The factory square footage will be expanding by 35% and an additional production line added. As well as an investment in new equipment for formatting cheese, Bridge Cheese is also rolling out a new business system to improve stock control and reporting.
Managing director Michael Harte said the decision to expand in Telford was the result of a year of growth and the company’s desire to meet the needs of its new and existing customer base.
“This increased capability means that we can be flexible to our customers’ needs, scaling up our production as and when required,” said Harte.
The company’s expansion comes on the back of a decision to focus on export markets outside of the EU. One of its key markets is the supply of cheese for pizza and take-away products, which increased in popularity during the pandemic while restaurants and pubs were closed.
Harte said, “Last year was a year that no-one saw coming but it was a defining moment for the takeaway food industry in particular and the increase in demand for pizza was a big plus for Bridge Cheese, as it’s one of our key markets.
“However, we expect the landscape to shift again in 2021 as we head towards a wider economic recovery and more of our food service sector customers open their doors fully.”
Harte said the company has also invested in product R&D over the last year.
“We have a wide range of cost effective and functional cheese blends created to provide our customers with the exact product they need,” Harte said.
Bridge Cheese offers a range of cheese and dairy products to food manufacturers and food service clients, wholesalers and for export. This includes cheddars, hard cheeses and mozzarella products as well as bespoke functional cheese for a variety of food manufacturing sectors.