Westaways Sausages has invested half a million pounds in upgrading its ­facilities to higher production and hygiene standards, with a view to increasing capacity by 75%.

The Devonshire sausagemaker has shelled out £500,000 on refrigeration equipment and production technology that will allow it to produce an additional 2,400 packs of sausages per hour. As a result of the investment, the layout of Westaways' plant has also been redesigned.

The facilities upgrade was a major step forward in Westaways' plans to become an industry leader in food safety and hygiene, said MD Charles Baughan. "We identified that food safety is a key driver for our customers. It needs to be at the heart of everything we do." To complement the new set-up, Westaways has increased staff training in food safety. It has also appointed a 'hygiene czar' to ensure higher standards of cleanliness are achieved.