Spreads company speeds up production with investment

By Ahmed ElAmin

- Last updated on GMT

A £500,000 investment in new filling and packing equipment has
increased the speed of production at UK spreads specialist Matthews

With the drive to bring down costs and increase efficiency more and more companies are buying into faster, easier to clean equipment. Matthews Foods said in a statement it wanted to keep up with the rapidly expanding demand for its margarines and spreads. The cash injection has gone into a new filling and packing line for 500 gram tubs of spreads, and means that the company can now make full use of the impressive speed of its manufacturing lines. "The new equipment has the capacity to run even faster - leaving the potential for further upgrades in the future," the company stated. Matthews Foods has been growing rapidly, achieving 22 per cent annual compound growth over the last four years. Group turnover to £45m. The company found that to meet forecast demands, it needed to install the new filling and packing line to match the potential of its processing line. The new filling and packing line can process at about 4,000 kg per hour. That's the equivalent of moving about 130 units of 500 gram packs per minute. The line is significantly faster than the company's other lines. Its second fastest machine runs at 1,800kgs per hour. Matthews is an independent spreads company. It produces products such as Filippo Berio Olive Spread and the Pure range of spreads. It also produces a range of brand products for supermarkets,foodservice and prepared food trades. External links to companies or organisations mentioned in this story: Matthews Foods

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