A major investment is planned at a pet food manufacturer in North Wales which will transform productivity and increase employment.
Inspired Pet Nutrition, the company behind popular pet food brands Harringtons and Wagg, is investing more than £6 million in its Kinmel Park factory in Bodelwyddan in Denbighshire, formerly Hotpoint’s headquarters.
This investment will triple the site’s wet dog food tray capacity to more than 75 million units per year.
There are already nearly 100 workers at the plant – up from 85 in 2019 – with the company saying “these numbers show no signs of slowing down”.
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IPN Kinmel’s turnover increased significantly from £11.5m in the financial year ending June 2019 to over £20m in the last financial year ending June 2021.
The new investment will follow a two-stage process, with the first stage coming later this year in the form of a second processing and filling line, which will increase efficiency.
The commissioned investment is to be fully operational by January 2023.
The new line will be three times faster than the existing line, which already operates 24/7.
He will focus on producing wet trays for the popular Harringtons brand, while seeing IPN move on to create its own branded products.
With the new investment, the overall wet dog food capacity will increase by 75% over last year, with further increases over the next 18 months as the investment project is completed.
Dominic Whelan, Director of Site Operations at IPN Kinmel, said: “The wet tray market in the branded and own brand sectors looks set for even greater growth, and this significant investment will allow us to meet Requirement.
“Two years ago, IPN Kinmel produced around 4,000 tonnes of finished products, this figure has now increased to 10,500 tonnes.”
James Lawson, CEO of IPN, said: “This is an exciting development for the business as we will significantly increase production at Kinmel – the only FreshCook and carbon negative wet food facility in the world. UK – and it will help us on our journey to becoming the UK leader. most sustainable pet food manufacturer.
“The investment will also play a key role in transforming Harringtons into a leading £100m brand across multiple categories and species.”
The new filling equipment will also allow IPN to offer pet owners a choice of wet tray formats, including fully recyclable aluminum trays.