UK frozen foods producer Glendale Foods has invested close to GBP1m (US$1.6m) in new equipment at its Salford processing plant.

Glendale, which produces lines for ready-meal manufacturers, sandwich producers and independent and multiple retailers, has improved production capacity by 60% to 1.5 tonnes of cooked product per hour.

The business, which has a GBP10m (US$16.5m) turnover, has also adopted a brand new corporate identity.

Glendale chairman John Mortimer said: “This massive investment underlines our commitment to being among the best in the business. The fact that we can take raw ingredients, then grill, steam, roast or oven bake them and freeze down to minus 18ºC in less than an hour, means that all the flavour, freshness and nutrition is locked in. This is the biggest investment in Glendale’s 28-year history and it sets us up to be a very flexible, high quality component producer.”

The investment centres on a new multi-zone moving belt oven and an in-line spiral freezer, giving a choice of refrigerant airflow to improve yield, flavour and texture.

The company has also secured GBP100,000 in energy efficiency financing from The Carbon Trust, for implementing extensive energy saving measures to reduce its carbon footprint.

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