Finsbury Food Group has invested £1m in a new production plant for its Kara foodservice business.
The £1m, which was funded through Finsbury’s ongoing investment programme, has gone towards the installation of a new doughball plant and freezer capability, which included a new freezer, feeding system, product conveyors, check weigher, metal detector and hand-packing station.
It said the investment would enhance production efficiency and help improve the bakery’s capabilities and efficiencies.
This new equipment would increase capacity by 30%, according to the supplier, as well as resulting in less downtime and product wastage.
The investment had come at an important time, said Finsbury business unit controller Jon Cooper, noting doughballs were an “increasingly important” range within its product portfolio due to their versatility.
“We know that many foodservice operators and wholesalers are looking at menu shrinkage and switching to ingredients that offer multi-use. Our doughballs are sufficiently versatile to be used across all day parts and in a cross-section of dishes and cuisine types,” he added.