UK: Chip producer Burt’s ups capacity in Devon to cope with demand

Image result for burts chips logoBurt’s Chips has installed a high-speed potato frying line at its Devon facility to cope with growing demand. A company spokesperson told BakeryandSnacks the $3.9m investment in equipment and staff will help meet the growing demand from across the UK, as well as in the US, Canada and EMEA. The new equipment has increased production capacity for Burt’s hand-cooked chips from 160 tons to 200 tons, while volumes of the Better For You range will jump to 23 tons.The British-owned company also employed another 12 staff to help operate the new fryer and cope with the additional volumes, bringing the factory’s total headcount to 168. The latest investment is part of the company’s five-year $15.9m program to increase production capacity and drive efficiencies at the Plymouth site. This has enabled us to realise significant year-on-year growth across all areas of our UK and export business, taking the company from $15.1m in 2013 to $32.5m in 2016, said David Nairn, Burt’s MD. More