Piglet pellet firm to get brand-new facility at Ripon site

Dr Ian Wellock and Andy Foster of Primary Diets and Jenna Strover and Rob Barker of Potter Space review plans for the new building. (S)
Dr Ian Wellock and Andy Foster of Primary Diets and Jenna Strover and Rob Barker of Potter Space review plans for the new building. (S)

Primary Diets, which produces specialist nutrition products for piglets and game birds, is expanding its operation on the Potter Business Park in Ripon, to cater for increased sales in the UK and overseas.

The company, which is part of AB Agri Limited, the agricultural division of Associated British Foods, began its factory operation on the Ripon site 22 years ago and stored the raw material and pellets in a warehouse on the estate.

Potter Space, which owns and operates the estate, is in the process of building a bespoke 27,000 square foot warehouse next to the feed mill to accommodate Primary Diets growth.

The contract for the new build has been awarded and work has now begun on site, with completion expected in August 2019.

Dr Ian Wellock, general manager of Primary Diets, said: “With the company going from strength to strength we were beginning to outgrow our current warehousing facilities. We certainly did not want to leave our current location in Ripon, as it is perfectly placed close to the motorway network to facilitate the distribution of our specialists feeds across the UK and to 70 countries globally.

“We were therefore delighted when the team at Potter Space agreed to build a new facility to facilitate our expansion programme. We have maintained an excellent relationship with them over the two decades we have been on site and they have always worked closely with us as we continued to evolve and grow.”

Managing director of Potter Space, Matthew Lamb, said: “We welcomed Primary Diets on site in 1997 as a start-up business and during that time we have seen them become leaders in piglet nutrition. We work closely with our clients and always try to accommodate their property needs, leading to long-lasting relationships.”