Dalziel expansion to increase production capacity

Dalziel Ingredients has announced a £2.5 million manufacturing expansion, as demand for its gluten-free solutions has doubled.

The expansion will see the firm add a new 16,000 sq ft warehousing facility, allowing space for 1,400 pallets at its Felling, Gateshead factory and new development centre.

In order to stay up to date with demand, the investment will include the installation of a fourth high-speed automated packing line, complete with the latest checkweigher technology and metal detection capabilities.

“Our sales have grown year-on-year and this expansion enables us to invest in raw materials in much larger volumes to increase our efficiencies,” said Dalziel’s sales director Richard Wilson.

“It enables us to increase our production capacity to make us as flexible as possible, so we maintain the high levels of customer service we’ve built our business on.”

Alongside seeing an increase in gluten-free seasonings, the firm has experienced a boost in demand across all areas and has even expanded into snack seasonings.

The new facility will give the company the freedom to handle complex procedures such as ‘free from’ manufacturing.

“We’re increasing production of gluten-free products because we have the expertise in developing them and a dedicated gluten-free production line to produce them safely to the highest standards,” added Wilson.

“The rise in gluten-free means we almost need a gluten-free option for every product we develop.”

All of Dalziel’s products can be made as a gluten-free option, while existing products can be reformulated to be free of gluten. The ingredients specialist produces a range of solutions including: seasonings, complete mixes, rubs, glazes, functional blends, batters, crumbs, snack seasonings, cures and brines.

A variety of finished products from the company are certified gluten-free by Coeliac UK and are licensed to carry the Crossed Grain symbol.

Wilson explained: “As we continue to open up new markets and sectors we need to have the production capacity and flexibility to build on our unrivalled customer service levels.

“Huge demand for our products and NPD capabilities means the next phase of development will be to expand our NPD function. We are proud to be investing in the area and in people, in a market where others are trying to cut back and remove cost.”  

The investment, due for completion in early 2018, will make space for an additional 10 new jobs.

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