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Food & Drink Northamptonshire

The Food and Drink sector in Northamptonshire is a significant employer with some 46,000 jobs supported by prospering businesses including Weetabix, Carlsberg UK, Whitworths, British Pepper and Spice and Alpro. The sector is worth £1.5billion to the Northamptonshire economy.

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Northamptonshire’s Food & Drink Industry is thriving

About one in seven jobs (14%) in Northamptonshire are in the Food & Drink sector - slightly higher than the UK average of 13%.
It is estimated that Northamptonshire is home to over 150 Food & Drink manufacturers and more than 600 registered farms.
There is a concentration of specialist Food & Drink distribution companies as well as several major food manufacturers.

Northamptonshire's Food & Drink Objectives:

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Incredible Bakery Company

The Incredible Bakery Company was the first London based business to secure Locate grant funding and move to Warkton, Northamptonshire. The company is a family-owned small business producing a range of fresh loaves, paninis and muffins, all gluten-free and free from eggs or other animal by-products.

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Weetabix has been ‘fuelling Britain’ from Burton Latimer, Kettering since 1932 where it produces three billion Weetabix breakfast biscuits every year. The company supplies breakfast cereal products all over the world with a portfolio of brands including Alpen, Ready Brek and Weetos.

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Warner Edwards

Award-winning Harrington-based entrepreneurs, Tom Warner and Sion Edwards, started their business in 2013 and create all of their products on site by hand from their distillery. Warner Edwards’ now export to Europe and have committed to creating five new jobs over the next two years.

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Greencore Group’s £35m facility in Moulton Park, Northampton is due to open in the spring of 2016. The company is a leading international manufacturer of convenience foods and employs 12,000 people in total.

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Independent, Whitworth Bros, was established in 1886 and is one of the UK’s leading flour millers. Based in Wellingborough, the company produces a wide range of wheat flours in addition to flour and grits milled from maize, rice and rye grains.

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The Heygate Group at Bugbrooke employs over 900 staff. The seven flour mills over three sites consume more than 450,000t of wheat a year, the vast majority coming from British farms. More than 80 grades of flour are produced for breads, cakes, pizzas, burger buns, chapattis, biscuits and more besides.

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Alpro is a soya food and drink manufacturer which has been based in Burton Latimer, Kettering for 15 years. Earlier this year, the company launched a £28m expansion, opening three new operating lines manufacturing products using almonds, hazelnuts, oats, rice and coconut.

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Food & Drink Awards 2015

The competition, devised by Northamptonshire Enterprise Partnership (NEP), is now in its seventh year and is again aimed at celebrating all that is great about local produce and drink, recognising excellence within the county’s dining venues and rewarding those who work so hard within the culinary sector.

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Carlsberg UK

Carlsberg UK bottle 10 million bottles of beer every week thanks to an upgraded £20 million bottling plant in Northampton. The facility, within the Northampton Waterside Enterprise Zone, created 30 new jobs. The company also recently invested £40m to upgrade the capability of its existing plant.

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Made in Northamptonshire

Being connected to the right people leads to sales generation, so get involved and take advantage of Northamptonshire’s local
food and drink networking group – Made in Northamptonshire. A must for new and established Northamptonshire based businesses in the sector.

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