Red meat producer Plumgarths of Kendal has opened a new £250,000 production facility in response to growing demand for premium local sausages.

The new factory, part-funded by the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development and Cumbria Fells and Dales Leader+, brings a tenfold increase in capacity, allowing it to make up to 1.5 million sausages per week.

"Having supplied Asda regionally for nine years, we recognised the burgeoning demand from a wider range of multiples," said director Steve Chambers.