A new jam factory in Essex is set to create a multitude of manufacturing jobs in order to meet an increase in demand.
Wilkin & Sons is planning a £25 million facility in the county after outgrowing its plant in Tiptree and needs bigger premises to satisfy the influx of new customers who are purchasing its miniature jam jars.
A spokeswoman for the company explained to FoodManufacture.co.uk that the current factory has been extended "in a piecemeal fashion over the last 125 years" and that it now needs to move to double production and significantly boost revenues. The move is needed as the facility is lacking the space required for the rise in work the company has received.
Officials explained that Wilkin & Sons has submitted a planning application to Colchester Borough Council for the creation of a new 13,000 sq m factory and warehouse. The proposals include the demolition of the current structure but will also safeguard and increase the amount of positions held within the firm. The company stated that it has had to introduce double shifts and 24-hour working but inefficiencies at the old plant have made this difficult and prompted the need for a new site.
"The new factory is needed because of increased demand, especially for the mini jars, which are used by hotels across the world," the spokeswoman added to the news provider.
Should the plans get the green light, Wilkin & Sons will be able to keep its manufacturing in the area and transfer 300 members of staff. The expansion is also estimated to see employee numbers slowing reach 500 by 2030.
Wilkin & Sons sources their fruits from Tiptree Farms which covers 850 acres in the Essex countryside. Having access to resources like this allows the company to produce a wide range of preserves ranging from the classic Strawberry to more exotic flavours such as Green Fig Conserve and Ginger Conserve. The produce is continuing to be a major hit over the UK and further afield.