Tulip is to invest £2.3 million in its specialist snacking site at Ruskington, Lincolnshire, to support increased demand for core traditional products while enhancing its capability to bring new innovations to market.
The factory, which employs 450 workers, is the world’s largest Scotch egg manufacturer and the UK’s leading producer of cocktail sausages. It also produces a range of mini-filled bites and seasonal products.
Tulip said the investment will allow Ruskington to create a smaller specialist factory on-site to bring complex niche products developed for retailers by Tulip’s innovative NPD specialists to store quickly and efficiently. This will also provide greater capacity and capability to the production of higher volume lines, better equipping the site to meet the demands for further growth in the snacking category.
Overseeing the investment will be newly appointed site director Ian Bagnall, who joins the company with experience in holding leadership roles within food production.
Shaun Kay, Tulip’s operations director, said: “We’re really pleased to announce this investment at our world-leading Ruskington site. This will future-proof the site and help us lead the way on innovation alongside our retail partners.
“This investment will support the continued growth we have seen in our core product lines thanks to a resurgence in popularity of non-pastry traditional snacks such as Scotch eggs and savoury bites. We are also investing in a dedicated facility and state-of-the-art equipment to support the development of a range of niche products which can be more complex to produce.”
Andrew Cracknell, Tulip’s CEO, said investment in the Ruskington site shows how the business is driving growth in the snacking category.
He said: “This significant investment in our Ruskington facility underlines our on-going commitment to the Lincolnshire region and demonstrates continued inward investment into the UK by our parent company Danish Crown. We’re confident that the site will be well placed to help drive our business forward in the years ahead.”