A NORTH Yorkshire food packing centre has upped its production by a million eggs per week in order to satisfy demand from retailers.
Chippindale Foods, based at Flaxby near Harrogate, recently invested £5m into its egg packing facility where it supplies the likes of Sainsburys and Morrisons with locally sourced eggs and said production had increased 15 per cent since the start of the year.
It also supplies the Co-op, Booths, Aldi and Lidl from its purpose-built 55,000sq ft facility.
Managing director Nick Chippindale said increased consumer demand was behind the rise.
“In 2013 we opened our new site at Flaxby, near Harrogate, having made the bold decision to invest £5m in a new egg packing facility to increase capacity.
“Since then we have focused heavily on quality, innovation and sustainability right across the business.
“The result is that major retailers have confidence in our capabilities and regard us as a robust player in a sustainable supply chain.”
The facility sources 50 per cent of its electricity from solar energy generated on site and has the capacity to handle over six million eggs a week.
Recent investment in efficiency and sustainability has included £230,000 on solar panels and the replacement of the firm’s entire logistics fleet with eco-friendly vehicles.
Mr Chippendale said the company was now well placed to meet increasing demand for shell eggs and locally sourced produce.
“As well as supplying free range eggs for supermarket brands we have our own regional brands in Yorkshire, Lancashire and Northumberland which are sourced from our network of local farmers,” explained Nick.
The latest industry figures show that over 12.5 billion eggs were consumed in the UK last year.