A Yorkshire-based free-from food brand has invested £2 million in a new factory as it looks to double its size within three years.
Based in Harrogate, the new factory will give Kirsty’s the capability to produce 20 million ready meals per year as well as scope to play in other categories such as soups, pies and sauces.
The completely allergen-free site will enable the brand to move away from co-manufacturers, where free-from new product development can be problematic.
“Up until now we have worked with hand-picked manufacturers and whilst this has given the brand security and an easier route to market over the years it didn’t give me the flexibility and control over my own destiny that I’ve always craved,” said founder and MD, Kirsty Henshaw.
“Now the factory is up and running I’m looking forward to this new chapter in Kirsty’s history. The fact that we will have the capability to produce 20 million free-from ready meals a year and be able to explore new product development like never before is something that excites me and everyone working for the brand.”