in the GB market by opening a food-grade premix manufacturing facility at Widnes, Cheshire.
The new site, which is accredited to BRC standard, has multiple production lines that enable medicated and non‐medicated production to be kept apart. The state-of-the-art manufacturing facility will help reduce the risk of cross contamination, and there are separate storage areas for raw materials and finished goods.
An onsite laboratory allows testing on both raw materials and finished goods, while the facility’s location, close to the M62, M56, M6, and M5, allows easy access to the GB road network to ensure the quick distribution of product to its customers.
“The securing of a new premix facility is a further significant step in Devenish Nutrition’s long‐term strategy to grow our business in the GB market,” the company’s cheif executive, Patrick McLaughlin, said. “The site will significantly increase our production capacity and enable us to meet the growing demand for our products in GB, Ireland and internationally.”
The addition of the Widnes facility comes only six months after the acquisition of Hi Peak Feeds Ltd, the leading multi-species organic feed manufacturer based near Sheffield. This site has since seen more than £400,000 of investment already, with further development plans for 2014.
Devenish Nutrition’s mill in Belfast, which currently produces premix, creep and speciality products is currently in the middle of a £3m investment programme.