Wholesale ice-cream manufacturer Suncream Dairies has opened its new £900,000 factory extension in Staffordshire.
The redevelopment project will ensure the company can meet increasing demand for its range of foodservice ice=creams and sorbets with production recently peaking at 75,000 litres per day.
The new development includes major extensions to the dairy, cold store and warehouse, additional offices and staff training facilities, and a new product development and test kitchen. The warehouse now has space for an additional 1,000 pallets, while the dairy has benefitted from an extra 50,000 litres of liquid ice-cream storage.
Rebecca Manfredi, who has been managing director for 15 years, now heads the family-run business, which has a £5m annual turnover and employs up to 60 people during peak summer production. As a result if the new factory development, 17 jobs were created.
"The expansion project represented a major investment for us, but ultimately the new facilities and equipment will mean a faster and more efficient service for our customers, while also allowing for future expansion of the business," said Manfredi.
"We're delighted that everything was completed on time and to budget, and we're confident that we're now better equipped than ever to meet the increasing demand for our award-winning products."